12 May

Check Point

It’s official, my undergraduate career has come to an end.  On Monday afternoon I walked out of my last final with an overwhelming sensation of confusion, anxiousness, and most importantly, excitement.  I am entering the next phase of my life, and like many soon-to-be-graduates, I am still planning my future career path.

Unlike most of my peers, I began my post-graduate employment search in mid-October.  After numerous conversations with various Human Resource departments regarding my premature pursuit for gainful employment, I decided to change directions.  The result was a massive networking campaign.  I conducted research about the recent trend in social media, and listened in on the conversation.  The result, well, you’re reading it!

In February 2010, I began participating in various social media outlets ranging from introducing my WordPress blog and Twitter account (@KeithEPetri), to increasing the activity on my LinkedIn.  Furthermore, I designed, coded and published a centralized web space to highlight my online activities and promote my personal brand.  Now, at this milestone in my life, I plan to re-evaluate my online presence.

While the Internet is flooded with information pertaining to managing personal brands (Google Search Results), I feel more confident in my connections to give valuable feedback – it is you who engage with me!  Instead of using free tools or paying for services which we are all familiar with, I would truly appreciate your feedback on my website design, blog posts, Twitter activity, LinkedIn profile and overall online persona.

All feedback is welcome.  Please feel free to email comments (Keith.E.Petri@GMail.com) if you do not feel comfortable posting publicly.  Thank you in advance for your time and help.


  • Sorry – meant to do this earlier.

    Anyway; I unsubscribed from your twitter account because you started representing 40% or so of all tweets I’d get, many of them links I wasn’t finding terribly valuable (largely as I’ve been following online/social media for 7 years now). But I suspect most people find it valuable, or at least impressive, since it seems like you’ve been able to leverage it.

    I don’t think your capitalizing on your customized web space (why have a web site, then also a WordPress-hosted blog? Just install WordPress, throw on a custom theme, and then you can install a greater variety of (pretty powerful) plugins). (Also, I’m unsure if Google would hit you for the duplicate content).

    It could also do with some web design love; e.g. to those image-links at the bottom of your posts, add “border=0” to the anchor HTML. You also lose a bit of credibility using the Vibrant advertising system with those fugly double-underlined keywords. And on a terribly minor SEO note, you should be using header tags (, ) for your page and post titles. OTOH, you don’t exactly need SEO at the moment; you’re #2 on Google, and it’s your photography site which is #1.

  • Sorry – meant to do this earlier.

    Anyway; I unsubscribed from your twitter account because you started representing 40% or so of all tweets I’d get, many of them links I wasn’t finding terribly valuable (largely as I’ve been following online/social media for 7 years now). But I suspect most people find it valuable, or at least impressive, since it seems like you’ve been able to leverage it.

    I don’t think your capitalizing on your customized web space (why have a web site, then also a WordPress-hosted blog? Just install WordPress, throw on a custom theme, and then you can install a greater variety of (pretty powerful) plugins). (Also, I’m unsure if Google would hit you for the duplicate content).

    It could also do with some web design love; e.g. to those image-links at the bottom of your posts, add “border=0” to the anchor HTML. You also lose a bit of credibility using the Vibrant advertising system with those fugly double-underlined keywords. And on a terribly minor SEO note, you should be using header tags (, ) for your page and post titles. OTOH, you don’t exactly need SEO at the moment; you’re #2 on Google, and it’s your photography site which is #1.

  • Sorry – meant to do this earlier.

    Anyway; I unsubscribed from your twitter account because you started representing 40% or so of all tweets I’d get, many of them links I wasn’t finding terribly valuable (largely as I’ve been following online/social media for 7 years now). But I suspect most people find it valuable, or at least impressive, since it seems like you’ve been able to leverage it.

    I don’t think your capitalizing on your customized web space (why have a web site, then also a WordPress-hosted blog? Just install WordPress, throw on a custom theme, and then you can install a greater variety of (pretty powerful) plugins). (Also, I’m unsure if Google would hit you for the duplicate content).

    It could also do with some web design love; e.g. to those image-links at the bottom of your posts, add “border=0” to the anchor HTML. You also lose a bit of credibility using the Vibrant advertising system with those fugly double-underlined keywords. And on a terribly minor SEO note, you should be using header tags (, ) for your page and post titles. OTOH, you don’t exactly need SEO at the moment; you’re #2 on Google, and it’s your photography site which is #1.