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Month Since Monday – Hearthstone and Softball

It’s somewhat appropriate that I use today’s Zero to Hero assignment to not only launch a feature I’ve been kicking around for a while, but to get myself back into blogging gear – it’s kind of like a two for one special!

Today dawns the birth of the monthly feature, Month Since Monday, where I recap a couple of things I’ve been up to over the past month. While more a log for me to remember what I actually got busy doing – I can barely remember my way home these days – I figured it would also be a good springboard for readers like you to quickly gather if we have anything in common.

A collection of softball bats on a fence

A collection of bats – courtesy of leah g

Like Softball. Or Hearthstone.

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Zero to Hero – Social Networking

With the past two weeks getting busier, I’ve been passively creeping the Zero to Hero challenge and only completing those assignments that were quick and easy to do (I know, I’m a horrible student).

But when I saw today’s assignment looking for us to start plugging into Social Media, I had to jump on board and give it a go.

Social Media App icons on a phone.

Social Media – courtesy of Jason Howie

You see, I’m already hooked up.

I regularly promote my blog posts through Twitter, Facebook and Google+. The fact I actually only really use those three medium to promote myself – boy do I sound narcissistic – actually comes as a surprise to some, but the reason behind it is quite simple.

I use those three more than any other.

I sometimes get asked by friends, family, co-workers and strangers for advice on how they can begin promoting themselves or their brand through social media. Often, they will tell me they’ve signed up through everything under the sun and expect to have a million or so followers in a week (I may be exaggerating here). I instead recommend they focus on something simple and more atenable – use the one or two they know, get good at it and then look to grow.

Throughout this, I also suggest they focus on being their authentic self. Be genuine and interact with everyone as you would on the street. I’m a firm believer that social media is more about people than information.

But there are smarter people than me out there – in fact, you might be one of them.

So what do you recommend one does when they decide it’s time to get on the social media bandwagon? Dive in? Keep it simple?

Zero to Hero – A Fan’s Pain

It’s Day Ten of my Blogging 101 Zero to Hero journey. And it’s about time I share with you my pain.

I’m a fan of the Vancouver Canucks.

Chris wearing Canucks colours with Jack Poole plaza behind.

Chris Golden. Johnny Canuck. Separated at birth? Probably not.

Success has been fleeting with this team. Sure we’ve seen three beauty playoff runs from the home team – ninety-four forever, yo’! Sure there are a few division titles. Heck, there are even two Presidents Trophy banners hanging in rafters at the Rog’.

Just no Stanley Cup.

And this year?

Hello darkness my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again.

Zero to Hero – About Inspiration

Chris screaming at the top of his lungs.

We’re Halfway There!

Recognize this guy? He’s pretty darn inspired if you ask me. So it’s somewhat appropriate that yesterday’s assignment (I was never good at getting homework done on time) was to “write a post inspired by your About page or widget.”

When I recently gave my About page a once-over, my sole goal was to communicate my personality and outline how this blog would reflect that. I’m quirky. Easy going. Somewhat nuts. In fact, I have been known to describe myself as a 36-year-old going on 13. But how does one do that simply with text?

The answer is you can’t.

Sure I can pen some prose and make it sound like magic. Or simply give you a bunch of gibberish with a few 😀 or 😉 mixed in. Both would probably do the trick. Yet, without the images showing me in my element – real life – it’s hard to fully comprehend who I really am. A karaoke superstar.

So you can imagine how happy I was when Kiwibee gave me some feedback on what my About page said to her:

Hehehe I love it! Your voice and personality come across super strong and draw the reader in

Mission accomplished.

Zero to Hero – Dream Reader

Six days into Zero to Hero and I’m still here. This has to be a record! But today’s assignment could be the challenge that breaks me.

We’re to pen a post to our dream reader.


My problem is that you say dream reader and I hear Dream Weaver by Gary Wright! And when I hear Dream Weaver, I immediately think of Wayne’s World! Party on!

Home of the Dream Guitar from Wayne's World

The Dream Guitar – courtesy of Tony Hoffarth

But enough of that. Just like Wayne and his dream guitar, you will be mine. Oh yes, you will be mine.

This may sound corny, but you are my dream reader simply because you’re here to read my words of wisdom (or lack thereof). I don’t aim to be more than I am. Just a humble blogger who lives in the suburbs of Vancouver, British Columbia.

And just like we saw in Wayne’s World, Wayne and Garth discovered that their audience was just like them. They didn’t need all the pomp and circumstance that the sphincter who said what, Benjamin Kane, thought was necessary to make them stars. They already were.

That’s good enough for me. I’m a star. Sure I may not have my own TV show filmed in the basement of my parent’s house, or get to meet Alice Cooper, but that’s still okay.

But what about you? Who would your dream reader be? Or more importantly – was there ever a better movie than Wayne’s World?


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