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@Eleanor Pierce @belllindsay @ClayMorgan ha, just wrote that. Read Chris, THEN comment, lol.

1 month ago on Join Tim Frick for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@timfrick @Howie Goldfarb It is helpful to me to know that there doesn't seem to be a "right" answer to this and that these conversations are so popular, lol. Have to head to amazon when I get home and add this to my cart. :-) Today we are "agonizing" over whether to keep press releases on our site from 2011. Users are searching repeating events, coming across the OLD press release for the date and then (are understandably aggravated) when they discover the date is wrong. I say user experience trumps SEO, ALWAYS, but there is this great giant fear of deleting content. And, I've been here 9 days, so it's hard to throw on the armor and say convincingly, "Yes, do this. Do it now. Build it properly and they will come, and then tell their friends"

1 month ago on Join Tim Frick for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@timfrick @Eleanor Pierce I am the nerdiest nerd, I just downloaded the page, lol. Though I "know it" I'm the new web design specialist for a Forest Preserve District that fits SO MANY needs, and hence, has so MANY voices, it's nice to just have it as a quick focal point as I continue to get my arms around the organization.

1 month ago on Join Tim Frick for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@annhandley @ginidietrich we rebuilt our shed last year (and by we, I mean a dear friend took charge of several other dear friends while I frittered about and made sure everyone had food, drinks and didn't pass out). When it was done I wanted so badly to run electric to it and make it my office! I'm jealous; are there pictures?

2 months ago on Join Ann Handley for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@Eleanor Pierce ohhhh yessss, this was a major MAJOR issue and stomping point for me once- photographers are visual people. Many of them undervalue writing and communication then don't understand when people complain and have issues. Oh, I could go on here for a looooooong time, but it's late.

2 months ago on Join Ann Handley for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@ClayMorgan @LauraPetrolino 20 minutes is massive?!?! *shaking head*

2 months ago on Join Ann Handley for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@ginidietrich @Eleanor Pierce especially when they're PURPLE!

2 months ago on Join Ann Handley for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@aimeelwest @annhandley For me this happens because I am either 1)i afraid to say what I want to say (in which case, I plow through and "type it out" while hovering over my screen least someone walk by me and read it, 2) have too many other nitty natty things-to-do that SOMETIMES just need to get done before my mind will happily settle or 3)I'm just out of ideas, in which case, I freewrite every.single.thing. that comes to my mind until I get back on track. 

2 months ago on Join Ann Handley for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@ginidietrich um , Cleveland......?!?!?!?!?! Do I need to get on a plane soon?

2 months ago on Join Ann Handley for a Special Author Q&A Today

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I don't understand... Ann Handley AND Marcus (like Madonna, he needs no last name) were BOTH in Ohio last year for the content seminar...Gini, where WERE you?!?!?! 


*sigh* I guess that would have tipped the scale of awesomeness and the room may have ACTUALLY erupted in sparkly glitter, which is a terrible thing to have to clean up and would have resulted in astronomical cleaning fees which would have in turn upped the price of this year's seminar and that would be awful so I GUESS it's ok that you weren't there and I didn't get to meet you but it still sucks, just like spin. 


And, if you Give a Mouse a Cookie.....

2 months ago on Join Ann Handley for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@Marcus_Sheridan @annelizhannan no CRAPOLA in the POOL!

2 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Marcus Sheridan

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@biggreenpen @bdorman264 @LauraPetrolino @GiniDietrich I love that he is so little that even newborn pants are too big! SOOOO sweet. 

2 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Marcus Sheridan

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@bdorman264 @GiniDietrich You're a grandpa!! CONGRATS!!!! Joy to you!


2 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Marcus Sheridan

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Gini, it's not just that he picks on you- it's that he has the eyes of a falcon and can read your name tag from across the room! I had the pleasure of seeing Marcus speak last year in Ohio at the Content Marketing World Small Business Seminar and I'm so glad to see him here!  


Now, about that webinar! Marcus, I can see you from here, what do you say?

