Sunday, February 26, 2017

When You Have Said Too Much..

Often, I find myself on social media thinking, "Why would they post that?!", when someone may have shared too much information. A lot of people struggle with finding the balance between sharing and sharing too much. Below is a list of things I personally would not share on social media.

1. When you fight.

Posting angry rants about someone will not solve the problem. If you disagree with your spouse, child, family member or friend, try to keep it off Facebook. People will only get way too involved in your personal life and make judgements about how you handle disagreements. 

2. An announcement that is not yours. 

There is nothing worse than sharing photos of a baby before the parents or relaying the message that a friend has passed before the family has had a chance to make comments. Recently, I've seen that friends are posting congratulatory posts on a friend getting engaged and the friend becomes upset because they wanted to be the first to share the news. This is partly about knowing boundaries. I know you might have an itch to share the exciting news, but share it when it is your time. 

3. Inappropriate photos.

Although less common now, I think some people forget that employers DO check your media sites. Refrain from posting pictures of you with alcohol (especially if you are underage) and try to keep your language clean. 

There are many more things that I personally do not post, but these are the big ones. I try to keep my Facebook page full of happy news (not to say that life is happy all the time) and important information for my friends and family to know. Consider these items next time you make a post!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Paying for Social Media

Social media has become a very vital part of success in today's advertising world. Not only are people using social media to connect with friends and family, but people are able to set up pages and sites for businesses to enhance sales. In a book I am reading, the author discusses the value of purchasing social media accounts. The goal behind this is to gain access to more tools and grow your business. While there is value behind this, it is not something I am interested in doing. 

In "Social Media Marketing", by Jason McDonald, he expresses that individuals should look into purchasing a LinkedIn account because it "looks better" to employers. The issue I have with this is that the stigma of purchasing websites to be more successful was man-made. This is encouraging young people that they can buy their way to success, and not necessarily work for it. 

While I understand that media companies need money to operate their sites, the extra tools offered with a purchased account are usually analytics about who is watching your page. On Facebook, you can have that analysis for free and more information.

Depending on what your business needs and where your target market is, LinkedIn might be the best option for you. My only suggestion is to take advantage of all free tools given to you before you purchase a page. 

I'd love  to hear your thoughts on this! Comment below with how you feel about purchasing social media.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Why I Prefer Apple Products

Everyone has a type. Some people like Windows or Android; I prefer Apple. Growing up, I became used to a Windows desktop and how it functioned. I had a "dumb phone" until I was a senior in high school. In junior high, I received my first iPod. I came to enjoy the functionality of Apple products. When it was time for me to get my first smart phone, I chose the iPhone. In preparation for college, I knew I would need a laptop to complete assignments. I decided that I wanted a MacBook because I was already familiar with Apple. Below are a few reasons why I prefer Apple products.

1. They all link together.

When I take photos, they appear on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. For other companies, a secondary program, like Google, is required to transfer information from one device to another. On Apple products, information automatically transfers without a secondary program. 

2. They use the same apps.

By using Apple products, I am familiar with the calendar, Safari, notes and music, which are all the same on any device I am using. Also, I can receive text messages on my MacBook, which is nice if I am in class! ;)

3. You can still use Microsoft.

Although it does not originally come on a MacBook, Microsoft Office can be purchased and downloaded onto your MacBook. It has the same functionality as it would on another computer. 

4. Offer new tools.

One program I discovered that I enjoy is the Pages app. Through this app, I can create programs, invitations and cards. MacBooks also have an app called Numbers that can calculate student loan debt and help you budget for an event. 

Those are just a few reasons why I love my Apple products. Some generations may argue that nothing will beat the originals, but I think Apple is a very neat and beneficial invention. Ultimately, whatever you decide, make sure that it is something you are comfortable with and enjoy using. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

When Did Google Take Over the Internet?

I spent some time starting a book about Social Media Marketing and was shocked by how much Google has to offer. Aside from Google searches, you can create an entire company on Google alone. Here is a long list of everything that Google can do. 

