And we’re finally here—the 28 items that either just didn’t make the cut to come back after 2016, or got tabled for future Casey to handle somewhere down the line!
The more I do these, the more I realise I can’t do everything today, and so I work harder to focus on what’s in front of me so I can give myself the room to manage future challenges!
But hey—if there’s something on this list you think you can make happen sooner, feel free to let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see what we can do!
Without further ado, here’s The 2016 100 Wrap-Up, Part 3: The 28 Items Left Over!
The 2016 100 Wrap-Up — What I MAY Do, But Not Necessarily in 2017
2) Win a vacation for my dry cleaner — One thing I’ve learned as a blogger is that while it’s all too easy to get high on yourself when you have successes, you also need to keep realistic. Though many great things have happened in my #BloggerLife so far, I don’t have the clout nor the contacts to conjure a vacation from thin air. Not yet, anyway. This is one I’ll pursue awhile, yet.
4) Take Eric to a sporting event so he can stop complaining about getting left from sporting events — After hitting a Toronto Argos game last year with a few buddies (and by association the Canada vs. Slovakia World Junior Hockey Championship game I was at just before the new year), I may have promised my buddy Eric that I’d take him to a game sometime. This would make the 2017 list, except I have no idea when I’ll find myself invited to a game next, so we’ll get back to this one eventually.
So somewhere in my crazy mind, I’d convinced myself it’d be a good idea to write my wrap-up for The 2016 100 all as one post, because I’m always so curt with my posts, of course. A few days of working on it quickly killed that idea, and here were are with the second part of my wrap-up, covering the things I didn’t get around to in 2016, but still plan to manage this year, as well as my reasons why.
(Note: You will see these in some form in The 2017 100, so you know—don’t be too surprised.)
What I Didn’t Do, But Still Want to Do Next Year
7) Stop biting my nails — Ugh. What I probably need to do first is reduce the amount of stress in my life to get a better chance of dropping this disgusting habit. I had a good run early in the year, but hey. Maybe I’ll have better luck this time! 8) Get rid of the wedding thank you cards I never sent — I don’t think those past thank you’s are getting sent. It’s just… not something I’m doing. Instead, I think I’d love to start sending Christmas letters with some personalisation. I’m not a complete jackass, guys, but there needs to be a point where we agree to move on. 13) Sort out my old TD employee RSP — Any outstanding finances in general, really: part of being an adult is knowing how much your insurance will pay out. What your benefits cover. What’s in your stock portfolio. 2017 Casey Palmer needs a better handle on all this kind of stuff!
14) Consolidate everything down to a single notepad — I mean, you don’t see the magic happening, but my desk and dining room table are plastered with pages of notes as I draft out my posts. Will it happen? Maybe. Do I want it to? Oh heck yes ?
A couple of weeks ago, some friends had asked me what it was like being in the CityLine audience. I hadn’t really thought about it by then, but spent some time afterward putting it into words.
And here’s the result:
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What do you get when you mix an audience that’s 94% female, free exercise balls and a connection to social media in only the loosest of ways?
For me, this was the April Fools’ Day episode of CityLine.
Suddenly, a Wild Opportunity Appeared!!!
When you put your goals out in the open, sometimes the universe will step in to help you out!
Back in January, I’d posted The 2013 100, a list of 100 goals I’d like to accomplish this year. One of them was #69: Help my Mom get tickets to CityLine and/or the Marilyn Denis show. When I wrote it, I didn’t think that it was realistic. There’s an online lottery system to get tickets to either show, and with the Greater Toronto Area’s population of more than 5 million, I figured the odds were slim.
Clicking the link in question brought me to a proposition that piqued my interest:
Are you passionate about blogging? Social media obsessed? Constantly tweeting, uploading pics, or pinning that recipe or DIY project that you’re dying to try?
We’re looking for 5 fantastic food or DIY bloggers/social media junkies to be a part of our studio audience, here in Toronto, on March 25. If you want to be part of the fun, please email email@example.com with the following information:
Email us your name, your blog URL/social media account links, and why we should pick you to be in our audience! Please also include a contact email address and phone number, as well as the name of the lucky guest (must be 18+) you’d like to bring along with you. Be sure to specify ”March 25 show” in the subject line.
Good luck and we hope to see you soon!
Now if you haven’t guessed from this blog, I like to write. I’ve been fortunate enough to have started writing (successful) grant applications for youth centres at the age of 12, so I’ve approached making proposals the same way for almost 20 years — some fact, some funny, but always compelling. This is what I came up with:
I’ve been deep into social media for a few years now, with no signs of stopping. I eat, breathe and sleep social media, finding ways to keep active in between the rigours of my day job, side projects and maintaining a healthy marriage. My life wouldn’t be the same without social media, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m energetic, enthusiastic and always willing to try new things. I’d be a great addition to your audience. Promise.
…and it worked! With the tickets locked down, I got to make one of the Mom’s dreams come true, and I can’t lie — that feels pretty good! With an outfit picked out and my Mom ready for her television début, CityLine was in our sights!
The CityLine Experience
The CityLine experience was a… bizarre one. They had the foodies covered — Jason Parsons was there to teach us about some fresh meals to make for the spring; Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault and Janette Ewen’s tips on what goes in a handyperson’s toolbox covered the do-it-yourself crowd… but where did the social media junkies fit in?
Tracy was really nice, making sure to interact with the audience members and not be all “celebrity-like”. She’s a really great host.
The only signs of social media at the taping where the tweeps I’ve gotten to know over the years (and some new ones!), and the Twitter handles they added to guests’ names when they were on-screen. My Mom enjoyed it thoroughly, getting to meet Tracy Moore, and she’s always a fan of freebies (when I still lived at home and my Dad and I took the same route downtown, if my Dad brought home a freebie and I didn’t, I’d be in trouble!) — but social media’s about more than just a Twitter shout-out and letting them join an audience for a taping.
The people I’ve met who’ve really made social media part of their lives want to work with brands. We want to know the ins and outs of what brands do, and how to communicate what we’ve learned in interesting ways. Free stuff is nice. Doing things that others might not easily access is nice. But inviting people who get social media presents an opportunity that brands sometimes fail to recognize. We want to tell your story. We want to introduce you to our audience.
All you need to do is ask.
Look Under Your Seat, Folks!!!
Free Greek yogurt (given to a co-worker), exercise ball (given to our tenants) and copy of This is 40 in hand, I’m still glad I got to experience being part of a TV studio audience — I always dreamed of being on Oprah, but you know what?