Life- Are we all just a bunch of robots?

The clock strikes 7:50 AM and I’m caught in a stream of people rushing down Madison Street. Brief cases, expensive handbags and people of all shapes and sizes rub elbows with one goal in mind, get to work.

I walk to my office every Monday through Friday from Olgilvie Transportation Center and I can’t help but observe this crazy scene of human behavior. (The pre-Starbucks behavior is even more interesting!)

I see lots of glazed over eyes, Blackberries, iPhones, iPods, and dirty looks. Some things I don’t see a lot of include smiles, manners and human interaction.

No one really smiles at each other while waiting on the corner. Not many will strike up a conversation and don’t mind hitting the occasional commuter with their briefcase. (Man that I always see walking near the Walgreens. Your briefcase has rammed me in the knee multiple times. It hurts. I know you know. Say excuse me!).

My roommate, Rebecca, calls her brother a robot. He gets up and goes to work everyday, comes home to read the paper and then goes to bed only to wake up and repeat that schedule.  I immediately thought about the scene on Madison Street every Monday-Friday morning at 7:50 AM.

Are we all just robots programmed to live a life of routine?

We take the same route and hustle to work, put in our time at the office, go home and get up to do the same the next day.

Rebecca asked me if I thought I was a robot. A part of me said yes.

I take the same route to work everyday and although I may not hit people with my handbag, I’m another person in the sea of robots hustling to work on Madison Street. My life after work is semi-interesting. I attend various fitness classes, play with my dog and hangout with my family (I consider myself pretty lucky to have an employer that promotes a healthy work life balance).

I definitely have some “robotic tendencies” in my life but I think I’m doing pretty well compared to some folks I see at 7:50 AM. I’m not too robotic to smile at the fellow commuters shivering next to me on the crosswalk.

What do you think? Are you a robot?

For those that do think they might be robots. I challenge you to do something different in your life. It can be as simple as taking a new route to work, saying hello to the person standing at the crosswalk with you, downloading songs from a new band or taking Pilates.

Personally, this blog is a way for me to break out of my robotic tendencies. Other strategy includes tackling the man near the Walgreens that slams me with his briefcase.

I’m Going to Think Tank Live!

Mary DuQuaine (the founder and an overall awesome lady!) invited me to participate in Think Tank Live Milwaukee as an “official Tweeter” and I could not be more excited. I will be sitting in on various presentations and tweeting important tidbits for those who are following online. How cool is that?!

Check out the conference and register before it is too late!

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Topics include:

• Digital Marketing Strategy
• Search Engine Optimization SEO
• SEM/Pay Per Click
• Website Analytics
• Social Media
• Website Design
• Online Reputation Management
• WordPress Blogging (look forward to this!)

If you can’t make it, follow my tweets and check back for a review of my experience/what I learn after the conference.

For those of you who are attending, I look forward to meeting you!

Does Valentine’s Day Need Some PR Help?

Saint Valentine’s Day (commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day) is an annual holiday held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions.The holiday is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“).

Is that what we really envision when February 14th rolls around?

Back in elementary school, everyone looked forward to Valentine’s Day. VDay meant lunch parties with cupcakes, candy, fun and hopefully a Disney Valentine from that cute boy you stare at on the playground.

Flash forward to post-college life. What does Valentine’s Day mean now?

I’d argue that as we get older, our perception about Valentine’s Day changes for the worse.

A chance to partake in a social experiment (which I love!), I have been observing the thoughts of my peers up until today:

Valentine’s Day according to twenty somethings- Cliche cards, debating if or what you should get the person who you may (are we officially together?) or may not be dating a gift. If so, can I even afford getting them anything other than a few pieces of chocolate?  Anti-Valentine’s Day and Screw Cupid barcrawls and Facebook statuses such as “Screw Valentine’s Day, I’m making love to Tequilla.”

What happened to cupcakes and Disney valentines?

There are those twenty somethings that are in relationships and love Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong. However, I feel that there is a large group of young adults that despise Valentine’s Day and don’t have someone to cuddle and celebrate the day with.

Enter the call-to-action. Cupid take note, you need to reach out to this group and communicate to them that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about having a certain someone. (Many, including Pepsi would recommend a multifaceted social media campaign).

Valentine’s Day should be a holiday to celebrate the love you have towards your friends, family, pets, and yourself.  It doesn’t have to be about relationships and if you’re in or not in one. Along with an excuse to eat my weight in chocolate, that’s how I try to envision February 14th and I think that attitude would cause a little more happiness and a lot less hangovers.

Happy Valentine’s Day!