Hello world!Posted: May 9, 2011
So…my first post. Feeling some pressure to be erudite, funny and memorable. Probably not gonna happen this go-round.
Truth is, several people have suggested over the years that I start a blog, largely because I tend to be very opinionated, and while even I would never insist that my POVs are always right (although I do think that Charles Barkley’s “I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It” may be the best book title ever), they generally are pretty well substantiated. So there’s the motivation – ego.
The subject matter? Well, that could cover a lot of areas. A bit of background first – I have spent my career in media and entertainment. I’m rather proud of my status as a “digital pioneer” (my own designation) since I’ve been toiling in this arena since the early 90s. More specifically, I’ve worked at the nexus of content and technology. And most importantly, I get so jazzed to see that so many things I’ve dreamt about/planned for/tried to build businesses around are becoming realities. I also get really turned on by the chaos the current environment engenders – an inability to look past stodgy old business models is like nails on a blackboard to me, especially when the best reason someone can come up with for sticking with the tried and true is “because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” So, expect me to dissect deals and announcements and generally point out good and bad business behavior where ever I find it. I also love food – eating it and cooking it (especially baking), so I may wax rhapsodic over a chocolate croissant bread pudding every now and again. I’m also a big, giant liberal (as a Jewish woman from NY I see that as my birthright), so I may get a little political on your asses.
The blog name? That’s from the sixth grade. Mr. Schneider, my teacher, had a nickname for everyone in the class, and that was mine. Since then, Spam has been a nickname my nearest and dearest have used in some form for years. However, while the likelihood of confusion between me and a can of questionable meat products (the most basic test used by the US Patent and Trademark Office in determining trademark infringement) is highly unlikely, I really didn’t want to get into it with Hormel. Besides, if this blog thing works out, my swag will be way cuter than anything offered at the Spam Store (trust me – I own most of it).
So there you have it. I promise to try and be topical and insightful in my musings. Oh yeah, and pointed. Because I’m not running for public office.
PS – If you spot any grammatical errors in my postings, please feel free to let me know. I abhor improper use of the English language, and am wide open to improving my usage of it. And as long as we’re on the subject, please feel free to comment on anything I post. I love a good debate. And I love to learn something new. But remember….as Charles says, I may be wrong, but I doubt it.