Social Media for Me

In a world of ever changing technologies, humans are continuously striving to find methods of staying connected. A huge part of staying connected is the many forms of social media. Technological advances have immensely impacted the efficiency of these different social media platforms. An exploration of 23 different types of social medias defines various methods that are most familiar like social networking sites such as facebook, and myspace. ; as well as those that are no as highly utilized like podcasting community

For me, the largest social medias that I use are snapchat and instagram.snapchatinstagram 

I use snapchat the most frequently, probably 3-10 times in every hour, if not more.

Snapchat is used to communicate with friends. I send and receive pictures daily actually, constantly, of selfies and whatever is currently going on with my friends and myself. I use snapchat to not only hear about but to see what is going on back home, with my friends that are far away at school, as well as close to me at Ambrose. Snapchat is a sweet and simple, easy and personal way to keep up to date with what’s going on in their lives and to update them on what my daily adventures entail. This is discussed further in an interesting analysis by Lauren Sutton.

I use instagram to follow some of my favorite sports teams as well as people and organizations that I would not otherwise be able to see. Instagram allows for a larger viewing platform of more audiences. Instagram does not give the consistent updates that snapchat does, rather highlights key points that viewers would be most interested.

I wish that snapchat could connect you with more people around you. For example, there is the local Iowa story that any user in Iowa can upload media to and select videos are highlighted on the Iowa story. I think it would make the social media platform of snapchat more interactive and interconnected if user who are around the area of the highlighted snapper could somehow reply or comment on the snap so that they could potentially network or share the experience together.

Regarlsess of what tye of social media platform you use, there is no dout that advances in technology have made the connection of people by means of their devices more efficient. In an ever changing world, we all still stay connected, especially through social media.

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Top 10 stressors of PR

I am not expert on the PR field, yet! But what I can tell you is that if you are wanting to go into the business of public relations, you are going to have to have tough skin and be willing to handleanything and everything that gets thrown at you. Although it is a few years old, an article written by Ragan’s PR Daily shares how people who work in the Public Relations field have one of the top most stressful jobs in the work industry. In 2012, The PR industry was rank 7th for most stressful jobs. Last year, Ragan’s PR Daily came out with another reflection on the ranking of the PR profession.

After some personal experiences and research of the industry, I have consolidated a once long list of stressors for PR, into this concise blog of top 10!

TOP 10 Stressors of PR

1. Part one: Public: The first word of the job title itself is stressful enough. Public: humans, people. People are difficult. And quite frankly, some people are just plain stupid.

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2. Part two: Relations: the second part of the job title is even more stressful. Relations: as a PR professional, you have to relate to all audiences and all subject matters. That’s not easy.

3. The truth hurts: The cardinal rule of PR: always tell the truth. Often times people are afraid, offended, or just hurt by the truth.

4. Under the microscope: you are the face of the public so your every move is being watched by everyone, everywhere. Don’t mess up.

5. Tight deadlines: When news breaks and needs to be communicated, people need to know about it NOW!

6. High profile individuals: your job is to communicate on some of the most famous and influential people in the world; no pressure.

7. Constant communication: Communication in all forms is your job. You have to be able to read, write, talk, speak, call, email, text, blog, tweet, Facebook, Instagram, and that’s just the beginning!

8. Emotional involvement: When communicating breaking news and often unfavorable truths, it can be very difficult to keep one’s personal feelings and emotions separate from the job and the message they must convey.

9. Speaking in front of large crowds EVERYONE!: it is statistically shown that a majority of the population would rather be the one in the casket than the one giving the eulogy. In PR you never get the choice of being in the casket.

10. PR is your life: you have no option. You eat, breathe, and sleep it. Scratch that you cant sleep, no time for that.

PR comics: funny and true

In the world of PR, it is known that you are to always tell the truth. But no one ever said you can’t have fun with the truth. In an article from Jeff Domansky (Twitter), the PR coach, he explores the imaginative insight of creative cartoons in the PR world. Click here for The PR coach’s insight. The primary focus of the PR coach’s approach on PR and cartoons is the real life relevance they have to shining light on the way the world revolves around and relies on technology.We-have-lives-300x214

In today’s fast paced society, it is nearly impossible to go an hour without a reference to social media, internet, or some form of technological advance. People of all ages and generations are wrapped up in their individual worlds that revolve around technology. A book by Brian Solis called “What if PR stood for People and Relationships,” is available in digital picture format on slide share and gives a visual narrative of how technology directly influence today’s society. The PR coach investigates how PR revolves primarily on technology nowadays, when the main focus should be on people and relationships, not the digital world.

After reading through the book, or cartoon slideshow, rather, I think that Solis and Domansky touch, but could elaborate more, on the issue of real life interaction, rather than digital communications. Solis creatively uses comics to illustrate the reality of the lack of heart in digital communication as compared to the true value in natural human interaction. This is especially relevant to the PR world and the way information is collected, relayed, and responded to.

PR should be Heart to Heart

The comics give a humorous side to a very true matter. Consider how much time we spend searching for information, whether it be the latest drama, current events, news stories, celebrity or  political gossip, or any other topics that we consider important in real time. How is that time spent? ANSWER: hidden behind a computer, a tablet, TV or worst of all; a cellphone. When we jump out from behind our handy dandy techy devices and face the real live world that lies in front of us, we see that there is so much more out there that is waiting to be discovered. When we get out there and see the world for ourselves, we find so much more to personally report on than we could ever gather from technology. PR is more than public relations to a world shadowed by social media and celebrities; PR is people and relationships. PR is communication in a personal way that speaks to people’s souls and is done whole heartedly.

Interesting to think that humorous comics can bring such real issues to life in a world engulfed in technology.

CatTail: KatTale

A cattail, as defined by Webster’s online dictionary, is “a tall plant that has long flat leaves and that grows in wet areas.”As far as a KatTale, there is no official definition.

For the purpose of this post, a Kat Tale will be a short simple post about me, Kat Kaczmarzyk.


My name is Kat Kaczmarzyk. I am a thrill seeker and active lover of life. I am a senior majoring in Marketing and Sport Management at Saint Ambrose University. I am from a small farm town called Stillman Valley Illinois. I enjoy learning new things and I am taking this COMM 240 course not only because it is a requirement, but also because I am interested in the diverse types of communication. I work for the Quad City Mallards Hockey team as the In-Arena Hostess. I love sports and enjoy any opportunity to expand my knowledge of the sport industry. I have a deep passion for motorsports, more specifically ATV MX: a national circuit that my younger brother races. I am thrilled to be commencing my senior year as a BEE and look forward to having a spectacular semester!