Just One Month

So, I know I said in my last piece that I’d be dedicating more time to My Orange Chair – but clearly that didn’t happen. I’ve been in the hardcore ‘job-hunting’ and enjoying this ‘mini-vacation’ mode. Also, I was feeling a little burned out and over exposed on the blog. There was a lot I wanted to share, or even just write, that I felt I couldn’t for various reasons.

But that’s all about to end (I hope) because I’m starting a new job on Monday! I am very VERY excited about this new opportunity – it aligns beautifully with my interests and it’s close by (that’s right. no more commute. I knew it would happen one day). Aren’t those the two things I said I wanted in my last post? Oh yes, yes they are. What’s more is that I think there’s a lot of opportunity for upward mobility where I’m headed and that’s a huge issue for many young workers – we want to feel like there are ways for us to grow.

I learned a lot in this last job search process because it was so drastically different from the last time. I had very serious networks at work for me this time around and I really made the most of every informational interview. Also, this turnover happened in one month instead of five (or what seemed like a bagillion at the time).  Because I had so many new resources, I knew I could keep that momentum going, finding a new position quickly. Another key difference this time around was that I focused on quality of my applications versus quantity. There wasn’t as much urgency so I really only applied to jobs that I really felt would be a good fit and weren’t far far away.

So I hope I can find my blog-footing again and keep on keeping on with My Orange Chair but for now I’m just going to enjoy my last few days of freedom before getting back into the workforce. Yay new opportunity!

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Twitter – It’s Not For Noobs

I was reluctant at first to use twitter.

When I first started writing My Orange Chair, Suzanne Grossman of Love Your Job Now told Big Sister to tell me to start a twitter account so she could tweet about a post of mine (while mentioning me). I thought, ‘hey, this could be cool, twitter, why not?’.

Suzanne’s tweets were great, and they brought me a little bit of readership so … that was good.

And then I left it at that. I wasn’t totally sure about how to optimize twitter usage so I would say a little blurb about each blog piece, essentially turning it into a RSS feed which, according to Twenties Hacker, is a no-no.

Yes, I knew it was bad, but maintaining a twitter account, and doing it properly seemed so hard (this is scary for me to admit because I’m afraid that’s how future older me will respond to future newer technologies)

But it’s not! Twitter, like any other social media tool, is really about having a conversation and directing internet traffic. Hashtags and RTs aren’t so scary if you just give them a try.

In fact, the first time I think I really used twitter appropriately was in January when I wrote about one of idealist’s blog posts, mentioned it on twitter, and had a little conversation with them. That day brought me more readership than My Orange Chair had ever seen. Yay readers!

And since then, twitter has consistently brought higher levels of readership (though maybe that’s in part to a larger base). So even if you’re a little scared of twitter, or you don’t know how it could work for you don’t worry – you don’t have to constantly update your life, where you are, and how you’re feeling – just have a little conversation with your followers and the tiwtterverse without letting the tool become RSS feed number 2.

Images of V-Day

Feministing did a round-up of Romantic Industrial Complex (RIC) infographics for spending on Valentine’s Day.

In a very meta way, the Romantic-Industrial Complex is putting a lot of time, money and energy into cutesey infographics demonstrating how much time, money and energy we put into cutesy commercial and materialistic expressions of Valentine’s Day. I should do an infographic on it, but I don’t have the time, money or energy to do so. So, I’ll just show you them.

Here are some of my favorites:

I actually genuinely like this first one because it gives you a little history of different love practices (not making love practices) in different parts of the world. At least this one isn’t trying to sell me something – or sell the men-folk something.

Now – what DO men buy? And which men buy it? I think what this really says is, which countries spend the most on advertising and focus on RIC guilt?

What!? 86% of men buy noncommittal pieces?? The HORROR! At least they’re buying jewelry – and as you know, the goal of giving jewelry is always jewelry face.

This next gem shows you how you can best ‘cash-in on the day of love’. You definitely need to target the men-folk because they’ll spend the most $$.

