Friday SHoRTs: March 15

* What is your Personal Brand, and how is it changing, growing, evolving. Read more on Nameless Creek.

* There are new additions (to muddy the waters still further) in the Parkway Notecards Gallery. I’ll try to make a decision for WHICH FIVE CARDS no later than Monday morning. I’d be happy to hear your thoughts. Input so far has been helpful, if not abundant.

* Related matter: You’re a potential note card customer. You find two similar products of photographic cards, similar in every way except this: SET ONE is sealed; there may be a card somewhere that shows what’s in the package, but you can’t look at each of the five different views you might be paying for. SET TWO is also in a clear plastic envelope, but it is open at the top, and cards can be removed and easily reinserted. Which of these two sets of cards is most appealing to you? I ask this having obtained a heat sealer this week. To seal or not to seal (the tops)–THAT is the question. Thots?

* Thanks for feedback on the pdf document viewed at Scribd. Take a look at some of the recently-submitted files. Interesting. AND for the REAL FFF fans, here’s an early, early beginning to what might become the words-and-images book that might be called Field Notes from Nameless Creek. For best viewing, click the VIEW FULL SCREEN button to the right on the Scribd display page after clicking the link to the file. Better yet, download in pdf from the Scribd sidebar.

* I was delighted yesterday at the Roanoke Biz2biz meeting to get to meet some local bloggers whose names were familiar but I’d never had a chance to shake their hands. Among other first meetings, I was glad to get to tell Andrew Cohill, CEO of DesignNine about his role (as founder of the Blacksburg Electronic Village, in bringing us back to Southwest Virginia with the idea to live isolated while connected to the larger world. I as also able to tell him about my experiences in self-publishing, as he is looking to move in that direction in the near future.

* Been wondering if your Money Market shares have tanked with the recent “readjustment”? Take a look at Google Finance (fairly new, at least to me) for some nice interactive graphs that are intuitive to operate and let you custom-view the period over which you’d like to track changes in your investments.

* Take a look at Just Another Day in Roanoke at Blogger Keith Clinton spoke at the meeting yesterday, and is active in bringing the different segments of the Roanoke blogging community together and keeping important current events (political, news, social) before the smaller clusters of bloggers in each quadrant of the city.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Re the note cards: If I had a way to preview the cards (online or in a display), I’d rather buy a sealed package that could still be closed somewhat after initially opening it. I’m thinking that gift recipients might like the recloseable package for storing the cards.

  2. I’ll tell you my current bias is to leave the package unsealed but secure. (Ann fears pilferage and messy fingers, I say the loss would be worth the gains.)

    The top edge of the bag will be open under this scenario, and about a half inch larger than height of the cards. I’m wondering about / looking for some simple seals that are liftable and reclosable. Anybody has a link to such, that’d be worth a bunch!

  3. Now that there are 10 cards, why not make 2 packs? Or a super-duper size pack of 10?

    I have to agree with Ann, if something is open, I won’t buy that one, but look for one that has not been opened, a pristine, untouched version. But it would be nice to be able to see them all…

    Thanks for all the links, will check them out, have a great weekend!

  4. i’ve seen some notecards with thumbnail images of them on the packaging, usually on the box or a little sheet underneath the clear plastic. i’m with susan…i wouldn’t buy ones that looked tampered with or opened already….especially if they were a gift for someone.

  5. For the cards, just call me odd…1,3,5,7,9 in no particular order. Not to throw a monkey wrench in things, Fred, but aren’t you following the seasonal nature of these things rather than leading it? As for open or closed, how much would it cut profits to drop a single print in the back with thumbnails and blurb about FFF? even something run off at a photo lab in quantity would work and give you a chance to brand the cards…’cause I tend to agree about preferring closed/sealed.

    About your Google Finance reference, I discovered it just before this last market “correction” and had my 401k portfolio entered. After a week of red I realigned my picks for the duration. Call me chicken but loosing a couple of grand a day out of my retirement fund wasn’t that interesting…I find my thrills somewhere else for the next few months and just draw interest, thank you. I was looking at the charts on Google though that drove it home.

  6. Given the choice, I would rather be able to see images of all the cards before purchasing. You should consider either 1. having an insert visible from the pkg. showing all the card pics, or 2. leaving it unsealed.