This Blog Is Now Closed, But You Can Find Me At My New Blog: http://wyrinterviews.blogspot.com/

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Hi there, long time no see! I had so much fun writing about all sorts of different topics here at wittybizgal.com. As you can see, I have not blogged here in a long, looooonnnnnnggg time. Too long! Life intervened, and as time went on I became involved with other projects. I won’t be posting anything new here, however, all the postings will remain up and active for reading and comments. I have actually shared some of them recently on my Twitter account https://twitter.com/WittyBizGal I’m really proud of the blogs I wrote here on WordPress, and this broadly focused format gave me a chance to explore my interests and spread my wings as a writer.

I’ve recently launched a new blog, more narrowly focused on what I enjoyed most here–interviews with REAL people! Please visit me on my Blogger hosted space: http://wyrinterviews.blogspot.com/  What’s Your Real? will feature micro-interviews with real, interesting people just like you. I’m so excited about this new project, and I welcome your comments and feedback there as well. My first subject is Certified Life Coach, Alianna Timmins, who also happens to be a good friend of mine. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Thanks For Reading,

WittyBizGal

 

The Sounds Of The Silence Of My Blog

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Hi everybody! I’m still here…just busy, busy, busy! I’ve been helping the boys finish up this last couple of months of school (why do they schedule literally EVERY special activity and project in the last month???), and finishing up my own master’s program. I’m in week five now of ten of my very last college course ever! I’m done. Stick a fork in me, I’m done. I have been a part time or half time college student now since 1998. I’m not sure I know how to be anything else at this point in my life (more on my neurotic jitters of getting back out into the workforce in a later blog). When I started out, I simply wanted to correct what I considered to be one of my biggest mistakes in life–not finishing college right after high school. And now, here I am, well over a decade later, about to finish up my second master’s degree, wondering what I’m going to do after graduation.

Not unlike this guy…

Except, since I’m 46 and female instead of 22 and male, I also have her problems…mostly her tendency to say inappropriate, slightly shocking things to the wrong people…Well, okay, maybe not quite this bad…

However, being an optimistic type, I feel that good things are ahead for me (unlike poor, aimless Benjamin and sexy but borderline Mrs. Robinson)…Stick around to see what’s next! Maybe something in plastic, perhaps? 😉 I promise I’ll have some witty take on whatever happens, or doesn’t happen the way I planned and envisioned it. 

Coo-Coo-Ca-Choo…Until Next Time…

Please Join The Bully Project!

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Today, I’m donating space on my blog to promote this film and this movement. Everyone needs to care about this…kids are bullied relentlessly all across this nation every day, even sometimes to the point where they end up taking their own lives. 

Here is the description of The Bully Project copied and pasted directly from their website….

“The Bully Project highlights solutions that both address immediate needs and lead to systemic change. Starting with the film’s STOP BULLYING. SPEAK UP! call to action, The Bully Project will catalyze audience awareness to action with a series of tools and programs supported by regional and national partners.

The Bully Project is a collaborative effort that brings together partner organizations that share a commitment to ending bullying and ultimately transforming society.

Help keep The Bully Project alive by donating to the film’s social action campaign through our nonprofit partner, Creative Visions Foundation (CVF). CVF is a publicly supported 501(c)3, which supports Creative Activists who use the power of media and the arts to affect positive change in the world.  All donations are tax deductible”. 

Click Here To Visit That Nonprofit Organization’s Webpage: Creative Visions Foundation 

A link to the film’s official trailer…Please Watch! 

Finally, a link to the official page for the movement: The Bully Project Please go there, donate your Twitter and Facebook status to the cause for a day, and share this with all your friends and family. 

A lot of attention nowadays goes to bullying of kids who are gay, and that has been wonderful for anti-bullying efforts. Although this is one group of kids who are bullied, it also happens to anyone who is different in any way…special needs kids included. Please care enough to get involved and take action to combat this very real problem! 

