Weekly Round Up May 10th & May 17th

#drama

While the posts for these 2 weeks weren’t written, they were written
eloquently
dramatically
frantically
and out of necessity  …….    ALL in my mind.

Pages and pages of it

I used to shield my feelings from everyone and everything.

I thought being capable and keeping things to myself was strength

Now I know it’s exactly the opposite

And I want to shout it all on the rooftops.

I’m hurting…

but I’m learning so much about myself.

And I love that I am asking for what I want.

Not making excuses, or apologizing for having needs.

Incredible.

I admire marketers who can make their sites just about their services and not get personal.

To me it’s all wrapped up together, and I don’t want to reserve the personal stuff for my private journal that I may never read again (although I do write plenty in them)

Its too important and I promise it only makes me better at everything I do.

Noteworthy:

For 48 consecutive hours – May 7th-9th, there was no past, there was no future, there was only the present. It was bliss and I was unconditionally loved. I am grateful for that. I had incredible confidence and I aspire for that, with or without love.

Tennis is amazing

The movie Woman in Gold is worth seeing

My birthday is May 11th, and it royally sucked.

My sister and her family arrived on May 11th, so it unsucked a little.

And since every #depressing action requires an #uplifting action in return… I give you this extraordinaryness:

Weekly Round Up May 2nd

Marketing:

Sometimes being ahead of the curve is actually REALLY frustrating.

I’m talking so ahead of the curve that you don’t know what you’re sitting on because it’s so underdeveloped.

Step back for a moment and imagine…

Have you ever seen your life before your eyes…

but it’s not your life.

It’s someone else living your life?

The life you might have had, if you made different choices.

So you witness other people being your potential, but you’re still just a spectator.

Once again I’ve been a witness to the ideas churning around in my head well ahead of their time, come to fruition by switched on marketers.

This isn’t a whine, in fact- it’s validation.

I am well aware that there is a huge gap between ideas and execution.

So instead of being annoyed with myself, I’m just going to be enthralled with my marketing clairvoyance.

The latest trend is marketing funnels, and giving people what they want based on their actions and what they tell you.

in 2006 I created a web property designed to use questions and logical sequencing to come out with a plan for the individual user. I was working with a coder on freelancer.com to craft this type of questionnaire that could handle complex variations. I had to do it all manually… it became too overwhelming, it was in addition to my other jobs, and like the shiny red object syndrome – the promise of money faded too quickly, and I let it sit.

Now everyone is shifting away from the static web funnel (lander / opt-in / email sequence) and focusing much more on being personal and providing the correct value.

Whether it be via asking people what they want via a survey intro, or firing emails based on their behaviours in your funnel sequence, or just piling on relevant value ala Hubspot… this is the new hot ticket in 2015. Just this past week 3 marketers were pitching it.

And as I mentioned in my last post, it gives me such great pleasure to see the world of internet marketing merging with what is now becoming current marketing.

The internet is here.

It’s not scary anymore.

People are aware of the power of the web and the future of the web.

People buy shit online more and more each year.

And while there are still countless and endless amounts of people riped to be scammed out of their money for an idea that may or may not work, now web marketing is legit, and can stand up for itself… because everyone is doing it

Think I’ll do a post on my ventures that never took off…and the ideas I gave others that made them hundreds of thousands of dollars, it will be long . 🙂 This one wasn’t  just an idea on paper, i actually had the landing page with the copy, the opt-in, etc…

But I’ve never forgotten this one, still pay for domain + hosting annually, original page still live, and finally the software is easily available and ready for it. So … anything’s possible! I’ll launch it 10 years after I started it

General:

Make sure you have music in your life!!!

When I come home each day I am able to do one of 2 things. And I do it…

1) Play the demo on my new-ish Yamaha DG650. It’s incredible and uplifting and inspires me to keep plugging away at my piano lessons to get back to how I used to be able to play … and then surpass that.

 

2) My generous bf/f gave me his sandstrom speaker. I bluetooth it to my phone and hit play. It’s great for slow music dancing when the time is right, dance parties with the boys or myself – and the timing is ALWAYS right for that – listening to podcasts while getting ready for work. Simply, it’s a jukebox / speaker in my living room.

sandstrom

Don’t  live without at least ONE of the above. It’s not necessary to go through life without them. I’m really passionate about music in the home, in case you can’t tell 🙂

I grew up with a piano and was such a piano snob that I couldn’t imagine an alternative… so when living in a small apartment that couldn’t host a piano, and the prices were prohibitive, i actually lived for many years without a piano. My electric piano is so much more awesome than a piano because it can be a piano and so much more. I can actually raise some DJ’s… 🙂

Now go have some fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are your thoughts on the freelance time sheet?

timeI need your advice.

Here’s the abridged version:

I have worked for a company in both employment (full time) and freelance capacity.

This relationship has continued successfully for almost 5 years.

In order to get paid I submit an invoice with a rough list of my hours.

A few months ago,  I was invited to a Google doc,  so I can record all my tasks in a shared spreadsheet

Here’s what I’m good at: Drinking an entire bottle of water in one go.

Here’s where I suck: Filling out time sheets.

Is it just me, or do the words ‘marketing’ and ‘time sheet’ go together about as great as my ex and I?? How do you confine creativity to a box on an excel sheet, and IF i was compatible with that type of work… I feel like I would be compromised as a marketer. Wrong?

I went from being the entire ‘full time’ marketing department to the entire marketing department at 1 day per week.

This includes: Email marketing, affiliate marketing, social media, copy, creating the marketing calender, overseeing the creatives, content management, etc..

Marketing requires thought… but you can’t charge for that time.

I respect a company’s right to watch their expenses and make sure they are maximizing the use of their staff. And it’s hard when you can’t keep an eye on your worker. I respect the retainer in exchange for an expected amount of output.

In #5 in this article… it got me thinking. Maybe I hate doing it because I can’t just hand in some shitty version of it?

Meaning I don’t do great work and then hand in a sloppy time sheet. I like to think I do great work and hand in a great time sheet.

Or maybe it’s time to move on.

Thoughts?

Probably Not, But I love you.

how to say no

Have you ever struggled with how to say NO? Who hasn’t?

The title of this post is your solution.

I’ve been surrounded by YES people my whole life. In fact, I probably purposefully have fewer friends because I didn’t want to create a life of not being able to say NO.

So I was talking to someone the other day, and I asked her if she was able to do something for me. Her answer was immediately put in the vault for future use, and worthwhile to share. She said “Probably not, but I love you.”

So the answer is NO, but you are loved, I just can’t do it.

I love this so much.