Anybody Out There?

I know I’ve been really neglecting this blog – and as I’m ramping up to get back to writing in it regularly, I find myself wondering: Is anybody still reading?

I stopped caring about subscriber numbers long ago. As I switched domains, I tried to be diligent with updating RSS feeds and letting people know, but really, how many of you out there get my blog posts through your RSS? Via email? Or do you just see it when I post the link on Twitter and Facebook?

It’s been a hell of a year. A great year. I even went on a crazy cross-country road trip I’m dying to tell you guys about.

So if you still read this blog on the regular – even as a lurker – leave me a comment. I’d love to know the lovely faces behind the arbitrary numbers.

I’ll just be over here, cuddling with Dot and hoping for your “Hello”



The One with All the Links & Updates

Can you guys believe it’s the Friday before Thanksgiving?  I can’t believe that 2011 is coming to a close…been a crazy year so far and I have a lot to be thankful for, including the fact that I get to spend Thanksgiving down in Charlotte with Andrew’s family.  It’ll be great to get out of the city for a couple of days!

As you can tell, things have been busy busy around here, and I figured a good recap post would be a good way to end the week.

First things first: Have you liked the PQ Productions page on Facebook yet? I’d love it if you did. Today’s discussion is on books & I love how much you guys like to read!

Speaking of reading, here are some blogs that you may have missed:

The Biggest Lesson I’ve Learned About Being a Grown-Up (This blog)

Twitter: You’re Doing It Wrong (PQ Productions)

Slides from My Presentation on Personal Branding (PQ Productions. I had my first speaking gig at CrushIQ this past week and I spoke about how to develop your personal brand.)

Put Your Best (Online) Face Forward (Twenties Hacker. By the way, if you haven’t checked out this site yet, you are missing out. I’m so excited to be part of this group of amazing bloggers)

On projects…

In case you missed it, I’m still looking for suggestions for the name for our biz-to-GenY blogger network. I have a couple of ideas but this will be YOUR network and just like the opportunities, I want the name to be geared toward you. So, if your creative juices get going, drop me a line or comment on the blog.


I’ve been sending out newsletters for the project above but I also have a general newsletter for all things about my blog, life, etc.  This newsletter will be a lot more active once I have a better plan for it so if you sign up now, you won’t miss announcements as they happen!

All Things BerrakDC Newsletter


Biz-to-GenY Blogger Network Newsletter

And in honor of Happy Feet Two (Squee!) , I leave you with this:

Hope you have a FANTASTIC weekend! I’ll see you around Twitter.

A Moment of Your Time Please

**The first box in the form is for your Email guys. Not sure why the formatting is messed up. The “pretty” version of the sign up form is here if you want to use that instead.**

As I mentioned before, there are some changes happening, so I decided that the best way to update you guys would be via email. If you sign up on the form below, I will send out an update once the new RSS feed is in place. I promise there will be NO SPAM WHATSOEVER. Of course, all your information will remain private, will not be sold, disclaimer disclaimer, etc.

Once the new site is in place, I may continue to do a weekly newsletter, but the brainstorming for that is still in progress. If I did, it would be a digest, and probably include info on deals, any blogs I posted, and any awesome stuff that I want to share. Of course, we’d discuss beforehand if this is a good idea. If you have thoughts on this  now, go ahead and let me know in the comments.

Things are changing around here guys, but I promise it’s for the better.


The #PenguinPosse Thanks You

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Housekeeping: Especially if You Subscribe to my RSS Feed

Hey all,

There’s going to be some shuffling around in the next couple of weeks, and if there’s a glitch, you may not be getting updates via my RSS feed.  If you guys could Like the FB page (I promise I don’t spam!) then you won’t miss a thing!

I’ve also been playing around with the idea of doing a monthly e-newsletter, just to have an email list for times like this. If enough people would be interested, I’d be willing to do that as well, with updates both from this blog & PQ Productions.

Thanks for continuing to read guys 🙂



Introducing: Brutally Honest With J.Soul

My lovely readers, I’m very happy to introduce to you the first male writer of PQ Nation, a VERY close friend of mine and an entertainer by birth…J. Soul.

From his own bio: “Born in the small town of Nacogdoches, Texas and raised all over the country, J. Soul has worn many hats throughout his career. Singer, songwriter, club DJ, mobile DJ, MC, radio jock, and co-owner of his own mobile DJ business.”

I’m very glad to give J. a place to express his views beyond the limits of the Facebook status.  Having known him for years, I can honestly say that he’s a piece of work…but in the best way.  He isn’t afraid to push the envelope and like his disclaimer says…“As out of control and extreme as my views are, if you look deep down inside you will find much truth.”
He’s also an incredible DJ and you can find his online show schedule on his page.

I won’t waste much more of your time with introductions…Go ahead and head on over to J.Soul’s page and read his bio…his disclaimer and his first blog about Moon Bounces…

While you’re over there, go ahead and subscribe to his feed, will ya?

Let’s make my boy feel welcome!

Please to Click to Find Goodies Inside

A very very short ‘survey’ since I have no real blog but there are LOTS OF AWESOME GOODIES at the bottom so keep reading!

Spell your name with songs.

Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)
Can’t Hold Us Down (Christina Aguilera ft. Lil Kim)
Petrified (Fort Minor)
Remember the Name (Fort Minor)
I Am Not My Hair (India.Arie)
Never Again (Kelly Clarkson)
Crazy Kind of Day (Beth Hart)
Everything I Can’t Have (Robin Thicke)
Sand In My Shoes (Dido)
Say It Right (Nelly Furtado)
Quicksand (Incubus)


Name: PQ
Birthday: April 1
Nickname: Princess, Q, Quello, Angel
Eye Color: Why don’t you look and tell me?
Hair Color: Brown and getting long…I might be chopping it off
Zodiac Sign: Hardcore Aries


Honestly, what color is your underwear? Purple 😉

Honestly, what’s on your mind? Work, this blog, my giveaway, money, seeing JP today, my trip to NC

Honestly, what are you doing right now? This & drinking coffee!

Honestly, have you done something bad today? Not yet…The day is young!

Honestly, who is the last person you talked to on the phone? My mom

Honestly, are you jealous of someone right now? Nope. Jealousy is for wimps!

Honestly, what makes you mad most of the time? Stupidity & injustice

Honestly, do you bite your nails? I’ve started to again for some reason.

Honestly, are you in denial? Of how awesome I am, yes…

Honestly, do you like anyone? I like lotsa people.

Honestly, does anyone like you? Lotsa people like me.

OK really…I have no blog for you BUT…I do have some awesome stuff to tell you. Are you ready? Pay attention and take notes.

In case you haven’t heard, there is this EPIC DC Blogger Happy Hour happening on Friday…We WANT to meet you…I promise we don’t bite…Unless you ask us…so come out!

In Non-DC related news, my numbah 2, my inspiration…the reason this website even exists finally…FINALLY self-published her amazing book. You have got to check it out. No, I mean it. You will not be disappointed. Trust me, OK?

Become a FAN on Facebook, Preview the book here and if you purchase it before August 31st, there’s an awesome 10% off promo code for you on the Fan Page on Facebook. Go. DO it. Now.

And in case you missed it, I have this AWESOME FUCKING GIVEAWAY GOING ON…it ends TONIGHT! So be sure to enter…Boys…you’re allowed to enter as well…I promise I have something for you to win!

For all the get well wishes I received and everyone that’s been patient with me as I was DYING the past few days…Thank you. I’m feeling much better today and thank GOD for Penicillin is all I’m gonna say.