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We just had our first NoVA Tech Women meetup last night and this article came up. I didn't read it till now, and it did make my blood boil––like it did for most other women. I agree that it's all about the choices you make, and being an absent mom is one of them. But what really irks me is the "Can women have it all?" question. Why is that even a question? And what does "all" really mean? It's certainly not the same woman to woman, but certainly not a question you'd ask men. It's actually something that doesn't make sense when you ask a man that because societal norms are still enforcing this belief that women have to go over the top, and take on more tasks if they want to do something other than be a stay-at-home mom. It really pisses me off.

1 week, 5 days ago on What Having it All Really Means

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You hit the nail on the head when you said to glamorize our perfect selves doesn't help us grow, but stunts us instead. I feel a good number of consumers get frustrated when they can't reach perfection, and most of those don't even try because they know it's not realistic. And I feel that this doesn't just pertain to a beauty or health-related campaign; any campaign's authenticity increases when the promised result is more realistic and achievable. At least I'd imagine it to be so...?

1 month ago on The Power of Glamour and the Upsell of Dreams

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40 year old tantrum = brilliance.

9 months ago on Gin and Topics: Panda Cub Gets Vaccine and Click Baby

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@jasonkonopinski @Crestodina Sorry, I don't understand. How is it that keywords and trends could be a deadly combination for content generation?

9 months, 3 weeks ago on 6 Ways to use Google Trends for Your Business

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@ginidietrich YAY! I love Matt! He curates one of the best sites on the internet: videos of explosions from around the world. Fireworks factories, nuclear plants, meteors--you name it. He should tell you about it; it's really fantastic. :)

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Hummingbird Update: What it Means for PR Pros

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So the sky isn't falling?! :) The future's in content engagement: great content, great engagement as a result. We wrote about post about it this week @AddThis. If we're only losing a piece of the pie, our strategy shouldn't fall under because, well, it shouldn't be solely based on that one piece of the pie. There's so much data out there! ALL THE DATA!!!

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Hummingbird Update: What it Means for PR Pros

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PREACH IT, GIRL! This is about women making smart choices, especially investing in a "plan B" that can get you back up on your feet. And sadly, not many women think this way, and I don't know why. Nothing in this life is guaranteed, and credit runs out quickly. Gosh, and I know women who are in this situation now. It makes me anxious for them.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on What the Opt-Out Generation Means Longer-Term

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@RebeccaToddThat was the ultimate in snake creepiness. And the "diff between cats and dogs" video reminded me of this one (you may have seen): http://youtu.be/wtYm2yPRGSA

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

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Ermagherd! That snake vid is totally giving me the heebie jeebies!

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

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Oh lawdy, I had to stop watching after the second video because my face is leaking tears of laughter! Totally watching the rest of it tonight.

1 year, 2 months ago on Gin and Topics: Ryan Lochte is So Cute and Ellen has Competition

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Aw, Margie, this was an awesome post. You have a sweet heart, thank you. :)

1 year, 3 months ago on A Letter To Those Of You With 1,500 Twitter Followers Or Fewer

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 @AmyVernon Ha! Next time I get one, I'll forward it to you. :P

1 year, 5 months ago on For the Love of Spam

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YES! Thanks for this, @AmyVernon ! I've actually been wanting to read something on spam since, for some reason, my email spam count has gone up 3-4x in the past few weeks. After getting invitations to save hostages in Siberia or meet a young girl online, I always think to myself, "If I worked for a spam company, I'd help them target their email marketing much better." LOL! Thanks for the laughs, Amy!

1 year, 5 months ago on For the Love of Spam

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 @RebeccaTodd  @stevenmcoyle Yes. It's an immaturity/unprofessional-thing. I wouldn't have done that either at 21 because I had long-term goals for my career. And this goes for anyone in any position at any age who doesn't lash out and burn bridges on their way out of a position. Maturity and professionalism. I think those are two questions to inquire about when hiring new staff.

1 year, 5 months ago on Three Things You Can Learn about Social Media from HMV

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You opened up my world to Bad Lip Reading! The Inauguration one came out today!

1 year, 5 months ago on Gin and Topics: Lots of Dancing and Some Bad Lip Reading

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@Erin F. I knew I'd see you here, Erin! :)

1 year, 5 months ago on Poetry Friday: Pablo Neruda

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The kid in first position... HILARIOUS! Still cracking up about it!

