Your Dream Might Be Outside This Zone

Tweet While traveling over the past two months, I have had a lot of time to think about “work.” Does a job have to be work? Should it be? I’ve lived my life up until this point under the idea that you should love what you spend your time and energy doing. There must be some level of passion. When I return from my travel at the end of this year after four months in Europe and two months in Asia, what will I do? What is next? Will I stay in Atlanta? Will I finally try a new city? I have about ten years of experience under my belt. By the time I’m forty years old, I will have more than doubled that. How should I spend that time? I could learn a lot in thirteen years. There are many possible answers to these questions but a few paths. I could choose to continue down the social media rabbit hole, which is very interesting and dynamic but not as fulfilling for me as it once was. Re-excite me. In many environments, the creativity this field once required has been stripped away. I want the creativity and bend back in my routine. I have been studying user experience design and mobile development. I can integrate this into a role. Perhaps combining these with my previous experience, I am looking at a broader digital role that requires an individual who can wear many hats. Oversee a digital team or work as a link and communicator between fields. Strategy! These ideas appeal to me especially if I can find a way...

Free Classes : Hands On Small Business, Brought To You By Kirtsy And Microsoft Office Live

Tweet I’ve been up to a great deal which I will update you all on soon! One of the most exciting of these activities is an upcoming series of free classes I will be teaching in Atlanta called Hands On Small Business, sponsored by Kirtsy and Microsoft Office Live. Here is the schedule of Atlanta classes and links to register: All of the classes will be held at: ATDC Headquarters at Georgia Tech Tech Square, 75 5th Street NW, Suite 202 Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 894-3575 MONDAY, OCTOBER 5TH, 6:00PM-8:00PM Click here to Register for this Event ————————- WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7TH, 6:00PM-8:00PM Click here to Register for this Event ————————- THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8TH, 7:00PM-9:00PM Click here to Register for this Event ————————- SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2:00PM-4:00PM Click here to Register for this Event ————————- SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2:00PM-4:00PM Click here to Register for this Event Learn more about Hands On Small Business after the jump! More about Hands On Small Business: Women across the country are coming together this October and November for the Hands On Small Business (#HOSB) series — all brought to you by the Politics, World and Business section of Kirtsy and the very good people of Microsoft Office Live. All 100 individual events will happen between October 5 and November 20, in 20 cities across the United States and Canada. The practical, hands-on sessions will offer direct advice, instruction, and application tips for free online and social media solutions to help small businesses and entrepreneurs. “The ‘hands-on’ sessions started as things often do, with neighbors and friends asking each other for help and advice on...

How To Identify A New Media Douchebag (And Save Yourself From Becoming One) – The Inaugural IgniteATL

Tweet Last night was the inaugural IgniteATL! About Ignite Started by Brady Forrest, Technology Evangelist for O’Reilly Media, and Bre Pettis of Etsy.com, formerly of MAKE Magazine, Ignite was inspired by Pecha Kucha Nights, where speakers are given 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds, giving each speaker 6 minutes and 40 seconds of fame. The first Ignite took place in Seattle in 2006, and since then the event has become an international phenomenon, with gatherings in Helsinki, Finland; Paris, France; New York, New York; and many other locations. Ignite has two parts: the Ignite contest, where people make things, and Ignite talks, where presenters get 20 slides and five minutes to make their point. You can opt to only have talks, but the contest is fun and can serve as a great warm-up for the talks. I helped organize the event with Colin Ake, Michael Mealling and Brandy Nagel and had almost 500 people RSVP for this kickoff event! The crowd gathered at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Midtown excited and curious of what the evening had in store. We saw presentations about everything from beer to liquid nitrogen and transportation to artificial intelligence! Huge thanks to all of our sponsors, especially MailChimp who enabled our great afterparty at Octane Coffee. An official wrap-up of the event will be over on the IgniteATL site soon with links to the presentations, photos, and video coverage of each. In addition to my help coordinating the event, I also contributed a presentation on “How To Identify A New Media Douchebag (And Save Yourself From Becoming One).” I don’t have video...

SXSW Panel Pitch: The State Of Music Blogs In 2010

Tweet One of the biggest conferences of every year (and my personal favorite) is SXSW, held every March in Austin, TX. The entire conference comprises of Music, Interactive and Film tracks over a two week period. Last year, I attended both Music and Interactive which was a great experience though quite exhausting! This year, I am pitching to speak on a panel with a friend I made through a mutual contact at SXSW 2008, Greg Swan, Editor of Minneapolis music blog PerfectPorridge.com. The topic of our panel is “The State Of Music Blogs In 2010.” Panel Description: Just how important are music blogs to the industry today, is that prominence growing or fading, and how will new technologies and strategies impact the marketing mix in the coming year? Join prominent music bloggers, record label and PR firm executives to discuss the state of the industry, what’s around the corner and how musicians and record labels can develop relationships with these blogging influencers. Questions We Will Discuss/Answer: Journalist or super fan: what does it mean to be a music blogger these days? How will the new FTC regulations on freebies to bloggers impact today’s marketing practices? How important are aggregation sites to a band or record label’s marketing strategy and bottom line? If video killed the radio star and blogs killed the music mags, what will kill the music blogs? While the RIAA is suing fans for illegally downloading music, bands and indie labels are begging blogs to give away their albums for free. What’s the future of profitability in selling music versus giving it away? What new technologies (e.g.,...

Noteworthy Social Media Reads

Tweet Stumbled across this interesting blog post: The Hierarchy Of Tweets – Analyzing The Psychology Of Twitter Alex Bogusky, Chairman of advertising powerhouse CP+B (Crispin Porter + Bogusky), has officially entered the world of blogging. His first blog post is being hosted on a popular new blogging platform, Posterous, similar to competitor Tumblr. And while Crispin is on the table, Fast Company discusses how Crispin Porter + Bogusky’s Crowdsourcing Experiment Backfires when trying to crowdsource designers for a...