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February 25, 2010

The first (and way overdue) blog post from “Joie De ‘Vieve”!

This day has been a day in the making for quite some time. I have been talking about writing a blog for months. And months. And months. As a PR/social media junkie, I really should have started one a LONG LONG time ago. I hang my head. But what can I say, I was nervous. I’m still a little nervous because, deep down, like many of you, I care about what other people think. I value their opinions. But rising above the nerves is my excitement. I’m sitting here in my element as I type, mind racing, ready to share my thoughts with you.

When I began telling people that I was going to start a blog I was amazed at the amount of support I got. That support is really what jump-started me to get a move on. I went to Barnes & Noble, picked up a book on starting a blog (yes I’m a nerd) and here I am. The name, “Joie De ‘Vieve”, is perhaps one of my favorite parts about my blog. Naming your blog is no joke people. My mother always told me, “Before you’ve said your first word, you’ve made your first impression.” The name of my blog is the first thing people will see when they stop by for a visit. I wanted it to be fun, outgoing and a little quirky – just like me. So, knowing that two heads are better than one, I asked for help. I received so many fabulous suggestions but this one, from @robknapp, jumped out at me immediately. I was a French minor in college so the play on words from the phrase “Joie de Vie” had me at hello. For those that aren’t so French savvy, “Joie de Vie” literally translates to “the joy of life”. Being that I’m a glass half-full girl, a positive polly if you will, “Joie De ‘Vieve” could not be more perfect. Thanks Rob!

For the most part, I want this blog to capture and reflect the things that I love to do the most. I love to write. I love to entertain people. And I love to make new friends. I have yet to pinpoint a central theme, so I think I am going to let that evolve naturally on its own. That being said, I also don’t want this blog to become a haphazard string of thoughts. There needs to be organization if I want it to be successful.

I already know of several categories that I will contribute to almost everyday, if not every week. The first is “Daily Ramblings”. These will be posts on things that I’ve heard or seen, people that I’ve met, experiences that I’ve had or thoughts that I would just like to get down on “paper.” This may sound a little mundane but I can assure you that nothing normal ever happens to me. I can’t explain why, that’s just the way that my life works. Just trust me on this, “Daily Ramblings” will be entertaining.

A personal favorite, is the “Spotted at Starbucks” category. I don’t want to give too much away (you have to leave your audience wanting more) but I will tell you this: I spend a lot of time at Starbucks. I am currently unemployed so, to prevent cabin fever, I got to my local Starbucks to do freelance work and people watch. If you follow me on Twitter, you know what lies in store for this amazing category. If you don’t follow me on Twitter or haven’t heard my stories before, here is a little disclaimer. I am not making any of this up. I am reporting true-hard facts and would take pictures if I could.

The “Food Friday” category was my wonderful, amazing and truly talented sister’s idea (follow her on Twitter: @caleighjooste). Our family loves to cook and both my sister and I participate in dinner club’s which have unique and “think outside of the box” themes. Each Friday (well hopefully each Friday) myself, or a celebrity guest blogger, will post a new recipe. Pictures will be a must, disaster’s won’t be shunned (we learn from our mistakes) and recipes will be shared with all. It is perfect timing because tonightΒ  my girlfriends and I will be feasting on our Italian favorites a la “A Night in Venice” at our monthly dinner club. Stay tuned for recipes and pictures!

The last category is “Why I Love Social Media.” I am not joking when I tell you that I love, absolutely love, everything about social media. As I already mentioned, I am unemployed (hint, hint!) and it is my goal to have social media play a large part in my next career. I have met so many incredible people in Charlotte, NC that I never would have otherwise met if it hadn’t been for Twitter or social networking events. Charlotte has an incredible social media community. If you live here, like social media and aren’t involved, get on it! Seriously. Right now. But I digress. This category will be a little more intellectual than the “Spotted in Starbucks” category because here I will share tools that I’ve learned, thoughts on articles that I’ve read, and, most importantly, celebrity guest posts from social media folk (if you are interested in posting, I’d love to have you as a celebrity guest so shoot me a tweet!).

Ok, so I know this was a little on the long side and if you’re still with me, THANK YOU! Really, thank you. Your support and attention means the world. I will try not to make future posts this long, but if I slip up, and it will probably happen, know that it’s because I really loved the topic.