1 year, 6 months ago on Gin and Topics: Pranks, Public Dancing, and Ballet

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This was SUCH a cool story. I loved following it. :)

1 year, 8 months ago on A Fantastic Starbucks Customer Experience Story

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 @ginidietrich LOL! I can't help it. These ideas come to me, and I have to put them into action! (Comment #28)

1 year, 9 months ago on Fighting Hunger with No Names

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 @geoffliving Comment # 9

1 year, 9 months ago on Fighting Hunger with No Names

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This is awesome!

1 year, 9 months ago on Fighting Hunger with No Names

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 @Erin F. I know, I'm so bad! I have to stop by your blog again soon. It's been cah-razy. :) Been well?

1 year, 9 months ago on On Crashing Weddings and Online Conversations

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 @GeoffReiner  @jasonkonopinski Well, it is kinda "illegitimate" if I'm tipping off my wedding crasher. But no one needs to know. ;)

1 year, 9 months ago on On Crashing Weddings and Online Conversations

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 @GeoffReiner Bomb-diggity is totally underused.

 

If I only knew where our wedding would be (still planning) but I am happy I have a potential-crasher! I mean, what's a wedding without a crasher. That's a boring wedding, I tell you!

1 year, 9 months ago on On Crashing Weddings and Online Conversations

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 @GeoffReiner Conversations, oh totally. I used to work at a nonprofit, and that's the first thing we did to find our community. Twitter's the bomb-diggity for that. As for weddings, no. But I am totally buying a beer for any crasher at my wedding next year. :)

1 year, 9 months ago on On Crashing Weddings and Online Conversations

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This was a fun read! Totally sharing it...

1 year, 9 months ago on On Crashing Weddings and Online Conversations

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Oh dear, @Mark2law is going to kill me if he finds out I got credit for "Lids!" :D

1 year, 10 months ago on Gin and Topics: Gangnam Style and Crazy Razorback Fans

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:'(

1 year, 10 months ago on For the Love of Language

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Aww, THANK YOU!!! :))))

1 year, 11 months ago on 100 People Who Don’t Get Enough Credit Online

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 @ginidietrich Of course! Red velvet cupcakes ok?

1 year, 11 months ago on Eight Common Blogging Mistakes

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 @ginidietrich Sure thing! Wanna split a sub?

1 year, 11 months ago on Eight Common Blogging Mistakes

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 @debdobson62  @ginidietrich giggle. :)

1 year, 11 months ago on #FollowFriday: Deb Dobson

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As soon as I read about Scribe, I stopped reading, went over there, and created an account. It's installed in our blog, and I just got back to finishing reading this. Thanks for the suggestion!

1 year, 11 months ago on Eight Common Blogging Mistakes

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HI DEB!

1 year, 11 months ago on #FollowFriday: Deb Dobson

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 @ginidietrich Ifdy has her fingers crossed!!!

1 year, 11 months ago on #FollowFriday: Deb Dobson

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You brought a smile to my face, Gini. Thanks for being real with us. :)

1 year, 11 months ago on Blogging Mistakes Equal Lessons Learned

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 @ginidietrich lol, ok, i won't bash on your man. i'm keeping christian bale. :)

1 year, 12 months ago on Gin and Topics: Kids Hate Social Media and Robert Downey Jr.

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ok, don't hate me for asking this... but... what do you see in robert downey jr exactly??

1 year, 12 months ago on Gin and Topics: Kids Hate Social Media and Robert Downey Jr.

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 @Shonali @rachaelseda @ginidietrich It makes me think these writers are having a little trouble finding real news to talk about, and want to start a "controversial" discussion.

 

If she can juggle babies with one hand while she revamps the Yahoo! corporate strategy blindfolded, standing on burning coal, and singing the national anthem backwards, then THAT should be in the news. Otherwise, cheers to the chick who's gonna kick some ass in corporate America.

 

 

2 years ago on Marissa Mayer: Why Are We Still Having this Conversation?

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 @rachaelseda i <3 you!

2 years ago on #FollowFriday: Ifdy Perez

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 @HowieSPM  @bdorman264  @ginidietrich NUH UH!!! lol

2 years ago on #FollowFriday: Ifdy Perez

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 @rdopping  @ginidietrich lol! yes, you should def check out razoo. :) thanks for the follow!

