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Welllll.... I am kinda thinking THIS one would have helped TONS (gasp), oh, say, about 16 months ago! LOL!! Thank you, though. Sigh. Better late than never! (yes?!) I miss you, but almost done on this end. GREAT series, Margie.

2 years, 7 months ago on Myth: Nothing is off limits on a corporate blog

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Margie!

 

You NAILED it with one of your last lines..."Who would have thought that two years engaging in something would make it such an integral part of one's profession and life?"

 

Yeah...

I can't imagine who I was before... really. Not just me, but the Manager, the Guide, the teacher/trainer, the Home school Mom, the one trying to mail out enough "packets" of information.... the friend I am and want to be. I feel like I am better at all those things, now. Not perfect, but, OH, so much more and better. I never would have (or could have) imagined all there was, not just to learn... but that I COULD learn.

 

Even the days I spend swamped in KeyWord or Landing Page HELL, I wouldn't trade one second of the last 16 months. Not for anything.

 

2 years, 8 months ago on Social Media, Farmville, and that Darned Myth of Sisyphus

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Oh! Happy Blogoversary! How wonderful is that?!

You really are an inspiration, a terrific no b.s. source of info and a truly fantastic pal. I've missed being here chatting and laughing with you (all) but I'll be back (and I am still reading!). Getting some serious down and dirty learning and work done. Someday, my dear, we will meet, and that day will be one of my all time favorite memories to treasure.

 

2 years, 8 months ago on my 2-year bloggiversary

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"It's all high school" la la la!!

That is what strikes me, Margie. If you aren't "doing" the new best thing, AND trashing the old, well, you are doing it wrong... Right? Hmpf.

 

Wrong.

 

I work on this "stuff"...our business, our lives, for probably an average of 90 hours a week. (Yeah, I know, I'm a slacker) All I want is for it to work. What ever it is, just work. MAC? Do your job. Band width (so I can get online), have enough for me to do my job. Wireless? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Work. Work. Work!

 

I liked going to the Sport shows, but ya know what? They were obscenely expensive. Magazines and TV? Camera men are a HUGE pain in the nether regions. Interview, interview, interview, fugelsnot. (Can't people just shush?) Our presence on line? LOTS of time and juggling. I am willing to do it all, I am willing to give it all.

 

Keep on, keeping on...that is what I mumble to myself as my butt falls asleep sitting in front of my computer...AGAIN. There are always people who are gonna want to squash you if you are doing it right, wrong or sideways. Sounds like high school.

2 years, 8 months ago on Myth: Killing anything that's not social media is advisable

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How wonderful for you Margie! Really!! I have ALWAYS wanted and dreamed of doing a marathon for some cause or another...I just never seem be BE anywhere that makes it even possible. Good for you!

 

Now. Oh, Friend of mine. (Paying attention??) Do NOT damage my very special pal in the glory of your accomplishments. Remember, "Do no harm"? Remember, "Do not stand there and watch harm come to another"? Well, you count too. You wont be accomplishing anything if you hurt yourself! (Boy, I sure told you, huh?...come a long ways, haven't I??)

 

I can see the analogy perfectly. Our lives here, online always line up, side by side, it seems to me. You take care of you. If I could be there, I would watch your back.... but I can't be. So, be you. Be smart.

2 years, 8 months ago on Blinded by the Mission

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I think I'll stick with the subject I know best about.... me! Oh, yeah, I'll write about the Northern Lights, the Grizzly Bears, how much I DETEST climbing mountains and the indescribable rewards there are when I reach the top.... I have noticed much of the same, Margie.

 

When I was so much newer, it was barely enough... I needed as much input (on the same subject) as I could possibly get, just to be able to fully understand. Now? I find I want to know more about EVERYTHING! But  really? I want to know more about the people that have drawn me to them with their own voices in writing.

Keep writing! You are one I count on..

2 years, 8 months ago on Avoid the temptation to write something popular

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Margie! Hi there!

I had to come over because I hoped that by doing so, I could help someone.

I am a "manager"... by that I don't mean the part of me that is the "Manager" for Pioneer Outfitters, but rather a deep part of my makeup. Nobody can do it like I can.... Sound familiar? Yeah.

 

The fact is, there ARE people who can do things better ...and WILL... if I just let them. This is a hard one for me. I still struggle with it every day, every new fun thing, job or crisis. Do you know what I found, over years of trying to improve myself? There just isn't enough of me. When I try to do it all, nothing has my complete attention.