1. Gmail

Through Gmail, you can create a free email and send and receive mail. 

2. Google Drive

In Google Drive, you can create word documents, slide shows, forms, sheets and many more. Google Drive also gives you the option to download free external links to drive so you can create programs, invitations, and cards. 

3. Google Calendar

Through Google calendar, you can create multiple schedules and also have the option to share a calendar with multiple people. 

4. Google+

Google+ is the social side of Google. You can +1 other members, similar to liking on Facebook. 

5. Google Contacts

Since Google has a social side, they need a place where you can store all of your contact information to contact people through their texting service (see Google Allo). 

6. Google Groups

Google Groups is similar to the instant messaging system associated with other email providers. 

7. Google Maps

Get directions to anywhere in the world and receive an estimated time and mileage for the trip.

8. Google Translate

Although it was not trusted by my Spanish teacher in high school, Google Translate provides a near translation of words and phrases. 

9. Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a video chat feature. While you can simply hangout with friends, Google also provides the option to have a Hangout shared to YouTube.

10. Google Photos

Unlike smart phones, Google Photos has no limit to the amount of photos that can be stored in this drive. 

11. Google Classroom

Google Classroom was used in my high school. It provides teachers with a way to post assignments and have students submit responses virtually. 

12. AdWords

On the business side, AdWords provides keywords for companies during their market research so they can have a successful attendance on their social sites. 

13. Google News

Similar to MSN and Yahoo, Google News provides the latest happenings in the world. 

14. Google Chrome

Google Chrome is Google's version of Safari. Chrome can be downloaded on MacBook, Windows and smart phones. 

15. Google Play

Here, you can find any music or video that you would like to see or listen to. Like most music providers, some options are free and some cost money.

16. ChromeCast

In ChromeCast, you can create and post podcasts for your Google+ friends to see.

17. Google Allo

Google Allo is a texting service provided by Google. Yes, there is an app for that.

18. Google Duo

Google Duo is the Skype of Google. Both users are required to have a Google account and a webcam. 

19. Google Alerts

If you are a person that receives a lot of press, Google Alerts is here for you! Set alerts on your name or brand and receive notifications when people are posting about you. 

20. Gboard

Google decided that any old keyboard was not enough, so they decided to create their own. 

21. Google Fit

Through Google Fit, you can track how active you are each day, calories you are consuming and much more. 

22. Google Scholar

If you are doing a research project, a typical Google search might not get appropriate sources for you to use. Google Scholar provides information from reliable sources. 

23. Google Wifi

Although this is not an app (yet), you can purchase a small device that Google created to be your personal wifi router.

24. Google Input Tools

Google Input Tools is a form of Google Translate that works through speech. Speak into Google Input and receive a translation back in the language of your choice. 

25. Google Earth

Google Maps offers directions and time estimates. If you click on satellite view, you might see a blurry photo of the destination. Google Earth provides clear satellite photos of anywhere in the world. 

Although Google offers everything you could ever need, it is hard to specialize is so many areas. Keep in mind that Google can be helpful, but sometimes other programs can be of more help to you. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Making Connections with Intimidating People

Everyone has been there; whether you are attending a conference, interviewing for a new job, or visiting professionals, making connections with experienced people can seem intimidating. Below are a few things to remember when you are faced with this challenge. 

1. They started out like you.

When someone holds a lot of power, they may seem non relatable or too sophisticated to be in your circle of professionals. One thing I like to remember is that everyone had to start somewhere. Most likely, they have been in the position you are in now. Take advantage of their knowledge and ask what they were doing in your position and what you can do to better yourself. 

2. Don't try to impress them. 

People will notice if you are going way out of your way to impress someone. There is no need to bluff or lie to make yourself seem like you know more than you do. People are much more impressed by someone that is eager to learn than a know-it-all. 

