Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Letter to My Father (And a P.S. to My Mother)

On Wednesday, February 4th, 2015, I had an obligation in the morning and took a half day off of work - or so I planned. Instead of taking my normal commute via Metra, I caught the blue line at Cumberland (due to the proximity of aforementioned obligation) and had every intention of getting to work well before noon. The blue line got held up because a body was found on the tracks at Division, so everyone either had to evacuate or ride the L back west. Putting life into perspective, I refrained from getting pissed and annoyed and tried to catch the bus to the Loop. Of course everyone else had the same idea, and after waiting 25 minutes in the snowfall and losing feeling in my feet and hands, I was unable to secure a trip when the bus finally arrived. I decided to call the day a wash and requested time off for the entire day.

Remembering that you would make your daily lunch visit to take Arya out to do her business, I texted you to let you know that you didn't need to stop by the house. You suggested I bring her by your office one day to visit, and I told you I would come over after I got home and had something to eat. I think I had a sandwich that day, or something else that didn't require a lot of effort to make. Being the amateur chef you are, you would probably have some comments regarding the effort I'm willing to make for sustenance going into my body, but that's another matter. After getting Arya ready for our little field trip, we headed to your office. What I didn't realize was that was the last time I would see you in your "normal" state for quite some time.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

5 Things I Learned in Mexico that Improved my Job-Searching Attitude

Last week, I returned from a 17-day trip to Southern California and Tijuana, Mexico. I had just graduated with my Master's degree in New Media Studies from DePaul University on Father's Day, and hopped on a plane the very next day to begin my post-grad adventures, visiting family and doing some soul-searching. Seeing as I wouldn't be able to take this amount of time off of work after landing a job, I embraced the opportunity during the transition from graduation to starting my career.

Now that I'm back home and have filled out about 30+ job applications, I've had enough time to reflect upon my experiences and found a way to apply them to my attitude towards the ever-so-tedious yet necessary task of job-hunting. After all, making the most out of any experience means taking the lessons with you wherever you go, right?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Does the web ruin everything? Why print comic books might be better than their digital counterparts

Finals week is over for me, which means I have time to create more content for which I know you've all been dying to read. No need to pine any longer. Since my mind is trying to get out of school mode, I thought I would write about something that has more a fun aspect to it - also because I just wrote a 4000+ word report about it. What is this fun topic, you may wonder? None other than comic books and graphic novels - more specifically, print vs. web. Comic geeks, Scott McCloud fans, and literature enthusiasts, prepare to criticize!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

How I'm Trying to Get Back in the Game

In case you haven't noticed, I've been away for quite some time now. I know, I know - you missed me. While I do apologize for not doing a very good job of maintaining my online presence, I'm going to force myself to hop back on, and stay here, in 2013. While I do admit to losing my touch, I vow to not be forgotten on this little world we call the internet.

My intention is to keep this blog focused on social media, internet marketing, new technologies, and everything in between. However, you may find a more personal post every once in a while, just to keep things interesting (or not, it's your call). All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, right? Besides, us humans enjoy talking about ourselves way too much, so how could I not share a little bit about myself with you? In any case, read on to learn what I've been up to and how I'm trying to recover the absence of new posts.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I'm a Real Person! How to Stay Out of the Spam Folder

You've got the business. You've got one or more great products. Now you've finally acquired the customers that you've always wanted. Everything is going great and you couldn't be happier. Unfortunately, this isn't the end of your goal. Running a business is an ongoing process, and you constantly have to communicate with your customers to maintain a positive relationship. How else are you going to make sure that they stay loyal and don't run off to your competitors the first chance they get? In any case, one of the best ways to do this is with email marketing campaigns. But just like everything else, this project isn't as simple as it sounds.