Archive for January, 2014

Meet the Team- James Maynard

Monday, January 27th, 2014

shel_zoeJames Maynard has been writing for PeKu for almost two years.  Over this period of time, he has covered an interesting array of topics, everything from NASCAR to pets to fitness.  Whatever the topic, James provides our readers with a great wealth of information, quite often with a bit of humor infused as well.

Please allow me to introduce you to James.

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

JM: The first Peku Publications Web site for which I wrote was I still think writing movie reviews was my favorite. I have a bit of Jay Sherman in my heart. If I had more free time to watch movies, I’d love to still be writing reviews.

MPK: You are a regular columnist at Couch Tuber.  Do you have a favorite television show?

JM: After being at least as obsessed as everyone else with Breaking Bad, my current favorite series is Orange is the New Black. I was a fan of Star Trek: Voyager and That 70’s Show, so how could I resist? Kate Mulgrew and Laura Prepon provided the best acting on those series.

MPK: You also write at Feathers Fins and Fur.  Are you a pet owner?

JM: Except for some fish, it has been several years since I have adopted a pet of my own. Yet, animals keep adopting me. Currently, I live with a cat and dog, and the feline, Zoe, is usually within a few feet of me as I write.

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

JM: I write full time and go to school half-time. What is this “free time” of which you speak? I actually love to write (yikes!) songs, mainly comedy. I play guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele and drums. Music is what keeps this writer as stable as possible. Cooking is another love of mine – I’ve been creating dishes since I was a child.

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

JM: While other kids were running lemonade stands to make pocket money, I put together my own “science magazine,” when I was 10 years old. I wrote one-or-two paragraph-long stories from what I read. My mother made copies at work, and I would walk around my neighborhood, selling copies and “subscriptions” to the neighbors. I probably would have made more money with a lemonade stand.

Marking the Seasons

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Valentine NorbertDuring the Christmas season of 2012, we bought a freshly picked tree, as we usually do.  Unfortunately, after a week in our living room, that year’s tree began losing needles at a rapid pace.  With over two weeks left until Christmas, there was no possibility that this tree would last.  Unfortunately, I was under the weather that weekend, so my husband offered to go and find a new tree for us.

An hour or two later, my husband returned with a 2-foot tall Norwegian Pine.  This planted tree could serve as a fill-in for a Christmas tree and add some green to our house year round.  Little did either of realize that day that this tree would become a focal point of our living room.  It has almost doubled in size and has been named Norbert.  Additionally, Norbert is decorated in lights all year long.  As you can see in the photo, he’s now decorated for Valentine’s Day with pink lights.

Having a tree such as this has been a great addition to our home.  The lighted tree with a name is a conversation piece for almost every person that enters our house.  Plus, no matter what time of year it is our house has some element of seasonal decoration.  Who can’t help but smiling when they see a tree with green lights in March or orange lights in October?

Just as our home marks the seasons, so does PeKu Publications.  For example on Outdoors Eagle, while we focus on a new destination every month, we also are sure to highlight seasonally appropriate activities.  Currently, we are focusing on snowmobiling, winter camping, and skiing.  Soon we will change that to four-wheeling and biking.  Also, on Little Bit of Green we highlight what our readers can be doing for their plants based not only on location but also on the time of year.

What do you do to keep all seasons bright?  Feel free to share in the comments below.

3 for PKP – January 2014

Monday, January 13th, 2014

3 for PKP 1A new year means that it’s time for a new set of goals.  When I work on annual goals, there always are two categories in which I look for new heights- growth and service.  For service, this year we intend to publish four articles per week on each of our publications.  We also want to double the number of original videos we publish.  For service, we want to provide our readers with different means of obtaining our original content.  Stay tuned for updates.  My hope is that with these changes, we will see continued growth.  We are hoping to increase not only our readership but also our social media following on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  (If you aren’t following us on these sites, please click the link and join us!)

Here are a few PKP facts for January:

  1. We have seen a decent increase on Facebook, adding nearly 200 new Likes on Facebook in the past quarter.
  2. The same pace of increase has been seen on Pinterest also.  Hopefully both of these are continuing trends; we like engaging with our readers on different platforms.
  3. Our columnist, Lori S., celebrates her three year anniversary with PeKu this month.  Covering outdoor activities, pets, parenting, home remodeling, and shopping, Lori is a talented and versatile writer.  I look forward to reading her columns for years to come!

2014 is off to a great start at PeKu!  I hope the new year is treating you as well.


January 2014 Highlights

Monday, January 6th, 2014

January HighlightsIn New Hampshire, base of PeKu, we are off to a cold and snowy start. With two days of snow last week, it certainly looks like a winter wonderland.  Add the single digit (and subzero) temperatures, and it definitely feels like January here.  Although I don’t enjoy the freezing temps, I do like having the excuse of snow to work from the home office and have lunch in front of the fireplace.

Of course, snow or not, holiday or not, the world keeps moving forward at PeKu. As we start the year, we are excitedly publishing 101 articles each week.  Included in these articles are three new formats:

  • an original video every other week on ‘Bout Green that shares a quick tip to help with your eco-friendly efforts
  • an original video every month on Outdoors Eagle that gives a sneak peek of that month’s destination
  • a monthly slideshow on Good Life Review that provides you with a few facts about the destination of the month

Speaking of Good Life Review, we have decided to make an editorial change for Destination Detour. Rather than focusing on a country or continent, we will be focusing on the 50 US states for 2014. Each week we will focus on a different state and its travel highlights, working in alphabetical order.  Thus, last week we looked at Alabama, and this week we will study Alaska.  Please return weekly to learn about the best things to do and see in each state.

These changes are just a few of the many that we will see in 2014.  It should be another exciting year at PeKu.

Happy 2014 to all!