Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’


Discovering My Mission

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Camp girlIf you follow me on FaceBook, you’ve seen the saga I went through a few weeks ago – it took me about 24 hours longer to get from Winnipeg to San Antonio, TX, than intended. Blizzards, maintenance issues and everything the Universe could throw at me conspired to keep me from getting there on Thursday afternoon, as planned. (more…)

If I Told You …

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

If I Told You

So this was my Facebook status the other day. Deliberately provocative, as you can see, and as I hoped, I got lots of responses. I am blessed with the most generous, thoughtful, wonderful friends ever, and they gave me the gift of their gut response (which was almost unanimously “No”, by the way). Then they took the time to answer my questions and explain why they felt that way. Where else can one get a free education like that?

I learned, for example, that some people’s Facebook feeds are overrun with enterprising friends trying to sell them something, and their reactions range from frustration to resentment. People love their friends, but they don’t love the feeling of being pressured, guilted, or made to feel uncomfortable.

There was some thoughtful conversation about social media and what kind of “space” it is. We all endure the ads that Facebook puts into our feeds (somebody has to pay for the servers, and it’s not us), but is it OK for our “friends” to pitch us in a “social” space? Or is there really no separation between business and pleasure, just as there isn’t in real life? We do, after all, ask people at parties what they do, and sometimes they tell us in more detail than we want to know. Is posting in social media about one’s business the same as being that bore at the dinner table?

There’s also the enthusiasm. After all, this isn’t a widget I’m talking about. I am so excited to have found something that works well for me, and I want all of my friends to have the same wonderful experience. Should I deprive them of the benefit of this knowledge? Should I just keep everything to do with it on a business page and keep it out of my social feed? Or should I continue to pursue transparency and authenticity, sharing my experience with the world, good and bad?

The conversation continues. Let me know what you think!

I Love the Smell of Facebook in the Morning … But I’m Giving it Up

Monday, August 4th, 2014
I love the smell of fresh watermelons in the morning

I love the smell of fresh watermelons in the morning by ▓▒░ TORLEY ░▒▓, on Flickr

OK, now you really think I’m nuts. Smell of Facebook? What’s that about? And why would you give up smelling (or reading, I guess that’s more accurate) Facebook in the morning? (more…)

Good-bye Facebook, Hello Pinterest/Instagram/All That Stuff

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Screenshot 2014-02-02 21.31.26

Click to See the Newsletter!

First of all, if you aren’t interested in BlackBox, you will be delighted to know that I have created a newsletter for it, and will no longer be putting blatantly BlackBox stuff on the blog itself (although I will be making pages on the website). (more…)

Practising What I Preach

Monday, December 30th, 2013
Lizard

The Lizard at Sam’s Place

So, just like that, I’m going to speak at a MoMondays Winnipeg on January 6, 2014, at Sam’s Place. If you are local, I hope you will come and see me. Yes, I’m terrified. So? (more…)

Enlivening Boring Topics

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
Bored

Bored by Sn.Ho, on Flickr

I recently joined a Facebook writers’ group, and we are going to write for each other on a weekly basis. This was our first topic. It’s definitely a challenging one! So here are my thoughts on the matter. (more…)

Froggy Love

Thursday, June 13th, 2013
FrogBox

FrogBox by Michael Kwan (Freelancer), on Flickr

Oh, Froggy went a-courting and he did ride … in a big, green plastic box that is an environmentally sustainable answer to the eternal cardboard conundrum. Dragon Den‘s Jim Treliving has a stake in this Vancouver-based company, so it must be a good thing, right? (more…)

Caring for Your Lizard – Sleep

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

sleepy lizard

It’s another newsletter edition! Click on the image to see a larger version. I’m talking about ways in which we can convince our screaming inner toddler to go to sleep already. Not with coercion but with love.

If you are interested in a conversation about the ways in which we can calm that toddler and learn and grow, sign up for the newsletter – there’s a form right in the sidebar. You can see the ones you missed in the archive, but it is more fun to get your own! Especially as we can then converse by email rather than having to post a comment here on the blog. Just easier and more personal.

You’ll also get a roundup of the week’s blog posts, in case you were relying on Facebook or Twitter to let you know when a new one comes out. Apparently Facebook is now only showing content to about 7% of a page’s followers.

But I think that’s the subject of a whole other rant … nu, so join the newsletter already.