The Westward Boogie

I haven’t been blogging much, but I wanted to update you all on the who/what/when/where/why’s.

I’m moving to Colorado next Friday.

I’ve been out to visit twice since being laid off in February, I’ve developed some strong professional connections in both Boulder and Denver, bolstered some long-standing friendships I’ve had from blogging and have managed to meet one of the coolest, most sincere, fun-loving and personally/professionally driven woman I’ve ever met. Yeah, Colorado has been very good to me. 🙂

I know I had originally stated my destination as being Seoul, South Korea sometime late Summer, but the application process seemed to fizzle out until the day I got back from my second stint in Colorado, upon which I had already made up my mind to move. Quite a different plan I’ve got now, eh?

Specifically in Boulder, Co, where I plan to move, I felt a real peace and excitement in myself and in other people that I haven’t felt in a long time. The startup scene is ridiculous out there with more software and renewable energy companies than I can even count. I took a week to go to the Startup Week and meet with the local entrepreneurs, investors and venture capitalists. Everyone I met was just like, “drop what you’re doing and move out here. You won’t regret it.” Usually I’m not receptive to such coercive instruction, but between having a human factor of feeling more at home and welcomed in a combined two weeks than I ever have where I am now and dwelling in an unwavering feeling of well-being, I was sold.

Here goes nothing, eh? I’ve got a pretty good set of skills and a decent resume along with an innate ability to network earnestly and effectively. What else do I need? Oh, money… yeah, I’ve been figuring that out as I go since getting laid off, so I’ll continue to do as so until I find a good solid perch to focus in on some awesome work, with even awesomer people.

The difference between life’s best chances and taking the biggest risks is very minimal. I looked at teaching English in South Korea as a chance to run away from my current situation for a bit and re-group and figure out what I wanted. When I made it to Colorado and everything sort of fell into place as close to perfectly as I could ask for, I was reminded that I already knew what I wanted, I just needed a destination to head towards because that’s where a big part of what I want will be.

To say I’m excited for this would be an understatement. I’m moving out there to make a way and it’s entirely up to me to make what I want of it. Plus I’ve got support and motivation like I’ve never had before. I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out!

Flopping Forward Is Worth It

Someone I care about very much sent this link below to me a few days ago. I find it profoundly accurate and encouraging to how I view myself and the challenges I’ve faced and might face down the road and why it’s all worth it in the end. I’d love for you to check out this short flip-book cartoon and tell me what you think:

“The Missing Piece Meets The Big O” http://osorhan.com/bigo/

Do you ever feel like the “Missing Piece” and what or who inspired you to move forward?

JRMoreau’s CV

James Ryan Moreau
4725 Hayes Road Apt. 214 Madison, WI 53704
http://www.notsoliteral.com

James.R.Moreau@gmail.com

508.615.7160

QUALIFICATIONS
-Social Media Analytics including bit.ly, Google Analytics.
-Project Coordinator and Community Management.
-Experienced in Public Relations, Writing, and Creative Marketing.
-Expert in Drupal, Ning, Twitter, FaceBook, and YouTube.
-Accomplished blogger at http://www.notsoliteral.com.

WORK EXPERIENCE
Brazen Careerist – Community Specialist. July 2009 – February 2010 (position was eliminated)
-Grew community engagement by 100% using Twitter, Facebook, and email newsletters.
-Improved member retention and satisfaction by 25% through prompt email outreach.
-Increased hyperlink click through, retweets and conversion with Bit.ly, Mint and Google Analytics.

Planet-TECH Associates – Freelance Research Associate. August 2007-September 2009.
-Developed sustainability course marketing plan for Harvard Extension School, Boston University and Tufts University increasing class sign ups by 25%.
-Managed the outsourcing of research and compilation of The Boston Indicators Project shortening completion date by 3 months.

Cymfony Market Influence Analytics– Support Administrator. April 2008-September 2009
-One of the first social media analytics companies similar to Radian6 providing social media analytics and reporting specializing in business application. Served as Support Administrator and analyst.
-Improved accuracy of analyst data reporting cycles and shortened client deliverable schedule by over a week.
-Brand management and analytics.
-Shortened project implementation turnaround through workflow optimization by 30%.

JCHE Golda Meir House – Group Services Coordinator. August 2007-April 2008
-Non-profit organization responsible for growing and developing local cultural and arts program. Responsible for creative marketing and communication fundraising and grants.
-Grew cultural and arts programming schedule by 10% while staying within budget.

EDUCATION
Suffolk University-Class of 2007
B.S., Communications, Delta Pi Honors, 3.48 GPA
-Studied abroad at Univerzita Karlova in Prague, Czech Republic
-Promoted to Managing Editor of The Suffolk Journal weekly student newspaper.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
Freelance Copywriting
– produced and edited digital copy for 20 local small to mid-sized businesses.
Freelance Content Management
– managed flow of digital content via Drupal based CMS.
Press Relations Intern
– within Public Affairs Department of the Mass. Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

If Mark Zuckerberg Is Big Brother, It’s Time To Move Out The House

“Fix the need, develop the taste. Buy the products or get laid to waste”~Rage Against The Machine

So Mark Zuckerberg seems to be Big Brother with these ridiculously invasive privacy stances he’s taking with Facebook. He’s actually the same age as I am, except a month older, so seeing as I can’t physically wrestle him into submission and tell him to change the privacy settings back to the good ol’ days of when I signed up and enjoyed Facebook, I guess I’ll need to just flip him off, tell our parents what assholes they are for letting him get whatever he wants and pack my shit and leave.

I can’t hate on Zuckerberg for building a nerdy social network into a multi-billion dollar business, lord knows I know others who are trying to do the same thing, but I also can’t be part of it. I love aspects of social media and marketing, but what I’m growing to hate about it is how marketers are being put before the consumers. You know, the cart before the horse.

Facebook no longer resembles a brand worth respecting or being a part of. It’s just a community of consumers that will be funneled towards whichever advertiser sends a check.

There’s got to be a better way. We’ll have to build it.

Peace out Zuck.

Where’s JRaldo?

Few places have exhibited a more powerful hold over me than Colorado. Boulder and Denver are places that feel absolutely magical and natural to be in every time I’m lucky enough to be here. This time, I’m here, play for keeps, looking to network and find a job or gig that’ll allow me to move out asap.

That’s all the details I’ll divulge for now. Wish me luck and I hope to be updating with good news in the near future 🙂

For now, enjoy the view: