24-Hour News Cycle? That’s a thing of the past. It’s important to stay updated.

We used to only get our news from the newspaper or on TV. It was a culture any story that was relevant one day was already “yesterday’s news” a day later. TV-stations had something to talk about for 24 hours and then it was another topic the next day to entice the viewers to stay.

There are exceptions to this rule: any natural disaster or national tragedy. I remember that as a high schooler, for almost three straight weeks post-9/11, the news was all about the tragedy and how America will heal.

Well, a 24-hour news cycle is yesterday’s news.

In a world of Twitter, where news is legitimately coming out every second, 24 hours seems like an eternity. There are some journalists who work very long and hard on different stories, but when it comes to any actual breaking news, which usually comes with the hashtag #BreakingNews, stories are broken and updated throughout the day.

Three weeks ago, I decided to create my WordPress and be more active on my LinkedIn. I was very active on it for the first week or so, but then I always found reasons to not write, post, or work on the website. In the age of social media, the longer you don’t post, the more you become irrelevant.

Now people might go “Oh, well, I don’t post that often, so when I do, it’s really important.” That might work on Facebook, where you’re not going to see every single one of your contact’s posts as it is. The infrequent Facebook posters usually will post about engagements, weddings, or births.

If you’re on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or even your own website and you’re not updating on a semi-consistent basis, you’re going to get lost in the internet abyss.

Is that something you’re willing to chance?

I’m here to say that I’m back and want to make sure you know it. I will definitely try and post SOMETHING once every other day.

Stay updated.

Stay relevant

Stay connected

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It’s Okay To Be Selfish and Selfless

I realized that it’s okay to be both when it comes to worrying about your future. There are ways to monetize your craft and then turn around to donate said money.

For three years, I ended up growing my hair.

I went from shaving it on December 31, 2015 and not getting another real haircut for almost three years. THREE YEARS!

So let me get back to the title: “It’s Okay To Be Selfish and Selfless”.

After a year and a half growing my hair – which was at approximately 10 inches from my scalp – I decided the best thing to do was to grow it out to to the required length and donate it. I knew there were people who were fighting cancer and losing their hair due to the treatments. While fighting cancer, these families are also in the financial struggle of their lives.

Pantene, who does not charge for their wigs, was only accepting donations through December 31, 2018, so I knew time was of the essence when it came to wanting to get my hair cut, donate it, and get it shipped in time.

I previously had joked with friends and said I would Facebook Live it, which I had never done to that point. Turning down the Facebook Live request, I thought that I would just want to get as much video as possible of the occasion. When I got to the salon, the manager said she’d take the video for me.

So she took one angle and I got the other.

I’ve been wanting to build my Final Cut Pro X skills, while also doing some good in donating my hair.

What better way than to make a video about my donation?

Take a look and enjoy the video! I am open to feedback, so please send some if you have any.

Editor’s note: I know the first part of the video isn’t 100% clear, but I wasn’t sure how to fix that.

Work in Progress

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.

Ben Franklin

Bear with me as I create my own WordPress page.

Everyone always wants to see your webpage to share your work, to share some information, to see what you’re all about. Well, I never had my own webpage worth sharing.

I can share my Facebook but, while this will sound very contradictory with over 4,000 Facebook friends, I don’t want to be sharing my own Facebook page with everyone I don’t know. I think we also only show our best side on Facebook to compete with our other friends (even if we don’t admit it).

I can share my Twitter but there are just some tweets that would call for a πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ emoji. (Like pointing out some useless fact about a movie that came out 20 years ago). There are other tweets that are solely about theater and sports and unless you’re already following me, it’s not interesting.

I can share my Instagram page, which is always a work in progress, but even with pictures saying a thousand words, they can be lost in translation and deserve some context.

I can share my LinkedIn (which I just did), which is even more up and coming, but that may only be showing some interesting articles or cool things I’ve done in the past. If you didn’t click on my LinkedIn page and connect with me, just go back to the beginning of the paragraph.

A website allows you to showcase what you want to showcase however you want to showcase it without ridicule.

This will be a work in progress – just like life. There will be changes. There will be updates. There will be growth.

Come grow with me.

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. β€” Izaak Walton