Well, not quite, but the opening words of this Rolling Stones classic have been going around my head as I thought of a way of trying to say hello, and to introduce myself.
I recently joined Karen, Kristina and their wonderfully talented friends, to help with the launch of Makerhood. So, if you’ve noticed a slight change in tone in some of Makerhood’s Twitter or Facebook activity; then I’ll probably responsible culpable.
I’ve been asked to say a little bit about myself, but as a shy and retiring type, I wasn’t quite sure what to say, or how to say it. So, here’s the result of a quick interview I did with myself down the potting shed.
Q. Welcome to the team! Why did you get involved with Makerhood?
A: Well, first of all it seemed like a great idea, so I was keen to see if I could help out in some way. I’ve a background in local media, community action and campaigns, so I hoped there was something I could offer. I also have a research based interest in social media as well as hyper-local media, so it’s nice to try and put some of that theoretical knowledge and understanding into practice. The only challenge is time…
Q: I hear you, so what exactly will you be doing?
A: Helping out with a bit of social media (Twitter, Facebook, the blog) and also some awareness raising work. I’ll be balancing this alongside my day job, playing cricket, training for a 10k and a few other bits and bobs, so if anyone would like to help me then that would be great!
Q: How well do you know the area?
A: Reasonably. I’ve always lived a short distance from Brixton. I’ve lived in East Dulwich/Peckham Rye for the last three years, and before that I spent another three years in Camberwell….
One of the things I love about Brixton, and London in general, is the way that places evolve and morph. You don’t visit an area for 6-12 months and suddenly loads of new and interesting things have cropped up. It’s such a vibrant city. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
Q: So what can we look forward to in the coming weeks/months?
A: Well, some of the team are working very hard on getting the Beta site up and running, that’s really exciting! We’ve just launched an online survey to get feedback and ideas from potential buyers and sellers, so we’d love more people to complete this so that we can then analyse the results.
We’ll also be organising some informal testing sessions, meets ups and the like, all of which will be a great opportunity to meet like minded people in the area.
Finally, I’ll be tweaking some of the Makerhood web presence. Karen and Kristina may be superwomen, but they can’t realistically be expected to do everything. So, if I can help them free up some of their time to do other things, then I’ll be happy – and hopefully they will be too!
Q: Damian Radcliffe, thank you very much.
A: Thank you