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Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge

30 Days, 30 Posts

Taking on the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge as way to get back into blogging and to keep my health goals on track. The Spartan Race is June 2nd and if I don’t start eating better and working out 3-5 days a week, I’m going to seriously hurt myself during the race.

My friend Gaby brought this challenge to my attention and I couldn’t be more excited about sharing my experiences online. I’ve blogged my fitness in the past before – 2 years ago I started blogging about P90X and since then I’ve used twitter as my means of accountability. This month, I turn to this blog.

So be prepared for a month of April fitness blogs!

#letsgo

It’s Our 200th Post And We Are Introducing…

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY! Yes, our nostalgia has gotten the best of us and we are going to highlight our favorite blasts from the pasts each week. AND we are doing it through video. Finally, we are making good on our promise for more video blogs (vlogs). Thanks for sticking by us 200 posts later. Don’t forget to use your 25th hour today to do something you love!

What’s your favorite throwback? Share in the comments and maybe you’ll be featured next week!

Using Social Media To Be A “Likeable” Lawyer

This was originally posted on Likeable Media’s blog.

You’re probably thinking… Did I read that right? Why is the word “likeable” and “lawyer” in the same sentence?! Being a law student in the world of social media, I want to clear up the misconception about lawyers once and for all – lawyers can be very likeable! Believe it or not, there are a number of lawyers successfully using social media in a way that is driving real results. Here are some tips to make you a more likeable lawyer.


Share Your Knowledge- Knowledge is power and sharing this useful information with others makes you a trusted resource.

Focus On Your Specialty- Focus on your expertise and become the go-to person in that vertical.

Blog- Short form content through Facebook and Twitter can be valuable, but creating a successful blog on a niche topic can give you and your practice additional exposure the field.

Social Referrals- There are a number of ways to connect with your clients and if they are happy they will recommend you to others in the social space.

Be Human- Lawyers have a bad reputation in terms of trustworthiness and transparency. Use social media as a way to challenge this stereotype and connect with clients, prospects, and followers.

After taking these tips and applying them to your practice, you may have a shot to win the Likeable Award for “Most Likeable Lawyer.” Voting ends on May 15th so get your votes in now! Here are some likeable lawyers:

Who do you think the most likeable lawyers are?  Share with us in the comments, and be sure to cast your vote for them in the Likeable Awards!  


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100 Posts From #25Hours

Has it really been 100 posts?! I feel like I should make a speech, thank some people, do a giveaway, or something big! Unfortunately, I have none of those things planned BUT since it is the new year, here are some sneak peeks for what is coming to #25hours in 2012!

Video Blogs. I have toyed with this idea before but just can’t seem to get the hang of watching myself on video! This year I will “man up” and get some vlogs up!

Guest Blogs. I will be opening up the floor for guest bloggers! Seen a movie I haven’t? Watch I show I don’t? Read a good book and want to share? Have a different opinion than me on anything? Now you can tell me and have your post featured!

CoAuthors. In order to make my blog more consistent on posts, we will need more people! I will be recruiting some more movie/tv buffs and fun people to join me on this venture!

Updated Page. I’m not high tech, but I think I can figure out how to make this page more functional for your guys!

There are clearly not enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do with this blog so be patient, keep reading, and thanks for engaging with me these past 100 posts!

Interested in any of the above? Let me know! 

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Do You Drink Enough Water?

One thing I am constantly told on my quest to be healthy is “drink more water.” I don’t know what it is, but I don’t really like water. I’m snobby about tap water and I hate paying for bottled water. An old SUNY Albany classmate of mine is currently interning at a company that sells water and asked if me and a couple other blogger friends would like to test the product. I said, “Sure! Why not! I’m supposed to drink water!” So we were sent some water and I was pleasantly surprised.

The water is called WAT-AAH so first of all, it is fun to say. In fact, I refuse to say it without producing a fun accent. Second, it comes in a bottle the shape of Smart Water. I don’t know why, but I will always buy Smart Water over others just based on the shape of the bottle. I can’t explain it, I just love it. Finally, it comes in cool colors. I was a fan of the hot pink. 
 

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Drinking my WAT-AAH!

So I tasted the WAT-AAH and…. it tasted like water (which is a good thing I would think). Would I choose it again? If it were reasonably priced, I would absolutely choose WAT-AAH over other brands. After doing a bit of research, I found that the fun colors and branding of the water appeals to kids and actually has kids choosing WAT-AAH over soda and sugary juices. I wonder if I had something like this as a kid maybe I wouldn’t be so anti-water now…
 
Thanks Nancy and WAT-AAH for sending some samples! I feel a little healthier already!
 
What do you think of WAT-AAH? Regular water or something special? 
 
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Sometimes 25 Hours Is Just Not Enough…

There are two types of busy. The first type is when you are pretty busy and can use that business as an excuse for getting out of things you don’t want to do. For example, giving yourself a reason for not going to the gym. Or instead of making a home cooked meal, you speed through the drive-thru because you just “don’t have time” to make something. Then there is the second type of busy. The type if busy when you ACTUALLY have no time to do anything. The type of busy where you sleep 4 hours a night and are so jammed packed with things to do that you don’t even have time to go to the bathroom.

I am the second kind of busy. I know, it is hard to tell since people almost ALWAYS claim to be the second type. You may be wondering, “If she is so busy, how did she have time to write a blog?!” Well my friends, if it wasn’t for the fact that I was waiting for white-out on my criminal law outline to dry, I wouldn’t have time but since I cannot turn the page until it is fully dry I figured I would post this quick entry. This blog is for anyone who is so busy they want to cry. My insane business is only temporary. Please, bitch and complain all you want in the comments below. I sympathize with you no matter what type of busy you are…

Are you type one or type two busy? Are you too cool for school and actually have time for fun things? Complain and/or brag in the comments below!

