Two Birthdays One Post!

Photo cred: Don Solo

So…one year ago today, I was on winter break from college, and decided “screw it, I’m going to start my own blog.”  I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  NO IDEA.

But before I get into that, I’d like to wish the most important birthday wish of all to my girlfriend, Alison (her actual birthday…she doesn’t blog).  She’s an amazing girl who supports me every step of the way, regardless of how much of a geek I can be at times ^_^.  She’s also always begging me to talk about her on my blog…so here it is.

Happy Birthday Alison, I love you!

annnnnd back to the boring stuff.  One year ago I wrote “The Dreaded First Post“.  I said,

I am extremely excited to grow as a professional and learn new things from those that I work with.  I have found my passion in social media and when you love something, it’s almost too easy to learn more and more about it every day.

Now here I am, working full time for a website for bloggers, part of countless communities, and still learning every day.  I know so much more than I did that day, but still have so much to learn on the grand scale.

I never thought I’d connect with so many amazing people.  I’m so thankful for the people in my community that I consider to be friends, mentors and more.

Lauren Fernandez has become an amazing friend, colleague, and more.  Working with her on #u30pro has been one of the most inspiring and rewarding experiences of my life.  For all of you that join us every week for u30pro and have helped us build such a great community, thank you.  She motivates me to be better every day, and I’m extremely grateful to have her in my life.

You’ve seen all of them at some point in my Mentor Monday series or just around my blog, but they’re also amazing friends, without whom, I wouldn’t be where I am today…

Arik Hanson, Chuck HemannSonny Gill, Danny Brown, Beth Harte, Gloria Bell, Stuart Foster, Keith Burtis … (I know I’m forgetting a lot more, and I’m sorry). I can’t begin to tell you how much your support and friendship means to me.  It’s been a crazy year for me, and knowing that you guys have my back keeps me going.  Thank you, really.

So here’s to second year of blogging, connecting, debating and growing.  If things move as fast as they did in 2009, I better get my seatbelt on.

When in Doubt, Ask Your Readers!

postitsSo between being sick, work piling up at school and the uncanny ability of the social media community to cover so many great topics, I’ve found it to be increasingly difficult to come up with creative content for this blog.  I could write a hundred posts about cliche social media discussions but it just seems pointless when they’ve already been covered (very well) by other bloggers.

Swooping in to save the day is none other than Darren Rowse of Problogger with a post providing 7 Ways to Keep Fresh Content Flowing On Your Blog.  Darren provides some great advice on coming up with creative blog posts during those times that every blogger faces at some point.  The one suggestion that I really loved was to involve your readers.  He writes, “stuck for a topic to write about? Ask your readers to ask questions. A post inviting reader questions can draw out some great ideas to write about.”

It makes sense.  I mean when it comes down to it, I am writing this blog to provide value to my readers. I come up with ideas that I think would be of value to you, but if you already know what information you want, why not let you choose the topics?

So that is what I’m doing.  I’m calling out to you, my readers to leave a comment or send an email (dspinks5@gmail.com) with questions that you are interested in having me answer.  Anything dealing with social media, marketing, PR, college, or anything else on which you think I’d be able to provide insight.  I promise I will do my best to address any questions you have to the best of my ability and if I can’t, I will bring in someone who can.

The Dreaded First Post!

Hello no one everyone! Happy New Year and welcome to my blog! I am very excited to be able to contribute my thoughts and ideas to an already innovative, creative community that is “social media”. In this blog I will be discussing trends and ideas in emerging technologies / social media.  I will use this first post however to introduce myself, and give you an idea of who I am, where I’ve been and where I’m going.

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