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I love the Polar Bear vid, but have you ever seen this video of Orcas "wave washing" a seal?

Orcas are crafty (and hungry) ;) BUT they are NOT as mean as kids, based on #4.

1 month, 1 week ago on Gin and Topics: Kids Read Mean Tweets and it’s Not Funny


Thank you @Danny Brown :) and @tobey fusco the Art of Breaking Out's focus is really on reinvention, and I have a lot planned for 2015... hope it can help in some way. @Craig McBreen

4 months, 1 week ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?


Ah, my two favorite Scots talking about me ;) 

Interesting post, and thanks for the details, Danny. I'm now wondering if this approach is the way to go for my new Art of Breaking Out site. A weekly roundup type newsletter with a personal touch might just be the direction I need to go in.

"Earlier this year, I took stock of the content I was producing, and decided to stop writing solely about marketing, social media, etc."

– Oh, and I really like the new direction ;)

"Additionally, it’s enabled me to think bigger and to really look at content outside the usual social media bubble, both to drive the type of content I want to write about, as well as find articles and posts that my subscribers may want to read."

– I feel this way too, which is one of the reasons for the new site (and podcast) mentioned above.

I'm now using a mix of Campaign Monitor and Aweber. Both limited in their own ways, and I'm sick of dealing with the clunky interface of Aweber. Was all set for GetResponse, but am now curious about MailPoet. Wondering if a WordPress plugin can compete with these options? (I'm certainly interested). 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?


@djwaldow Yes, Lisa is good people :) And, thanks!

9 months, 1 week ago on 7 Days Into Unemployment: What I'm Doing


Thanks, DJ, now I have a list to add to my list ;) I have a new property that is all about the journey called The Art of Breaking Out, so I'll definitely keep up with what you're doing. Glad I read more about you at Lisa Gerber's house.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on 7 Days Into Unemployment: What I'm Doing


Hi Joe,

I'll have to catch up with all you've been doing ;) Luckily I read Lisa Gerber's latest. Looks like you're having fun :)

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Adventure Day 16 – Grand Canyon WOW WOW WOW


Hi Carrie,

You know how I feel about fear … give it a swift kick in the chops ;) Well, actually it's best just to know it'll always be there and you must get used to it.

And you must fit in priorities (as you would a client meeting) you'll actually get somewhere. If you don't, this stuff will slip through, so very good point.

And cheers to new RESULTS!

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Public Relations, Steampunk Style


Hi Danny,

I cringed while reading this because I remember those feelings. I had incidents with both my kids. While not as scary as yours, the world suddenly stops and nothing ... nothing else is even the least bit important. Then you take forever to forgive yourself. 

Just glad she's a happy, healthy little girl. And boy do you have some cute kids :) 

9 months, 3 weeks ago on The Moments We Do Not Take


This kinda rocks, Caroline :) And I love the descriptions, but I never thought of sinewy, or muscular when it comes to good vino, but the rich and layered flavors of macerated peach? ... there ya go! 

When it comes to so-called boring industries like construction, simply asking questions (to employees, clients, etc) will return some gold in the form of keyword phrases. BUT it is also a way to refresh your brand and build a long-term marketing effort.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Long-Tail Keywords: A Lesson from Winemakers


Hi Danny,

Reminds me of one of those restaurants you go to and they have a 10-page menu … East meets West with a little Guacamole thrown in. Talk about a bland result. And of course these are the places with one type of bad Scotch and only three beers on the menu.

Now don't get me started with this vortex we inhabit ;)

Cheers to a great week!

11 months ago on The Dilution of Choice


God ... if I could just keep up with you ;) You are a machine on high @ginidietrich !

1 year ago on The One-Page Quarterly Plan Template


Thanks for this, Danny!

I have a new site coming where I'll just let 'er rip. This way I can drop more F-Bombs like that red headed woman we both know and love ;)  

1 year ago on Remember When We Just Hit Publish?


@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Maybe I'll work up the courage to post on Facebook ;)

1 year ago on Why Marketers Should Write Fiction


I've been writing some of my own ... not sure if it will ever be released to the public, but it's something I get lost in. That's all that matters.

