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@susansilver @biggreenpen Sounds good!! My daughter has a unique name, and there was recently a function where every attendee (with the exception of family hangers-on) was named "Tenley." Pre-printed nametags and all. Easiest social gathering of my life! :-)

42 minutes ago on Understanding the Full-Width Video Trend

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I read this while traveling yesterday, and having taken so long to comment, everything has pretty much been said in the previous 97 comments. (To get back to Letterman for a moment, I agree the PR part was handled expertly but the whole situation led me to leave behind a decades-long Letterman habit.) But back to the NFL ... ultimately (as with most everything) the organization is about making a profit (IMO). Their mission statement says: "To present the National Football League and its teams at a level that attracts the broadest audience and makes NFL football the best sports entertainment in the world. To achieve our mission, we will constantly challenge ourselves to improve and be guided by these values (and the site goes on to describe the values, including 'We follow through on our words with action. We are honest and direct.')." I think "honest and direct" may have gotten totally buried in the current situation ...

5 hours, 59 minutes ago on The NFL is Missing the Cardinal Rule of Crisis Management

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Susan, I am appreciative of you sharing, as part of this post, a link that explains faceblindness. I don't recall if I have shared this here in the comments ever, but I am prosopagnosic and wow does it create, um, INTERESTING times socially! A little bit about my experience here:  http://biggreenpen.com/2012/08/27/prosopa-what/   (and when it is not so late at night I'll come back and try to same something relevant to the rest of your post!!).  

12 hours, 7 minutes ago on Understanding the Full-Width Video Trend

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#4 is the reason why I will tell you in advance -- if my video goes viral someday -- the state of my house will not meet your standards. I just know myself. Sorry. :-)

3 days, 17 hours ago on Gin and Topics: Goodbye Gecko. We’ll Miss You.

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@jasonkonopinski @biggreenpen gotta see if it's on audio!

4 days, 2 hours ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Laura Mansfield

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@jasonkonopinski I need to put that one on my list.

4 days, 4 hours ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Laura Mansfield

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Enjoyed reading your "inquisition," Laura! I haven't ever binge watched anything -- maybe I should give it a whirl! 

4 days, 5 hours ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Laura Mansfield

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@Eleanor Pierce it's the only way to sufficiently celebrate! 

5 days, 3 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Spin Sucks!

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Happy birthday, Spin Sucks!! I am so appreciative of the community here, and all that I've learned (oh, and the fun that has been had, of course!). In celebration, I have repurposed an image that I took myself, because in the month of the "ethically using visual images" theme, it would probably be frowned upon to just willy-nilly grab something off of google images. There's even one for you, @howiegoldfarb ...

5 days, 3 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Spin Sucks!

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@LauraPetrolino and if I didn't have clue enough about this topic to make a relevant comment, so just chose to share it, and used G+, do I earn "..." ?

5 days, 21 hours ago on Three Facebook Advertising Tactics to Reach Your Target Audience

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Oh cool, new toys!!! Thanks!

6 days, 6 hours ago on Five Must-Have Free Visual Marketing Tools

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@LauraPetrolino @biggreenpen Um, yes it is!!! It's still affixed to my car right by the air conditioning vents! (backstory: it was an Anywhere5K for Movember so the moustache was part of that. Of course I ran with it on in broad daylight in an affluent local community because ....... I could!). 

6 days, 23 hours ago on Do Selfies Sell?

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I loved this, Rob, and I suspect it helped you process as much as it helped us learn. Sidenote: the book In Harm's Way simply always stays with you. I think about it almost every time I hear/say The Lord's Prayer. Sharing a post I wrote when I participated in a weekend comprised of vets from different conflicts; there are some parallels between what I learned/felt and your sentiments in this post:  http://biggreenpen.com/2011/03/21/marching-blindly-through-molasses/  

6 days, 23 hours ago on The Things He Carried: My Dad and the War in Vietnam

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Oh gosh I was *hoping* this would become one of those "let's a lot of us add selfies" kind of posts. Since Clay got the ball rolling, here's mine (one of those ultra-glam fitness things) ... 

6 days, 23 hours ago on Do Selfies Sell?

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I am a zillion percent sure I mortify my teenagers with the amount of selfies I take. And that amount is (hopefully) in inverse proportion to my self-centeredness. Most of mine are related to fitness (therefore bad hair, much sweat, very literal regard to matchy-matchiness), which I think makes my agenda first to motivate and second to give a little shout-out to the brands I use and the organizations with whom I affiliate. That said, as a regular old consumer, if I have a belief that a product-oriented selfie was taken as part of a promotion, that won't make me NOT buy/use that product but it is very unlikely to influence me. When people spontaneously take selfies of products/services they love and distribute them, I take a little more notice and I try to do the same ... sing the praises of stuff I love on social media just to give them the praise they deserve as a great product.

