The Power of 3

Did you know that in 30 minutes you can address all of your social media commitments?

That was the message during one of the workshops at the 2009 NFPW Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The idea is that in those 30 minutes, you can write and post a blog, tweet, and update your LinkedIn profile.

It works. I’ve been doing it since the NFPW conference. Tonight was one of those nights that I fell behind so I was worried about getting a post up by my self-imposed deadline. In my 30 minutes, though, I did everything I needed to do.

Another session from the same workshop by Nettie Hartsock and Jennifer Hill Robenalt was to review your blog and blog roll every month. A blog roll should contain no more than 10-15 blogs, they said. So after three months check that the roll hasn’t grown out of control.

As for how often to post, yep, their recommendation was three times per week. I decided since I had a full-time job that almost always exceeds an eight-hour day that I would commit to twice a week, not three times. When I start posting three times a week, you’ll know I have the job well managed.

Suggestions for developing blog content included asking seven questions (or just three) of someone and posting the answers as an interview. Lists are always good especially when you include three tips or five hints.

So in just 30 minutes I’ve completed my blog, updated my LinkedIn profile and answered some emails. I still don’t tweet. And I’ll probably go over 30 minutes because I’ll go to Facebook, but I promise I’ll only play Bejeweled for 30 minutes!

Stamps Continue To Make History

As a child I had a stamp collection. Collecting didn’t last terribly long but I’ve always been fascinated by the stories behind the stamps. Today the USPS even prints details about the stamps on the sheets.

The National History Women’s Museum has unveiled its new cyberexhibit, “Leaving Their Stamp On History.” It features the first 26 stamps highlighting women that were issued by the U.S. Post Office.  The first stamp issued for a woman is of Spain’s Queen Isabella, who sponsored Christopher Columbus’ voyage to America. The exhibit ends with Lucy Stone, who led the First National Women’s Rights Convention in 1850.

The stamps follow in order of the US Post Office’s issuance, from 1893 to 1968, and depicts authors, educators, reformers, and organizations that shaped history. 

It wouldn’t surprise me if one day an NFPW member had her own stamp!

To view the exhibit, please go to