Writing on PBW & Beyond has been fun. It was indeed an awesome 2015 for me. I trust it was same for you.
I look forward to a better 2016.
See you then.
To clear things up, know that Press It is the main idea behind this post.
Now, lets get to it. Shall we?
Last week, I read many posts. Yet, the ones that stood out enough for me to highlight were posted on Mashable, MTV and Inc .
This post was titled “Kim Kardashian Hollywood somehow got us to spend real money on fake life“.
According to the Mashable post, the Kim Kardashian Hollywood app was a hit. It pocketed $1.6M in its first five days of release.
My thoughts: I tried to imagine why people would want to use this app. I later figured that this app really has a sentimental value. Majority of people who spent real money on the app wanted to feel the experience of the A-list celebrity life.
From a marketing-psychology perspective, I’d say this app made (and still makes) good cash because it tapped into the intangible needs of so many people – the need for social value and recognition.
Have you tried smiling with your eyes before? (Yep, I’m not sure I could do it CONSCIOUSLY) Well, the Kim Kardashian Hollywood App can teach you that ‘valuable skill’.
This MTV post is about a model named Essena O’Neill. She quit Instagram because of her reconfigured self-image. In fact, the post title said it all; “The Model Who Quit Social Media Reveals How Instagram Twisted Her Sense of Body Image“.
In the post, there is a link to an O’Neill video.
In the video, she is said to have spoken about her obsession with achieving the perfect body.
In a quote from the video, O’Neill said “I was happy when I looked like the girls that I admired when I was younger.”
My thoughts: The perfect body structure is a myth. Skipping meals and settling for unhealthy physical goals can negatively affect a person’s later sense of self. In the extreme cases, death might occur.
Social Media is here to stay. It is very important for you to know who you listen to – coz some feeds are just not healthy – in the long run, they dry up the soul.
P.S.: In the MTV post, there is a link to Essena O’Neill‘s video.
This year, Gravity Payments has gained a stronger press coverage – all thanks to CEO Dan Price decision to establish a $70,000 minimum wage at his [Gravity Payments] company.
It is interesting to learn how his decision is influencing the American business community.
Here’s a little highlight from the Inc article titled: “Here’s What Really Happened at That Company That Set a $70,000 Minimum Wage“.
i) #imwithdan is the face of this wage debate.
ii) Professors at Harvard Business School asked to study Dan Price’ experiment in paying workers.
iii) Currently, Gravity Payment revenue is growing at double digit rates. Hence, countering various spells of doom for the company.
iv) The Gravity Payment customer retention rate rose from 91% to 95%.
My thoughts: I like this Dan Price guy. He’s a guy who dreams big. He is ready to restructure his finances and relationships to make things happen – now that’s a statement.
This Dan Price guy has got balls and a strong dose of faith.
I love faith.
When you’re on the path of faith, you’ll take actions that position you for greater successes.
And so I’m wishing Dan Price the best of favours. I believe everything will turn out fine for him.
Those are my three most enjoyed posts of last week.
Share your thoughts on any of the posts that do strike a thought in your mind.
Cheers! …and happy commenting!!
Happy New Year!
Walk your talk. Live your dreams this year.
Forgive yourself for last year’s terrible mistakes. Forgive yourself for last year’s horrible decisions.
Never stop learning.
Once again, Happy New 2015.
It’s been a great year 2014. And I’m grateful to all the Very Important Persons who have influenced me and blessed my work in different ways.
I’m also saying thank you to you the PBW & Beyond community. You all have been awesome.
Here’s to a more life enriching 2015.
I encourage you to take advantage of this Christmas holidays to review your life, your tiny wins, your 2014 activities and the key events that happened in your life this year. Check for the correlation between your efforts and the outcomes of your decisions. Then start setting your own 2015 goals!
In advance, I’m wishing you a really happy and financially better 2015!
Writing is an art. Blogging is a science.
And if you think like a social scientist, you’ll realize the power in the use of words.
Words have influenced people for generations. Words have made people think. Words have made people meditate on the events that are good, bad and ugly.
It is not always a bad thing to express yourself using words. But using words to paint a picture in the minds of people requires a constant learning spirit. If you understand this, then you will be ready.
You will be ready for my 2015 multi-style blogging on PBW & Beyond.
It’s about the writer’s art. It is his ability to take charge of his work. Using it to help his readers get better in different areas of their lives. It is about helping them experience joy and humour – although I’ll admit, humour is not easy for all creative people. But the most important thing of all is to make the blogging experience ALL about the readers.
I’m happy for the gift of life and the grace to use my words to help you. The reason is because YOU are important. You’re a VIP. If you weren’t, I won’t be blogging.
Consequently, in 2015, I’ll be trying out both long form and short form content.
Do you use both long form and short form writing on your blog? Let’s hear your experience and preferred style in the comments.