Quickie Update on Blog

Time flies…fun or otherwise! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, so I figure that I need to some words in here that aren’t being captured as part of my regular Facebook and Twitter updates…

Time flies…fun or otherwise! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, so I figure that I need to some words in here that aren’t being captured as part of my regular Facebook and Twitter updates (140 words are easy to crank out while running around).

After four months of looking for my next position, I’m still waiting to see whether I land a strong opportunity in Virginia. Luckily, I’m already in the process of closing out my lease at an expensive suburban Maryland apartment complex. Not only is the rent high, but it doesn’t include utilities or parking…so, I hadn’t figured just how much outlay that was going to be before signing a year-long lease last June. Needless-to-say, I will know ‘better’ when I go looking for my next place…perhaps in Northern Virginia, if that’s where I’ll be working. I’m not one to like to save a little money on housing, just to spend it sitting in my car on a long, crowded commute!

Another update will be forthcoming as my move and potential job opp shape up, but in the meantime, stay connected to me on my other social networking sites for any news.

Ups and Downs of Connections

Just a quickie update…I’ve noticed that after getting regular traffic just after a couple social media events I attended last month, the views have tanked!

Just another example of the old wisdom about maintaining connections of any kind…you get out what you put in. I haven’t been contributing posts, especially social media specific info, so my stats have been fairly flat over the past few weeks.

Yes, I was on vacation, but that’s no excuse. To prevent the ‘up and down’ syndrome in readership, before taking time away from my computer, I should’ve seeded my blog by having timed postings in my absence. Easy to say, in retrospect, much harder to do in practicality.

I have plans to come up with a series of articles about a range of social media topics. Each post does not have to be long, but it needs to be relevant and pithy. Better a short, frequent 2-3 paragraphs of meat than 4-6 paragraphs, which are irregularly posted. Lesson here…for me…keep it coming, encourage subscribers and commenters.

WordCamp Mid-Atlantic 2009 Last Saturday!

Many people cannot make this event but they will be following the action vicariously. If you’re on Twitter, tweet the event up! Post your Flickr photos. Blog. The only thing we ask is that you share with the community, so everyone can enjoy it. Please license your content Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-commercial or similar community-based licensing. Tag your content #wordcampmidatl so we can find it later!

Tweet, Share, Blog, Shoot, Tag

Many people cannot make this event but they will be following the action vicariously. If you’re on Twitter, tweet the event up! Post your Flickr photos. Blog. The only thing we ask is that you share with the community, so everyone can enjoy it. Please license your content Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-commercial or similar community-based licensing. Tag your content #wordcampmidatl so we can find it later!

All around, come and expect to enjoy yourself, learn something, and make new connections. On behalf of the organizers and sponsors, we thank you for making this event possible. You are the biggest sponsor of all because without you, there would be no WordCamp!

NOTE: I’ll be posting some pix soon…stay tuned…:)

The Songwriter & Social Media Tour–Matthew Moran

Workshops will be co-branded, co-marketed, and co-sponsored by colleges, business organizations, and private companies and will be provided a venues ranging from university campuses, coffeehouses, and private homes. The workshops are designed to provide case-study style information and will involve a high-degree of interaction and audience participation; providing an opportunity for the attendees to brainstorm and apply the strategies and tools to their own businesses.

Matthew Moran presents workshops nationally on technology, business, creativity, and social media content. He continues to perform as a songwriter in multiple venues, including in Phoenix and Los Angeles. Now, he is combining the two to create, The Songwriter & Social Media Tour –a combination musical tour supporting his new CD, “Girls, Songs, and Other Delusions“, and a series of social media & business technology related workshops co-branded or sponsored by chamber of commerce groups, colleges, and other professional organizations.

In addition to his new CD, songwriter Matthew Moran has a background as a blogger, podcaster, and business consultant. While planning a show, he was asked to provide a workshop on how to effectively use Facebook. From this request an idea was born.
Drawing on his experience as a workshop presenter, technology consultant, and as a performer.

“There is a lot of confusion about social media and technology for businesses and individuals,” Matt said recently, “and a lot of people feel they are going to miss the bandwagon if they don’t act quickly.”
But Matt cautions against the often knee-jerk, jump into social media, reaction that many businesses and individuals take.