2 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Marcus Sheridan

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I don't understand "spray and pray." At all. When I was in highschool, I completed a work from home study from the Children's Institute of Literature (I tried to do it sooner, but they rejected me because I was too young). The first thing they tell you when pitching your children's story is to LEARN THE MARKET.  Don't send a story about recycling to a magazine that talks about animals, unless they are helped or hurt by recycling. Not only won't It sell, but, you'll also anger the person who has to wade through your slush. And people CHANGE JOBS, so by the time you send them something relevant, they won't WANT to listen to you.  It was common sense to me as a teenager, why do so many "professional" adults have this issue???

2 months, 1 week ago on Three Simple Ways to Take PR 101 Tips to the Next Level

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Oh! I love love LOVE that drop box idea! :-) Thanks so much!

2 months, 1 week ago on Three Simple Ways to Take PR 101 Tips to the Next Level

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@ginidietrich @ClayMorgan probably the same ones women get at like, 29.

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@ginidietrich @TaraFriedlundGeissinger um, yes. See, that was easy!

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@ginidietrich @belllindsay where is all this free help coming from; can someone sign me up for this please?

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@ginidietrich @Danny Brown there was a rut? 

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@ginidietrich @debdobson62 I cannot wait for that post. 

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@ginidietrich @photo chris @RobBiesenbach awesome. just awesome.

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@ifdyperez I ask men that all the time; starting small.

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@ginidietrich @KevinVandever oh, mac and cheese! This post is making me hungry. again.

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@ginidietrich @photo chris  I know.  At some point, you have to choose. So, if I'm going to feel terrible that I'm missing my family because I've only had snippets of time with them all week, or what I REALLY need is some quite time to unwind and sit in a noiseless space (let's not forget, only child!) I've learned to take it. Otherwise I turn into a miserable human an NO ONE wins. People have just gotten used to me being a better "winter" friend.

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@jdrobertson @photo chris That. Sounds. Awesome!!! How did I never learn this? 

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@ginidietrich @bdorman264 ohhhh, I'm writing this down right under, "Your priorities are the things you do, not the things you say you do."


Sometimes it's awful to be open and flexible.

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@AmyVernon @photo chris @ginidietrich I think I'm in a touchy-feely business, lol. The men who were in my networking group would bring up family often. I was shown pictures of wives, kids, new grandchildren, wonderful stuff! Whether that was because I was a woman, or the wedding industry is just more fuzzy (um, duh!) I don't know. But info like this always hits me like a ton of bricks. It's like I woke up in 1985.  

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@jdrobertson @photo chris I wish I could claim to be that hard core! But, if you have a recipe for twist bread from scratch, I'll take it! 

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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That IS Fascinating! I can't imagine. I'm trying to think if my husband talks about all he does at home. Or if my brillant ceo girlfriend talk s about her family in the networking CEO group she runs. I'm really not sure. My hubby does alot. I could easily say 50 50. When i work more, probably 60/40. But at the same time, I had the expectation of this partnership when I got married, when we w were dating. I've also, since children, had to learn to let things GO. IT'S SOOooohard!! I really do love when everything is clean and put away. But really, that's a fallacy unless you spend hours doing it. I could go nuts trying to keep it straight or let it go and have some fun. My house distresses my parents, lol. They'll say, sometimes you just have to stay home and clean. I tell them noone's going to kill themselves on the blocks, and I'm not spending the few hours of truly free time I have making every thing look perfect. Why pass that expectation on to my kids?

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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I think part of the problem is that women are still looking for real life examples to validate their own choices, so when we see another woman in a high powered position, we immediately want to know what the trade off is and if it's acceptable in our life. I dont tjink men do this. Personally want to know that of EVERY "successful" preson I meet, regardless of gender.

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@TaraFriedlundGeissinger @biggreenpen I remember yoga, I did it before I had a stomach that got in the way of bending in half.

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@Jen Novotny @photo chris um, maybe sooner than you think...? We celebrated my daughter's birthday this weekend and over her birthday dinner I get asked, "hey mom, did I come from your belly, or your private zone?" She's seven.

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@Jen Novotny I KNOW! When I was working FT, AND shooting, I didn't have a problem making or taking calls when I was "off" and my co-workers would always tell me that I was crazy. I would tell them no, working in a tight schedule without felxibility was crazy, life was crazy, children were crazy- putting in a bit of time here of there when it was "unscheduled,"  and always getting to be at my best, PERFECT!


