When I reflect on the 2010s, I recall a decade of feeling helpless in the face of tragedy and reacting with anger and determination to regain some control.
Face it, the 2010s sucked. But especially sucked for me in particular.
- The company I worked for was sold to another company that laid me off at the end of 2012.
- Unable to find work, I assumed thousands of dollars of student loan debt to further my education in 2013.
- My brother died in May 2014.
- I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea and started having to use a CPAP machine in 2016.
- My wife left me and filed for divorce in 2010, triggering years of loneliness, animosity, and legal battles.
- After the divorce, I was left with a house full of clutter and had to throw things away. I had accumulated items since 2001, had items from my Chattanooga apartment, items from my closed studio. Then my sister moved in. This meant throwing away or giving away so many things to which I had sentimental attachments.
- The global war on terror really hit home when five men were shot and killed by a man just down the road from the office where I was working in Chattanooga.
- My friend Don and a very nice lady I was dating named Dawn both died of cancer in 2017.
- Once my coworkers found out I was turning 50, they began treating me differently. They presumed I was much younger.
- This year was a particularly hellish way to bookend a miserable decade. Sickness, financial and professional struggles, a family crisis that left me feeling helpless.
I just finished “The Rise of Skywalker” and the little boy who fell in love with these movies 42 years ago is happy with the way it ended.
No spoilers, except to say that some characters don’t make it, and there’s a major plot twist. Duh.
Maybe you should stop reading if you want to go into it with your own fresh take.
4 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Media Coverage
Because I now earn a portion of my living from gathering and curating the news in my community, I encourage everyone to subscribe to and buy ad spots that keep the lights on and the printing press rolling.
Take this blog as my suggestion of ways to supplement your paid advertising with pitching content of newsworthy value to earn that free space or air-time.
Reporters and editors always look for great stories to tell. Emphasis on the word “great” so we typically have enough discretion to ignore a story pitch if it lacks news value on its face.
Additionally, coverage increases visibility that builds authority and credibility, positioning you as an expert source in your lane. A well-told story from an efficiently delivered pitch creates loyalty and trust with both your current and prospective customers/stakeholders that translates into lasting relationships
Read on for tips that will help your organization thrive from news coverage.
It’s Iron Bowl day, baby!
This is more than a football game in my home state of Alabama — it’s time to face off for 365 days of braggin’ rights!
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the year the Crimson Tide finally came to play in Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. I was just days away from graduating, so I remember it vividly.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Such is the case with the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. L Brands has canceled the program, saying the decision was part of a move to “evolve the messaging of [the company]” and dial back the brand’s more extravagant marketing methods.
Before anyone accuses me of being shallow, there are a lot of different kinds of beauty.
There’s structural beauty where we marvel at the symmetry of someone’s face or aesthetic beauty resulting from a pleasing presentation well put together like a work of art.
There’s a beautiful soul who inspires admiration of her empathy and compassion.
There’s cuteness, often associated with pretty children, but present whenever someone looks so adorable that they possess a contagious attractiveness.
There is awe of someone’s genius or intuition.
There is beautiful strength, found in those who show an enviable strength or persistence in the presence of challenges.
True beauty is rare. And all around us.
If you are following me online, it’s eventual you’ll see that I am returning to my old stomping grounds, the place where my career first began. It’s been a long, twisting road — a very rocky one for much of 2019 — but I am happy to double back (or triple back, in this case).
The DeKalb County Democratic Party opened its doors during the Fort Payne Block Party, Halloween edition. These people came in off the street for me to photograph.
Thanks to everyone who participated. You can download a color version for free — or find your child’s photo if you don’t see it here.