“Social media is a tool and a potentially powerful tool but if it is not part of an integrated marketing strategy, it can be a huge time-waster,” he continued. “It is certainly not a panacea and will not make up for bad product, inefficient business practices, or the lack of a sales & marketing plan.”

That is why two of the workshops focus on directly social media as part of a broader marketing plan. “Don’t Waste Your Time: The Ugly Truth About Social Media” and “Online Presence Roadmap: A Top-Down Strategy for Exposure & Efficiency“.

Other workshops include: “Creating Your First Blog or Podcast Using WordPress”, “Creating Audio or Video for Nothing or Next-To-Nothing”“Online Collaborative Technologies: Using Google Applications To Share and Collaborate”, and “Technology, Social Media, and Strategy for Performers, Artist, and Similar Creative Personalities”.

Each is provided in a case-study and example format and include interactive question and answers to help businesses and individuals see where they can apply the tools and strategies in their own business.

About Matthew Moran
Matthew Moran is the author of, The IT Career Builder’s Toolkit: Your Complete Guide To Building Your Technology Career In Any Economy (published by Cisco Press) and numerous articles on business, technology, and professional development. He is a keynote and workshop speaker–having presented for Prentice Hall, McDonald’s Corporation, and numerous other companies, colleges & universities, and business organizations.

About The Songwriter & Social Media Tour
The Songwriter & Social Media Tour is a series of interactive business workshops put together by songwriter Matthew Moran as he tours in support of his current CD.

Workshops will be co-branded, co-marketed, and co-sponsored by colleges, business organizations, and private companies and will be provided a venues ranging from university campuses, coffeehouses, and private homes.

The workshops are designed to provide case-study style information and will involve a high-degree of interaction and audience participation; providing an opportunity for the attendees to brainstorm and apply the strategies and tools to their own businesses.

For additional information, go to Matt’s website: http://www.MatthewMoranOnline.com

DubLi Overview On-Demand Webinar

Below is the link to the new overview Webinar, which is available from the Web on-demand, featuring Tom Ashlock.

Take a look…Below is the link to the new overview Webinar, which is available from the Web on-demand, featuring Tom Ashlock. If it does not perform as a hot-link, simply copy & paste into your web browser address bar. It’s about 50 minutes long and plays streaming over the Internet. There  is also a PDF file (about 5M compressed) available upon request, in case you can’t stream off of the Web:

http://bit.ly/2unAq

Check out my DubLi site directly at:

http://us.dubli.com/7577550 

If you’d like to participate in the auctions themselves or find out more about the opportunity, feel free to drop me a message.

Building a Better Mousetrap

Once in awhile, we all luck-out and find the perfect opportunity that fits are personality and business style. I found that recently when I was introduced to DubLi

Once in awhile, we all luck-out and find the perfect opportunity that fits are personality and business style. I found that recently when I was introduced to DubLi. I know…you’ve probably never heard of it, exactly my point. Neither had I. When I reviewed the information I found that it was the perfect almost-groundfloor opportunity to increase my financial stability in a fluxuating economy and eventually ‘exit’ into some kind of meanful retirement.

I’m not much for planning the classic retirement where you go lie on a beach sipping Mai Tai’s endlessly…though an occasional week of that here-and-there sounds great! No, I’m planning on ‘working’ in some way, shape or form until the day my life transitions into the next.

Is DubLi a ‘better mousetrap’…IMHO, a resonding, YES! They have formulated a reverse auction and business plan that just gets better by the day (I’ll post some more info soon on my “DubLi Info” page I just created). In the meantime…stay tuned here and connect with each other, that will always be part of my life plan!

Twitter collaborative writing experiment

I had an idea this morning; in the restricted 140 character context, can…and will…a group of writers contribute to a story? If so, on what topic would such a group enjoy collaborating? Romance and murder-mysteries seem to be popular, but neither interest me much. Perhaps if I start something that interests me, others who follow me will be inspired to also contribute.
So, I’m starting this conversation with the hopes that others will also want to join in. I’ll give it a few days to ‘cook’ and then start writing to see if the experiment can take off.