Image via WikipediaI'd like to briefly pay tribute to the new state of the American People. President Barack Obama was inaugurated today at a historic event where almost 2 million citizens were in attendance, stretching two miles out across the National Mall. The U.S. is finally ready to be acknowledged as a respected influencer and not as a feared imperialistic child whom everyone is scared of when it throws temper tantrums after its candy cane has been licked.
Ok. Maybe a bit of an overstatement. All in all, I'm excited to see where we're going as a nation.
Moving on with things I'd like to fill you in on my new direction for this blog. I want to provide tips and motivation on starting a career in advertising and marketing. I will be using situations from my own life and plan on continuing the conversation as I move along in my own career. I've chosen this niche topic because it is something I can continue to actively write about. Also I feel that its a welcome sight to the sad state of the U.S. job market. Any thoughts you have on this new direction would be really appreciated.
In the next few weeks posts will more than likely be link-posts. I'm designing and constructing a new, hosted blog which I've deduced is cheaper than my current setup. It also gives me more control and greater degree of customization. I'm also going to be practicing content for this new niche so please let me know what you think.
Image by Fr Antunes via FlickrIts time I refocus my blogging efforts. I've been having trouble creating meaningful content on a regular basis for Stand Aside so something needs to be done. I've been reading a lot more and looking through all kinds of different materials to determine what I want out of this blog.
I've decided that I want to narrow my focus. I want my topics to be insightful, concise, and consistent. Although I never want to lose my personal touch. I would like this blog to be laden with my personality so that it never becomes a machine. I've been using link-posts to keep up the activity on my blog and I will continue to do so. However, from now on they will be relevant to a central topic. I'm sure that by habit I'll throw some off-topic personal links in there but I will try to stay on topic as much as possible.
As for topics… I still have a lot of thinking to do. Here is the direction I'm moving in. I'm a college student and graduating soon. I would like to share my education and career journey with anyone who would like tips, motivation, maybe some laughs, or to make a connection. It seems like a natural topic that I would like to write about. Besides my fiance, yes I'm now engaged [more about that on a later date], my passions lie in my work and school. In school, I'm a marketing student. At work, I'm an advertising professional. Both go hand in hand making an excellent piece, that I would call "Stand Aside". My blog will be my personal work of art. Heh, sounds so cliche but I like it. I'm excited for this new direction!
"In a long overdue move, all the major record labels have agreed to allow Apple to sell tracks without the much-maligned DRM software that limits consumers' ability to transfer music.
As of today, iTunes will sell eight million tracks DRM-free; by March, all 10 million tracks in the company's catalogue will be available without the software." – Wendy Davis, The daily Online Examiner, A MediaPost Publication
I've been waiting the entire life of iTunes for this! Now all I need to do is make sure that iTunes included/will include a way to unlock all the currently protected tracks that users own.
Now I can effortlessly share all of mine and my roomate's music on my Linux Music Box over my local network.
Now I can effortlessly take his music on the go without having to worry about reaching the 'Authorized Users Limit' in iTunes.
Now I can sleep easy knowing that the music industry will not crap on me if I decide to share some music.
Now I also know why RIAA stopped prosecuting individual sharers, which makes me wonder if they will also stop ISP limitations.
[References to those topics will come soon. I'm at work and should be working.]