Anzacs behaving badly: Scott McIntyre and contested history

Republished Anzacs behaving badly: Scott McIntyre and contested history Philip Dwyer, University of Newcastle Sacked for tweeting remarks about Anzacs that are considered “inappropriate” and “disrespectful”? Let me try and put SBS sports journalist Scott McIntyre’s tweets in historical perspective. … Continue reading Anzacs behaving badly: Scott McIntyre and contested history

The hidden impact of becoming a sudden carer is more than conversations

The journey that started with “The hidden cost of becoming a sudden carer is more than just emotional” Is more like a playground Is more revealing than expected continues. It’s a lifestyle change. The days are well and truly gone when … Continue reading The hidden impact of becoming a sudden carer is more than conversations

The hidden impact of becoming a sudden carer is more revealing than expected

The journey that started with “The hidden cost of becoming a sudden carer is more than just emotional” and The hidden impact of becoming a sudden carer is more like a playground continues. Yes, I have been revealed. Exposed. Thrown … Continue reading The hidden impact of becoming a sudden carer is more revealing than expected

Storytellers of a Modern Age; Using the Selfie on a Journey

We’ve been using the social medias to share and have conversations for years. What is emerging are distinct members of our community who are excited to embrace the visual storytelling it provides for others eg “follow my journey” or “have a look … Continue reading Storytellers of a Modern Age; Using the Selfie on a Journey

Australia tweeted #illridewithyou – and showed great solidarity in a moment of crisis

All this might make the popularity of the #illridewithyou hashtag surprising. But what really underpins this social media phenomenon is the fact that ordinary people are not only aware but are prepared to do something about the Islamophobia that ordinary Muslims face in the current climate. Continue reading Australia tweeted #illridewithyou – and showed great solidarity in a moment of crisis

The hidden cost of becoming a sudden carer is more than just emotional

We generally take for granted our lifestyle and whatever that entails. For me, it’s a little routine orientated around my daughter (who lives with me part-time), my work, my friends and anything else that crops up. I’ve always made time … Continue reading The hidden cost of becoming a sudden carer is more than just emotional

Social Media; 5 Essentials for Small Business

Let’s examine the facts;

There were 2,079,666 actively trading businesses in Australia at June 2013.

There were 563,412 businesses that employed ‘1-4’ employees, followed by 197,412 businesses that employed ‘5-19′ employees, 50,946 businesses employing ’20-199’ employees and 3,598 businesses that employed ‘200+’ employees. At June 2013, there were 556,504 businesses operating in the ‘Zero to less than $50k’ turnover range, 718,005 businesses in the ‘$50k to less than $200k’ turnover range, 672,150 businesses in the ‘$200k to less than $2m’ turnover range and 133,007 businesses in the ‘$2m or more’ turnover range. *Reference: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/8165.0

That’s a lot of small businesses.

While 91.9% of Australian businesses had internet access, less than half (44.6%) had an online presence.

Further;

Despite the stagnation in the share of businesses that accepted orders online, the income earned from online orders has grown significantly. In total, $237.1 billion was earned by Australian businesses through online orders, which is an increase of 25.6% from 2010-11 ($188.7 billion). When you consider that statistic with the finding that the share of businesses accepting orders online fell 0.2%, it suggests that those businesses that continue to hold out are missing out. *Reference http://www.digitalbusiness.gov.au/2013/07/02/latest-abs-statistics-many-australian-businesses-still-not-engaging-online/

Let’s not hold out – let’s work out what we should be doing online.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Do Business With Me

Contemporary public relations requires a level of understanding across ALL the medias these days but there are levels of understanding within every profession, and there are levels of understanding. My own stance has been to say, “Look at how long they have been doing it, what their level of engagement is like across ALL social medias (not just Facebook, and certainly not just Twitter), and if they are living and breathing like me, then you have found yourself a good one.” There are some goodies out there, you just have to look for the right things. Continue reading 7 Reasons Why You Should Do Business With Me

Creating the connection for conversation; an awakening

My personal readings of late have been around traditional education, the field of creativity in a social learning context and the general need for more innovation, entrepreneurs and thinkers. What I’ve read and witnessed is making me feel people think the term “start-up” is a new philosophy or trend? They are being predicted as the new black, however, they have been around for eons. Evidence is emerging, as a consolidation in the fields of creativity and social media learning, to engage with the creative capacities inherent in all of us; to have the discussion that makes or creates the connection. … Continue reading Creating the connection for conversation; an awakening

Art is news. And visual communications.

Interesting conversation that has evolved (derived from an original post from 2011). It has evolved from the origins of explanations and what we have learnt. As in learnt through art. Going back to the beginnings of mankind, our news started with art. We illustrated and used calligraphy (an artistic writing form) to explain and to share messages. Now, this evolution is turning full circle – don’t you think? Humans are returning to their visual beginnings to share news and interesting things on topic. Look at online and social media in particular. Social media is our favourite visual medium, with posts that … Continue reading Art is news. And visual communications.

