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Preview of Some of the Thoughts and Issues Being Looked at as Possible Content for the New Blog Coalition Sites Coming Soon!

New Projects are in the Works and Include from the Blog Coalition, New Websites and Ideas

Undertakings Coming

We have a couple of things cooking. Too early thought to talk about them. Soon we shall be able to. Or so we hope. They are all going to be a part of the Blog Coalition.

We are All Human

We like to think that one of the primary reasons that the PIAs had ten successful awards ceremonies over the course of a decade, was because the awards given to members of the community resonated with others. Meaning, the categories of recognition evolved over time . And the amazing thing is that the process seemed to attract both older and younger people. In the end we are all human!

Can a USA Divided Become a USA Unified?

Although the Platinum PIAs had an emphasis on the arts, it also focused on small businesses in the community or anyone who was making a difference in some way. It is vital that we as a country, especially now, be looking toward a “USA Unified” rather than being a “USA Divided.” The word “unified” rather than being “united” is that it is tough to see this country quickly becoming that. Striving to be unified is more possible.

Sometimes Those in Pain Want Others to Be in Pains

The PIAs always stood for positivity over negativity. Because being a person with an upbeat outlook is spreading the warmth. But an angry and dissatisfied person often find their “joy” through hurting others emotionally. Individuals who do this tend to be in a lot of pain themselves.

The Good Side of Human Behavior

Everyone needs recognition of some kind. When noticing and emphasizing the “good” that someone is doing has a positive impact in many ways. First, the person being awarded becomes happy as a result and will share their award the others. And those seeing their friend or colleague has achieved this, can sometimes motivate them to do good too. And in the big picture it is nice to know that there are others who value the good side of human behavior.

The Convenience of Online for Shoppers

Although most of the Platinum PIAs events were done in-person, some were done online. And post Pandemic even more so people are seeing the value of things being done on the web. This includes buying from businesses online. These days, if a business is not harnessing the internet in some way, are long-term going to have a difficulty keeping their business afloat. Consumers enjoy making purchases online because it is convenient.

Emotional Health

Nurturing the spirit of community is vital to the survival of humans in a positive way. Anger often comes to the surface more quickly than kindness and can have a negative impact. Feelings that lean toward happiness are a different kind of “fuel” than its flipside which is to not care about the good emotional health of others.

Sharing on the Web

The responsibility of pursuing and developing community falls upon all of us. Even those who are introverted need community. Introverts can often be very emotional people and when they have good feelings overwhelming the bad, a person who tends to move toward solitude gets a boost from the happiness of others. It is extremely easy to fall into darkness. Having a happy and healthy society is more difficult. Pain and avoiding it is known to sell better for businesses than a purely positive viewpoint. So sometimes showing both and how they impact each other is the best plan when it comes to sharing online.

Professor Dreamer Meets Professor Realist?

“Hope” is a cornerstone of having a happier way of seeing the world. Often it is thought that dreamers dream of hope, but it is not sustainable. Whereas realists at least have the capacity through their clarity and focus, to have a result. It is really a mix of dreaming and being “realistic” that best serves hope. The dreamer bringing to the table the positive vision of the world, while the realist makes it possible to get that point of view seen by others.

Balance?

To keep on smiling despite the darkness one can feel, is important. But this is different than pushing a smile. One can be preoccupied by the negative and when that person grins it does not have the same impact as a smile from a person who truly has a zest for life. Of course, many people, especially those in vocations that require networking, can seem false. It is as though they feign being happy to make the sale. Balance, as in many things, is the initial approach.

Mental Health

Mental health thankfully is becoming easier to talk about. Not so long ago it was a taboo. People were ashamed to admit they suffered from things like depression and anxiety. As acceptance grows so do the opportunities for a solution. This includes those in the mental health industries such as psychology and psychiatry. Although things are warming up in an effective manner regarding mental health, it still has a long way to go. But together we can spread the word!

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U.S. in Need

Peace on Earth and Technology

The decade long run of the Platinum PIAs is over, but this does not mean we cannot open dialogues about important. One that comes to mind is technology versus safety. But first, we feel it is important to start by mentioning that in the decade long run of the PIAs.

For the 10 years and each years’ ceremony, we were always easily able to find small businesses that are making a positive differences in their communities. In other words all is not lost, there are a lot of good people out there.

That said, there are also many wrongs that are happening on planet Earth today, including within out own country. This can sometimes make one a bit jaded, therefore questioning that there exists today authentic caring about others.

Another problem and question that comes up is technology and whether or not it is helping or hurting our ability to be true human being? Or to put it another way, were the lives of people in the 1800’s more grounded then we are today? Were there more people then who wanted to do good?

Has technology today magnified hate to such a degree that it has a negative on human beings world wide? Also, it should be noted that there were a lot of things very wrong in our country for decades, and many of these problems still exist.

Not everyone, especially in the past, did not have the freedom that others did. And still, not all people are treated equally. So with access to social media platforms and search engines are we being responsible with its power to get out opinions?

