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Whoa Baby! It’s Been A Long Time…

23 Aug

May 23, 2012… That was the last time I blogged on here! Yikes… I’m a bit embarrassed and ashamed. I’m sure you can all relate to how quickly time gets away from us. With that, and the return of fall in Miami, I have made it a priority to get back on the saddle and keep you updated with everything social media, Miami, and fun! So what’s happened in the past 3 months of my hiatus? Well…

  • I started my own social media consulting and marketing company! I still maintain an incredible relationship with my former employer Kaufman, Rossin & Co. I truly believe I have found my calling. I incorporated in May, and so far, so good. I can attribute my entrepreneurial spirit to my folks – a farmer and a teacher. For the first half of my childhood, I was raised with both parents around me all the time because farmers have flexible schedules, and my mom was our teacher (homeschooling). I realized I too have this entrepreneurial blood running through me so I merged that with my passion for social media marketing to launch AUBOOM Media, Inc. I really cannot say thank you enough to all those who have helped me get up and running! The support and advice from all my friends and networks have been incredible and have been vital to my success.
  • A lot of hot, sweaty events in Miami. I’m looking forward to saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall! I know many Miamians are already planning amazing upcoming events, and I cannot wait to attend them all ๐Ÿ™‚ I will also be posting events again to keep you updated with all the crazy happenings.
  • SeaTweetup II planning has commenced! We’ll be sailing away on the Norwegian Sky from October 12-15, 2012. If you missed last year’s cruise, this is your chance to make it up. Plus, we have A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. perks from incredible sponsors! Current prices start at $275 per person per two-person cabin. Check out the Facebook page and BOOK NOW. I’ll send out more details soon…
  • Just living life to its fullest! I absolutely hate the “YOLO” phrase, but it’s true. You only live once. So, make the best of it!

Thanks for reading the re-introduction of my blog. I will be blogging again very soon (I promise)! I may also be adding a new blog to the works… Stay tuned ๐Ÿ™‚

iSad. Are uSad?

6 Oct

I’m typing this new blog post on my iPad (which I received from Kaufman, Rossin for TrialPad work purposes)… When I go running, I listen to my blue Apple shuffle (“inherited” from my ex)… I don’t own an iPhone because I stand strongly by my Droid. I have a 17″ HP laptop which is now two pieces held together by tape, and I frequently work/play on my functioning HP netbook.

I am not an iFanatic. But the loss of Steve Jobs is still gutt-wrenching.

“Where were you when Kennedy was shot?”

“Where were you during 9/11?”

“Where were you and how did you feel when you heard Steve Jobs died?”

I was in my car. I had just pulled into Publix when they announced the iconic Steve Jobs’ passing. I was listening to Y100 and thought it was either a joke or a mistake. I quickly pulled out my Droid and checked my Twitter feeds… It was true. “RIP Steve Jobs,” “#ThankYouSteveJobs,” “#iSad,” inspirational Steve Jobs quotes – all occupied my Twitter timelines.

Why is the world coming to a stand-still? How did Apple attract such a cult-like fan base? Apple wasn’t the first to invent the computer, music, phone or even mp3 player, so why are iUsers and non-iUsers alike commemorating this man and this company? Because any John Doe knows that Steve Jobs has revolutionized technology and the way the world revolves. He is a visionary. The world’s greatest entrepreneur. A husband and a father. A respectable man who kept his private life private. His speeches are inspirational and mind-blowing. Who doesn’t wish they could come up with the hundreds of memorable quotes that have rolled off Steve Jobs’ tongue? What college drop-out isn’t using the excuse, “Steve Jobs dropped out of college and look what he’s created. I could be the next Steve Jobs!” And now, thanks to our high-tech prying and to Wikipedia, I’ve become aware that Steve Jobs is adopted, just like me, so perhaps I can say “Steve Jobs was adopted and look at what he created. There’s still hope for me!” (ironically, today is my legendary Airplane Day – the day I graced America and my family with my presence).

What will be Apple’s next move? What will be the next iInvention? Who knows…? No one knows because nobody except for Steve Jobs could ever fathom the idea of the iWidget. It will be interesting hearing everyone’s thoughts at tomorrow evening’s Refresh Mobile October meeting where I have been given the honor to present on TrialPad… I now look at it as a great opportunity to exchange ideas and discussions with so many mobile and Apple enthusiasts as well as an opportunity to commemorate and celebrate Steve Jobs’ life and stunning creations.

Apple will now turn the page and enter a new chapter, while never forgetting the visionary behind them.

RIP Steve Jobs. You will be missed.

#PetPeeve…What’s Yours?