2 years ago on #FollowFriday: Ifdy Perez

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 @Anthony_Rodriguez #yourock :)

2 years ago on #FollowFriday: Ifdy Perez

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 @annedreshfield  @ginidietrich LOL! i am SO glad people loved the carl series... makes me think if the world needs another? hmm... :)

2 years ago on #FollowFriday: Ifdy Perez

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 @belllindsay  @Geoff Livingston in the shins? ok! ;)

2 years ago on #FollowFriday: Ifdy Perez

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 @AnneReuss  @ginidietrich boooo cubs and the national league! ;)

2 years ago on #FollowFriday: Ifdy Perez

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 @Hajra lol, awesome!

2 years ago on #FollowFriday: Ifdy Perez

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 @RebeccaTodd thank you!

2 years ago on #FollowFriday: Ifdy Perez

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 @ginidietrich lol! and a pleasure to meet you, @bdorman264 

2 years ago on #FollowFriday: Ifdy Perez

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 @ginidietrich just uploaded it on fb!

2 years ago on #FollowFriday: Ifdy Perez

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 @ginidietrich i know, i know. but he's in a better place now, and not stuck beside a tinted window above the a/c unit. :)

2 years ago on #FollowFriday: Ifdy Perez

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 @KenMueller btw, i love how your comment has "I LOVE IFDY!!!!!" and below that, your latest conversation is "You're Not That Important."

 

meanie.

2 years ago on #FollowFriday: Ifdy Perez

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 @ginidietrich @KenMueller oh! oh! @Mark2law got one of us!

 

2 years ago on #FollowFriday: Ifdy Perez

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thanks gini!!! i know carl is smiling down from heaven! :)

2 years ago on #FollowFriday: Ifdy Perez

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Great idea! Sharing!

2 years ago on How Amazon Can Help Your Non-Profit Gain Donors

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Lots of post-it notes! The brighter, the better. :)

2 years ago on Technology vs. Paper for Your Task List

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I'm gonna do my homework this weekend and will have something that'll win FOR SURE next week. Sneak attack! POW!

2 years ago on Gin and Topics: Kermit, Celebrating America, and Van Gogh

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I CANNOT believe I missed this blog post. I sucketh. But I love your list... and ya know wha? I think you're my new book buddy. I'm like you; I don't trust most people's recommendations in literature but if you're a fan of "The Bell Jar," you have taste IMO. :) I can only think of 5 right now, and let this serve as an IOU for the remaining:

 

1) "The English Patient" by Michael Ondaatje: The movie can't be compared to the book; I have never read a vivid story with such a soft use of the language. It almost makes you think you're reading something in Spanish or Italian because he writes in a more "romance English." I went to a book reading of his once, and it was the first and only time I ever cried listening to someone read their work. I also liked "Divisadero" a lot.

2) "Hopscotch" by Julio Cortazar: He's my favorite author because he has an amazing command of the (Spanish) language yet loves to break the rules--and does it so damn well. One thing about Hopscotch: you can read the book a million different ways, jumping around the chapters, and it still works, telling the same story in different ways. So creative. I emulate a lot of his writing style.

3) "Blow Up and Other Stories" also by Julio Cortazar: I recommend people unfamiliar with Cortazar to "test" him out by starting with this short story collection. His writing is fantastical but weaves it so well with reality you just have to believe. For example, in "Letters to a Young Lady in Paris" is a series of short letters written in first person by a guy renting out an apartment while the girl is gone. The thing is he realizes he's coughing up bunnies (yes the animals). Then it becomes a problem, but you go through it all with him--how he hides them in drawers, how they're chewing up her furniture (and he's apologizing profusely in the letters). It's hilarious but the way he describes it, makes it so realistic! I love it.

4) "The Genius of Hunger" by Diane Goodman: She was a professor of mine in college (and the only professor whose writing I liked) and this book was just so well done. She's a chef/caterer, so the way she describes food makes you hungry whether you ate or not. I'm including her because she's one of the few modern-day writers I like.

5) "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoyevsky: 'nuff said.

 

In writing this I realized there are more books/authors out there that I don't like. :\

2 years ago on Top 10 Favorite Books of All-Time

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I'm #2 and @mark2law is #4. I'm happy! :D

2 years ago on Gin and Topics: Talking Animals and Sexy Farm Boys

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 @ginidietrich oh, i don't know... i think i'd storm out of there crying and calling my mom. unless you'd be my version of triumph, the insult comic dog and back me up!