Looking at how we live today with access to technology, there a lot of folks out there who rant and say horrible things about people. And with technology everything becomes magnified, both the good and the bad. Big corporations in the search and social domains, actually flourish with negative comments of person versus person.

Why? They sell more ads. It is a well known reality that bad news gets much more interest than good news does. And thus with the interest intact, the bullies reign. And the sad part of technology giving a voice to negativity is that the attacker is often as much in pain as the person being attacked.

What can we do about this if anything? There are a lot of not-for-profit organizations out there that are collecting donations for the purpose of helping to curb those out of control who see the web as a way to generate pain upon others.

And much of this desire by some to hurt others, comes of course from their own pain, a truth which they could very well could be in denial of. Some victims grow up to be bullies who feel they have a right to having access to the means of bashing other human beings who deserve better.

Do the search engines and social media platforms, really care about what their mediums are facilitating in the lives of everyday people? It seems that the only time big companies that facilitate the spread of victimizing and negativity, do anything to deal with this, is when they fear the possibility of losing ad sales.

If you have been around for a while on this planet, our question to you is that does having access to placement in both search and social make you feel any safer today than you did pre internet?

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Community

Do We All Need Applause?

Do we all need applause? Do we all need an audience? Do we all need fans? Most psychologists would say “yes.” Why is this? It is because most disorders, other than chemical ones, tend to relate to a single thing.

This thing is often related to an individual not having received recognition of some kind early in their life. This is part of the reason that for ten years we implemented the Platinum PIAs Awards.

We believed that those who are doing good for the community, deserve to have recognition for that. So, each year we would bring together community members as an audience for just that purpose.

We would recognize both online and offline creators and entrepreneurs. We felt then, and still do so today, that we all need some form of an audience, fans or love to maintain happiness.

Of course, in addition to the psychological mechanisms there are chemical ones as well. The mind is mysterious indeed, but one thing for certain, even introverts need relationships.

Relationships can include friendships, romantic partners, coworkers, and more involving emotional support. This can be very helpful in this thing called life.

So even though we are not currently producing the annual Platinum PIAs any longer, we still have adhered to our mission to recognize business owners and creatives who are making a difference both in their in-person and online communities.

We do this this recognition process in various ways, including positive posts like this one, that also includes the current 57 websites that are a part of the Blog Coalition. Additionally, do our best to give recognition on a continual basis.

Giving recognition can include letting friends, family and coworkers know that they are good people and making a difference in the lives of others. In short, we believe that we all need applause.

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U.S. in Need

As Time Moves Forward, New Heroes Emerge and Together We See the Big Picture

The Search and Thanks are Ongoing

The tradition of annual Platinum PIA Celebrations ended around two years ago, but much has happened over the last couple of years. The quest to make a difference by finding those who themselves make a difference, has not stopped.

Obstacles

The world we live in now with COVID, inflation and here in New York City, violence, has tested all of us in one way or another. A new mayor in office came as a beacon of hope for many.

The Hope

The reasoning was that because he had once been a police officer himself, that he brought to the table important knowledge and experience, and could stop or diminish the amount of unnecessary blood shed that occurs in our wonderful city.

A New Reality?

Although the mayor has not been in office long, some of those who voted for him are losing the faith. This is because since he took on his responsibilities, violence has actually gone up.

Thanks from All of Us

Our thanks go out to those who are actively working toward ending violence here in Manhattan and beyond. You are indeed making a difference!

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Community

Dr. Doer Gives Back

A Tongue in Cheek Look at a New Way to Make a Difference: Get on the Doer Path!

The Platinum PIAs Awards Presents a Lampoon of Sorts with a New Comical Character: Dr. Doer Who Lends a Helping Hand…



Who is Dr. Doer? According to today’s edition of the “USA Make a Difference” Newsletter this fictional character is an acclaimed and esteemed expert of the Doer Sciences with a B.A., M.A. and N.M.I.H (No Med is He).

Simply put, as Dr. Doer explains in his tele-lectures:

“As a  a man of the study of ScienceOmaticDoerIsm I recently had a grant to figure out what the two types of meaning searchers were. And after several months of lab analysis, I came up with the hypothesis that there are Dreamers and then there are Doers. And very soon I will be wrestling with another question with another grant to look more deeply into what I call The Two Hybrids which are dreamers/doers and doers/dreamers. The many months of lab analysis and ScienceOmaticDoerIsm, is to specifically answer a question that has puzzled the puzzled. The inquiry is to find out which is better: to be a Dreamer who becomes a Doer, or a Doer who can Dream?”

We then asked Dr. Doer what his recommendation was to anyone who wants to become a Doer. His response was:

It is really quite easy. It takes just 3 steps.

1. Get on the Doer Path.
2. Pursue your Doer Goal and subgoals.
3. Enter Doertopia then repeat.

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Community

Businesses like yours do not need to suffer despite the pandemic as we learned from the decade long run of our community awards show called the platinum pias

Your Business Does Not Have to Suffer

Here is a way to digitally transform your business process with tools available online that are low or no cost. Businesses like yours do not need to suffer. Solutions are available and are within arm’s length. You simply need to seek them out and be a part of the solution for your business and not the problem.

