Season’s Greetings

Season's Greetings!

I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s–when the usual routines cease for awhile and some days you may even wake-up not exactly sure what day of the week it is.

It’s an especially good time to spend with family and friends, and to remember too, what we’re most grateful for.

Among many, many other things, I am grateful for having the opportunity to write articles and personal essays and to have the means of expression via this blog and other sites.

Wishing you and yours a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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Looking Back on Social Media’s Highlights 2012

I love the quiet moments of reflecting on the development of social media and for that matter, the whole Internet. The birds-eye-view of history in the making.

My new article, 4 Social Media Highlights of 2012 is on GigCoin’s blog, where I invite you to read a few of the things that most stood out.

In every passing year, the rapid proliferation of social media, never ceases to amaze me. 2012, was certainly no different.

I enjoy writing every article I write but in particular, I’ve grown a particular fondness for the highlights of the year post and predictions for the coming year.

I love the quiet moments of reflection. The recognition of the development of social media and for that matter, the whole Internet.  The birds-eye-view of history in the making.

My new article, 4 Social Media Highlights of 2012 is on GigCoin’s blog, where I invite you to read a few of the things that most stood out:

  • Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing reached new heights
  • Social Media became more mobile
  • The brand’s social media experience moved beyond FaceBook and Twitter
  • Infographics became a more adopted and valued way to communicate marketing messages

I invite you to join in the conversation on  GigCoin’s blog and Facebook page.

social media highlights of 2012

Memorable

When I first started writing personal essays a number of years ago I never dreamed I’d have enough courage and confidence to send any of them out to publications. Through the encouragement of my writers group, I’ve taken this risk now several times. And was really pleased when my essay, The Loyal Order, was published on Hippocampus Magazine in October. Today, I learned that it won most memorable for October 2012…and needless, to say I’m touched and very honored.

Posts and Other Summer Musings

The summer has been good so far! I’ve been busy blogging, connecting with new and familiar folks as sources for some of my posts, and when not working enjoying the long hours of sunlight and hot (sometimes muggy) New England days.

Probably most noticeable for me this summer is that I’ve been doing a lot of summer reading–both fiction and non-fiction. And for the most part, enjoying most of the books I’ve read. And even plowing through to the end of the ones that may not exactly hold my interest.

Two new posts which I’ve had the pleasure to write and contribute to this past week was one that was published on Social Media Examiner, 22 Top Blog Tools Loved by the Pros :

and the other, Innovation + Creativity = Great Experiences for Businesses on Instagram, published on GigCoin.

Hope your summer is going well! And that you’re enjoying some good down time, too,  hopefully peeling yourself away from being online. A goal which to be perfectly honest, I’m still working on–but I am a little better!

26 Tips, Again

Today, I have a new 26 Tips, A-Z Guide on Social Media Examiner.  This one focuses on the management of social media communities. As with all of the posts in my 26 Tips series, I thoroughly enjoyed the research, content curation and challenge of coming up with A-Z topics.

If you’ve found your way here from Social Media Examiner, welcome! And, thanks for stopping by.

Monitoring Social Media

This week I explored the topic of social media monitoring for an article for Social Lens Research’s new blog, The Lens.

I was very happy to discover the work of Zach Hofer-Shall from Forrester Research who observes, “It’s 2012, and we’re still passively–without purpose–collecting social media.”

Zach points out that we’re now at the point where all this listening and data collection needs to bring greater intelligence to organizations if it’s going to amount to anything.

You can read the full article on The Lens.