It is Not About Having Enough Time; It Has to Do with the Outcome Sought
I think that in theory, creating a bucket list at the beginning of the year can spice up what is to come. It is a great concept actually. A time to review what you accomplished the prior year, and then to make a list of things you wish to achieve in the coming 12 months. But I don’t know about you, I have not always had the best follow-through in terms of making it across the finish line.
Actually, I have done very poorly when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions. How about you?
I am definitely planning out of the coming 365.25 days. Today is Day #1. I am doing the whole mapping out the year differently than I have in the past. Part of the strategy is to be accountable to other coalition websites. And then for 52.17857 weeks I will be helping with the development of a project, the evolution of which will be seen on blogs like this one. As several of you know, there are around 60 or so sites in the Blog Coalition. Yesterday, four of these blogs, including the Blog Coalition website itself, made it known publicly that they have a commitment to be engaged in the procedure or creating learning materials. The three remaining that put up blog posts yesterday, New Year’s Eve are the sites the Platinum PIAs, Save NYC Together, and USA Make a Difference.
I have been trying for much of the day today, to finish writing a post for the Magic Neighbors blog, but I keep getting distracted by falling into the Cyber Monday void. The statistics for today won’t come out until a little later, but it will be interesting to see what the outcome is on this Cyber Monday, 2021. I don’t know about about you, but for me this year has whipped by too quickly. Even with COVID and its Variants, as was sung in Rocky Horror “Time is fleeting.” And now I officially understand that phrase I have heard parents say over the years which is “They grow up too fast.” It is true.
What’s the deal with Cyber Monday? I guess the operative word is just that: “deal.” Online deals specifically. And for many, a big deal. How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was good. Family and all that. And now on C.M. I find it fascinating that it has been around for more than one and a half decades. Makes sense that it was started in 2005 by the NRF (National Retail Federation). The mission from the very beginning was to get more people to make purchases online. There are millions of members who are a part of this organization. And FYI, in just last year alone, the company processed 10.7 billion in sales Have you made any eCommerce purchases today motivated by what the day offers in terms of price slashing and such?
Reflecting on a Community Traveling Theater Troupe
I have to leave in a bit and make some changes on a post for one of the the Blog Coalition sites called “Magic Neighbors.” Currently that blog only dates back to 2018. But in reality, it was started way before that. Unfortunately, though, during the process of upgrading the website, much of the original content from the early years was lost. Regardless, it is still a blog that is very nostalgic for me because it brings back happy memories of a fun period during which we called ourselve “The Magic Neighbors Performing Arts Troupe of Magic and Storytelling,”
A Cast of Actors, Puppeteers and Magicians that Traveled from NYPL Branch to Branch Via NYC Subways and Busses
We would go from New York Public Library branch to another, with lots of magic props and puppets that we used to perform in front of family audiences throughout Manhattan and the Bronx, NYC. There was a lot to carry on the subway. In fact, we even brought our own big red velvet curtain on a stand that would be behind us as we performed. Thankfully, the company consisted of several performers, so we would each carry a portion of what we needed in order to do the shows.
Community Online and Off
I remember way back to the early 90’s when I first started to make websites, it became exceedingly clear that “community” could be online also. During that period, I was filming a very primitive weekly journal in my Hell’s Kitchen apartment and in the streets of New York. I really got to know the city and gained insight into the power of neighborhoods, not just in Manhattan but in other boroughs as well.
Media and Meaning
I’ve had a lot of multimedia adventures over the years since coming to New York from L.A. in 1988. And now on this day of deals, some of us want to buy something, anything, just to get the benefits and savings of a promotion, even though we may not need what is being sold. Selling has been a dimension of my sometimes job of being a marketer over the years. And, ironically, I was raised by “Hippie” parents who thought TV ads and advertising of any kind were evil.
Are Your Neighbors Magic?
I am happy to see that in the present, an advertising trend that some businesses are embracing is one in which attention is focused on neighborhoods and communities. And speaking of neighbors, I have to get back to working on that piece I mentioned earlier, which is for the Magic Neighbors site that I will actually post later today. Unfortunately, “Magic Neighbors” is not updated as much I would like it to be.
Do You Think “Cause Marketing” Can Really Make a Difference?
Today’s entry on “Magic Neighbors” takes a look at the steps to create “Cause Marketing” which is a form of promoting that strives to make a difference in communities. My mission for years has been to make a difference by helping businesses to make a difference. And in many instances, this has worked out very well. And now here we are, all magic neighbors on the World Wide Web. How about you, neighbor? What will you do today on this fine Cyber Monday? Will you find something you do not really need but will buy it anyway? I know I will!
Doing what I love rather than what sells, definitely inspired me to head east, leaving behind the state where I was born. Back in 1988 I escaped from the clutches of Hollyweird and relocated across the country to the Big Apple. And I have not looked back since. From the very beginning I felt empowered by New York City, which I found to be a place that you could tangibly “do something.” It is a city of less talk and more action. The message and vibe I got from “The City” was “NYC Create,” meaning that NYC truly wants you to create, as well as to help friends create too.