What was the Platinum PIAs Awards?

The “happening” recognized small businesses and other organizations and institutions who are making a difference both online and off.

Lessons Learned from Pre Covid-Producing of Events and Shows

The best way to “Tap into the Community” is to “Create and Organize the Community” The PIAs ended its decade long annual run just prior to the entrance of the villain of the show, the Corona Virus. But strategies similar to staging shows and events can be easily done by local and online businesses being negatively impacted by Covid and its Variants.

Discovering the Path

Information regarding what the first three steps of the journey are, could potentially become available if “insiders” decide to make digital learning products available. The decision regarding whether or not to move forward with beta testing and proof of concept, must be decided upon by tonight, Friday, at 12:00am, midnight, the start of the new year, 2022.

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Marketing Education

Top 10 Completely Free Online Business Marketing Strategies for Plan Users

Updating requests.

Every so often we run into people who somehow had been involved in the PIAs ether as a live audience member, a presenter or even online viewer. The question that we get the most is that since the PIAs website is still up, even after closing the awards show, why don’t we update the blog more? We apologize for not putting in new content on a regular basis. We are working on a great number of community projects and do updates as we can. In fact, in this update that you are reading right now, we are giving your something to read that hopefully you will find helpful. It is a preview from an educational collaboration of ours which is the writing of a nonfiction eBook about leveraging the power of niche marketing.

Important. We apologize for temporarily having to remove the 10 Free Tools and their descriptions and will be returning them soon!

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Education

A Little Bit of PIAs History

The Platinum PIAs had a group of regulars who enjoyed reuniting each year with old friends.

An Annual Tradition

As most of you know by now, The Platinum PIAs Awards held ceremonies annually for 10 consecutive years (2010 – 2019) in New York City. The event was both in-person as well as online. The PIAs had the mission “To recognize businesses, non-profits and individuals like you who are making a difference in your communities.” It was a family friendly neighborhood event, that became a tradition for in-person regulars. We had great turnouts and it truly was fun for all ages. My daughter, who was a toddler back when the first show was launched, has told me many times that she misses going to the PIAs each year which had been a highlight in her experience of growing up.

Much Needed Help for Businesses, Non-profits and the Self Employed

Even though the PIAs doors have closed, we are excited to carry on a variation of its mission in the form of a new organization that, because of COVID restraints, functions entirely online and is called “USA Make a Difference.” This organization has the mission “To make a difference by helping you to make a difference (whether you are a business, non-profit or individual).”

What Action Steps are Taken by “USA Make a Difference”?

USA Make a Difference manifests its mission in the form of (1) our free weekly email newsletter, (2) our informational digital goods such as our in-house written eBooks (not available anywhere else) and (3) online services including blog creation, email marketing and internet campaign management.

Blog Publicity for the 3 Divisions of “USA Make a Difference”

All three of the faucets of “USA Make a Difference” are documented on an ongoing basis by our Blog Coalition which is a community network that, as of this writing, consists of nearly 60 blogs, some of which have been in existence since around the time of the first edition of the Platinum PIAs Awards in 2010.

 

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Yianni Stamas Details National Bird Day

The Platinum PIAs Closed but still having an Impact

The Platinum PIAs over the years has had as winners those who work to preserve animals in their habitats all across the 50 states.

National Bird Day

Today’s date, January 5th, is known the world over to be National Bird Day. This day is not to be confused with International Migratory Bird Day which marks the time that birds migrate.

The Cause of National Bird Day

Instead, National Bird Day is a holiday that has been in existance for over a decade and is the time that bird lovers can participate in the process of counting the amount of the various bird types there are. This happens all over the country and is a participation in the process of documenting the number of the various species of our feathered friends all across this great country of ours.

Those Who Have Lost Their Lives on the Day Throughout History

We would be remiss if we did not mention that today is a date that over the years has marked the deaths of some very important people including Amelia Earhart (1897-1939) Pilot, George Washington Carver (1864-1943) Botanist and Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) US President.

Taking Action

On National Bird Day, those involved with the National Bird Day Cause can watch birds either together or in a group to participate in helping with the conservation of birds. Will you bird watch today?!

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Nominations

You Know What You Need to Do Tomorrow

Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a special day and we couldn’t resist coming out to talk about it. Apparently the Platinum PIAs have inspired a couple different awards show to come to be. This includes the Big Apple Awards, the Home Business Awards and the US Make a Difference Awards. The one we have in our eye at the moment is the Home Business Awards. This is because we believe home businesses could play a role in the job issues we are currently experiencing.

US Make a Difference

United States, we ask that you make a difference and get out and vote. Now more than ever we need participation by the people that could lead to the sides not being as much divided as they currently are.

Please Vote

When you think about it, voting is an important right to fulfill. Possibly one of the most important. Many from both “sides” in the US are extremist s in their beliefs. One side is “take from the rich and give to the poor,” while the other side seems to be “have the rich remain in power and do the PR they are empowering the poor.” which side most resonates with you? Even if neither fits your views, please get out tomorrow and make your voice heard.