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Haha!! GREAT list! I wanted to be an "ologist" of some kind. I swing between being an Egyptologist and a marine biologist. What a gap to the grown up reality ... le sigh!

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Best Childhood Dream Jobs

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WHO does not LOVE Amber-Lee? AMAZING write up @Soulati - Amber-Lee is one hell of an amazing woman and she's brilliant at so many things! I giggled all the way through this .. I am a huge fan and my next adventure HAS to be Chisana ... I need to go see it and give her a crazy big hug and probably a spank for all the times she's given me schtick! :)

8 months, 1 week ago on The Happy Friday Series: Alaska Chick

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OMG, I just about died watching Sarah Silverman - that was an awesome share!!! She rocks!
The parenting vid is something I can totally relate with ... BiP actually now tells me to "Buzz off Mummy, I'm making soup for the dragons, you can't be here"! Rightey-ho .... fabulous round up in true SpinSucks style! Enjoy the long weekend! 


1 year, 2 months ago on Gin and Topics: The Perfect Night and It’s Not About the Nail

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Playing devil's advocate after sharing and being totally 110% behind you message, BUT I'm seeing a lot of emulation plus laziness vs. straight out copying. On close examination I'd actually conclude you'd possibly planned this with Amy to elevate her status - sure your die hard fans have gone over to her side to blast her, but far less than I'd have hoped for.

Awesome sauce for calling her out but the copyright infringements are weak considering she paraphrased. The reason you can't /Don't call a lawyer is because words are words, and she's not lifted your exact wording (nor do you own those words).

Given the crazy shit storm of attention you've thrown on this I am pretty certain that we're not seeing the full picture! 



1 year, 2 months ago on If You’re Going to Rip Me Off, At Least Be Creative About It

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Wow! This stinks. Seriously. I do seriously admire you for just calling her out too. 

When will people learn that this is illegal, it's uncool and in doing this they are doing themselves the biggest disservice ever? 

Next idiot who copies my work, turns my words into vids etc .. is gonna get a slap

Guess someone's gonna have to change their name to CRAPtatsic this weekend!  

1 year, 2 months ago on If You’re Going to Rip Me Off, At Least Be Creative About It

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OMG. This happens far too often and I'm so shocked at how companies have no ethical issue to help highlight that this is THEFT. 

This is yet another reason I don't publish my daughter's face anywhere online - I have received more support than criticism with my decision but some do think we're being "over the top". 

I know countless people who've had their photos stolen but not to this extent. 

So sorry this happened to Susan - it can happen to anyone. Whilst we may understand the terms and conditions of photo usage and theft the vast majority don't and things move really fast online. 

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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Amber-Lee IS seriously awesome!She's super passionate and her everyday life is beyond our wildest comprehension/dreams. Definitely someone I admire and love!  

1 year, 4 months ago on #FollowFriday: Amber-Lee Dibble

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The online world is definitely a precarious and bizarre place. I've made some incredible virtual friends, even found people who make me feel like we are twins separated at birth! And yes, I do also have a lot of FB friends that I my finger twitches for the "unfriend" button but rarely go there. For someone who has lived in 9 different cities/towns/villages in 5 countries and 2 continents in my life Facebook is invaluable to keeping in touch with friends and family - thanks to facebook I've had many renunions with long lost friends from decades gone.

 

I've also had the pleasure of meeting virtual friends in real life such as @ginidietrich  and @TheSalesLion 

 

It all depends how you use the tool - I love it but it will never replace face to face, skype, email or phone. 

1 year, 4 months ago on Defining Social Media Friendships

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 @Craig McBreen Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it! 

1 year, 10 months ago on How Technology Kills Creativity with Ameena Falchetto

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 @sknkwrks3 Double-edged sword - yes, you get info but you need to know when to stop - I personally make a list of things that caught my eye to look at later vs. jumping on them when they cross my path - helps keeps things focused and keep things in perspective (it's still gonna be there later) :) 

1 year, 10 months ago on How Technology Kills Creativity with Ameena Falchetto

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 @NathalieVilleneuve Do it! I recommend everyone do it. Taking time out, even if it's just for the weekend (but doing it with commitment) is super invigorating. Saying that - you paint so you aren't online all the time are you? 

