i won a texas social media award!

13 03 2011

A couple months ago I was told I was nominated for a Texas Social Media Award. After looking at the website, I really couldn’t figure out how serious it was, how much it meant, how I could win, what I would win, etc… All I knew is that if people commented and made me look good, that was probably a good thing.

A couple weeks ago I found out I won! And that on March 10 [my two year Twitterversary!! NOT a coincidence.. EVERYTHING good that happens, always happens on the anniversary of something else good!] I’d be going to Austin for the ceremony and to find out if I won “the big award.”

Obviously, March 10 was a couple days ago. I didn’t get the big award, but I did realize that being one of the 25 people honored that night is a big effin’ deal. I was sitting beside a crazy variety of social media pros- fashion bloggers, people who give out free beer, a massive Austin blog, a nationally popular game/app, a teachers’ organization, an author, a cancer survivor, and freakin’ WHOLE FOODS.

Yeah, when you’re hearing others’ credentials being over a million followers, over 150,000 Likes, more than 300 Twitter accounts… you have no shot. Whole Foods took the cake.

It was at ACL [Austin City Limits] Live, which is a beautiful theater, hundreds of people were there, they had food and free beer for us, and people were mingling. At first it was hella awkward to introduce myself to randoms who are all in their own cliques, but once the ice was broken, I really met some fascinating people.

We each received our award on the stage and the only thing I could think of saying as I walked across was “Wow, this is really awkward… like graduation or something.” People laughed. I think it’s because they felt my pain. Afterwards they tried to get all 25 of us in one picture at the same time. Yeah, right. I did my best to direct the crowd to get together, but I’m pretty sure I was the youngest there. It worked for about 3.2 seconds.

Anyway, they had some bands perform after the ceremony, people mingled, and I met a guy on my way out that seemed to have some awesome connections/opportunities for me and the future. I don’t want to jinx them, so I’ll keep it quiet for now, but it feels good to make some connections with someone in Texas. It’s been a lot harder to do so here than in DC and it’s really bothered me. Let’s hope this works out!

There’s not much else to say, really… Besides thanks for helping me get the award by commenting, and thanks to the Statesman for picking me as one of the best social media peeps in this gigantic state. It was a way cooler experience than I imagined upon initially getting nominated. Networking= always key in furthering your career. You’ll get nowhere without the ability to do so.

The pics:

The entrance. I think this is the moment I realized, “Woah, this is a big freakin’ deal.”

The stage! It was totally intimidating, but definitely legit.

More of the stage/room.

Whole Foods guy, the overall winner, giving his speech! Glad I didn’t have to do that.

Some of the winners! I think even in this picture you can tell the diversity.

They had a girl there shooting pictures Photo-booth style. I totally loved it, but I swear I didn’t mean to be flicking off the camera. Woopsies.

Most of these pictures are stolen from the Statesman, Austin360, and Annie Ray.

my new life as a texan

9 06 2010

So it’s been a solid three weeks since I made the big move to Texas [woah! I can’t believe it!], I’ve made some friends, and I’m finally 100% comfortable being on the air.

That means it’s time for an update and to tell you what the h I’ve been up to.

For starters- I absolutely love this place. I love the town. I love all the uber nice people. I love my job. I love everyone I work with. It’s like I’m living in a dream world. Never did I expect to move to a place that I would love so quickly. This didn’t even happen in Morgantown.

My bosses are the coolest people ever. They’re down for new ideas, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to make things happen. It’s awesome. I’m never afraid to talk to them about anything. That’s something I need to make sure I never take for granted.

I even got my own office yesterday! WHAT?! I’m like a real lady! AND I’ve been going to meetings with all the people working on web-stuff. We call ourselves the Web Wing. Clever, eh?!

I also made a video introducing you to the station anddd you should probably check it out.

Now onto not-so-professional things.

On day 4 in College Station [but day 1 of being alone without the fam] I hopped in a limo with 21 other people and headed to Lake Travis in Austin! We got on some huge party boat for the day! There was even a WATER SLIDE on the boat! CRAZY! Everyone kept saying “Wow, Beth… VIP on day 4! You met the right people!” Yeah, I’d say so! It was crazy awesome.

Besides that day, I have made friends pretty quickly and they rock. [I can thank my coworker Adam for all of this, by the way. Woohoo!] The best thing about it all- We spend a LOT of time out by the pool. There are so many crazy nice pools in this town I feel like I’m at a beach with awesome resorts!

I also have something I really wanna tell you, but I’m not allowed. Ugh. I know. It sucks being teased, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a huge tease.

All I can say is tune in Monday for probably the biggest announcement I’ve ever made in my entire life… And no, I’m not exaggerating.

Now I shall go back to being a working woman and grab my bathing suit.

PS: Birthday countdown: ONE WEEK!!!!

Application SENT!: Candy 95

17 04 2010

I just sent out my first application/package of the weekend! [I’ve decided to stay in all weekend while it’s uber nice out to apply and catch up on work.]

Candy 95 is in Bryan, TX, AKA College Station, AKA home of Texas A&M. It’s also called “Aggieland.” [I LOVE towns with nicknames!!]

A lot of times when I see jobs that are really far from home, I get a little nervous. This time- I really want a shot at this job.

They want:

  • Someone to be On-Air AND Online…
  • Big personality
  • Creativity
  • Someone who lives and breathes the college and pop culture lifestyle
  • Team player/no ego

Ummm… Could it be any more “elizabethany”?!

I’m pumped. I really hope I get a shot at this. Everyone keep your fingers crossed. I’m more than ready for a big move/change in my life. I’m even more ready if it involves a place like this. [When looking at the website I got even more antsy! Everyone seems awesome, and the station seems like a good mix of a private company that gives opportunities but knows that they’re doing.]