Andalucia Steve

...living the dream

  1. Mind and Spirit > Stage Fright

    I've always been extra nervous in front of crowds. By extra, I mean as in more than the average bear. I'm quite good in a crowd, if I have to get up a ask a question at a chaired meeting for example, the opportunity to take the floor and make it my own for a few moments is something I quite...
    Last Updated: 8/5/2016
  2. Life > Blame Profits No-one Five Minute Wisdom

    After my father died, I remember speaking to his brother George about my father's character. He shared with me the following anecdote. George and Ted, my father were only a few years apart but Ted was the elder and ran his own business. George was helping out in the early days. They...
    Last Updated: 8/1/2016
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 10:01:59 PM
Inquirer.netIn Spain, pork facilities that can process 6000 pigs dailyInquirer.netThat's the first thing that struck us when we were brought to several facilities in Spain where pork meat was processed into cut fresh frozen parts, sausages...
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 10:01:21 PM
Insightcrime.orgArrest of Alleged Cartel Operative Shows Mexico Drug Interests in SpainInsightcrime.orgOn August 23, EFE reported it had obtained access to a Spanish police report alleging Juan Manuel Muñoz Luévano -- also known by the aliases...
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 8:52:04 PM
Spain, Italy seize hashish worth $2 million, arrest 19 alleged drug smuggl...ReutersThe Europol-coordinated operation followed a series of anti-drug raids earlier in August in southern Spain that resulted in 23 arrests and over 1,000 kilograms of...
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:40:37 PM
Dublin LiveIrish boy dies in Spain after hotel pool drowning horrorDublin LiveA boy has died just days after being saved from a holiday hotel pool where he nearly drowned. The 12-year-old Irish schoolboy lost his fight for life overnight in the Vall ...
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:08:15 PM
RTSpain's economy gains traction despite political deadlockRTHowever, “there is little evidence that this is having a significant impact” on the economic sector, according to Miguel Cardoso, chief economist for Spain at BBVA Research, citing a...
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An aside

Personal Branding

I did a course on personal branding recently by social media guru and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) As I'm at pains to point out to people, I'm a programmer by trade, and marketing, on-line or otherwise is a second string to me and one to which I'm always keen to learn more about. Anyway - cut a long story short, one of the takeaways of the course involves analyzing my 'DNA' and applying what I've discovered to refashion my social media presence to something more cohesive which better incorporates what I do. One of those strands is that I'm very much rooted in Andalucia, so I've started to build that into my social media profiles. All my social media accounts now feature the Olvera 'panorama' profile picture. I've renamed by Twitter handle as @andaluciasteve and pretty soon this website will transition from I hate Steve Gould to AndaluciaSteve.com. More changes are in the pipeline, so watch this space. Already this has caused a upswing in my Klout score, a huge leap in the number of Twitter followers, with more engagement and interaction with my followers.

Sixth day of April and work continues here on the site. I've made a few changes to the new theme and renewed the Janrain details, so all being well, people can register with the site using the most popular social media accounts, Facebook, Twitter etc. I've added Amazon as an authorization source since I reckon their can't be many people in the Western World who don't have an account with them.