What a year. Here are a few of my highlights:
Feed My Starving Children - Social Media position
At the beginning of the year, I knew FMSC was a place I wanted to work, so I started volunteering regularly. After a few months, I was hired on part time, then full time in marketing. Today, I’m so happy to be managing all the social media, writing content, and finding more ways to tell impactful stories with these tools. We’ve got some big projects coming in 2012, including an official blog and more video stories. I couldn’t be more excited to be in the position I am in helping lead us towards feeding more kids and supporting more people in need.
I finally started my own personal blog! Writing has been an important way to solidify my own ideas and work on communication. This year, I wrote a lot about how to find a job you love, looking at things differently, and marketing. These topics will continue, but the plan is to move into some new areas including more on social media management, personal branding, non profit work, and highlights from my upcoming trip to Haiti (and hopefully elsewhere!).
- Poke The Box by Seth Godin
- Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
- Blink and Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
- The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs
- Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath
Some random pieces & interests
- Met lots of new people in the marketing & non profit worlds as well as lots of FMSC's distribution partners from Philippines, Swaziland, and Haiti (many of whom I’ll hopefully visit in country).
- It was fun making a Bob Dylan tribute video for his birthday this year.
- I was very interested in learning/education, how to steal like an artist, the value of limits in creativity, and how to use stickiness in storytelling.
One of the biggest reasons social media still fascinates me is how many great people there are to meet. Almost weekly in 2011, I meet someone new that had a great project they were working on, interesting perspective on a topic, or encouraging word for my own work (and how crazy and lucky am I for last one!).
If you took even 10 seconds to check out my blogging, Tweeting, the nonprofit I work at, or anything else I worked on this year, thank you so much.