 

Thank you for a great reminder.

2 years, 8 months ago on Myth: Just doing it yourself works best

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Count on me, I did and will continue. BUT! I have Great Grandma visiting and she prays on her own extension. I printed this and her mighty prayers are added as well, Erica. You hang tough too.

2 years, 8 months ago on A Personal Request

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Wow, Bill.

This is an incredible follow-up to my last week in Board meetings for our industry. The second half of #5 is chewing a hole in my butt as we speak. Thank you for this, but you just shoved me back into the information overload I came home with the day before yesterday (in a great way!). So, I am off to fix these pesky dramas.

 

Truly, all silliness aside- GREAT! I have been tasked with creating the Code of Ethics and online Ethics Class for the entire industry.  I spoke to the two Boards at length about exactly all of these points and being completely honest, to me, includes, taking a hard look at myself... thus admitting that the second half of #5 ...IS our downfall.

 

Keep on keeping on, friend of mine and clean up your dang mess you... man!

2 years, 9 months ago on Seven Simple Steps to Become a Trusted Advisor

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Ok. But seriously, how many TIMES did you try shock therapy?

(yes, it IS a sickness... I, however, am cured!)

You simply crack me up.

2 years, 9 months ago on What if I actually like you?

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p.s. I went over to Nate's place! Boy, very nice, but that was so far over my head, my position is sitting in class taking notes not adding my counterfeit two cents!

xxoo

2 years, 9 months ago on Social Media Smart But People Stupid

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 @Ameena Falchetto YES! EXACTLY.

2 years, 9 months ago on Social Media Smart But People Stupid

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Brilliant. (although, seriously, who could possibly expect less, here?)

 

Margie. This is what I see. On line. Off line. Same world. (allow me to say it again) IT. IS. THE. SAME. WORLD. PEOPLE.

 

Why would "you" be a spineless, wishy-washy, fence-rider (my most evil and nasty cuss word) on line and consider yourself any different off.....or vise-versa?

 

I am afraid, brothers and sisters, that if someone is "people stupid" on line...well, that is probably what you are going to get off line. Not to say mistakes, faux-paux, mis-steps, but "people smart" would kick in and you would naturally either explain yourself, blame spell check, or apologize... right?

 

It slays me, this "real world" separation. BE WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE. Right? Right.

2 years, 9 months ago on Social Media Smart But People Stupid

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@margieclayman@TheJackB Well. Indeed. I guess the word is fate. Fate seems to be taking a hold of me in the direction it wants me to head. Thanks Margie for sharing what is important. And ya know, as crazy as ye may be... you still do me good.

2 years, 10 months ago on Irresponsible Advice

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Margie. I came over to fill you in on my antics and total SNAFU on Twitter last night, as well as thank you for your presence in my life that reminded me of who and how I want to "be" when I am all done trying to "grow up" ! LOL.

...Then, I read this. This bothers me, a lot. I hope @TheJackB will continue his investigation and share more with us (me) about what really is going on. After almost a year together, you will probably recall me saying over and over, how much I adore HubSpot and will be eternally grateful for finding them when I did.

Disturbing. Yes. I jokingly commented to one of the techs at HubSpot on the phone a week ago, that they must be getting too big for their own britches. When I joined them, a little over a year ago, they really put the "service" in Customer Service. It didn't matter who you spoke to, by email or on the phone, you felt as if you were talking with a friend that really wanted to help AND had the skills to do it...whatever it was, whomever you happened to be speaking with.

Now? MMM, IF your support ticket doesn't get lost in the cracks, you MIGHT have your issue resolved. Within a week or two. Certainly, not that day.

I'm not wise or very smart and no one could ever mistake me for tech-savy (thus my issue on Twitter last night!)... but they sure have exploded into HUGE right in front of our eyes... maybe the quality isn't quite able to keep up with the quantity? I dunno. But I am very disappointed and more than just a bit disillusioned.

2 years, 10 months ago on Irresponsible Advice

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OMGosh! DID you SEE what I did? I had a total and complete SNAFU on Twitterville last night! At one point, YOUR friendship was the ONLY thing that kept me from going all verbally-psycho in front of the entire planet! LOL, yeah, well, that AND the fact that Twitter told me I had reached my tweet limit... A TWEET LIMIT?! I, for one, obviously, have been remiss in reading the little words!