 

1 year, 10 months ago on How Technology Kills Creativity with Ameena Falchetto

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 @HotSpotPromo Thanks :) I think it's a real challenge to identify your target audience but you need to have at least one person in mind when you do start marketing ... Knowing your voice and how you want to move forward can often help you find that audience - kinda backwards when you go by traditional methods but it does work! 

2 years, 4 months ago on The Importance of Knowing Your Target Audience with Ameena Falchetto

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I think the important reminder is that work IS exactly that, WORK. It's not all fun, it can be fun, but not always.

Taking a break is important, reassessing where you are going vs. where you are at helps figure things out too.  It's like any relationship - you have highs, lows, and blah moments. Sometimes you just need to give it a time-out! 

2 years, 4 months ago on What to Do When You Fall Out of Love With Your Work

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I've always said that where you've been should be a paragraph and where you are going should be a book. 

Don't ignore the past but leave it there - look forward!

Can't wait to read your book!

2 years, 4 months ago on Where You've Been Isn't as Important As Where You're Going

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 @Justin Mazza Thanks Justin :) Glad you enjoyed it. 

2 years, 5 months ago on The Importance of Knowing Your Target Audience with Ameena Falchetto

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 @RandyCantrell :) Thanks Randy - I'll have to go check him out. 

2 years, 5 months ago on The Importance of Knowing Your Target Audience with Ameena Falchetto

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Online, offline, same same - people aren't any different - it's just online you can't read body language or faces - but in time the person's real colours show. 

2 years, 5 months ago on Social Media Smart But People Stupid

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@C_Pappas Ok, my clients are solo or 2-3 employees ... different needs and different set ups .... I can possibly see how HS can help larger businesses of 25+ employees but not convinced on the value of hitting small ones.

2 years, 5 months ago on Irresponsible Advice

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@C_Pappas What's shocking? ... I don't feel it's necessary for the people I have met and work with - but then I work with small businesses not big ones.

Yes, it is a tool - and tools are meant to help.

2 years, 5 months ago on Irresponsible Advice

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This left me speechless - as a marketer, one who works mostly with people looking to grow their offline biz online, HubSpot has become a thorn in my side - I can't help but feel that they deliberately scare the hell out of people, offer a solution that is designed to fail - remember, a service package is EXTRA so why would they make it comprehensive? They focus on stuff that means NOTHING. I have 2 sites - one that gets AWESOME traffic and makes NOTHING and another with what some would say is terrible traffic and that is my bread and butter - and well, now it's got some sweet jam mixed in. I feel so so bad for the companies that get duped, misled, have their confidence ruined all because they fell for awesome marketing .... BTW - JFF go check out the HS portfolio - more than 50% of the sites are no longer on their platform.

2 years, 5 months ago on Irresponsible Advice

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@BrianCarter *shudder*

2 years, 5 months ago on Pinterest and the Huge Sucking Sound

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I have to say I loved Pinterest until everyone jumped on the bandwagon - I think I've been using it for well over 6 months and the sudden attention it's received from Marketers and SEO gurus is driving me nuts ... the channel is being abused royally by those aiming to score some SEO juice and extra traffic ... before the recent snooze-fest posts about its marketing potential it was calm, sublime, and beautiful - NOW it's being contaminated with lame stock images and ugly pictures ... ok rant over. I feel, as a marketer, the channel will survive, it will go the distance as we are making a huge return to visual - but how I wish people weren't abusing it ....

2 years, 6 months ago on Pinterest and the Huge Sucking Sound

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Beautiful! That is all.

2 years, 6 months ago on Erin Feldman is Write Right

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@ginidietrich Guess it depends on your business model - For you, giving away free eBooks last year makes sense because you will be featuring different experts for Spin Sucks Pro ... for a lot of bloggers who are trying to make it solo I think it's a bad idea because people come to them to find out about THEIR opinion. Anyway, all goes back to your goal at the end of the day and what you are blogging for ...

