Fight For What You Believe In

It is approaching three months since Amber passed and each day is hard. I think of her all the time and wish I could still have our talks. She was a wonderful young lady and had so much love.

I believe that she would have wanted me to help others dealing with what she dealt with. My kids will see that if you believe in something that you have to stand your ground and fight for it. Let them hear the shaking in your voice, it’s not easy to stand up for what you believe in. It means pushing your comfort zone and some people may not like what you are doing.

I am pushing my comfort zone, I talk to Amber a lot in my prayers. She brought a piece of happiness to the world. I learned what unconditional love is with her birth.

I discovered International Overdose Awareness Day, which falls on August 31st and wanted to do something to raise awareness. With the help of some very talented and generous people we have scheduled a rally on August 28th from 6:00pm to 9:30. I am very excited about this event, it is part of the bigger Fed Up! rally which is in Washington, DC.

We need to end the stigma associated with addiction and overdose, addiction is an illness. Some people choose the first time to experiment but this does mean they deserve to be outcast. We need to show compassion and love for people struggling with addiction.

Please attend the rally at Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church in Carrick this Friday, August 28th at 6PM. We need to stand together and make everyone aware that addiction affects everyone.

Please visit BWAction.com/Fedup for more information.

Podcamp X – My First Time

I attended my first PodCamp this year, on Sunday the last day I decided to head to Point Park University. I have wanted to attend this conference for about 2 years and this year I finally did it and I just loved it!

“PodCamp Pittsburgh is a social media un-conference.”

This “un-conference” provides a place to learn about social media and new media from people who use it. It is offered free of charge thanks to sponsors and volunteers. I attended 2 sessions and I really enjoyed both of them. The people at the event are very friendly which makes it that much more fun.

So, below I am going to provide my thoughts on the two sessions that I attended.

 

Instacontent:Meerkat, Snapchat, Periscope, Oh My

First, I went to “Instacontent” which provided a great overview of some apps like:

  • Meerkat
  • Periscope
  • Snapchat

I have heard of all three and played with them a little in the past. But during this session I that both Meerkat and Periscope have some good audiences and provide a way of quickly getting content out to your users. Instead of planning a production that you might host on a different platform, you can quickly and easily use your device to broadcast a video stream to your users. This is great for getting information to your audience quickly for a specific moment that is happening.

Snapchat has a feature called “My Stories” that allows you to build a a story of shorts vidoes from SnapChat that can then be available for 24 hours or you can download it to host it elsewhere.

I loved how this session was presented, it wasn’t just a slide deck but the presentors used the tools they discussed the various uses and benefits of them.

Presented by : @Sorgatron and @Kdudders

SOCIAL MEDIA & SOCIAL IMPACT

This session was one of the reasons I went to PodCamp today. I created the website BWaction.com to help keep people in the Baldwin-Whitehall area informed about what is going on at the school district level. The site has been very useful and has a wonderful audience that stays active in this community. I am very grateful to all of the readers of BWAction.

More recently, I have been really trying to bring awareness and help end the stigma with drug addiction and overdose. I have been thinking of ways of doing this and have already registered for events revolving around addiction to both learn more and talk to others.

During this talk, Becca shared her passion which is a non-profit that she founded called Harmony of the Andes. She talked about about how social impact can be made by sharing what you care about and why. She described this social impact as part of building your personal brand.

 

Your personal brand impacts your online and offline communities. – Becca

Becca explained that you need to share what you believe in and why. Hearing what a person believes in and why they do makes people want to learn more and brings more awareness.

I really think that social media can help spread a person’s message out to a bigger audience faster than ever before. Yea, I know you knew that already. But, do you make sure that you keep that message that you are sharing both online and offline? Actions are better than words. Make sure to put a person behind that social media brand.

Presented by: @PittBecca