Dean Owen

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What’s Hot on beBee!

Those that know me by now will know that I like to keep my content varied. Before beBee, I used to write on finance blogs, watch forums, travel blogs, autosports forums, post foodie blogs on Facebook, and boring career stuff on LinkedIn. I had some finance articles picked up by magazines, have been interviewed for the Financial Times, Reuters TV, Asia Risk, Asia Trade, Euromoney. I was a prolific writer, but nobody really knew since my content was dispersed to the four corners of the Internet.

Once in a while I would sneak in a personal interest article onto LinkedIn Pulse to gauge the reaction. Nobody cared to Like or Share or Comment since they did not want to be seen as straying from the “professional” facet that is LinkedIn. My friends and family did not want to see my articles on derivatives on Facebook. My watch buddies had zero interest in anything else.

Then along comes beBee Producer. Finally a one-stop venue for all my articles. An eternal resting place for my legacy musings. Even in Beta, beBee’s publishing platform was simply a joy to use. From day one I knew I’d found a home.

Nearly two months in and I am starting to notice which subjects are the most popular.

Believe it or not, Music tops the list.

My three articles on Music garnered a whopping 19,000 Views and 69 Relevants. This should come as no surprise since almost everyone loves music, but very few would be interested in investment banking. It also helps that music posts are shared into one of beBee’s largest Hives, Musica with close to 600,000 members.

Who Turned off the Music?

Forever Grateful – Forever Music

Spanish Train

Second hottest topic appears to be Autosports although I have just posted one article which racked up 7,000 Views. Certainly I will have more to come in the coming months.

A Tribute to Ron Searles and the Flying Coopers

Third hottest topic is Travel, with 8 articles drumming up 14,700 Views.

In the Kingdom of Women

Six Reasons to Hop on a Plane and Move to Asia!

Destination Bali, Indonesia

Hometown Boy – London

Naked Japan – An Onsen Experience

The Day I Shot a Tiger

Bucket List Destination – The Land of the Thunder Dragon

The Middle Kingdom

In Fourth place, the Fun Category with 6 articles and 11,400 Views

My genes are too tight

Mating Rituals – Homo Sapiens

A Chance Encounter with Royalty

Life and Death at the hands of an Algorithm

Wanted – Mad Scientist to help me win The Nobel Prize

Learn a New Language in One Day!

Next up at Fifth place is Entrepreneurship, with 5 articles and 9,600 Views.

Pitch Day – The Haka

Startup Conference? Just remember who the stars are

Listicle Warning – Twelve things you should know as anEntrepreneur

Anyone can join a Startup – Here’s How!

How to Rock the Conference Circuit

Sixth on the list, Food with 9 articles racking 8,000 Views.

Culinary Sadists

Sushi Secrets

Flying for Food – The Legendary El Bulli

A European Showdown - Jamón Ibérico vs Prosciuttodi Parma

A Truffle Tale

The Homogenization of Western Food Culture in Japan

Hidden Gems – Gigi’s, The Algarve

Humble Dumplings

May Contain Shot !!! – In Defense of British Food

Next up is Recruitment, with 5 articles and 7,500 Views.

Video Interview Tips + An exclusive preview

We’re Hiring – Looking for Chess Masters to join a startupin Hong Kong

A Question On Interim Jobs – No sex please, We’re British!!!

An Open Letter to the Recruitment Industry – Don’t DismissTechnology

Have you ever considered becoming an expatriate?

At Eighth place is Finance with 4 articles and 6,000 Views.

The Demise of the Day Trader

Tales of Greed, Love, and Schizophrenia

Meeting Gordon Gekko

How Brokers Wind Down – Part One, Liar’s Poker

And finally, Horology, another subject I like to write about, 5 articles, 3,700 Views.

Alternative Investments – Horology

Portrait of a Living Legend

The incredible Mark V Cockpit watches

Paying it Forward

The Seventies – A Decade of Significance

To wrap up is a Miscellaneous category of my musings on topics I don’t regularly cover.

