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Connected Communities and Visibility – Blog 3

Connected Communities and visibility

I will present two blogs that I have been following for more than a month.
They are https://blog.sleepnumber.com/ and
The Sleep Number Blog stated that it was the Official Founding Partner for the Super bowl NFL season and dedicated last week’s articles to how athletes need a restful sleep and what kind of sleep number settings helped them achieve maximum rest. They also communicated their Sleep Number Station with full-on activation at Nicollet Mall and engaged the public who came to visit and sleep on their Sleep Number Setting beds.

In their other articles, they touch upon various aspects of life that deeply relates to have a sound sleep. It can be as simple as a bedtime routine, to cutting out caffeine, to eating the right kind of food, to decorating your bedroom to make it look comforting. Or it can be as complex as Sleep program accreditations and assessments which are scientifically proven. The blog does a thorough job of investigating all aspects of Sleep as a Science, an Art, and a biological rhythm of everyday living.

The blog subtly promotes the Sleep Number beds but not in an overtly in your face marketing campaign. It talks convincingly about the Sleep Number bed and how it can help you stay healthy through life’s ups and downs. I like to read this blog because they have a Book Club and showcase interesting books to read. This scores maximum brownie points for me along with other well-written articles.

The Minnesota Reading and Math Corps Blog

The second blog that I loved is the Minnesota Math and Reading Corps blog.
It is a simple blog with no fashionable art or sophistication. It speaks out to me, because serving in Reading Corps for four years was significant milestone in my life. It also salutes those who have served and currently serving. It is a blog of service to young children and how each member has his/her own story of triumph.
(https://blog.mnreadingandmathcorps.org/2016/05/learning-and-growing-together.html?view=snapshot) That is me and my 2 minutes of Reading Corps glory.

This blog places it’s focus entirely on the Tutors without any distraction or deviation.
You may ask why is this so? It is because the Tutors are the ambassadors of the Program. The Program has its independent website which has all details of the application process to become a Tutor and the works. The blog is completely dedicated to the individuals who bring the program to life. These tutors come from diverse backgrounds, but with one mission: To make a difference in the lives of children. The blog does an excellent job of delivering it in a direct and powerful manner.

In my analysis of the two blogs, I think they are creative hubs or online stations where the brand experience is communicated in a singular strategy. The Sleep Number Blog talks about the multifaceted phenomenon of “Sleep” and the Minnesota Reading Corps Blog talks about “Tutoring as a lifetime experience”.

The blog is available to a global community and I can reap the benefits of learning more about sleep patterns or the joys of being a tutor simultaneously. It is incredible how blogs are changing the way we experience life through the eyes of other’s who are sharing their experience and information.

Social Media is Great, but What about Good, Old Fashioned Book Reading?


Everywhere I look, new advances in technology are being made—and seemingly, this happens every couple months when some unique form of technology appears to solve society’s daily problems. When I was younger, I had an mp3 player (really a glorified USB drive) that used an AA battery and held up to 60 songs at once. Then I owned a Motorola flip phone that I used to text my friends and buy cool ringtones. It fit in my pocket, so it was a huge “level up” from the old, clunky phones my parents talked about.

(Does anyone remember the Nokia phones from the 90s? It’s OK if you do; the 90s were pretty cool!)

With these advances in the early-to-mid 2000s, it’s not surprising that now, in 2016, we’ve soared even higher with our interactive watches, Google Glass, and virtual reality. Through these gadgets, we get the latest and greatest features in social media and have the ability to constantly plug into our Twitter, Facebook, and other social circles. We no longer live in a world where we need to disconnect. Our signal is boost 24/7!

Continue reading Social Media is Great, but What about Good, Old Fashioned Book Reading?

PRESS RELEASE – “Can Henry Make It” by Darion Harding – Something we can really hold on too.

Meet Henry! Uplifting New Children’s Books by Darion Harding Take Flight; Proving that ‘Being Different’ is Awesome.


