Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Moving to a new home

Hello readers! This blog has moved over to I decided to repurpose my blog, so I'm now writing about more of my personal interests as well as the continuous challenges in life. I hope you'll check out my new posts and stay in touch!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

This blog is my brick wall

I know I'm not the only person who's found it difficult to keep up with a personal blog. I'm fortunate to have a job that I love and to be in a reputable part-time MBA program, but that leaves little time to talk about my brick walls (although I still have them of course).

Since I'm not as active on here as I'd like to be, I wanted to make sure you could find me in places where I am very active. Feel free to connect with me on Twitter or Google+ for my regular updates. I do post about my brick walls on these accounts, but I also post about so much more! One day, I'll have this blog going again, and then I can say "there goes another brick wall." But until then, I'll see you on the social networks!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Writing on the Wall

Brick Wall: Becoming a better writer

Greetings friends! Although I haven't been writing on this particular blog, I have been working on my writing skills and contributing to other blogs. I'm so blessed to have the opportunity to be published on these sites I think incredibly high of. So why is this a brick wall for me?

I've never felt that I have an uber-creative writing style, though I do enjoy writing (very much). To know that my writing skills were good enough to be published by these blogs made me feel like I could take on more brick walls related to writing. I'm not sure exactly what those brick walls are just yet, but at least I'm breaking through my insecurities about this and feeling better about it overall.

Here are some of the posts I've contributed to get through this brick wall:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Psuedo-Brick-Wall: Add Another Social Network?

I'm flattered that I've had people asking my thoughts on this…so, Google+.  It’s here to stay, and here’s why (in my humble opinion).

Few of us (as in, those reading this post) were around when the first tv channel was on the air, but there was a time when there was only a channel or two, and if you had a television set, that’s all you had the option to watch.  At that time, if you had said that one day there will be hundreds of channels available and that each channel would be profitable in its own way, I’m sure you would have had some people laughing at you.  Actually, a lot of people laughing at you.  But that’s what we have today, hundreds of channels, because we have options.  (I have to admit that I first heard a Twitter contact allude to this analogy, so it’s not my original concept, but I have expanded on it for explanation purposes.)

I believe there will one day be many social networks, and that they will eventually all serve a specific niche.  Take Myspace for example.  Once it was THE social network, and now its niche is music.  It’s not that Myspace has disappeared completely.  It just has a different niche.  Now, whether or not they intended to that, that’s a whole different topic. 

Amongst my contacts, Facebook is no longer looked at as the unbelievable startup it once was.  I’ve heard people say that it’s now become more “big brother” than ever, and Google picked the perfect time to introduce G+ to capitalize on all of the unhappy users.    I don’t think Facebook is going anywhere, but I do think that people will start to figure out which social network fits their niche.  So far, on G+, I see people in these areas: tech, social media, marketing and media.

Social networks should be about connections and convenience.  Right now, the majority of my connections are on Facebook, but on G+ I’m seeing features that make things much more convenient.  It also helps that I have an Android phone.  What’s different?  The stream, circles, photos, and of course the hangouts.  There’s also a lot more commenting and conversing going on.  I’m dying to see what they offer for businesses and brands. 

In my profession, I have no choice but to be on all of the social networks.  It’s a good thing that I kind of geek out on this stuff and enjoy it!  We tend to forget that G+ is still in beta.  Geeks like me can’t wait to see where it goes from here!

*By the way, Google has announced that they’re going to be making changes to Blogger (the platform this blog is on).  I’ve been interesting in changing my look here…would anyone be willing to exchange some design work for social media consulting?*

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

So you want to get into social media marketing, eh?

Brick Wall: Breaking into the Business

This post isn't so much about MY brick wall, as it is about a very common brick wall for other marketing professionals out there.  I am constantly being asked, "How can I get into social media marketing?"  Perhaps this question is coming up more often now that I'm in my new role as the Social Media Manager at CareerBuilder.  I'm quite flattered that people seek me out for this advice, especially since I still pinch myself each day wondering if I'm only dreaming that I have this job.  *Am I awake?  This is too good to be true!*  Here is a list of resources that I recommend for anyone who wants to get started:
  • FREE certification in Inbound Marketing (add to your resume!):  This was my introduction to social media marketing.  These webinars taught me how to use social media, and other online platforms, for business.  I still reference them every now and then, and honestly, I could probably use a refresher so I ensure that I haven't forgotten about some of the basic principles.
  • Books: Check out my reading recommendations below.  This is just to get started of course.  I could list a dozen more for you to read after these.
  • Podcast: - Hubspot TV:  I have a reminder on my calendar to watch this every Friday.  It’s only 30 minutes, and it’s a GREAT summary of the latest news in Internet marketing.
  • Newsletters:  I recommend signing up for these newsletter/daily emails.  Become a fan of their Facebook pages too...VERY informative and interesting!

 (In order to stay up-to-date in this field, you need to follow technology and the  
          latest apps, websites, widgets, platforms, etc. that are shaping social media today.)