3. Be yourself.

Just because someone holds a high position, it doesn't mean you have to agree with everything they say. The key to successful, professional relationships is to be respectful in your disagreement. Don't trade your values and beliefs to try to get into a circle with someone that you do not agree with. That will only halt your philanthropy and make your personal causes seem fake. 

As stressful as powerful people can be, remain confident in who you are, what you have to bring to the relationship, and be open to learning. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Girl Behind the Blog

I have been blogging for about a month now and I figured it's time to do a little 'All About Me' blog! Here are the things that make me who I am today:

My Family

My parents were married in 1992. My mother, Jen, is center front and my father, Rob, is second-to-left in the back. My oldest sibling is my sister, Lauren, who was unfortunately working the night we took this picture. Next, is Caleb (back left) and his fiancĂ©, Courtney (bottom left). Then, there is Noah (back, second-to-right), who is currently studying music at Bowling Green. The bald guy is my boyfriend, Jordan. We will celebrate our two year anniversary in two weeks. I am also lucky enough to have three loving grandparents and multiple aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

My Pets

We have a Siberian Husky, although my mother thinks she is an Alaskan Malamute. Her name is Akela, which means leader of the pack. The black cat is my cat, Presley, named after the king. The black and white cat is my sister's cat, Thea. 

My Education

I attended Cory-Rawson Local Schools from kindergarten to graduation. Currently, I am a freshman at Ohio Northern University studying Theatre and Public Relations. 

Well, there are the basics. If there are any unanswered questions about me, please comment below and I will be happy to respond!

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Science of Dressing Professionally

My boyfriend recently got an internship at a company called Titan Tire in Bryan, Ohio. The other day, we were discussing what your boss means when they say to dress business casual. Below, is a breakdown of what is appropriate to wear based on what you have been told. 

Business Casual

For men, business casual usually means khakis and a polo, or a button-up shirt with no tie. Depending on the company, you might be able to get away with jeans. This is the case at my boyfriend's job. For women, business casual can be anything from slacks and a sweater to a skirt and blouse. The goal is to be professional and still comfortable. 


Semi-formal for men would be slacks with a button-up shirt and tie. Women would wear what is referred to as a cocktail dress. 


Formal attire for women is always a dress. The safest thing to wear would be a long gown.  For men, full suits or tuxedos. 

Other Tips

In every circumstance, closed-toe shoes are safe. If you work closely with a factory, you may be taking trips through the machinery and don't want any injuries. Often, a business will inform you if there are any special requirements for your job. For example, my boyfriend is required to have steel-toed shoes at work because they work closely with tires. 

In any case, if you are unsure of what to wear, ask employees who have attended the event before. If it is your first day on the job, dress semi-formal for men and a nicer business-casual for women. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tips to Maximize your LinkedIn Account

LinkedIn is a professional social site that employers use to research potential employees. As someone who hasn't started looking for professional jobs, I didn't think that having a LinkedIn account was necessary. Over winter break, I attended a job shadowing day at Curiosity Advertising in Cincinnati, Ohio. After talking with Stacie Dastoor, account supervisor and hiring staff manager, I discovered that I needed to create an account as soon as possible. Below are a few tips I learned about what employers look for on a LinkedIn account.

1. Updated Information

This may seem obvious, but many create their accounts and neglect updating it with current information. There are sections on your profile for skills, classes, hobbies and organizations. Employers want to see what you are currently involved in. Also, you may have acquired more skills which will only look more impressive. 

2. Actively Engaged

What many people forget, is that LinkedIn is a social network. While being careful to not post anything inappropriate, employers want to see you occasionally share an article that you thought was interesting or some insight that you have gained. 

3. Portfolio

Along with blog posts, share recent works on your account. Some recommend creating your own website as an online portfolio and leave the link to your website on your LinkedIn account. This way, employers will know if you are capable of doing tasks in the job description before they interview you. 