Anyhow! This is a wonderful post, Marjorie. My only "real" break away has been last Fall's Hunting Season. Even then, I would come in ever 10 days and write until I would literally fall asleep on my keyboard and wake to weird designs pressed into my face and chhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh across the page I was writing last! LOL. It IS hard work. It is REALLY hard work.

It also takes you having your wits about you. I have a tendency to be...(what does Boss call me...? Oh!) precocious. Added to that I tend to OCD myself into a corner at times. Focus is easy (this is the only positive side effect of the OCD, that I have experienced! LOL) Being too tired, drained or just plain old "input-overload" says we need a break- a real break and not only the 5 minutes for a refill of coffee and potty break, two or three times a day. (I include this looking over my shoulder... I decided the other day is was too much wasted time- in my new office, walking all the way -maybe 15 steps, to the coffee pot in the kitchen. Now, my 36 cup pot sits on the file cabinet, maybe two steps away.

Anyhow- you caught my eye with today's post, so see you soon! LOL There I go!

2 years, 10 months ago on Take a day off already!

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@margieclayman Fugelsnot. Wickety-Wack. Nincompoop.

Personally? I have to say thank you. I am raising my children in a "hunting camp" you see.... Papa likes to blame my mouth on the US Navy...I remind him that war or not, I only served for four years...I've been HERE for more than 20... needless to say these give me something to replace my normal vocabulary with! Ya know, my son is now 13. When HE was 3-ish, we told him, you can't say these things. My daughter is now 4.5. Fugelsnot. We tried telling her that. You really, REALLY do not want to know what she had to say in return.

So. Thank you. Keep up the good work!

2 years, 10 months ago on Evil Agencies and Social Media Nincompoops

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I, personally, think anyone who can use the word Nincompoop in such a serious manner, is to be paid attention to. That is what I think. (And yes, I believe no one could have nailed it better than Michael did in his comment.)

Just thought I would stop in and say hey plus see what ants might have gotten in your pants this cloudy grey day. Actually... my email had two posts on it- I wanna go see the "info-graphic" - Bye!

2 years, 10 months ago on Evil Agencies and Social Media Nincompoops

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@Faryna why yes. Yes I can. And when I am upset, I tend to miss the kill zone.... just sayin.

2 years, 10 months ago on Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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@BruceSallan@margieclayman@deleted_2698155_BruceSallan1 Cowardly, I will give you, but there is more and you know it, that is why it bothers you so much. There are people who HAVE to attack what is good and right, because evil does exist and it doesn't always come in the shape of scarey monsters.

2 years, 10 months ago on Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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@margieclayman@Faryna I had an experience just recently with a fellow blogger and tentative new friend.. I saw what I perceived as a word mistake- a biggie to my tiny brain. THIS exact advice ran through my mind. Why would you do that? At the VERY least, if your intention is pure, and you (as I) only want to be a good friend and a good (umm- whaddya call us??) co- blogger (??), it could cause that person terrible embarrassment. So! I emailed that person. Good thing, because I learned there was another meaning to the word I was disputing AND it didn't hurt either of us. There are good and right ways of doing things and bad ways. Period. Anyone, And I do mean ANYONE doing this for ...oh let us say a year, should and DO know this. Period. And Stan, the man, if anyone were to call you an ass in my presence (on or off line) and it wasn't Betsy or another I know that loves and adores you, well it would probably take the mighty Marjorie to look at me to calm me down!

Margie, it isn't weird, it is called "right".

Where is Kaarina?! She could say it better than I.

2 years, 10 months ago on Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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@margieclayman@MatthewLiberty (oh, Margie, that made tears well up. I know, I really do, it is so hard sometimes to just pretend they are not there, just because it simply hurts.)

2 years, 10 months ago on Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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@deleted_2698155_BruceSallan1 (count me in.)

2 years, 10 months ago on Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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@Martina McGowan@martinamcgowan (yeah, and what @Martina McGowan said)

2 years, 10 months ago on Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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Gasp!

Marjorie. My dear, dear friend. This is what I tell (and deeply believe) my Dad, when he says "am I a bad guy?" No. But when you stand for something good and right, and stand well and strong... no matter WHO you are or WHAT you are... someONE is going to want, even need to try or attempt to destroy you. Whether it is my smearing you (into shame of what has been said), repulsing you (into hiding at the hate), or embarrassing you (by lies that you have no real way of saying, but it's not true!).

And there WILL most likely be more.

