social media

I bet you think this post is about you

Once upon a time, long long ago, when you acted like an ass or crazy lady, or just did something plain stupid, mean or funny, the story spread as quickly as one could tell two friends. And then they’d tell two friends, and so on and so on. But we no longer live in Faberge Shampoo kinda times. You don’t need two friends anymore. You just need a blog, Twitter or Facebook account. Share your tale blindly in cyberspace and before you know it, everyone knows the kind of shampoo you use. The internet and social media move rants, rumours, and [...]

Happy Birthday: Lessons from a 1-year old blog

Today is the first birthday of my blog, This is Actually Happening.  In the past year, I have learned a lot about the benefits and challenges of having a blog – actually, several blogs. In addition to Actually Happening, I also have my Freestone company blog, and I am the editor and author of blogs for two of my clients. Needless to say, I jumped head first into blogging this past year. Trial by fire; learning at mach speed. I get asked by clients and colleagues about what it is like to have and upkeep a blog. So in honour [...]

Are you a social media late bloomer?

It’s okay to admit it. Some consider blooming late to be a good thing. Malcolm Gladwell for one. In an essay called “Late Bloomers” in The New Yorker, Gladwell shares a perspective on late bloomers, suggesting that late bloomers aren’t late starters, but instead are people that take their time to explore and experiment their way towards creativity, genius and success. I admit I am a late bloomer when it comes to social media for my business (and a late bloomer in so many other areas, to be truthful). And no matter what the experts and the internet says, the [...]

Four reasons why Canadian politics might actually be interesting in 2011

Okay, so I think politics are interesting every day of every year, but most Canadians would completely disagree. And I can understand why most would feel this way. But this year should be different. Here’s four reasons why.