The most important advice is to be present; especially if the job you are applying for is in any way media related. An active account shows employers that you are aware of current events, tactics, and changes in the media. 
Sources: Curiosity Advertising employees

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Roommate Horror Story

I came into Ohio Northern University only knowing one person from my high school, who is an upperclassman. I searched the new student Facebook page for someone that could be my potential roommate, only to find that most people already knew their roommate from high school or a sport. I accepted the fact that I would be randomly placed with someone. I told myself that this person could become my best friend or it could not go well, and I would seek other arrangements. I went into school with an open mind to whoever this person could be. Things went well for the first month. We got along, respected each others space, and talked occasionally about our days. That soon changed when my roommate fell very ill and my room became an uncomfortable and unsafe environment for me to live in. The process of moving into a different space was long and stressful, but there are a few things I took away from this experience. 

1. Don't be Afraid to Ask for a New Room

For me, I didn't want to cause any inconvenience to the residence life staff, so I kept quiet while I was miserable. If I had spoken up sooner, my freshman year could have been a better experience. It can be hard to admit that things didn't go how you had planned. I was so worried about hurting my roommate's feelings, that I didn't realize how much stress I was putting on myself. 

2. Stand up for Yourself

I had to email my resident assistant and my resident director multiple times, only to receive responses that there was "nothing they could do". I knew the physical and emotional toll that my living situation had on me and I went to the Residence Life president to let her know how difficult is has been. She was able to move me immediately. Residence assistants and directors are students too. Sometimes they aren't sure how to handle a situation, so they ignore you and hope you resolve it yourself. After so long, I knew that those responses were not acceptable for my situation and took it into my own hands. If something is affecting your education and well-being, it's okay to be a little selfish. 

3. Get an Outside Opinion

Some people like to live alone. I am a person that functions well when I have my own space to go to, away from everyone else. In order to make sure that I wasn't exaggerating the situation so that I could have my own space, I asked for others' opinions. I talked with my parents and kept them updated, being the least bias as I could. I brought my boyfriend over to see what was happening. The responses were unanimous; I needed to move out. 

Now that I am in a new, comfortable space, my mood has improved and I am not as stressed. I have learned so much about what I require to help me have a successful education. This experience has taught me how to get elders to respect your needs even though you are much younger. At the end of the day, nobody knows your needs better than yourself. Stick to that and don't settle for anything less. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Twitter Etiquette

In this week's reading, Guy Kawasaki discusses Twitter etiquette. For me, these things were common sense. However, Guy wouldn't have dedicated a spot in his book to it, if people didn't have a problem with it. Here a few points I have noticed that people my age often do on social media. 

1. Don't be belligerent

Social media is an interactive site. Also, if you are an American, you have freedom of speech. Telling someone what they can and cannot post is not your place. If you are unhappy with someone's posts, unfollow them. 

2. Don't announce when you have unfollowed somebody

Congratulations, you have finally unfollowed someone instead of trying to change them! Now that that person is no longer on your feed, there is no reason to continue discussing them. Telling others why you unfollowed someone or asking them to also unfollow that person, will only make people want to unfollow you. 

3. Don't swear

This is more for professional sites, however, if you are applying for jobs, a company may be viewing your site and choose to not give you an interview because of all the swear words on your feed. Also, as a personal preference, I don't see swear words as necessary for making a point. It will make you seem less intelligent than others. 

Those are just a few things that I see regularly on my feed from my peers. If you are considering becoming a role model to anyone someday, then I would recommend cleaning up your feed! 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Podcast with Ada Local Schools Superintendent

Today, I had the pleasure of talking with Meri Skilliter, superintendent of Ada Local Schools. I wanted to ask her a few questions about what it is like running social media from a position that is always watched and judged. Prior to being Ada's superintendent, Meri has worked as the superintendent of McComb Local Schools, elementary principal of Gibsonburg Schools, and a 5th grade teacher at Bluffton Schools. Below are some of the key points from the conversation I had with her this afternoon and an attached is the podcast. 