1 week ago on Do Selfies Sell?

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@MonicaMillerRodgers didn't know about photopin.com - thanks!

1 week ago on Visual Content, Confusion, and Copyright Laws

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@JoeCardillo @biggreenpen Just envision an "A+" written in green felt tip, definitively! 

1 week ago on How to Use Visuals in Your Content Marketing

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Looking forward to it!

1 week, 1 day ago on How to Use Visuals in Your Content Marketing

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Great list this week. Happy weekend everyone!

1 week, 3 days ago on Gin and Topics: Back to School with Baby Got Class

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Nice to "meet" you, Joe! I just popped over to your blog and picked up on one of your posts about your adventure. It reminded me of one of my new favorite quotes "Postpone Nothing" which I picked up listening to an interview with the author of a book about her / her husband's choice to sell their home and travel around the world (http://widowslist.com/2014/06/09/retiring-postpone-nothing/). I am almost constantly (it feels like) struggling with a 15 year old who'd rather be on a keyboard/in front of a screen (often gaming) instead of doing worksheets. Thought of him when reading about your trajectory which did/did not touch on formal education. 

1 week, 4 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman

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I guess I am coming in mid-trip since I just learned about your quest via your Spin Sucks inquisition but this is so interesting! We were just looking at our inverter the other day -- acquired for the much less life-question-probing-interesting-travelogue reason of: being able to watch other college football games while tailgating prior to a college football game (my husband's inverter, not mine!). Anyway, good for you and I suspect simplicity is worth the tradeoffs (although as the parent of a teenager I'd advise that eventually your child is going to want a little "space" and you may very well want him to use that other space. :-) :-)

1 week, 4 days ago on Adventure Day 25 – Road trip and World Cup Final at a Rest Stop

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@jasonkonopinski @biggreenpen I have read Omnivore's Dilemma and then I gave copies of The Botany of Desire as a World Book Night Giver earlier this year. The Omnivore's Dilemma pretty much singlehandedly pushed me away from ever having a hamburger at one of the "big" chains again.

1 week, 4 days ago on Read a Book Day is September 6

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@RobBiesenbach @Howie Goldfarb I think there was a whole chapter in GGS on seeds and germination ... so much detail but a definitive book.

1 week, 4 days ago on Read a Book Day is September 6

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@susancellura Nineteen Minutes ... oh ... I was listening on audio and almost had a car accident. Tough read. 

1 week, 4 days ago on Read a Book Day is September 6

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@LauraPetrolino yes to Nancy Drew and her titian hair!! Also loved The World is Flat.  

1 week, 4 days ago on Read a Book Day is September 6

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@LouHoffman agree - that was a good one!

1 week, 4 days ago on Read a Book Day is September 6

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@ClayMorgan @LauraPetrolino We definitely don't all watch videos (as our first approach). I think I am definitely in the minority on that though...

1 week, 4 days ago on Eye Tracking for Visual Effectiveness

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@LauraPetrolino you saw your name and the rest of the blog post is a total blur because ........ #OnlyChildCenterOfTheUniverse (if there had been a VISUAL of you, however, perhaps it would have held your attention longer!) ;-)

1 week, 4 days ago on Eye Tracking for Visual Effectiveness

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Great points about the role of visual images, and I appreciate the perspective your newspaper background brings (glad you survived the ire of your coworkers with that memo!). It sure is a plus when there is excellent writing to accompany those images, and that seems more and more rare these days.  

1 week, 4 days ago on Eye Tracking for Visual Effectiveness

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@Howie Goldfarb Guns, Germs, and Steel = one LONG book (but agree it's a top choice)

1 week, 4 days ago on Read a Book Day is September 6

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@Eleanor Pierce @biggreenpen I agree!!! I did the audio and the narrator was incredible too! I could listen to that woman read the phone book.  She had this way of saying "culture" (which, as you know, is repeated often in the book!).  

1 week, 5 days ago on Read a Book Day is September 6

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Okay, forcing myself to do the quickfire round also ... since the next task in line is not as appealing:


1) Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)

2) Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)

3) The Alchemist (Paulo Cuelho sp?)

