Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Time to Tweet, Tweet, Tweet Away

As the world moves more and more online, social networking becomes more and more important. Twitter is not just for today's youth, nor is it just a network for big-time businesses. In an article featured on PRSA (Public Relations Society of America), Anne McGraw explains the small steps to your company's tweeting success.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm definitely not a Twitter expert. Actually, I'm guilty of setting up a personal account, making one tweet, and I haven't gotten on it again. Yep, it's that bad. However, this article sparked my interest in the Twitter universe, and I'm going to try to maintain my account a little better.

Twitter is especially important for a company. It personalizes one's brand name, which in turn, creates a better relationship between one and their clients/prospective customers. And if you are a smaller company or just getting started, don't be overwhelmed. All you have to do is make one tweet a week and comment on one or two of those whom you follow.

Do you have a Twitter? If so, how do you use it?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Big Girls DO Cry, and It's OK

Laurie Dhue, a former news anchor who had shows on big-time networks such as CNN, NBC and FOX, opened up about her personal struggle. (Watch the video for more info).

After battling alcoholism for over 15 years, while at the same time keeping it a secret, Dhue has used her career as a platform for helping others who may have an addiction. What a great way to turn something negative into such a positive.

Dhue seemed to have it all: a prominent name, a stable career, the world's attention... But this example goes to show how all the success in the world doesn't guarantee happiness. Even big girls cry, and sometimes, it's healthy... It's growth, and it's a sign of true character.

Do you think Dhue did the right thing by opening up about her secret?

Getting the Job Done Right

After almost two months of filling out applications, writing cover letters and sending off my resume, I was leaning towards a temporary personnel service. However, God had another plan. Only a week ago, I received a job notification from a Baylor professor about an opportunity as the Editorial Assistant/Project Manager for an up and coming Web site called FaithVillage.

With an inkling in my heart and a spirit full of hope, I took the time to apply to one more job. It's a good thing I did because I accepted FaithVillage's offer just yesterday! Oh, God has a mysterious way to his works.

...So it looks like Micah and I won't be living on the streets for the first six months of our marriage. Thank you, Jesus!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Designed to Dazzle

After many, many hours clicking the "undo" button and searching ways to PhotoShop an image on Google, I've learned some valuable lessons when creating a unique design.

Whether you're a professional artist or a bride with a budget, everyone can take advantage of the elements of design. It's important to keep a few things in mind when creating a unique design.

1. Plan Ahead
Imagine what you want the message of your design to be and which audience you'd like to reach.

2. Less Words, More Visuals
Most of us are visual learners. Use vivid descriptions and specific verbs to create a picture.

3. Stick With ONE Program
If you go with a theme or a color scheme, be consistent. Don't use more than 3-5 colors, fonts and font sizes.

Above, you'll see the front side of a brochure I made for Chaparrel Glass Co. and a business card for my dad. If you'd like more information on either of these businesses, please contact me, or feel free to comment.

Below are invitations I'm in the process of designing for my cousin's baby shower. I'd love to see which one you like more. Let me know with your kind comments! :)


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