Surround Yourself with Your Fave Crowd
If you are like me, you are constantly updating your knowledge about evolving subject matters that you are interested in. I make a point to always be learning. That’s why I got my B.A. at a SUNY and my M.A. at a CUNY while in my 50s. As of writing this I am still in my 50s and still holding education up high. And it is my commitment to gaining and sharing knowledge that lead to NYC Workshops.
Keep in Touch with Your Niche
One topic that I am always exploring further is “niches.” Niches are very specific groups that you can promote to. Some say go for an existing hungry market, while others recommend that you pursue your passion. Of course the obvious solution is to pursue your passion as well as know how to reach others who share your same interest.
Get to Know Others Who Share Your Interest
Why? Because you will be able to interact with like minded individuals, while simultaneously will have a niche that matches the kind of products or services you have to offer. The key is not to “sell” (because who likes to be aggressively sold to?) but instead, especially if you are an expert in your passion, you will gradually be revealing who you are and what you know, such that those interested will contact you.
Update for Those of You Who Know about My Friend Who Lost a New Business Just One Month in.
The good news is that my friend has decided to do the “Creative but Broke” 9 step strategy. I even told him about its name being “Creative but Broke” and he thought that was funny (thank goodness). But I do not have any real updates to give to you regarding what industry he is intending to use it with, or what his specific goal is. If he tells me more details and gives the thumbs up, I will let you know more later.
I Hope the Strategy Proves to be Useful to Him
The strategy I developed (and that is still a work-in-progress), has to do with finding, or rather creating, a state of being and circumstance that makes it easy to use your creativity to make money. I know, it sounds like one of those “get rich quick” things that do not have much in the way of substance. That said, I truly believe that with the right focus you can realize your dreams.
What do You Need Most to Make it? is it “Creativity or Hustle?”
What is most important to have going for you to succeed? Which would you choose? Creativity or hustle? Do you want to be successful, in a kind of money and fame way? Or are you searching for others who are at the opposite end of the spectrum? We are talking about groups of people who have very little in terms of material possessions, yet are some of the happiest humans on Planet Earth. Creativity or hustle? Let’s end with a look at lyrics from the song “U Don’t Know.”
I sell ice in the winter, I sell fire in Hell, I am a hustler, baby, I’ll sell water to a well.
To all you emerging entrepreneurs out there, don’t forget about doing what you love but making sure that you have access to that niche.
First off, thank you to those of you who have been in touch regarding this site and giving me helpful feedback. You are correct, this “blog” has been up for a pretty long time and as such deserves having written copy added more often.
Day #4 of the 5 Day Workflow Testing Process
The exciting news is that the repurposing and parallel creation approach is coming along nicely, and this is the 4th Day of 5 that is being tested out. Yesterday was a rushed procedure that ultimately lead to the realization that too many tasks had been allotted. Some of the tasks though, that were allotted for today, simply will not be able to be completed either. Now being in the thick of it I am finding that being able to gage the relationship between time and tasks has gotten a little easier.
Do any of you out there use systems and methodologies for your workflow and creation process?
Sites of the Blog Coalition that updated their content simultaneously with us today are taking on various explorations in conjunction with Educational Digital Product Creation.
Why complicate things when they can be much simpler?
Hi, Yianni Stamas is present.. Yes, it is I. I am about to share something that has been plaguing me for months, the solution for which came quite unexpectedly. One thing that I am known for among friends is making things way more complicated than they need to be. For example, and I kid you not, up until yesterday I had spent literally months trying to put together a workflow to help me use my time more efficiently each week. Weekly I am engaged with a great many technological methodologies that overlap each other at several junctions. I get by, but I know I am wasting time and could have a better system for doing the things that I do during the workweek. For example, among other tasks I had to do today, was to come up with brief posts for the websites Home Business eLearning, Media Administration and USA Go Digital.
My objective was to put together a workflow to make use of my time weekly more efficiently. In short, I wanted to get clarity and work smarter not harder, as the saying goes. So who came knocking at my door? Digital of course. Still a friend after all these years, streamlining digital is the key to the new processes I will be introducing. But as is the case with many things, this tale’s backstory shows how being unnecessarily complicated does not help when trying to devise a shorter path.
100 hours or 7 minutes?
So anyway, after spending hours and hours trying to put together the best possible workflow, with all kinds of steps within steps within steps, in a flash I realized a much simpler way to accomplish my major goal. Then, I sat at my laptop and within 10 minutes had written off the top of my head, a complete 26 step method, each step being only three words long. I had figured out in around 7 minutes a much better and complete solution than the one that was still not completed and had taken me close to one 100 hours to come up with.
Could the 100 hours have been a waste of time and effort?
