Social Media & Dating – Building a Relationship Online


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Social Media and Dating – Building a Relationship Online



Believe it or not, online dating isn’t something new, as a matter of fact computer dating started back in 1960’s way before  Yes, you read that right, in the 60s! The 1960s online dating carried many of the same pitfalls and thrills as virtual matchmaking does today.

Computers existed in the ’60s, in some form just not personal computers, but they were computers nonetheless. These machines could crunch the numbers on our personalities and spit out intimate matches. Sites like perform a similar service now, only with more pictures, interactivity, and complexity.

But in the 1960s, what was known as “computer dating” which involved no Internet and most times no visuals. People would submit their vital statistics along with completed questionnaires sent by mail. Not e-mail, of course, but old-fashioned, stamp-licking snail mail.

There was no instant gratification because people literally waited patiently for days, weeks, and months as companies processed their answers on intelligence, attractiveness, quirks, and preferences, and would perhaps find them matches the hope for true love.



Computer-dating services became popular and grew steadily as did the price of a share of IBM stock.  These “punchcard-plotted introductions” cost anywhere from $5 to $150. Oftentimes there was a sigma attached to it, so couples who met by computer tended to be embarrassed and even hostile.   

If they admitted to family and friends how they met, they were often met with comments such as “you needed a computer to find a date, what’s wrong with you?”




Fast forward to online dating today and with all the changes that have been made with online and computer dating very little has actually changed.  On this Podcast, my special guest Devin Spady is a Blogger and author of “Swiping Right – How We Connect, Communicate and Love” and we discussed lessons on building relationships and finding love by a millennial for a millennial in the age of social media.

Click this link to listen to the Podcast.



Let’s Chat > Have you ever dated someone that you met online?


Encore Entrepreneurship – It’s Not How You Start It’s How You Finish




It was 1975, at the age of 14, when I landed my first job.  I was working with my DECA teachers at Caesar Rodney High School in Dover, and it was an exciting time.  However, I remember the first job was as a “Mother’s Helper” for the wife of an orthodontist who had a bad a$$ kid.

I won’t get into the many reasons why this job was one of the worse jobs I ever had, but it’s just a reminder that it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.



Being a Mother’s Helper -aka- maid to a rich woman gave me more of an incentive to do what I really wanted to do and that was to teach.  After more years of working various jobs including a fry cook at Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips, I finally landed the job of my dreams once receiving a BS Degree in Elementary Education from Delaware State College in 1983, and that was of becoming  a teacher!

I have always loved to teach, whether it was teaching young children how to read or now educating business leaders and entrepreneurs who want to learn about social media marketing and blogging.


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As the CEO of ABlake Enterprises, I truly believe that it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish and there is one thing that never changes and that is learning.

With each job, I had to learn new skills and techniques and some were challenges, others not so much.  I was fortunate that training was provided by my employers to ensure success was inevitable.

In order for a business to grow and succeed employees need to be properly trained on any new technology.  The employer should bring in an expert that will not only motivate the employees, but also give them guidance on implementing the new technology in the workplace.

I have spoken to many organizations and groups, most recently to the Colonial Dover Rotary Club on Tips for a Facebook Business Page and in speaking to the members, many walked away with a better understanding of social media marketing.  They will use some of the tips that I presented to make their social media marketing campaigns more successful.





As technology continues to change and evolve it will shape the way a lot of business practices today so you may need to call in and subject matter expert such as myself, or Adrian Rubin.




Adrian Rubin had an interest in technology for as long as he could remember. He was intrigued by software, video games, cell phones, the internet and computer programming. He attended college and eventually earned his Masters degree. He enjoyed his field of work until something happened that changed his life. Adrian discovered the Internet of Things.

Adrian believes the Internet of Things (IoT) is the fourth industrial revolution. He feels this technology is capable of permanently disrupting the current technological environment. He believes artificial intelligence will become common practice in the future.

The more he learns the more he wants to share, so head over to his website to read more on how his training can assist in the success of your employees.


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6 Favorite Summer Songs


Wow, tomorrow will officially be the first day of summer or Summer Solstice 2018 and it’s couldn’t be more welcomed.  Spring was cool and wet which was great for keeping the pool from turning green, but it made for a long season of being indoors.




However, before you get caught up in a lot of outdoor fun, festivals, traveling  and holiday activities, make sure you take some time to sit back, relax and listen to a few of your favorite summer songs.

This is my standard list of summer songs as they always put me in the summertime mood.


The Phat Cat Players – Sundress

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime


California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & The Papas



The Drifters – Under The Boardwalk


The Isley Brothers – Summer Breeze

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Heatwave


Let’s Chat > What are your six favorite summer songs?

Working from Home Wardrobe & A T-Shirt Giveaway

Working from home has been a blessing in many ways and it also has given me an opportunity to be a blessing to others.  Since I don’t need to dress up every day I can be comfy casual and then donate loads of clothes to those who are less fortunate.

