In my social media marketing classes, I tried to cover the ethics and problematic areas of social media communication over the course of one to two weeks in the quarter, but it always felt like there wasn’t enough time or analysis given to the students to really dive deeper into the subject matter. …

Inspired by interviews I used to conduct as a graduate student and past work, I wanted to explore a series of conversations with colleagues and strangers about interesting trends and topics that permeate our current discourse with some of my own brief thoughts included to better understand different perspectives and compare notes / viewpoints. Note that these conversations below are amended to remove private information as well as given one final edit by the person I spoke with.

Background: #ChallengeAccepted has been a viral trend that took over Instagram and Facebook feeds in the last week of July. The basic…

Helping Small Businesses Meet What Should Be the New Bare Minimum in Marketing

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An up-to-date website.

An active social media presence.

A repository of online images and/or videos of goods being sold.

A way to reach to someone at the business.

These are the online tools that customers may expect to see when researching the next restaurant to visit or to consult which mom-and-pop hardware store to pick up supplies from. However, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, these expectations have been pushed to the forefront as patrons are unable to easily visit and be present physically in a store. …

January is National Mentoring Month! Seeing this reminded me that it might be a good time to share some of the lessons I’ve learned being a mentor. I’ve had the privilege and honor to work with USC/UC Irvine students directly with one-on-one meetings as well as helping organize mentorship programs at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and Global Connect @ UCI.

Some of these opportunities were just happy accidents of someone seeing some potential in me while others came through my own searches. …

I love films. It’s still one of my favorite pastimes ever since I was a kid to my studies in college and as a student journalist. This year personally was the year of benefitting from AMC A-List (they aren’t sponsoring me here, promise), which allowed me to really watch films more frequently than before as well as continuing to better see several big shifts both in more streaming movies (what a shame that Irishman was a struggle to find in theaters even in SoCal) to the Disney goliath in effect. …

I watched the movie Honey Boy tonight — a beautiful film by Shia LaBeouf on trauma, forgiveness and the element of such powerful chance encounters. Although within our families, we don’t necessarily choose who we get to be with for much of our lives; we somehow come across such important people in our lives through ‘chance’ or destiny or whatever you believe in. It made me reflect on my own encounters — some hazy; others not so much. Some have become some of the most important parts of my life while others have been a quick glance back. …

Intro: In many relationships/dates I’ve been in, I usually like to write some poems for my partners when I feel inspired and in love — whether or not it works out. Some of these poems make it to the intended recipient — but more often than not, it never makes it for a variety of reasons.

I’ve decided to try and post some of these up here both just to keep them for posterity and just my own body of work for people to check out.

I have massive insecurity issues when dating, whether it’s because of my previous weight…

We go through so many sales pitches in our week-to-week lives. Whether it’s at obvious places like a car dealership or less obvious places like at home, I realized there were both interesting trends and differences that were interesting to chronicle and perhaps learn from. Welcome to my latest series: ‘Breaking Down the Sales Pitch.’

I’m not the biggest fitness buff but in these past few years, I’ve started going to the gym fairly regularly to hit some long-awaited fitness goals. I’m not going to name the exact gym I’m talking about here, but it is a franchise gym that…

Intro: In many relationships/dates I’ve been in, I usually like to write some poems for my partners when I feel inspired and in love — whether or not it works out. Some of these poems make it to the intended recipient — but more often than not, it never makes it for a variety of reasons.

I’ve decided to try and post some of these up here both just to keep them for posterity and just my own body of work for people to check out.

Here is an interesting ‘poem’ in which I was inspired to write a song…

In many relationships/dates I’ve been in up to now, I usually like to write some poems for my partners when I feel inspired and in love — whether or not it works out. Some of these poems make it to the intended recipient — but more often than not, it never makes it for a variety of reasons.

I’ve decided to try and post some of these up here both just to keep them for posterity and just my own body of work for people to check out.

I wrote this poem while I was watching my partner look out…

John W.

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