Archive for March, 2013

Revamping the Outdoors

Monday, March 25th, 2013

snowshoeI’m not an outdoors fanatic; simple things like sub-freezing temperatures will encourage me to stay inside.  However, I do enjoy many outdoor activities, such as hiking and snowshoeing.  To me, getting to spend a little time in nature with a companion is a trifecta:  exercise, fresh air, and conversation.  It is the perfect way to spend a few hours.

One of our publications, Outdoors Eagle, was designed for those who enjoy partaking in nature.  Over the past year we have worked on creating a focus on certain activities.  Fishing, hiking, camping, biking, and skiing were the sports of choice.  However, as we are in the process of redesigning the website, we’ve decided that perhaps we need to include other activities.  Some of the activities we’ve considered are hunting (both archery and guns), snowmobiling, and four-wheeling.

Before we begin this redesign, what I’m wondering is if we’ve covered all of the areas of interest.  If there is an outdoor activity that you think we need to consider, I would appreciate it if you left a note in the comments.  We are open to any and all ideas.

We hope that with this redesign and refocusing we will continue to inspire, inform, and engage our readers.

Meet the Team- Jacob Parzych

Monday, March 18th, 2013

nhs_2Interestingly, even though this writer has been working for PKP for four years, he is one of the youngest on our team.  Jacob Parzych joined the writing team in April 2009, at the ripe age of thirteen, in order to become the second Teen Perspective columnist.  Since that time he has covered other topics, including technology, pets, sports, and gaming.  Currently, you can continue to turn to Jake for the teen’s eye view and information on the care and ownership of reptiles and amphibians.

Without further ado, allow me to introduce you to Jacob.

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

JP: I really enjoy playing football and wrestling for my high school teams.  Also, I enjoy skiing during the winter.  In the summer, I like to spend time with my friends and read.

MPK: Which publication is your favorite to write for?

JP: My favorite publication is Your Parenting Info. It’s a fun way to put my spin on the world.

MPK: You frequently write about Gonzo, your New Caledonian Crested Gecko.  What are the advantages of having a reptile as a pet?

JP: Reptiles are fantastic pets for two reasons: they are hypoallergenic and can be very easy to care for.  Also, they offer a great range in the amount of handling needed.

MPK: You write about other reptiles and amphibians on Feathers Fins and Fur.  What is the most interesting fact you’ve learned while researching?

JP: This one sticks in my mind almost constantly!  Once turtles and tortoises mature, the likelihood of death remains low and doesn’t change.  In other words, a turtle that doesn’t suffer from an accident, illness, or medical condition will live forever.

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

JP: They would be surprised to learn that I, as a student, do not particularly enjoy writing.  I’m actually a math and science oriented guy.

Feeding PKP

Monday, March 11th, 2013

scoresWhen PeKu launched in July 2008, our intent was to deliver original, high quality content.  Since that time, I believe that we have met that goal.  Every week we publish one hundred (100!) articles that offer our readers inspiration for projects, information on timely subjects, and engagement in thought-provoking topics.

I believe that our articles need to be original.  Too many publications across the Internet merely provide their readers with articles created by other sources.  Rather than producing content, these other publications simply act as delivery vehicles.  At PKP, our writers create the content that our readers enjoy.

While I think the articles that we publish are fabulous, I have made an exception to our “no feed” rule.  When we redesigned our sports publication, Buzzer Eagle, two weeks ago, I decided we could break the rule.  Although our sports articles are informative and clever, there was no easy way for our readers to find scores of recent sporting events.  So, I made the executive decision to add a feed from ESPN that would deliver the latest numbers from the world of sports.

While this feed isn’t original content, I believe that adding this data to our publication will make Buzzer Eagle a more valuable resource without diminishing the pieces we publish four times a week.  I also don’t believe it is a slippery slope.  Our original content is what brings readers to PKP- people are seeking our perspective on current topics.  Thus, we won’t be adding news feeds, and we won’t be regurgitating stories written by other sources.

We will continue to provide our readers with original, high quality content, plus some sports scores at Buzzer Eagle, in order to keep our readers inspired, informed, and engaged.

PKP Becomes a Member of EFNH

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Manchester, NH— Peku Publications has recently become a member of The Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire. Along with 40 other local companies, Peku Publications takes part in the funding of The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for the EFNH.

The Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire (EFNH), an initiative of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, is a growing group of business leaders who are actively challenging traditional models of philanthropy and grant making in the same way they challenge their own businesses. The model enables business owners who have yet to realize financial returns to make promissory commitment of stock, stock options or other gains realized at the point of liquidity.
Now reaching 50 members and 40 companies, EFNH has teamed up with the national Entrepreneurs Foundation which includes four major cities as well as some accelerating communities.

Shari Landry is the Vice President of Philanthropy on the Senior Leadership for The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. She believes that, “By engaging entrepreneurs early in their careers, we introduce the importance of philanthropy and the role it plays in making New Hampshire a unique place to live and work.” When asked about Peku Publications joining the foundation, she said, “We’re delighted to welcome Michele Kuegler and PeKu as our newest members of the Entrepreneurs Foundation.”

Michele Pesula Kuegler, CEO/Editor-in-Chief of PeKu Publications, is excited to be a part of this foundation. “As the founder of a start-up that is based in New Hampshire, I am glad to be able to give back to the community that has helped us grow.”

To learn more about The Entreprenuers Foundation of New Hampshire, visit their website at: http://www.nhcf.org/efnh

About PeKu Publications
PeKu Publications is an emergent Internet-based publishing company, which is home to 23 niche properties, featuring content in eight unique channels. For more information about PeKu Publications go to http://www.pekupublications.com or contact Michele Pesula Kuegler at michele@pekupublications.com.

As a New Hampshire-based startup, PeKu Publications seeks ways to contribute locally. Through this partnership, PKP has a new way to fulfill that goal.

March Ideas

Monday, March 4th, 2013

In New Hampshire, March came in like a lamb.  Although it was in the 40s and overcast with occasional flurries on Friday, that really is a decent day for the end of winter.  We didn’t have measurable snow, and the temperature was above freezing.  While it is a day that still requires a buttoned-up coat, the weather could be much more miserable.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that March leaves the same way that it entered.

This March is filled with a number of fun events and holidays.  Here’s what exciting to us at PKP:

Pi Day– For those of with an appreciation of math, March 14 (AKA 3.14) is a day to recognize this mathematical constant.  Whether you solve a few math problems or enjoy a snack of pie, it’s a good way to infuse some fun on a Thursday.

St. Patrick’s Day– Everyone has a little Irish to them on this day.  Throw a dinner party at home or at least add some green food coloring to one part of your meal.

First Day of Spring– March 20th heralds the coming of warm weather.  What better way is there to embrace the change of seasons than with a little shopping?  A new shirt or pair of shoes for spring is sure to perk up your wardrobe and transition from corduroys to capris.

I’m sure there are many other things to celebrate this month.  Feel free to share your events in the comments.  And don’t forget to turn to our Style Section for advice and suggestions for all of your fashion and fun needs.

Inspire. Inform. Engage.