My blog has taken many different twists and turns as the road of life has met me. While painters work outside and the floor installation continues inside, their work reminded me of all of my and my Wife’s DIY pursuits. And it is that vien that will mark another topical shift. I spent this morning crafting some new blogposts… look for some new content very soon.
Chronicling my adventures in DIY, Home Improvement, Barbeque and Fatherhood
I don’t often write about my work. In fact, I have a pseudo unwritten rule of not blogging about work due to repercussions I’ve seen played out. But, I do make exceptions.
Back in 2005 when I left the NC Zoo I wrote about my departure. And much like I did back then, I am writing this post.
Many of my co-workers from Hafele are on Facebook and some even blog or, operate Websites with their spouses. Many appreciated what I had done for the company digitally by expanding the Company’s footprint into email, social media, and blogging. Some things were going quite well… like having the Twitter account ranked #1 of Top 20 Building Products Brands to follow on Twitter. Or, helping start #kbtribechat. There is no doubt in my mind that it has been a great run at Hafele with a ton of great people.
After having some frank career discussions I started thinking and searching. Through some networking and LinkedIn a new opportunity surfaced… in an Agency.
Some chats with a few people in agencies (thank you V and others), then rounds of interviews culminated with an offer. I am pleased to write that next week, I turn over a leaf and start a new job at BEM Interactive. I look forward to helping a variety of clients with their Social, SEO, email marketing and whatever “internet” comes next.
P.S.Interestingly enough I am not the only one making a change this season.
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5) In the Available Services box click add a new service
For label enter: LinkedIn
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At a young age I came under the influence of Christopher Robin, Pooh, Pigglet, Tigger, Owl, Eeyore, Roo, Kanga and the 100 Acre Wood. The birthday celebrations, windy days and other adventures were a source of awe and wonder as an infant and toddler.
Reading lots of other blogs and tweetstreams observing how others create, I thought: “What has Winnie the Pooh taught me that applies to Social Media?”
Here’s my list:
1.) Share willingly – Even the sometimes obstinate Pooh would yield his “huny” pot to another interested friend eventually. Share what you have it’s part of who you are.
2.) It’s not how many but, the quality of friends, fans, followers – Pooh has eight friends, total. Am I suggesting you limit yourself? No. Just try to keep your connections as real as possible. Following spam /non-human accounts just dilute the quality of what you are talking about.
3.) Take time to care – There is something amazing about Social Media. You seem to get more the more you give. Taking time to “stop by and check” on someone can be powerful and connecting. Might even result in an adventure or party.
4.) Don’t get too bothered – You will have a difference of opinion, maybe with someone more famous than you. It’s okay. Don’t let it ruffle your feathers.
Now that I have a child all this sharing and caring seems to have some extra meaning. What has Pooh taught you about Social Media? Leave me a comment.
P.S. If you didn’t know (and I didn’t until I wrote this post): A new Winne the Pooh movie is due out this Summer and it’s NOT in 3-D!