There are some who would say that had I not spent 100 hours trying to reach the destination, I would not have been able to do so, so quickly. I would like to think that is the case, but in truth I am not so certain. Maybe I just made things too complicated and had I thought in a much simpler manner, I could have put it all together months ago?
Please do not do what I did.
I put it all together in the form of a goal so that maybe one day if you find yourself dealing with a similar situation, you will not have to waste months on something that could have been accomplished in minutes!
Here is what I figured out:
Goals for today are:
1. Get Clarity
2. Work More Efficiently
3. Maximize Digital
Since I needed to do some updating on three blogs (Home Business eLearning, Media Administration and USA Go Digital) I started off by examining how I currently did updates like this, versus uncovering hopefully a better technique for doing so. If I do finally work this all out, I will definitely let you know.
Today, Memorial Day, is a day of remembrance when we honor and pay our respects to those who while in the military and serving our great country, the United States of America, lost their lives. Our appreciation, hearts and prayers go out to them.
As always, we have an ear to the development of new cultural phenomenon. In January of 2020 we still sought out in-person experiences including movies, events, yoga lessons and so on. But then as recently as the early 2020s, things began to change rapidly.
COVID-19 overturned our lives forcing us to stay at home. Now relegated to being shut-ins due to the Coronavirus, we had extra time to become conscious of the large divide that existed between us and our fellow Americans.
In March of 2020 things took an extreme turn. We then found ourselves staying home much of the time with the only relief from this difficult adjustment coming to us in the form of digital access. Digital became our connection to entertainment and communication.
Sorting it Out
Many of us did our shopping for food and more via the internet. The longer we stayed indoors, the more we feared that the virus that could catch up to us. But with extra time available to us on the computer, we sorted things out in a way we had never done before. We got more organized than ever about the important things in our lives.
Every End Seems to have another End
Now with variants of COVID on the rise, we ask ourselves will this ever end? Is the “new normal” that everyone was talking about (several months ago), happening now? Just when hope pops up, another negative force pushes us back down again. And thus, digital grows and grows as businesses that were not set up originally to be digital, now must adapt or close.
Moments of Panic
We hope that things will be better for our children when they grow up. Will they have access to the same freedoms and enjoyment that we had when we could safely travel outside?
Today’s date is special and soon we are going to tell you why. Meanwhile, every step taken is a step closer the realization of our passion which is to make a difference by helping others to make a difference through our challenge: USA Make a Difference! There’s no reason why commerce can not participate in doing things for the common good while simultaneously creating visibility for their business offerings. I was raised in a household in which marketing was considered bad. It was due to the fear of being brainwashed by television commercials that my hippie parents had. And speaking of commercials, as I write this, the music I’m listening to on YouTube is being interrupted by commercials. Annoying I must admit.
History in the Making
All right, time now to focus on why this day is a special one. Welcome to December 17, 2020, otherwise known as Wright Brothers Day. That’s right, on this day in 1903 there were two brothers who changed the world’s transportation means forever. Near Kitty Hawk North Carolina (now known as Kill Devil Hills!?) is where they did their famous launch of a plane that marked the first time in history that a heavier than air contraption actually flew.
Escaping the Pandemic
And not that long after, my idol Erik Weisz, better known as Harry Houdini, did his escape while on a plane’s wing! But airplane’s of course were not just about magicians doing stunts on them, the Wright Brothers revolutionized travel. The irony today of course is that air transportation has a hit a wall due to the lovely Pandemic that most of us want to remove ourselves from, a prison of sorts that even Mr. Houdini would not be able to escape.
Soundtracks Can Set the Mood
I’m listening to house trance psychedelic on headphones as I write this. I find that sometimes I don’t just block out other noise going on near my home office (sitting cross legged on a bed with a laptop) but it can gives the illusion to me of typing things that are profound, because they have a soundtrack to go along with them. But when the music is shut off, it is really just another blog entry.
Belief in ourselves and our dreams is vital. There are many different ways to achieve this, and it is likely that you have come across some of them thus far in your lifetime, not matter what age you are. Think back to the time that you were most brave about your ideas. Maybe you now think that your prior confidence was ill founded, that you did not really have the knowledge and experience then to realize you were on the wrong path. Or were you?
Remember the Confidence
If you are in your 40’s you probably have memories of you being young and dumb and not knowing any better, yet you accomplished much in comparison to how you feel about yourself now. Even if you are only 22 and younger, you likely too can have had times that you think back on now, when you had more confidence in yourself. How do you get this back?
One Way to Believe in Yourself More
One way to get it back is to realize you are “you,” no matter how old you were then in comparison. Sometimes it can seem that being younger then was the reason people would listen to you more because of your age then. This brings to mind a hobby I had as a kid, that I fully intended to act on as an adult. Well time changed and other opportunities opened up so I left that dream and started another. And ironically all these years later I am returning to the practice of that hobby and am finding myself through doing it to remember how I once felt, to believe in myself.