Delivering exceptional content on the web and in print for businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies
I'm teary-eyed, and that's a GREAT thing. My mind had been running along the same lines after a college reunion where time just slapped me upside the head.
My family is German and Danish (Mortensen) and the Danish side does not stop drinking coffee. Ever. I laughed out loud at that.
1 year, 10 months ago on The Part Where My Mom Smacks Me Upside the Head
@KevinVandever It was a stupid accident but the book turned out really well and I got a new laptop as a sympathy present.
2 years ago on Five Tips for Writing Large Body of Works
@KevinVandever I haven't met anyone with a similar experience until now. I broke BOTH my legs just as I needed to start a very long assignment - essentially a book - for a local nonprofit. It was hard writing on the Vicodin but after that was over, it went smoothly from my special bed set up in the living room (couldn't go upstairs). However, I don't recommend it or the vacation set up. I just go to the quiet student study carrals (sp?) at the university library, where there is no wifi for us non-students.
Also want to mention that the communications director of my largest nonprofit client was fired last year and they couldn't access their YouTube account for many months. YouTube wasn't very helpful. Fortunately, they had access to Facebook because I had insisted they create multiple admins.
2 years ago on Three Things You Can Learn about Social Media from HMV
You are so right that it's impossible to understand how employees will act under this kind of intense stress. Years ago, I "survived" a large layoff at a technology company but while we were sitting around waiting for the hammer to fall, my colleague confessed that if he found out he was going to be laid off, he would just wipe his hard drive. (This was before there were sophisticated tools to recover data.) I was shocked. He was a very straight-laced, religious, financial analyst - the last person you'd think would do something like this. But he was also newly married, had just bought a house, and had been attracted away from a good job to take this one. So yeah, for a short time, he was really dangerous.
I'm tired just looking at your list. Also, I haven't had time or inspiration to blog in two weeks. You go.
2 years, 6 months ago on This week
As one of the few authentic (vs. "branded") social media grandmas, I thought this age debate stank. Thank you for calling it out. And as a writer, I agree with your comment below about writing skills. I also find it puzzling that some businesses I know are hiring "social media managers" who have no proof of concept in their own active Facebook pages, Twitter or Pinterest accounts, etc. I know some people working in social media who don't even like it. I think liking it to some degree (there will always be frustration, of course) and using it personally should be a requirement.
2 years, 6 months ago on No one is old enough to handle your social media
Finally. I can now get over my abandonment issues.
2 years, 6 months ago on I'm back, bitches
Pam, I believe this is totally true but can you point me to blogs or other resources that prove it? I'd like to find out more. I thought this was a good article but it was about a business page: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57482220-93/firm-ditches-facebook-for-twitter-claims-clicks-are-bots/
(Interesting that it got little exposure among the fans of my FB page!)
2 years, 7 months ago on Social Media Political Candidate Campaign Managers Do Your Job!
Good overview - thanks. But I don't know if I believe in the other 2%!
2 years, 7 months ago on State of the Blogging World in 2012
I am even more grateful to you for #2. I was feeling like a dolt because that's why I bought my iPad but it just doesn't work for a professional writer like me, even with the Pages app. My HP laptop is redonkulously heavy, so your #1 is in my future. #8 gave me some comfort, since I still own one. #9 was proven recently when I couldn't get my bluetooth keyword to work with the iPad in a client meeting and everyone laughed at me for being too pretentious to use pen and paper. And I live and work in Silicon Valley!
2 years, 7 months ago on Travel Essentials for Speakers, Authors, and MarComm Pros
P.S. And I love that I can pin your posts now. They go into my formally named Socialfication pinboard.
2 years, 7 months ago on Social Media Blog Posts I Haven't Written
#25 would be worthwhile. I can vouch for the truthiness of #22 because I was a technical writer for 7 years. My assignments were mostly vaporware. You are too young to remember vaporware, but it was a hot trend in the 80s in Silicon Valley.
I retweeted this without using Buffer. So I am getting better.
