My last post was about earning my Social Media Marketing Certificate. As I mentioned in that earlier post, besides getting a snazzy certificate with your name on it, your name is also included in a directory of people who are Podium certified. So I searched the directory to see if I had any company in Switzerland. I wanted to dig into my PR roots and send out a hello, maybe invite someone nearby out for coffee. My search turned up nothing, nobody, niemand.
So, I thought I’d go the traditional route, send an email to my alma mater (because I’m a graduate, right?) and find out if there might be some other peeps in Switzerland to connect with.
My suspicions were (pleasantly) confirmed. I am officially the first person in Switzerland to be Podium Social Media Marketing certified!
I’ve been tinkering around this website (which is part portfolio and part getting-to-know-you blog) trying to find out how I can spare my followers from the “portfolio content” postings. Some of you have told me that you enjoy hearing my intermittent ramblings about things I have learned during my communications career as well as other random things (like the novel I’m working on, things that make me tick (or tock), articles I read in the paper, or the places I visit when I’m vacation).
A Roundup of Blog posts once a month? You can so do that!
So I’ve decided to focus the possibility of following this blog through an email list–rather than a WordPress-follow function. This way, you only get the curated stuff — content that you can choose, that meets your own interests, and not content that falls under all categories — and you only get it about once a month, and not whenever I post.
To me, that sounds way more manageable. It’s definitely a blog I could follow. Here’s the sign-up form for this blog.
Around this time of year in 2009, my husband announced he wanted to cycle cross country. At the time, we were living in Northern California. I was freelancing and he had wrapped up a contract with a company there. So, we were free to choose any destination we wanted.
It so happened, I had a bloggers’ conference to attend in Atlanta. The timing for arrival by bicycle was tight, but do-able. So we decided to make Atlanta our destination. Since I was heading into a bloggers’ conference, I figured, why not set up a blog of our own? So I set something up in minutes at crosscountrychef.blogspot.com and got to posting!
As a communicator, I love experimenting with media other than text. Don’t get me wrong: I love writing. But there are things you can communicate with photos and video that are a slog with words on a page.
Armed with a wi-fi dongle and a snapshot camera, he and I packed up all our belongings and headed east. He, by bicycle, and I, in our car. Together we traversed California, New Mexico, Arizona, and other states. When I look back on our blog now, I have to giggle and roll my eyes. We were nuts!