What did my friend Ken Moskowitz learn from this time spend at VaynerMedia this spring? Turns out, quite a bit.
Since VaynerMedia is the agency of record (AOR) for TikTok, not only was TikTok the most talked about thing in the halls—the folks at Vayner have the inside track to the most up-to-date information about TikTok hashtags, the algorithm, and best practices.
I feel like a kid at Christmas unwrapping that Red Rider BB Gun. I’m writing music news — and only music news — all this week for Inside.com (and the Inside app for Android, iOs, and Blackberry). Follow the news feed here.
I have found myself in a music journalism position over and over again in life. If I hadn’t found one, I created one. I remember being on the air for mornings at KZZP — well before the Internet got all fancy and we had Facebook, social media, even video. I didn’t even know what a CMS was back then. I probably only had five things online to log into and one was Hotmail… So things weren’t very far advanced. But I decided I would somehow create a “celebrity guestbook” feature on our website since we had so many famous people coming through our studios. I was met with resistance so it never came to be. I remember my morning show host bitching at me, “You’re wasting your time with this web stuff! It’s not going anywhere!” Now it’s 2015 and we can add that to the list of “I told you so’s” I’ve given him over the years. He also thought “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” would be a flop and wouldn’t let me play my interview with Nia Vardalos and John Corbett on the air! Ha!
Times have changed and I am happy to change with the times. It’s 2015 and I have 16 years of radio under my belt, a liberal arts degree from Boston University, a journalism certificate from Paradise Valley Community College, actual print/web/online journalism experience, and just basic life experience. (Yes, I have been blessed with much life experience most wish they never have to have). I think I’m just so happy to keep my journalism skills going right now. I’m also happy to be back in love with writing again.
Thanks for checking out my blog and progress this year. I have a freelance writing career as well as a creative writing practice that involves three novels in progress as well as much poetry… There is a lot more to come!
I am proud to announce you’ll soon be seeing my name pop up on Inside.com and the Inside app (for iOs, Blackberry, and Android). Time to put that news writing and journalism experience to work!
I made this video about it because I’ve been making lots of videos for my Wichita radio listening audience on my Facebook fan page since I’ve been off the air in January. Making videos and talking to my listening audience on social media has been tremendously creative and healing for me in my time of unemployment — which I now consider the greatest adventure of my life.
This has been a great opportunity to return to writing. Period. I’m back to working on novels and poetry. I’m taking The Artist’s Way course. I’ve landed four freelance writing gigs so far in just three months. I’ve gone to work part-time as a Peer Mentor in Training at the Substance Abuse Center of Kansas’ Crossover Recovery Center. I’m also still running my Reiki practice out of White Dove. I’m busy doing such a ton of creative things that life is a joy!
So thank you for reading this blog, watching the videos, liking the page, and otherwise just coming along on the journey!
I guess I’m just in a marketing mood today. People were re-tweeting this piece earlier on Twitter about how to make a video go viral. As a budding video creator myself, my ears perked up. It’s an interesting take on the viral secrets of success. I’ve been making a few videos while on the air at the Peak, and I think mine fall into the “bored at work” category. They’re far from going viral though. So far, they’ve been good icebreakers on social networking sites with people I presume are listening to me. (In the very least, they’re following me on Twitter, where I tweet about being on the air). If nothing else, I am giving people another way to relate to me and get to know the station. I’ll work on that going viral stuff as I make better videos!