2 years, 8 months ago on Cyborgs
@penneyfox This gets even better. I am a little late to the Pinterest bandwagon, after much skepticism, and am just coming to really enjoy it. So I'm happy to read that you are headed in this direction. So much wisdom in these comments! Danny is lucky to have such a smart and plain-speaking audience.
2 years, 11 months ago on On Loving and Giving Up On Google in Equal Measure
I have to thank you for this post, Danny. The sad thing is that I was waiting for someone well-known to give me permission to abandon G+. But in the interests of not making a snap decision, I decided to re-evaluate why I don't like it. One of the major reasons is rather pathetic but I must be honest - it's a few of those famous social media wonks who never seem to stop posting. All.Day.Long. They've irritated me on G+ from the beginning though I respect them so much in almost any other context. So why haven't I simply un-circled them? They're such big, famous figures, I felt I had to follow them everywhere. Very immature of me. I guess the moral of the story is that I can do whatever the heck I want, despite what the crowd does. Because Danny says so! (insert the sound of a sheep bleating...)
I was also reminded of the fact that sooner or later in the PR business, the contacts you depend on in the media and elsewhere will come to know that you are working with a complete A-hole. That hurts the brand. Thanks for the very timely moral lesson!
3 years, 1 month ago on How Do You Know When It’s Time to Fire a Client?
Gini, after taking the Kiersey-Bates test several times, an HR specialist explained why I kept scoring on the border of introvert-extrovert. I'm a "socialized extrovert" - which is an introvert who has learned the skills of extroversion because this is so highly valued in American society. I can't thank you enough for this post. We all read blogs to learn but sometimes it's great to read a blog and see yourself reflected back in it. You also provide great advice about recognizing other styles.
3 years, 1 month ago on Privacy and Autonomy for Introverts at Work
Oh, man. This is really not right. I can't think of anything more eloquent to say. Thank you for running interference for us! I've just logged off after sharing your post on my page and personal profile.
3 years, 1 month ago on Juggling Flaming Ferrets: Your Online Privacy Just Got Shot to Hell
I could start a whole list of things I've been putting off. Of course! This week's blog post would be one. Thanks for the not-so-subtle reminder.
3 years, 2 months ago on Exorcising Futility: A Swift Kick in the Pants
I swear to you, this was my first and only response: "Cheating!" Seriously, do the really hard work to create a real web presence. There's no shortcut. (This from somebody who is struggling with just WordPress!)
3 years, 3 months ago on Pros and Cons of Facebook As Your Website
...and as you are always pointing out, this gives the PR profession a bad name. But I guess any professions gets a bad name when you employ untrained people to do it. Despite the fact that PR touches just about every aspect of the commercial and personal lives of every person in the U.S., very few understand how it works behind the scenes. It's not advertising; it's relationship-driven. Of course, social media may be undermining the value of business relationships, too. Guess I'd better stop there...
3 years, 4 months ago on Three Examples of Social Media Gone Bad
Gini, you've worked so hard to build a network and it irks me that others want to take shortcuts through you.
@ginidietrich@Ruth - MarketingWise I belong to a thriving church community and keep telling people that I won't be on another committee but will meet about specific issues. I keep saying, "Think of me as an In 'n Out Burger kind of volunteer." Maybe I need another metaphor because this is not working.
3 years, 4 months ago on Pros and Cons of a Blogging Committee
@cxohuerta I feel for you. I edit technical material all the time and have for about 30 years. It's hard to get the point across that you aren't insulting someone's intelligence to summarize and be succinct. With blogs, the best approach (SEO, readability, and otherwise) is to link to more technical articles for the people who really care/have a lot of time/want to check your conclusions. As for the committee? I agree with Gini but you can still call it a committee and convene it once or twice a year to set strategy and suggestion as she explained.
@FollowtheLawyer Yes, that's right - I forgot to mention the fact that adding a personalized comment (which I do in 99% of the cases) makes it especially helpful.
