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Social Media: A Journey…

“The term Social Media describes tools, websites and software that allows people to connect and share…. Social Media Marketing is all about gaining that Social Media exposure in a tactical way, all why carefully avoiding getting blocked or banned.” Chris Garrett

A Social Media Journey: Six Degrees and more...

What does Social Media mean to you? It seems like only yesterday when a colleague at a marketing firm invited me to join an online business group – LinkedIn. At the time, I believe this was in 2004 or so, I didn’t know what to make of it. I wasn’t particularly interested in posting my personal business contact information online but, with some nudging and the reminder that it was for professional networking, I relented. It took me another year or two to revisit the site and start taking my involvement a tad more seriously. It was through my joining LinkedIn that I got to know about WordPress and started my very first blog here.

Slowly but surely, other friends invited me to join other sites and before I knew it, I was linkedIn, twitter’d, facebook’d, ning’d, myspace’d, flickr’d and networked all over town. I believe 2009 was my year of the network marathon; I ran or, perhaps, galloped is a better visual … to join many sites. To date, I’ve joined all the popular social network sites and probably many more that aren’t as popular. The majority of sites I joined were for creative pursuits; writing, photography, music and conversations on blogging and more. It has been both exhilarating and exhausting; as much effort is needed to create and maintain viable friendships online.

How has the journey been? I remember the day I decided to discard my assumed name on Facebook and just be me. Within 24 hours, I connected with several friends from my high school days and even found a long lost childhood friend. When I joined Twitter, even though I had reservations about my initial foray there, I met new groups of people from all walks of life who became friends; with a 140 character tweet, I/we get to chat with some pretty amazing, powerful, entertaining tweeps or tweeple.

Sure, digital stalkers on Twitter were periodically blocked for “strange behavior or activity,”however, the majority are hardworking, focused people who use the medium to share valuable, hot topic, life enriching/life saving information. Businesses continue to use it as way to connect directly to consumers. Every social network site I joined tried to offer something unique to make visiting an enjoyable event. I even took several fantastic workshops and webinars on making the social media experience productive and positive… It has been quite the journey.

Social Media: Brian Solis & Jesse3 The Conversation Prism.com 3.0

While much has been said about Social Media and its deeper social-cultural implications on how we communicate, I blogged on it here, one thing I know for sure is that it opens the door for us to truly experience that six-degrees-of-separation phenomena. Social networks truly embody the idea of communicating in a global village and the village continues to grow; both organically and through innovative communities. In my 2-3 short years of becoming actively engaged in connecting and conversing in communities on the internet, I have met people from every possible country in the world. The connections have not necessarily been with people exactly like me, homogeneity has its place, but rather the door widened to bring in folk of all ilk … I like that!

At some point in my journey, I would probably say last fall, I realized that instead of joining more and more networks; believe me there are new ones created daily, I would be better off focusing my energy on maximizing my relationships on fewer sites and building friendships that were mutually beneficial. In the long run, building mutually beneficial, respectful connections help us learn and grow. I joined the Post A Day 2011 challenge on WordPress because I enjoy blogging and also because I recognize how valuable it is to connect with other bloggers in such a focused, albeit incredibly challenging, way.

Which do you keep and which to leave behind? While this is an important question, I haven’t made any decisions. Why? I don’t know yet, but I do know that the journey has been a positive one and I appreciate all the people and connections I have made to date. Recently, a friend invited me to join Quora and I’m still thinking about it…  Has social media changed you? I don’t think it has changed me per se, however, it has enriched my online experience and provided many opportunities for me to share ideas and exchange information with people around the world. It has exposed me to many brilliant, funny, kind, insightful, talented, and, in some instances, truly crazy folk.

Every day, I learn something new from my interactions and get a chance to connect, even briefly, with another soul. For that, I am grateful and I have no regrets. What has your social media/network journey been like so far? Are you totally plugged in and need to pull some plugs out? Do share! This post is partly in response to a prompt from Mamakat’s Writer’s Workshop: How has social media changed you?