A Very Odd Dilemma

It starts with a Dialogue

Disappointing Kennedy

How to tackle an audience immune to Marketing

Defying Logic

Why do we love British Villains?

So there you have it. Two months on beBee Producer with 51 articles producing over 92,000 Views, 940 Relevants, 533 Comments. I cannot thank this community enough for the warm engagement. The clear winners in my repertoire have been Music and Travel, and I suspect for many of you, there is a third subject which I do not cover that is always going to be hot – Social Media.

What topics have been hot for you?

Dean Owen is Co-Founder of Quimojo, a revolutionary new concept in Global Campus Recruitment.

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Dean Owen

5 years ago #33

Thank you Aleta. Yes, I think one of the reasons why engagement levels are high here is that the content on our feeds is always varied. I got totally bored of my LinkedIn feed within 3 months. Looking forward to reading more from you. I love stories told by antique dealers. One of my most precious books, given to me by an antique jewellery dealer, is a book called A Vase for a Flower, Tales of an Antique Dealer.

Dean Owen

5 years ago #32

Thanks Catalina. I am hoping someone will post an article on the amazing Spanish desserts and pastries soon, because if they don't, I will :)

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #31

thanks Cory Galbraith. We do love music !

Dean Owen

5 years ago #30

As always, much appreciate the support Javier. I am honoured to be used as an example for my diversity. But it is encouraging to see so many talented writers migrating here.

Dean Owen

5 years ago #29

Thankyou Cory. I do hope that you and others do branch off the beaten path. I am certain this is how we foster meaningful relationships by learning about each others facets beyond our professional lives. I am quite sure that you have an infinite number of experiences to share. When I started reading social media back in October last year, I came across Liz Ryan and she blew me away. After a couple of weeks I got bored and unfollowed her. I don't know how she does it, writing about the same stuff day in, day out. Diversity may well be the new thing in marketing. Doesn't mean we still can't be an authority in our field. Glad you liked the website. I can't quite believe nobody has done it before. Anyway, still early days and hopefully we have first mover advantage.

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #28

Cory Galbraith as a great example because he writes about many areas of interest ! He is also multicultural. This is the URL that I am using to show beBee :)

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #27

Dean Owen exactly, we are working on it !

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #26

Dean Owen, just like anything on the internet, if people are working they need to be aware of what they view. I think The Comedy Club was a great idea for a hive and hope it gains more members!!

Dean Owen

5 years ago #25

Excellent Paul Walters, your travel pieces are a joy to read. I expect you have a "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" waiting to be penned and I will be first on the list to pre-order. On the lifespan, i think that beBee are working on something that will enable great posts to have a longer lifespan. Hopefully a democratic algorithm that selects articles to feature based on engagement.

Paul Walters

5 years ago #24

Oh . One more thing. I've noticed that posts on beBee have a lifespan of between 24 - 36 hours . Once that time is up, unless some people share the piece it goes off to have a nice long rest!

Paul Walters

5 years ago #23

Hi ho Dean, good to read this piece and thanks for sharing. I too have like a spurned lover, left Linked in and embraced this new site with gusto. So far everything I have posted has reached the 2 - 3 K mark which is encouraging. I used to reach those figures a year ago on Li but then she began to behave like a petulant girlfriend and the numbers plummeted so beBee it is. I haven't been posting for long but good to see of two of the posts I did run have been picked up by magazines in the UK and the USA. After reading your stats I will now re run a few travel pieces from the last two years. Thanks once again Dean

Dean Owen

5 years ago #22

Thanks for sharing Lisa Gallagher. I am not obsessed with cars, but am kind of obsessed with driving. I have kind of been low key on promoting the Comedy Club Hive as I wasn't sure of it's appropriateness on beBee (assuming most people may be logging on during work hours), but the world needs laughter.

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #21

Well said Ali Anani, could not agree more!