You have a gift. To put into words things we have each been taught, have learned by experience, cutting through, as you would say, "the noise", and just laying out the facts with no bias (that I have felt- ever), just saying what NEEDS to be said and brought to attention.

That IS what is happening. You are bringing into focus things some people don't want or cannot bare to hear, maybe yet, maybe ever. You are reaching and bringing a clear, clean light to people and cutting the crap and ego strokes (distractions) out, and just laying it out for people to read and THINK.

You have brought many points of issues that most (sadly) people wouldn't touch with a 20 foot pole, simply because it might not make them everyone's sweetheart.

You know my vote (one would think and hope). You are someone I count on. In real life. Being a woman, being a leader and a boss. Being smart and being a lady. To be honest. I really hope that the nastiness of some tiny little slugs wont scare you away because you would leave a big, gaping wound in my (most assuredly, many) heart (s) and the beacon of light and right wouldn't be as clear in the fog of all the information.

(Hug)...(is it UN lady-like for me to really wanna cyber-smack some folks?...just kinda wondering.)

2 years, 10 months ago on Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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I LOVE THESE!!

(snicker snicker snicker)

2 years, 10 months ago on Social Media Should Not Be About You

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No siree. I have absolutely nothing to add. (MY head never stopped moving up and down the entire time i read this post! TWICE!)

I am a woman, yes. Yes I have been on the receiving end of that from patronizing comments to outright sexual harassment. And, why yes! I do believe it was solely because I am a woman!

No, it's not acceptable, and yes, I believe it should be dealt with harshly and immediately. No matter what sex is involved.

ok, NOW I have nothing more to add! (well, I couldn't just IGNORE the questions you ended with!)

2 years, 10 months ago on #womenwednesday It's so cute when she talks smart

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Margie..

I HATE and DETEST repeating myself. BUT!! Please let me...WOW!

GREAT POST. (period)

I, obviously, don't have the restraint your friend Bruce has, cause I'm gonna say more! (not that my comment will actually be accepted by the HATED Livefyre!!)

In particular, this post is a perfect example of why I HAVE to come here or there or over there, where ever you may be. YOU, Marjorie, are MY example of "Be Who You Say You Are." I have to read these posts, to find out what you've been pondering because when I come over, I KNOW #1- it's usually very important to me as a person, that I am trying to grow into and out of. #2- It's usually important to me as a blogger, FB-er, twit, and web master for Pioneer Outfitters. #3- No Bullshit. No hinting around about a topic you want to talk about, but are afraid to actually state what (specifically) you are talking about.

....There are more reasons, but these are the biggies to me. I feel like I am a better me, having known you this last year. Not because I want to BE Margie Clayman, but because in you I see the attributes I respect and care about the most. The pieces of you that I aspire to have in my own repertoire, my way.

THIS post! YES!! I noticed this, and actually I read the same "Blogs to watch in 2012" !! and ya know what? I did NOT read THAT post of Danny's BECAUSE of the previous one. It just struck me ...wrong.

Thank you for saying (as always) what needs to be said. I like your lists! I even printed like 30 some odd pages of the blogs from a list you had made...probably at the beginning of last year! And I still haven't met all of them!!

Big smile.

~*~

2 years, 10 months ago on Jerks, Truth-Tellers, Link Bait, and Compliments

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@bdorman264 Well! Of course it is!!

2 years, 10 months ago on Are You Driven or Are You Motivated?

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Kaarina!

You call, here I am!!

I am reading "It's Not About You" by Bob Burg and John David Mann right now (along with "40 Ways To Look At Winston Churchill" and "The Happiness Project" both beautifully written by Gretchen Rubin).

In the story, because that is how this wonderful book reads (It's Not About You), Winston Churchill is quoted saying, "I have found that the best way to get another to acquire a virtue is to impute it to him."

You may not MOTIVATE someone else, this says to me, but you certainly can inspire them. THAT, to me, is MY motivation. To see others inspired by me, by each other and to help us all, help each other. I have my fire burning bright inside me.

Lately, it seems that people are sprinkling all over me and pooping in my trail, so I asked, "How do I STAY the PATH? " on Face Book the other day...I was told to step over it and to get taller boots. Well, alrighty. It is my Path and I will keep moving forward.

Thanks for being where I can find you.

~*~

2 years, 10 months ago on Are You Driven or Are You Motivated?

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@KathiJoy ...It sure isn't, being human. Being a good and right one.

