@lizreusswig Ahh see you've a much more well rounded profile than I. I don't even "get" a lot of visual art due to my weirdness. Beyond Group of Seven landscapes, I struggle to make meaning from abstract art.
3 days, 22 hours ago on An Emotional Case for Emoticons
@lizreusswig @RebeccaToddMy exact words (for the record)... "Dear
people over 13 that use emoticons- why? That's a serious question, no
snark intended. I really don't get it. We didn't grow up using that as a
method of communication. Are you visual learners? I scored a whopping
0% on the VARK, so admittedly visual representations of "feelings" mean
absolutely nothing to me. Love, RAT."
Ahhh Liz...firstly, I adore you, and thank you for the history on this post! But...you've quoted me inaccurately. At no point did I ever deign to tell others what they should or should not do. My actual quote was "dear people over 13 who use emoticons, why?". I did not at any point say that you shouldn't-I was really trying to figure out the process. As I wanted an adult perspective, I put an age to it. It was funny in the responses to see who read it the same way you did-that I was telling others what to do, or passing judgement. In truth, I was trying to figure it out. I do not take kindly to people telling me what to do, and I do not, then, tell others how they should live. I was simply trying to clarify why others used them, and to inform that in fact I make no meaning from them. Thanks for adding the converse perspective here!
It was actually a good thing...got sick early in the season and have been relatively healthy since!
5 days ago on Truth, Lies, and Facebook Memes
And then I got The Bubonic Plague.
Excellent post Ell Bee- thank you for being so brave! A few thoughts...You know I am with you on people saying nastiness then tossing on a semi-colon closed parenthesis like that makes any damn difference. If you are saying something nasty, then saying "just kidding", you are really kidding yourself- you've given birth to that negativity- at least have the proverbial sack to own it. Re your second "reveal"- My sister stopped her education at high school as well, and like you worked her ass off to be a super mum and directs a major company. Like her, I think you've taken the harder route to success, and that's nothing to be ashamed of! Believe me, I work in academia...I meet a lot of self-entitled know-nothing know-it-alls with 3 degrees who've never had to work in the same way. They do not have your work ethic, people smarts, or drive. You've chosen the harder path, the different path...but in no way an inferior path. I mean...you now have a job that many covet- one that you have earned and rock- and most people with a "formal" education can't say the same. Ell Bee, I adore you! xxoo
Thanks for this Joe! And I guess I need to do a shot because you said something was a hack. I really dig your idea of relaxing a bit on language. I tend to keep my emails to customers pretty casual (surprise, surprise). I've in fact run the data on a few iterations of my standard invite letter, and the one that actually got the best response rate was one with a little mistake in it- everyone wrote back to point that out, and I ended up with 27 meetings in one day. My customers are humans, and I try to stay as humanesque as I can when dealing with them. Brandeers? If it isn't a thing, it sure is now!
6 days, 18 hours ago on Email Marketing is a Conversation
An excellent analysis, Martin. Points 3 and 5 really resonated with me. I'm fascinated with how social amplification works. And yeah...I've given up on feeling "ahead" or even "on top" of content. I read and absorb what I can, but also try and be minful about what I allow in to my brain pan. Thanks for this, and glad it isn't your last of the year!
1 week, 2 days ago on Six Digital Media and PR Lessons From 2013
Laura I love this! Both the way you set context, but also the list of immediate take-aways. We were meeting just as this was posted yesterday about how to reach more customers. Some of the tips and strategies that you presented here are things my team can implement immediately! I am sending to Boss Man and the team. Thank you so much for this dose of #PetroPower!
1 week, 5 days ago on Human Connection Creates Stronger Businesses
@Howie Goldfarb @RebeccaTodd @ginidietrich I want that app! On our first date, I made G laugh so hard everyone looked...and it became my new life goal to make her laugh as much as humanely possibly. Such a big sound from such a tiny person!
1 week, 6 days ago on The 82 Things I Love
@KateFinley @RebeccaTodd Exactly! My heart breaks for young women like Liz's daughter...knowing that these people will not shape your future is so much easier to see in hindsight. I love your point about "closed networks". That's a really great way to sum them up. As I am from a small town, some of those people are still in those same small closed networks. I certainly hope they are happy, but I also know that's not the life for me!
1 week, 6 days ago on What Junior High Taught Me About Networking …
@ginidietrich @RebeccaTodd You both are!
Love this post, Kate! Probably won't surprise you that "fitting in" was always a struggle for me. Girls especially seem to use social ostracizing as a bullying tactic. Made for some lonely times... but taught me a whole lot about what makes a true friend. It can be hard as an adult to go out and try and make new friends. But that's what I have been doing the last few years, and the results are incredible! Without making efforts to expand my networks, business and social, I wouldn't have met YOU for one! Very thoughtfully written- thanks for sharing.
@lizreusswig Absolutely, Liz! It's easy for adults to offer these platitudes, but maybe if she sees it coming from Kate's successful life she will see where her future can lead her.
@RobBiesenbach Now I kinda wanna see your hand written list...
Love this post! It's cute, I said to Joe before meeting Kelly that your laugh is so wonderful, I don't know how KD would ever want to do anything but make you laugh. But it's so great to make him laugh too! I love how many different ways JB makes the list. Yet Tater Tots were conspicuously absent. And now I need to watch tight pants again... Have a wonderful holiday Gini! xxoo
@belllindsay @RebeccaTodd @JoeCardillo That was my paraphrase of a quote from the article- direct words- "“The only way it might change is if men stopped valuing sexual fidelity and physical attractiveness in long-term mates,” he said."(quoting one 'expert'). I believe it cheapens both men and women to say that those are the only criteria that make a successful union.
I thought that the other expert quoted- the one that looked less at evolution and more at society was closer to my view- “These social constructs are real for us,” Fuentes said, “But we can change it.”
1 week, 6 days ago on The Three Things, Edition 57
Thanks for this, Ralph! Even though many of your examples were out of my realm of experience, your message rang true- There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Of course, this is the future motto of the lunar revolution (and the third time I've quoted Heinlein in blog comments today...must be Monday), but also really solid advice for this space and time. Good things come to those who hustle.
1 week, 6 days ago on The Art of the Possible: Great design with competitive fees: QOTW 13:47
@Digital_DRK @RebeccaTodd @LauraPetrolino @bigteethvideo @belllindsay @ginidietrich I assumed everyone grew up gardening their own food and jarring their own pickles and such... I believe G knows the story of the Time My Brother Hunted Us Up An XXXMas Tree.
1 week, 6 days ago on Gin and Topics: Crazy Car Crash and Video Games
@JoeCardillo @RebeccaTodd Now I'm more mad about that quote. I thought about it for a bit. See what we are teaching our next generation of men and women is "as long as you look pretty and don't fool around, you'll have a happy marriage." REALLY? Isn't this along the lines of blaming the victim? "Oh yes his marriage didn't work out...he just wasn't handsome enough for that depressed alcoholic." (To flip the script a bit...this message serves men no better than women.) No relationship is ever that clear cut, and the issues always go much deeper than looks.