Updated Contact Form!

January 16, 2012 | Comments Off on Updated Contact Form! | Uncategorized

This week I updated my contact form, as I hinted I might last week, to include my new P.O. Box, LinkedIn and Twitter links, and phone number. If you have a question for me, want some web copy written or editing done, or need general advice and training on blogging or social media, feel free to let me know!

I also finished Pour Your Heart Into It, by Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks. Although the book was published back in 1997, and obviously quite a lot has happened since then, I still enjoyed reading about how Starbucks got started, the creation of the Frappucino and Starbucks ice cream, important points and people in the development of the company, etc.

Because I am a coffee drinker (as an occasional treat, not a daily basis), and I find Starbucks just about the perfect temperature and sweetness, it was interesting to read about their approach to coffee. And as someone interested in international business, the book offered several reminders of the integral facets to a global trade like coffee – working conditions, weather conditions, and more.

I’m getting back into client work after a successful week at Boxcar last week, where among other things I caught up on customer service requests in my queue there. The blueberry season will be here before you know it, so it’s time to get back in the regular content-generating stream.

I’ve also been touching base with past clients, taking care of administrative things like taxes, and exploring tools like SpringPadIt for keeping track of my bookmarked links and organizing them (vs. just saving to “Read Later” with the Diigo toolbar). Classes start back up this week; we’ll see what great new things I get to learn about and share here!


Posting Progress

January 8, 2012 | Comments Off on Posting Progress | Social Media & Marketing

It’s a week into the new year, and I’m here to report back about my progress.

My work these days is largely Boxcar, but I’m still doing freelance work for Numana, Chautauqua Hills Farm, and sometimes others on the side.

It’s very gratifying to get comments back at Boxcar like:

In the past week I helped complete the editing and posting of an e-book on considerations with regards to successfully growing blueberries for Chautauqua Hills Farm.

I also made further progress in reading through the Howard Schultz book, and had a positive email exchange with a local business.

And just before the end of the year, I finally bit the bullet and got a P.O. Box, so I could let domain privacy expire here and start an (infrequent) e-newsletter if I want. So my Contact page will likely soon be being updated!

Excited about that, and look forward to having more to report soon!


Happy New Year – Here’s to Finishing!

January 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Happy New Year – Here’s to Finishing! | Social Media & Marketing

This is a three-paragraph post – short and to the point. First, I’m very glad to have had this blog/website for nearly a year now. In conjunction with my freelance work, it’s been great to have a place to point people to when they ask what I do (and I love having matching business cards and note pad). Despite being busy with school and work, it’s motivated me to keep working on my own projects and learning too.

One of those projects this past year was reading – I had a list of books I wanted to read, and while I didn’t get to all of them, I did read far more than I had been the previous year, and even in this last week I completed two more books from my list – The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and SWITCH: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath. Both were great, and I’m currently engaged in reading Pour Your Heart Into It by Howard Schultz, about the founding and growth of Starbucks through about 1997.

The goal these days is results…and the way I’m promoting that is by blogging about things after I complete them. It’s an emphasis on finishing, and it’s been serving me well. I was inspired by conversations with friends about the respective values of progress, effort, and results, and by this great article from Jon Acuff. It’s often easy to start new things and hard to finish old ones. So instead of new resolutions, I’m just posting on my blog. Today. And reading a book from last year’s list. And it feels great. Happy New Year!