WittyBizGal Nonprofit Management; Why Every Nonprofit Should Have a Facebook Page-YES, This Means YOU

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Out there in the real world, the nonprofit sector is so much more than just the big players…The American Red Cross, The American Cancer Society, Girl Scouts of the USA, and the like. Those are the ones everybody knows about, because they are jumbo sized and very effectively branded. They don’t need my help. They are extremely well staffed, well funded, and well governed. But, there are often dozens-plus small charitable nonprofit organizations in any given geographic area that you’ve probably never heard of. I experienced this first hand during my time on the Board of a small nonprofit here in town serving the needs of women and their families. I kid you not, folks, this wonderful organization had been serving our tiny community steadily since 1984, with a thrift store located on a major downtown street and the first time many residents became aware of its existence was when I arranged to have the local paper come and do a feature article on our thrift store. That next week, sales at our thrift store grew exponentially, and we heard it over and over again…”Why I’ve lived here all my life and I didn’t even know you were here…I sure am glad I do now!” 

So, what does that tell us as nonprofit supporters and professionals? It tells us that, second to ensuring that your nonprofit no matter how big or small, is governed and operated according to best practices (some of which I’ve already covered here in my blog), you have to get the word out about your cause! You just have to! Donors won’t donate, clients won’t take advantage of your services, and other forms of publicity will not come your way if you don’t establish and effectively maintain two of the most fundamental forms of communication in the year 2012–a functional and up to date website, and an up to date, effectively monitored presence on social media. I stress things like functional, up to date, and effectively monitored, because the harsh truth is that if you are not willing to invest a little time and effort towards those ideals with a website and a social media presence, then you can do your organization more harm than good–seriously. Major donors and grantmakers will run for the hills if your website is full of ancient information and dead links, or if your Facebook page  contains inappropriate content (think 11 year olds who have just learned a new naughty word and now want to share it with the world), or SPAM type postings such as all the “Work From Home” scams I see posted everywhere. 

But, here’s the dirty little secret that no owner of a Facebook Fan Page wants you to know because they want you to remain really impressed with their page–aside from a couple of hours to set up properly, and a quick daily monitoring to post the good stuff and keep the bad stuff (sort of like weeds on a lawn) off, it’s obscenely easy! Webpages are a tad more work to set up and maintain, but we’re talking specifically about social media here, and more specifically a Facebook presence. 

So…why should your nonprofit organization be on Facebook? 

1) Numero Uno Reason? Because it’s FREE publicity–and you need it! Nonprofits are not known for being flush with cash. Don’t argue with me, you know it’s true. Most small nonprofits I know struggle to reach and maintain full funding for their programs and services. Period. Why turn down advertising and outreach that is basically akin to doling out dollars to put a billboard on every major and minor road everywhere in the world? That’s right, that would just be crazy, wouldn’t it? So why do you still not have a Facebook Page? 

2) Client Outreach. They are the reason you do what you do. Chances are, they’re on Facebook. Even the ones who still don’t have a computer and an internet connection at home have a library card. And with that library card comes free access to the internet. And Facebook pages soon follow free access to the Internet. There’s not one of us who has ever been online who hasn’t Googled old friends, old flames, and assorted questionable estranged relatives. And the best way to keep up with all of those people once you’ve found them is in Facebook. We’re all human, we all do it. Your clients are human, they do it too. 

3) Donor and Grantmaker Outreach. We have reached that point in world history where these folks, who you are definitely trying to reach and who you would dearly love to write you a big fat check, expect you to have a social media presence. And that means a Facebook page at least, maybe a Twitter page. If you don’t have one, they will ask themselves silently why you don’t have one. They’ll never admit it, but it may also be one of the reasons why they choose to donate or grant elsewhere…because social media has become so widespread and commonplace in 2012 that they may consider it a red flag that you don’t exactly have your ducks in a row. 

