66. You start to take generic Instagram photos to reuse for your station’s page
67. Your photographers have a penchant for pointing out your spelling mistakes, even on your personal pages.
68. You’ve learned to log out of LinkedIn when snooping.
69. Your passive aggressive email skills are resume worthy.
70. You know that you have your common words you always misspell. Mine: teh (the)
71. You’ve sent in a video for a “viewer contributed” video so your coworker has material to work with
72. You have newsmares where you forgot how to code.
73. You get in arguments about news judgement with your producers and claim you always have a “pulse” no matter what the ratings say.
74. You participate in more than one weekly Twitter chat because digital
75. You know the Twitter code for a search
76. You’ve helped produce a block of content in the booth when you were just poking your head in to see what’s up
77. It annoys you that there is no good way to search Instagram online. Like, please?
78. You now know the trolls by name, FB profile image and hashtag usage.
79. You have an ongoing text that is all #inapporpriatehashtags
80. You get super pumped when you go on shoots because it means human interaction and movement.
I had a 4-day work week followed by a 6-day work week. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s in bright neon letters spelling out WEEKEND in a curly script. It’s glowing and I’m drawn to it with everything I’ve got in me.
I learned a couple of things this week, both work and personally. I thought I’d share them with you. Think of them like bite-sized pieces of a five-course meal I’ve been having to cook without a sous chef or any utensils…
No good deed goes unpunished. It doesn’t matter how much good you try to do, there will always be people who will rain on your parade.
High school never ends. It doesn’t matter if it’s the same issues you had back then or people being petty. Just give yourself a fresh slate like you did in college and it’ll get better.
Every feeling is valid but not every feeling is logical. You need your sounding board of balanced people to help.
It’s about the product. If someone tries to engage you on the personal, push past it. It’s not the easy answer by any means, but it’ll help keep the team moving toward a better product.
Ask for what you want. Don’t beg, but ask.
These might be vague but it’s up to the individual to use them.
Too often we find ourselves in the negative.
It’s the space where despair is comforting as you claw your way at the darkness. It’s where a curse word or 20 don’t seem to be enough and you call your person crying.
Melodramatic? Mmm, maybe but it’s true as well. I was reminded today how hard it is to see past that when you are at when in that moment. We want to dwell on it sometimes. We want to sulk as we wallow in our self-pity.
But in the moments of joy, where is our party?
I am a member of the millennial generation, as much as I despise that name (much to the affirmation of the term.) I’m considered to be difficult with a short attention span and needy for the consistent gold star just because of the 20-year-span I was born in. While I pride myself in the fact that’s just not true, there is a small issue in my generation I identify with.
We’re negative. Our cynicism toward love favors the detached over the passionate and our work ethic inspires parody sites instead of the next great leader.
I’m asking myself to be different. I’m asking myself to be honest with people and most importantly, to my own being. It’s OK to say “I had a great day” and actually mean it.
I’m not encouraging any more #humblebrag-gers or #blessed posts. I’m asking for self-evaluation of the positive and the negative.
So mark your calendar, tie a knot around your finger, but just don’t forget to mark the good points, too.
nice beautiful again.
It’s time for another numbered list. You know who you are, and if you don’t know what it’s about, that’s fine too. This is the anonymous update:
1. You’re it. You can tell me no, something most people can’t do. you talk me off the ledge and back to the ground. We’re the ying and the yang with our Type A and Type B. I truly appreciate you.
2. We’re more alike than either of us probably want to be, and that’s great. You remind me of the American Dream. I’m glad you finally told me about the past. Now, we can move past it.
3. I’m sorry I called like I did. Thanks for reminding me of my roots. You’ve got me pegged and I wouldn’t want it any other way. You can finish this, you know.
5. You’re pretty fly for a TED guy. Trouble, trouble.
6. Quit it. I don’t know what it is but quit it. I miss you.
Sometimes, you just have those moments.
You’re on the cusp of something great.
You can taste it like a bitter red wine after a long day of work. Refreshing and dehydrating at the same time. Just good enough to enjoy, just motivating enough to remind you what you actually need.
But even on those moments on the cusp of greatness, we all have moments of weakness.
Moments where you are your own worst enemy. You are the catalyst to your own setback.
It could be a quick word when you know better to keep your mouth shut.
It could be procrastination on a project you know you can master and excel at.
It could a phone call that cripples months of distance you’ve put between yourself and something else.
It could be any number of things but tonight, it’s the Paramore lyrics to Grow Up that remind me:
“Some of us have to grow up sometimes, and so, if I have to I’m gonna leave you behind”
Are you going to leave it behind? Are you going to wait it out one more time?
Because the first time was the hardest, right? WRONG. This time is, because this is when you think you’ve grown up. You think you’ve learned better. Or, you think you can handle it this time. You think you’re so far over it, you can go back to it, just for a visit.
So, what are you going to do?