‘Can Henry Make It’ and ‘Henry’s Best Christmas’ introduce young readers to the world’s most inspirational and heart-warming Kiwi bird. While Henry cannot fly like the other birds on his island, his steadfast ability to overcome external pressures and stereotypes teaches an invaluable lesson to children about realizing their own potential. With a Christmas book also just hitting the market, Henry and his good character are poised to resonate with children around the world.

For Immediate Release

Maple Grove, MN – While most adults appreciate that diversity really is the true spice of life, being ‘different’ as a child can have a profound effect on confidence. However, a whimsical yet vitally-important new series of children’s book by Darion Harding is helping young readers relish and embrace everything that makes them unique.

‘Can Henry make It’ and ‘Henry’s Best Christmas’ use the guise of a lovable character and an enchanting setting to empower children to pursue their dreams, realize their potential and make the most of their unique quirks and ways.


Can Henry Make It – Can Henry Make It is a story following a young kiwi bird that lives in New Zealand and his efforts to understand why he cannot fly like the other birds on the island. Henry is in somewhat of an identity crisis, he is a bird that cannot fly? He is not sure who he really is, or why he isn’t who he is expected to be. With his friend Cable the bat by his side, Henry starts a journey through the island of New Zealand to find the answers to all his questions! Ultimately understanding that he is just fine the way he is! And he doesn’t have to live up to outside expectations. This book is not only for children, but for any age, because it so relatable being in an “identity crisis”. So many of us have gone through them. Henry is here to make that process a little easier.

Henry’s Best Christmas – Henry is going to Dollton the Sea Lion’s house for a party and Henry’s bringing some new friends. It’s time for you and Henry to find out what Christmas is all about! In this story Henry and his friends come to realize how important Christmas is, not for the presents, Santa Claus, or anything material. Christmas is about that one time of year when you know you will see the people you love. Christmas is about being with the ones that mean the most to you. Henry, Cable, Dollton and the rest of the gang are ready to enjoy Christmas, their way, in this story I call….Henry’s Best Christmas.

As the author explains, his books were written to push two very bold and important agendas.

“The first is to create literary awareness. I want children to recognize that reading is a valuable life-tool through which they can be educated, informed and inspired. While statistics show that more and more children are taking up recreational reading, we as adults can still do more to meet our responsibilities,” says Harding.

Continuing, “Secondly, I want children to recognize their dreams and understand that nothing should stop them from following them. My narratives were purposely written to inspire young minds and focus them on developing self-assurance; while finding the positive things in life and holding onto them for good.”

Since their release, both books have garnered a consistent string of rave reviews. For example, Samantha spoke very highly of ‘Can Henry Make It’:

“This is an amazing book! Great message, the characters are adorable…and the story just captivates your hear. Good book for a family reading,” she said.

Momspot.com was equally as impressed, adding, “The characters (Henry and Cable were our favorites) are heart-warming and have quite the lesson to teach about being different.  You won’t be able to stop flipping the pages of this light-hearted show stopper.  The book is a fun read for kids and families alike and teaches a valuable lesson all the while.”

With an abundance of new stories in the works, children can expect many more adventures from Henry and his friends.

Both books are currently available from Amazon:

‘Can Henry Make It’ – http://amzn.to/18l7bW0

‘Henry’s Best Christmas’ – http://amzn.to/1ftNiBs.

They can also be purchased from Xlibris.com/bookstore and Barnes and Noble.

Click here to get the books 🙂

For more information, visit the author’s official website: http://darionharding.wix.com.

About the Author: Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Darion Harding holds an Associate in Arts from North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, MN. Harding has published poetry with the World Poetry Movement becoming a semi-finalist in the international competition. In his early 20’s, Harding began writing poetry, screenplays and short stories. The author’s most recent work in theatre was in 2013. The Other Me, a short play performed at the North Hennepin Community College Theatre in a student play festival.

Harding will be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in screenwriting at Metropolitan State University in 2013. The young author not only participates in theatre productions, but also earned a “Minnesota Campus Compact Award” for student leadership. Darion lives in Maple Grove, Minnesota and enjoys spending time with his two young nephews, participating in extra-curricular college activities and creating writing projects.

Contact: 612-483-6675 / darionharding@gmail.com

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