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Hey Jess! I thought I'd pop in and say hi and wish you well while you're "in the hot seat" it is always a pleasure working with you. :)

3 weeks, 6 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Jess Ostroff

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This reminds me of something a wise friend told me years ago, it was about having kids but it still applies. You are never ready. That said I think it's good to get advice from people who've walked down that path. Anything is possible.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Advice to Those Who Want to Build a PR Firm

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Hey Laura! Great to "meet" you. Do you also Netflix? I have to confess I am a bit of a binge Netflix watcher but not so much TV. Also your point about raising capital, I've heard it's extremely hard if you're not showing really good results. It sounds like you and your team learned a lot working with less. I bet it really helped you succeed. :) Oh and I love Portland. Enjoy the hot seat!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Laura Mansfield

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@biggreenpen Thanks for taking the time to read about our summer adventure. It was a great experience for us, we're all really glad we did it. As a family we've never been closer, though I am sure our son will eventually appreciate a bit more space. :)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Adventure Day 25 – Road trip and World Cup Final at a Rest Stop

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@Shonali @ginidietrich when we did finally meet here in SF it was so great to have dinner and hang out with your client. All good times. :)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@amberlturner Thanks! :) Yeah, we've relocated to El Dorado Hills, however we have not found that perfect house just yet so we're hold up in an Apartment so we could get our son started at school and give us some breathing room to find the "Right" place. We've got it narrowed down now and we're just waiting for the right place to pop up in that area. Fun, fun.


Thanks for dropping by, reading, tweeting and commenting!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes @hackmanj @bdorman264 luckily he is travelling with his wife. :)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@ginidietrich I'd say my mind is a steel trap but it's simply not true. It's probably because I was figuring out at one time all the positive stuff that came out of my (relatively) short time on Amplify. That was a special experience, a break through if you will.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@JoeCardillo for sure, I love the desert! Quite a chain of tweets that kicked off this morning. Really glad you took the time to comment and ended up on my radar. Looking forward to our future interactions sir.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@bdorman264 you could always do the planes, trains and automobiles approach. Maybe that would be a better approach. :)


Yes, I guess I shouldn't complain (about bad service) but I still do. People who don't do it well just drive me crazy.


Thanks for your comment!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@Eleanor Pierce I figured they probably did not have kids but I have encountered people who home school and do it. Pretty amazing, there are all sorts of things we can do, it's a matter of choice. :)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@JoeCardillo nice to meet you too, Joe. It is a fact, our calling often finds us in the strangest of ways. You never know where the next door will open up and boom it's years later and you're looking back with satisfaction.


I spent many weekends camping off of Icehouse Road, Foresthill/Auburn Ravine and other places in my younger years. My son will be exposed to it, too. Where are you these days?


Thanks for taking the time to read and comment Joe!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@Howie Goldfarb my first and only MMORPG was WoW so my guild was safe. Love you too, brother.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@biggreenpen Nice to meet you, too. Thanks for visiting the blog. Its super important to prioritize things in life. I've always been one to take some personal goof off time but it's become much more critical while my son is growing and while we're still able to enjoy it. I'll have to check out Postpone Nothing and see if I can inspire some new adventure with it. It's in my blood now, I have to feed it. :)


Regarding the 15 year old, I think electronic gaming is highly addictive. I've spent months, possibly years worth of my life playing. The important thing is teaching balance and also helping them understand that other things can be equally enjoyable and profitable (sustainable). We're pretty cautious with the amount of time we let our son play games. I wouldn't recommend to kids to take the path I did, but I would make sure they knew that the possibilities are endless and they can do whatever they commit to doing.


Thanks for the thoughtful comment.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@belllindsay @LauraPetrolino Lol. I don't recall crying at SOBCON. I did learn the proper hug technique from @PhilGerb though, that's almost enough to make you cry.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@ClayMorgan I actually don't want to find a game that holds my interest too much at this point. I love gaming too much and I'd probably miss out on a lot of crucial sleep to participate the way I'd want to. Maybe when my son gets a little older. :)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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Hey Gini, thanks for the interview! 


We met on Amplify I think, and then that extended over to Twitter. Eventually I discovered the Spin Sucks blog and started hanging out with the rest of the crazies here. Before long after that you were a guest on my blog talk radio with @DannyBrown and @Shonali. Not long after you co-hosted regularly. We have quite a history, don't we. I am grateful that our paths crossed, one thing you didn't mention is that you are also a great adviser to me. That's been a two way street for sure!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@LauraPetrolino hey you! I was so excited when you wrote a guest post here on spinsucks and even more so when you joined the team. That was my first SOBCON and I met so many incredible people like you there. That was my first ever conference of that kind, too, sort of the start of something amazing for me. :)


We definitely would love to have you as a tour guide in Maine. I will keep you posted!



1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@jasonkonopinski Thanks Jason, which network did you use? What channels? Come on man, details. It's always fun to run into people from IRC. I started out on EFNET in #windowsnt and #netadmin was sort of my inner circle from there. I still talk and work with a bunch of people from IRC and I've met several of them. Love to hear other peoples stories, too. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@rosemaryoneill HEY! #table2 forever. :)


I'm definitely with you Rosemary, you know it. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@belllindsay luckily you work with people who care more about what you can do than expecting boxes checked on a resume. :)


I need to write more about our adventure, it's still going really, we haven't found that perfect house yet and we're already talking about the next 4 summers and those beyond. Stay tuned on that front. :)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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@ClayMorgan some of my friends would agree with you! I am nostalgic about my gaming though, call me old school! :)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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I can't believe Danny Brown beat you, that's just wrong.....

