Why Think Out Loud? I like to think out loud. I use that phrase often when describing how I work through challenges. Therefore, it seemed to be the perfect title for my new blog. This is my first foray into blogging, and quite frankly, the concept is a little overwhelming. Remember…I like to think out loud? However, I want to capture those verbal thoughts into something I can share, enabling me to engage with others in a new way.

Who are you? I think that this question always is one of the hardest to answer. Am I defined by what I do for work? My family life? What I believe in? The list goes on. So, here goes, my laundry lists of words or phrases that describe me – marketer, organizer, business professional, natural leader, wife, mother, fitness devotee, believer in equality, concerned about the environment, and a community volunteer. I am someone who likes to keep busy. For example, I recently took on the role of President of my neighborhood association (~1600 homes), which was at risk of folding. It is challenges like this that give me energy! I thrive on the process of identifying problems, finding solutions, developing processes, and successfully bringing things to life.

What are you going to write about? Engaging customers and/or community members are challenges faced by organizations everyday. How do you get people to pay attention to what is being offered? The topics that most interest me are developing engaged customers and/or communities, brand marketing, leadership, positive corporate cultures, and building neighborhood communities.

Who would you love to connect with via your blog? I enjoy learning about how small-to-medium sized businesses and neighborhood associations market themselves. Through my blog, I hope to share my experiences, research, and articles that I find interesting, thus enabling me to connect with others that share similar interests.

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished? Hands down, without a doubt, would be the ability to more quickly get the ideas that I have in my head or I have said out loud onto paper (virtual paper in this case)! As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

This post is the first of series of posts that are part of the Blogging 101 course at WordPress Blogging University.