Important And In The Now

There is nothing more important than your health. Whatever bodily system may ail you, help is not far away or hard to obtain, or so we may assume. Unfortunately,pregnancy-31113_1280 not all fields are treated equal and reproductive healthcare is not readily available to all, even in today’s day and age. A nonprofit foundation that has made this it’s mission to tackle the situation of healthcare for women is family-43873_1280Planned Parenthood. They claim to now be America’s most trusted reproductive healthcarer provider.

This campaign has several social media sites (including a tumblr blog) that all get updated every few days or a few times a week. Their message is strong, direct, and obviously touching a lot of people as it does me. All the content posted to various media is similar and proven widely digested as shown by their high number of views and comments on any and all posts.


Are We Talking About Blogging Or Blogging About Talking?

Talking out problems is a pretty frequent activity when you work in the hospitality business like I do, and my choices of blogs to dig around in reflect that. With a such a wide array of topics to choose from, the task of choosing one to follow was a little daunting. So I tried to start simple; I took my life goals (becoming an outstanding communicator in all facets of life) and one of my interests (astrological analysis) and searched for some sites that were the ebb to my flow. Lucky for me there are so very many blogs out there, all it took was a lot of reading and getting slightly lost down a virtual blog hole to find a few pretty cool sites. The two blogs that I have chosen to subscribe to and want to discuss a little bit are as follows (and worth taking a look at yourself).

Keeping Your Head In The Business Game

The first is a Leadership Communications blog written majorly by a man named David Grossman. Your Thought Partner is a site with a goal of teaching how to effectively manage situations and be a better conversationalist where it really counts. This site is mostly targeted toward managers of business who need to better their skills to better their businesses. training-2874597_1280One of my favorite aspects of this site is the different perspectives they offer. Talking is, of course, mentioned as well as effective and active listening to keep the conversations had going and fully rounded. I’ve learned that being the only effective communicator in a relationship or even discussion is simply not enough, I should strive more to draw out the ideas and opinions of others and integrate them.

The site is somewhat interactive in that readers can reply to posts and contact the various bloggers, the usual stuff. There is a lack of comments but I believe that is due to the fact that the articles that are posted here don’t leave much to be said! They are direct and very matter-of-fact in the way they write these articles, the tone is almost commanding, which begins the short list of things I don’t particularly enjoy about this blog. I appreciate the insight but not-so-much the whole “I am king communicator bow to me” vibe i get from reading it. Also while I think Mr. Grossman is a fine looking man, I feel that his profile picture placement in the banner above the blog is awkward and strange-looking. It seems out of place in my opinion and feels like forced self recognition. Which may help with his branding, his site also has links to Ebooks as well as hard copy books for improving oneself communication, most of which are free of charge. His revenue seems to be drawn from consultation services he personally offers on how to improve the leadership of companies. With how informative his site is, one wonders what else he could advise on top of it. There is definitely a lot to like about this site and even more to be learned from it. Along with helpful tips on how to grow your business using social media, there is a link feature to his group social media sites including Google+, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and more.

For The Love Of Love Blogs

The next blog I decided to check out and stick around for was called Your Tango. This online magazine is differs from my first choice in many ways other than that it encourages open and honest communication, especially between domestic partners. Your Tango is an astrological guide to love and relationships founded by Andrea Miller and Sanjay Bhatnagar. balloon-1046658_1280I enjoyed reading this blog more than my first pick, it was less informative and more entertaining. There are a lot more hints of opinionated advice. When I read the articles here, the vibe I get is more of a “Dear Abby” response to common afflictions of the heart, which I really like. The target demographic for this site is vastly different, seeming to be targeted at young women in the 20 – 30 year-old range, and (surprise, surprise) I fell right into their little trap. I’m afraid this site will definitely have me judging a book by their Zodiac sign more often.  