And, those PT jobs- YES PLEASE! I've finally determined that a professional part-time schedule is what's best, but I feel like I'm getting the hair eyeball professionally. ergh. 

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@ginidietrich @Jen Novotny ohhhhh, I cannot watch those. I'm mad for months afterwards. And I cry and cry and cry. 

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@Jen Novotny I try (I SWEAR!) to think this way.... Saturday morning.... Ok Chris, it's NOT a big deal that your hubby got up with the kids to let you sleep in but then gave them applejacks for breakfast and let them watch two hours of cartoons while  you slept. It's not it's not it's not. (And really, It's NOT!) I have a friend who used to say, "You're going to get blamed in the therapists office in 20 years anyway, do what you want." :-) 

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@jdrobertson @photo chris HA! Yes, my sense of humor is always up for teasing! Sorry for the delay  in a laugh- I was in a wireless deadzone camping with the family this weekend. 6 hours of swimming and no wi-fi in sight, GLORIOUS!

3 months, 1 week ago on What Having it All Really Means

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Ha! And here I was thinking that it was work interfering with family...

3 months, 2 weeks ago on What Having it All Really Means

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I totally agree! I was also amazed that she did it.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on What Having it All Really Means

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@ginidietrich @RobBiesenbach Who irons shirts? Dry cleaner please! ;-) At the risk of being stoned for the phrase, cue frozen and sing at the top of your lungs...."let it go...LET IT GO!"


And for those who judge you for it... "Let them go, let them go...."


I recently took a short-term contractor position at a giant company. My first ever- I've always been small business. And, one of the most refreshing things I heard the (female)  Director of Marketing say, in the middle of total chaos at work, was, "I'm not answering emails at 6. I'm having dinner with my family. The work, and I, will be there tomorrow."  She was well-respected, incredibly smart, and was handling an incredible amount of work at a furious pace. She was unapologetic for this stance.  I wanted to hug her; Every. Single. Day. for setting this example.



3 months, 2 weeks ago on What Having it All Really Means

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hmmmmm, cheetos and red kool-aid! I'm altering the dinner plan now! ;-)


As I am trying to figure out what comes next for me in terms of M-F employment, I find I ask this question of myself a lot. And, I am embarrassed to admit that sometimes, just sometimes, how others will see potential choices makes me a little squirmy.  


I am so on board with this being about what "having it all" means to you and, AND ANNNND leaving the judgement out of it for those who choose, *gasp* differently than me.


 For instance, I would not WANT to be in London or China or wherever for extended periods of time, away from my family, having my secretary fielding children's calls. But I would not want my spouse to want that either.  To me, it is a very lonely life.  I define success very differently. But if that is what makes you and your family tick and you're happy- excellent!


 I DO like to work and understand the need of a village.  When I was working a full-time flex schedule AND photographing weddings, my husband and I depended on a number of people to get us through our life. I would sometimes spend the first half of the day arranging what the next three were going to look like as I puzzled things together in an emergency. And, during the busy season, I didn't go to as many girl's nights or misc. events unless it was family friendly.  I guarded spare time like a tiger in front of its last meal.


And while I didn't necessarily "choose who you are that day" which is really just a  matter of semantics and suggests, somehow, that you are no longer one person because you are another, I absolutely had days, as we all do,  that I was more tuned in as a mom, or wife, daughter, or employee. And that was ok by me! 





3 months, 2 weeks ago on What Having it All Really Means

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Of course public records are just that. But, "once upon a time" you had to DO something for that info. Take time out of your own life, identify yourself somehow as having reason, beyond being a nosey parker, to have it, if only to the people helping you find it. Now we can stalk and spread hurtful gossip with "internet proof" within a few seconds, rallying a stoning mob around a person who has, gasp, made a mistake, done something we judge as immoral, or is truly horrendous.

and I rant about all of this from my high horse where I am riding through town pointing out the sexual offenders I found on the internet map.....

4 months ago on What Does the Right to Be Forgotten Mean to You?

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"To lie to me is one thing, but to take that tone? It's on!" Oh, I LOVE this woman, lol. HYSTERICAL. Moon party. Coffee filter super pack. Old man at the end with a bottle of ketchup saying, "sometimes you just gotta wait."  My night is complete! Thank you thank you!

4 months ago on Gin and Topics: Your First Moon Party

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