Within the span of her first two responses during our introductory Q&A, which you can read below, Erin Ollila goes from Lizzie Borden to dwarves to Cambodian food to Ducky from The Land Before Time to backyard recreational sports.
That’s not unlike any casual conversation with Erin. It starts with an innocent “Good morning, Erin, how are you?,” pinballs all over the place, and the next thing you know, you can still hear her voice trailing off down the hallway behind you as you walk outside to your car to head home.
When we’re not around, she talks to Napa the Dog. When Napa’s out with us and nobody’s around, she talks to the security camera. She talks in her sleep. She talks to ATM machines and those annoying videos on gas station pumps. She talks to her food. She got married last weekend, and her vows were written on an On the Road-length scroll trailing behind her as she made her way to the altar. They were longer than her train, and their safe passage down the aisle required the assistance of several adorable children who strained under their weight. It reportedly took her a full five and a half hours to read them. This was reported by her, because everyone else had already left for the reception.
Before you meet Mary Raymond, we ask that you first watch this short and SFWeet video as a primer. Come on – we’ll even watch it with you.
OK, thanks. Or, wait a minute, maybe it should be you thanking us! Isn’t your day just a little bit better now? Well, that’s basically what we experience here at the BuzzFarmers office every time Mary walks through the door. Like that classic scene’s trilling birds and woodland creatures, co-workers happily converge on her, wanting to be closer, craving her attention. When she opens her mouth, it’s almost as if no words come out, but rather “A Smile and a Song.” And, much like Snow White, Mary is a brunette who sometimes wears dresses.
Mary is also a master organizer, communicator, and networker, which makes her the ideal business and office manager. She hopscotches around social media with childlike – one might call it infectious – enthusiasm, while keeping everyone entertained and on task. Somehow, she also lends a hand with content and SEO. How BuzzFarmers actually accomplished stuff prior to her association with the company is anyone’s guess.
Shawn Badgley has wanted to work at BuzzFarmers since before it even existed; since he was a small child in the Nineties growing up on a mire in Belarus, the sixteenth of 17 children born to peat gatherers Vsevolod and Varvara Badgley. Every morning, he would load up hardtack rations on a peat wagon, hitch it to his favorite goat, Gleb, and ride out to a secret writing spot nestled near the Bug River.
There, he would research the flora and fauna, practice his interviewing skills on Gleb, and “blog” on the walls of a mushroom cave, since computers – or electricity, for that matter – had not yet been introduced to his village of Merechevschina. Typewriters, too, were scarce. Pens, pencils, and paper, as well.
So, I wrote this really epic post to go along with this cute graphic Sarah made just for it.
In it, I talked about the fact that we’re hiring, plus the order in which we’ll do so (business manager, social media analyst, managing editor, wordpress developer). Then, I even told you when we’re scheduling interviews and common reasons why you might not get an interview (if you don’t).
But then Pat told me I couldn’t say any of those things or somebody might sue us.
So, instead, I’m consolidating and just telling you that we’re hiring and that we’re hiring one position at a time, in the order above, and if you don’t hear from us, I’m sorry, I love you, and we might have future plans for you with different types of clients. And also that I appreciate your putting your hearts and souls into your applications and talking to us on Twitter.
Also, this won’t be the last time we’re hiring for these positions. So.
That’s all I can say before Pat unplugs the Internet and locks me out of the blog.
This month, we’re in hiring mode. During the next 30 days, we’ll be interviewing and hiring a new social media manager and a second managing editor.
All the while, our office is being built, and we’re collecting furnishings from around Rhode Island to put in it so that it’s a proper second home. Today, we visited the famous Lorimer Workshop to help design our perfect conference table and can’t wait for it to be done!
Exciting, yes? Frightening? Super yes!
For the past few years, our little blogging company has been here, there, and everywhere. We’ve been gypsies, traveling around the states, and we’ve had a couple of small temporary offices in Worcester, Mass., and Homosassa, Fla.. Just a few months ago, we were trying to decide whether we should hit the road in a traveling office (aka a Winnebago) or settle down here in Providence.
You might be able to guess which one we chose.
Illustrated by David Flanagan
American playwright David Ives said that lists are anti-democratic, discriminatory, and elitist. Well, Mr. Ives, I happen to like lists. And, as the fourth quarter of 2012 is ending, I’ve come across some really impactful and wonderful lists that I wanted to share. So, here they are, and I’ll keep adding to the list as more pop up.
During the next week or so, we’re getting the flamethrowers ready and the tumbleweeds rolling in order to launch BuzzFarmers. It’s been a labor of love with people who have previously been working on separate social media, design, and online marketing projects – all coming together for the “greater good.”
Or, in other words, we’re coming together as a superhuman marketing team to manifest some pretty exceptional all-inclusive packages for our existing and new clients. The projects we have coming up are pretty exciting.