2015 in review

It’s really cool that WordPress.com puts together this nifty little stats report for my 2015 Mediatation blog posts! While I don’t always have time to write, it is still cool to see this little overview, showing everything from views, to comments, to where in the world readers came from!

As someone who studied advertising in college, I can tell you I was crossing my fingers that I wouldn’t cross paths with too many math equations, stats, formulas, etc. But now that I have worked in direct marketing and advertising for the past few years, I found out pretty quickly how wrong I was to think that way! Measuring performance is what it is all about! How do you ever know how far you’ve come if you didn’t know where you were?

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 670 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 11 trips to carry that many people.

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Click here to see the complete report.

2015 in review

ASL Emojis are A-OK!

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Emojis were first introduced to the faces and fingertips of smart phone users back in 2010. They started out as a number of symbols, such as “smiley face” expressions, by the Unicode Consortium and were added to the iOS5 keyboard by Apple in 2011. Now, the number and capacity of Emoji symbols has grown immensely. Even hair colors and skin tones have been diversified, as of this year. Emojis have become a staple in today’s culture of communication, as they have added something more to everyday written language. However, everything can always be improved. Signily wants to make sure that the deaf community is also represented in the Emoji space, and has an outlet to better communicate the way they desire.

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Signers can now communicate with their own language nuances, with the help of the mobile keyboard app, Signily. The app provides hand-sign GIFs to more easily communicate through American Sign Language (ASL). Just as the current Emojis add more expression or excitement to our texts, the deaf community can say (or rather sign) something that can normally not be directly translated into written communication. “For a long time, the signing community has craved for something like this,” lead of Signily, Suzanne Seckler, said of the app. She goes on to say that the signing community has often used videos to express and communicate through sign language, but there are certain limitations and lack of convenience in this. Signily was created by ASLive, a nonprofit organization working to integrate ASL into visual media and expanding the ASL education materials. It is currently available on iOS, and will be on available on Android soon!

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As someone who is new to sign language, but is learning more and more about it from my SLP (Speech Language Pathologist) sisters, it always catches my eye now. It’s something truly beautiful when we can create and use new technologies that are not only “cool,” but are helpful! Can’t wait to see even more developments on this!

ASL Emojis are A-OK!

Networking – What Goes Around Comes Around

Happy 2013 Everyone!

So far the year is off to a good start, both for new beginnings and continued education. For example I have been asked to participate in my alma mater’s career development conference for Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. I could not be happier to be helping my fellow alumni put on such a great event, as well as helping those soon to be grads who are just like me a year ago…looking for a job!

It is a week from tomorrow and it is held in Dallas rather than Lubbock for those students who are still on their winter break. There are so many Tech alums working in Dallas as well as so many students from areas around the metroplex, so it’s great that they are able to pull that off. In the year I have been graduated (sometimes I cannot believe it has been a whole year!), I have had the pleasure of getting to work and network with some great alums who have either offered an encouraging word, given some great advice or have led me to another great professional to learn from. And I can definitely say that it helped me in getting the job I have now at Group360 Worldwide.

And now I hope that I may have something to offer to these recent grads and current students! I absolutely love that Tech has this event and that they are so active in getting feedback. And not only that but that they want to have young professionals like myself be there to offer a different perspective and closer relation.
I’ll admit that I am still fairly new to the work world, and may not know exactly what I am talking about when it comes to being a years of expire nice and owning my own business…yet. But I do know how frustrating it is to apply and apply and apply and not know what you are doing wrong. I know what it’s like to work hard to get somewhere. I know what it is like to put yourself through college! So hopefully I will be able to help someone else in their small struggle in accomplishing the goal of entry level employment.

Stay tuned and I will tell you about the conference! Wreck ‘Em Tech!

Networking – What Goes Around Comes Around