Twitter: Probationary review

3500If Twitter were an employee, it would be approaching the end of its first three months with me – that probationary period is a vital proving period in any relationship, and it’s a good idea to take stock of what you’ve learned, what’s been fun, and what needs to change. In an attempt to make this useful for the Hive, I’m going to use the tried-and-trusted list of 11 points.

Twitter veterans will have nothing to learn here, but hopefully, the newness of these perspectives will be of use to some of you.

1. Pedal! Pedal!

I read today that 20% of Twitter accounts are completely and utterly dead. Yep. Never lifted a finger. I am surprised this figure isn’t higher, as the sign-up to Twitter is like being thrust onto a dancefloor in complete darkness.

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The Road Less Traveled

cf13d0eee979defebfc726814cc9be8cWhy One Woman Chose to Make the Public School Her Mission Field

Deanna Reed is a woman of compassion, kindness, and integrity. She is the wife of Ron Reed, who is the senior pastor at Seerley Creek Christian Church. They have two children, 8 grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

Deanna was also an elementary school teacher who taught at a public school for about 30 years. She could have chosen to teach at a Christian school and she would have done a fine job. But she made the conscious choice to teach at a public school.

Deanna made this choice because she knew that the only way some of the students she’d come into contact with will only come to know about Jesus through knowing her. She knew she’d be doing more than teaching the students about reading, writing, math, and history. She would also strive to be a shining example of Jesus’ love for them.

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My Tale of Woe

By now you all know I don’t like bugs. Can’t stand them. Hate them.  Yes, that’s right … I said hate.mask

A few weeks ago some of you laughed/cried/suffered along with me while a cricket tormented me. For over an hour my wonderful husband tried to find the f–n cricket, to no success.

Its sounds kept changing location. We knew it was in the house.

But we couldn’t find it.

Finally, after over an hour it stopped. I convinced myself it had left, and went to bed.

But not before D broke our cardinal rule. The rule we agreed to keep to remain happily married.

The rule goes something like this: “If I, D, should happen to find a bug/insect/creepy-crawly when Sara is not around/home/in the same room, I shall never speak of it and never mention it. Sara must never know the bug/insect/creepy-crawly existed.”

So what did he do? He told me that in the past few months he’d had to kill two crickets. IN. MY. HOUSE.

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Interview with COO of Share Results

I had the distinct pleasure to interview Nicole Fortunaso, who is the COO of Share Results. She is a veteran in the affiliate industry and has a great deal of insight! Thanks for your time Nicole and we look forward to working with you and your firm in the future!

Q: Can you tell us more about yourself and your company?

A: My name is Nicole Fortunaso and I am the COO for Share Results.  I have been in the affiliate marketing industry for 12 years and am one of the first employees of Share Results.  What I love about this industry is the ability to combine technology, people, businesses and statistics to create an ecosystem of solutions for both affiliates and merchants.

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How to Jumpstart Your Inspiration

Inspiration is like a disease whose symptoms are the words “I don’t feel like it right now.” What can you do when you need a boost of creative inspiration and it just isn’t coming? Work anyway. That’s not the most inspiring advice you’ve gotten today, I’m sure but working regardless of how you feel has some serious benefits.

1. You’ll have something to show. It might suck, but it’s a start

You don’t feel like writing tests  today, but do it anyway (this is my business now: writing SAT questions for tests.) Sure, it won’t be the best effort but editing  is better than not having anything to show at all for your time.

Learning to write tests well also means wading through a lot of stuff. Better get started on that learning curve now. Sure, it’ll be hard at first but if you think running a business online is supposed to be easy let’s just burst that bubble right now.



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Visions of Daffodils Dancing in my Head

Oh man. I’m officially over winter. D-o-n-e. I know that I live in New England, and that winter lasts until April here. I know that’s it’s only mid-January. That doesn’t mean I can’t start doing a little spring day-dreaming. I decided to brighten up my (and hopefully your) day by putting together a little spring decor inspiration- inspired by this cute spring wardrobe wishlist over at Bower Power!

C’mon spring!


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Jumping Into Uncharted Waters

After seven years of working at the same company and for the same boss, I’m going in to work tomorrow and will give them an ultimatum.

When I joined this company in 2001, I was a single woman with lofty goals and great ambition. I worked very hard and got several promotions within the first few years. It was the right fit for me. My boss and I saw things the same way. We were always ready to forge ahead with any challenge and conquer any obstacle. And it was fun and exciting.

Since I joined, I’ve gotten married and had two children. With my first child, I went back part time because I didn’t want to be away from my baby the entire week. With my second child, I also went back part time and it all worked out pretty well. As time went on, I didn’t seem to be as happy or as driven as I was before and my ambitions were more about my family than about my work.

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I’m so Happy Now That…I Know The Secret

I watched The Secret movie last night with my family. I’ve read the book twice, and this was my first time with the movie.

Every time I open The Secret I’m struck by something new that I can apply to bring the Law of Attraction into effect. One of the more powerful suggestions in the movie and book is to visualize what you want, and feel as though you already have it. One contributor suggests writing it down by saying “I’m so happy now that”…. But now back to The Secret.

One of the tricky things about The Secret for me is that I want to believe in it, but I’m scared. I, probably like so many of you, am afraid to truly evaluate what I want to be, have and do because I figure it’s unachievable.

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Tiny wallet styles thrifty kitchen

It’s no secret that we love to be in the kitchen, preferably with the stove full of bubbling pots and something delicious in the oven. If you’re NOT cooking crazy like us, you may be resolving to figure it out this year and we’re here to help!!

One major hurdle to getting your dinner on is the lack of proper cooking equipment. Fear not, frugal friends, because you can hook up your kitchen for mere pennies (well, not really, but still…).  Here’s what we consider to be the bare essentials of cooking a great meal. If you’re curious about specs/prices, follow the “Found Here” link to the website.

We aren’t endorsing any of these products nor are we being paid to advertise for them. We just think they would work well in a beginner’s kitchen! Do you have any favorite thrifty kitchen items?? Comment and let me know!


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Snow Day Organization

Oh hello there. Almost didn’t see you beneath the various piles of snow and clutter that are surrounding us today here at TWS Headquarters. Remember a few weeks back when we got really ambitious and promised a closet makeover? Well, that didn’t happen right away.

We got busy, etc. etc. and pushed it back. But…the boxes…they taunted us night and day. We waited for a window of free time to manifest itself, and today it did!

We’re snowed in here in Boston. The perfect excuse to spend hours and hours on a project! But first, some snow photos!

Here is our porch railing. Snowy wonderland.

This is the view from our stoop! Walking in a…well you get the picture. All of our neighbors did a great job shoveling their walks!

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