A few weeks ago, I met a gentleman by the name of Neil Lemons, through a mutual friend. After talking to Neil for a few minutes, we hit it off as two fellow bloggers and social media junkies. Over the course of our conversation, I learned some interesting things about Neil and his involvement in the Dallas community, which reminded me, once again, of the value and importance of networking and being integrated in your city or town.
After meeting Neil, he visited this blog and posted a comment in response to my 100th post celebration comment contest. His comment made him the official winner of the contest, and now I have a great excuse to introduce you to Neil Lemons, and share some of the cool things he's doing to make Dallas a more interesting place to live.
Neil is one of the few native Texans I've met in this state. Among other things, he's a self described "personal development and marketing nut." and has been an active blogger since 2001. He co-founded the website, I live in Dallas, a hyper-local publication on art, events, theater, people and Dallas restaurants. Neil's website is comprised of a group of writers who share interesting things to do and experience in Dallas. The most recent article featured profiles o six boutique hotels in Dallas.
With the help of Neil and his cohort, you'll never find yourself lacking for ideas of things to do in the DFW area.
In addition to being an involved writer and social media guru, Neil is a great networker and connector. Soon after we met, we found out we were in many of the same professional groups, and I learned about even more groups I didn't know about. He gave me the opportunity to grow my network, which lends right into my personal goal for the year to meet as many new people as possible. It's always fun to meet a connector because your circles can expand exponentially in a short period of time. You'll make friends and business contacts you hadn't known before, some of which may have a lasting impact on your life down the road.
I encourage you to visit iliveindallas.com even if you don't live in Dallas. It will offer you many ideas of things to explore in your own town. Experiencing this life is a gift, and I hope you'll follow Neil's example by making the most out of each day. You can!