2 years, 6 months ago on 10 Content Ideas that Generate Comments and Shares

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@ginidietrich@johnfalchetto Yes, it is the newsletter and additional content, and yes that is still a freebie. (example was in ref to free EBooks)

BTW - giving away free eBooks written by someone else is a horrible idea if you are blogging for business - anyway, as I said in my initial comment, the distinction between fun and work needs to be defined

2 years, 6 months ago on 10 Content Ideas that Generate Comments and Shares

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I'd add to the list actionable information that you can directly apply but then that depends if you blog for "show or blog for dough".

Personally I am totally against #8. Freebies kill your business but then that depends on what you are doing ... all goes down to motivations and goal. (BTW - @johnfalchetto is not offering any freebies - as his marketing consultant I have advised him to not give away free eBooks - I advise my readers and subscribers to avoid the same).

Another thing to do is add some humour to your content - makes it very shareable .... cool list @ginidietrich

2 years, 6 months ago on 10 Content Ideas that Generate Comments and Shares

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Essential! Great advice here @ginidietrich !! I've done this several times over the course of my life as an entrepreneur ... recently I did it with my marketing site - started off really dry ... slight pivot towards a more creative angle and, well, it's working and I love it! Being flexible and having a clear goal is essential - being reactive and constant tweaking is distracting!

2 years, 6 months ago on Stuck In a Rut? Pivot Your Business.

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What about comments that go on behind your back? Does that mean you've arrived? How do you deal with those?

2 years, 7 months ago on Five Ways to Deal with Negative Online Comments

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@hackmanj I sometimes think it's all to easy to point the finger rather than actually address the problem. I was a young, half egyptian woman working on construction sites in Dubai a while ago - I could have cried about the discrimination but I didn't - similarly, when I was told I was a bit too beige to be considered for a job I moved on WITHOUT letting it knock me.

2 years, 7 months ago on Women Are Our Own Worst Enemies

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@ginidietrich Sorry but it's comments like that that hold women back - the gender debate is only issue if we make it one. Play the game, move the goal posts - smacking your head against the same tree over and over will only achieve the same results.

Let your work speak for itself. I'm not going to go out of my way to be nice to someone because they happen to share the same anatomy as me - we have to have more in common - I have to see them trying.

Respect people for being people - don't bias it on biology. Personally I find this topic actually discriminating to men - what would you say if men grouped together and said they needed "boy power"?

2 years, 7 months ago on Women Are Our Own Worst Enemies

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The trailer is cool - I shared it when I first saw it HOWEVER, I feel that telling young girls that they are at a disadvantage at a young age is the only way these teens would come up with such an idea.

The gender discrimination thing is only there is you choose to accept it. I live by the rules that if I want something badly enough I'll go get it - If the prerequiste is a penis then I'll figure a way to get to where I want to go by sidestepping that route and finding another.

Yes, I get really angry if I am objectified as a woman, really angry. I yell, scream and then move on - there will always be idiots out there looking to drag you down to their level - penis possession is optional appendage in defining an idiot.

Be kind to everyone ... penis, vagina or both ... really.

2 years, 7 months ago on Women Are Our Own Worst Enemies

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What a fascinating infographic! You need to get rid of some of those mugs ... that's a serious collection!

2 years, 7 months ago on Do You REALLY Know What Your Customers Want?

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Great video Gini - I strongly believe that you don't need to be on EVERY platform at all and I tell my clients the same thing - it's overwhelming. Concentrating on the few where your clients are is key (and also the ones you know how to use and enjoy)

Google+ is on my radar but not a priority - until there is a way to automate my updates I won't be giving it much attention -- being in a different time zone to a large percentage of my readers poses a number of challenges without automation.

2 years, 8 months ago on Staying On Top of Technology

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Love this. This has been something I've been thinking about a lot recently. Quality over quantity has become my mantra for time online.

2 years, 8 months ago on Climbing Out of the Social Media Rabbit Hole

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Lists are something that have really got my attention recently. I love the fact that it's pretty hard to game and those lists tend to have more credibility than a lot of other social media tools ... off to create some and hopefully get recruited to some kick *ss ones too :)

2 years, 8 months ago on Twitter Lists: List Me Baby One More Time

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@NancyD68 What is wrong with people? Enough of the inappropriate comments. I wonder whether we are expected to stoop to their level and start making crass comments about men ... should we?

