Archive: Social Media
I discovered this month's "Blogger with a Cause" while cruising the Internet, waiting to board a plane. I can't recall where I was or even where I was heading, but I do remember this blog. It stuck with me for several reasons, most importantly being that "What's Up with Nick" is a blog authored by a mother, documenting her son's lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis.
It seems the blog was originally started by said mother as a means to communicate--as so many are--with friends and family and keep them informed of her son, Nick, and his progress. Of course we know blogs can reach many, many people and "What's Up with Nick" has grown to be much more than what was intended.
One of my favorite things about this blog is its use of being an education portal. Just look at the top of the right sidebar of any page and you'll see 10 links out to sites that provide information, insight, and advice on coping with Cystic Fibrosis.
Here's a screenshot of part of the "What's Up with Nick" homepage:
Please visit the "What's Up with Nick" by clicking here, and "Help Fight Cystic Fibrosis." And don't forget you can share any "for cause" blogs you run across by e-mailing us at charity[at]izea[dot]com.
Remember our trek across the country last year, on the Blog America Tour? Well, we're on the road again; it's not quite as ambitious as driving from Orlando to Las Vegas but just as fun. Yesterday Ted and I headed up to New York City to meet-up with InternetGeekGirl and a slew of other Social Media enthusiasts for the first let of the Affiliate Summit Party Bus trip! Destination: the Affiliate Summit conference in Boston.
Below are some photos of the trip. We'll post more after the conference is over on Tuesday, and we travel back to New York.
Chances are that you know someone that has been affected by Alzheimer's Disease. This devastating illness is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. Someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's every 71 seconds. Most of the time, the people dealing with the disease feel helpless in fighting it.
Well, now you CAN do something about it. You can join the over 200,000 people that will be participating in the Memory Walk this year. The walks are scheduled at different times this fall throughout the country. It's not a marathon, but rather a 2-3 mile walk held on a weekend morning. You can also help us promote the walk by taking the Opp in SocialSpark about this event.
My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2002. Shortly after this diagnosis, it became apparent that one of us in the family would need to move into her house to help take care of her. I immediately volunteered because my Nana had always been there for me and I felt it was my duty to be there for her in her time of need.
We managed her care at home for another two years before we had to move her into an assisted living facility. During that time, I watched as my Nana slowly slipped away. That was the hardest two years of my life, but also the most rewarding. I feel privileged that I was able to be the one to help my Nana and to give back to the person who had taken care of me my entire life.
My grandmother is still alive today but my Nana is only with us every so often. She is well taken care of and I couldn't ask for much more. I know I will be participating in my local Memory Walk this fall and I hope you feel inspired to the same in your community.
We've got two more new amigos for the upcoming IZEAFest event, and they are:
To advance the Central Florida interactive marketing, media and technology community by serving as an association for professional development, education, community networking and overall inspiration for our digital society.
(If you're in the Central Florida area and fall into any of these areas, I strongly encourage you to sign-up at doterati.com.)
BlogOnExpo is a free online conference for bloggers, kicking off August 11th and lasting through the 13th.
Keynote interviews include the team at CrunchGear, John Chow of JohnChow.com (one of IZEAFest's speakers), Neil Patel of PronetAdvertising.com (another one of the speakers at IZEAFest), Muhammad Saleem (the second largest user on Digg and a social media expert), and many others.
Please welcome these two fantastic sites into the IZEA Community!
Are you curious about how to further your career or start a new one?
Have you ever wondered how to get the IT Training that will help you stand out in a crowd?
The answer to these questions and many more can be found here!
One of our advertisers, Cisco, is now offering an Opportunity in SocialSpark for you to learn more about how to get a variety of different Cisco certifications. They offer network certification programs that cater to a wide range of IT people just like you; from experts and specialists to associates and beginners.
Now you can take part in these exciting careers too! The networking technology world has expanded exponentially in the last few years and continues to grow at a rapid pace.
Have you been thinking about breaking into the IT field but don't know how to start? Do you need that extra certification to help qualify for that big promotion?
We're thrilled to announce the addition of two new partners to our social media conference, IZEAFest. They are both great sites that offer resources to bloggers and social media enthusiasts. Please take a few moments to visit their websites to learn more about the services they offer, and welcome them to our Community.
DotSauce.com is an exclusive web based magazine for domainers, web developers, designers and of course bloggers! Featuring almost daily updates on innovative web applications, sales and marketing, SEO, blogging resources, domain name industry news and more. You can join their private discussion forum community for the best free resources, video tutorials, available domain lists, coupons, discounts and more.
Pijoo is a blog directory, a social network, and a social voting site all rolled into one. By adding your blog to Pijoo, you can get more hits, more readers, and a whole bunch of new contacts from the blogosphere, as well as being able to track your visitors, build a community around your blog and keep up with the latest posts from other blogs.
Not yet registered for IZEAFest? Click here to sign-up today.
IZEA is the featured company today at OfficeSnapshots.com:
Office Snapshots shows their readers the inside of cool offices from around the world. They typically feature Web 2.0 and tech companies, and perhaps larger companies that people are familiar with. Our feature puts us in the company of Bebo, LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr and more!
Attention "Lunch with Ash & V" fans:
We're moving lunch to Thursdays! Same time but different day! Grab your lunch box or paper bag and head on over to Stickam.com/RockStartUp at 12pm EST and chat-it-up with us. Here's what you can expect:
- Worldosphere. We spend a few minutes talking about news events and things going on in the world around us.
- Webosphere. There are tons of new websites and blogs that pop-up on the Internet everyday. During this segment we take a look at some of the more awesome ones we've stumbled across.
- IZEAsphere. We cover some of the amazing things going on at IZEA headquarters, that you might not read about here on the blog or on the boards.
Looking forward to seeing you guys! If you have any suggestions about topics of discussion please feel free to e-mail us. You never know...if we use your topic on the air we might even send you a special treat in the mail!
DISCLAIMER:: While we are employees of IZEA, please note we broadcast during our personal lunch hour (because we love engaging with our community). The opinions shared are our own, and are not reflective of our investors, our Founder & CEO, or any other members of the IZEA Team.
In addition to having a heavy focus on animal volunteer and reach-out, Houndsgood.com also offers-up ideas and recommendations to those who are looking for volunteer opportunities in general:
It's no secret I have an affinity for animals, especially those that are in special need or have been abused or neglected. So this site definitely struck a cord.
The FAQ section of the site also has answers to questions site visitors might be wanting to ask. Check that out when you have a few minutes.
If you have or know of a blog that you'd like to recommend for an upcoming "Blogger with a Cause," please e-mail us at charity[at]izea[dot]com.
If you live in the Central Florida area and have a passion for developing, coding, or technology in general, why not make plans to join us for the very first IZEA Devasaurus next month?
Devasaurus is a gathering of the local developer community, and is hosted at IZEA headquarters in downtown Orlando. There will be food and drink while you talk-it-up with other folks who have the same interests as you...and it's FREE!
Future Devasaurus get-togethers will be an opportunity for you to find out about innovative products and platforms, get sneak-peeks into APIs, and let you help shape the future of the Internet. And it's all happening here in Orlando!
At the kick-off Devasaurus on July 2nd IZEA will be unveiling a new social media platform, designed for developers from the ground up. There will also be a challenge announced where the designer of the "best widget" will be awarded $5,000! But you have to come to find out.
If you code, want to learn to code, or are just interested in coding as a profession make sure and join us. You can get additional details--including times and exact location--on Devasaurus by clicking here.