3 years, 4 months ago on Simple Tool, Small Wonder: Buffer App
I LOVE BUFFER. I whined publicly on Twitter when the Buffer plug-in stopped working with a recent update of Firefox, and actually stopped going thru my RSS feeds for a time. I don't listen to people who criticize tools like Buffer as "bot" type operations - especially since these are the same people who say that timing is everything. It's actually more effective and courteous to space out the content sharing. Thanks for this post!
I remember reading something about how effective unemployment is for big business. I think it was from a guy named "Marx." Seriously, you hit the nail on the head. I appreciate that we should take responsibility but what about business leaders? Do they get a pass? @jono.smith
3 years, 5 months ago on Control Your Own Destiny
Thank you. I'm there, but I wonder sometimes...
3 years, 5 months ago on Not Google+: The Antisocial Network
Gini, I pretty much ignored QR codes until yesterday. I had previously downloaded a reader app on my iPhone but had been frustrated in trying to use it. Then I was walking with a colleague at lunch time and we saw a beautiful home for sale. She was dying to know the price. Pulled out the iPhone, scanned the code, shazaam! (A cool million. No, this was not my neighborhood.) Tried it again last night at YogurtLand for their sweepstakes, though I hadn't read the fine print about how that ended on 9/4.
3 years, 5 months ago on Blogger Relations: Know Your Audience
Gini, of course, none of us would ever wish bankruptcy on everyone but I've known several people who have gone through it and are thriving now. (They all recommend getting a good lawyer, of course). I've never been through that but have shut down my freelance business to take full-time jobs a few times when times got tough. I remember feeling like a failure when that happened but now I really question the idea that making a necessary change in my career should be considered a "failure." It was just an ending. I think all of us could stand to re-frame our thinking about failure, and maybe we could even eliminate the word altogether.
3 years, 5 months ago on Failure In Entrepreneurship: Is It Okay?
I've been thinking a lot about the fact that a significant portion of my blog readers are my friends. I've decided that is just fine - they are smart people and bound to know other smart people to recommend my blog to.
3 years, 8 months ago on RockTheReTweet Love
@clavoie @cindyslavoie @Lori_Randall @lori_randall Well, Lori's blog is a nice place to find people! I just followed you, Cindy.
Thanks for being human. You're a great writer even about nothing in particular. Inspiration will return!
3 years, 9 months ago on A Blog Post About Nothing
I've been in both of your shoes. Technically, this is my third freelance career. Nothing is forever. Thanks for the wisdom.
3 years, 9 months ago on Failing In Order to Learn
I loved your comment. I have not studied Buddhism much but a friend who has inspired me to write a very simple post about Right Speech and how it might be applied to social media. This is definitely rich food for thought. http://wagnerwrites.com/blog/wise-engagement/ @Verilliance
3 years, 9 months ago on Competing for Who Is Most Stressed
It's freaky how much I needed to hear this today. I've been trying the upbeat self-talk since I woke up this morning, and this post has helped it finally take hold. Otherwise, I was going to have to resort to the "stop sounding like your-mother-the-martyr" talk, and I hate that one.
Great post. I love to brainstorm in person. Now research backs me up. Thx for sharing this.
3 years, 9 months ago on Innovation calls for face to face contact
Let's take collective responsibility for encouraging each other to post too often, whip out short or not-well-crafted posts, borrow or purchase ideas from the "big guys," and believe that blogging is going to make us rich. I blog just because I'm a writer and now I have a place to publish my thoughts. I try not to bore myself...
3 years, 10 months ago on Take the Easy Route. Everyone Is Doing It.
I really appreciated this post. Marketing is our business, not social media.
The DVR is set and the cherry scone mix has been purchased. Now to bake the scones and locate the English china teapot I got for a wedding present 26 years ago, which hardly ever gets used. I'm old enough to remember being stuck to the TV for Di's wedding. I wouldn't miss this for anything.
3 years, 10 months ago on The Extinction of Social Media Agencies
Hadn't heard about this - thanks for pointing it out.
4 years ago on #FollowFriday: For Bloggers, By Bloggers
I've been having problems with this for months. I can't get my profile removed. It just keeps looping, asking for another code. I wonder if this is a deliberate strategy.
4 years, 1 month ago on Deleting Your Spokeo Profile