Archive for February, 2013

We Are Social

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Inspire. Inform. Engage.  Those are three goals of PeKu Publications. Reviewing the work of our writers, I feel that their articles do all three, though I always am striving to increase the amount that our readers engage with us.

Sometimes an article isn’t enough to spark that engagement. Then we turn to social media to develop stronger relationships with our readers.  We have built a presence on many social media sites, some with bigger followings than others.

Our newest adventures into social media can be found at Instagram and Tumblr.  At Instagram you can take a peek into the world surrounding corporate PKP.  Our Tumblr account was built to share weekly recipes from Think Tasty.

Two tools we’ve been using for a while are LinkedIn and Pinterest.  We have five different boards at Pinterest, which highlight some of our niches, such as our favorite albums and workout tips.  LinkedIn presents us at our buttoned-up best.  Explore our 23 properties and meet some of our team.

Finally, our most developed social media work comes through Twitter and Facebook  Every day we share some of our top articles on Twitter.  We also post daily on Facebook.  However, with our recent rebranding we had to build a new Facebook page, so now we are working to rebuild our following.

Over the next three weeks we will be running a contest on Facebook, Like o’ the PeKu.  In order to be entered, all you need to do is like our Facebook page.  Once you do that, you will entered into a drawing for a $20 Starbucks gift card.  If you’re  dedicated PKP fan and have already liked our page, don’t worry.  You’re entered in the contest also.

So, click here, become a fan of PKP, and wait to hear if you’ve won the prize!

Meet the Team- Ronald A. Rowe

Monday, February 18th, 2013

As of this Wednesday, Ron will have been writing for PeKu Publications for four years.  Over this period of time he has covered a variety of topics.  From politics to parenting, sports to cinema, and so much more, he has provided our readers with articles that are informative, persuasive, and entertaining.  Whether you’re looking for a new tv show to add to your line-up or want the stats from the most recent Sprint Cup race, Ron is your go-to guy.

I am pleased to introduce you to Ron.

MPK: You write for a handful of PKP publications.  Which is your favorite to write for?

RR: I enjoy writing for the various PKP publications.  Some are more creative, others are more straight forward and analytical, but all are topics about which I am passionate or at least opinionated.  If I had to pick one favorite it would probably be Flick Rev.  I have always been something of a film buff and Flick Rev gives me both an excuse to head to the theater and an outlet for my thoughts.

MPK: When you aren’t writing articles, what do you like to do with your free time?

RR: “Free time?”  What’s that like?  As a data analyst by day, writer by night, sports reporter for the Ultimate Indoor Football League by later at night, and a youth football coach on weekends, free time doesn’t really enter into the equation.  I pretty much funnel any extra time that may accidentally slip into my schedule into my two sons.  They are my true passion in my life and the closest thing that I have to a hobby is obsessively over-parenting them.  That means coaching football, volunteering at AWANA, checking homework, practicing musical instruments, rehearsing lines, etc.  It’s all good.

MPK: You seem to have a great interest in sports.  Do you get to watch many sporting events?

RR: I do enjoy a great many sports.  NFL football is my favorite of all, but I also enjoy (in no particular order) baseball, basketball, hockey, Ninja Warrior, boxing, golf, tennis, and NASCAR.  Pretty much any contest where they keep score, except soccer.  I don’t get to watch all that many sporting events uninterrupted from start to finish, but I do a lot of ‘drop ins,’ checking in at key points in the game.  I’ve just about mastered the art of catching the final, pivotal moments of an event.  It’s not quite the same as watching the whole game but it’s the next best thing.

MPK: You also write about an assortment of television shows.  Which one is your favorite? Why?

RR: The best show on TV right now has got to be The Walking Dead.  There just isn’t anything else with the same overwhelming level of drama.  It’s so dark and depressing, but it is also so incredibly well-written.  The Walking Dead is the only show that I generally watch live each week.  Everything else I DVR and watch when I can.  CBS’s Elementary, a modern take on the Sherlock Holmes legend, is a new series this season that has really grabbed my attention and has quickly moved to the top of my watch list.

MPK: What fun fact would our readers be surprised to learn about you?

RR: I have written an as-of-yet (and probably forever) unpublished young adult novel casting my older son as a super-powered teen on a quest to save the world.  It has proven incredibly popular with the test audience consisting of my immediate family members and their close friends but inexplicably hasn’t quite caught on to the general public just yet.

Blizzard of 2013

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Located in New Hampshire, a good portion of this past weekend was consumed by Winter Storm Nemo.  With heavy snow falling late Friday afternoon, my husband, teenagers, and I were home with no plans to go outside.  From late Friday afternoon until midday Saturday, the snow fell  heavily and the wind howled, but we emerged unscathed.  We were fortunate, as we never lost power, satellite, or internet.  Although our yard had about two feet of snow, with drifts up to four or five feet, inside our house was snug.

This major storm gave us the opportunity do different things.  Instead of teens making plans to go to the movies or my husband and I going on a date, we all stayed home.  A relaxing dinner around the dining room table was followed by some family tv watching.  The best part of the evening was the kids wanting to play a family game, instead of retreating to bedrooms, after watching tv.

Saturday morning we studied the yard, from the warmth of inside.  Snow piled up against bushes, our front porch, and the chicken coop.  In other spots, the wind had blown portions of the walkway free of all snow.  Nemo definitely left its mark.

I do know how fortunate we were, as there still are over 100,000 customers without power in our neighboring states.  Our weekend of family time could have been much different without heat and light.  However, we were lucky and were granted some comfortable family time to spend together.

February Highlights

Monday, February 4th, 2013

February tends to confuse my sense of time.  I’m not really sure why that is, as it is only two days shorter than four other months.  However, those two days seem to make a big difference.  Case in point:  on Friday, my husband and I were discussing events in February and realized that we needed to start planning and scheduling immediately.  On January first, I don’t think we would have been feeling as rushed.

Whatever the reason for my time crunch with a twenty-eight day month, I believe I have myself on schedule now.  Family events, work obligations, and a holiday or two have been added to the calendar.  I’m ready to face the shortest month of the year!

In case you have a few openings in the coming week, here are some items to check out at PeKu:

  • Suggest a winner or loser.  Our political publication, Camp Campaign, will be displaying its new redesign later this week.  As part of the new look, we are seeking names from our readers for our weekly Winners & Losers column.
  • Check out Vermont.  Thinking about traveling to New England for a vacation.  Vermont is the destination of the month at Good Life Review.  Discover everything from outdoor activities to fine dining to museums and more in this small state.
  • Develop a taste for Cake.  No, I’m not talking about the kind that you eat; I’m talking about the band.  As the artist of the month at Tunes News, you’re sure to learn all about the band, their style of music, and their albums.

Happy February to all!

Inspire. Inform. Engage.