2 years, 10 months ago on When forgiveness seems like too much to give

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@margieclayman@douglaserice I would like to be introduced to this gentleman, Margie. (please?)

2 years, 10 months ago on When forgiveness seems like too much to give

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@brandcottage (beautifully put.)

2 years, 10 months ago on When forgiveness seems like too much to give

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Margie,

I think you said all that needed to be said right here, "Sometimes forgiveness is a gift we cannot give. Sometimes it is a load we cannot put down."

Forgiving is not forgetting, but I am with you, some things are too much to set down and walk away from. It is the weight we choose to carry that is our love and really... our pain from the load we choose to carry, may fuel the solution to keep it from happening again, to someone else.

Forgiveness is best left to God, I think. Between an individual and his (or her) own higher power. I (try,) really work on NOT judging others. To judge someone, their choices, their words, actions, seems out of my realm of expertise...I am working daily on improving myself, trying to shed all the ignorant, impatient or bad parts of myself, why should I believe I know enough to judge another. I do not know their thoughts or feelings...

But.

We do, each of us, have our own moral lines. I believe that mine are pretty defined. There is grey that runs beside many of these lines and some are carved into stone... and yet we all know that even stone may be washed away. When these lines feel as if they are blurring, we were left with only 10 pretty straight forward, easy to understand rules to follow.

Thanks, pal.

2 years, 10 months ago on When forgiveness seems like too much to give

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Margie. I had never read that poem.. WOW. What a way to lay this out. You are right. (Of course you are) But, wow. I had never thought of it like that. (I love it when a new light comes on..and more of "life" becomes clear -because we all know this IS life- on line, off line, walking down a street, stopping in your preferred place to get your go cup, or you are checking your twitter stream or reading the comments left to a post you wrote, this IS life.) Wow. (I know, I know I am repeating myself) Seriously though, "they are just words." Nooo... they are not, are they? Because we hear them, read them, say them, they become part of us and through us, the "word" is spread. Even if you don't think you are following these and this line of thought, how many times have each of us disregarded something ELSE, whether we thought of it ourselves or gleaned it for something else we saw, read or heard.... because somewhere at some point we were "told by a thought leader" something or 'nother that it wasn't right or even that it wasn't possible or maybe plain wrong. I can tell already.... Livefyre is gonna mess with me.... FUGELSNOT. (it has only been 45 minutes, Yipee!)

2 years, 11 months ago on I hate the term “thought leader”

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Margie. I HAVE seen this. THIS is exactly what we (as a business, and as a family) do NOT want. My phrase is "high school forever" it IS sad and worse, it is TRUE. I want to help build something great (our summer business), not be some sort of mouthy (welll..) superstar. I want to be part of the great people's (that I have met in the last year) heart and soul. Why? Because, Margie, I am so MUCH more now, than I was before you (and others) came into my life and world. I am a better me. There is such power here, such capacity for good and right, for caring and sharing... and really? I don't give a horse's butt if that sounds corny or not. So. I guess I'll just keep learning and sharing our lives and my experiences, the journey really, and hope that somehow, I find that path to the folks that are looking for people, like us. I really love "my people" and I know it is a little naive, a little foolish, but I cannot be any other way. The promise I made (on my blog, when I started) is that I would tell the truth, be real (me), find the answers if I didn't know them and allow people to get to know us and our lives. Thanks for this. It helps to know the feeling I've stepped into someone else's "clique" is a real one. I've actually been told "if you are so-and-so's friend, you can't be mine." It made me feel really bad. For all of us. ~Amber-Lee

2 years, 11 months ago on Sorry, but I’m not taking sides

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Margie.

I think that this is so very important.

THESE. ARE. OUR. CHILDREN.

The children, all the children of the world, belong to us, US, as adults.

"The trick is not starting the conversation.." I agree. Don't sweep it under the rug ... keep the conversation, THE PROBLEM front and center.

Any of these topics, bother me so badly... what can I do? How can I help? What does God want me to do? What Can I do??? How can I help? God put a soul in each one of those children... they are so fresh and new....

I refuse to believe (and I've searched my heart) that this is what He wants from us. And yet, (yes, and yet) I feel strongly that He would want me to STAND AGAINST the evil and bad that is being done to and in the name of these children. So, how? How may I stand (me, Amber-Lee Dibble, and all the sweet little aka's I use) in my own UTMOST for HIS highest FOR HIS children?

