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I want to drive a Ford to “Vanishing Texas”

This old blue workhorse, my 2004 Ford Expedition has carried me in and out of some strange places. Now this one is heaving a sigh every time I turn the key. It occurred to me, wouldn’t Ford like to sponsor “Vanishing Texas”?

"Vanishing Texas" - Coleman, Tx.

“Vanishing Texas” – Coleman, Tx.

My ongoing quest to document in pictures forgotten structures in Texas takes me to the edges of the state. My work in broadcast television and corporate video puts me in a lot of cities every year. What if I were to capture my truck in these varied locales and talk about it? Think that would be worth something to Ford?

Hashtag this on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram #FordSocial #FordVanishingTX – Help me get their attention! Thank you.

"Vanishing Texas" - Coleman, Tx.

“Vanishing Texas” – Coleman, Tx.

YES, it’s a real project. In my travels, I am all over the state of Texas. It’s my mission along the way to find and photograph as many of the scenes of “Vanishing Texas” that I can in the next 2 years. Meanwhile, I will be releasing more youtube videos, posting photos to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram, and stories on this blog. I hope to culminate the whole deal with a book of photographs and stories from the road in 2017.

What I need is a sponsor and Ford Trucks would be a natural fit, in my mind. Read more…

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Tuesday Tips: How to Create a Buzz with No Budget – Entrepreneur

It’s scary: No money for promotion. Guess what? There are millions out there with the same problem. What can you do?

Local Bigwig‘s Ray Madronio turned to big players in his industry to get free marketing help for his startup. Hear how he did it, plus expert tips. via Entrepreneur on Youtube:

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Read the post: Entrepreneur Magazine: How to Create Buzz on No Budget

I like that the first tip in this video is about getting on the phone, having the courage to reach out in a human way in support of your business. In my view, its sad what is happening in this age of enhanced digital interaction, a slowing of ACTUAL CONVERSATION. Read more…

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Who are you? I really want to know!

Filling out an RSVP for a Meetup, I was confronted with “Add an Intro”. I always feel a bit put on the spot to give a brief description of what I do, what drives me as an individual. Because, of course, I’ll never be able to cram a lifetime of learning and experience into a couple of lines!

What’s the point?
People naturally want to know a little bit about you, so they have a point of reference when you meet face to face.

Who are you? This song, one of my favorites from rock legends The Who, began immediately playing in my mind. Yes, I really want to know! Please tell me in the comments below.
Yes, play it loud!
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See how I did that?
You know a little more about me now, from what song popped into my head. Music creates points of reference in conversation.

A Useful Exercise Read more…

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Tuesday Tips: How to Make Interactive Youtube Videos – ReelSEO

NEW for 2014! Each Tuesday I will be highlighting a video that I find useful for freelancers and the self employed. If you have a suggestion for a video to showcase, please comment below. Thanks for tuning in…

Using annotations to enhance youtube videos is a good tactic in growing traffic to your websites or other videos online. The ability to do this on Youtube is an excellent, free tool for freelancers, small business and indie artists.

This week’s video is from ReelSEO – The Online Video Marketing Guide, a site I visit often and highly recommend.

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Read the post at ReelSEO: How to Make Interactive Videos with Youtube Annotations

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Trace Ready "The Social Freelancer"

Trace Ready “The Social Freelancer”

Trace Ready is a Director of Photography, Writer, Producer and Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas. His band Trace Relations has released their debut studio CD “Prosperity Street”
Connect with Trace: TraceProductions.com

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Taking ProBlogger Advice! Time Management Quotes that Help me Cope

It’s Thursday morning, my scheduled weekly deadline for this blog, and yet I have been too busy to generate any new posts this week. So what to do? Just yesterday I tweeted this post from Darren Rowse’s excellent blog (@ProBlogger):
One Activity You Should Do On Your Blog Every Day
In it, Darren talks about publishing new posts from older ones that have performed well in the past, a way to expose new readers to previously generated content. SO, that fits in perfectly with my situation this morning!

I hope you enjoy the quotes, songs and tips here, things that help me cope with one of my biggest headaches in life, Time Management!

Thanks for tuning in, Trace

Waking up to a mental list of tasks, agonizing over opportunities missed, juggling work and home life AND time to write consistently for this blog, it all gives me a headache! As an entrepreneur (freelancer) I constantly struggle with “time management”. How do I keep groceries on the table, and pursue tasks that are closer to my own personal visions for the rest of my days? The only ANSWER I know is – Keep working on it. It’s easy to let the multitude of tasks and commitments at hand get the best of us, if we let it.

Wait a minute!

There are many great articles written from a practical business standpoint which address this issue. Most boil down to some simple ideas:
1. Make lists of tasks and then prioritize: Work on the most important things first.
2. Give yourself credit for small things, simple tasks completed. Pat yourself on the back when you reach small milestones. Many people are waiting for the BIG GLORIOUS VICTORY before they give themselves any credit. Sometimes that victory never comes. Don’t worry about it, celebrate small victories as they happen.
3. Schedule specific times for specific tasks. Like this blog, I schedule every Wednesday evening and early Thursday mornings to complete at least one post a week. It’s HARD, amidst everything else in my life, but I get it done because I have it SCHEDULED.

There is an interesting and in depth post this week from Entrepreneur Magazine – Read it here > 10 Time Management Tips that Work

“I am guilty of a dreadful selfish crime. I have robbed myself of all my precious time” – Robert Earl Keen

READ ON – Great Songs and Quotes: TIME Read more…

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