You Can Help Name the Baby!

April Mullins and her husband Jeff have a problem. It’s their daughter. Their unborn daughter. Oh, it isn’t a physical problem. She’s perfectly healthy. She just doesn’t have a given name. She’s due in a few weeks and the Mullins family can’t decide on a name. And they don’t want to go the “Baby Girl […]

Yates Over Boedicker

The Lakeland City Commission will have a full lineup as soon as the election is certified. If you follow LakelandLocal on Twitter you saw this tweet a moment after the info was released from the Polk Election Supervisor: With all 25 precincts, early and absentee votes in, Edie Yates takes the SE District D commission […]

Meet the Tweeple

Polk Co Bloggers Meetup Right editWednesday night local social media experts, fans, and novices get together to celebrate open communication and the holidays.

This time the Polk Netizens are hosted by Vintner’s Cellar in Merchants Walk, 3615 South Florida Avenue.

According to meeting organizer Bev Hendricks, “Meet fellow tweeps and social medialytes. Enjoy 2-for-1 wine or non-alcoholic beverages at Vintner’s Cellar, Dec 16, 5:30-7:30pm.”

To RSVP leave a comment here, on the Facebook event page, or send a tweet to @polknetizens on Twitter.
Creative Commons License photo credit: Chuck Welch for Lakeland Local

Disney On Ice presents Celebrations! Lakeland Local presents Free Tickets!

Friday night, Disney on Ice will make its world debut of a new show, Celebrations! at the Lakeland Center. If you want to see the show, you’ll have to act fast as there are a mere four shows on Friday and Saturday.

The performers are rehearsing at the Lakeland Center tonight and Lakeland Local’s Darby Critendon will be there to video one of her Lakeland Minutes. Look for it Friday morning.

We have a little celebration of our own. We’re nearing the end of our third year presenting Lakeland local news and information. To help celebrate we’re giving away two sets of Family Four Packs (4 show tickets) to the Friday night Celebrations! show.

How can you nab your chance at one of the Family Four packs? Go to Twitter and tweet:

I’m a Lakeland Local

We’ll put all the names in a hat and at Noon Friday direct message the two winners. (We’ll need your real name at that point to leave the tickets at the Lakeland Center will call.)

Tweet even if you can’t go. You can play Santa Claus and give the tickets to friends.

(PS: It’s OK if you don’t live in Lakeland.)

Note from the lawyers: cash value of the tickets is $0. In other words, you can only claim the tickets, not what they’re worth.

June 7 Ft. Myers 2 – Lakeland 1

Ft. Myers jumped on the Flying Tigers for 2 in the bottom of the 1st, and that was enough to hold off Lakeland for a 2-1 final.

Follow Flying Tigers home game updates on Twitter @lakelandlocal

Jun 7: Ft. Myers 2 – Lakeland 1
Box Score | Game Recap

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Lakeland 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
 Ft. Myers 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0

Jun 6 St. Lucie 7 – Lakeland 5

Lakeland Flying Tigers added a run in the 8th, but still fell to the St. Lucie Mets 7-5. Next home game is 6/11 vs Sarasota. Follow Flying Tigers home game updates on Twitter @lakelandlocal Jun 6: Lakeland 5 – St. Lucie 5Box Score | Game Recap   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 […]

Tomorrow’s Polk County Meetup Update

In the case of a rain delay, the Lakeland Flying Tigers have offered to find us cover. (Where depends on how many come to the meetup. A suite can hold 25 or so, for example.)

If the Flying Tigers game is rained out tonight, there may be a double header tomorrow…which usually starts at 5.

If there are no games at all, and the ballpark is completely closed, look at, Facebook events, and on Twitter at @lakelandlocal, @chuckwelch, and @polknetizens for the fall back choice.

When you go to the park tomorrow, tell them you are getting the $3 Polk Netizens ticket.

Read the original post inside for more info and directions…

Social Media Workshop

Social Media Class

Yesterday, I presented a Social Media Workshop. Hosted by the Dixieland CRA @DixieCRA & lab use donated by @USFP

Creative Commons License photo credit: Tom Hagerty for Lakeland Local

Making a Film in Lakeland

For the past few weeks I’ve volunteered to help the Lakeland-based production company NFocus. The company is shooting a locally produced script, “Endure.” They tell me my position is called “Electronic Press Kit” or EPK. I would have called it “blogging.” I’m posting my work on the film’s blog, but I thought I’d share my post from the first day of filming….

Social Media: What is it? How can it help your business?

If you read Lakeland Local by visiting the site*, you’ve seen the tab labeled “Lakeland Short Reports.” I post those short reports using a tool called Twitter.

If you’ve not heard of it, just imagine instant messaging that has broken free of the one-to-one restriction. It’s one of the tools in a style of communication lumped together as “social media.*” The gist of social media is a style of communication that is not bound by outdated methods of publication restricted to practitioners who “buy ink by the barrel.” In other words, the same communication we’ve had all along, but now you can reach greater numbers.

Sufficiently confused? Read more inside….

Lakeland Tweetup/Meetup for March 31

Lakeland area bloggers and other social media users are all invited to the next “tweetup/meetup” on March 31st at 7pm. We’re taking a more laid-back approach this time. No presentations teaching the wonders of Twitter. Just a group of social media fans with the opportunity to meet in person. It’s a chance to mingle with Lakeland’s social media cutting edge.

We’re trying a new meeting place this month. Barry Friedman, the Ledger’s Managing Editor/Digital, offered the use of the Ledger’s lobby. He’s going to supply refreshments, and offer tours of the Polk County newspaper of record. To help me let Barry know how many to expect, please comment below if you plan to come. Or email me at tweetup [at], or send me a tweet at @chuckwelch. (Map & directions inside)

Now, that is citizen journalism

Monday, there were some small homemade bombs left downtown on the parking garage. The local paper and TV stations were on the scene. Many stuck in offices wanted to know what was going on. Who had the the quickest online coverage of the event?

Let’s All Meet Jan 15- Twitter Edition

Blogger, Tweeter, MeetUp, TweetUp, Subscribe, FollowMe… If you’re wondering what all this means, then just a simple click will reveal all…

Let’s All Meet January 15th

If you blog, tweet, post on Facebook, or use the Internet to communicate — you’re invited Thursday, January 15th at 6pm for a meeting of like minds.

Black and Brew Coffee House
205 E. Main St.
Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 682-1210

All ages welcome. Please pass it on.

Using New Media Tools to Evolve Old Media

My photo in the paper!The knock against newspapers is that they publish “old news.” It’s a problem with their outdated delivery method. There’s simply no way for them to compete in the expected instant news cycle.

It would be nice to subscribe to everything a particular author writes and have it immediately delivered to your desktop.

We’re working to make that happen at Lakeland Local.