1 year ago on Why Marketers Should Write Fiction


Sweet! Rock Hot :) Congrats on everything. Love the new look of the site. The "book a call now" part of your sidebar is golden. Jon's idea or yours? Love it. 

1 year ago on What’s Happening With @Soulati?


Hi Brent,

"the various internet marketing strategies began to coalesce and the lines between the different marketing segments began to blur."

– So very true, in fact I'm working on a 2,500 word post on this very topic ;)

Big fan of Gini's, as you know, so will definitely want to pick this one up! Thanks.

1 year ago on Review of “Spin Sucks: Communication and Reputation Management in the Digital Age”


@crestodina It'll be well worth the visit.

1 year ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Andy Crestodina


@ginidietrich Hey, and congrats on the book :)

1 year ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Andy Crestodina


Loved this, Erika. 

I was terrified to speak in front of more than five people ... for most of my life. I've always hated crowds and hated parties even more (unless I was well supplied with scotch or similar ;)) 

I finally had the courage to go to a Toastmasters meeting when I was about 42 years of age. That's when I realized public speaking is stepping into a role and I was amazed at how easily it came after I got past the shaky leg syndrome, and now I'd rather speak in front of a group of 50+ than go to any party.

Now I'm going to start some sort of graybeard introvert club … well that will be part of the focus at my new blog – we'll see how it goes.

Anyway, congrats and thanks for the post! :)

1 year ago on One Thing You Don’t Know About Me


–Just because you can solve a problem, doesn’t mean the problem is worth solving

–Talk to everyone before entering a new industry

–Don’t start a company unless you can commit

–Don’t spend money until it is absolutely necessary.

–Don’t believe in financial forecasts

–Honor the generosity and faith of your family

... Looks like this $50K "experiment" could turn into a 3,000 word "life experience" post ala James Altucher ;)

1 year, 1 month ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Andy Crestodina


Hi Danny,

"Basically, the types of post that were easy to write but had little real substance."

–That was where I started ... it was fun while it lasted, but this old dog has learned a few tricks since then. 

You're always so damned honest and that's what I love about your writing, that combined with your generosity is what brought me here in the first place … oh and there is the value you bring ;) 

My current blog will be more and more business-focused, while a new one I'm building is more on the personal development side, for lack of a better term. That's where I'll be 100 percent focused on engagement and I'll finally do a deep dive into Facebook land.

Curious … excited about Brian Clark's new Rainmaker project?

1 year, 1 month ago on Understanding Your Blog Audience and What You Want From Them


@ginidietrich Sorry! ;)

1 year, 1 month ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition is Coming!


You wake up to find yourself on a desert island. The sun is setting on the horizon. You don’t have long before you are going to be engulfed in complete darkness. You have no idea who you are or what you are doing here.  What do you do?

Just kidding. 

I LOVE this. Here's a few I would ask …

You have inherited $1M.  What charitable organizations do you donate to and why?

What annoys you most about people?

Favorite thing to do when not working?

Would our founding fathers be proud of us?

If given the chance would you go into space?

Worst lie you've ever told?

Who was worse, Hitler or Stalin?

Explain the best way to teach an old dog a new trick.

Are you right brained or left brained?

Tell us how to make your favorite meal?

1 year, 1 month ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition is Coming!


Hi Lori,

Sorry about this. Been reading many posts on this very topic. So many sites going down (for a variety of reasons). Such a storm to weather, argh!

It's never just business to me either. I'm pretty compulsive about keeping clients up to date, because I can't stand it when my vendors ignore me. Hope it's smoother sailing from here on out.

1 year, 1 month ago on Is it Just Business – or is it Personal?


Hey Lewis,

I loved this so much I had to listen twice :) 

Funny, I'm the same age as Chris, but am now making some pretty drastic changes in my life … Not starting over, but almost. All good, no great. I like the idea of visualizing your life in five, ten years and basing an outline on that. 

Great stuff, as usual and I think you and Chris make a good team.

1 year, 1 month ago on 10 Principles of Abundance and Prosperity to Enhance Your Business and Life


I'm as guilty as any of them with Storytelling and I also wrote a post about the death of logos (well, that was the link bait title at least) :) Hope all is well, Sir!

1 year, 2 months ago on Can We Say Goodbye to These Social Media Buzzwords in 2014?


