Great Post About Fan Pages

December 22, 2009

Clearly, I have been irritated with the progress of my Facebook Fan Page.  Today I read a great blog post by Francisco Rosales.  His blog socialmouths is all about personal branding, social media, and blog designing.

Check out Francisco’s post – it’s great!

Daily Fact

December 22, 2009

2009 Traditional Advertisements Decline:

  • Newspapers 18.7%
  • TV 10.1%
  • Radio 11.7%
  • Magazines 14.8%

2009 Digital Advertising Growth

  • Cell 18.1%
  • Computer/Internet 9.2%

–> Pepsi just announced for the first time since 1987, they will not be advertising during the Super Bowl.

Startup Idea

December 21, 2009

I went out this weekend only to once again be surrounded by guys.  All my girlfriends took the smart path and picked up and left after college.  Now, I’m stuck in Madison spending my weekends with the boys, drinking beer, watching the games, playing poker, and setting my fantasy football lineup. The only thing that makes me the girl of the group is I do not engage their bodily function competitions.

I long for my girlfriends back. I want to go dancing, drink martinis, watch a sappy movie, and judge men as they walk by – not women! However, I have come to the realization that my girlfriends are not coming back.  Madison is a great place to live, but not the right place to make new friends that are my own age.  I’m not longer in college, thus I’m not meeting people in college.  The people I work with have families at home. Where are the ladies my age?

This problem is not just a problem I have.  My friends that have moved away are trying to make new friends but tend to be in the same situation as I am in. When you pick up and move to a strange place by yourself, it can be scary and you can often feel alone.

Here is my solution – an online best friend locator site.  If one in eight married couples have met online, why can’t we meet friends online.  There has to be a some sort of formula that can introduce us to our new best friends. I think this site would work! We are not ashamed to use the internet to find the love of our life, why not use the internet to find friends?

Okay, so someone might tell me to go to the gym and start mingling, join an indoor soccer league, go to a wine tasting – sure I could do that, but at the gym I’m not going to turn to the lady that is showering next to me and try to become friends. Have you seen the Burger King commercial? My indoor soccer team would end up hating me because I would probably cry if I got hit by the ball, and lastly, I am going to assume the majority of the people at the wine tasting are couples sampling for their weddings.

Alright I admit it, I need to be more optimistic, but I think if I had the opportunity to meet a friend online I would feel way more comfortable. Plus, if I met the person and decided they could never be my best friend I could just send them a good-bye email. 🙂

The Next Great Generation!

December 21, 2009

I’ll admit it – I use Facebook to snoop around in my friends lives and see what is going on in their world. I recently came across a friends profile to find out she was an editor for The Next Great Generation blogging site – so obviously I decided to check it out.

This site is pretty neat, it is a blogging site for the Y-Generation.  Anyone ages 18-25 can blog openly on topics that range from brands, to health, to the military, to interviews, to becoming a vegetarian.  It has more than a 100 different authors all with their own profiles that are continuously writing about things that effect them in their every day life.

I read one blog, then another, then another. I found myself addicted to what people were saying.  Currently it is Food Week at The Next Great Generation – how great is this?! One of my favorite posts is I’m A Picky Eater. Definitely something I can relate to.

I think why I enjoyed this website so much is because there are so many posts I can relate to.  I realized that I’m not the only one out there with my problems.  There are so many other Y Generationers that are experiencing the same thing I am feeling.  The Next Great Generation gives people of generation a place to fit in, and a place to find someone to relate to – a place of belonging. 15

Daily Fact

December 21, 2009

80% of Twitter posts come from mobile devices.

Thought:  How long will it be until Facebook lets you send a text message to your account to update your status? My guess…6 months!

This morning I got to the gym at 6:30.  I had so much on my mind, that I didn’t realize it was 8:30 before I left.  I kept trying to reason why we weren’t required to take professionalism classes in college.  When preparing for the “real world” it should be important that we not only learn the facts but are taught how to go from a life of inappropriate drinking games to a life of professionalism.

When I started out my first job, everyone was so friendly – like they wanted to be my friend.  Quickly I learned that these people were not my friends they were my co-workers.  I needed to adjust my behavior from “let me tell you about my personal life”, to a simple “Good Morning!” and then continuing on with my day.

I feel like this is really hard for a college student.  I wanted everyone to like me, and thought this would happen if I became their friend and did everything they asked.  This was terrible for my career.

I wish I had a mentor by my side constantly telling me I should say “NO” to doing the work that everyone else did not want to do.  A mentor that told me what I was doing is ruining my office image – and not allowing me to gain respect from my co-workers.  What I was doing, was creating a image for myself that would put me in the spot to be the corporate intern forever.

I keep trying to find that moment in college that I would learn what professionalism is all about, but I cannot think of one – maybe I skipped on the day we had that conversation.

If I ever have my own startup, I am going to make sure that I am not just an employer, but a mentor as well.  I wish I received the knowledge I am receiving now 5 years ago – maybe then I wouldn’t feel so lost in the office sometimes.

Lifestyle Businesses

December 18, 2009

I keep learning about lifestyle businesses and they seem so simple and wonderful. A lifestyle business is a business thats main purpose is to maintain a certain amount of profit so the founder can enjoy a particular lifestyle.

How wonderful does that sound? It seems like such an easy way toward financial independence – at least for me. Lifestyle businesses tend to be simple. They do not require lots of capital and typically are smaller, more creative businesses.

This seems so great, but I want to be an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur is not someone that has a lifestyle business.  Well, an entrepreneur may have a lifestyle business on the side, but that is definitely not their only source of income.  I want to be the type of entrepreneur that sets out to change a piece of society. I want to be someone that creates a multiple million dollar company and changes the way people live their lives.

However, I do not want to jeopardize my ethics just for some money. I want to do something that I absolutely love and have a true passion for and hope the money follows.  I understand that not everyone in the world is going to have the same passions as I have, but I hope I can reach people with my company and someday it becomes their passion as well.

However, until I create my multi million dollar company I am going to continue loving the lifestyle business idea. Something needs to change