2 years, 8 months ago on 12 Most Common Misconceptions About How Women Dress

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OH YES Nancy. Urgh. Seriously - drives me nuts. Apparently if you wear white t-shirts and no make up (like in my avatar) you are open to inappropriate comments too. Great list ... I know in everyday life I do all of those things... and NO I am not asking for it or conforming to any stereotype.

Fortunately I think it says a LOT about the person who MAKES the judgement than the woman's attire.

2 years, 8 months ago on 12 Most Common Misconceptions About How Women Dress

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What a bizarre idea ... I know small home businesses that do it successfully but after a while they realise they have to get their own real estate. The idea never crossed my mind. It's just a platform to aid and support your own site.

Simple free sites are easy to get ... the mind boggles.

2 years, 8 months ago on Pros and Cons of Facebook As Your Website

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This is a debate I have often. I guess it depends on what your plan is.

I've learned more from working for myself than my degree or masters ever taught me. BUT! Before i worked for myself I needed to get a job and learn on someone else's budget :) and I needed my degree.

Chicken or the egg scenario ....

2 years, 8 months ago on Real World Experience vs. School Education

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@ginidietrich Probably 2.5hrs if I am honest. I don't have a choice when my time is controlled by a half-pint dictator! (also have 3 sites so it's not like I have time to waste) ....

2 years, 8 months ago on Getting More Done: My Secret

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This is the only way I can survive. I have 1 block of 3 hrs per day to get my work done. Anything more than that is a bonus. I HAVE to be super organized even if it goes against my nature.

2 years, 8 months ago on Getting More Done: My Secret

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After a brief stint as the world's greatest corporate whore I side stepped and took on the world on MY terms. I was in the Middle East - a man's sand castle. To make matters worse, I'm half Egyptian which made many assume it was time for me to get married, start reproducing, and stop playing my cutesy game of business owner. BAH! I consider myself a feminist but I am NOT afraid to use my femininity to get what I want (oh no, did I just write that?) and well, be me.

I feel sorry for the women who feel they have to "man up" to get to the top. We have the right to choose to wear what ever hat/dress/pair of flip flops we choose. Who cares what people think?

2 years, 8 months ago on factotum: writing & editing - social media marketing - el paso, tx

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This is so cool! Yes!!! I posted about this a while ago ... my soundtrack is a mix but the one song that gets me through those really tough spots is Eye of the Tiger. :)

I always have music on so a lot of my life does have a soundtrack ... annoyingly my daughter is just starting to talk so I have to ensure that a lot of my music choices are PG or at least the radio edit!

2 years, 8 months ago on What is the Soundtrack of Your Life?

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I use headway on all my sites. I've had issues but they are quick to respond.

2 years, 8 months ago on 10 Reasons to Purchase the Premium WordPress Headway Theme Right NOW!

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That video is HILARIOUS!!!! Interesting heads up about FB comments ... amazing me how people still think the internet is "private" ... uh yeah.

Hope you get your snow. I hate the stuff ...

2 years, 9 months ago on Gin and Topics: Are Star Wars Toys Worth Dying Over?

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This rocks @Craig McBreen really. This is everything I totally believe! I just love love love this.

I totally sucked at school - I passed my exams and got good grades but was ALWAYS in detention.

I'm so inspired by this post ... amazing!

2 years, 9 months ago on Are Schools Killing Creativity?

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Great video Erica! I love your vlogs!

commenting is a funny thing - It takes A LOT of time. Right now something I don't have much of between offline biz, online biz and being a full time mum. I love receiving comments but you are right when you say that many of the people who do comment are our peers which doesn't necessarily bring you business.

2 years, 9 months ago on Measuring the Right Metrics for your Business Blog

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@ginidietrich ??? Including their name in the screen shot isn't attacking them. It's public communication anyway! BTW - don't think the people who do it even realise the faux pas they made!

2 years, 9 months ago on Three Examples of Social Media Gone Bad

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