I’m a web & social media professional who loves to communicate through online channels to help others get the information they need.
I am a WordPress advocate because of the community, the flexibility of the software, and that it allows me to build websites for non-technical users to empower them to update content without them having to learn to code.
I tend to think of myself as a “Jill of All Trades” because I am a hybrid that enjoys using my technical skills and my non-techncial skills to fill in the gaps where ever I am needed on a project or within a team.
My project management skills have enabled me to be successful in managing vendors, team members, and meet goals & milestones on time.
I have successfully managed several brands through social media using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
G+, and Pinterest. I am Hootsuite certified and use this tool to manage several accounts.
Throughout my experience I have been quick to learn several content management systems, collaboration tools, and look forward to learning new systems in the future.
To me it’s all about effective online communication. Whether it’s websites or social media engaging with your community with the information that is useful to them is what I am passionate about.
Where to start? I have been MIA "Missing In Action" from my own website. I haven't written or posted anything since February. It's been a combination of things keeping me away from writing my thoughts. I certainly have come up with a bunch of ideas to write about but have not had the will or the motivation to do so. What I really think it's come down to is I've been depressed. (more…)
About a year ago I decided to check into what the Whole30 was. I had seen a lot of chatter online talking about starting the Whole30 challenge from The Abbi Agency taking on the challenge as a team in January 2016. It left me curious what it was and why would you do it. (more…)
Social media customer service is a powerful tool. It can make or break someone's day. I recently traveled to Dallas, Texas for the very first time. I had never flown to the Dallas Fort Worth Airport before and I was not aware of how complicated it was. (more…)
Bridget Willard a.k.a "You Too Can Be A Guru" is a smart and funny lady. She is also my friend. I don't think I am biased when I say you can learn a lot from Bridget. Back in October Bridget gave her first WordCamp talk at WordCamp Cincinnati and I am very proud of her! It takes guts to get up in front of people and talk. (more…)
2016 was the year of discovery & change for me. I discovered how to eat healthier, to be more confident, to build relationships online, and that I could put faith in others to help me out when I needed it. (more…)
What do you love? It's a simple question but it may be a little tougher for you to answer than you think. My motto is to "Live, Love, Laugh" but sometimes it's hard to remember when life gets in the way. Boy, does life get in the way! Lately I've been feeling a little blue. I can't explain it and there is no "real" reason to feel this way. I just do. (more…)
A week ago today I was attending day 2 of WordCamp US. It was quite an adventure getting to Philadelphia but I made it there! I am so glad I attended the biggest WordCamp in the United States. It was definitely worth the rearranging of schedules, long plane rides, sleep deprivation, and the anxiety of the unknown. (more…)
Happy 1st anniversary to my website!!! I was reminded today through Facebook memories that I had launched this website 1 year ago. Justine Pretorious - Live - Love - Laugh started out as a way for me to get into blogging about a variety of topics. I wanted to really show off my experiences with WordPress, social media, travel, food, and photography. (more…)
I've always known that social media was a great way to connect to people I already knew. I didn't realize how great it was going to be to meet people I didn't know yet. As you know I moved to Portland about a year and half ago and that's when it really started to happen for me. I volunteered as the Social Media Manager for WordCamp Portland and I have met so many great people because of that one act. It was a stepping stone to really build online relationships through social media. Needless to say I have built friendships that I truly am thankful for. (more…)
So there's a quote my husband and I learned from the television show Scrubs "Too much ha ha. Pretty soon boo hoo." It's an excellent quote and applies to many situations. It certainly applies to me this past week going rogue from Whole30. My new healthy lifestyle is basically Whole30 meals and once in while I will eat something non compliant. Unfortunately I went rogue and ate several things that I haven't eaten in quite a long time and I paid the price! (more…)