I am now an active volunteer writer for the Houston interactive Marketing Association (HiMA), a collaborative, connected community of leaders in the Houston interactive industry. I am helping with all of their writing needs–from press releases to direct mail postcards to all of their e-mail communication to the membership. Though only three years old, HiMA has monthly events and an annual conference that rivals even larger groups. The speaker line-ups include such luminaries of Web 2.0 that you might think you’re on the Left Coast rather than the Gulf Coast. In August, they will bring in Nita Rollins, co-author of The OPEN Brand for their monthly luncheon. In September, the keynote speaker for their annual conference Interactive Strategies ’08: Secrets Exposed will be Tara Hunt, author of the soon-to-be-published The Whuffie Factor.