Shout out to my PR brother, Chris Lynn of socialTNT

August 13, 2008 at 9:01 am (SHIFT, socialTNT) (, , , , )

My good friend, mentor, editor and former colleague Chris Lynn posted on his blog today about leaving SHIFT. Last Friday was a very sad day for all of us in the San Francisco office as Chris packed up his things and prepared for the next step in his career journey.

Chris was not just a social media guru, whip-smart talent, and all-around fab PR pro to me. He challenged me to become a better professional and to strive for greater heights in my own career. He was my partner in crime at industry tech parties, someone I grabbed lunch with, the guy who made all of us in the office laugh with his good-natured humor and sharp wit and was constantly the life of the party when us SHIFTers would get together for drinks after hours. I know he’ll continue to be an integral part of my life even as he moves past SHIFT and onto the next horizon.

I’ll miss you, Chris, but I’m so happy for you and I can’t wait to see you go on to more successes in your career!

A favorite pic I took of Chris with the lovely Kristen Nicole of Mashable at StumbleUpon’s 5 million users party at 111 Minna in SF

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Blogging is fun again! Thanks, WordPress.

November 14, 2007 at 6:07 pm (SHIFT, socialTNT)

That was easy!

One of my favorite colleagues from SHIFT (and fellow PR blogger) Chris Lynn just showed me how to switch Flackette from Blogger over to WordPress. What an awesome transition. I think one of the big reasons I fell off the face of the blogging world was the fact that Blogger is incredibly cumbersome and I would have to spend close to 45 minutes per post just formatting the dang thing in the proper HTML code. It was annoying, and I didn’t have time to deal with it.

Already I can tell WordPress and I are going to have a beautiful friendship. I can’t wait to start blogging again in full force. And now that it’s fun again (thanks, WordPress, really!) I have no excuse. 🙂

This post took me two minutes to write. And one second to post. That was easy!

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Flackette emerges from the dark void of non-blogging

February 9, 2007 at 6:55 am (SHIFT)

Has it really been over five months since I last blogged? I can only hang my head in shame at my unexplained departure from the blogosphere. I do have a good reason for my absence though, honest!

In big news that I should have blogged about three months ago when it was breaking, I switched jobs in November of last year to work for social media paragon SHIFT Communications in the consumer lifestyle division. My high level of respect for Todd Defren of PR Squared and SHIFT’s social media prowess were both instrumental in my decision to join the agency.

Earlier this week was my three-month anniversary at SHIFT, which seems an appropriate milestone for diving back into blogging, don’t you think? I’ve lost touch with much of the PR blogosphere (I don’t even dare look at my Google reader which is no doubt burgeoning with four-plus months of backed-up RSS feeds), but I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.

Pre-SHIFT, I worked at a smaller agency where I learned a great deal and had the pleasure of working with people I respect and admire. However, I must admit that one of the main reasons I started blogging while there (a year ago last month, in fact) was because I was thirsty for something more mentally stimulating (entry level work, as many of you know, is often largely administrative and rarely strategic). Blogging helped me grow immensely and shaped me into a better PR professional. In many ways I was able to supplement my work experience by being part of PR’s blogging community and gleaning knowledge from some of the best in the biz (Shel, Todd, Kami, and so many others).

Once I started at SHIFT and moved onward and upward in my career track, it honestly became difficult to find the mental energy to blog. When you combine high-volume consumer clients with a 2 hour per day total commute, plus the fact that I often work late depending on what’s going on at the time, blogging quickly gets shoved to the wayside. (Not that I’m complaining because I absolutely adore, love, and relish working at SHIFT!).

Moving forward career-wise has sucked from me of the majority of my brain power lately, making it difficult to scrape together any smidgen of energy for blogging. Until now. I feel as though my brain is finally catching up to the high-altitude bar of excellence that SHIFT sets for me every day, which means I am starting to feel the energy to blog returning to me, ever so slowly, but returning nonetheless. I can’t tell you enough how much my fingers have itched to get on my computer and write for the darling little blog that catapulted me to where I am today.

And with that, I finish my first blog post in what seems like a decade’s absence. Life is grand. Tomorrow is Friday. As of last night, “Lost” has finally returned to Prime Time. And it feels so right to be blogging again. Let’s hope I can keep up the pace.

Yours Truly,
Flackette

P.S. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s reveal of my blogging challenge with friend and fellow colleage, adorkable grrl.

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