Why Birthdays Are Great

Most people would say that birthdays are great, although some don’t appreciate them as much as others do I suppose. It’s not that I can’t see why some people don’t like birthdays, but most are reasons of vanity or insecurity and not really justified as all around belief.

I personally like birthdays for a lot of reasons, and not just because of the presents, even though those are nice to get as well.  However, it’s nice to be acknowledged, and with the use of social sites today, there is a lot more of that. For example, sign into Facebook and I get dozens of birthday greetings from people that I had never gotten them from before. This is a nice way of connecting and feeling special. I used to be happy just getting  call or two from a friend or family member, but not I can expect to get dozens of birthday wishes over a couple of days. Greetings come in from various sites where my birthday is posted for public view. Continue reading

It’s a Social, It’s a Mixer, It’s Twestival Anaheim

Here are the details for the event, it’s open to the public, and free to get come and socialize.  Please spread the word so that we can have a fun and productive social mixer.
What: Anaheim Twestival 2009 Social Mixer
Where: Sheraton Park in Anaheim off Harbor Blvd and Katella Ave. – Lobby Bar
When: Thursday Feb. 12, 2009, at 7pm in their Lobby Bar
Why: Meet and engage with other Twitter members and help out a good cause, Charity: Water.

Twas the Night Before the Super Bowl

I thought this was really good, and I’m getting really excited about the game on Sunday, so I had to make a post with my favorite Steelers hype.

‘Twas the Night Before the Super Bowl

‘Twas the night before the Super Bowl, when along the gulf shore, Continue reading

Title For My New Book About Social Marketing

graphic_backlinks2I’m currently putting together thoughts on a new book about social marketing.  In doing so, I’m trying to figure out if the title should be very technical sounding title for the savvy-minded, or if it should be a more common sense approach to socializing and how it relates to every day people.  The book will cover the many new emerging social networks, how they work, which ones to be one, and for what reasons, as well as it will touch on how to apply those to various strategies on the web today.

I had a couple of thoughts about the title and I’m going throw them out here. It would be nice to hear from some of you about which ones you like or if you have a suggestion of your own please feel free to write a comment. Continue reading

Launched New Personal Site With Cool UI Tricks

siteimageI just got finished updating my personal website and portfolio, and I put some cool new UI features on it.  I’m ready to officially launch the new personal site and look forward to some input.  I think the effects are pretty interesting and made are strickly with CSS and Javascript features, and that should make some people think and hopefully play with it once or twice.  I personally like the fold out effect on the home page.  When the personal div opens there is an option that says “Are you done with me”, click on that option and watch the cool effect that takes effect.  None of the page effects were done with flash or animation, and were all done with CSS and Javascript, with all data still being rendered on-page for search engines.  It’s a personal goal of mine to make sure all necessary data gets indexed by the engines.  It’s not that I don’t like flash, but I like to see how much I can do without it.  I really like the fade in a fade out effects as well.  How about the slide in navigation bar.  It’s a way of keeping data out of the way, but still have it available.  I’m going to be working with more effects on the site over the next few months, so stay tuned for more fun! You can visit the new site at SalSurra.com.

Sal Surra Has A Personal Blog

angelgame3Here I am.  I’m finally opening my personal blog and wanted to start by saying hello, and welcome.  I’ve been running blogs for a couple of years now, and have been talking about starting my own for awhile, but just never found enough time for it.  However, I’m finding more and more that it’s important to keep a personal blog, journal, or whatever form of written thoughts a person wants to keep, and share it with the world.

Why?  There a lot of a reasons for it, but for me it’s a matter of getting out thoughts that I keep inside of my head, or things that I want to share, or ideas that I have, or items that can helpful.  In today’s world it’s getting less and less personal and getting to be more interpersonal.  The reason is that we are building ourselves virtually everyday on places like Facebook and Myspace, but while doing so we are looking at ourselves and taking more time to think about the things that make us tick. Continue reading