4) The Omnivore's Dilemma (Michael Pollan)

5) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

6) Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow (Marsha Sinetar)

7) The Bible

8) The Last Lecture (which was a speech first but turned into a book) (Randy Pausch)

9) The Kent Family Chronicles (John Jakes -- I can't name one of them due to language rules here in ye olde blog but to be reading a book called THAT in sixth grade felt like the ultimate breaking the rules act)

10) New York (by Edward Rutherfurd along with many of his other books)


Now, on to the less appealing task. 

1 week, 5 days ago on Read a Book Day is September 6

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@jasonkonopinski Oh, The Stand. Can't go through Holland Tunnel now without thinking of doom. Doom. Doom. Doom. :-) 

1 week, 5 days ago on Read a Book Day is September 6

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@Word Ninja The Good Earth - yes! 

1 week, 5 days ago on Read a Book Day is September 6

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September 6 is also "Fight Procrastination Day" so maybe there's a logical link between that and picking up that great book you've been putting off reading for "Read A Book" Day. I've done this challenge before (a long time ago) ... will put it on my list to do it again, hopefully without overthinking. And I'll try not to procrastinate! (but I will say my hands down favorite-impacted-my-life-the-most-think-about-it-every-day book is Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank) :-)

1 week, 5 days ago on Read a Book Day is September 6

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@lkpetrolino @th73 @klout and who are we to quibble with @klout? 

1 week, 5 days ago on Kiss Your Video Marketing Fears Goodbye

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I am a zillion percent positive I have made all these mistakes and more over the years -- this is a great, concise reminder (and I just took a little whirl in Canva - looks like fun!!). The most obvious time these types of things came to a head (for me) was when I would be in meetings to design applications for our children's health insurance program. The policy/operations people needed a zillion things in text on the applications (with the knowledge that Spanish would take MORE room), but we were limited to a certain amount of pages (one front/back until recently) and the design people would be having paroxysms of horror seeing the white space dwindle and dwindle. Tough situation! 

1 week, 5 days ago on How to Avoid a Canva Fail

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@LauraPetrolino @belllindsay no no no ... #EarwormOfTheDay 

1 week, 6 days ago on Kiss Your Video Marketing Fears Goodbye

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@LauraPetrolino @biggreenpen good point -- agree! 

1 week, 6 days ago on Kiss Your Video Marketing Fears Goodbye

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@LauraPetrolino @Eleanor Pierce @biggreenpen @ClayMorgan That goes without saying. DUH.  

1 week, 6 days ago on Kiss Your Video Marketing Fears Goodbye

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Fabulous tips, Laura, and it's like blogging -- you just have to start somewhere! The challenge for me is that video is not my favorite way to take in information. When I was working a "regular" 9-5, I couldn't watch a video easily at my desk (although if something was important to me I could sneak in a blog post or something that was only text) and data limitations on my phone plan make me a little stingy with using data to watch video (obviously when I am not on wifi). That said, as a personal blogger I KNOW I need to do video content for a variety of reasons (such as the fact that I am pretty sure I am in the minority as a person who doesn't watch a lot of video). Therefore, I keep persevering in the bathroom studio (gotta move that towel). I guess today isn't an image fest like yesterday was but I do love doing video for causes, such as: http://youtu.be/mhdRO7OYlkg  

1 week, 6 days ago on Kiss Your Video Marketing Fears Goodbye

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@ClayMorgan I struggle with editing also, partially because the tools I have are relatively primitive (or my ability to use the tools is relatively primitive). But that doesn't stop me, of course. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Kiss Your Video Marketing Fears Goodbye

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Yes!!! Anticipating a "tree"mendous month!!

1 week, 6 days ago on Visual Content and the End of Summer

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@Tinu I totally love "You can buy searches with money but you can never bury public opinion of you."!

2 weeks ago on Build—and Maintain—Your Online Reputation with These 14 Principles

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I love #12 for the alliteration alone! (And the fact that it's good strategy is pertinent too.) // Initiated a Talkwalker alert after reading this for my name and BigGreenPen and found a blog post that linked to me five days ago (it was a positive thing...) so thanks for a useful nudge!!!

2 weeks ago on Build—and Maintain—Your Online Reputation with These 14 Principles

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How is this the first time I have ever watched Tight Pants? Oh, and the First Moon Party. Ha ha ha.  Fun to revisit the old faves (and Tight Pants).  

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Gin and Topics: My Favorites

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@LauraPetrolino @belllindsay It truly is (true, the analogy) --- this for example is a website for families dealing with special needs kids (among other things) --- so well-named. http://oxygenmaskproject.com/

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Internal Crisis Management: Where Do You Fit in?

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Great lineup ... well that makes it sound kind of criminal ... list. :-)

2 weeks, 4 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: A Recap

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