The next question I get is, "How do I get experience in social media marketing if my company doesn't want to break into it?"  Start a fan page for your church or a volunteer group.  Create a Twitter account or start writing your own blog (or offer to start one for a friend's business).  Whatever you decide to do, be sure to have a plan first.  Think about your topic, audience, content.  How often will you post?  What's your ultimate goal?  More fans?  Engagement with your blog or website?

It's an exciting time to be in this new and growing field!  I'm lucky to be a part of it, and I'd be glad to talk to anyone who has more questions about it.  And to my fellow social media marketers, what other resources can you add to this list for someone who wants to "break into the business?"

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Jenny Update 2010

Brick Wall: This is my annual could say it's a recap of my brick walls in 2010.

Hi guys and gals! Here’s what I’ve been up to in 2010:

In March, I had the pleasure of joining a startup company, Visible Vote. It’s a political app you can download and use to cast your vote on the bills in Congress (just as your legislators do). The technology will send your vote to your elected officials (equivalent of calling or writing their office), and then it will tell you how often they agreed with you. This was such an exciting and unique experience in which I was able to practice new areas of marketing for me. Most important, it prepared me for an unbelievable professional opportunity, which is my new job as the Social Media Manager of CareerBuilder! Social media marketing had become a huge passion for me, and I’m thrilled that I have this chance to make it my career!

You all know how much I love the Florida Gators, and this year I was honored to be selected to the University of Florida Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council. I’ll be serving a two-year term advising the Board of Directors on ways to reach and serve young alumni. This is an amazing leadership opportunity, and you know how much I enjoy being a leader in Gator Nation! Thanks to the UFAA, I even got to go back to The Swamp to see the Gators take on USF in September. Go Gators!

This year has brought many new challenges, the first of which started in January when I decided to become a vegetarian. (I blame Oprah for this. I attended the filming of one of her shows that was based on the food industry.) It was a welcome change, and I liked that it also made me try things I would not normally have tried. When I began training for my first half marathon in the summer, I noticed something was “off.” After a visit to my doctor, she determined that I have food allergies to gluten, wheat and diary (yikes!). She also recommended that I work chicken and fish back into my diet because of my running training and because there is gluten in many meat substitutes. So the vegetarian life was good while it lasted, but I agreed with her that I should make the change, and what a change it’s been! This revelation has made an impact on every decision I make regarding food, but it’s also been a blessing in disguise since I feel 110% better each day! It also made a difference in my running, and I’m very proud that I finished the Rock ‘n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon on August 1!

The rest of the Weigle’s have stayed busy too…Mom and Dad were able to do some traveling this year and take a cruise throughout the Northeast. They continued to host many friends and family and also visited loved ones throughout the year. They amaze me with the way they are able to stay in touch with our extensive family (so that’s where I get that from). Amanda continues to work as a traveling occupational therapist. At the beginning of 2010, she was living in Raleigh, NC. Since then she’s lived in Austin, TX, and her current rotation is in Greenville, SC (Mom and Dad are loving it!). We had Weigle-sibling weekends in both Raleigh and Austin… sometimes we all just have way too much fun together! Adam continues an extended internship with USF’s Athletics Department while also networking for that first job in the “real world.” (If you’re looking for an outstanding entry-level professional, then allow me to introduce you to the one-and-only Adam Weigle.)

Thank you 2010 for another wonderful year. I found myself in Tampa, Gainesville, Jacksonville, NYC, Austin, Raleigh and DC. I made amazing new friends and celebrated special moments with old ones, like when I surprised my college roommate for her 30th birthday (love you Heather!). I helped my dear friend Mike plan a surprise proposal to his girlfriend Brie while they were in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend (oh, that was so much fun! Can’t wait for your wedding Mike & Brie!). I finally found a spiritual home when Urban Village Church started services in the spring. While I still love being in Chicago, the hardest part remains being so far away from many loved ones and not getting to see people enough. And you wonder why I’m on Facebook so often (yes, for work, that’s one reason)…it’s a great way to keep in touch.

What will 2011 bring?! Hopefully, I’ll FINALLY get to do some international travel at some point ( one day…one day). In January, I’ll be moving to a great new apartment on the edge of Old Town and the Gold Coast. The Weigle Family Reunion will take place in August. I’ve got a handful of weddings coming up for close friends. I plan on training for the Chicago Marathon this summer. I will be in Gainesville in March and September for more Young Alumni Council meetings. And I hope I can prove myself to be a rock star in my job and in the world of social media! Oh yeah, and there’s a milestone birthday around the corner for me, too!

I hope 2011 brings you and your family many many blessings and many many many smiles. I’m thankful for people like you in my life! And for the fact that you actually read this until the end (haha)!

Happy holidays and a blessed New Year,

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

On the Other Side of the Brick Wall (Week 1 at CareerBuilder)

Want to know what my first week at CareerBuilder was like?  Check out the video!  And here are just a few of the accounts I'll be working with as Social Media Manager:

@CareerBuilder (for job seekers and general info)
@CBforEmployers (for hiring managers and companies looking for talent)
@workatcb (careers at CareerBuilder)

Facebook (for job seekers and general info) (for hiring managers and companies looking for talent) (careers at CareerBuilder)