You are currently browsing the category archive for the ‘About Andre’ category.
I guess one of the great things about being in the blogosphere and writing for public consumption is that sometimes people enjoy what you do, take note, and spread the word.
I am super excited to announce that I was featured in the Boston Globe as well as on Penelope Trunk’s blog on work/life balance!! Penelope writes for the Boston Globe and since I recently joined the new Brazen Careerist network of bloggers (see badge on the left side of the blog) – I figured that’s how she was able to take a peek at the blog post about getting my dream job.
This just once again reinforces my feelings about these new media communication channels. How else in the world would I have gotten an opportunity to be featured in the Boston Globe?
Thanks so much for thinking of me, Penelope!
I’m a proud member of the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (MWPHA) and as most of you know, a big advocate for health education and public health efforts. Especially in the Washington, DC area where HIV/AIDS and poverty are pressing issues – we need to count on local talent to lead initiatives and generate great ideas.
I know, you’re probably thinking: ‘That’s great Andre, but what does that have to do with us?’
Well….I wanted to let you all know that the MWPHA is opening up their leadership committees to new positions for 2008 and going forward! If you or anyone you know is interested in making a difference in the area through health education and public health initiatives, please let me know by dropping me an email. I would be more than happy to send you more information!
Another exciting part is that I’m currently being nominated for one of the positions! Hopefully I can bring some insight to the group on the useful tools of social media and spreading the word on issues that impact all of our lives.
For more information on this wonderful organization, please hop on over to www.mwpha.org
So right now I’m writing on Day 2 of my new job at the awesome New Media Strategies in Arlington, VA. From the name of the company, I’m thinking you web savvy consumers can guess what we do here – that’s right folks, we work with new/social media!
Ever since I caught the social media bug about 2 years ago, I have been voraciously reading blogs (and creating a blog!), writing down ideas, notes, and fully absorbing any and all strategy about this space that I could get my hands on. Needless to say, I am very passionate about this area of web technology and online communications. For those who know me pretty well, they know that I am an information geek. When I get an interest in something, I will make it my duty to learn as much as possible on it and (sometimes to the dismay of others) try to share it with as many people as possible! One of the things I tell my younger family members in junior high or high school, is that “once you know, no one can tell you I told you so” – so with that in mind, I try to learn as much as possible in life.
Ok, enough with the lecture.
I am super stoked to be here working with my buds Leslie Bradshaw and Brian Devine, who not only know their stuff when it comes to the Web, but they are also really cool in real life. But…don’t tell them I told you that, I don’t want them to get big heads…
Folks, this qualifies me as a poster boy for getting your dream job. If you work hard and keep pursuing the goals that you have for yourself, things fall into place.
Thanks to all my Twitter buddies for all the congrats. And now if you will excuse me, I must break out into my secret victory dance one more time…
Hey folks, I’ve been working on getting things redesigned here and having WordPress hosted elsewhere – so I’m getting excited about that. Alot of planning and thinking about where I want Antibio.tech to go…stay tuned.
Since I started blogging in October of last year, I’ve met alot of great people through Twitter and through comments on the blog. As I first began writing, I figured that ideas would just pop into my head and I would write (keeping within context of the blog of course) about whatever I thought was important. Since evolving my interests, I’ve decided to talk about why I’m blogging here.
- Transfer of Ideas. I need a place to funnel good ideas into print form, that I want to share with others.
- Share and Share Alike. I like sharing information with other people. If I find something that I think will benefit you in some shape or form, I’d like to share it. Usually interesting links can be found on the left side here – my Del.icio.us links.
- Healthier You Equals Healthier Others. The main focus here is on health and personal technology. If I can change or influence 1 thing in your way of thinking (for the better hopefully), there is a good chance you will share that with another. Or at the very least, influence another through your very own changed actions.
- I like people. One of the things I’ve learned while working with social media is that the opportunities to connect with great people are certainly available! One of the individuals who has definitely shown me that despite having “status” in the social media community, they still care about talking to you, is Chris Brogan. The methods of communications tend to even out the barriers to get to know them. I mean, I even got to have a convo with Guy Kawasaki on Twitter!
- A Career is a Journey. Personal branding anyone?
- I’m Having Fun! Over at the Success Begins Today blog, I read a recent post on viewing blogging as either a chore or something to look forward to doing. I don’t feel any signs of burnout coming on so I’m still very excited about blogging. One of the pieces of advice I’ve heard time and time again regarding blogging and career direction is to do something you are passionate about. And I can happily say that I am passionate about what I write about here!
Well those are my reasons, what are yours? Do you have a reason for not blogging?
If you have any suggestions on what you would like me to cover or highlight in any way, please don’t hesitate to let me know!
Tiffany over at the awesome Personal PR blog wrote down 8 random facts about herself – I like that. The more I have been exposed to the
social media world awesomness of the connected Web, the more I realize how much I enjoy getting to know people. I have to admit, from my mid-teens to college, I just knew that my life would consist of charts, graphs and working at NASA. But here I am now, communicating with people online and feeling so passionate about creating community and ensuring the health of people. And you know what? This is me.
- From second grade to the middle of fourth, I attended a Jewish elementary school where I learned how to read and write in Hebrew (good ole Aleph Bet books). No I can’t remember alot of it but yes I did have a great time.
- As a kid, I toured the galaxy from a large cardboard box as Captain Nimbus (yes the cloud type). This is where I got my interest in space and later, aerospace engineering.
- As a young teen, I learned the basics of fencing, boxing, riflery and horseback riding in the mountains of Medicine Hat, Alberta (Canada). Was a summer camp that I will never forget.
- I want to visit Japan really bad.
- I was a bully in elementary school (!). I’m one of the good guys now – group hug?
- I went to college for Aerospace Engineering, got a Public Health degree instead.
- I secretly want to join SWAT – love law enforcement stuff.
- Finally, I love to dress up. Suit, tuxedo, all that…
Well there you have it folks – hope you enjoyed!
Well, a new year has dawned for people across the globe!
As for me, 2008 was mainly brought in with feeble attempts at singing pop culture melodies, playing Battle of the Sexes and watching the ball drop in Times Square – all with the wonderful aid of a stuffy nose and sore throat. Doesn’t the flu shot count for anything?? All kidding aside, I am definitely excited for another opportunity to make my dreams come true (cue Disney movie music) and achieve some goals!
It seems to be fashionable to dismiss the start of the new year as just another time to lie to yourself about getting into shape and saving the world, but I see January as a way for me to celebrate the things I began in 2007, e.g. diving into the social media world, focusing my career goals and starting this blog! 2008 will be an opportunity for me to continue refining these undertakings and try new things.
What are things YOU are proud of from 2007 that you plan on continuing into the new year?
To jump start the year with some fresh motivation, I found this quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that I wanted to share:
Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear.
Interviews with owners of the Asus EEE PC and the wildly buzzed XO Laptop – stay tuned…
Ok folks, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas time with the family is upon me – that means alot of good food, laughter and playing the Nintendo Wii over my aunt’s house! That’s right, I’m going to make another attempt at burning off calories playing Wii Boxing.
Please be safe and have fun. Antibio.tech will be back in full force in 2008! Look for a New Year’s Edition that will forecast some of the things I want to do with the blog and content plans.