October 30, 2014

7 Things You May Not Know About Me

7 things About MeI’ve succumbed to the “7 things you don’t know about me” meme, thanks to Liam Delahunty at the Online Sales blog.

Usually I try to avoid these kinds of articles, but it seemed to me this might be a nice ice-breaker and get people talking. If we all share a little something about ourselves, we’ll get to know one another.  Right?

So I am kicking things off by sharing 7 facts about myself.  At the end of this article I will ask you to share something about yourself, in the comments section.  And I’ve also tagged 7 other people to share seven things about themselves.

So here goes with the things you might not know about me or haven’t guessed:

  • I live in a small town in Ohio outside of Cleveland, not far from the world’s largest Amish settlement.  The grocery store I shop at is a sort of quasi-Amish grocery store.
  • I have always liked to work.  Never do I have trouble staying motivated.  Occasionally, however, I go through creative dry patches and have to try to get my “groove” back.
  • I love my iPod Touch!  It’s a great personal entertainment device that keeps me sane when traveling. I bought a cord that allows me to listen to it in the car from my stereo speakers.
  • Mostly I am for free market capitalism and against socialism.  I dislike Big Government, but I also believe that some regulations and government programs (such as social security to keep older folks from living on the streets) strike a good balance in a civilized society.  Although I am quick to lend a helping hand to a friend, relative or colleague, the idea that anyone in our society EXPECTS a handout or feels entitled, rubs me the wrong way.
  • I’ve never had trouble earning a living — but, I’ve usually had to work hard and have never made money the “easy way” if there is such a thing.  The easiest money I’ve made in a long time was when someone sent me an unsolicited bid to buy a domain name I owned.  I made $500 just by answering a few emails.  Not big money, but certainly easy money ….
  • I am an INTJ in Myers Briggs personality assessments.  And if you believe in astrology, you may be interested to know I’m a Scorpio.  I believe the Myers Briggs stuff to be valuable in understanding yourself and others, so that you can adjust your behavior and communication style to get along with others in the workplace and in life.  However, I find astrology to be more of an amusement than hard science.
  • I like Himalayan cats because they are gentle and affectionate.  I have two of them.  They do, however, need to be brushed daily and they shed a lot.

Did I surprise you with any of these facts about myself?

Now let’s hear from you.  In the comments section below, share one fact about yourself — the more obscure the better. That way we can get to know you a little better!

And at this point, I’d like to tag 7 members of this community to write their own “7 things” post:

Matt Ringer, Small Biz Bee (Twitter: @SmallBizBee)

Kris Bovay, More for Small Business

David Damore, of Admore Solutions (Twitter: @Admore)

Tim Grahl, of OutThink Group

David Turnbull, of Mellow Business

Martin Lindeskog, of EGO Blog (Twitter: @lyceum)

Curt Ophoven, of Penny Jobs

The rules are simple. Link to your original tagger and list these rules in your post.  Simply share seven facts about yourself in the post.  Tag seven people at the end of your post and let them know they’ve been tagged.

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Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses, and also serves as CEO of TweakYourBiz.com.

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  1. Anita,

    Interesting tidbits about yourself! :)

    Now I have some work to do! ;) Time to write a meme post…

    In the meantime, check out the cartoon, “Amish versus Technology”? by Cox & Forkum. I interviewed John Cox & Allen Forkum in December, 2003. My interview was reprinted in their book, Black & White World II (2004).

    I saw a bunch of Amish people during my time in Troy, Ohio.

  2. Anita,
    What a great idea. I wasn’t surprised by your 7 things. I share many of your thoughts in terms of belief. I guess one thing that many people don’t know about me is that I discarded my television 20+ years ago and get the most important news from friends and colleagues. It was sort of an experiment to see if by not watching tv and the news that I would miss anything or feel removed from my community.

    I don’t feel removed and feel that much of the news is a “meme” like phenomena — in that it gets repeated over time. And I’ve never missed hearing about the important things! People manage to share the events of the day and year quite easily. I do refrain from internet news too — finding the same thing happens. I hear the important stuff from friends.

    This leaves me more focused time for my work, which I also love.

    Thanks for creating and establishing this community so many years ago, Anita. It is an awesome place to hang out while I avoid the news media!

    TJ

  3. Anita,
    Nice post and what a pleasant surprise it was to be tagged.

    Obscure Fact: About ten years ago I was a certified master mechanic in Michigan.

    Sometime Sunday I’ll create the “7 Things” post on my blog. Do I use the “TrackBack URI” to link back to this page?

    Best,
    David

  4. Wow, this was unexpected. Thanks for the taggage. I’ll get started on my 7 things. :-)

  5. Oh, I love Himalayans. I volunteer at an animal shelter and whenever those guys come in, they (thankfully) get adopted out pretty quickly. They’re adorable little divas!

