Mead and Gail of Etymotic sponsored a boat and took a group of us sailing over lunch in the Camden harbor. Sailing in Maine towards the end of October isn’t a warm and balmy experience, but it is a beautiful one.
Color explodes around us as we listen to our female skipper tell stories about the area. One of the islands nearby was called Nigger Island (named after a slave) until they were forced to change it in the 1960s. Now its named after a wealthy publisher – isn’t that the “American way?” Why didn’t they name it after the slave?
We bundled together under blankets to keep warm and oddly enough exchanged stories about our experiences in exotic hot spots around the world.
When we landed, and I was walking back towards the Camden Opera House for PopTech’s afternoon sessions, I was reminded of oh so many New England things that I just left behind. The straw brooms with pumpkins, acorn squash, apple cidar, the American flag, the brick buildings, the small quaint pedestrian roads, the cool crisp autumn air.
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.
She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.
Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.
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