Etsy Turns Ten

Etsy turns 10 this month! A lot has happened for the e-commerce site since 2005. Here’s a look at how the online retail platform grew its operation.

Infographic on the history of Etsy, the first 10 years.

A look back at the history of e-commerce site Etsy.


5 Events at SXSW for Community Managers

SXSW Exterior Shot


We’re a week away from the start of SXSW Interactive and by now the schedule is locked. If your focus at SXSW is to learn how to better engage your online community, I’ve done the heavy sifting for you and chosen these five sessions for community managers.

    1. Community Managers: Ready for a Seat at the Table?
      This four-hour deep dive for community managers promises to leave you with 2-3 actionable takeaways to issues you may have. You must register for this workshop.

    2. Be a Community Conductor: Shaping Fan Chatter
      Fans are now engaging on a greater number of channels. This session looks at the challenges of the ever-evolving digital landscape.

    3. The Art & Science of Social Listening:
      This workshop focuses on how to approach social listening and measure success. You must register for this workshop.

    4. Online LEGO fans & the People Who Love Them:
      This is an advanced session for community managers who want to learn more about the best way to channel brand excitement without turning off your audience.

    5. Structuring Community During Exponential Growth:
      For the community manager who wants to ensure your internal community is just as healthy as your external audience.


The Epic Easter Egg Hunt of 2013


This weekend, I escaped to the Caledon Hills to visit friends and take part in their giant outdoor Easter egg hunt! Having not since participated in a proper Easter egg hunt since I was twelve years old, I found this mission to be quite fun. The task: find as many eggs for your team as possible. The winning team receives a giant basket of chocolate goodies.

Our team did win but of course the winnings were split by everyone. Happy Easter!



It’s Tea Time Once Again


In less than a week I will be co-hosting an event that is near and dear to me, The Gratitude Tea. Now in it’s third year, the event is an afternoon tea in celebration of the inspiring people in your life.

Attendees are encouraged to bring the person who has had a positive affect on their life to the afternoon tea service and share a short story of their influential guest.

All funds raised will go to Dress for Success Toronto, a non-profit organization that provides career development to low-income women.

The event includes: afternoon tea, silent auction, live music, specialty vendors and other surprises!

Drink tea, give thanks and be merry at the 2011 Gratitude Tea.




It’s Been a Year…Time for a Little Reflection

It’s time to get a little personal, which is something I don’t do very often on this blog. If you have ever lost someone very close to you, maybe you can relate.

It has been one year (Aug 3) since my mom died. It has been a wild one but a challenging one as well. Not just the challenge of learning how to grieve, or move forward but learning how to grow from this situation and try to turn some of the negatives into positives.

Looking back at this past year, it’s remarkable I was even able to do anything at all, considering in the first three weeks since the event took place, I didn’t even want to feed myself.

I was able to get back into a normal routine and I think being able to focus on work again really helped me put things into perspective. I can’t say I was too productive at work though, because my mind was thinking about a million things…what to do with my mom’s house, where will my sister and I live? Can I afford a mortgage or a downpayment?

Despite all the worry in my head, I tried not to get caught up in all the grown up stuff I had to take care of and made it a priority to have fun, see friends, treat myself to getting my nails done and the general stuff that would make me happy and distract me from all the negative emotions I had.

If I also did not have the support of my boyfriend I may have probably had a much tougher time coping.

I feel I accomplished a lot this year. I was still able to host another WordCamp Toronto, change jobs – which is somewhat of a scary prospect in challenging times and I was able to put on a charity fundraising event in honour of my mom, now an annual event called The Gratitude Tea.

The best thing I’ve learned from this year is that friends are really important. They will cheer you up when you’re feeling down, take you out for dinner to distract you and remind you that everything will be okay. More importantly, life will go on.

I am my mom’s legacy and I know she would be proud knowing my sister and I picked ourselves up after tragedy and continued to look forward. She was a self-made woman and I try to live by her example everyday.

Here’s a video treat I put together for people who knew my mom. It was taken at my sister’s graduation in the spring of 2009. You can hear in the video that my sister is telling me to put the camera away but I’m glad I didn’t listen. It’s the only video I have of her in recent history.

Natalie Portman and I: Separated at Birth?

Since it’s Doppelgänger Week on Facebook, that gave me the idea to share with you the famous person who I think I look most like. On several occasions I have been told I look like Natalie Portman, which is obviously a flattering comment. Luckily my Doppelgänger is someone who is a credible actress, pursued higher education, is a humanitarian and knows several languages.

I have posted a few comparison photos, so you can decide for yourself.