2 years, 1 month ago on Gin and Topics: Triumph the Insult Dog and Cats Playing Patty Cake

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The Weiner Circle video was THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

2 years, 1 month ago on Gin and Topics: Triumph the Insult Dog and Cats Playing Patty Cake

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And I love people who connect people... like @KenMueller! Wouldn't have met @katskrieger if it weren't for you, buddy. :)

 

 

2 years, 1 month ago on Social Media and the Power of Connecting Others

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 @KenMueller  I agree with @Shonali, and these are ways to keep them engaged. Like you said, it's easy for them to feel out of the loop--especially since they're busy with their PAID jobs. So a great way to empower them? Public shout-outs. Tag them in photos, mention them in Tweets, maybe even blog about them. Acknowledging their hard work is a way to empower them.

 

2 years, 2 months ago on Non-Profits, Volunteers, and Social Media

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 @susansilver I like the way you think! :)

2 years, 2 months ago on Let’s Play: How to Pull Off a Nationwide Giving Event

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 @Shonali @ginidietrich and i MUST be in the backseat dancing!

 

2 years, 2 months ago on Marketing in the Round with Gini Dietrich

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Thank you, Margie! We still need to set up a Skype date, btw. I couldn't do it last night when you were open. :\

2 years, 2 months ago on Let’s Play: How to Pull Off a Nationwide Giving Event

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 @KenMueller  @mark2law Should I be jealous?! Sigh.

2 years, 2 months ago on Sharing & Discovery: The Return of the Friday Music Game

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 @KenMueller Lol, I thought long and hard to come up with this list. I take it to the grave!

2 years, 2 months ago on Sharing & Discovery: The Return of the Friday Music Game

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 @KenMueller Easy!

 

1) Led Zeppelin (of ALL time)

2) Aerosmith (my personal #1 but they have to come second to LZ)

3) Foo Fighters tied with Stone Temple Pilots (I know, I'm cheating)

4) Incubus

5) Dave Matthews Band

 

I know, they're popular bands and not indie but I think they're great composers and fantastic performers live. I haven't seen LZ live, but they're amazing writers so they win by default.

 

Yours?

2 years, 2 months ago on Sharing & Discovery: The Return of the Friday Music Game

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I'm using Songza.com for this one (thanks to @jasonkonopinski for introducing me to them yesterday). Here goes...

 

1) "Keys" by White Denim: soft, happy guitar music.

2) "Know Me" by Frankie Rose: the kind of stuff you'd hear shopping at Urban Outfitters.

3) "Awake" by Electric Guest: meh.

4) "Come on, Be a No One" by The Cribs: something else you'd hear at Urban Outfitters.

5) "Take a Walk" by Passion Pit: sounds just like the guys above. I'm starting to regret picking the top 50 indie playlist. :\

 

-- switching to 1990s playlist ...

 

6) "Laid" by James: don't remember this song but ok.

7) "No Rain" by Blind Melon: a classic. Unfortunately, this tune will be stuck in my head the rest of the day, no matter what songs come up next.

8) "Good" by Better Than Ezra: Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh whoa-oh!

9) "What Is Love" by Hadddaway: Aaaaand I've got Night at the Roxbury in my head. Yah!

10)"Going Hungry" by Pearl Jam: GREAT way to end the playlist. :D

 

-- Here's my song-and-band-you-may-not-know-recommendation ...

 

I love the acoustic version of "Montauk" by Bayside. Someone just uploaded their stuff on my iPod and it's been love ever since. Enjoy! http://youtu.be/3XfuzyYNvyM

 

2 years, 2 months ago on Sharing & Discovery: The Return of the Friday Music Game

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 @ginidietrich Yes. Y2K is coming back with vengeance.

2 years, 2 months ago on Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story than Humans?

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 @ginidietrich Really?! I mean, I know technology can do some things better and faster than we can. But no matter what, they can't feel emotion. Maybe they can be programmed to express it, but it's not genuine emotion they generate because they don't have life! There's no room for emotion in algorithms. That's only something we can do. So if a computer wins a Pulitzer Prize in the next few years, then I think the Pulitzer committee's just trying to pull a stunt. You know me and my passion for writing... I ain't letting a robot take that away from me, lol!

2 years, 2 months ago on Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story than Humans?

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NOT gonna happen. No way. Writing will always be our art, just as painting, sculpting, dance, and singing. Humans make it what it is. We define the trends, create the best practices, and perfect it. This is a copout, a new way to spam, and users will see through it, get tired of it, and move away.

2 years, 2 months ago on Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story than Humans?

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 @ExtremelyAvg LOL, I love that! And yes, there are lots of orgs doing great things for our community everyday. And when you look closely, you can see how they're transforming lives.

