Public Relations, Public Affairs, Health Care Communication and Advocacy and Social Media
Nice to see you are getting the warm and fuzzies from @ginidietrich and club today. I have seen your name and comments here for such a long time that I just assumed you had been featured in the early days when I was still teething on social media. Be thankful you are in FLA and not in Chicago where Gini thinks a 43 degree temp is time for a picnic.
11 hours, 15 minutes ago on #FollowFriday: Amy Tobin
I have no empathy for Ms. Blazek from parsing her letter of rejection. She was just nasty and debasing in each of her sentences. Whether or not she was having a bad day, week or life, there is no excuse for such derision toward anyone. She did not teach, guide or mentor this young person and only showed contempt for a generation that is beginning to apply their education in the real world. She wrote of 'enjoying' denying her request along with the 'dreaded' IDK. How many of us can actually say they have worked and know their LinkedIn contacts. The purpose of these social media platforms is to get to know people and their work. She did not try to connect with someone outside of her field of interest. She chose someone who places herself as an 'influencer' in the Cleveland job market as she teased that it is the only game in town. I see Ms.Mekota as resourceful, perhaps not with all the etiquette that should be applied but certainly as respecting and admiring of Ms. Blazek's position.
Ms. Blazek not only did damage to her personal brand as a leader and human being (irreparable in my mind based on the endless chastising in each sentence which obviously took quite a bit of her 'valuable' time to write and repeat, and repeat) but also to the PR profession, her professional affiliations (Cleveland, IABC, Public Relations), and those who have supported her.
I am also quite angry as a female in this profession. We, as you have written about Gini, have worked hard on fostering mutual respect for our peers in public relations. A letter like this only serves to ignite the bitch persona of woman in leadership roles. How easy it would have been for her to have shone in her reply, to be the mentor to a generation struggling to find employment in today's economy, to be the hero by showing her how to best connect with leading professionals. Instead she chose pomposity, self aggrandizement and crass judgement which in my book is no sign of a leader or kind human being. She may feel she has lofted above the glass ceiling but I only see shards of a human being with a pool of disrespect on the floor of goodwill toward us all.
I am so upset I will now have to go buy shoes to make my day right;)
3 days, 12 hours ago on Kelly Blazek Proves Communicators Have One Chance to Get it Right
@Soulati | Hybrid PR I don't think I will ever be able to settle back into the cold winter climates after living in a temperate one. Indeed we are not new to this but honestly I find I am not getting better at managing the increasing data load that I would like. Sometimes I feel I should just focus on my specialty area (healthcare) but then miss out on so much great PR, social media and business management blogs and posts. People like @dustinstout continue to amaze me at their finesse of engagement and quality content production. I, on the other hand, can't keep up on reading all that he produces ;).
4 days, 8 hours ago on Are Google+ Communities A Thing Of The Past?
Thanks Jayme for letting me know I am not alone in my neglect of the G+ communities and agree with the comments made by @Jen Olney , @KDillabough and @Ari Herzog . It wasn't that I disliked the communities nor found them filled with spam but it was that I just couldn't keep up with the data overload and duplication from my streams or circles. I am finding that more and more with all the groups on LinkedIn, FB and Twitter. I also turned off notifications but that didn't work as I just didn't go back to the communities. It takes me quite a while just to go through my main stream that I am constantly narrowing.
As with Hootsuite hashtag or list streams, G+ allows me to search for a topic area easily and see everything in one stream. I categorize my Facebook posts into categories also (e.g. family posts, bloggers, healthcare, PR etc) and view accordingly. Yes, I probably miss a lot of great posts by people I admire but I have gained back some sanity (not much, but some;). I still keep the communities and will go to them if I am searching for a specific answer to a question or focusing on something special but for the most part I just stay with my narrow circles and I still feel like I am always trying to catch up. I also found them helpful initially for connecting with like-minded people and influencers in my topics focus but as I infer from Ari's comment, it soon became a small club with the participants simply preaching to the choir. That in itself defeated my purpose of social media.
4 days, 12 hours ago on Are Google+ Communities A Thing Of The Past?