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #20

Dean Owen, and a few others. My uncle used to buy old cars, his Model T was the car I remember the most- he would buy them in their original condition and work on them until they looked brand new again. My stepfather has a 67 Mustang and took 4 years to do a complete overhaul on it, complete with big speakers hidden (can't remember the type of speakers) anyhow, the car looks brand new now and he takes it to car shows. We found an "Ohio" 67 license plate for it on Ebay and my stepfather proudly displays that on the car.

Thank you Lisa Gallagher snd I aagree with you. Mixed planting is known to produce better yields than mono-planting and even by using resources more efficiently. BeBee does that and admirably well. I don't want the false feeling that I am 100% satisfied or even near it.

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #18

Your rockin beBee Dean Owen's suggestion for the tag line. Thanks for the mention too, sweet of you!

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #17

I agree with you, Dean Dean Owen, and the rest of the beBee crew are building here. Perhaps, I can suggest a tag line: beBee - where intellect finds a home on social media. Cheers!

As long as your are as busy as a bee producing honey it is perfectly alright Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #15

Thank Ali Anani - which reminds me, I need to read your amazing ebook. Was prepping my pitch on the flight to HK last week so did not have time.

Dean Owen

5 years ago #14

Too true Gert Scholtz to name but a few who write stuff that has never been written before, new ideas. Too many couch journalists on LinkedIn who consistently repackage wikipedia or other peoples lists. I am so much more enjoying the content on my beBee feed as authors discover they are not shackled to their professional lives. Reminds me, I need to subscribe to many authors now that the newsletter is launched.

Great achievements Dean Owen. Variety is the spice of life and you prove it

Dean Owen

5 years ago #12

Thanks Franci Eugenia Hoffman, I need to catch up on all last week's buzzes. Looks like it might be an all nighter!

Gert Scholtz

5 years ago #11

Dean Owen The refreshing aspect of beBee is that articles cover such a wide array of interests. BeBee does not focus only the "Ten Steps to Your Next Promotion" and such increasingly boring and irrelevant topics. The topics you cover best illustrates this - music, travel, irreverent, fun and then you also had the more serious and informative article on the Demise of the Day Trader which I found intriguing. Keep going Dean and thanks to beBee!

Bravo, Dean Owen. You know, beBee seems to pull out the best in all of us. Let the sun continue to shine on the beBee bees! Let darkness loom over the wasps so they will lose their way. I will check out your hive and BTW, I posted a buzz featuring 10 recently formed hives with under 100 members. There are many new hives that bees are not yet aware of.

Dean Owen

5 years ago #9

Too right Paul-sensei. This affinity thing works! Now if only I can secure my seed funding in the next month or so and hire the best ghost writers in the business ! Now, whilst I was in HK last week, I didn't have any time to read the amazing posts on beBee, but I did catch a glimpse of an article on ribs! Now let me go and catch up on some lost reading....

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #8

I just joined , I am IN !!! :)

Dean Owen

5 years ago #7

You should come on over and join the "Comedy Club" Hive Brian McKenzie. I am sure your stories of Love-Dating-Marriage in Kyrzbekistan will qualify!

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #6

we do love positive people !

Dean Owen

5 years ago #5

Totally agree on the wasps. Even wasp honey is inedible!

Dean Owen

5 years ago #4

It'll bee tough for you Ken-sama as you hit the jackpot on almost all your posts!

Dean Owen

5 years ago #3

Thank you dear Anees Zaidi, isn't beBee the perfect venue?!

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #2

Great articles and stories ! We enjoy a lot your stories. I love music, travel, cars, watches, entrepreneurs.... so many things ! But the most important thing is that beBee is proud of our bees, our super bees, our queen bees, our worker bees, honey bees , everyone !!!!! Long life to the bees. Wasps, get away from us ! Get your fingers out of my face !! Wasps please Stay in LI !! :)

Ken Boddie

5 years ago #1

In spite of me having some melancholic personality, Dean, I'm going to resist your tempting invitation to analyse my posts over the last couple of months. Just happy to continue with engagement, both serious and frivolous, in all beBee honey, whether it flows from me or others. Save me a regular front row seat, however. at your "one stop venue". 👏 👏 👏

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