@remarkmarketing  This is why @DannyBrown needs to start a new conference ... oh, I think he already did that ;) plus I'd have to hike North of the border.

1 year, 2 months ago on Can We Say Goodbye to These Social Media Buzzwords in 2014?


Hi Dino,

I just had to click on " … The 15 Minute Workweek to learn how." ;)

"Reverse engineering someone else’s success based on their behavior is a lot like reverse engineering a Boing 747 from a toy airplane. The general outline is there but the detail is missing."

-- I've tried to articulate this point in the past, but this artful little ditty is the best I've read :) 

1 year, 2 months ago on How To Go From Blog to {real} Business in Under a Year


Hi Danny,

First of all, thank you for this post! You've always been generous and extremely helpful (remember when I was just getting my feet wet? ;)) Anyway, really appreciate the mention.

Your contribution to the book was great, actionable advice – practices I've added to my own to-do list.

Now I'm wondering if @ginidietrich will try and outdo you ;) 

1 year, 2 months ago on Turning Prospects Into Customers and 24 Other Tips to Help Grow Your Business


Add a great leader in Pete Caroll. The players LOVE him! And if you've ever seen the 60 minutes piece on him you know he's the real deal :) Just had 500+K at the rally. 

1 year, 2 months ago on 5 Branding Lessons from a Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Win


@Soulati | Hybrid PR @3HatsComm I agree with most of your points for sure! One of the reasons I'm starting a 2nd blog … quite a departure from my current property :)

1 year, 2 months ago on Authenticity On The Path To Professional Blogging


The low overcast common in Seattle can beat you down like nothing else. This giant moisturizing pad is full of depressed souls in the winter. Not seeing the sun for weeks on end can really mess with you. This time of year I start to dream about that orb in the sky so enjoy any show on TV that shows a beach ;) 

1 year, 3 months ago on Are You Depressed?


@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes I should have framed them ;)

1 year, 5 months ago on What Happens When You Drive For 21 Hours?


Happy Anniversary, Lori! Wow!!

1 year, 5 months ago on It’s the Third Anniversary of Life, for instance!


When my wife and I did our cross country trip way back in the 90s (Baltimore to Seattle) our longest drive was probably Breckenridge Colorado to San Diego. She did most of the driving though, because I had saddle sores from a very long horsey trip through the Rockies ... ;) 

So while in the car after CO, I was soon sitting on layers of gauze and ruined my favorite pair of shorts. At least I made her laugh when I got up to pump gas in what we soon called my seepage shorts ;)

1 year, 6 months ago on What Happens When You Drive For 21 Hours?


Love this, Dino.

"As for me, I love to discover new and counterintuitive ways of doing everyday tasks."

–Me too :) This keeps you fresh and life would be kina boring otherwise.

I took this past weekend off and hung out with my kids: Went GoCart racing, ate Chinese and went to the movies. Felt good to jump off the hamster wheel ;)

1 year, 6 months ago on 4 Unusual Ways to Improve Your Business Today



My happiest days are always when I do this: Face what troubles me first thing. It could be as simple as a kinda, sorta painful phone call, but once that's done, the rest of the day is easy breezy, man :)

1 year, 6 months ago on What are we all so afraid of? (pulling back the curtain on fear)


I worked at a firm where everyone was thinking alike all the time. The environment was toxic and high school clique-like too. It was almost as if the self-important owner was just looking for clones. Yuck! 

1 year, 6 months ago on Successful Businesses Encourage Dissension


Hi Sam,

As a graphic designer who on only recently started consulting with clients on the best way forward when trying to implement a content marketing strategy, I agree with all your points.

In the new world of branding done right, it's the only way for all the reasons you mentioned. I've also had several clients burned by so-called "SEO Experts." Coming up with a Content Marketing plan gives them this power back.

I like the strategy of creating a whitepaper and then pulling 5-10 blog topics from that piece. It's something I've been recommending. Also, many of my professional services clients speak, so I've suggested turning their speeches into posts or at least dropping them onto SlideShare.