Hopefully, having made the case as to why, if you have achieved 501c3 status, you should also achieve a Facebook Page, here are a few WittyBiz tips for you and your worthy, possibly unheard of, nonprofit organization: 

  • Your page needs to be a Facebook Fan Page, NOT a regular Facebook Page where you add Friends, and NOT a Group. This is your calling card billboard to the world. If Facebook Users can’t “Like” your organization’s page without your approval, then you’ve picked the wrong one. Abort! Reboot! And make an authentic Fan Page. 
  • Designate one or two representatives from your organization to set up the page, and act as its official Administrators. Don’t hand out this responsibility lightly–this page is public, and the reputation of your nonprofit organization is on the line. 
  • If you have more than one Administrator, have all parties work diligently to achieve a page that is written and posted as “one voice”. 
  • Make sure that your nonprofit organization’s contact information is complete and accurate in the “About” section of the page, and be sure to include your official mission in that section as well. 
  • Don’t be a bore! Social media is not the same thing as a nonprofit symposium. Hopefully, before too long, you’ll have Fans from all walks of life, all sorts of interested supporters. A Facebook Fan Page that is full of nothing but dull statistics and pleas for donations is the quickest way to be “Unliked” and/or ignored on Facebook. Sprinkle a little appropriate, related pop culture on there, along with showing a little peek of your nonprofit’s personality! 
  • Monitor and weed as needed. As mentioned, people may try to post all sorts of inappropriate and/or off topic content on your page. Much like graffiti on the outside of your nonprofit’s headquarters downtown, you have the right and the responsibility to keep your page on message, and non-offensive to a reasonable person’s standards. In my opinion, this includes flame wars that may ensue in the comment section of your postings. When a reasonable discussion, or even a friendly debate deteriorates into the cyber equivalent of hair pulling, and “Yo Mamas” it may be time to start removing Fan comments. Nicely and professionally, of course. 
  • Be sure that your Administrators, or other official leaders of the organization respond promptly and effectively to any Facebook direct private messages, or Wall inquiries your Fan Page receives. If you fail to do so, it will be duly noted by the public–and not in a good way…
  • Have fun! It has been my experience that people who are generally uncomfortable with online activity tend to, as President Obama says, get all wee-weed up–over Facebook. Trust me, it is the most user friendly online interface out there. Take some time to poke around the site, click on the help features if you don’t understand something, and ask around. Chances are, just about everyone on Facebook is willing to lend some advice about the ins and outs of the site. Be professional, but don’t be so afraid of looking unprofessional that your content seems too stiff and unapproachable. Loosen up, you’ll do fine! 

I hope to see you all online! 

Fun Ways To Wear Your Green

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Like many Americans, I have a wee bit o’ Irish blood flowing through my veins–on both sides. And I’m pretty proud of it too! Seeing as how everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day, I decided to make a list of a few alternatives to drinking green beer (which totally turns your teeth green, by the way…ewwww). 

Show your Irish pride…..

ON YOUR EARS 

My sparkly green peridot studs are from Ice.com

IN THE KITCHEN

Arguably, there’s nothing more Irish than potatoes! My choice for this year was some homemade potato soup…

WittyBizGal’s Irish Potato Soup

3 Large Potatoes, Skin On, Diced

1 Cup Chopped Onion

2 Cups Chicken Broth

3 Tbsp Butter or Margarine

3 Tbsp Flour

2 1/2 – 3 Cups Milk

1 Tbsp Parsley

1 Carrot, Chopped

1 Tsp Salt

3/4 Tsp Pepper

1 Cup Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese

In a small saucepan, combine melted butter and flour–stir well. Gradually add milk and parsley and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Set aside. In a larger saucepan, combine broth, potatoes, onion, carrot, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until potatoes and carrots can be pierced with a fork. Gradually add milk and flour mixture, stir, and cook until combined and smooth. Remove from heat and add cheese, stirring until melted and combined. 