Today, I ran 9 miles. Running is a therapy source for me. I haven’t ran more than 2 miles in more than a month. If that tells you how things have been.
My life recently has been a roller coaster. There are days when I want nothing more than to call my mom and tell her to come pick me up like I’m sick at school and her magical presence can alleviate me from any stress I’m having.
Note: that never happened growing up because Mom worked at school. So, instead I would try to go hide in her room and Mom would eventually kick me out and make me face my demons. Thanks, mom. I mean that.
Back to the situation at hand.
Things have been up:
- work is going very well for me, and I’m finally feeling some sense of direction and ownership beyond specified duties
- I’ve come to the conclusion I most definitely want to be back in school
- I’ve started getting better at saving money, a personal point of pain I’m getting over
Things have also been down:
- I’ve lost a certain relationship I had going for me
- I’ve become increasingly anxious in where my life is going and what I want to be when I “grow up”
- Nights have become difficult as I can’t fall asleep at a semi-decent hour for my schedule
But I think I may have found a church, and I’m growing in my faith. I’m beginning to see what all those people talk about when they say “drowning in his grace.” It’s not a literal. Point one: Bailey. Instead, it’s a calming factor that can be rather frightening when you try to avoid it.
This is a MAJOR point of concern for me. I feel like for so long I was trying to make it happen. I kept doing. My brilliant father has a theory that we are BE-ings. We must simply BE. you BElieve. It is your essence.
I’ve also become a BEliever in the golden circle. Do yourself a favor and watch this video.
In a nutshell: your actions should be motivated solely by your WHY, which powers your HOW and results in your WHAT.
Sinek has a perfect quote:
“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.”
I’ve been thinking about my WHY a lot. WHY am I here? WHY am I doing what I’m doing? WHY?
It’s unsettling. It’s uprooting. It’s action-packed.
I believe I am on this Earth to help people. It’s the only why that is constant in my life. My being is to do good and help people.
How will I do that? That is the bigger question for me right now. HOW? HOW DO I DO THAT? It’s left me in tears as I fight my way to that. Through my faith, though, I’ve come to believe that God is showing me that way. I am one of those people who have to do it themselves. I must experience it myself. It’s my being. I am listener. I don’t throw myself at trouble willingly, but I still must be in that moment.
So, here I am, being patient. It’s the worst. I am the worst at being patient. Remember why I’m here? Do good. I want to DO NOW. It’s not in the cards. Am I letting things pass me by? NOPE, but that’s not to say I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. i’m not, and I’m OK with that. Why? because I refuse to believe that you have to have it figured out at any point. That’s the beauty of faith. It’s an evolving and constant when everything else isn’t.
Then comes the what. I’m nowhere near a what right now. I’m not even worried about the what of my life. It’s the farthest thing.
I’m batting .333 and you know what? If that’s good enough for baseball, it’s good enough for me.
Sometimes I get to go out in the field. #kens5 #news #camera #rednails #messybun #fabulous #passion #sundayfunday photo by: @mrgarycooper
I wrote an earlier post about #digitalcontentdrama and now I’m back with more.
39. You live in fear of computer crashes.
40. You know what’s trending and are constantly searching for how to pull the content for your own page views.
41. You get in ethical debates about YouTube videos.
42. You are a fangirl of more than 8 YouTube sensations.
43. You’ve contemplated life outside of the digital realm and aren’t completely sure you have the skill sets.
44. You are legitimately scared when you have a lull of more than 20 minutes.
45. You keep asking for horizontal photos to make the crop match your sites specs.
46. You monitor your personal Twitter like you’re a celebrity.
47. Your RTs make very little sense in terms of congruence.
48. You dress like a hipster because you don’t move all day, so you need the layers. And glasses are easier on the eyes.
49. You’ve identified what shows are best for which targets.
50. You keep an age calculator up for when you get police reports in.
51. You’ve been tweeted at by @AP_ENS.
52. You are always looking for the next user contributed slideshow.
53. You tell people you’re a software developer at the bar to avoid the logistics of what you actually do.
54. Everyone always asks when they’ll see you on TV. You’ll see me in the newsroom shot, when I mis-time my bathroom breaks.
55. You identify with every tech-y person in your favorite TV shows.
56. You have to-do lists for your to-do lists.
57. Your work email drains your phone battery fast but the Facebook Pages app drains it faster.
58. You’ve learned how to operate the camera in the event the floor crew is swamped.
59. You’re on Instagram to search out which hashtags can help you get more followers for your station’s page.
60. Grammar errors are a personal point of pain for you.
61. You’ve learned to accept the Facebook trolls for who they are.
62. You’ve started to wish you didn’t have Internet at home, but then that thought scares you.
63. People know just how much you love emoticons.
64. A slow internet connection feels like you’re at the dentist. Painful and scary.
65. You’re learned all the Twitter handles of local politicians.
More to come.