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Take Time To: PLANK

Once upon a time, a co-worker of mine took a picture of herself lying face down on a ledge and posted it   for the company to see. She called this planking. Seeing as I had never heard of planking before I brushed it off and just thought to myself, “Hmm that was weird!” Little did I know that this one picture would be the beginning of a phenomenon. One by one more co-workers were posting pictures but the positions kept getting stranger and stranger. They were planking on walls, mailboxes, ladders, fire escapes, etc. Research became necessary.

So I headed over to trusty Wikipedia and discovered that planking is a new fad where people lie face down in a straight line in obscure places. While at first this may sound stupid, it is actually kind of genius and fun. That’s why this week you should take time to PLANK! Need some ideas? Check out this planking blog created by my interns. Here’s a sneak peak below!

 
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Can you beat these planks? Post yours below! Do you think planking is ridiculous? Tell me so in the comments!
 
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Key Takeaways From Blog World Expo

Last week I was lucky enough to attend Blog World Expo in NYC. As a brand new blogger, I was excited to learn all about creating great content, blog optimization, reader relationships and more. Since I thought this was a really great experience, I wanted to share some of the highlights I experienced with you! Here are some of my key learnings and takeaways from Blog World Expo NYC:

Comply with FTC Guidelines
From what I understand, the requirements are very minimal. All it really asks is for full disclosure. If you ask me, bloggers should have full disclosure with their readers at all times, regardless of whether a law requires them to. Anytime you promote a product or do a promotion, you must disclose what you are getting out of it. I solemnly swear that I will always disclose any product review I have been asked to do or any promotion I decide to run.

The Importance of Readers
This one is kind of obvious but a blogger’s relationship with it’s readers is the most important thing there is. There were a lot of sessions on how to monetize your blog, which would be nice, but who starts blogging with the intention of making money?! Maybe some people but very few I would imagine. Don’t sell yourself until you have a great product. And then once you have a great product, don’t sell out! Jason Falls from the Social Media Examiner said that every time you sell something on your blog (even with full disclosure) your readers will trust you less. Is it worth it?

Beware of the Diva Blogger
I have come face to face with diva bloggers… they are not pretty. A diva blogger is one who refuses to work with marketers unless they are getting highly paid. Or the blogger who brags about how many people are dying to advertise and work with them. In a place where bloggers are coming to learn more about the industry, I was disappointed to find that some of these sessions were being run by divas. If anything, it taught me exactly how NOT to act.

Please Go Away, Rebecca Black
People will not stop thinking/talking about Rebecca Black. There was even a session about her! I attended this session and was actually excited to discuss why it is that we all still have the song Friday still in our heads. What I learned was the power of video, and a good quality video too. When you search on Google, video searches automatically come to the top. Hint Hint.

Exhibitor Hall
I managed to have to some time to check out the exhibitor hall with a co-worker and met a bunch of interesting people. There are a ton if great products and services out there! Two that stood out the most for me were Market Sharing and Hashable. Both serve very different purposes. Market Sharing is similar to Groupon but for businesses. They aren’t looking to get you a good deal right now. Instead, they are looking for you to get a good deal now and hopefully build a relationship. There is more of a long-term goal than Groupon. Hashable is the new way of exchanging business cards. Although our egos love business cards, do we really need them? Hashable allows you to collect and share contact information with the click of a button. It is a free iPhone app and is definitely worth a download.

I hope these takeaways can help you feel like you were really there! I know I had a blast and hope I can attend again next year.

Did you attend Blog World Expo NYC? What were your key takeaways? Do you agree with these findings? Let me know below!

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I Don’t Have Time To Blog

A common excuse… Everyone likes the idea of blogging but nobody seems to have the time to do it. Sadly, I am no different. We all lead busy lived filled with jobs, school, family, friends, etc. Who really has time to blog?!

 

The answer is, everyone has time to blog. The time we spend making excuses for why we can’t have a blog could be used towards writing a post. I am officially putting aside the excuses and taking a plunge into the blogoshpere. I know what you’re thinking- “Just what the world needs, another blog that only posts one every three months.” That is not my intention. Regardless of the fact that we have no time in the day to blog, I promise to make time. My name is Cara, and I am officially a blogger.
 
Why Now? Why Blog?
 
 
There are a lot of advantages to blogging. I work at a social media agency, called Likeable Media, where  every employee is encouraged to be a thought leader. When I think of the term “thought leader” I immediately think, “Wow, those are some big shoes to fill.” Do I consider myself a thought leader? Not yet, but I am definitely a thought leader in the making. One step towards this goal is building my brand and finding my voice in this big industry of social media.
 
 
The first step was to learn the field. I have joined a ton of social networks, found out what I liked and what I didn’t like, and have really dived in head first to see what’s out there. The next step was to build my Twitter following and utilize Twitter to it’s fullest capacity. Finally, I began to blog. Since beginning with Likeable I have been blogging every few weeks for the company. Now I am creating my own blog so I can build my personal brand and write about stuff that I am passionate about- movies, shows, social media, and more. 
 
 
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So here I am, joining the blogging world once and for all. Yes, I have a full time job and go to law school at night. No, I don’t think I have any free time to devote to a blog. So what? That’s why I’ve added an extra hour to the day to allow some time for blogging.
 
 
Do you think there is any value to blogging? Have you had a blog before or have one now? Share your tips and cautionary tales below!
 
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