I’m an avid reader of print and digital media, so ending this week with an app that blocks the Kardashians on my newsfeed, courtesy of my good pal and fellow mum, Shelby at Shelby Van Voris? Excellent. We’ve been chatting off/on this whole week while our better, calmer halves have been traveling around the globe, leaving us to manage work and home. Usually without a shower and with a glass of wine (it’s been a crazy pseudo-single-parent week). To be called a caffeinated wino this week would be a complement. Anyway, she’s conquering social media on her own terms (check out her twitter feed) and in doing so, encouraged me to rediscover blogging. Sometimes you need a great friend to give you a swift kick in the writer’s arse and get off the creative funk. (Danke, Shelby) So in an effort to get back in the blogging swing of things here at “work”… Here’s a list of great finds that I’ve collected from around the Internet this week. Hopefully you’ll agree that there’s value in what happened in social media this week in the topics I absolutely love: Leadership, entrepreneurship, photography, crowdfunding (with a dash of fun).
>>Leadership: how to be a better leader
It’s been a Star Wars kind of week. I’m a nerd and remember watching Star Wars with my dad in the only movie theater on Guam in 1977. I was seven. I’ve been hooked on the movies ever since. So, naturally, finding recent articles on Jedi leadership and business leadership is fascinating. Here is an IntelliBlog favorite originally posted earlier this year.
— Melody Fugazzotto (@melfugazzotto) May 9, 2015
I’m also a big fan of Dave Ramsey and his EntreLeadership site. If you need a bit of motivational jungle juice, check it out. (I suggest a timer if you are prone to obsessive surfing)
— EntreLeadership (@EntreLeadership) May 5, 2015
>>Entrepreneurship: best cities for a small business
- Inc.com’s annual wrap up showcases some of my favorite US cities.
>>Tech: photography hints & tips
- One of our favorite stops for current photography tips is the popular F-stoppers.com. Here’s a quick review (estimated read time: 5 minutes) How the Periscope App can help your business and creative education.
- I often stop through different crowdfunding sites to see what’s coming out of the woodwork around the world. I’ve
gambledsupported a few wonderful and successful entrepreneurs on Kickstarter and Indiegogo in the past couple of years so I’m always on the lookout for products that are lasting, beautiful and practical. This week, I’m so tempted to pledge support to the Rhino Slider EVO. I’m even shameless enough to use it as an upcoming Father’s Day gift to our resident photographer (the husband).
>>Social media growth: focus on Canva
- I’m a huge fan of Canva both as a user as well as a fan of their chief evangelist, Guy Kawasaki. This is a great article by Canva’s head growth marketer, Andrianes Pinantoan, that explains how he grew Facebook traffic by 200% in 60 days.
>>Make or Buy: ingenious products
- Lifehacker find: I’m a recent convert to essential oils. Easy to do when living in a first-world country (Germany) that respects nature, frowns on GMO, and offers quality essential oils for relatively good prices at the local apotheke (pharmacy), without having to order online. So when I saw this DIY mosquito repellent bracelet, I clicked and shared.
>>What’s old becomes new again
- The business of fashion: Fashion trends recycle. Sometimes they adapt and improve. Sometimes they miss the boat entirely. The annual Met gala in NYC’s changing theme (this year was “China: through the looking glass”) provides a couple of days of massive designer news, tweets and retweets, and nearly free fashion reviews of the best and the worst. Some gowns remind me of the 80s while others are decidely unique. I’ve tired of classic red-carpet photos and was thrilled to see this party view. Vogue photographer Cass Bird managed to capture the “real” party at the Met.
- The business of entertainment: The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon and guest Jack Black nail the 1990 ballad “More than Words”. Brilliant yet slightly creepy. The one-two-punch of Black and Fallon is proof that brilliance and talent comes in tidal waves. Re-creation at its best.
I hope you’ve had a great week. I’d love to hear what you found worthy of sharing, too.