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Clay, I've enjoyed your advice on Spin Sucks, but more than that I've enjoyed your writing voice. It's nice to meet you!

2 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Clay Morgan

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Wow, Laney, I thought I was the only one disappointed in customer service in Utah! But I'm glad we have a great professional like you out there, leading the way. Keep the faith! 

2 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Laney Namanny

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I don't know how to brag more. I just don't know how to start doing that. But I can be happy for other people and their accomplishments. I can be honest when I evaluate myself, say what I was happy with, what I would change next time, and what I learned the most from. Most of all I can refuse to nit-pick anybody. 

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Women Can’t Be Awesome: What’s Really the Root of the Problem

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I'm with Spin Sucks. I'm surprised Copyblogger is letting go of a window into their readers' thoughts. That said, it does seem like a lot of the conversation is taking place offsite for a lot of bloggers.

5 months ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments

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That aerobics video makes me embarrassed for my generation. Thanks for sharing--I think...

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Ear Wax, Aerobics, Conan, and a Dog!

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I have a minor presence on LinkedIn, but from what I've seen you're spot on. 

1 year, 1 month ago on The lie of the LinkedIn endorsement and recommendation

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@RebeccaTodd Can't wait. I've heard rumors they would make one for 10 years, but I never imagined that when they did it, it would star Harrison Ford. I'm so stoked! (Have I just marked myself as a nerd?)

1 year, 1 month ago on Gin and Topics: Snakes, Dogs, Cats, and Pigs Oh My!

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That snake is straight out of Harry Potter.

Enjoy your sci-fi, but be prepared... I thought Ender's Game was a lot better! 

1 year, 1 month ago on Gin and Topics: Snakes, Dogs, Cats, and Pigs Oh My!

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I struggle a lot with #6. Which is why I avoided going into politics. For me it goes beyond body language; I also blush when I'm way too old for that sort of thing. I totally feel your pain. 

1 year, 4 months ago on What do you suck at?

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You are not alone. Thanks for writing about this--I agree that bloggers should consider the effect their words will have on people they don't know personally. While it's true many writers will use profanity and build an audience that doesn't mind, they are probably also losing other readers with less tolerance.

1 year, 5 months ago on Profanity and Professionalism

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Thanks for these thoughts. I agree--the winner is usually the giant with the big advertising budget. Yet so much of my creative fodder comes from the little guys who are out there experimenting. I'd like to believe there is a place for people who want to build a quirky little niche for themselves. The one thing that we have now that we didn't in Gutenberg's day is a much longer potential reach. We can put things out to the world...if only the world knew how to find it.

1 year, 8 months ago on What’s Next for Media Democratization?

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A campus is a good incubator for independent life, away from parents but still somewhat sheltered. That's the part I don't want to deny my kids.

2 years ago on Does an online degree make you suitable for a real-world job?

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@arikhanson Good points, both of you! And with anything but photos, I use FB to direct traffic to our site. My concerns are mostly artistic--I can size photos but I'm never happy with how they look on the blog if I do too many, and especially if I try to mix in text. We are planning a blog redesign, though, and that's one of the problems we'll be addressing. As for FB, it's cluttered all the time so I guess my display expectations are lower.

2 years, 10 months ago on 4 not-so-talked-about ways to “cover” your events with social media

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This is a great post, and it's timely, since we've got an event coming up. What do you think about posting one or two of the best photos from an event on a blog and linking to a FB photo album with the rest (hopefully showing a variety of participants)?

2 years, 10 months ago on 4 not-so-talked-about ways to “cover” your events with social media

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Thanks, Arik, I need to do more of this, especially syndicating content. One thing we have done is to establish a sidebar on our e-newsletter, with links to the top five blog posts of the month. This extends the reach of the blog and also helps the organization's decision-makers know what issues interest our readers.

3 years ago on 4 ways to make your blog content work harder

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@arikhanson

Arik, you're right; Livefyre does make it remarkably easy (so does Disqus). Perhaps my fatigue is more of an inner battle between not wishing to miss out on anything versus not wanting to wonder about my ranking on yet another network. For now I'm happy to use my twitter account and listen from the sidelines.

3 years, 1 month ago on Do blog commenting systems matter?

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@ScottHepburn @Jensenborger6

I like the daily digest option. I think we've all read comments that added a lot of value to the original post--and we've also seen those that are pretty much summed up as "hey, look at me!" A digest would let me know if revisiting the post is worth my time.

3 years, 1 month ago on Do blog commenting systems matter?

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I don't care what the commenting system is, but sometimes I am fatigued by setting up account after account. Also, at first I didn't realize some system's default setting is to send me an email every time someone else comments--which is great if a few thoughtful people chime in and distressing if there are hundreds.

3 years, 1 month ago on Do blog commenting systems matter?

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Thanks for the resources, I'm going to keep them on file. As for the political statistics at the end, to me it just indicates some polls are a lot more scientific than others--or as an old professor said, figures don't lie, but liars figure.

3 years, 3 months ago on 3 Resources for PR/Social Media Pros & Small Biz Owners

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I think the smartest people realize you shouldn't take life too seriously.

3 years, 5 months ago on Is Happiness the Same As Being Dumb?

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I like #6, maybe because it's not openly rude but it's still squirm-inducing.

3 years, 6 months ago on 10 Ways To Let People Know They’re Talking BS

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