Birthday Under the Super Blue Blood Moon

Had this blog been online last January 31, this post would have gone live then. But as  I have mentioned earlier, some hosting problems plagued this blog that time.

I am writing this now because I wanted to remember that moment 🙂 Here’s a beautiful photo of the Super Blue Blood Moon* then, taken by a friend:

So my birthday this year was just really somewhat ordinary 🙂

Well, I was not even feeling very well that day. And then my husband and I had just dinner at home (he bought a nice dinner for us and brought it home). But then, there it was. This rare jewel in the sky that night.

Somehow, it made my day extra special.

It felt like someone was winking at me, no, smiling at me from above.

Thank you, Lord, for one more year and for showing me, us such a wonderful sight in the sky.

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*The Jan. 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit -- known as perigee -- and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.” - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Why Brands Need to Welcome Influencer Marketing

About a decade ago, promoting and marketing your product or brand meant relying on the usual word of mouth, running an ad or two in the newspaper (or magazine), TV and even the radio. But it’s now 2018 and the usual way of doing things (traditional marketing) may no longer be enough or cost effective.

It is time to consider doing influencer marketing. But what do we mean by influencer marketing?

Influencer marketing basically means getting popular social media accounts to post, tweet or talk about your brand or product.

Influencer marketing could benefit your brand or product in several ways. Consider these realities:

  1. More and more people are online. Almost half of the world’s estimated 7.3 billion population (2016) are internet users, according to the International Telecommunications Union. And if you do trace the number of users through the years, you will clearly see that users just continue to grow year after year.

Your brand, your product needs to be talked about, known about online.

  1. Social media is invading the world. I think we all know that but sometimes we do not do the math and check the statistics and find out how much it is invading your world and mine. So here it is: as of February 2017, according to CNN Tech, Facebook is “quickly closing in on the 2 billion user mark.” As of September 2017, Instagram has reached 800 million users while Twitter has averaged 330 million monthly active users as of the 4th quarter of 2017. These are, of course, huge numbers, which remind us that we need to make a way to reach these users and one way to do that is through influencers.

To effectively bring your brand or product to these social media users, it would be good to not only form partnerships with influencers but to ensure that you bring a clear message across about your brand or product as well. Communications and brand specialists would be able to help you with this; consider enlisting the services of Nancy Behrman.

You can tap the services of those who have had a track record in working with brands. Try connecting with Nancy Behrman.

  1. Your enemy is attention span. According to a 2015 Time article, we now have a shorter attention span than the goldfish. The goldfish has a 9 second attention span and research has shown that “people now generally lose concentration after 8 seconds.” This was observed beginning in 2000 just when the mobile revolution began. This shorter attention span “highlights the effects of an increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain.”

Influencer marketing is your friend in facing a shorter attention span. Influencers can help bring your message across in short, crisp words through their social media accounts along with pictures and images and yes, those hashtags.

So if you haven’t been welcoming influencer marketing in the past, let 2018 be different and more productive for you.

No Other Love

About 18 years ago, I heard a song from Vineyard Worship which deeply blessed me.

It is a reminder that over all and in the end, there is really only One who can fulfill the deepest thirsts in my life: “All my fountains are in You.” (Psalm 87:7)

I found out that what may have been the 1st version starts with: “There is no other friend…”, however another version begins with “There is no other love…”.  The 1st version is entitled No Other, the 2nd one is No Other Love. Below is the No Other Love version.

The song is penned by the musically gifted (anointed) David Ruis who I had the privilege of meeting in a Vineyard Regional Conference in Bangkok, Thailand some time in 2002. I ended up in that conference upon the invitation of friends from Vineyard Philippines who were part of the conference. These friends were actually pastors and leaders who were also supportive of my mission work then in Thailand.

It seemed like such a long time ago when I heard the  song the first time. It seemed like ages ago when I was in Thailand. Yet just as it is then, the message is still true: All my fountains are in Him.

There is no one else who can meet you and me where we are, whatever season in life we are in.

May we never forget that. And may we never cease seeking Him.