Memorial Day Weekend 2011: So Much to Be Thankful for!

{EAV_BLOG_VER:ef4db6aef5abd6b4}What a wonderful weekend to give thanks for our freedoms! Freedom to speak our minds. Freedom of to share our faith and to worship. Freedom to enjoy equality in a world of inequities. Freedom to live and love and have our being in the Land of the Free.

I am so thankful today for our freedom to worship. To be vocal about our faith and hope and the love that we have for our country, Our God, our family and friends.

So many days we take these things for granted. As we think about the many blessings still afforded us in this the best country on earth, we also celebrate the soldier and the hard fought victories that keep it so. And we think of the people we love who have gone on before us. I always think of my dear children, Shirley and David. Little Shirley was a premmie who died seconds before birth. David was my beloved second born who gave me so much happiness during his short (11 month) life. They would both be in their 30’s now and my family would be much louder now, with the ruckus of 3 children rather than my only loving and most precious girl, Abby (28). Abby’s name means Bringer of Joy and she is aptly named! In her young life she has brought me more joy than a mom could imagine knowing! I smile as I write about Shirley and David. Thinking of them alive in Heaven which is the biggest freedom of all. We will have a joyous reunion and celebration — our family! Mike and Abby and I continue to enjoy such great times together!

I hope all of you enjoy and celebrate life this weekend. Those who have gone before us, the soldiers, all someone’s children would want us to. Celebrate our freedoms and the life we all share in this Country: Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

 

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Social Media In The CEO’s Suite — #UsBlogs #UsGuys

Everyone wants their company to be up on the latest in Social Media, right? Tweeting the latest information about their growth, answering customers questions, branding, setting themselves apart from the competition with a Terrific Mind-Blowing SoMe Strategy! Not yet perhaps, but they’re getting there. How about the CEO’s — are they blogging and tweeting? Or have they relegating that task to an intern, or a manager adept in Social Media? I have a new client, a start-up, that’s going to be a big company judging from their business plan. They want to make sure when they roll out they’re on Twitter, Facebook and Linked-In ALL IN A BIG WAY! Social Media Strategy: still in development. That must be established first! Sooner than later, they want to interact with their Business-to-Business clients and Business-to-Consumer customers in Social Media. They want to be engaged, social, readily accessible and responsive to all! When I built their website we put in a blog for the CEO to post in. Right now he’s posting their progress. I will continue to strongly encourage his involvement, because I believe communicating his vision for their endeavor is vital to its success. One source which conveys this importance is in an article put out by Mashable in June of 2010: How CEO’s Are Using Social Media for Real Results. The article is very inspiring on what the CEO can accomplish by taking a leadership role in Social Media:

Carmen Magar, CEO of Chocri, a make-your-own chocolate bar company, says the exposure makes a difference. “While the competition can see everything (e.g. when customers suggest a new topping) and some of them seem compelled to copy my blog posts nearly word for word, it’s worth it because authenticity rules.”

Authenticity is the important thing above all else in life, marketing and of course: Social Media.  If your company’s CEO/leadership know this, it will help them to be more convinced of the importance of their presence in any Social Media strategy.
 
*This post was created for the #UsGuys on Twitter and their #UsBlogs initiative which seeks to communicate the importance of Social Media in the lives of companies and individuals.

 

THANK YOU SO Much! Two Years of Tweets and 10,000+ Followers!

I’ve had a very exciting weekend. Personally it’s been quiet and relaxing. Online it has been a total blast! Yesterday, April 30, 2011, my main Twitter account @libbytalks passed the 10,000 follower mark. I never would have believed it if someone had told me this would happen!

I have loved Twitter so much since I began tweeting in earnest in April of 2009 (I joined in 1/09, but hardly tweeted, didn’t get it!). In April, it clicked. For me it was like entering a whole new world. I used to just sit and watch the stream go by. I still abandon Tweet Deck, go online and experience the flow of the stream like I used to. I love the interaction, movement, new ideas flying by. Two years ago I was very ill. I was in a lot of pain. Twitter became a place where I could focus on something other than myself and forget the horrible pain in my body. I am an extrovert to the max and interacting with so many new people, lifted me out of myself and helped me to think about other things: what they had to teach me and how great they were to meet and tweet with.

Twitter is not a religion :). I have my strong faith to carry me through hardship. But it is a delightful gathering place of information, people, humor, living: an impassioned marketplace of ideas! And it’s fun. I remember fondly my friend @Fun2Tweet, now @DailyImage: Chuck from California gave me my first #FollowFriday. He tweeted about me and mentioned my bio…it was funny and sweet. I’ve participated in nearly every #FollowFriday since! I’ve had different accounts than @libbytalks, but they have come and gone. I remain @libbytalks observing, contributing, saying HI to friends, praying for friends facing sadness, exclaiming with joy and triumph their successes.

Who is @libbytalks? She’s just me. My voice. I go on Twitter now in good health, without pain. Whenever I feel the call and have a moment. I don’t schedule tweets. I don’t auto-follow. This account has grown organically and I’ve had great pleasure in the experience. I didn’t invent the moniker for Twitter. Libbytalks was my blogging name. I had been blogging for a few years and on MySpace and Facebook…but nothing flipped my switch like Twitter. I love the immediacy, the instant replies, the quick and yet satisfying interaction with friends who are courteous, caring and add blessing and great value to my life.

I’m celebrating this weekend what I consider to be a real milestone: 10,000 followers, friends I can talk with whenever I want and can share ideas and my loves and observations with day after day. And there is so much I am learning. Six months back maybe, I met a great bunch on Twitter, the #UsGuys tribe and stream. Their chats are ongoing 24/7 and they talk Social Media which has become my passion as well as my livelihood. Beautiful minds, young and not as young (like me) engaging and sharing their insights, blog posts, gems of information found on the Internet that day. A smaller group, a piece of Twitter yet contributing so much content and wisdom. I am proud to be in their ranks.

I’m most happy to be me and enjoy life…on I’m most happy to be me and enjoy life…on Twitter and off. Some of the people IRL (in real life) laugh or don’t understand why I’m on Twitter or how or why anyone would want so many followers. But, my dear mom understood. Eighty-one years old, battling Alzheimers and a recent stroke she said, “I’m not surprised Libby! You love to talk to people and meet new people…to do this every day –it must be so fun for you!” It is fun! A great big party…a 2nd college education…a family I couldn’t be without, and dearest of all: a circle of friends! Thank you for being there and welcome! I couldn’t be happier to meet you! Love, Libby aka @libbytalks