LIKE Me, Please?

When Facebook changed its language from “FAN US” to “LIKE US” I was among the first to think it was the dumbest choice of words ever.

A year later, I’m not laughing … EVERYBODY wants to be liked … every brand, person, organization … and I’ve caved.

Yup, I’ve created a Facebook page for my blog, where I hope to open up conversations that begin here on the blog. You can like it here. Continue reading “LIKE Me, Please?”

Authenticity in the Digital Space

Like most of us, I wear many hats: mom, wife, blogger, PR girl, social media fiend.

And since I work AND play in the digital space, it’s a tough balancing act sometimes.

The #1 rule in being a good communicator is to know your audience. But what if your audience is as varied and complex as you are? How can one be authentic if  you’re shying away from who you are in some circles? This, I’m learning, is one of the biggest challenges of being active in social media.

I’ve never hid my hats — as you know, I tend to be a “lay it all out there on the table” kind of girl.

But I do generally use discretion with what gets posted where. Continue reading “Authenticity in the Digital Space”

National Start! Walking Day is Wednesday!

Wednesday, April 7, is the American Heart Association’s National Start! Walking Day.

As many of you may know, at work, I’m serving as the community manager for the AHA on Facebook and Twitter, and in a case like this — where my online and offline worlds are inter-meshing so beautifully — I’d be remiss if I didn’t help AHA spread the word to a community of health and wellness friends!!

I’ve organized a lunch-time walk for my office … will you do the same for yours?! Bloggers and those active on Twitter, please help spread the word and thank you in advance!

National Wear Red Day!

“The sweet spot = when your personal and professional worlds not only intersect, but exist symbiotically.”

This has become my mantra lately, and it’s even scrawled on my Facebook page.

At work recently, I’ve been able to combine my off-the-clock passions for healthy living/fitness/nutrition and social media as I’ve become involved in our work for the American Heart Association. Continue reading “National Wear Red Day!”

HALLS Refresh Giveaway!

A few weeks ago I was approached by HALLS to sample and review their new product, HALLS Refresh lozenges, and do a giveaway on my blog.

At first glance, I thought the tie-in with my personal “brand” was a bit out of left field, given the nature of my blog and the fact that I don’t really review too many products here.

But my contact said my blog came up in a “big search for product reviewer blogs,” … so naturally, I was flattered.

Plus, as someone who has been known to buy Halls when not sick (I’ve always loved the cherry flavor!) I figured, why not give this new product a shot?

Before I do my review, here’s some background on the product, per HALLS. Continue reading “HALLS Refresh Giveaway!”

Being “In the Moment” Amid Today’s Technology

My latest blog post over at WeAretheRealDeal.com. Read it here or after the jump. Continue reading “Being “In the Moment” Amid Today’s Technology”

Blogotherapy & Colliding Worlds

bloggingFor the first several months of blogging, for understandable reasons, I kept a pretty low profile.

I didn’t tweet (I was loathe to jump on the Twitter bandwagon), and I didn’t have any links up on my Facebook page to my blogs.

I guess you could say I didn’t want to be defined by my “problem” … so I figured I just wouldn’t let anyone know about it, unless they knew about it directly from me.

But then a funny thing happened.

Instead of finding myself isolated from coming “out,” about my food/body issues, once I opened up and put myself out there — really out there (i.e., posting links to new posts on my Facebook page, putting my full identity on my blog profile, adding the URL to my Facebook profile, joining WeAretheRealDeal.com) — I found I’ve connected with lots of real-life friends and actually have an even stronger support network than I thought.

And that feels amazing.

Continue reading “Blogotherapy & Colliding Worlds”

Social Networking & Pro-Ana Groups

Like many of us, I have a Facebook account, and use it to keep in touch with friends and family. Three weeks ago, I (boldly) included my blog on my profile, with the knowledge that anyone could take a look — part of my desire to live authentically.

Maybe I’m naïve, but I didn’t know what else Facebook was being used for until I came across this article in Newsweek titled “Pro-Anorexia Groups Spread to Facebook”.

Having just read Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters and having just met MamaV, who works to raise awareness about these online communities, I was particularly intrigued at what is happening in the social media sphere.

Intrigued and saddened, I should note. Continue reading “Social Networking & Pro-Ana Groups”

Living Authentically, Online & in Real Life

I had an epiphany yesterday: when I began blogging this past July, I was ready to dip my toes in the pool … but I was still afraid to go for a lengthy swim.

I was nervous about how I’d be perceived by friends and family as I shared my deepest thoughts and fears with the blogosphere. I wanted to remain semi-anonymous; just “a 20-something struggling with disordered eating issues.”

I didn’t expect to see 400-800 page views a day (and sometimes way, way more!). I was honestly writing for myself, and hoped there would be maybe a handful of readers that would find me online.

And find me, you have!

So while I identified myself as “Melissa” (which is, indeed, my name) and branded my blog by purchasing the domain name (which I’ll need to renew each year), I chose not to add my blog’s URL to my Facebook or Twitter pages. In fact, I didn’t even register my blog with Technorati — the biggest blog search engine!

Well … all of that changed yesterday.

In an e-mail exchange with Steph at Back in Skinny Jeans yesterday, she said something that totally hit home: “When you live authentically, the universe conspires with you.” Continue reading “Living Authentically, Online & in Real Life”