Positive Motivation Tip: The journey from an online connection to an offline friendship is becoming ubiquitous. Cherish your connections.

PHOTO CREDITS: Six Degrees of Separation via GNU Free Documentation License on Wikipedia
The Conversation Prism by Brian Solis & Jesse3 via The Conversation Prism.com

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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More than a Dust of Snow…

“How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss and all was said.” Victor Hugo

Picture this: Captured Snowy Moments via eof

This was meant to be a quick post and a brief one at that…
but serendipity has it way of steering us to things that matter more than our human desire to get it over and done with. Today, I woke up feeling deeply perturbed by the pain and sadness in our world; the sadness that comes knocking on our doors unexpectedly and the seemingly thoughtless ways we inflict it on each other… I’m not sure which event prompted my discomfort: Was it the story of the service for the little 9 year old caught in the gunfire? Was it the stark white solemn silence I felt looking at the mounds of snow outside? Or was it something innocuous like the shift in planets and the fact that my twins lamented that, with this new discovery, they were no longer Sagittarians but some new fangled sign called Ophiuchus!

Apparently this new zodiac sign has tilted the configuration of the standard 12 to now include a 13th… You know, the number 13, which is not typically considered a lucky number… So here comes Ophiuchus I mused, and logged on to update this post and send it on its merry way… but as I said before, serendipity was insisting that I log on to Twitter and scan the conversation; not join it.  I logged on and soon enough, my eyes drifted to a post by a twitter friend @escapeintolife and I followed him home. I soon found an amazing site that I encourage you to visit; EscapeIntoLife.com

EscapeIntoLife.com is an online arts journal that features art reviews, poetry, essays, literally tons of art, and is dedicated to the memory of its brilliant, creative and deeply reflective founder; Christopher R. Al-Aswad. When I stumbled upon this feast for the eyes, heart, mind and soul, I was immediately drawn to beautiful pieces in both the written word and visual presentations. The site is an incredibly heartwarming tribute to Chris’s memory and it also showcases some of his work. Chris Al-Aswad, son of highly regarded Chicago based artist, Rosalind Al-Aswad, passed away in July 2010 and I know you will be touched and impressed by the body of work and loyal friendships he left behind.

Some of the offerings I enjoyed today were: presentations of the creative works, art and videos, of the following artists; Sean ScullyThe Inner Meaning of Abstraction; Artist Watch via Works by Istvan Sandorfi; Artist Watch via Works by Victor Castillo and a provocative fictional piece by Twitter friend Annie Q Syed - A Sketch of Truth
From Chris’s collection of artistic work, I read parts of his Blog of Innocence: Scenes from a Novel of Life and, I hope they won’t mind, I couldn’t help but share one of his poems below… Do visit the site and support them creatively and with a donation to keep it running.

The Pleasures are Fleeting by Chris Al-Aswad via EscapeIntoLife.com
the pleasures are fleeting,
on some days you’re wondering
if they even exist
but in the slow station
of all our lives, a moment of being
comes and goes, lingers for awhile
out of a plateau, pleasures rise
this wondrous hot spring
fills you with momentary delight
and even the thoughts you are thinking
echo with reason and brilliance
and even the coffee tastes incredibly rich
so you want more of the experience
and less of the waiting, I suggest
a simple remedy, I suggest
breathing, maybe taking a break with me
on the pier, we’ll sit and listen to
the waves crash

As I was about to log off, I stumbled across a tweet from Chris Anderson.
He is head of the innovative company TED; they offer brilliant, riveting, thought shifting talks by remarkable people, and offer them free to the world to enjoy. @TedChris‘s tweet was a heart wrenching reminder of his beautiful, smart and loving daughter Zoe whom he lost, on December 28, 2010, to carbon monoxide. As a parent, my heart went out to the family and when I saw the pictures shared in Zoe’s’ memory; she was such a vibrant and happy soul, I wept.

