Interesting

How funny is this? Is typing that much easier than writing?

http://technabob.com/blog/2011/07/20/snail-mail-my-email/

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It’s going down: the decliine of the USPS

Did you hear the news about the woes of the USPS?

The United States Postal Service is having some financial issues, despite the $10 a month I pay to rent a P.O. Box. Bloomberg Businessweek shared a story a few days ago about the falling rates of first-class mail delivery and its imminent demise.

“With the rise of e-mail and the decline of letters, mail volume is falling at a staggering rate, and the postal service’s survival plan isn’t reassuring.”

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Day 149: The Midway Mark

Life has a funny way of dishing out its lessons.  I started this blog  exactly six months ago with the expectation of ditching social media for a more organic  form of communication. But, my life has changed by leaps and bounds, and social media has truly been a life-creator in the past months.

I am a very private person, so social media did not come as naturally to me as it did to my rock star, PR pro peers at Ohio University. Sure, I had a Facebook. Who didn’t? But, I was not one to Tweet what I was reading or check in to Foursquare. I started dabbling in social media because I knew it had relevance because everyone in my field was talking about it and doing it, but I did not have the fascination with it that seemingly everyone else did.

Eventually all that changed when I started working for a small social media consulting firm in D.C. last year. Besides learning the value of social media, I learned how fun and interesting it could be. A move back to the heart of Ohio in January (and the launch of this blog) have helped me to understand how necessary it is.

To date I have exceeded the one letter per week goal I initially set. My goal was so far surpassed because I wrote dozens of thank you notes to professional and personal contacts I met through social media, in addition to my letter-a-week rule.  I have really aimed to engage with my social network. To do this I:

– joined groups that fostered my personal and professional goals through social media (Cbusr, LinkedIn).
– built on relationships by meeting new contacts in person or by reaching out outside of the social network.
– followed-up meetings with handwritten correspondence. A thank you goes a long way.

I am seriously grateful for the role social media has had in my life this year. Having the opportunity to learn from others, meet new acquaintances, reflect on my own experiences in an open forum and build on my digital relationships in the real world with handwritten communication has been truly life-changing.

My posts on this blog have been fairly un-personal until now, but it’s my goal for the next half of this project to give you a little more insight as to the ways social media is playing a positive and important role in my life. Don’t worry, I will still write letters – hopefully even more than the past six months.

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Social media is runing everything: a commentless repost

This post is hot off the press from Leigh Alexander at Thought Catalog. To resist being one of those people who was thinking about my reaction before I finished the post, I am just going to leave it here for you to mull over. It is thought provoking and relevant to this blog. No editorial comment from me.

Social Media is Runing Everything
 
Leigh Alexander is a video game journalist based in Brooklyn, New York.
 
I remember the first time I was old enough to understand what a U.S. presidential election is. I think I was in the first grade. People talked to us about it in school and I asked my parents about it or otherwise obtained enough information about the election to know that the ballots were being counted overnight and that the winner of the election would be revealed in the morning news.

I remember I woke up a little bit early in the morning as if for a holiday, and, eager to feel like a participant in the world, I went and slid down the stairs to the kitchen. Literally slid down, whee bump-bump, in something of a celebratory fashion; I was excited to go to the kitchen and look at the newspaper and see who the headline said had won.

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Day 136: I think I am getting carpal tunnel

I wish I were exercising my hypocondriac tendencies by making that statement, but I am not.

My right wrist just plain hurts most of the time – other times I can’t feel my arm at all. This is exacerbated by the fact that I slammed my index finger in a car door on Friday and haven’t been able to move it since. Do you know why this is just SO FRUSTRATING? My right index finger is my mouse moving finger. I use this finger more than I use any other body part (next to my eyes and maybe my brain). If there are frequent typographical errors in this blog post it is because I am typing using the point and pluck method. Though, I must say, I am getting pretty good at it.

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Day 130: A little boost

Today was filled with annoyance, stress and a little joy. My new friend, Hannah, sent me a beautiful “love” letter. I won’t re-post the letter in its entirety, but a short passage struck me and I want to share it with you. She wrote:

I hope this letter serves as a boost to you – a needed reminder that you are capable beyond belief and you bring gifts to this world that no one else can.

We all need to hear that every once in a while. So often I want to tell people how unbelievable they are and how I admire them for their accomplishments, demeanor, and the little things. I appreciate that someone says what I would like to, but don’t.

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the thank-you economy

“The past year has been the golden year of the thank you note.”

I really enjoyed the NPR story about the online relationship between service providers and consumers. It’s all about relationships – and social media is the best tool to build them.

http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=134423796&m=134448310

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