2 years, 2 months ago on Why Gamifying Giving is the New Thing

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 @ginidietrich Lol, this one I stole from a Dane Cook joke I re-listened to recently! http://youtu.be/Sk9Fq5QT3ps "TIRES CANNOT DEFEAT ME!" LOL.

2 years, 2 months ago on Gin and Topics: Hungry Lion, Bike Riding Dog, and Kids Singing Queen

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LOVED the first one! But what would've happened if 3 seconds before the video ended, the baby whipped out a sword and said, "THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE HIGHLANDER!" My imagination just ran with it. Happy Friday!

2 years, 2 months ago on Gin and Topics: Hungry Lion, Bike Riding Dog, and Kids Singing Queen

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 @Tinu Love YOU Tinu!

2 years, 2 months ago on Join Razoo on June 14 for Twive and Receive

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 @katskrieger Happy for the opportunity! Wahoo! :)

2 years, 2 months ago on Join Razoo on June 14 for Twive and Receive

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 @HowieSPM  @KenMueller Ha! I'll put money towards the printing. :P

2 years, 2 months ago on Join Razoo on June 14 for Twive and Receive

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 @KenMueller You're the bestest, Ken!

2 years, 2 months ago on Join Razoo on June 14 for Twive and Receive

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AWWW I LOOOOOVED THIS GINI!!! *tee hee* I'm giggling. Happy Birthday Kelly!

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Kelly Dietrich

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 @MsExcellent Ditto. Thanks for posting this, @jasonkonopinski. There's a magical glow that comes with the idea of freelancing, but I'd say it's a profession where reality hits the hardest.

 

2 years, 2 months ago on The Freelancer’s Life: Not Everything Will Be Awesome

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Fired me up! Great post, @Mark_Harai, thanks for sharing.

 

2 years, 3 months ago on The Realities of Successful Entrepreneurs

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Beanie Baby Hunger Games?! Sharing...

2 years, 3 months ago on Gin and Topics: A Blind Dog and a Phone Talking Elephant

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This is wonderful, @Soulati! Very helpful for the beginning blogger. I'm still on the journey to finding my voice, so this was encouraging to read.

 

2 years, 3 months ago on Five Examples of Blogging Voices

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The best breakdown of the KONY campaign I've seen online. Thanks for sharing your insight, @MolliMegasko!

 

2 years, 3 months ago on The KONY Video: What Worked and What Didn’t Work

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Ah, this is great. Something I've been thinking about for a while, and this was encouraging to read. I may be picking your brain on this kind of stuff one day. :)

2 years, 4 months ago on Making the Leap from Executive to Entrepreneur

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Grannies are for pononin-pa-na-noobs! Loved it lol.

2 years, 4 months ago on Gin and Topics: Strawberry Pie and a Gun Leaving People Speechless

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Wow, great story! Will be sharing it on @razoo this afternoon.

 

2 years, 4 months ago on International Women's Day: Meet Busseina (A Guest post from Darfur Dream Team)

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 @Lisa Gerber @ginidietrich I dunno... can't always explain why I think of these things. But you know what I also thought?! If this kid teamed up with a herd of cats... whoa. Hide yo' kids, hide yo' wife. They'd be unstoppable.

 

2 years, 4 months ago on Gin and Topics: Limbo Skating and Unbelievably Strong Brothers

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You know what made me cry? The fact that I don't have a kid that can flex to look like paper and slip under bank doors and into safety deposit boxes for me. Sigh.

2 years, 4 months ago on Gin and Topics: Limbo Skating and Unbelievably Strong Brothers

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Great case study! I agree wholeheartedly, and just posted it on our Razoo page. I have no further comments. :)

2 years, 5 months ago on A Break from Social Media Is Killing Carnival Cruise Lines

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YESSSS! My two fav parts of that video: his shoes flying off and his friend cracking up. BAHAHAHA!

2 years, 5 months ago on Gin and Topics: Future Hipsters, Butterfingers, and Unlucky People

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@Shonali@KenMueller@decillis I DO remember the threats! But I posted it everywhere anyway. :P

2 years, 5 months ago on Being Real: Social Media Marketing’s Not-so-Secret Weapon

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Wow, really enjoyed your post. Will be sharing. :)

2 years, 5 months ago on Facebook and the Art of Discernment

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@Shonali I say this to you a lot but you rock, Shonali! It's true, not everything's peachy and we can't pretend like it is. Personally, I'm trying to be careful in keeping a balance. I don't want to lose my natural attraction to all things good either, you know? Don't want my cheeriness dampened. :P Thanks for stopping by!

