Wow! So much has taken place over the last 3 years that I’ve completely forgotten about this blog. If it wasn’t for my newest adventure, I probably wouldn’t be here now. Three years have gone by and I’ve had so many changes in my life take place. Career changes, lifestyle changes, and then some.
I’ve been spending a lot of time over this last year thinking about an adventure. Nothing that I’m looking to make a profit off of, but more along the lines of becoming active publicly on what I love to do in my spare time. Cook. If you’re familiar with my page on Facebook, you already know that the majority of my posts are pictures of meals that I’ve cooked or desserts that I’m baking. Maybe I’ll bring this little space on the Internet back to life and share some of that over here too.
You probably won’t find many marketing or IT related posts here anymore. That’s no longer my life and hasn’t been since 2010. Maybe I’ll dive into that one day. What you’ll find here is more of “me”. Which may or may not interest you and if it does and you enjoy my posts, great! If not, well thanks for stopping by anyway, even if it was a brief visit. (=
So with that said…I’m back. I’ll be spending the near future making some changes around here and pretty much starting over and giving you a little glimpse inside my World.
To new beginnings…
I picked up a new Flip Video and I’m quite impressed with the quality it produces. It’s the perfect size to toss in my purse and whip out whenever I want to catch something on the fly. I’ve been looking around at video sharing sites and while YouTube seems to be the best place to share videos – it lowered the quality of my video and that’s something I want to avoid.
My first attempt at sharing videos was on Flickr since A) I have a pro account and B) I’m constantly updating it with photos. Unfortunately, even the pro account on Flickr has a 90 second video limit. I uploaded the videos there anyway and just left a link to the full video on the web site I ended up going with to share the full video(s) – Vimeo.com. I’m happy with the results. Vimeo allows you to upload your videos without losing quality.
If any of you have other suggestions for video sharing sites, please comment and let me know. I’m still looking.
In my world today it’s hard to take notice of everything that’s taking place around me and I often miss quite a bit news or the little things that someone says or does. My world is fast-paced, always on the move, and there just isn’t enough hours in my days to do everything that I’d like to. Sound familiar? I’m sure that I speak for just about every woman who is a mother, a grandmother, a working mother, wife, significant other out there.
Just a few moments ago, the women in PEER 1 received an e-mail from the Vice-President of Human Resources, Tricia Hollyer. I had to re-read her e-mail a few times – not because I didn’t understand it the first time, but to really appreciate what she said to each of us women. Our company is dominantly male and well, let’s face it, tech today is a male-dominated industry.
I’d like to forward on her e-mail and celebrate all women in technology today. Hats off to you all for paving your way in this industry!
From: Tricia Hollyer
Subject: Ada Lovelace Day – Celebrating women in technology
Date: March 24, 2009 10:53:45 AM CDT
Tuesday, March 24th is a day to celebrate the wonderful women in technology, of which you are one!
Send a message, post a tweet, blog about a woman you know who rocks in tech!
Everyone on this email counts to me, so here’s to all of us for making our way in a male-dominated industry and making PEER 1 a better place to work. I hope I’ve managed to get everyone woman at PEER 1, but if I’ve missed someone, please let me know and/or forward this on.
I realize we don’t all work in technical roles, but we are all a part of what makes PEER 1 successful. If you want to know more about the tech side of what we do, ask Elleni – Lead DC Tech in Atlanta, or Jennifer – Developer in San Antonio, or Jackie – Technical Account Manager in Atlanta, or Marisa – IT Administrator in San Antonio, or any one of the smart women who work for us.
And here’s to our Recruiting Team’s goal for 2009 – at least one woman in every team at PEER 1. There are too few of us at PEER 1, but we’re working on fixing that.
Well done, ladies. We rock! I count myself lucky to work with an amazing group of women like you.
Vice-President, Human Resources
I admire women in tech period. Today, I admire and thank Tricia for acknowledging the women in our company today. Thank you Tricia!
Kevin and I attended a Tweetup this evening in beautiful downtown San Antonio that was hosted by Blellow along with Rackspace and their newest addition, Robert Scoble. The turnout was great and I was able to connect with some of my old co-workers from my Rackspace days as well as make some new friends, which was awesome. I was happy to finally put faces to names of my friends that I talk with on Twitter all the time such as @joeruiz and @rackerhacker. The margarita’s were strong, the food was great, and the atmosphere was just full of energy.
While wandering around playing paparazzi, I got to meet and chat with Robert Scoble (@scobleizer on Twitter) and I must say – he is a super-great guy! He asked me to follow him to the margarita machine while we chatted and we ended our conversation on the front porch of the Blellow HQ. In that short time span, I learned a lot and I took away some valuable information – what I consider guidance, that I hope to use in my role as both a woman in tech and a contributor to the Internet. Thanks Robert!
For those not familiar with Blellow – Blellow is a productivity microblog. Their goal is to encourage open collaboration and the sharing of knowledge. They have a very cool concept going on and I encourage you all to go give them a look, join their network, and enjoy sharing!
I’ve posted some pictures from the Tweetup on Flickr here.
On February 14, 2009 at 8:18pm my family was blessed with our newest addition. Julisa Lynn was born weighing 7lbs 11oz and 21 inches long. What a perfect day to celebrate my 1st Grandchild.
This commercial cracked me up the first time I watched it on television. Every time I hear it, I stop what I’m doing to go into the living room and watch it. I love it!
Marketing today is difficult. The public needs to be entertained and if you don’t have something to keep people entertained, they get bored…quickly. Commercials, videos, and much of marketing today has become comical and eye-pleasing and it works. It gets people talking. Like the T-Mobile commercial below. I can’t count how many times I’ve asked people if they’ve seen it. It’s funny. It’s generating viral buzz. Again, it works.
T-Mobile has done a great job with this one.