In honor of her memory,  Chris and family have created an environmental fundraiser via the
Sapling Foundation that I encourage you to read and contribute to.  Zoe Anderson Memorial facebook page has also been created to honor this bright and enthusiastic young woman’s life and memory. She was 24.

My deepest condolences and prayers for light , love and healing go out to both the Al-Aswad and the Anderson families…

To close, I have added a Robert Frost poem that would have been the only original addition to this post… Hug your loved ones, live life fully, and be grateful for the gift of a long life. Your thoughts?

DUST OF SNOW by Robert Lee Frost
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Positive Motivation Tip: Cherish the moments in the winter as if summer will never come… Each moment counts. :-)

PHOTO CREDITS:  From my personal collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank

Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

Twelve Motivational Tips for the New Year…

“In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing.” Philip Gilbert Hamilton

Motivational Tips: Blossom, bloom... and grow

As we wind down the final days of 2010, thoughts and plans for the New Year are high on our lists and on our minds. Whether we end up having an amazing, accomplished 2011 will depend on several factors; particularly our attitude and our effort.
I don’t know about you, but this has been a trying year for me; with its share of ups and downs… What I have learned is that while we might not be able to choose the overall circumstances of events in our lives, we are fully able to choose our responses to them. Choosing a clearheaded, positive mental attitude is one option, choosing to not be a doormat is another. What have you chosen to date? How do you plan to shift directions?

A LinkedIn friend once posed the question: “You alone are responsible for your happiness” – Do you agree with this? I read the question and agreed that we choose our happiness. Definitely, we have a choice in how we wish to react to situations; welcoming happiness, like wallowing in misery, is a choice. To think otherwise is … to open the door to more misery.

I have pulled together twelve positive, motivational tips to help us all navigate our way into the coming year with the energy and anticipation of great things coming our way. Is there a tip you’d like me to add? Are there things you plan to do differently? Do share and I’ll add more to our list. Did you include any tips on your game plan that would be beneficial to us all? Do Share. Thank you!

“What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.” Hecato, Greek philosopher

• Be thankful for the good in your life and maintain a positive attitude; the economy might suck but don’t let your attitude suck too. ♥♥♥
• Re-frame and refocus your personal goals; renew them as you progress through the year. Blossom and bloom like beautiful exotic flowers…♥♥♥
• Maintain a healthy mind-body-spirit lifestyle; eat, drink, party and exercise in moderation and get plenty of rest. ♥♥♥
Breathe … deeply. Renew your prayer life, meditate, contemplate, and push through the quagmire of life’s dark days. ♥♥♥
Expand your mind; read more and read widely, travel, connect with others, be a friend, love boldly. ♥♥♥
• Embrace new opportunities with joy and enthusiasm, develop deep links with your connections, and execute your plans with solid, achievable goals in hand. ♥♥♥
• Explore ways to grow your networking social ties; make new friends and business connections through online social networks and offline events. Try Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, Flickr, BlogFarm, SITSGirls, Stumbleupon, ActiveRain, Plaxo, Triiibes, Comluv, Timespeople and more. ♥♥♥
Engage your muse and learn a new skill, a language, skydiving, a new field of study, an exercise routine; formulate an exercise regimen that empowers you and produces results. ♥♥♥
• Commit to always act from a place of excellence; do your best work and update your knowledge base and skills set regularly. In your job hunt/search, remember to send a handwritten thank you note after each interview!♥♥♥
• Offer your talents and gifts in service to others; volunteer with a local charity and give back to your community. ♥♥♥
• Teach what you know and keep an open mind to learn more about what you don’t know…♥♥♥
Love who you are and what you are becoming and treat yourself and others with compassion and grace. ♥♥♥

“Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.” Miguel de Cervantes

Again, Is there a tip you’d like me to add to the list above? Are there items on the list that you plan to do differently? Do share and I’ll update mine? Do you have any tips on your game plan that would be beneficial to us all? Do Share. Thank you!
♥♥♥ Sending everyone Holiday Cheer and Happy New Year blessings!

Picture of tropical flowers via ars.usda

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank