I am honored to have been named a media sponsor for the upcoming Youth Marketing Mega Event. I will be attending and live-blogging from the event and will specifically cover issues related to youth marketing trends and their impact on parks, recreation, leisure and social networks. I am thrilled to network - live and in person with some of the most innovative marketers and fellow bloggers at this top notch event. They even have a "Meet Market" for some real PowerSchmoozing. I'll keep you posted...
Happy New Year to all of you out there in the blogosphere! I hope your holidays have been bright and that you have filled yourself with the proper doses of family, fun and festivities. I have been on a whirlwind trip through the Southwest -- Scottsdale, Sedona, the Grandest of all National Parks (the Grand Canyon) and now I'm in Santa Fe. While it sounds quite glamorous and exciting, the truth is, that four of the past six days have been spent in a condo taking care of my own -- and then my son's -- not-so-jolly cold/flu from hell. Now that I've finally been able to leave the make-shift sick room post antibiotics, I can finally keep at least one of my New Year's resolutions...
Guess what it is? C'mon guess! No, not the ones about losing weight, working out more, keeping in better touch with my friends and returning my mother's calls within a 72 hour period. No -- this is the "I gotta blog at least once a week" resolution.
Truth be told, I'm not a big resolution kind of gal. I mean have you ever met anyone who has actually kept one? But because I've had so much time on my hands lately I decided to make two resolutions:
1. Blog at least once a week (and this can even include workshop follow-ups which is practically cheating because I already DO post my workshop goodies on my blog -- but not always in a timely manner. Yeah, I should probably work on that too.
2. I'm going to wear a pedometer. That's it. I'm not even going to psyche myself out my committing to 10,000 steps. For now, I'm just going to wear it and look at it and ....Oh my gosh -- It's almost 10:00 at night and I've only walked 9554 steps today. OK. So I'm kidding myself. I'm wearing a pedometer AND I want to walk at least 10,000 steps a day.
I'll keep you posted on the pedometer. As far as the blogging goes, it should be self-explanatory if you check in regularly.
No excuses. I've been neglecting my blog. But, don't feel bad, Blog -- I've been neglecting other things, too. I think I'm overdue for a teeth cleaning; I haven't seen my yoga mat since August; I haven't had a girls night out since we really were girls AND to make matters worse, my mom wants me to return her calls every once in a while. The only people who see me on a regular basis are the van drivers at the airport parking lot and the skycaps.
It's not that I don't think about you, Blog. You're on my mind all the time. I pull articles, bookmark stories and passionately sing your praises. As the holidays approach I know that my time will be further limited and I'll have a new list of excuses I can use to explain my absence.
But, don't worry, dear Blog. I promise to post at least once a week. After all, there are people out there who rely on you for information and ideas. Please forgive me. I'll try to do better.
I know, I know -- As my friend Laura says, "It's officially 'Oh, my gosh! Season'in the world of parks, recreation and camps. Hopefully, you're swamped with summer activity registrations, sponsorships and facility rentals. I know youre incredibly busy -- so why take the time to add a comment to my -- or any blog? Comments are the lifeblood of bloggers. Your comments not only motivate continuity, but they also help determine what topics pique your interest. Blogs are meant to be a community conversation with a bit of facilitation by the author. Talk to me by clicking on the "Comment" link below. Tell me what you need to know, want to learn or care to share. I'm listening...
So I finally did it! I registered and published my very first post. It took me forever to decide on a name. And before you ask -- YES! I'm a natural redhead.
Why the heck does this blank page make me (and so many others so darn nervous?) Maybe it's the idea that anyone and everyone in the whole world can read what I write. Will they think it's a waste of airspace? Is it good enough? Smart enough? Compelling enough to keep you coming back?
I'm not digital native, after all. (I'm a Boomer/Xer 'tweener which means that I can act like a boomer when it's convenient for me and an Xer when it's not. It's a very luxurious demographic position to be in.) I didn't grow up with computers and all this chatting and texting and social networking. Today's kids are used to MySpace and FaceBooks and the idea that what they say is accessible for everyone -- even their parents -- yikes. (I think I prefer my parents didn't have a clue what was going on in my social life and my head during my formative years.) No one knows the rules. It's like the wild west of journalism. I love that being a consummate rule-breaker. So, why the heck do I think you'd want to read what I have to say? Why do I think you'd care about what I like, what I watch, what I read or what I think?
Chances are if you're reading this, that you or someone you know has already heard me speak or read my work. For more than 15 years I've been working as a speaker -- sometimes feeling like a lone voice -- helping parks, recreation, camps, libraries and other leisure professionals embrace their entrepreneur within. I've spoken in almost every state (Alaska, I'm waiting...) to more than 1400 audiences who get pretty darn excited about applying a few cutting edge (sometimes common sense) promotional strategies to elevate everything from registrations and attendance to revenue and profits. Sometimes, I feel like my job is to give permission and say, "Go for it" to those of you who feel bound by "But We've Always Done it That Way Thinking."
So why a blog? Oh my gosh -- it's like a dream come true. I have a journalism degree, but I never seem to journal. But the blogosphere allows me to research, write and publish on my terms, without an editor, in my pajamas or from an airport, spewing my ideas and opinions to anyone who cares. But hey, I'm not perfect. I've read enough books by blogging gurus to know that I have to be consistent and post a few times a week to keep you coming back. I'm gonna do my best. But I travel about half the time and don't always have great Internet access. Also, I have an eight year old named Spencer who still really likes me -- especially when I'm in town. Lastly, I always seem to have 18 or 19 projects in the works and another 49,000 ideas swarming around in my head.
I hope you care. Please, please comment if you do!Just click on "COMMENTS" below to tell me what you think. And tell your friends and colleagues all about "Little Red's Big Ideas." I promise you (and they) won't be disappointed.