This site also has social media connections though not as many, they have a nifty menu feature that pops up and allows you to share to facebook, pinterest, instagram and twitter. feedback-1825515_1280Also there is a feature to send the editor submissions for a piece. They ask for a resume and/or a blog link and encourage their readers to give what they do a shot and that’s pretty neat. Upon exploration clicking of the site I found that Andrea Miller is a print author and sells hardcover copies of the same information on the blog. How cool is that? There are ads indicating she is sponsored by Ebates and she has copies of her work in print on the shelves too. Now that’s my kinda role model! This blog rated 10/10 on my “would surely recommend” blog list.

Feel the Flow

Let’s talk about bees, whether you of think them as annoying, captivating, terrifying, or delightful; they are undeniably important. All kinds of bees are equally significant, however my favorite and therefore main focus has always been the honeybee. They are non-aggressive and beneficial for numerous reasons, other than the obvious sweet ones!

So Why Care About Bees and Their Hives?

A dream of mine has always been to keep bees. I love taking on new challenges, I have lots of secluded space on the farm, and my garden could always use a little extra kick from mother nature. So upon making the decision to dive head into beekeeping in the near future; I started furiously researching how to make my visions into reality. What I found was that traditionally for the past one hundred plus years bees have been kept in captivity by means of a sort of filing-cabinet-looking box. apiary-1866740_1280 (1) To maintain the hive and gather honey one has to pull out “drawers” of honey comb after spraying gas on the bees to make them less mobile and aware. In the process, a bunch of our poor honey producing buddies inevitably get injured or even killed.

Until now! A wildly popular crowdfunded campaign has become a seriously successful business by selling an innovative and bee harm free method of bee keeping called a Flow Hive. In which the combs are man-made out of plastic and able to move in a way that doesn’t harm bees and collects all the honey hassle-free. The hexagonal combs are split vertically  and can move to allow the honey to flow freely out of the hive without harming the bees or even hardly disturbing them.1200px-Flow_Hive_Schema.svg.png

Through the use of crowdfunding this venture became the most successful campaign ever launched on Indiegogo or in general outside of the U.S.! Definitely noteworthy in the history of crowdfunded startups as well as in the honey bee community.

A Little Bit About the Blogger

  My name is Michaela and  I am a renaissance woman, or at the very least I try to be. I have numerous talents and try to learn new things as often as possible. Some activities that I really become enthralled with include going on nature walks, baking, reading fiction novels, farming, working on my car, having a good conversation with someone, and writing. Of all of those almost daily activities, the most enjoyable career path I could envision pointed to a degree in communication. Unfortunately that was a bit too vague and I needed to hone in somewhere and decide on my focus, so I dug deeper.

    I knew everyone in high school; staff, peers, educators and administration alike. However, some of my favorite people to hang out with were those in the Tech Studio, a magical place where groups of students (under the guidance of some seriously knowledgeable and downright cool mentors), would upload daily our hard work to the school’s radio station and local television channel. Those experiences, creating entertainment and public service announcements for my community, really directed the media arts concentration of my degree. With which I am hoping to one day work for a large media corporation such as the Times Herald Record as a journalist, camera woman, set coordinator, post editor, or anything really. The thought of having a career where I would be meeting new people all the time and being hands-on involved in doing what I enjoy most really just tickles me pink.

    So it is deducible that I have been involved with computers and the media therein for a good portion of my life. keyboard I became a user of social media somewhere around 2008 on Myspace. Since then I have never really advanced beyond a novice social media user. I have posted some videos on Youtube, I think I may have even gotten a double digit number of views, but nothing came of it, not even comments. Just for the record, attempts have been made to get out there but I needed more knowledge and skills than I possessed. Cue SUNY Ulster Communications in Media Arts program!

Nowadays my social media use is mostly limited to researching reviews of local stores, direct messaging friends and family, uploading occasional pet pictures, and boredom scrolling. The people I have met through these applications have always seemed ingenuine and never led to any relationships in reality. Thus my most important application to date is  most likely my mobile banking app. My Instagram is a small window into my life that I invite you to take a look into ->

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


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