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February 1st, 2012

Resolutions Revisited

Here we are … one month in to 2012. So, how is everyone doing with their resolutions?

I think I am off to a pretty good start if I do say so myself. I resolved to be more committed – To myself and my happiness by being more active and eating better. While, I’m off to a slow start on this particular item I did commit to join Weight Watchers toady, thanks to my company for offering a free 12 month membership! It was enough to kick start my love affair with the gym. We got all hot and heavy on the eliptical machine like noone was watching :D

I created my budget and have been *trying* to keep on track. Mint helps me when I stray.

I have certainly been more active here, inconsistently, but active! Hopefully between my senseless ramblings and occasional sponsored posts I can even revive the old podcast! Sadly, that’s going to require a new site build and with the shortage on snow days it might take me till April to find time to dive into WordPress databases.

Yes, I have been keeping quite social IRL, getting out, exploring my new surroundings …. next up I am proposing to write a column for a community publication from a single girl’s perspective on the bar & restaurant scene. Perhaps a Do’s and Don’ts of Dating in Morristown?

I recently reactivated my online dating profile. I’m not spending much time scouring the site, but I’m there. Maybe I’ll find myself on a date or two in the coming months?

Career wise all is well. My team is growing and I took my first business related trip to the West Coast not too long ago.

Not too shabby for 1 month in … and many more great things to come this year! Rumor has it I’m playing around with ideas of writing my very own book! A digital publication of course :)

XOXO Diva

November 10th, 2010

Why Twitter?

Once upon a time I was in a dead-end marriage. My self esteem was at an all time low, all my friends were miles away and began to feel very anti-social.

I needed an outlet.

My computer became my source of socialization out side of work and I immersed myself in online communities. It started with MySpace (before it got all trashy), forums, then Second Life.

It was a way for me to escape my reality and connect to interesting people from all over the world. I’ve made some amazing friends online, many who I have been fortunate enough to meet through conventions and local event.

Twitter buzz began around this time 2006 and I totally didn’t get it. What was the point? Most of the people I socialized with online were in Second Life so why did I need to “follow” them on Twitter? And who’s idea was this 140 character limitation!?

Two months later I caved.

I got tired of feeling left out and I caught a case of the beta bug, which over the next couple years would lead me on a wild goose chase for the next great networking fad, but Twitter never faded.

Three years, a Divorce and some odd months later I’m still here. My contributions to Twitter have evolved from being part of the early stage community where it seemed like everybody was connected to my present day narcissistic babble.

So why Twitter?

My Twitter is a community of my peers. A support system. All of my closest friends are on Twitter and we use it as a place to keep up with each other thought the day. It’s convenient like that. Sure I could sit down and write an email to each of them or blast a few general paragraphs out to the group, but it’s just easier to Tweet.

There is always a conversation happening. Wether it be about life, relationships, celebrity gossip, current events, or the latest gadgets released. You can easily dip in an out as time and attention span allows.

It is and always has been the fastest and most efficient way to share content. From my personal blogs and podcasts to upcoming events. A simple Tweet (with the proper formatting) can be easily Tweeted and Re-Tweeted to your followers and beyond.

And most of all – Twitter is my very own Life Line. A history of my life over the past few years that I occasionally refer to. I love to read back on where I have been and how far I have come.

To some it may seem silly, a waste of time and such, but to me it’s obviously much much more.

What is it for you?

November 4th, 2010

No Filter Here

I over-share on the Internet. I Tweet, I Foursquare, I Flickr … pretty much every thing that is part of my life gets exposed to the web.

Not everyone is as open as I am. I guess I just have no filters, which is strange because I have always been quite a shy person… well, around new people and in new situations. I know I totally don’t come off that way, but I am.

So when new people come into my life, especially if it’s via one of my social outlets, I expect that they accept this behaviour from me.

I’m not very good about respecting other’s privacy. It’s not even something I consider when I am twittering away about this, that and the other… and certainly not when I am blogging. I just sort of open up a note pad and let my thoughts flow from my brain out through my fingers hoping they hit all the right keys.

I realize this could cause some serious conflicts in my “Real Life” specifically when a guy comes along who may not be so open or willing to be subject matter. My first thought is “Why wouldn’t he want me to talk about him?” I assume he must be hiding something, perhaps other relationships and he is afraid he will be exposed.

It’s just so normal to me that I never think maybe they just aren’t comfortable with strangers reading about how “he did the sweetest thing today”, or “man, he really ticked me off when”.

What is the right approach to take with the people in your life when it comes to social media? Do you ask them upfront if they mind? or at a certain point in the relationship?

I guess I just need a filter. Put in on my Christmas list!

December 5th, 2008

Who’s Excited for The Future!?

2009 is just around the corner and I’m getting super excited to see what the future has in store for me … and for us!! I’ve been thinking a lot about social media lately, reminiscing on how it’s evolved over the past 3 years as I have known “it” and how I have personally adapted and evolved (some may think devolved) as a result of it.

So, with a little bit of inspiration to my hero and friend Chris Brogan I’m making an early resolution to deliver content – I’m not gonna say killer ’cause it’s never been my intention to provide anything more then mediocre…especially here. This particular blog has no target audience and is more an outlet for me to mind-dump and babble about what ever floats my boat at the time.

I’ve been feeling very washed up lately. I’m in a social slump. I’m still maintaining my networks…Twitter, Plurk, Second Life, Facebook, etc…but the connections feel as though they are fading a bit. My network feels diluted and I often look at the “friends” I’ve acquired and wonder who are these people? How do we know each-other? and Why the heck are they following/friending me?? Maybe I’m just growing senile or I’ve reached my maximum efriends quota.

When I look back to a year ago, even two, when I was a new media n00b I was fortunate enough to have some of the internet’s best (CC_Chapman, Chris Brogan, Spin Martin, just to name a few ’cause there are so many more that it would take months to list them all) to follow and learn from. I felt as though I was part of this huge and loving social media family. I felt like I belonged.

I guess I still feel like I belong, but I also feel guilty for slacking off and not keeping up with the “Family” by contributing more. I don’t create content as much as I should or would like to. I just keep creating places to put content or agreeing to help others grow their sites by contributing my ideas and efforts. To date I *think* I have 9 blogs. Yes, nine … 2 of which are linked to podcasts that I produce. I am really not even interesting enough to be maintaining one, let alone NINE!!

So, I resolve to get organized before 2009 hits and create a weekly posting routine. One in-which I will feel as though my efforts in creating these outlets was more then just a whim or idea to occupy me for a weekend or two.

It all starts now. Place your bets on how long this will last. Will I even make it a week? Month? Maybe should I just give it all up and stick to the easy road – Twitter twitter twitter… of-course I have 3 of those! :)