Inspiring Movie | The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Firstly, feast your eyes on a whole raft of inspiring actors. Judy, Maggie, oooh, just all of them – they are simply divine. Secondly, sit back and relax and let the movie’s striking presence and ambiance take over you. From beautiful scenery – to loud noisy streets… if you don’t get the culture, why we are different and how to celebrate that, I’ll go “heee”. We are different and yet the same and this is wonderful. Best fun I’ve had at an adult, feel good movie for a long time! In fact, I challenge that you to won’t come away feeling … Continue reading Inspiring Movie | The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Inspirational posts are my favourite, but…

But… they are also hard. Each day we see what motivates each other. Sometimes I think to myself “oh just get on with it” and other times i think “yep, couldn’t have said it better myself”. Then there are the days when you don’t want to read, or in fact, see anything motivational and inspirational. Even though you know you should, because you just need to stop for a moment and absorb. Absorb your feelings. Feel. We need to do this. I reckon it’s actually OK. It’s OK to stop, to feel, feel hurt, love, pain. We’re human and and … Continue reading Inspirational posts are my favourite, but…

Best of Photographs for 2011 – what’s yours?

The usual round of links covering the best photographs for 2011 (typically from the professional journalist photographers) are delivered via the news stream however it’s not often you stumble over a blog post of similar style from an artist you have never heard of before and think “yep, I love them“. This one I did just that… through the social networking interwebs that keep us thriving and striving for unearthing that next gorgeous piece of information and clue, this one came to me and I was captured. Each image is gorgeous, yet different. Such a vast variety of style. Each … Continue reading Best of Photographs for 2011 – what’s yours?

Social media identities in #adelaide

Is it just me, or are all #adelaide social media identities, freelance sole operators? Are there any left, working as an employee, inside of a traditional ad agency or business? If it’s true it does seem fair on one count, but unfair on another. I’ll explain. To me, the power of the individual in social media is king. Or queen – if you are female. It’s what make social media tick, ie people liking and following and starting conversations etc. Some have hundreds of followers, some just a few – but this is what we measure, ie the influence and klout … Continue reading Social media identities in #adelaide

Topics and themes being unearthed… part three…

A little bit of research never goes astray. -charlie I read today that I’d be classed as a natural ethnographer ie someone who hangs around online to gain a better understanding. As this person (just commenting on a post that I read) put it, an online ethnographer loves to explore and understand the culture of communities, and the patterns that define the relationships. Of course, online, is one of the most exciting and enthralling of new places to “hang out”. It’s impossible to say anything other than online is in it’s infancy, simply due to the very fact it has only been around for about … Continue reading Topics and themes being unearthed… part three…

Topics and themes being unearthed… part two…

Stowe Boyd, “I am made greater by the sum of my connections, and so are my connections.” http://www.stoweboyd.com/post/1601688166/social-cognition-an-introduction Social Cognition: An Introduction (Stowe Boyd) His article is valid and full of theories… eg “all known human cultures have language, music, and dance. And yes, puns. Even deaf people have puns. These are human universals, along with a bunch of others.” Charlie says “Conversations on social media services can lead to improving customer service, sharing important news, laughing over photographs, sharing an opinion, or raising issue awareness.” So, what do we do about that? Where does this lead us? Steve says, “…management … Continue reading Topics and themes being unearthed… part two…

Topics and themes being unearthed… part one…

“On a deeper psychological level, users often describe how their computer is an extension of their mind and personality – a “space” that reflects their tastes, attitudes, and interests. When one experiences cyberspace as [an] extension of one’s mind – as a transitional space between self and other – the door is thrown wide open for all sorts of fantasies and transference reactions to be projected into this space. Under ideal conditions, people use this as an opportunity to better understand themselves, as a path for exploring their identity as it engages the identity of other people. Under less than … Continue reading Topics and themes being unearthed… part one…

EveryDay PA Recommendation

Amanda and I met at a Sue Redman Luncheon. She was a confident, friendly girl who just shined. Happiness oozed. It soon became apparent why after hearing what she did for a living. Her life must be so organised and sorted and in control, quite simply why wouldn’t she be happy? She had no capacity to have any niggling doubts or issues. It made me “want” what she had. Pleeeeease. Now we all know we can’t just “want“. I say to my girls “I want, dont get” all the time. But gosh, I could still strive for it. Yes? That … Continue reading EveryDay PA Recommendation

How deep can we go with the naked skin?

One hour and I was naked, cleansed and sucked out. My it felt good. The deep clean session (where I thought I would end up looking like a tomato because I have a natural high red colour anyway) wasnt that bad at all!! Yes, for vanity sake, I have waited an hour before taking a foto of my completely naked skin but but but…. I had myself what is known as a microdermabrasion. Another virgin effort. Nicknamed the lunchtime peel (it’s quick) its a gentle process, like a little vacuum cleaner travelling across your face. Doesnt hurt… but by the end my skin … Continue reading How deep can we go with the naked skin?

What I don’t like about email newsletters

No-one responds.   And no, I don’t just mean to mine… I mean that if I receive one and I would like to comment about something or follow something up, it’s like a brick wall. Either I cant, or if I do it’s like Ive intruded into someone’s sleep time. Yes, I appreciate this is the ways of the push medium… but I’m a tad over it. When I send out emails these days (which isn’t often to be frank) I do prefer a response or the ability to ask questions. This would be due in part to my attitude and … Continue reading What I don’t like about email newsletters