Things I think about while I’m on hold….

You know what I can’t wrap my head around – people who get worked up over twitter follows or facebook friends.

Do I care if someone unfollowed me on Twitter or unfriended me on Facebook?

Um…NO! 99% of the time I wouldn’t even notice. (How DO people know the second you unfollow and WHY are they keeping track?)
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Superstitious? or just plain Weird?

I’ve noticed lately I have some weird habits…superstitions…whatever you want to call it.

For instance…
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Sharing the Road with Cyclists. Teach me.

Do NOT rip me a new one for posting this.

I hate cyclists on the streets.

WHY? Because I have no freakin clue how to treat them! I took Drivers Ed a bazillion years ago and I grew up in the country. No one was riding their bikes in the city and if they were, they were on the side walks.
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Angry Birds & Hot Yoga

Ok…couple weeks into Hot Yoga and I had the BEST practise on Saturday! (practise…see? I’m doing yoga-speak already) Getting familiar with all the moves and it feels sooooo good. My body is acclimatized to the heat so I don’t even feel like my head is going to explode in to a million pieces any more. Love, love, love the hot yoga.
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Veteran Voices of Canada

Ok…I know I ALWAYS get giddy about my new projects. Cilantro & Chive…my first paying gig & a new restaurant!…Yummy Custom Cakes…because, HELLO, it’s cupcakes and I got to do pink website!…Certified Tax & Accounting because she let me go outside a boring old accounting website like every accounting firm has and be unique….Farion Acoustical Architecture Inc. because I was intrigued by his work…guy did a study on reducing the noise in hockey arenas when the puck hits the boards, who’d have thought people do this kind of work?…Work&Life/Balanced because it was a clean site (my favourite kind!) and Keri was the most easy going client EVER!…and my 4 other sites in the wings that I can’t talk about yet. Each exciting for totally different reasons.
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Sometimes my weirdness turns out pretty awesome

So..this past weekend a family stayed with us we’ve never met. By never met…I mean in person – I’d talked with her a LOT and seen pictures of her family growing up over the past 8 years. EIGHT YEARS! Amy and I met 8 years ago when a group of us blogged on MSN Spaces. Since then…after Spaces retired, we’ve kept up with one another through facebook.

She’d posted she was planning holidays to Drumheller and West Ed, I saw it and immediately demanded STAY WITH US! Her and her 3 kids did! What a FANTASTIC weekend! We played games, went to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Centrefest, had a campfire and caught some belly dancing at It’s All Greek to Me.

Every night my husband would ask…”Seriously, no surprises? She’s what you thought?” Nope, no surprises. No awkward moments. No OMG WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE IN MY HOUSE! It was like having an old friend here to catch up with. The ONLY thing I was surprised by was her voice, because I’d never heard it before. She said mine was bang on to what she expected. I guess she just knew I’d have a high pitched whiney voice 😉

So…REAL relationships CAN be built online, just sayin 😉

Thanks for coming Amy, we had a great time with your family!

From my Brain to yours

I took a Webinar yesterday from Gary Vaynerchuk called “How to Fully Commit to Social Media”.

ya, I know. Brenda, could you BE more committed (addicted) to social media? But I knew he had a good rep and I wanted to hear him speak and his thoughts on marketing. His talk was on how old school thinking can leave you in the dust.

Here’s some point form things I took away from it. My thoughts are in italics.

  • What to automate on social media? ZERO. People think I’m crazy when I tell them this. IF you’re automating, you’re not present.
  • Engagement changes the relationship. Actually talking to people, using their names, giving a shit. Important stuff.
  • Being romantic in business is the easiest way to go out of it: don’t hold on to how things were! Saying “we’re doing fine without social media” is resisting change. Change is GOOD people! Embrace it 🙂
  • Social Media sites have the cleanest data that exists. Nielsen has low sample sizes and doesn’t represent the actual #’s
  • The way we need to reach people is not a 30 sec commercial. Must be more creative, less salesy – you have to actually care now. People need to connect, need an emotional attachment.
  • Your message is getting spammy, unless you show that you care. If all you do is promote your services and never engage, you are spam my friend.
  • Social media is connecting us like we are in a small town. This makes me SO FREAKIN HAPPY!
  • World is changing quickly – Need to get dramatically more creative by actually giving a crap.
  • Social Media isn’t a short-term platform, but a long-term investment. You won’t see results in a week, a month. Got to be in for the long haul.
  • Google+ is in trouble, but don’t bet against Google. Maybe they’ll buy Twitter. WHAAATTTT??

And my absolute favourite quote of the session?

While we are getting more Jetsons, the Flintstones are winning.

Tell me that isn’t awesome. Technology, technology, technology, if you aren’t building relationships, you may as well fly off in your bubble.

 

Gary is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author who is also a self-trained wine and social media expert. Check him out here. (did you catch that? Social Media AND wine!

Social Media Pet Peeves

Things that make me mental on social media:

  • Making pleas to your facebook friends to babysit your kids. I can’t even begin to explain on how many levels this is just not smart. Advertisement for disaster. not smart. stop doing it.
  • Not responding to tweets. If someone tweets you and you are a business owner? ANSWER THEM FOR GAWD’S sake or after a while they’ll give up and you’ve lost a potential client/customer.
  • Non-stop poor me facebook statuses or tweets. Get a therapist and work that shit out. That’s what I do.
  • Fake twitter accounts. If you have to make up a fake account to say things about or to people (a) Maybe you should keep it off twitter or (b) stop acting 12
  • Syncing your every twitter post to your facebook. Or vice versa. Constant tweets that cut off so you have to go to facebook to read them are lame.

That’s all I got…for now 😉 What makes you crazy?

What I Know this Week

My week’s random thoughts.

  • Don’t try something once and not try it again. Kettlebells is wicked, glad I gave it a second chance. But running? Running DOES suck, I’ve given it multiple chances.
  • If you are selling a product, hire a photographer for your key product shots you are putting on your website. PLEASE. sooooo worth it.
  • If this fuzz flying around doesn’t go away soon, I WILL chop my face off.
  • The twitter machine broke yesterday and I’m pretty sure I had an aneurysm of some form
  • I’m crazy excited about some new sites I get to start on next week!! WHOOP!!!!
  • That whole “grass is greener on the other side” thing is bullshit. It’s not. I’m going to make my own grass green, by watering the shit out of it.

What do you know this week?