2 years, 5 months ago on Social Good Is In, Negativity Is Out

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@Andrea T.H.W. I love that thought, you're totally right. Thanks!

2 years, 5 months ago on Social Good Is In, Negativity Is Out

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@ginidietrich@pfine1 Gini said it. Life isn't all marshmallows and lollipops, true, and I am the first to agree that we should question everything. But no one wins anything from a personal attack. The person issuing it is only feeding the anger, the people reading it learn nothing from that, and the person receiving it will feel the sting. So why not be more constructive--and objective--in our analysis of things gone wrong?

2 years, 5 months ago on Social Good Is In, Negativity Is Out

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@ginidietrich Will be interesting to see how it goes. Bottom line, it's the analysis (and its tone) that makes it or breaks it. And I remember the FedEx piece. 'Twas a great one! :)

2 years, 5 months ago on Social Good Is In, Negativity Is Out

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@Marcus_Sheridan Many thanks, Marcus! I agree with everything you said, and I like your term "Boy Who Cried Wolf" business model. Mean call-outs and disrespect are immature ways of getting attention online. Thanks for your comment!

2 years, 5 months ago on Social Good Is In, Negativity Is Out

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@KenMueller Bingo! This is fantastic info, Ken. It goes to show that there is ROI in social media, too. ;) And of course they were going to be successful... they have you at the helm!

2 years, 5 months ago on Social Good Is In, Negativity Is Out

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@GreenSoil@ourlittleacre@punkrockgardens@whereplantsrock@CowlickCottage Muchas gracias. So glad to meet a community of positive social do-gooders!

2 years, 5 months ago on Social Good Is In, Negativity Is Out

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@jasonkonopinski Exactly. Donors (and potential donors) want to be part of a game-changer, see how their donation made a difference, and feel good because they were part of it. Thanks for sharing your experience, Jason!

2 years, 5 months ago on Social Good Is In, Negativity Is Out

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@GiseleNMendez I'm loving this, it's great. Thanks for sharing!

2 years, 5 months ago on Social Good Is In, Negativity Is Out

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@Lisa Gerber@TheJackB You said it, Lisa.

2 years, 5 months ago on Social Good Is In, Negativity Is Out

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@KyleeHartwigBaumle LOL! Thanks!

2 years, 5 months ago on Social Good Is In, Negativity Is Out

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@KenMueller Thanks so much, Ken!

2 years, 5 months ago on Social Good Is In, Negativity Is Out

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Pinspire makes me think of Perspire. Why would I want to be on a social network associated with funky armpits? Ew, don't stand so close to me.

2 years, 5 months ago on Gin and Topics: #McFail, Chobani, and Social Media

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@ginidietrich Ooooh! And we can totally set up a shot with you and Carl if you're game! :)

2 years, 6 months ago on Privacy and Autonomy for Introverts at Work

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@ginidietrich I know! It'll be awesome!!! And hopefully you'll meet Carl.

2 years, 6 months ago on Privacy and Autonomy for Introverts at Work

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I really like this piece. I didn't know the diff between introverts and extroverts till I read your other post about it a while back, and totally identify with it. And yeah, the introverts do need their privacy... I know I like seclusion every once in a while. And so true that we can make good community managers because we get our socializing needs out of the way during the day, and are less awkward when we meet those we've built relationships with online. I'm incredibly awkward so it helps. Btw, I noticed I comment way too much on your blog. Am I an introverted stalker? Sigh.

2 years, 6 months ago on Privacy and Autonomy for Introverts at Work

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@ginidietrich See, I agree with this. Not sure how beneficial it is to know (again) what you're friends are into. But do you think this is just Google's way of slowly dominating the social networking space? I think Google+ isn't going to go away because of what Google's doing in search.

2 years, 6 months ago on Google Search Plus Your World: The Debate

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OLD MAN SHUFFLING! OMG I want to shrink him and put him in my pocket. But you called dibs first so I'll wait for the next cute old guy doing something too young for his age.

2 years, 6 months ago on Gin and Topics: Aunt Carol, Old Men, and Star Wars Dogs

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@geoffliving@ginidietrich I didn't pay him to say that, I swear! ;) Geoff's da bomb diggity.

2 years, 6 months ago on Reading Fiction Helps Your Career

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@ginidietrich@geoffliving Lol, yeah, I'm getting back into the groove and have a couple pieces I'm trying to finish. MAYBE I'll send something over one day. :)

2 years, 6 months ago on Reading Fiction Helps Your Career

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I'm late reading this! I TOTALLY agree. I majored in creative writing (and still write fiction on my own time) so I have that bias too. It's true that there's a difference in the King/Grisham readers and literary fans of Rand/Orwell. It also gives you a greater command of the language, which is a benefit I'd add to your list.