23 May

Wikipedia defines a pet peeve as the following:

A pet peeve (or pet hate) is a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to him or her, to a greater degree than others may find it.

Today I realized I have quite a few pet peeves. Now I shall enlighten you as to what those are… Oh, and I’ve included my own commentary on each one. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Miami drivers. You’re all crazy!
  • [Miami] drivers who don’t understand what that lever to the left of their steering wheel is…Hey, guess what! It’s called a “turn signal” or a “blinker.”
  • [Miami] drivers who insist on driving in the left lane and making me pass on the right! Left = fast, right = slow. Did you guys not have driver’s ed???
  • Runners/walkers/bikers who also don’t follow the above bullet point. We are in the USA, not the UK or Australia.
  • When I spend valuable time cleaning and organizing and 10 minutes later someone screws it all up. F you!
  • Flaky people. Why make plans in the first place?
  • Anything and everything my current roommate does (hope she doesn’t read this…)
  • When people who speak both English and a foreign language engage in a foreign language conversation right in front of you, knowing you only speak English. Stop talking about me biatch!
  • People on power trips. Get over yourself.
  • People who ask dumb questions. Are you effing kidding me!?!
  • People who flash their money around and take their blessings for granted. I was raised on a farm – I know the meaning of hard work and the meaning of a $1.
  • The politics of life. Why can’t life be simple?
  • Shitty customer service. I’ve been a waitress, it’s not that hard to split checks – stop making lame excuses!
  • Kids who jump off the diving board when they know they can’t swim. I used to be a lifeguard. I mean… This seems like common sense. Can’t swim = don’t go in 10ft. deep water… Just sayin…
  • Line skippers. Wait your turn like the rest of us, asshole!
  • Slow computers. Ugh! I have work to do!
  • Liars. I can see right through you.
  • Whiners and complainers. Shut your pie hole ’cause I don’t want to hear it (unless you’re my good friend, of course ๐Ÿ™‚ )
  • Catty estrogen females. Take yo drama to yo mama.
  • People constantly bumping into me at a show. I know I’m 5’1″ but yes, I do exist, and yes, I’m standing here.
  • Restaurants that run out of menu items. You’re a restaurant – do some better forecasting! If you know sweet potatoes are popular and you always run out, order more! Duh!
  • Ex-boyfriends. Can’t you just stay out of my life for good?
  • Guys who play games. Stop saying you don’t play them, ’cause you do! And it’s very annoying.
  • People who can’t carry on a conversation. If I wanted to have a one-sided conversation, I’d talk to the wall. Please, enlighten me.
  • Overly competitive people. It’s just a game.
  • People who don’t flush. Step 1) Place finger or foot on button/handle/lever, Step 2) Push down.
  • People who pee on the toilet seat. WTF?! EW!
  • People who knock it before they try it. You don’t have a valid opinion unless you’ve actually experienced ___ first-hand!
  • When people step on the back of my shoe. Either slow the eff down or walk around me, but don’t step on me! It hurts and you’re ruining my shoe.
  • When people are bitchy to your face and act like everything is okay the next time they see you.ย  No, I have not forgotten that you’re a rude b*tch.
  • People with no manners. There is such a thing as “please” and “thank you”. Now that I’ve taught you this, you’re welcome. See how this works now?
  • People who don’t clean up after their dog. Carry a plastic bag and pick up the poop so pedestrians don’t have to walk facing down watching out for dog crap, and so we don’t step in it and smell like $h*t for the rest of the day (literally).
  • Not receiving my Twitter mentions via my Hootsuite android app. I paid $2.99 (or something like that) for this app! I want to see when people are tweeting @ me!
  • Lastly… This (see picture below). Enough said.

Now I know I said my blog would be more about social media and what not… So, to tie this into social media (and for shits ‘n giggles), I’m asking YOU to add your #petpeeve in a comment below this post. Then, kindly tweet it (if you have Twitter) and be sure to include @Aubrey_Swanson and #PetPeeve. I’m way too excited to see what ticks you off ๐Ÿ™‚

Up & Running!

3 Mar

Alas!

I’ve officially launched my own blog! *golf clap*

As you can see, I have a “Who’s Aub?” tab at the top of my homepage. Therefore, I don’t want to get into all the details about myself in this post. I would, however, like to WELCOME you and THANKย you for visiting my blog. I encourage you to establish a more personal relationship (not in a creepy way, please) by becoming my Facebook friend, following me on Twitter, connecting with me on Linkedin and friending me on Foursquare.

I’m working on my next post… Please click on the “It’s a perfect world – subscribe me” tab to the right so you receive all my updates! ๐Ÿ™‚

– Aub