1 year, 6 months ago on Corporate Blogging Questions Answered


@Soulati | Hybrid PR I'll keep teasing for a while ;) But plenty of work going on behind the scenes :)

1 year, 7 months ago on Branding Versus Monetizing A Blog


Hi Jayme,

I love the way you've dissected this so well. I'll admit that when I first started blogging, I thought my enthusiasm would make the magic happen. Well, that was silly. After two years of blogging and many iterations with the overall tone of my site, I think I kinda, sorta have this thing figured out ;) We shall see.

My current blog is now very closely tied to my business. So there's a cohesiveness with the tone and branding. I have plans for that site and it's about consulting and some product offerings. But there's another project I'm now working on … a blog for the over 35 set looking to truly bust a move. It's a bit of a passion project, but built around some very big changes I've made in my own life in the last three months. It'll be fun and I'm looking forward to the launch.

And, um, that Tim Bonner sure gets around ... ;) 

1 year, 7 months ago on Branding Versus Monetizing A Blog


Cheddar power!

Cheese is good for the soul and it looks like it's a testosterone booster too.

1 year, 7 months ago on Gin and Topics: Hip Hop, Bench Presses, and Funny Old People


When I read the headline I didn't realize I was in for some crafty language on safe ladyscaping. Had to take a break from reading about SEO … so from torture to this. Thank you ;) And the Geraldo thing. Good lord, can't erase that image from the old noggin.

I was recently listening to one of my favorite comic podcasts and of course they started talking about maintaining the male shrubbery. Anyway the guest said he was startled while using a pair of scissors and the result was was worse that a Hitler stash fo sho.

1 year, 8 months ago on The Part Where I Look Like a Hipster Where No One Should Look Like a Hipster


Hi Danny,

Love the photo you chose, and I must say, this is the best iteration of your site design so far. You are very busy with this ;)

Thanks for the details on video … I just wish I had the time to create these short, snappy vids. Love the Nordstrom video. My 13-year-old son is slightly addicted to this stuff (Vine, that is) and to be honest, he might soon be teaching me how to use it.

1 year, 8 months ago on Where Does Online Video Sit in Social Media for Marketers?


Hi Brian,

I like Eclectic, but I've had bosses in the past who were a wee bit too out of the box ;) Good business minds, but horrible with people.

Ecstatic is good because enthusiasm is contagious. We all have bad days, but need to push through. Leader absolutely have to do this.

Educated. Yup. Fer Sher.

Elastic. You have to learn, tweak and re-tool all the time.

Empathetic. I saved this one for last because it's what I think most leaders lack. Emotional intelligence might be an innate trait, but many top dogs need to learn how to relate to others. See things from their perspective.

Good stuff, Sir!

1 year, 8 months ago on 12 Most Exemplary “E” Embodiments of Excellent Leaders


Hi Brad,

Yes, and look at a typical small business and see how many plates this person (The Marketing Director or Manager) has to juggle. With the relationship-building exercises needed in the online world – for lead generation, qualifying and hand-holding, and all the platforms now required to manage content marketing and social. Yikes!

As a small business owner who works with other small business owners the word is: Overwhelmed. Winning new business IS like a production line, but I'm often working directly with a production line of one ;) Luckily I read Spin Sucks so I can often lead them out of the weeds :)

1 year, 8 months ago on Marketing Departments: You Finally Got Some Swagga’!


Hey, you're right next to Dietrich-son, way to go ;)

Seriously, some very heavy hitters here, so congrats!

Under QuickSprout, who is NICK Patel? ;)

1 year, 9 months ago on 50 Small Business Blogs To Watch: Infusionsoft Infographic


Hi Jayme,

Hey, the husband did it! ;) 

Those ARE some cool glasses. And you are doing a bang up job with these videos ... I'll have to check out all of 'em.

1 year, 9 months ago on Soulati Media On The Street With More In Media


Well, looks like it's all about the subject line ;) Some of these stats are pretty surprising in a good way. In fact I think I'll pass this little slide show on to a few clients. Thanks, Sir!

1 year, 9 months ago on The Sunday Share – 25 Mind Blowing Email Marketing Stats


@Danny Brown Yes! Would love that. Your contribution will add to an already amazing list. Just let me know what's a realistic timeline via email. Thanks!

1 year, 9 months ago on Why the Best "Social Media Stars Reality Show" is the One That Doesn't Need Made