The only thing I have, is to go buy tons more cookies. That seems so weak. I want to help. Help those we should, we, as the so-called "grown-ups," the protectors of the weak. Tell me. Please tell me.

2 years, 11 months ago on The good thing about the Girl Scout cookie boycott

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@margieclayman Actually, Yes.

I know. And I actually have come to this same conclusion, just within these last few weeks of evaluating and re-evaluating. (Of the horrid words,"social media isn't the right answer")

I believe it can be with the proper time, care and progress (learning, implementing what is learned). I also believe in your thoughts on networking in behalf of the company. (Nifty.)

The demographic of our business and the piece of that business that has NEVER advertized the offering, is my boggle at the moment. Because I know those folks are there. I've just never been exposed to them so I am not sure of the typical questions we are taught to ask ourselves.

*Who are they?

*What age group are they?

*Where do they hang out?

*What do they want?

*How can I help?

*What are their problems?

*What do they want to know?

I am excited, Margie. Not stary-eyed excited, but deep in my gut excited. (You KNOW what they say about a little knowledge, right? LOL) I believe I can do this. I have to believe I can make this work, we haven't stopped the other, but the passage of time alone is driving us towards extinction. (Not unlike your VHS tapes!)

Thank you for the post, but really, thank you for taking the time, Margie, to help me understand a little more.

p.s. I wouldn't trade one friend I have met and made in the last year for 5 clients. Period. It just takes the time.

2 years, 11 months ago on Your company is going to go broke using social media

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@margieclayman AND. I can't let those doors close. This isn't just a business. It is us. We ARE the business. huh. (dead end, see what I mean?!) Now, I'm not crying or stressing anymore than is needed to stay on top of it all, yet, and I DO have some new plans and directions! But. Anytime one of you smarties want an ego boost, come on and tell me what you do and absolutely do NOT (especially those) like. I know I cannot please everyone, nor do I really want to, but I also know that my group (as I with much love refer to you folks) has WAY more experience and expertise on what really fries your shorts. I should fix the biggies, yes?!☺ I really like this post Margie, because I don't have to WONDER if I "get" it. I love direct talking, and tend to get lost when people beat around the bush with me. I don't take offense (out here, you get over it really fast!) over "constructive criticism" (what a stupid phrase) and when I do, I smack myself around and get over it. I've noticed as well, the many posts that are covering this, just lately, and I wish one of those wizardly humans could twist their minds into the no-such-niche my life revolves around. THEN, I'd be playing with magic!! Loved it and you, as always you teach us all great things, and if I'm not needing to be taught, you remind me of what is really important. Time and again.

2 years, 11 months ago on Your company is going to go broke using social media

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@margieclayman okokok! See, here it is. I wouldn't trade one moment I have spent here, online, learning and implementing, building and learning, getting to know the folks I've met and spent so much time badgering and following around. But. I am coming up on our one year anniversary online. I have NOT reached our goal. I can still see it, shining brightly in the distance... but anyone that has spent as much time as I have riding into camp after dark knows, just how far away that fire may be... I still wont trade you all for the goal. I just need to figure out how to get on the right track, this one isn't ...I won't say "the right one" because all trails lead home, but it certainly isn't going to within sight anytime soon if I can't find the right one.

2 years, 11 months ago on Your company is going to go broke using social media

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Wow! Margie, All I have to say is between this post in my inbox this morning and another, email, I wrote another post! Sheesh, you'll have to read it when it goes! (Lord only knows! -with my connection issues!) The nastiest humans I've ever met in my years and years, the most back-stabbing individuals I was ever foolish enough to trust, the most cut-throat and dishonorable humans I have EVER met, have been women. Period. Mean? I didn't add my two cents only because there were thousands of dollars, but in the same as your line of thought, shared here, some of that money wasn't in dollars and cents! But, please let me say again, Mean? Who would be so ignorant and inexperienced LIVING to think that the meanest thing on this planet is a woman. As it is so much right here, on my mind, I have to say it... it all comes back to Rule #1 of Social Media (and LIFE)...Be right. So-o-o, one would think, to borrow that nifty phrase from @ShakirahDawud, "Seriously, she'd share this tripe? "... Unless you want to be "she", I would suggest you be prepared to stand by what you say, do, write, tweet, post, whisper or scream in the middle of a town meeting. Be right.

2 years, 11 months ago on Are you actually reading this?