All I ask of you now is that you provide your thoughts, suggestions and hopefully words of praise with me. I want these posts to spark conversations. I want to get to know you and hey, maybe you’ll meet someone new on my blog. Time for me to sign off – I have a tiramisu to make.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2010 4:01 pm

    My comment is CONGRATS on your first posting!! I can’t wait to see where your blog will go. I hope you unlock some of your passions and find a new direction in life. Unemployment can help do that in a girl ;-). Can’t wait to read “seen in Starbucks.” Love it! You are awesome.

  2. Hailey permalink
    February 25, 2010 4:13 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it. You did me proud, Juice.

  3. February 25, 2010 4:16 pm

    Congrats and kudos on your first post, Genevieve! Love the blog name word play. πŸ™‚

    Look forward to hearing more…

  4. KARENPRGIRL permalink
    February 25, 2010 4:49 pm

    Congratulations! You are a talented writer and fun human being. I look forward to being amused, educated and inspired!

  5. Amanda permalink
    February 25, 2010 4:56 pm

    Congrats Genevieve on your first post! I know it’s a little scary to put yourself out there but you did a great job and I’m looking forward to reading πŸ™‚

  6. LeRoux permalink
    February 25, 2010 5:17 pm

    Merci bucco and good luckFun and easy to read. I will definitelytake a look while having my first Starbucks of the day. Just don’t write about me.

  7. Ashley permalink
    February 25, 2010 5:33 pm

    Genevieve — Great post, it’s too funny we’re working together and I rarely find a fellow French major. Who knew I was interning with a fellow Francophile? Keep up the motivation with the blog!


  8. February 25, 2010 5:51 pm

    Awesome first blog! Can’t wait for future posts!

  9. February 25, 2010 7:20 pm

    Congrats! Spotted@Starbucks sounds like pure gold, like a more “sophisticated” version of…or not??? Regardless, I will check back for future updates…and make sure I am somewhat presentable when I step into a Starbucks

  10. February 25, 2010 11:42 pm

    Thank you so much everyone for all the love and support! I am beyond touched and can’t wait to share even more with you. Keep the comments coming πŸ™‚

  11. February 26, 2010 12:08 am

    Look at you go, pumpkin!! So proud! Woo hoo!

  12. Pete permalink
    February 26, 2010 7:31 am

    Way to go Juice. I want to read more Spotted at Starbucks.

  13. Gabi permalink
    February 26, 2010 8:46 am

    Brilliant! I’ve known you should be a writer for ages. Your emails and descriptions of things have always been so fun and entertaining. Spotted@Starbucks and Food Friday are brilliant ideas! Yay!!!!! Well done, Gen!
    Can’t wait to read more….hopefully you can write a book eventually. I’d love to read it.

    • February 26, 2010 9:43 am

      Thanks so much Gabs!! I couldn’t wait to send it to you πŸ™‚ Stay tuned for more to come today!! Can’t wait to see you and Garon next year πŸ™‚

  14. Kate permalink
    February 26, 2010 9:16 am

    Genevieve – I am so unbelievably proud of you!! I already know of your innate ability to entertain a room, so I have full confidence in your ability to entertain the social media universe through your blog. Can’t wait to read the posts to come. I will work hard to brush up on my culinary skills so I can debut on a Food Friday recipe!


  15. KARENPRGIRL permalink
    February 26, 2010 10:51 am

    Maybe you can claim your daily Starbucks intake as a tax deduction since you’ll be blogging about it?

    • February 26, 2010 11:55 am

      ohhh that’s a good idea Karen! Maybe I can πŸ™‚ Stay tuned for some “Spotted at Starbucks” posting action.

  16. Deuscain permalink
    February 26, 2010 7:10 pm

    This is a nice start – I look forward to reading more, ^_^.

  17. Carol Bressler permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:08 pm

    Gen, enjoyed your blog. I had bookmarked you on twitter. Read Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman cookbook blog. She started with a blog and it developed into a cookbook deal. Can’t tell you how much time I wasted reading it. Her thing was the awesome photos to accompany. Check it out.

    • March 1, 2010 3:11 pm

      Thanks Mrs. Bressler! I will be sure to check out that blog as its not one I had heard of. Always love a new suggestion.

  18. Petal Petunia permalink
    March 1, 2010 6:24 pm

    Congrats on taking the first brave step, your stories are such fun, love it. Go Gen.

  19. Caroline permalink
    March 2, 2010 5:23 am

    love the blog, G! you might like this one too, she has some great recipes! Hope life’s good for you up there in Charlotte. See you soon

    • March 2, 2010 10:49 am

      Thanks for the recommendation Caroline! I will absolutely check out that website.

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