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Very well said as usual. You nailed it. The entire process in its purest sense is a very personal journey. The problem is that many blogs today are not blogs but individual corporate websites hidden behind the veil of a blog.
That being said, I often compared myself to you and I never measured up.
Thanks for including me in your post, I see I came back just in time.
2 years ago on Who Knows The Future of Blogging?
The specifics are so great. Most people would have just said that they have learned a lot without admitting all the early miscues. Thanks for sharing. It's too late for me, but will probably help lots of other struggling bloggers get their footing.
2 years, 1 month ago on Lessons (and Stats) from Six Years of Blogging
Good stuff, Frank. I do think we are starting to get to that normalization period. Maybe slowly, but we are getting there. I for one, just recently changed all my phone settings so that I don't get every Tweet, post, email immediately. While I'm not jumping out of a plane anytime soon, I do hear you.
2 years, 2 months ago on Social media is NOT that important
So glad you re-posted this. Sorry to say the original post was, shall we say before I discovered your blog. Those were dark, dark days. Seriously, I really enjoyed the read.
2 years, 2 months ago on Canadian Olympic Business, Life Coach Shares Story
Good post. Well handled by you and Hajra. Thanks for sharing this story as I didn't catch it in the comment section when it first happened.
2 years, 3 months ago on Promote Safe Blogging; Report Blogger Abuse
@Andrea T.H.W. Thank you for taking the time to comment. 'who can say Paul is wrong' well, let me introduce you to my kids. They tell me all the time.
2 years, 3 months ago on #FollowFriday: Paul Roberts
@GeoffReiner Thanks for taking the time to read and to comment here. Good first impression by the way. Happy to connect with you.
@annedreshfield Thanks for the nice comment. I appreciate it and the follow too. Nice to meet you.
2 years, 4 months ago on #FollowFriday: Paul Roberts
As I inappropriately taught my 5 year old to say 'holly bleep' I didn't see this coming. See this in my Twitter steam was a nice way to start a long weekend.
This is very nice of you Gini. I guess, based on the Jordan and Favre references, I better say retired. :)
While I'm honestly a little embarrassed by this type of spotlight and at a bit of a loss for words right now, I really do appreciate this.
You've highlighted a number of people in this section previously that I know and like (Ted, Steve, Krista and Frank, I'm looking at you) so I'm honored.
Great choice Gini. Over the past year or so Frank has become one of my must reads as much as this Follow Friday feature.
2 years, 4 months ago on #FollowFriday: Frank Strong
Thanks for the review Mike. And I'm glad you didn't give away the ending as I'm looking forward to reading it for myself.
2 years, 5 months ago on Book Review: Marketing in the Round
@arthury All good questions and probably questions that should be answers before finalizing a vote on the three finalists. Where you and I will probably disagree (which is okay) is the involvement of the PRSA Chapters. You probably should have some interest in their opinions and I'm more interested in the large group of PR folks that are not members, but are long-time PR pros. Maybe that is for selfish reasons as I'm in that group.
I'd err on the side of having a large over the 'right' people in part because I don't know why you consider to be the 'right' people.
Just so there isn't any doubt. Let me know what I can do to help. I'm all in.
2 years, 8 months ago on PRSA Response to PR Definition Criticism
@maddiegrant Thanks for the reply. I do get that. Yours is a very fair way of looking at this. I'm just not convinced. I hope I'm here a few months from now saying that I was wrong and that they had the best of intentions from the get go. But, I'm not there yet. If I'm proven wrong, I'll be the first to admit and I'll be thrilled to be wrong.
@arthury@ginidietrich@Frank_Strong@maddiegrant@Anthony_Rodriguez@Danny Brown@Shonali@Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing
Thank you for the comment. I appreciate the acknowledgement that the process has been met with - let’s say - less than universal enthusiasm.
While I want to be optimistic that this project will get back on track, I’m having a very difficult time getting beyond the line…
“For those reasons, we’re going to move ahead with the voting, and we’re going to adopt the winning definition — at least for the time being.”
It’s like a politician saying a tax increase is temporary. Reality is, once it’s done it’s done. Being willing to allow us to continue to discuss after the decision have been made is nice, but let me ask straight out how many people would you need to hear from to agree to start the process over from scratch? 100, 1000, 10,000?
Seriously, if 10,000 PR / Comms people ask, what do you say about staring over without the Mad Libs restriction?
And before you ask, no I'm not now nor have I ever been a PRSA member. And, no I didn't supply an entry in the contest. As admit that the process isn't without fault, I too admit that I was as involved as I could have been. For that I'm sorry.
Jayme, I forgot to say - thank you for including me in your post. So, THANK YOU for including me in your post. I'm impressed with your positive outlook and how quickly you turned around this blog post, but the more I read it the more I'm convinced that is was simply a well written kiss off. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm not sure anything changed. They heard us, but I'm not sure they are listening.
2 years, 8 months ago on Thanks For Listening, PRSA
While the new found humility is refreshing, I can't be the only one that reads the bottom line as - we heard you, but we're still doing it our way, but feel free to keep talking about it after we are done.
The Mad Libs approach needs to be scrapped.
@ginidietrich Very very well said. Didn't we all learn at some point in our career that if an organization doesn't properly define itself if is as risk of being defined by others?
2 years, 8 months ago on We Cannot Define PR
You are all missing the point. I can't believe you fell right into The PR Society's trap. They had a secret mission to help PR people expand their vocabulary and it is worked. This topic has made us all try a little harder to express ourselves. Just looks through the comment section and you'll find
agitated, exasperated, annoyed, mortified, humiliated, uncomfortable, upset, embarrassed, ashamed, angry,
disillusioned, disappointed, discouraged, cynical, sour, disenchanted, let down, negative, irate, teed off, PO'd
and outraged. Some really good words in there.
Thanks again PRSA for making us a stronger industry.
@Frank_Strong I hear you. Walking away from this doesn't feel right, but until it is taken up by a different organization, I have no confidence. I'll keep watching and am willing to be involved, but just not in the current form.
RANT WARNING...okay, you want a well thought out reason why PR needs to be redefined, check in with @Frank_Strong - he says it best.
You want alternative suggestions, they are easy to fine, here is a good place to start @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing http://soulati.com/weve-defined-PR-by-jove.
There are lots of well thought out and articulate opinions about why, PR should be re-defined, what is wrong with the current process and what should be done next. This isn't one of those. This is raw emotion from a PR guy that has been in the industry almost 20 years, has had little use for PRSA and now finds himself embarrassed by this entire process.
There are lots and lots of PR people that don't know this conversation is happening and there are even more that don't care. I'm now in the don't care category.
I agree that PR should be redefined. I agree that redefining PR is difficult. I agreed that this is a good and noble cause. But, as of right now, I'm officially out. No matter the final outcome, I will not get behind any definition the PRSA comes up with. I don't need it. I don't want it and I will not accept it. You don't speak for me. I only wish I were ever a paying member of PRSA, so I could publicly demand my money back.
Great post Gini. While, unlike you, I don't actually have any friends at PRSA, I did support the idea of redefining PR and I agree that none of these even come close to hitting the mark. In same ways it is probably a good thing that our industry is so diverse that it is difficult to capture in one statement, but it is still sometimes a little embarrassing. I just going to start telling people I'm in business communications.
2 years, 8 months ago on Redefining Public Relations
Gini, couldn't agree more with your choice and description. Krista's blog is wonderful and endearing. I'm not that big of a 'pink' fan, but I agree with everything else.
2 years, 8 months ago on #FollowFriday: Krista Giuffi