On Memorial Day Saturday I held a Yard Sale to assist in the de-cluttering of our home, I sold a lot of household items, however, clothes don’t usually sell well so I decided to post an offer on Facebook.

I asked my friends if they knew of a homeless shelter that would be willing to pick up several boxes of ladies and men’s clothing and I received a DM from Katrina Lucas, founder of Ministry Out Of Bounds.




I immediately called her and then made arrangements for her to pick up the more than 7 boxes and bags of clothes which will be given away at a monthly event they hold in Wilmington.  She, her husband and brother arrived with a pickup truck the following week and I gladly donated it all.




I also have over 40 pairs of shoes, including high heels and wedges to dispose of however, may try to sell a few of the new pairs before donating the others – stay posted.

Anywho, unless  am heading out to meet a client or attending a Chamber event I am usually wearing jeans and a T-shirt and thanks to Create A Shirt, I now have personalized T shirts.  They generously provided me with six so I decided to share a few of them with my readers.




So if you want to rep the Delaware Blogger in one of these personalized t-shirts, you’ll have a chance to enter to win one.  I will be choosing 4 winners to receive either a Small or Medium so HURRY and enter today as the Rafflecopter Giveaway ends on Friday, 6/22/18.




Let’s Chat > What is your favorite casual outfit?


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DSU Alumni Association Team Inclusive Podcast

Alumni Associations and networks are almost as old as their alma maters. At the start, most of these associations were entirely voluntary, supported solely by individual alumni. Volunteers maintained mailing lists, collected dues to support activities, produced publications, organized events and annual meetings. The world of Alumni Relations has come a long way, however, they are a vital part of most of the educational institutions now thanks to the efforts of many outstanding professionals in Alumni Relations.

A good alumni network benefits the institution, current students and as well as its Alumni. It is a win-win situation for everyone.

  1. Champions of the schools:  Alumni are the best spokespeople of any school. They create the institution’s reputation, which relies in large part on how successful graduates are in the real world.

2. Giving Back: Alumni also help sustain their Alma mater through donations and volunteerism. It costs a lot of money to keep an institution on its feet, and a big chunk of that comes from alumni donations. Sometimes, large donations allow universities to provide students with newer technology, better facilities, and a nicer campus—which in turn keeps schools competitive and appealing.

What it holds for the students: A very resourceful network: Schools and colleges with strong alumni networks create credibility and a strong branding for the institution. Alumni of colleges with powerful alumni networks assists graduates in the working world, providing them with better prospects of jobs.

Career building: Alumni are great role models for current students and are often well placed to offer practical support to students as they start their careers. Alumni can help by acting as mentors during their most important phase of life. In many cases, they can also provide students with great job opportunities or find prospective clients for businesses, thanks to networking among alumni.

For the Alumni themselves: A Strong Network:

a. Considering a career change? Your alma mater is a great place to explore your options. A career coach can assess your marketability, identify new industries where your skills are useful and get you up to speed on current hiring trends.

b. Update your skills: If you want to brush up on older skills or explore new ones more deeply, your membership may allow you to audit courses on campus or take continuing education classes for little or no cost.

c. Travel Opportunities: Many alumni associations offer members the opportunity to participate in fully-coordinated, domestic and international trips that range from a few days to a few weeks in length.

d. Campus Facilities: Perhaps the most recognizable figure in college alumni circles is the sports enthusiast. College sports fans are some of the most ardent school supporters, and free or discounted game tickets are popular features of an alumni association membership.

e. Other Perks:

  • Alumni discounts at local retailers and restaurants

  • Discounts on apparel and other bookstore purchases, access to campus dining facilities, parking passes and golf club memberships.

Delaware-State_University-Logo2. Degree Equity:

The degree you earn is for lifetime and its value depends on how well your school is performing.

A key factor in college and university rankings is the amount of alumni participation universities have. This isn’t surprising, considering an active alumni base generally indicates that past graduates feel like they had a quality educational experience. Attending a school with very active alumni also often encourages current students to remain involved and active after graduation, once more perpetuating a good cycle.

3. Nostalgia:

Enough numbers , calculations & graphs have been done on this issue. But at the end of the day the best of the Alumni networks are a bunch of people who had a really great time at their Alma mater. As one looks back on their days in school, they reminisce about the wonderful friends they made, memories and experiences they had, the lessons learned and influence of professors in their professional and personal lives. That is worth all the treasure in the world.


LEGACY AT DSU – As an alumni, you are an important part of the Delaware State University family long after you graduate. Strengthen your connection to the DSU legacy by staying involved, keeping up to date with the latest news and events, and giving back to your alma mater.  

On this Podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with a few members of Team Inclusive who are vying for positions in the 2018 elections of the DSU Alumni Association.

Listen to the Podcast then head down to DelState University tomorrow and VOTE!

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