Can We Talk?


Joan Rivers, irreverent, loud-mouth, no-holds barred Joan, asked a question that always made me laugh. Why? Because whether or not you answered, whether or not you said “Yes!” Joan would forge ahead. Sometimes what she said would make you blush and run for cover; other times she could make you laugh so hard, you’d say, “Please, just stop!” so you could catch your breath.

Oh, that phrase?

Can We Talk?

This is my ABOUT ME page. My first iteration of an about me page was a bit more formal, you know, the usual. Not enough information about me, too much information of the stuffy kind. So, I’m changing it up. If you really came to find out something about me, I’d like to ask you, can we talk?

First off, if you’ve read any of the articles I’ve written around here, you already know a little bit about me. You know . . .

I Like . . .

  • tech
  • business
  • entrepreneurs
  • sharing
  • graphics
  • responding to comments

You Can Interact With Me …

It's TaylorThyme on BlogTalkRadioI have a BlogTalkRadio show and a broadcast. When I do either one (infrequently), I like to clean up the audio and write reviews of software and tools I find useful; make money from affiliate programs (but I use almost everything I recommend); and, I like email marketing, but I don’t like Newsletters That Taste Like Spam.

Computer stuff
I used to be “computer crazy.” Ok, I still am (a little)! I don’t mind crawling under the hood of a computer and I use the Linux Operating System (yes, I still use Windows sometimes).

I like that behind the-scenes web/blog stuff, including installing scripts, troubleshooting simple server issues, and digging around in a database. And I can remote troubleshoot Linux or Windows machines and fix most production software issues.

Want to know something personal about me?

Ahh, I have seven EIGHT grandchildren (6 7 boys, 1 girl) and 1 2 great-nieces, two daughters and two sons-in-law. (Yeah, things change!)

I love coffee (day or night), spinach, mac-and-cheese (I know!), and long walks.

I.can.cook. (Don’t tell anyone!)

I was born at the very tip of Long Island, in a seaside village; raised in Brooklyn; transplanted to the South when I was a teenager (where my mom and dad were born); and lived for a while in the lovely Blue Ridge/Appalachian mountains where the springs run clear and you can sleep on the porch.

(Did I say I luv NY, miss The Towers, like Yellow Cabs, don’t mind driving in Manhattan too much, and still ride the Staten Island Ferry every chance I get?)

What About Work?

I work crazy hours, sleep crazy hours, I’m project oriented, and a stickler for grammar and spelling. (But I make mistakes, too, as so graciously pointed out by a commenter on my post about … grammar!

I am NOT a Math whiz, BUT I love spreadsheets, running numbers, creating project budgets, and striking a win-win deal.

I love to write — even with pen and paper! — and always edit way too much. (If you find a mistake, let me know. I won’t be mad at you!) And because so many writers visit here, I added a little plugin that let’s you edit your own comment.

I’ve worked as a file clerk, cashier, beverage server, secretary, administrative assistant, executive assistant, office manager, shipping & receiving manager …

Non-profit co-director, program director, business manager, in-house trainer . . .

And some stuff I’ve forgotten, I’m sure!

I’ve run my own businesses, as a freelancer, consultant, trainer, and partner.

(I always enjoyed writing proposals, crafting capability statements, and writing end-of-project evaluations and reports.)

I … I … I … Alright, already!

Now . . . That is more About Me than you ever wanted to know.

You Can Reach Me …

I use Skype, Google Voice, and Twitter, which means you can find me easily.
@CoachNotesBlog    Google Voice 252-495-0447     Skype: vernessataylor

Can we talk?

Vernessa Taylor, Editor, CoachNotes Blog, Technology Consulting for Local Online and Offline Small BusinessSure, anytime … Hit me up on Skype, via my Google Voice button, or on Twitter. And if you already have my email address, go ahead, drop me a line. And, now there’s the Google+ Profile! I’m in there … . :)

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  1. Okay, this put mine to shame; I really need to revamp at least two of mine now. And you’re a grandmother? Goodness, I thought you were much younger than me, and now I’m not so sure. :-) Good stuff!

    • Hey Mitch,

      That’s flattering but no, I’ve been around for a while — as attested to by my adult daughters now telling me what to do, but more strangely, asking my advice on their own business activities! :)

      There are so many conflicting opinions about what to include on an About Me page, I decided to forego it all and just go for broke. Thanks for the thumbs up!

  2. I know that it’s unusual to leave comments in the about pages but this one of yours is exceptional, so I couldn’t resist. You’re a super grandma, that’s for sure.

    • Hi Steven, you’re right, comments on About Pages are usually closed. Mine used to be but I thought I’d just leave them open so folk like you and Mitch could have your say! :)

      Thanks for the compliment. Nothing like a bucket-load of grandkids to remind you of why you do what you do.

  3. Hey Lady. I’m so glad that you and I have connected on so many different levels and in most of these networks! You’re an awesome person and it’s been my pleasure to get to know you better. Cheers!

    • Hi Ileane, There is nothing like heartfelt connection! The feeling is mutual. :)

      When I first came across your work, especially your tutorials, I experienced a professional kinship. As I encountered your comments on worthwhile blogs, I thought, hmmm, someone I’d like to know.

      Having finally met you online and shared numerous phone conversations, I’m always happy to let others know, you’re one of my favorite “go to” resources.

      And I’m expecting great things from our collaborations!

  4. Hi Vernessa, just dropping to say hello. I’m amazed by your about me page coz there’s a lot of stuff in here and not only that, we can comment here. Cool!

    Expect my name in your comments at least once a week. :)


    Editor’s Note:

    I’m leery about linking to payday loans, quick cash, casino, and pawnshop sites. I removed your link because of that, however I have included your website (sans link) within your comment.

    • Hi Val,

      When I was thinking about re-doing my About page, I looked at numerous ones. Conventional wisdom said to “sell your services,” while new age wisdom said to “personalize and sell yourself.” Like I said to Mitch above, I decided to shake it up a bit, which included opening it up for sensible comments.

      Thanks for coming by to say hello. I hope you’ll come around again. Let me know what you think of the articles here.

  5. All I can say is WOW! I look forward to regular visits to this bolg. Thanks for allowing me to comment and be a part of the life of such an amazing person.

    Many Blessings!

  6. I usually don’t comment on About pages, but like some others, I had to do it! After reading your past job experiences, I had to comment on this. I too had numerous jobs and titles, and by you mentioning all these, well, it just made me like you a bit more (and I just “met” you). Your “Can We Talk,” makes you more of a likable person, rather than a “Contact” in my opinion. I will visit more often, so much, that you will treat me like family (hope you can reciprocate this as well)!

    • Hiya, Charlie!

      Yeah, commenting on About pages is a little weird. LOL Glad you decided to do it and happy to meet you, too. Those varied jobs certainly informed my perspective and contributed to me being a serial entrepreneur.

      I like your portmanteau — “interpreneur” mashup.

      Come on by anytime!

  7. Hey Vernessa,

    Good to be on your blog this week

    Thanks for the visit and engagement.

    I had a terrible weekend but the week is kicking off rather on a bright footing ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Now I see your ‘about me’ page with a lot of activity. You know I hate ‘sleepy’ ‘About Me’ pages ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. HI Vernessa,

    I enjoyed browsing your site and was captured by your ‘about me’ page. You write in a light spirited way.

    I look forward to reading more of your blogs.

    • Hi Phoenicia,

      Lovely name! So happy you dropped by from LinkedIn. I’ve met the nicest professionals there who are still just down to earth.

      Thank you for the compliment. Not sure my writing has ever been described as “light spirited” but I like that characterization. Do visit again! :)

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