So I know you previously used to keep a blog for McComb Local Schools. What topics did you find yourself writing about that seemed to be enjoyable for the community to read?
Things that were enjoyable to the community were always the human interest stories of things I wrote about either graduates or students who were doing something interesting or out of the ordinary. I used the blog more for informational things; if I heard rumblings of something that had some misperceptions or misunderstandings on a topic, then I would blog about that to get the facts and correct information out to the community. 
When you are posting on social sites, are there any privacy concerns for the students that you have to be aware of?
Most certainly. I'm a superintendent of a K-12 school, so the majority of my students are younger than 18. At the beginning of a school year, we send home a paper and the parent has to approve any posting of their children on social media and on the school website. Here at Ada, we have a list of 15-20 students whose parents have denied us the right to post pictures of their children. For example, when I was taking pictures of Ohio Northern's dogs, I took a picture from the back of the students. You could see the dog, but you couldn't identify the students. I always have to screen those photos and show them to the principals here because they know the students that cannot be shown. Anything that I post needs to be compliant with FERPA, which is a federal law that protects student privacy. 
I know that you manage the Facebook page for Ada. So, if someone were to post a comment that you felt was inappropriate, how would you handle that situation?
I also handled social media for McComb and only a few times did somebody post something on Facebook that was inappropriate. If  felt it was inappropriate, I usually deleted it because I didn't want to expose other students to that. When parents and community members post something that is critical of us, I don't feel like I can delete those comments because Facebook is an interactive site. If I start deleting certain posts, in essence, I feel like I am censoring people. Sometimes when a parent has posted based on misinformation, I have actually called that parent and asked them to take it down once they understand that what they wrote was inaccurate. [The parents] posting anything lets us know where the misconceptions are in the community and whether we need to put out more information to correct the misinformation. 
What is your role in articles that local media posts about the school?
In Ada, we have five newspapers that follow us and they really follow us closely. All of the newspapers that cover us follow us on social media and they watch for us to post information and then they will repost that information or they will call when they've seen something on Facebook and they want to ask more about it. Sometimes it will generate a story for them.

Check out rbreitigam on Podbean for the whole podcast!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Rare Disease Day

February 28th is Rare Disease Day. You might be thinking, "So what?", because you have been lucky enough to not have a rare disease impact your life. Two of my cousins were diagnosed with Gangliosidosis 1, also known as GM1, at a young age. GM1 is a lysosomal storage disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord and is always fatal in children. 

Growing up, I noticed that my cousins, Kat and Morgan, weren't able to do some of the things that I could. Tasks like walking and talking were difficult. The disease got progressive with age, ultimately causing them to not be able to function without assistance. Now, they must be fed and bathed; taken care of like a newborn. 

Through all of this, my aunt, uncle, and cousin (sister to Kat and Morgan) have remained so strong and loving. Some people give up, some send their kids away, but they have done their best at giving their girls the best life they can have, everyday, and remaining positive through it all. 

Photo By: Jenene Hanlon
With the photo above, my aunt posted:
"You want a drink so you lean over to the table, pick up the glass and take a sip, you have an itch so you scratch it, you want to talk so you open your mouth and speak, you want to stand so you do and stretch, you want to leave the room so you walk out the door, you want a big cuddle so you walk to your mom and put your arms around her ..... all these things are so easy and simple ...... now take a minute and imagine your body doesn't work, you cannot move, you cannot speak, you cannot eat, you cannot scratch that itch, you depend on others for such simple things, you are trapped, ... every minute of every day ... imagine ... my child is at war with her body every day ... my child is my hero ..."

Here is the link to a video that explains their story

This month, I will be wearing a jean bracelet to represent finding a cure for this terrible disease. These girls haven't had the opportunities that so many of us get every day. I support this cause because I support my family. If you find it in your heart to do the same, I would love to show you where bracelets can be purchased. 
"Together, we can make a difference." -Jenene Hanlon