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Sights & Sounds #3

by Jamie Sanford on February 21, 2011

Sights & Sounds is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to write each week.  I’d love to have some feedback and suggestions, if you come across anything fun to share, please send it along – on Facebook would be great!

Red Carpet Fashion Awards is one of my favorite blogs.  Seriously, if I see an update in Google Reader I’m pretty much checking it right away. If you’re at all interested in celebrities or fashion, I can’t recommend it enough.  Click on the image of Rihanna’s amazing fashion streak to see that specific post. I can’t even vote because I like all of them too much and I can’t pick one.

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Lady Gaga posted this video on Facebook, this young girl plays piano and sings a gorgeous rendition of Gaga’s new single “Born This Way.” Made me cry a bit.

Hulu has a fabulous series called Masters of Style.  They have videos featuring Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean-Paul Gautier and Alexander McQueen, embedded above.

Emma Stone and a ShakeWeightI love Emma Stone. I can’t wait for her to be a redhead again. Her expression here is pretty brilliant.

Amber Riley in Essence MagazineMore Amber Riley fierceness from her Essence photo shoot.

Alice in WonderlandI love how Alice is exasperated and then just gets over it. I’m going to have to try this approach to quickly getting over things.

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Unsubscriber’s Guilt.

by Jamie Sanford on October 6, 2010


Lots of things going on around me.

I am subscribed to a LOT of blogs. At least 350 in Google Reader.  They range from marketing and business content to style blogs to blogs that are directly related to my job to shopping blogs that help me develop content for The Daily Wishlist.

I end up subscribing to things a lot when I stumble across a blog that was linked to on another blog that I read, which seems to be the most natural way to find things. Sometimes I end up finding out that the content over at this new place isn’t really for me.  I unsubscribe and move on.

However, I find myself feeling what I’m calling “unsubscriber’s guilt” when I realize that a certain blog has 50 unread items in Google Reader because the content there has lost its luster.  I honestly feel bad when I hit the dropdown and choose to unsubscribe.  I have something like 15 subscribers, so they are precious to me.  I would hate to lose any of them, and I would really hate to lose someone because my content went downhill.

Thanks to the Sunday Link Parties and the now-defunct Curious Tuesdays, I have been writing here more than I had been before.  I think my content is getting better, and I believe that the portion of the content that is personal in nature is turning this blog into a real representation of who I am – I like to be silly and have fun,  and at the same time, I am serious about my field and my career.

My friend Renae wrote recently about making objectives for life much like you would do for your job.  I have done this in the past, but in a sort of haphazard way, where I write things down and then find the list 6 months later, with maybe one of those items completed.  I even wrote a short list of blog goals on the blog, but it wasn’t too in depth and so that faded as well.

My unsubscriber’s guilt might be the best motivator yet.

Do you have unsubscriber’s guilt when you stop reading a blog? Do you give chances before you unsubscribe

How quickly will you choose to subscribe to a blog after being exposed to it?

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Balancing real life and web 2.0?

by Jamie Sanford on January 13, 2009

Jack the Whipper.

Jack the Whipper at Wild West City.

My husband was upset about TweetDeck over the weekend. Mostly he kept hearing that cute little “you have a new tweet” sound and seeing me in front of that black screen A LOT and he didn’t like it. I was tweeting through the Golden Globe Awards last night and he felt that I was neglecting him.

Jeremiah Owyang took 20 days off from Twitter.  His time was spent focusing more on other things such as blogging and also blog redesign. I know that I edited more photos from a recent vacation LAST weekend before I had installed TweetDeck on the 2 machines I use at home (I was previously utilizing TweetDeck only on my work laptop).  Jeremiah concluded that he will be tweeting less in response to his experiment, and I think that I should perhaps take a lesson from him and deal with the potential Twitter overload problem now.

I got more done without being available to Twitter all of the time.  However, I read a bunch of interesting things posted by those I follow on Twitter this weekend, I learned some things and had a few laughs.  There is value in that as well. 

I am contemplating designated Twitter time at home.  I have TweetDeck open all day at the office, Monday through Friday, perhaps I should curb the tweets on the nights and weekends. 

However, it is not just Twitter that is the issue.  It’s going back to having almost 400 items waiting for me in my Google Reader, reading those items thoroughly and commenting when I have something to add, having it take over an hour to write a blog post, review it, add photos to make it interesting, etc. I am trying to actively participate in the channels which I think are important to me personally and that are also important to the direction I’m trying to steer my career towards.  However, I see the danger of never branching out into other things because I’m afraid of the potential backup in the queue of items to read/review/etc.

Comments on this would be greatly appreciated – how do you all balance spouses, families and lives with all of the tweets, blog posts, etc?

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Google reader is my new favorite game.

by Jamie Sanford on January 7, 2009

I hadn’t really used Google reader for a while, and I think I remember why.  That number keeps climbing up and I’m dedicated to at least TRYING to read everything in there.  (It all comes back to the game concepts right? Getting that number down to 0 is my goal in this game.) It is dangerous in such a way that I might feel obligated to read every single thing, much like what happened with the DVR, where I had to unsubscribe to a number of shows because it was too overwhelming.

However, I do think it is the best tool for keeping all of my items straight.  So I’ll stick with it.  Also, once I catch up on posts from the last few weeks (in some cases, months), it will get better!

My favorite thing of the day so far is from Gary Vaynerchuk, back in November, talking about the difference between giving a presentation and working a room.  I’m posting the video here as well. 

In my industry, I think this idea could start a whole new way of thinking, since it is literally FULL of presentations.  We work to educate healthcare professionals, and tomorrow’s audience is full of young people who are already embracing social media. We need to take the time to think of how we can embrace that opportunity to communicate with that audience and to develop better education for them, which would be mutually beneficial.

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