2 years, 6 months ago on Reading Fiction Helps Your Career

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WAHOO! @ginidietrich said I was funny!!! Oh, and thanks for answering my question. :D I'll make another Carl photo just for you.

2 years, 6 months ago on FBQOTW: Angels, the Super Bowl, and LaToya Jackson

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@Lisa Gerber Totally. :\

2 years, 6 months ago on Laser Focus to Improve Customer Experience

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Sigh. I don't think there's just once answer to this but maybe some of the skills are being taught to boys and not to girls. I had this conversation a while ago with a friend and when talking about the disparity in pay, my response was that maybe us girls can learn to negotiate salaries better. (I recently read a piece that backed this up; men are more likely to ask for raises than women.) But then my friend asked, "Why aren't women being taught these skills?" Good point.

2 years, 6 months ago on #WomenWednesday Women Aren't Mean Enough To Win

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@Lisa Gerber I think that's fodder for another post! And will be fun to create headlines for... "Baby Got Back: Are You Whole-Assing or Half-Assing?" lol

2 years, 6 months ago on Laser Focus to Improve Customer Experience

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Agree. You shouldn't get into the biz if you're going to half-ass it. It's better to wait till you have more resources/expertise/etc. to do a good job.

2 years, 6 months ago on Laser Focus to Improve Customer Experience

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Sigh, I joined today (finally). I am holding you to it! :)

2 years, 6 months ago on Three Ways to Use Pinterest for Business

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@ginidietrich LOL! I'm just forward-thinking. ;)

2 years, 6 months ago on Gin and Topics: Women Are a Mystery, SOPA, and Brain Picking

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@Shonali That's true, their customer service kinda sucked. But it's still the Mecca for all things electronic. I mean, where am I going to go to try out the latest video game consoles! I feel so lost already. :P

2 years, 6 months ago on Gin and Topics: Women Are a Mystery, SOPA, and Brain Picking

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I have to say, the saddest news this week was about Best Buy. I friggin' LOVE that place. In fact... sniff... I'm going there tonight!

2 years, 6 months ago on Gin and Topics: Women Are a Mystery, SOPA, and Brain Picking

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I love this @margieclayman . I think there's too much negativity/self-centeredness online and I think it's because it's easy to be negative/self-centered than positive and loving for others. And although sometimes we're too busy to keep up with everyone, we should at least be giving whoever's immediately around us our love and compassion. Thanks for this post! Will be sharing!

2 years, 6 months ago on Are you sure you know what matters?

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@jackielamp Totally agree.

2 years, 6 months ago on PR Failures: Should We Stop Talking About Them?

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I like your approach. It's too easy to rip somebody apart, especially online. And even if it's true they are stupid, it doesn't help anyone to bash them personally. Don't get me wrong, it can be good for us to learn from their mistakes, but no need to kick someone when they're down, right?

2 years, 6 months ago on PR Failures: Should We Stop Talking About Them?

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@ginidietrich You're a snorter too?!?! We need a support group because most ppl don't understand us (sigh). And yes, Carl was so happy to see him this morning. They had a moment.

2 years, 6 months ago on Welcome to the New Year!

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Chuck Norris-style butt kicking is ON like Donkey KONG till the break of DAWN!

2 years, 6 months ago on Welcome to the New Year!

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This is fantastic, and amazing that all of the recipients posted something about it on FB. Great story, I'll share it with our followers. Thanks!

2 years, 6 months ago on How smoyz Helped Kleenex Deliver the Feel Good Factor Online and Offline

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YESSSSS!!! I lost hope of finding someone who just doesn't care about their "personal brand" but just does a good job and being good. Thank you for being you. You just won yourself a new fan. :)

2 years, 7 months ago on Social Media, Humble Pie, And Daring Not To Win

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Ah! This was so awesome and timely for me, thank you! I always believed in the last part but lately haven't been too good at that. Very happy to finally be hearing it from someone else. Thanks! :)

2 years, 7 months ago on Don't Reflect, Don't Look Back, Look Forward

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@Tinu@ginidietrich I'd assume the same thing (re: honor code nixes gossipy nature). And I think it says something when a women-controlled media is magnifying the stereotype. Hmm...

2 years, 7 months ago on Miss Representation - Can Business Women Leaders Spark the Change?

