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The Future

I’d be lying if I said I’m not scared of the future.

I am.

Right now, I’m at a point in my life where there’s a lot happening. I’m working on my masters, finishing up my undergrad, working part time, picking up freelance projects, and assisting in event planning on a variety of projects. There’s a lot to be done – and I’m thankful for every minute of it. All of the craziness, the tasks, the to do lists lead to something bigger. They give me something to experience and learn from so hopefully, when the real world comes a knockin’, I’ll have some kind of clue what to do and where to go from here.

Speaking of what to do and where to go from here, I’d love to hear your blog post suggestions! I’m looking for some things to write about other than my experiences with my senior project and with my independent study, so feel free to let me know what you want to read about! :-D

Goodnight, sweet dreams, and remember that it’s okay to be scared of the future.

(I think someone once told me that anything truly beautiful has an element of terror in it.)

Your Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up, #2

Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings. – Victor Hugo

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Frustrations, Lunch, and a Baking Party

Today marks the end of a pretty great weekend – but I still have a few hours left to enjoy the sunshine and the time off from work and school.

I spent most of this morning working on the senior project, mostly working in some custom CSS (I’m not a programmer and this looks like gibberish) and installing plugins on the site. So far, it’s shaping up very nicely :) Both Miss Toth and I have spent hours either uploading, setting things up, or just generally getting the site to look awesome. Although the process has been time consuming, it’s also been very rewarding. I’m now starting to understand the more technical side of setting up a WordPress blog, as well as all of the time and effort that goes into getting it to look presentable. I didn’t do this alone though.

I have to give a huge thank you and shout out to my programming friend Tim Whitacre who has been so helpful throughout the process. Thank you, Tim!

Another thank you goes out to The Wood Word’s advisor, Ann Williams. She has been a rock throughout the entire process and is always there to help us get what we need to get done, well, done! Plus, she’s super awesome and the anchor of the entire staff.

Finally, Miss Amanda, you rock. It’s been awesome so far working with you on launching this site and I’m super excited to see what progress we make in the coming weeks as we start to plan a site launch party and other wonderful little details :)

Alrighty, time for me to grab some lunch, but before I do, I wanted to let you know that I’ll be spending the rest of my evening baking for the PRSSA Bake Sale tomorrow with some wonderful members. You guys are rock stars and hopefully, all of our delicious treats will come out well! For those of you in the Marywood community: The bake sale will be outside of First Stop from 10 AM – 2:00 PM. We’ll have regular, vegan, and gluten-free options, as well as PB&J in fun shapes! Yum!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I know I will!

-Mandy

PS: I’ll write my impressions of the Media Relations Best Practices Summit later in the week :)

Numbers Can Be Cool – Especially in Social Media

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Do you tweet from your phone?

If so, you’re like the growing number of Americans who are accessing social networking sites from their cell phones. According to comScore, a digital research agency, social networking sites are now being accessed on a regular basis by just over 30% of smartphone users, and 11% of all cell phone users. The top dog of mobile social networking: Facebook, which serves 25 million as of January 2010, up from 11 million one year ago.
As for Twitter, the site has seen as 347% increase in mobile access between January 2009-2010, which is huge for any site, though ironically, it’s still behind MySpace, which carried 11 million hits over the past year to Twitter’s 4.7 million hits.
Also reported in the study, 6 million Americans who access their social media weapons of choice through applications alone (such as Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, Facebook for (insert platform here), Foursquare, etc.) weren’t counted in the total numbers as detailed above, but still, it’s impressive to see not only what mobile social networking is doing to the web, but also what developers and applications are doing to change the way we access it.

Just some random numbers. I can be a geek that way :)

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Your Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up, #1

Monday mornings can be tough. Sure, you’ve got a whole week ahead of you to get things done, but what about the encouragement you need? The life that feels like it’s been sucked out of you? The dragging, nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach that tells you that Friday is still far away?

Let this Monday morning, and other Monday mornings to follow, be a way for you to get started off the right way. I’m going to try (I forget sometimes) to post a quotation or two that get me inspired every Monday morning. That way, you can share in some of that experience.

Let’s begin with the first Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up:

Go forth and set the world on fire. – St. Ignatius of Loyola

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