May 30, 2015

The Spirit of the Season

“Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year!” We say it all so readily as the early winter season approaches. But do we mean it? Are you helping make your part of the world better, are you volunteering your time to help others. There are so many organizations that need our help where you can directly help individuals in your community or around the world.

Here are some organizations that I feel are worthwhile, please let me know if you have any to add to the list. Organizations that truly know the Spirit of the Season all year long.

– Your local volunteer fire company, they depend so much on the generosity of other. Please help.

– Your local Rotary Club. These dedicated business persons help with community projects to international aid and do so much to help others around the world and around the corner.

– Your local food bank. As the economy slowly recovers from 2011 to 2012, please remember there are many in your community that may need help with the basic elements, such as their next meal, please remember to help all year long, as hunger isn’t just a seasonal problem.

– Helping someone that is down on his luck, cancer touches almost every family, and For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation helps families battling cancer so they can get break from cancer.

– Nothing says Christmas and Hanukkah like toys for children, no one does it better than the U.S. Marine Corps. and their Toys for Tots program. If you can help, please do.

Let me know who you help at this season, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!


Logos created by RavenWood Creative Adorn Fire Apparatus

I’m so proud. As a member of Flourtown Fire Company, I was asked to develop a logo for the 100th Anniversary of the company. They wanted something that fondly incorporated its proud history of serving the community of Springfield Township, Montgomery County, PA, but also looked to the future for the company. The logo combines a Maltese cross, common in the fire service, with a traditional ribbon treatment from the past with the theme of the anniversary “A Century of Service.” I updated the Maltese cross to include a modern hydraulic rescue tool on one side with the traditional, ladder, hydrant, and hook on the other. The center field includes a flame motif, adopted by the company many years ago with a super-imposed “6” in transparent smoke color over top.

The logo also features a ribbon of gold, reminiscent of the gold leafing found on the trucks. The years of the anniversary 1910 and 2010 surround the traditional logo of the company a script “FFCo”, which took many hours in Illustrator to mimic as it’s only painted on the sides of the apparatus and any printed versions didn’t have the detail I was looking for. The logo was printed by Pierce Apparatus Manufacturers on reflective decal backing and sliced preciously to fit on the roll up doors on the rear of Ladder 6, Engine 6 and Squad 6 all of which are housed at Flourtown Fire Company, 1526 Bethlehem Pike.

Let me know what you think.



Social Media Exploding and Twitter is Lighting the Fuse

Tomorrow, I plan on taking on the impossible. I need to sum up what’s happening on the web in the realm of social media for group of business people, and I only have about 30 minutes. I’m presenting on the web to the Flourtown Businesspersons Association, FBA, a group that spans several generations and obviously is a diverse audience from different lines of work.

I plan on briefly covering the history behind social media, about a minute. Discussing how eBay and other original online communities (remember listserv, bulletin boards, chat, etc.) have continued to evolve to the facebooks and Twitter of today.

Then, I’ll explain how facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter have taken the online world by storm. Facebook offers advertisers the opportunity to get in front of 175 million pairs of eyes.

Finally, I’ll tackle some of the many examples of how people are using social networking, these new media tools and micro-blogging such as Twitter to find jobs (Dave Murray), recruit members (Coast Guard), and stay in contact with customers (TSA, Timbuk2, Zappos).

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Until next time, Tim


Does the Location of a Blogger Matter?

Yesterday, I was asked to add my blog to LoadedWeb, a online directory of blogs. Nothing special there, but this one has a unique angle.  The directory is broken out by geographical area (in the U.S. and Canada) of the blogger.  It also has local business directories on its site.

My question is to you, does the location of the blogger matter? Are you more willing to read a blog in or near your hometown over on across the country? I tend to think I’d find more of interest in my own area, but I also like to see what’s happening in the world and in places I’ve visited or want to visit. That’s the beauty of the web, correct.

What do you think?

BTW, I listed my blog in US/Pennsylvania/Flourtown (nearest my office). Should I have listed it under Philadelphia, which is less than a half mile away? I thought Flourtown, PA would be more unique. No one, who isn’t from around here, knows where it is. Let me know your thoughts …

Until next time, Tim