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I am too scared to bike where there are cars, so I've never done it. However, I hear from cyclists that it is needlessly dangerous. I am so glad to hear that you are okay. And I am gob-smacked that he gave you the finger after hitting you!! WTH??

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Share the Road: A Few Tips for Cars from Cyclists

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Very cool, Suze! I can't wait to hear your experience with this new format. 

7 months ago on Teaching in a 21st Century Classroom

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@amritachandra Me too! I can't believe how involved and responsive Gini was considering her insane schedule!! I am twice as loyal and passionate now. 

7 months ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes  Yes, I suspect that like you've experienced in other brand ambassador programs, people sometimes are unable to fulfil their initial good intentions. Which makes me wonder: Why was there a limited number of ambassadors ... Why not accept as many as possible who want to help out? 

7 months ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study

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@JoeCardillo  I'm with you in the average range too, Joe. (I did meet the "ask" -- shared on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and wrote a review on Amazon.) @ginidietrich I wonder if perhaps it may have helped to mandate that ambassadors write a blog post? I don't write about business on my personal blog (I don't have a business-focused blog) and if that had been a requirement, I likely wouldn't have put my hand up. 

7 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study

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Julia, I am so sorry to learn of the huge loss and intense grief you have experienced. And so young. Mental Health is so precious and most of us just take it for granted. I hope your mother is in a place without so much anguish and can see what an amazing, beautiful mother you have become. 

10 months ago on Cathartic Dream

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Chewing gum really helps me! I also will brush my teeth right after dinner to try and avoid snacking. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Conversation @ http://spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/blog/2013/10/party-food/healthy-is-easy-on-the-go-with-lean-cuisine-honestly-good

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I definitely did NOT look this good when I had a 6 week old baby! Beautiful pics! 

1 year, 5 months ago on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – The Ultimate Wedding Planner

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I love it! I am in the process of moving over from mainstream cleaning products as well as cosmetics and body products to ones with less toxins. 

1 year, 5 months ago on A Poem for a Toxin-Free Generation by Shane Koyczan

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Well, I've found the perfect content for the "Dear PR people" page on my blog! :)

1 year, 9 months ago on I Hate PR People: The Rules of Pitching Bloggers and Media

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Oh, how did I miss this one? Oh well, I enjoyed your summary much more than living through it live I think!

1 year, 10 months ago on Five Simple Steps to a Classic PR Disaster

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 @ginidietrich I don't wear glasses either, but I *still* couldn't resist a pair of WPs! (http://www.julieharrison.ca/living/impractical-purchasing-nyc-edition-part-1/) Now I want another pair!

1 year, 10 months ago on What Warby Parker Teaches Us about Brand Loyalty

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 @belllindsay Ha! Well I'm sure that blogger had just tons of companies beating down his/her door with 6 figure offerings after complaining on twitter. ;)

1 year, 11 months ago on Work: It's Not Always About The Money

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This is an interesting post, and as someone who has what might be called a "mommy blog," I've seen it said and debated many a time. And yet, it continues to be an interesting post because it is a timeless topic.

 

Sure, people work for free all the time. But it depends what one considers "work" and what ones considers "free." So, if I am reading a business book on my own personal time, am I "working" for free? If I write a blog post and get paid in free cereal, is that still working for "free"? If I submit a piece of graphic design to a company on spec as part of an RFP? As a freelance journalist, submitting a piece for review without having a contract in hand? etc. etc.  

 

Like Gini notes, I do work for free ... but it's terribly selective at this point. And I wouldn't consider it "free," because I eventually see it returning back to me in one form of benefit or another. When it is utterly one-sided, that is when you find bloggers raising their hands in frustration. 

1 year, 11 months ago on Work: It's Not Always About The Money

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Well, now that you are hiring Canadians, I will begin "Operation Worming." ;)

1 year, 11 months ago on How Social Media Affects Your Job Search

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Sounds fantastic! Would love to attend. Hopefully, an online version will be launched soon too?

1 year, 12 months ago on New U of Toronto Certificate in Digital Strategy and Communications Management launches winter 2013

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Congrats Michaela! Enjoy! 

2 years ago on Announcing the winner of the IABC Summit Day Pass!

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Yes, from my own experience as a book lover, I know how fabulous I've felt when a big-name author I admire takes the time to respond to something I've said about their book. (This post from UnMarketing tells it all: http://www.unmarketing.com/2011/01/11/the-awesomeness-of-being-a-2-0-author/)

2 years, 1 month ago on What Guidance Would You Give to An Algonquin College Student on Online Identity and Career Advancement?

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Yes, this is a good point! (And one I'm not particularly great at either ...) Thanks for sharing this!

2 years, 1 month ago on What Guidance Would You Give to An Algonquin College Student on Online Identity and Career Advancement?

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Ha! Noted! :)

2 years, 1 month ago on School for Bloggers: Vlogging (#BlissdomCA)

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 @Joe Boughner Yes, it's all quite saturated these days. But as I was telling the students -- if only one person reads your blog and it's a future dream employer -- then that's all that matters. Just do what you do well. You don't need internet fame, you just need your own community. (p.s. I used the term "douchebaggy" as an adjective in class today. Oops!)

2 years, 1 month ago on What Guidance Would You Give to An Algonquin College Student on Online Identity and Career Advancement?

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 @krusk These are such great tips! I think there's been a massive societal change ... where at one time you could separate your work from your professional life. But when you go online, it's all mixed in (whether you like it or not).

2 years, 1 month ago on What Guidance Would You Give to An Algonquin College Student on Online Identity and Career Advancement?