This year V-day was a great excuse to drink champagne and bake a cake on a Tuesday! So here’s my infographic:

*Champagne with a splash of Chambord + Vanilla Bean Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce and Mango Sorbet*

Survey Time

Now that I have done this really fun move over to wordpress, I’m looking to spruce up my content. My Orange Chair has never had a huge readership so I have mostly written about whatever I want. And that won’t entirely change, but I would love some feedback to help give the chair a direction. So please help me by clicking on the link below and filling out this super short survey!

My Orange Chair is Moving

My Orange Chair is moving to WordPress! It’s my 2012 gift to myself to try something new and maybe even  become MyOrangeChair.com (No promises though…you all know how cheap I am)

It all started about a month ago when I was on the phone at work with our IT support. The guy had to remote onto my computer and I had google chrome which of course featured all of the pages I visit most often; blogger dashboard was one of them. The IT guy didn’t say much but I heard a *mumble mumble* ‘I don’t understand why people use blogger’ *mumble mumble*.

I took the bait and we had a brief conversation about the pros and cons of each. My interest was piqued so I did a bit of playing around with wordpress and lo and behold, I like it better.

So, if you have My Orange Chair bookmarked please update it to: https://myorangechair.wordpress.com/

And if you’re following by email, kindly give your address again over here: https://myorangechair.wordpress.com/
And then go over here and read any posts you missed: https://myorangechair.wordpress.com/
Happy 2012 Everyone!!

World Aids Day

Did you know? (from the Kaiser Family Foundation)

• There are approximately 34 million people currently living with HIV and
nearly 30 million people have died of AIDS-related causes since the
beginning of the epidemic.

•  While cases have been reported in all regions of the world, almost all
those living with HIV (97%) reside in low- and middle-income countries,
particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

•  HIV primarily affects those in their most productive years; about half of
new infections are among those under age 25.

•  HIV not only affects the health of individuals, it impacts households,
communities, and the development and economic growth of nations.
Many of the countries hardest hit by HIV also suffer from other infectious
diseases, food insecurity, and other serious problems.

•  Despite these challenges, new global efforts have been mounted to
address the epidemic, particularly in the last decade, and there are signs
that the epidemic may be changing course.  The number of people newly
infected with HIV and the number of AIDS-related deaths have declined,
contributing to the stabilization of the epidemic.  In addition, the number
of people with HIV receiving treatment in resource poor countries has
increased more than 20-fold since 2001, reaching 6.6 million in 2010.

The ladies over at Feministing have this to say:

Socioeconomic factors play a huge role in who is exposed to HIV/AIDS and who has negative health risks. While no cure exists, treatment can make it possible to live with the disease. Yet the drugs are expensive and inaccessible to many people. Only 28% of Americans infected with HIV are being treated effectively, according to the CDC. The numbers are much worse in parts of the world where more people have less access to health care – 76% of deaths due to AIDS were in sub-Saharan Africa in 2007.
The good news is we’re seeing progress in research into stopping the disease. Exciting new research shows proper treatment for HIV is 96% effective in reducing transmission. Yet we are seeing funding cuts both to research and treatment and prevention programs worldwide. Cuts that put millions of peoples lives at risk.
Funding is a major issue in the US, too. African Americans and trans folks havehigher rates of infection, with factors like income obviously playing a huge role. But there’s never enough money, so the pie gets divided up along identity lines. You may notice the focus of increasingly less visible HIV/AIDS campaigns shifting between different groups, usually African American boys and men or women and girls, depending on who the latest statistics say is most at risk. Which really serves as a distraction from the fact that there’s not enough funding being directed towards this issue to actually end the pandemic and make sure everyone living with the disease receives the treatment they need.
UNAIDS has suggestions for ways to take action on World AIDS Day. It’s also important for us to continue acting by pressuring government and international agencies to take serious, large scale action to end this pandemic.