Too Many Hats to Count…good or bad?

I am not sure what made me think of this right now but it might have something to do with the work I get to start doing tomorrow. When I graduated from Northeastern State University with a degree in Mass Communications I was expecting to work as a public relations specialist somewhere writing press releases and dealing with crisis management or promotion maybe.

Almost 8 years ago I took a job I found in the newspaper as the communications manager for a national professional association. I was confident I could do anything that was asked of me not matter what the task and up to this point I have come very close to succeeding. Sure there have been certain things come up that I have had no idea how to do and for that I have found another source but I have learned to wear so many hats that as I stop to think about it…it really is crazy.

Before starting this job I had built one very simple and amateur website, I had designed one magazine, I had some several promotional designs, I had organized a lot of special events and worked on the planning of several large conferences. I had written for a newspaper, done some public speaking, and just gotten a degree which I affectionately refer to as a “BA in BS” so I a wide spread knowledge base.

Little did I know that in 8 years I would design and publish 30+ magazines, design & maintain very large websites, plan remote conferences around the country, do audio/visual set ups, write marketing plans, develop marketing strategies, learn association management skills, sell advertising and corporate sponsorships, work on IT problems, set up small networks, develop advertising campaigns, design promotions for grammy winners, develop logos for start up corporations, and teach educational sessions on technology and marketing, set up and execute photoshoots as both the director and photographer, do press kits for aging actors, do concert posters for young start up musicians, and develop websites for companies in New Jersey that I am not even sure how they found me (I am sure some other things got lost in the mix there).

While I like not getting bogged down in doing one thing for my whole life I am starting to get so spread out I am not sure what I am doing from one day to the next. I am sure it is just the weather this week and the fact that it is supposed to snow this weekend that made me feel this way or it could have been the sales push I did this morning before I had to do website edits, then talk with a printer about our magazine just before my meeting to learn how to interact our current website with a new server-side integration, and then the sending out of a promotional push through our social networking sites.

Having to change focus that many times in 8 hours can definitely start to confuse you a little!



Okay…maybe I am missing the boat on something but shouldn’t there be a part of every American that wants the president to do a good job? I understand not liking the policies or not liking the politics of one party or the other but for people to come out with wishes of failure seem about as counter productive as you can get!

Think about what that means for us all…if we have a political system that we are wishing to fail. How in the world will that benefit anyone? Seriously…I want to know. I can see where you might not want parts of a bill to pass or you might not agree with certain aspects because I am right there with you. I don’t want socialized medicine either! I understand that it will cause a decrease in the quality of care for those of us that actually have insurance and pay our bills…I get it. I don’t want taxes to increase either…hell, I pay more than my share! I understand that you don’t want to bail out businesses, I don’t either!

But all that aside I truly hope that this president, the next president, and all future presidents are successful in running the country! I will never jump on a boat that is destined to sink and I wouldn’t think anyone would want to be a part of a country that starts wishing failure on its leaders before they even have a chance to get going! Come on people!

I didn’t vote for the guy either but I want him to be successful…BECAUSE THAT MEANS AMERICA IS SUCCESSFUL!


March Madness

Okay so the last couple of days are probably the least productive work days of the year! Yesterday I joined some friends at a local pub for lunch. Of course with basketball going on this turned into a long lunch! For them it turned into an all afternoon lunch. While I am working from home today so I have been able to do a lot of my website edits while watching the games I can still imagine that most sports bars and restaurants are packed at lunch time so everyone can catch some of the big games. Those friends mentioned above were already planning on just taking the second half of today off. At least they planned it this time!

So any sports fan has to love this time of year…these are some of the most compelling and interesting games anyone will ever watch and they happen every March. The teams change, the players change and the coaches change but it never fails to give us great games, cinderella stories, and amazing performances.

Cheers to March Madness! We love the NCAA Tournament no matter who plays and for the most part no matter who wins, because for 2 days each year at least lunch has some excitement beyond what we are going to eat!