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 @phdinparenting You've raised some really important points. In particular, I often grapple with what my children (or future) children would think if they read this? It's hard to know, but being conscious of it certainly helps. 

2 years, 1 month ago on What Guidance Would You Give to An Algonquin College Student on Online Identity and Career Advancement?

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 @KarenQuips I really enjoyed your class ... they all seemed really engaged and I'm sure that they be manage to secure some excellent work-placements. 

2 years, 1 month ago on What Guidance Would You Give to An Algonquin College Student on Online Identity and Career Advancement?

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 @CanadianDadBlog Hello! Since there were so few men ... I do recall bumping into you. We were elbowing people out of the way to get to the Philly creamy pasta! :) I think I will do the same and try to do a bit of vlogging just to push myself and learn something new -- why not, right?

2 years, 1 month ago on School for Bloggers: Vlogging (#BlissdomCA)

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 @julep67 Yes, that seems to be the consensus ... text is easier to access! But I may try to do a little vlogging just to add some variety, as you note. Thanks for dropping by and taking a read! 

2 years, 1 month ago on School for Bloggers: Vlogging (#BlissdomCA)

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 @phdinparenting Thanks for weighing and sharing your opinion on video, Annie. So far it would seem that Coffee with Julie readers would rather consume text than video!

2 years, 1 month ago on School for Bloggers: Vlogging (#BlissdomCA)

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Let me know the next time you post one! I will go and watch right away to cheer you on!

2 years, 1 month ago on School for Bloggers: Vlogging (#BlissdomCA)

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Ah, Claudette, this is an interesting factor to consider -- hearing impairment. I would imagine that if I was hearing impaired and videos required me to pull out headphones and whatnot, I'd be tempted to not even bother. Do you find yourself not bothering with videos because of this?

2 years, 1 month ago on School for Bloggers: Vlogging (#BlissdomCA)

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 @Brenda A My pleasure Brenda! Enjoy!

2 years, 1 month ago on School for Bloggers: Vlogging (#BlissdomCA)

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 @Karen_C_Wilson You bring forward so many valid points here Karen! I keep nodding my head to them (especially how video ties up two senses) and yet how are You Tube stats so compelling? I'll be jumping in when I find "free" time too ;)

2 years, 1 month ago on School for Bloggers: Vlogging (#BlissdomCA)

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 @melgallant Yes, this idea of being able to scan something is really key, isn't it? I automatically scan everything I read before I make a choice to read it fully (this is an automatic thing that I've learned that I do). With so much info competing for our eyeballs, a video it likely to get switched off I suppose. 

2 years, 1 month ago on School for Bloggers: Vlogging (#BlissdomCA)

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 @Brenda A The crazy thing is that we've never used the kitchen - not once! We've never actually ever hooked it up to water or electricity. We just use the BBQ that pops out of the side. 

2 years, 1 month ago on Personal style: Sacrificed at the altar of family

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 @hessiej Wow! How could I have forgotten poutine in hand on my chesterfield!!!! So great ....

2 years, 1 month ago on Brand Canada: so what is a "Canadian"? 10 quirky facts.

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 @DenVan ha! bad habit I guess ... most contests will say "one entry if you tweet" and "one entry if you like my facebook" and blah, blah, blah ... 

2 years, 1 month ago on Brand Canada: so what is a "Canadian"? 10 quirky facts.

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p.s. I tweeted this too :)

2 years, 1 month ago on Brand Canada: so what is a "Canadian"? 10 quirky facts.

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Hi Dennis: I'm frothing for that free pass ... so here's my answer to the questions!

1: A Canadian is a person who is born in Canada or immigrates to Canada and proudly wears red and white boxer shorts.

2. You can measure Canadian-ess precisely by following a person around for a 30-day period and counting how many times they absentmindedly say "sorry" when someone else bumps into them.

3. This affects how we communicate with other Canadians because we are constantly apologizing for our poor taste in underwear.

2 years, 1 month ago on Brand Canada: so what is a "Canadian"? 10 quirky facts.

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 @GiuliaDoyle Thanks for sharing that other post! I clicked through to the pinterest board and I just loved everything! The fish curtains were especially cute and I loved the artwork with the cars. 

2 years, 1 month ago on Planning for a Big Boy's Room

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Haha! Tell me how you really feel about the pirate room? :) Beware of those stickers that promise not to damage paint ... I put some up in Stella's room and then took them down and off came some paint. :(

2 years, 1 month ago on Planning for a Big Boy's Room

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Come to think of it .... I do too! Maybe I should just get one for myself?!

2 years, 1 month ago on Planning for a Big Boy's Room

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 @NicoleShadbolt I know what you mean ... I want something "special" but at the same time, I don't want them to tire of it in a year or two. Send me any ideas you come across! Two minds are better than one! 

2 years, 1 month ago on Planning for a Big Boy's Room

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 @Stefteach Interesting approach! Maybe I'll try that ;)

2 years, 1 month ago on Planning for a Big Boy's Room

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 @20YS  thanks for the lovely wishes! same to you and yours ... 

2 years, 1 month ago on A Curtain Rod

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 @Nataliya Yes, of course, personal choice! I didn't really want to draw the eye to the rods, but still wanted them to look pretty :)

2 years, 1 month ago on A Curtain Rod

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Why, thank you Kerry. I am sure he/she would be very flattered by your like. :)

2 years, 1 month ago on A Curtain Rod

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 @DaniGirl  @coffeewithjulie Well, they also have coffee too ;)

2 years, 1 month ago on The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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