I’m honored to be selected for Seth Godin’s eBook

I was recently surprised and most honored to be 1 of 50 people selected for Seth Godin’s SXSW Pokes eBook as part of his “Poke the Box” Domino Project. The eBook is a collection of stories about taking initiative. I am on page 59. It will be available on Amazon Kindle in April, 2011. Thanks to Dave Weinberg for suggesting I enter a submission!

You may learn more about it at:

www.thedominoproject.com/2011/03/free-ebook-sxsw-pokes.html

Direct download:
thedominoproject.com/_/SXSW_Pokes.pdf [PDF]

Sarah Wallace is a research analyst, blogger and podcaster. To learn more about her, click on the tabs above.

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O.B. Tampons: A Case Study of Scarcity

First, let me say this post is more about scarcity than feminine hygiene.

Due to production issues, O.B. Tampons have recently been scarce on store shelves. This has caused a panic among loyal customers causing eBay auctions for a box of  O.B.’s to go up to $75.

Ask yourself, if your product or service became scarce, would its value increase by six times its worth? It is interesting how customer reaction is such a gauge of supply and demand.

Sarah Wallace is a research analyst, blogger and podcaster. To learn more about her, click on the tabs above.

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My New Job

So, I’m going back to my telecom roots and I have taken a job as a Telecom Analyst for Heavy Reading.

I’m excited to go back behind the scenes to analyze what service providers like AT&T and Comcast are doing to try and provide affordable, cutting edge services to customers.

No, I’m not leaving social media. In fact, I look to incorporate it because, who knows, maybe someday you’ll be able to activate HBO through your Facebook page. And yes, I plan to look into that : )

Sarah Wallace is a research analyst, blogger and podcaster. To learn more about her, click on the tabs above.

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My grandmother turns 98 today – UPDATE

UDATE: My grandmother passed away shortly after midnight. She lived a long, wonderful life of 98 years and was able to meet her four great grandchildren.

Back in the early 70s (when international adoption was by no means the norm) my grandmother (born in 1912) was not sure what to think when her daughter told her they were adopting a baby girl from another country.

But, when my parents took me out of the back seat of their 1974 Ford Pinto wagon, my grandmother took one look at me and said, “Oh Nancy, she’s beautiful!”  It was then that our bond began and it will last forever….

MY GRANDMOTHER TURNS 98 TODAY
(Originally published June 13, 2010)

My grandmother turns 98 today. When she was born, household refrigerators did not exist yet and in a few months, Woodrow Wilson would have defeated William Taft. And, next year Ford would start to roll out his Model-T assembly line.

Think of all the changes my grandmother has seen in her near century of living… the Depression (the REAL standing-in-bread-lines depression), world wars and the dawn of radio, TV, computers, internet and mobile phones.

So, today when you are complaining about your internet being slow or your digital cable pixelating, do a self-check and ask yourself, in the scope of things, will this matter 70 years from now?

Peace, and may we all be happy and healthy!
SJW

Sarah Wallace is a research analyst, blogger and podcaster. To learn more about her, click on the tabs above.

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Phone Number for Support at NameSecure

After tons of Googling and calling disconnected 1-800 numbers, I finally found a phone number that got me in touch with a real person at NameSecure. Obviously this post is for a narrow audience but if it saves someone time, then it has served its purpose.

The number to get a hold of a real person at NameSecure is (312) 453-0769

Sarah Wallace is a research analyst, blogger and podcaster. To learn more about her, click on the tabs above.

My number one advice for writing

Make yourself sit down and just do it…

Some find the thought of having to write something very daunting, painful like going to the dentist.

However, you’ll find if you make yourself sit down and just start, you’ll get involved with the process and may even enjoy putting your thoughts into words.

You may scoff at this notion but consider this… inspired writing doesn’t necessarily have to happen during traditional work hours. Some write best after the kids are in bed and some write best early morning. Try to write when you feel you are in the best frame of mind and you can give your writing your undivided attention.

Don’t worry about having it perfect immediately. Write/type all your thoughts and then rearrange and edit. When you think you’re getting to the final draft stage, read it out loud to see how it sounds.

I realize I’m biased, I enjoy writing as opposed to say… doing calculus… but know that it doesn’t have to be so painful, just sit down and do it and start with baby steps, the rest will follow.

Sarah Wallace is a research analyst, blogger and podcaster. To learn more about her, click on the tabs above.

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How To Request a Username on Twitter

Does someone already have the Twitter name you would like to use? If you see that their profile has been inactive for more than 9 months, Twitter may release the username if you request it. Note that results may vary but here’s how you contact Twitter to make the request.

Email username@twitter.com with the following information:

• The username you want
• Your existing username, if you have one
• Whether you want to change your username, or start a new account with the username you’re requesting

Good luck!

Sarah Wallace is a research analyst, blogger and podcaster. To learn more about her, click on the tabs above.

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