  6. I have now published my “7 things” post. You learn about EGO terminator, martial arts, stuff in OH, a “black & white” game, a pen in (cyber)space, a precious nickname, and a special language! Curious?! :) Click on the link “Martin Lindeskog” Says:

  7. Cool. I’m also an INTJ near Cleveland. Small world. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thanks for sharing about yourself Anita.

    I always liked the buzz you get during take off in large jets. So I learnt to fly light aircraft and got a Private Pilot’s license.

  9. Martin, thanks for your 7 Things post. Chess and jiujitsu — you sound formidable.

    TJ, I suspect a lot of people wish they had the discipline to get rid of a TV and not watch one for over 20 years.

    – Anita

  10. David Damore, the permalink is linked under the title: http://smallbiztrends.com/2009/03/7-things-about-me.html

    Looking forward to your post.

    Anita

  11. Regarding David Damore’s question. Blogger doesn’t have a built-in trackback feature, so I tried it manually by adding the data and the trackback URI in a external form on TB service site. But I get an error message taht is saying that it is already pinged.

  12. Anita,

    You are welcome! :) It was fun to participate in the blog meme. I will show you some jiujitsu techniques when we meet! ;) And I am all for a cup of tea and a game of chess! :)

    Thanks for your comment on my blog.

  13. David Turnbull, appreciated your 7 things. :)

    Kevin Day, from one Cleveland INTJ to another!

    Anita

  14. Susan, flying planes – how impressive! I’m sure there are many lessons in business and in life you have learned from your experience as a pilot.

    Anita

  15. Here are perhaps not seven but a few:

    I am an atheist, but my favorite collection of writings are the New Testament and the Hebrew Bible.

    I work in a volunteer organization that gets kids from the inner cities into the out of doors, where most of the volunteers are younger than my son.

    I am an IT consultant focusing on small businesses and nonprofits, but my graduate training was in economics and I worked for twenty years teaching and doing research.

  16. Anita,
    My “7 Things You May Not Know About Me” has been posted to my blog. Linked to your post via the post title.
    It can be found at the following link. http://david-damore.blogspot.com/2009/03/7-things-you-may-not-know-about-me.html
    Hope you find it interesting.
    Best,
    David

  17. Wow. TJ. That was tough. NO TV for 20 years.

    What I can share here is I am a workaholic and piano addict. Playing piano is my time to relax and I have that weird feeling that I couldn’t get that same relaxing feeling in any other activity that I do.

  18. This is a lot of fun! It’s interesting to learn tidbits about each of you.

    One small thing about me: I enjoy riding ATVs with my husband. And if there’s a mud puddle, I don’t go around it, I go right thru it! It’s a lot of fun to lose your inhibitions and get dusty and muddy. :)

  19. Anita,

    I love my iPod Touch, too.

    Today only you can get David Meerman Scott’s World Wide Rave (Kindle edition) for free. All you have to do is get the free Kindle app for the iPod, register the device with Amazon, order the book…it gets delivered wirelessly, almost instantaneously.

    Just heard this on Twitter and since I already had the app, it took just a few seconds to get the book.

    Should be real easy to read when stuck in line somewhere or at the doctor’s office; but problematic to get author’s autograph :)

    Enjoy.

    Sheryl

  20. Excellent post, Anita! I learned a lot of interesting stuff about others here in the comments.

    One little tidbit about myself: I’m a camper BIGTIME! I love camping, I love the outdoors, I love riding ATV’s, hiking . . . you name it.

  21. Anita-

    I just saw this and think it’s great fun. I’ll be publishing my “7 Things…” this week, and keeping this going by tagging 7 others to participate.

    Sorry I’m so late to the party!

    Matt

  22. Anita, you’re a real role model for many guys out there who want to make a living from their online income….

    do you know what’s funny? :) I love those cats too!

  23. Anita –

    I am a freelance writer who has recently begun focusing more and more on small business issues and I’ve found your website to be extremely helpful in my search for interesting and timely information. As the owner of a “micro-business” that is slowly getting off the ground, I am also particularly interested in what you have to say about social media – now it is just a question of finding the time to implement some of the recommendations I’ve read!

    A couple of things about me:

    1. Like many writers, I am a former (and only somewhat disenchanted) attorney. I still like to write about legal issues and write for law firms and lawyers and my writing business is focused first and foremost on that market.

    2. Yesterday I posted my first business-related blog article, at http://tgwriters.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/using-social-media-to-find-new-customers/, as an experiment to see if I can use it to start creating a social media presence for myself. My to-do list re: social media is long, but I am determined, and I am also working on a blog about my experiment itself. Stay tuned.

    3. I collect vintage and unusual cookbooks and when I am stressed, I read them like novels.

    That’s all for now!

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