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I will definitely be sharing this with my fellow bloggers. I agree with all of your points. Success as a blogger looks different to different people. Some people gauge it by being well-known, some gauge it by being able to post consistently - and everything in between. The whole "big vs little" and "very popular vs less popular" thing can make someone who doesn't necessarily fall into the "right" category very discouraged. That's not what blogging should be about. Thanks for writing this post!
1 year, 5 months ago on Are Only The Biggest Bloggers Worthy?
Great post. I've always envied folks who have friends from childhood, or even from college. In other words, 10+ years. I don't have any. For various reasons. Congrats to you and Erika for lasting so long.
1 year, 5 months ago on Friendships: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
I think this song has a great message for children and adults alike. I posted it on my blog yesterday. Some folks were on Twitter complaining about how it's just a gimmicky ploy and she shouldn't be allowed to be in the public eye blah blah blah. People will have any reason to criticize. I think if a little 11 year old girl from down the block made this video for a school project, she'd get all kinds of accolades but b/c it's Willow Smith, there has to be something wrong with it. I like it! @TheLimerickLane
1 year, 8 months ago on Willow Smith: I Am Me
I respond to all comments on my blogs- positive or negative. I feel it's the least I can do to acknowledge someone who's taken the time to not only read my post but to also comment. Granted, I don't get hundreds (or even dozens) of comments per post. If that were the case I might reevaluate. At the very least I think someone who is putting their writing out for public consumption should attempt to care about feedback, even if you can't respond to every single comment. It's like the folks on Twitter who promote but never engage - what's the point?
1 year, 8 months ago on Responding (Or Not) to Blog Comments
I feel your pain. I've only written a few posts even remotely related to my "love" life. They're always popular but I just can't bring myself to write about (and share) it often. Even when there's nothing going on there's a lot going on. LOL. At any rate, I look forward to reading your future love life posts. :)
1 year, 9 months ago on What the Fuck was I Thinking?
I can appreciate this post. Coming from an HR background I know exactly what you mean when you mention not giving people any context by which to discriminate. It used to even go as far as not mentioning that you were a part of the <insert ethnicity/religion here> student union in college, etc. I tweeted recently about how much I like that you can apply for jobs directly via LinkedIn but that there should be a way that the photo isn't included when submitting your resume/profile. Same premise. On the flipside, I have my photo everywhere - on my website, on my business card, as my Twitter avatar, etc. so if someone really wanted to know what I look like, it's out there. I have definitely received positive feedback from having my picture on my business card but as to whether or not having it on my website has hindered business, is difficult to gauge. I'm sure no one would call me up and say "I wanted to do business with you but now that I see that you are black/female/have a great smile I've changed my mind." If I were to go to a website of someone offering a service, business advice or the like and they DIDN'T have a photo, that would strike me as odd. I also think it's more important for a small business, solopreneur or consultancy to have photos than for a larger business. It's about making that connection. If someone opts not to do business with me because of some bias they have against a person who looks like me, then it's all the better that we don't connect. No time wasted.
2 years, 4 months ago on Putting Your Picture on Your Business: How Does It Change Things?
lauraclick You'll get no argument from me there, Laura.
2 years, 7 months ago on 7 Annoying Blogging Personality Disorders
I've definitely seen each of these types of bloggers and you're right about them being annoying. Like most things though, there is an audience for each of these types. There are people who will want to read TMI posts or rants, etc. and most people won't know when content has been copied or plagiarized. Most of these types will be able to find an audience. One person's annoyance is another person's "must read." Your 'How Do You Stand Out' tips are helpful. Great post.
Tia Peterson Yes! Strong networks are critical. Glad to be a part of the conversation. :o)
2 years, 7 months ago on Women, Value, and Getting Paid What You're Worth
Tia Peterson I think that is a great strategy as well. I know for me, in the past, the issue has been less not knowing my worth and more "If I turn down this job, when will I get the next one? I have bills to pay, I better take it." Of course that just leaves me feeling resentful when I am still working my butt off but for less pay. So, no more of that! Lesson learned.
Funny that I came across this b/c my next business blog post is on a similar topic, based on a conversation that I had earlier today. It can be difficult to decide that you have to walk away but if you don't it just becomes easier to continue to undervalue yourself. It's an ongoing struggle. - msrasberryinc.com
BelaVizy Girls? Wow. Would these be persons under age 18? It doesn't surprise me that women would be paid less if they are being referred to as "girls" in the workplace.