Category Archives: Real Talk

Keep Pushing Forward

November 22, 2013

new idea | ringthealam

Constantly, I find myself thinking: How can I market my skills; my passions? I’ve been thinking more long term, rather than what sounds or feels right in the moment. When it comes to blogging, I’m thinking, “how I can start being a valuable resource for others that were/are in my shoes?”

With that being said, I’m transitioning Ring The Alam over to MelissaAlam.com . I’m writing more about starting a small business, blogging 101 tips, style posts, and much more. I’m at the point in my life where I want to be a little more cohesive, a little more thought-out with what I put on the internet. Will this be the right move?

Stay tuned for updates as I slowly begin to launch a new phase in my life, a Melissa 2.0 perhaps!

Thanks for all your support and bear with me these next few weeks as I plan out the rest of my online life. Not an easy task, I would say haha!

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Don’t Be A Sucky Person

November 18, 2013

Stop Harrassing Women | RingTheAlam.com

I saw this gem on a walk in the Northern Liberties part of Philly the other day and thought a lot of us females could relate. To all of the creepy men out there with no morals and lacking tact, you suck.

My Favorite Feedback

November 14, 2013

ClientFeedback Today I’m answering the question “What is the best thing that you routinely hear from clients, customers, or readers?” as part of One Woman Shop’s My Favorite Feedback series
 
So if you’re a female business owner or up-and-coming entrepreneur, check out One Woman Shop and Operation Entrepreneur. They’re full of great resources and a growing community of real people like you and me. Anyway, I try to find time out of my schedule to be involved in communities like these. So today, I’ll be talking about feedback from clients.
 
So we all love good client feedback. “Oh this is exactly what I wanted!” “You hit the nail right on the mark with this. Great job!” “I’m excited to begin, thanks so much for helping me out.” Et cetera…et cetera. I’ve heard it all throughout my first year of freelancing. I do love it when clients of mine are genuinely satisfied with the outcome they receive whether it be through a website, photography, graphic design, or consulting session. BUT the trick about client feedback is to appreciate the negative feedback. This allows you as a freelancer to keep your competitive edge and stay motivated to learn more!
 
When I hear negative feedback, I take it in and think to myself, “okay their opinion is valid so how/why did I f*ck up here?” Sorry for the profanity blog, but thought I’d be honest here. I see negative feedback as a crutch AND an opportunity to better myself and learn from my mistake. Turn that weakness of your process, skill level, experience, etc. into a strength of yours so that in a year, that same client begs to work with you again. I don’t know how everyone else feels about this, but I actually like being considered the underdog in situations. Being the underdog means that I may end up wowing people and exceeding their expectations (which I usually do!). If you’re starting out as a freelancer, try not to take all of the positive comments to your head (hello, EGO!) and try to accept and professionally deal with negative comments that may come your way. Put on a smile, say that you appreciate the honest comments, and go back to your workspace knowing that you have more to grow and learn!
 
So trusted blog readers, how do you feel about negative feedback? And what was the worst thing you’ve ever heard from a client? (Okay okay, I’m nosy!)
 
Also, yup that’s my real desk! Got the typical MacBook Pro, calculator, printed duck tape (aka blogger tape ha), scissors, my iPad mini and trusted notebook hanging out. Good times…good times.

Keep that fire burnin’

November 8, 2013

Weekend

I’ve been so behind in blogging here on Ring The Alam eek! I do have some new stories and photos to share, so I’ll be working on that this weekend. For the time being, keep that fire burnin’ in your hearts, minds and souls and have an AWESOME weekend. :)

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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2013

Happy Halloewen

This is from circa 2007 when I was at boarding school in Connecticut. I still have this outfit if you’re interested in knowing. Footie pajamas that are purple and made for adults – I would never give away this gem!
 
Oh yeah, Happy Halloween everyone! What are you dressing up as tonight?