I want to try one of those massagers like Silver so enjoyed. I am just not sure which would work better....the whisk from the kitchen drawer or the 'grab claw' from a carnival machine :) As far as Gladys she would do well in our secret ambassadors group.
6 days, 14 hours ago on Gin and Topics: I Love Jesus, but I Like to Drink a Little
@AmyVernon Unfortunately I am already cast for Thursday but I have signed up and will catch up by Friday;) You do know they mute @Howie Goldfarb as a precaution ;)
1 week, 4 days ago on Narrowcasting: How to Use Research and Engagement for Growth
It's Monday and I am already learning a new word. Thank you for defining, explaining and getting my brain engaged for the week.
Wow, that video really shows how life is 'hill of beans'. I only had some reservations on the caring for others portion. With increasing longevity of life spans and children caring for their aging parents, I would think it would be a larger percentage of time...at least it is for me.
1 week, 5 days ago on Gin and Topics: Dog Shaming in Real Life and the Hip Hop Evolution
Isn't this a treat. I am usually only the ambassador of the pooper scooper! I will be delighted to help fling some poop about your book onto the social networks so you can clean up on the NYT Best seller list during Crush It week.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Become a Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador
@ClayMorgan I found several credible people in my sector from Quora that I may not have connected with on the other platforms. It has helped me verify their value or 'influence' in the way they answer questions. That said, I personally have not been a contributor but more of a gawker for research. I do notice that many of the Forbes bloggers use it to expound on their perspectives as well as Robert Scoble.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Quora in Your Earned Media Efforts
As with the other comments, I have been a fair weather friend to Quora but when notified on questions in my focal area, I find the answers are quite extensive, well thought out and informative. I am liking your thoughts for the press release announcement.
I don't know what is in the air or the green plants up there in Vermont but you need to bottle it or wrap it in cylindrical white paper ;), and market it. I have changed my will to have you write my obituary. You are the only one I could count on to make my life seem more exciting and larger than it actually was! Hilarity in motion as always. Happy Birthday Gini!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Follow Monday: Say Happy Birthday to Gini Dietrich!
Kudos to the Canadian Institute of Diversity and laugh at how the struggles continue among not only humans but humans and other species with the mailman and the cat ;)
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Gin and Topics: Grover, an Angry Cat, and the Luge
Sweet, a man of the arts and sciences and obviously knows how to paint the town with wine and jazz. Welcome aboard Kevin. I would call you Ken but I always have to get a second verification knowing @Howie Goldfarb's imagination ;)
4 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Kevin Vandever
@ginidietrich Probably because my brain is frozen from hitting this iceberg of a peninsula and feel I am on a sinking ship. It is sooo cold here and hasn't stopped snowing or sleeting since I arrived. I haven't unpacked and can't get out of my flannel PJ's. I had better do an archive check for some of your motivational posts or I may not come out again till May;)
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Where Does Social Media Belong?
When I first saw the headline in my email, I muttered out loud, it should reside everywhere with everyone... with safeguards. Happy then to see you agree and qualify with the skills needed for each area involved with the oversight of an individual or team to coordinate. That individual or team caveat is my 'must have' for success in smooth sailing the often choppy seas of social media. This will help to provide buoyancy when the ship lists from potential human error and hopefully a preventive measure for taking down the entire ship if too much weight is in one compartment.
Welcome aboard @KateNolan . As fair warning, when @Howie Goldfarb talks about sauce, he really means sipping it, not dipping it.
1 month, 1 week ago on #FollowFriday: Kate Nolan
@ginidietrich Sometimes I think the posts about Google or Matt Cutts are simply to get the links and attention rather than to inform or educate. Child abuse, animal abuse, domestic violence etc is evil, and maybe the IRS;) but Google is just a business which is in constant evolution to clean up the Internet of evil doers.
1 month, 1 week ago on Guest Blogging: A Change in the Google Algorithm
@lizreusswig I was wondering which part of this audience could relate;)
I have been reading all the hysteria from posts about this resulting from the statement by Matt Cutts (seems everyone always wants to parse or dissect his videos and statements for some hidden agenda of evil by Google) and agree with you. Take a deep breath, keep your ethics and strategy on quality content and purpose. These constant and evolving algorithm changes might just save you some pennies from having to change your Depends each time an announcement is made.