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@ginidietrich Yup, I agree. Unfortunately, most stereotypes have some truth to them, right? But here's the thing: values like being kind, generous, supportive, pleasant, etc. are held by both genders. So if there are women that aren't catty, then it doesn't mean we all are hardwired to be catty. If there's a just one exception, it's not the rule. That means women choose to be catty (and loud and big-mouthed). I'm just saying, these women need to cut the crap. :)

2 years, 7 months ago on Miss Representation - Can Business Women Leaders Spark the Change?

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@Tinu@ginidietrich I had a similar upbringing. It just shows you that a strong, healthy family is fundamental.

2 years, 7 months ago on Miss Representation - Can Business Women Leaders Spark the Change?

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Interesting... I like the last part the most. I'm in my mid-20s (now on the downside of that hill lol) and I'm too damn busy working and competing to the top to waste my time on catty women (and men). I've grown my tough skin, and I think most women who made it to the top (like you, Gini!) didn't spend much time minding those people either. But who's telling those stories? I've had this conversation several times with high school girls and I realize that they go down the wrong path because they don't have anyone to look up to. They don't have access to the good role models to choose from. So maybe we need to start working our magic (especially since 70%+ of the PR world is made of women) and start telling the stories of these amazing women so the younger generations have options of who to emulate. Just a thought...

2 years, 7 months ago on Miss Representation - Can Business Women Leaders Spark the Change?

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This stuff really gets to me. And SOPA... oh, don't get me started. Grrr.

2 years, 7 months ago on Politicians Trying to Control What Is Said Online

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I love the "lighten up" comment; it's true. I think lots of nonprofits jumped on the "sad train" years ago and maybe it worked for a while, but I feel saturated with the "Please Donate" and the "Help Us" messages. Ugh. There are feel-good stories out there, people the nonprofits have saved, so I say, tell me who they are and make it so darn awesome, that I say, "I wanna be that!" Kudos, @Lisa Gerber !

2 years, 8 months ago on How Content Motivates Behavior

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Preach it, girl! :)

2 years, 8 months ago on Personal Brands: You Have One, Now Deal With It

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I'm always one to jump at the chance of getting a free book (I always read them, I swear) but because I know @maddiegrant and she's my rockin' Give to the Max Day superstar, and because my dad's an author and I know it makes him feel warm and fuzzy when someone actually pays for his book, I'm going to buy "Humanize." :D

In any case, your review @ginidietrich tells me this book can give me ideas that I can pass onto the hundreds of nonprofits I'm in touch with everyday. Being human in conversations is hard for some NPOs (I should know, I was there at one point), and I've been dying to find case studies that show them that it's more effective to talk normally, without the big-corporate-formal voice that turns everyone off. Gracias for the helpful review, muchacha! (There's some Spanglish for ya.)

2 years, 8 months ago on Review: Humanize by Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter

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Thanks for the great and informative piece, Summer!

2 years, 9 months ago on DC Area Nonprofits Get Jazzed About Razoo for Give to the Max Day DC

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@Lisa Gerber Thanks Lisa. I'd love any resources/tips you and @kellyecrane would have. I know lots of nonprofits are unsure how to start, so a template road map to Twitter engagement could be useful... maybe even a blog post? :D

2 years, 9 months ago on Five Ways to Make Your Content Multi-Task For You

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This is very useful info, thanks! When it comes to hosting tweet chats, do you have any advice on how an organization that's just starting to engage in social media can do that? Is it a good way to build a community from scratch or is it best to do it later down the road?

2 years, 9 months ago on Five Ways to Make Your Content Multi-Task For You

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Yay for the links, @ginidietrich ! This made me happy... Tweeting it out to our nonprofit followers.

2 years, 9 months ago on Blogger Outreach: Three Steps to a Successful Program

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AMEN! You said it. Bloggers are real people (because there is such a thing as fake people, right? lol!) and should be treated as such. I like how you were specific on how to build a relationship; I haven't seen anyone offer concrete tips the way you did (i.e. 90-days out, answer their humorous Tweets, etc.). Good stuff... I'll be posting it to our community this morning. :)

2 years, 9 months ago on Blogger Outreach Changes the PR Timeline Forever

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This is a great list! Thanks for providing it! I'm going to (shamelessly) add one more: Geoff Livingston's "Turning Online Donors into Change Investors" (http://ow.ly/6atD7). They're going to talk about how nonprofits can create a community of giving with their donors.

2 years, 11 months ago on 7 SxSW Community Panels to Check Out

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