WITH YOUR STEREO

ON YOUR NAILS

My festive hue is “Ivy League”, from Sally Hansen

WITH YOUR CLOTHES

My kelly green t-shirt is Faded Glory, from WalMart...St Paddy’s Day pins are ancient, but from Hallmark, years ago…

AT THE BAR

(Photo shamelessly lifted from the Buena Vista website)

I highly recommend that you try an authentic Irish Coffee–either at your local watering hole, or by making one yourself at home. When I lived in California, I had the opportunity to have one at the San Francisco bar where the Irish Coffee was born–The Buena Vista. It was amazing and, I daresay, is the real San Francisco Treat…:-) If it’s not made the way they make them at the Buena Vista, it’s not an Irish Coffee! Click here to visit the Buena Vista website to read the Irish Coffee Story & get their stellar recipe: I WANT TO MAKE AN AUTHENTIC IRISH COFFEE

Last but not least, Dear Readers….

May you be in heaven a full half hour before the devil knows you’re dead…Happy St Patrick’s Day! 

5 Totally Tubular 80’s Phenomenon

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Ahhhh, the 80’s…I remember them well…

THE CABBAGE PATCH DOLL CHRISTMAS CRAZE

It was just a doll, people! And a rather homely doll at that….

RONALD REAGAN

The President’s President. Those of us who were around back then remember him being just as vilified by popular media and the entertainment industry  as any one of the current GOP contenders. Now, politicians from both sides of the aisle are cat fighting just like the Real Housewives of New Jersey over which of them is the fairest of them all…er…the most Reagan-like. Go figure…

Click Here To Visit The Reagan Library Online 

THE ERA OF THE TEEN (AND THE TEEN MOVIE)

Looking back, this was a good time to be a teen. After all, the 80’s was all about having fun! Then again, these movies encouraged us all to look something like the love child of Boy George and Madonna. Kiddies, see if you can spot Jon Cryer from Two and a Half Men…back before he was Alan Harper, he was “Duckie”

FUN MUSIC…AND POLITICALLY INCORRECT DANCES TO GO WITH…

THE MULLET…BUSINESS IN THE FRONT, PARTY IN THE BACK

Lest you think this totally tubular trend is isolated to the 80’s, I am here to report that the mullet is alive and well in 2012: Rate My Mullet Mullet Joe.com

Happy 1st Birthday WittyBizGal.com!

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It’s actually hard to believe that it’s been a whole year today…this past 12 months has gone by so fast. That must mean that I’m enjoying being a blogger, and that means that I need to keep doing it…:-) 

Here’s the post that started it all, on March 5, 2011: Authentic Winning in a Post #Tigerblood World, in which I shared my thoughts on the pop culture news of the day…Charlie Sheen’s highly public, mostly entertaining, entirely freaky, cringe inducing, nervous breakdown. One year later, I am happy to report that I have made a lot of progress toward my stated goals…I’ve found winners and have featured them in my blog…I have explored what it means to really be a winner…I’ve tried to keep the focus on the positive (even when I felt forced to kick some nasty, haughty, negative, caustic fellow blogger booty HERE – trust me, nobody deserved it more than that guy). And, not to brag too much, lest I start to sound eerily like the manic Mr. Sheen of a year ago today, but I think my blog has become a #Winner! 

I write when I feel inspired, about things that interest me, and people seem to like what I do here. I get a fair number of hits each day (anywhere from 75-125) although I have absolutely no idea what the average number of hits per day is for the average blog. And, truth be told, each hit–every single one–thrills me to no end! I’m just happy that you like me…YOU REALLY LIKE ME! I’m humbled and grateful that anybody reads what I write at all. And that leads me to what I really wanted to say today to you, my readers. Thank you so much for coming here and playing along with me. And if you’ve subscribed–WOW–thank you for having that much faith that I’ll continue to crank out good stuff! 

I’m not sure exactly what I’ll do in the coming year…I don’t really have a planned theme this time. How about more of the same? Oh, and before I forget, this is the blog that got the most hits this year, by far: WittyBizGal Nonprofit Spotlight; Come On Baby And Rescue Me! You folks really love dogs! 

Thanks again, and if you promise to stick around, I promise to do my best to make you glad you did! 

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt”.  ~ Sylvia Plath