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May I only say, "EEEK!"

ok, I'm leaving now.

2 years, 11 months ago on Your company is going to go broke using social media

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@margieclayman I just checked my bookmark. It is Google. I had John and Ameena check my letter for me and (it was a complicated and lengthy) said it was dandy.

I've used it quite a bit to respond, especially for FaceBook, I seem to get more folks wanting to comment and chat from all over the world there than anywhere else.

Mostly, the folks that write me in another language, are not really interested... I respond, but that is usually the end of it. The folks that TRY to communicate in English, they are the ones that make the effort a real prize. I have new friends! (They really appreciate the effort right back.)

Smiles.

2 years, 11 months ago on Why Social Media Makes Me Feel Stupid

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@margieclayman Thank you. Really!

2 years, 11 months ago on Are you locking out blog subscribers?

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Margie!

Ok, I have to ask... Would you be willing, if you have a moment, to "check" me? Would you go and click and make sure subscribe means subscribe and RSS is what is needed?

Sadly, I come from kind of an internet-ignorant family circle. It would mean a lot to me. I have (had??) one friend here online, that couldn't, but I am not sure if it was my website dramas or her reader ...? Now, I rarely see or hear from her (sad face...).

Thank you (either way, I know you are busy!!).

~Amber-Lee

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Very interesting! I'm completely stupid when it comes to languages. However! I use a translator online when I converse with someone that speaks a different language or I receive a message that was obviously difficult to write.

I send my responses in English as well, but I try to respond first (same message, just before) in their own language.

I had an important one, not too long ago, that meant a lot to me, to get right, and guess what?

I just happened (!!) to have friends (online) who I thought may be able to help me by proof-reading it for me... I asked, and was thrilled when there was NO hesitation, only "sure! send it over!" Simple. Simply wonderful! (I LOVE this world!!)

I know that we (Americans, as a group.) must seem pretty ignorant to others, but there ARE ways to be respectful and courteous, right here at our fingertips!

Amber-Lee

2 years, 11 months ago on Why Social Media Makes Me Feel Stupid

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Dino. Hi there. I sent you a tweet, but just in case, I'll ask here as well. I can't seem to convince the links that they want to give me a copy of your Video Blogging Quickstart Guide. I have to take this step, and quit acting like a pussy about videos. Help!

Thank you (squeaky voice)

Amber-Lee

2 years, 11 months ago on Why Your Blog Will Never Win Google's Affection

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Margie,

I love it. I was wondering what the Women Wednesdays would bring, I even printed out the list!

My favorite point to bring attention back to is "the back-handed slap" - Yeah. It's funny, how we have to make such an on-going effort to "OWN" what we say and how.( "I believe" )

Thanks for another great one.

Amber-Lee

2 years, 11 months ago on #womenwednesday Don't tell women what to do. They're listening to me.

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Margie, I missed this post completely!

When I was deployed in Desert Storm I received letters and care packages from groups like this and made some wonderful friends of the people that wrote these letters that have lasted to this day.

It is so important. I means so much to men and women, some barely more than girls and boys (I was 17-18 years old during Desert Storm), and whether there is loving family, spouses, children and friends at home or not, to know perfect strangers are taking time out of their lives to write you a letter (3 of mine turned into pen-pals that lasted for 10 years or more)... well, it reminds each one of our soldiers that they are standing FOR us and in FRONT of us to PROTECT us and our ways of life and right...

..or at least that is how I feel. Thanks for remembering to share this with everyone. I had forgotten. I wont again. I've already been to the Letters to Heros / Operation Gratitude website and I am also going to include it in our home-school project.

God Bless You, Marjorie. Your more recent posts (I've been playing catch-up AGAIN) mention that you (I read...) feel like you are "all over the place". I don't think so- you seem to hit the important stuff of life as it hits you, one way or another.

Thanks, again.

Amber-Lee

2 years, 11 months ago on Hey, I care about you

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Ok, can you tell I am playing catch-up again today?! LOL, I already told @bdorman264 so, I best get to sharing it OUTLOUD, my only- only-only 2012 resolution is:

(dum-da-dum....)

"I WILL PUT FORTH MORE MORE MORE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER EFFORT TO RESPOND TO EACH AND EVERY COMMENT, EMAIL OR POSTING IN A MORE PROMPT FASHION, IN 2012."

There. I said so.

Here's to a REMARKABLE 2012!

(me)

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