2 months ago on Two Lessons from Most Commented on Blog Posts

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@ginidietrich that's nuts! Hopefully they at least refer them to another firm?

2 months ago on The “I’m Busy” Badge of Pride

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I would go insane if I was that busy.... I don't have the luxury of telling people "I'm too busy to help you". I am not even sure what they'd say but I would feel horrible.

2 months ago on The “I’m Busy” Badge of Pride

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This is great Clay, I've had a couple of customers approach me and ask me about how to handle bad reviews. In their cases it was a similar situation to this and I didn't have an answer for it (so I asked Gini!) this gives additional perspective, though. I think you can apply this universally to any bad news, is it really bad news? There is likely to be a silver lining... 

2 months, 1 week ago on Bad Reviews: A Crisis or a Blessing?

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@ginidietrich Awesome, it would be great to host you for a visit here!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Farewell Danville and Hello El Dorado Hills

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@Lisa Gerber You definitely played a part in inspiring me Lisa, I LOVE seeing your content from your mountain paradise in Idaho! The ripples are reaching out farther and farther... :)

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Farewell Danville and Hello El Dorado Hills

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Love to see Amber in the hot seat! She is such a joy to work with. It's awesome to learn more about her too, I have to say I had no idea about the hearing impairment and we've talked through a lot of technical and design details over the last 2 years so you handle it super well Amber! Love the bit about Photoshop, that's an interesting discussion, too. Most designers I've worked with love the vector world so that does make sense.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Amber Turner

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@KDillabough I love it Kaarina, what a great approach. Today's hike (which I will write about tonight) was a perfect example of this. :)

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Adventure Day 23 – Zion National Park

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@KDillabough Funny! I called it the "darn dam" with children present. :) I agree though, think about all the things you'd be missing? Especially around your lovely yard! 


Edit: Now I see my spelling error, hahaha. Wow. :)

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Adventure Day 17 – a Different Place, a Different Pace

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@KDillabough so true, great advice! I think you'll like my day 17 post (mostly written!). Thanks again for following along, it reminds me to keep writing!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Adventure Day 3 – La Jolla, Friends, Food and Fixing Stuff

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@CGreenTX Good to know Chris, I'll have to give it another try maybe I have a lemon....

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Adventure Day 4 – Unpacking and Office Setup, US Ties Portugal

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@rosemaryoneill you're welcome, if you and your family get itching to come check out the west we'll give you a real tour. :)

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Adventure Day 4 – Unpacking and Office Setup, US Ties Portugal

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@KDillabough Thanks for the suggestion, I shared it in the next couple of blog posts. :)

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Adventure Day 6 – Extended San Diego Stay and a Toast

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@boydjane Thanks for following along! :)

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Adventure Day 6 – Extended San Diego Stay and a Toast

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@Lisa Gerber Sounds awesome Lisa, thanks for the suggestion! We're definitely looking for great tips like that. I'll put that on our radar. Back to work today, don't work too hard. Looks like you had an awesome weekend!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Adventure Day 8 – Final Day in San Diego and Bonding with the Cat

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@dchandler7 Thanks Del, and I absolutely will keep it going. Catching up this morning! Send my regards to everyone at DSVR!


3 months, 3 weeks ago on Adventure day 10 – Carefree Highway and Montezuma’s Castle

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@Lisa Gerber That sounds like an awesome loop Lisa! Thanks for the great suggestion!

4 months, 1 week ago on Saying Goodbye to Danville, for Now

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@Lisa Gerber Don shared that bit of wisdom with me, he also said to not look at your home as an investment. I appreciated all aspects of his advice. :)

4 months, 1 week ago on The Adventure Begins

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@KDillabough Thanks for the reminder, I need to break out my camera tomorrow. Using my cell phone just doesn't do this trip justice. :)

4 months, 1 week ago on The Adventure Begins

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@flapic Thanks! Our plan is to settle back in the same area, the Danville, CA area. We didn't have time to deal with getting a new place before we left due to the timing. I hope all is well with you!

4 months, 1 week ago on Saying Goodbye to Danville, for Now

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@KDillabough Thanks Kaarina!

4 months, 1 week ago on Saying Goodbye to Danville, for Now

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@hannush Thanks for the great suggestions! We have a fair amount scheduled in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Should be awesome. You might want to go when it's cooler, if you can. :)

4 months, 1 week ago on Saying Goodbye to Danville, for Now

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@ginidietrich yep, that's true, and I bet that alone is the biggest killer of businesses. That seems to happen regardless of how good or bad the economy is. Sometimes it's just necessary.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Run a Virtual Company with these Seven Tips

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@flapic  thank you! That would be fun.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on New Blogtalkradio Theme is In!

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That being said, you can imagine how painful it is for me to write an entire blog about the importance of personality documents.

Oh I am not buying that, when I hear personality I think of Laura Petrolino! :)

5 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Craft a Winning Personality Document

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