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I'm enjoying all of these Live Below the Line posts. 

I noticed your beet greens were "0". Was that a typo or did you get them for free somehow? 

Most of the posts I've seen so far are people who are doing the challenge alone and it was interesting to see how much more variety you were able to get just by doubling the budget (and cooking for two). I think the choices would be significantly greater too if you were cooking for a family of four. It would still be a challenge, of course, but I think easier to get variety, protein and vegetables in once you add more people.

1 year, 7 months ago on Choices – Live Below The Line

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My advice would be to be cautious and think things through.If you are going to use your real name and put something out there online, whether it is an opinion, a picture, or something else altogether, would you be comfortable with prospective employers seeing that? What about your future children once they get online? What about your neighbour, your mother, your child's day care provider, your boyfriend's best friend, your ex girlfriend?

Even if you opt not to use your real name, remember that people may connect the dot at some point. So using a pseudonym may give you more freedom, but it isn't a ticket to being reckless.

 

Beyond that, I would say work on building relationships with people who care about the things that you care about, whether that is on a professional level or a personal level. Those connections will be fulfilling in their own right and can also be useful when you are looking for professional opportunities.

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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With limited Internet connectivity at home and because I do a lot of my  blog reading on the go (e.g. in a line waiting for my coffee), videos don't hold a lot of appeal for me. I understand their use for specific types of marketing and advocacy work when you have a really visual image to get across and I've used them that way. However, if it is just a person sharing their own words, I'd always prefer text over video.

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

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Personally, I found it easier to raise a family and raise a company, than raise a family while working for someone else. If I decide to take time away from work to be with family (or vice versa) that is a decision that impacts my bottom line, not someone else's. It is a lot easier that way.

2 years, 5 months ago on Being a “Momtrepreneur” Is Hard. So Is Everything Else in the World. Let’s Move On.

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@AbundantLifeChildren Yes, I see this primarily as a media/imagery issue, compounded by the fact that this particular image is suggesting what this young girl could hope to be.

2 years, 10 months ago on Back Off Barbie

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Thanks for the commentary on my post.

Yes, it is normal and healthy for children of all races to have role models of all races (and shapes, sizes, etc.). So why not show some diversity in the image instead of five identical, white, blond women?

2 years, 10 months ago on Back Off Barbie

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Pam: It gets pushed down to 8 because they are no longer measuring how often you get RTed or what percentage of your tweets get RTed. They are measuring what percentage of your audience is engaging with your tweets. So if you have a very high number of passive followers, then your score will always be low. Because you have such a high number of followers, it would take a significant change in behaviour of your followers (i.e. a large number of people who otherwise never engage with you suddenly replying/RTing) to make a change.

3 years, 1 month ago on Stop the Social Puppetry for Klout and Other Influence Metrics!

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Great post, Pam.

I don't allow services like klout determine how I interact online. However, I was curious about the algorithm and I have a theory for why some people dropped so much. I dropped 14 points and I suspect your drop was for the same reason. We both got killed on amplification because we are not talking to all 60k+ people who follow us. I explain what I think the change was here: http://phdinparenting.posterous.com/klout-algorithm-what-changed

3 years, 1 month ago on Stop the Social Puppetry for Klout and Other Influence Metrics!

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