Cmon, Ladies, Lets Help Each Other!Cmon, Ladies, Lets Help Each Other!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 07, 2009
OK, I admit it, it may sound a little corny, but my business partner (and close friend) Susan Krivelow and I literally had one of those moments early this year when everything seems to click, a strange sense of clarity in a world of chaos. The economy was tanking, dozens of friends were losing their jobs, and the collective mood was, well, crap. Susan and I are hardcore, veteran journalists who had been talking about ‘doing something’, especially for women. We knew the time was NOW! The result: www.galtime.comGALTime.com.
The premise: A for women/by women community meant to help each other. How could we be different? Think…Think! What if we could bring women real access to the experts we’ve met throughout our years but not in a ‘newsy’ way. Nope—instead we’d bring them video conversations to get real, down-home advice from the best of the best in all the areas that matter most: health, family, money, careers, DIY, home organization projects, cooking, travel, …and, of course, beauty & fashion. Within weeks, we had dozens of contributors, including women like SELF Magazine’s Elaine D’Farley; GALTime nutritionist, Elisa Zied, who’s also a contributor for MSNBC; and recipe superstar Camilla Saulsbury, who regularly cleans up the competition on Food Network Challenges. And, that is just the beginning! Next, we knew there was an AMAZING array of women online. So, of course, we tweeted! Twitter became (and still is) an invaluable resource. We met fast friends who couldn’t wait to share.
Our goal is to ‘pay it forward.’ We really do believe that, especially in these tough times, giving is the way to go. We profile charities and have plans to help our female soldiers. We cover light topics but also offer support for serious subjects like eating disorders and domestic violence. We will link people with similar missions. (We have the GALTime Social Network to help with that.) We will look for feedback and will evolve according to our members needs.
We just launched on July 20 and the response could not be more positive. Volume was so high at one point, our server crashed and we’re in the process of upgrading already to better serve our members needs. There’s so much involved. In many ways, launching the site is like giving birth! It’s a ton of work, it’s a little scary and we know it will change our lives forever (and hopefully YOURS) … and we wouldn’t change it for the world.
Where does e.l.f come in? Right now, new members of www.GALTime.com are automatically entered to win a fabulous makeup kit from the e.l.f. Cosmetics Studio line. (For rules, check out the GALTime registration page.)
Charlene Bert is co-founder of GALTime.com (along with Susan Krivelow.) Charlene is a veteran broadcast journalist with two decades of experience in television news formerly serving as Executive Producer at the NBC affiliate in Boston. She went on to national television news syndication and is currently the VP of News for NewsProNet, a leading syndicator of news content both on-air and online. GALTime.com, the online magazine for women/by women, is Charlene’s passion and she intends to provide a comprehensive empowering community for women where they can stay savvy, informed, and connected.
On-line Safety - by Melanie NotkinOn-line Safety - by Melanie Notkin
THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2009
Today’s modern cosmopolitan woman is most likely active in various different web channels, be it Facebook, Twitter,LinkedIn, or tighter-knit social networking sites like SavvyAuntie. Your content often feels more personal than public, and we sometimes forget that our information, including pictures and more personal details, are not as private as we would like to think. Keeping that in mind, what do you do when a family member, be it a niece, cousin, sister or brother, has content online that could get them into trouble or worse?
Understandably it’s a delicate and difficult situation to navigate. A few months ago a Savvy Auntie contributor’s little niece- the one who used to borrow her lipstick and smear it all over her face! - posted very suggestive photos of herself on her MySpace profile. The auntie panicked, not least of all because she’d recently read about a teenage girl being sued for child pornography after snapping and distributing explicit photos of herself.
How do you toe the line between being a peer and an authority figure? You want to be the cool aunt (or sister or cousin) and most importantly, you don’t want to lose the trust of your family member. So do you go straight to the parents? It depends. It’s important to take into account the nature of your relationship, but for our SavvyAuntie contributor, she opted to first chat with her niece and then to approach her parents if her niece didn’t respond. Fortunately in our auntie’s case, all she had to do was clearly outline to her niece the dangers and the lack of privacy online, and her niece quickly removed the pictures. And their talk was a valuable lesson in online safety for our contributor as well. Now there’s an aunt who should be celebrated on SavvyAuntie’s Day!
Melanie Notkin is the Founder of SavvyAuntie.com, the first and only community for Aunts: Aunties by Relation (ABR), Aunties by Choice (ABC), Mommy Aunties, Great Aunts, Godmothers, and all women who love kids. SavvyAuntie.com enables and empowers Aunts to exchange ideas, get advice, find gifts and connect with other Savvy Aunties. The first to offer Forums, Groups, Blogs, an Auntiepedia and other social tools designed uniquely for Aunties, SavvyAuntie.com gives Aunts a unique and modern approach to learn, connect, share and celebrate Aunt-hood.
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Fired to Hired - by Tory JohnsonFired to Hired - by Tory Johnson
SATURDAY, AUGUST 08, 2009
For a free online webinar that’s a companion to my just-released book, FIRED TO HIRED, I interviewed a dean at the school of continuing education at New York University to ask his thoughts on getting out of this unemployment mess. He shared a great anecdote that gives all of us pause for thought.
A fly was banging its body against a window as it tried to get out of a small room. Banging, banging, banging non-stop for three hours in an effort to escape, until finally it dropped dead. All the while, just a few feet away was an open door.
The moral: We don’t always have to try harder to achieve our desired results. The solution at times is to try different. If you’re doing the same thing everyday and following the same strategy month after month to find a job or advance in your career—and it’s simply not working—rethink your tactics and try something totally different.
That might just do the trick.
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