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And, I cannot wait to meet this baby!! I miss you!

1 year, 2 months ago on Pregnancy & Nutrition—What I Learned

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I love this post! Very brave of your to share your story, but like you said everyone makes mistakes and its great that you turned things around and found a way to get veggies in your diet (smoothies/juicing)! Pregnancy is a stressful time but its also a wonderful journey that grows you as a person and your relationship with your partner/baby.  You are amazing! I'm so proud of you!

1 year, 2 months ago on Pregnancy & Nutrition—What I Learned

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 @blfarris I would love some Chili Con Queso and chips for lunch! lol

1 year, 2 months ago on Public Speaking: The Chili Con Queso Test

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Great post! Thanks for the insight!

1 year, 2 months ago on Public Speaking: The Chili Con Queso Test

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This makes me laugh so hard every time I watch it. LOL

1 year, 2 months ago on How Orbit Launches a Site

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Great event and great recap.  Thanks to everyone who came out and added to the discussion.  I'm looking forward to the next one! :)

1 year, 3 months ago on Design Brew Recap

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Slow motion air splits! YESSSS!

1 year, 4 months ago on Web Design Techniques: Jean Claude Van Damme’s School for Web Designers

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Awesome! Congrats!  If I lived closer than Chicago, I would definitely be there and bring friends! <3

1 year, 5 months ago on Camp Gladiator in North Dallas!

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 @crestodina  @kateupdates The content is incredibly useful!

1 year, 7 months ago on Humans vs. Robots

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I have so many great memories with John that I cannot count them on my fingers and toes. What a great human being, friend and colleague.  I've known and loved John since I met with his wife Bridget during grad school in 2004 (9 years!).  What a great 9 years it has been getting know such a cool human being.  What an unexplainable and heartbreaking loss - he was such a big part of my life.  Where he was there is a missing piece. 

 

His passion for relationships, charity, cooking, writing, work, and family were above and beyond the typical person's agenda.  He came to work every day with a very strong and specific purpose in mind.  He made choices in life based on what he believed and always made it a point to choose the path of best intentions. He was one of the smartest and funniest people I've ever met.  There will never be anyone else like him. 

 

His taste in music was very eclectic and I can remember him always giving me crap for making comments like "old folks home music" or "circus music".  That poor speaker dock and old ipod got so much wear and tear being moved inside and outside the kitchen window sill throughout the seasons so we could sit on the back porch and talking and BBQing.  

 

He and my husband Bobby were so close and we constantly think about the good times we all had.

 

One time John and I walked all the way from their new apartment to their old apartment and back in a snowstorm to pick up a wind chime that had been with he and Bridget for a bunch of years.  He told me all these stories about how he loved the snow and how some of his favorite years were spent in Virginia talking with Bridget and Linnea after work each night - just talking and drinking beer and people watching. He told me that night how very much he loved his wife and how he couldn't imagine spending his life with anyone else.  It was such a special and sweet conversation that I'll never forget.

 

I miss debating about politics and religion until the wee hours of the morning.  I miss weekly "family" dinners and too much red wine and Sox games on the television and chatting on make-shift bar stools in the kitchen about weekly odds and ends.  I miss furniture shopping and trying to restaurants with my favorite couple. I miss watching John BBQ big slabs of ribs with homemade BBQ sauce << the only vegetarian that I know with such great meat-cooking skills. I miss the normal day to day moments of John drinking black coffee out of that Garfield glass and his random chats with me about being more confident in myself and how I need to realize my full potential.  I already miss all that stuff daily. 

 

He had such an internal desire for debate and had the best sarcastic humor that I miss dearly.  

 

I'm lucky and thankful to have gotten the pleasure to know him for the years I did.  You made an impression on me John Cooney....and so many other people.  You will not be forgotten.

1 year, 9 months ago on Remembering John Cooney

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Andy - love the video! Very informative and helpful. I'm going to go edit my G+ account now! :)

2 years, 2 months ago on Google Authorship and Author Stats (How-to Video)

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Wow! Great article Mary Fran....I agree people should never to pretend to be the expert in areas they are not....down the road, that type of thing will come back to haunt them! Ultimately, when you pretend to be the expert, you end up shooting yourself in the foot later.

 

That "likeability" factor is HUGE - be humble & thank people! And, have real conversations in person! 

2 years, 4 months ago on Your Brand Is Your Blog, Your Blog Is Your Brand

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Agreed. When you launch a site without a huge client/customer base or a group of people to go around facebook liking or reviewing your products...you often times end up with a site with hundreds of pages that say "Be the first to like this product" or "Be the first to review this product." 

 

I do appreciate reviews on sites like tripadvisor.com, orbitz.com, sephora.com, and amazon.com....those are just 4 sites off the top of my head that I use all the time and do look for reviews.  When I'm finding a hotel, I really do want to find a place people enjoyed.  When I'm looking for makeup, I want to hear other women's experiences using it...etc.  But, those sites have huge followings and the businesses/services/products on their sites rely on good reviews to get sold. 

 

A good compromise might be to send auto-mailings out to customers to request a review of a product recently ordered, like @suttonhoo said. Maybe do this for the first 6 months your new ecom site is live...then, depending on your response and accumulation of reviews - you can make a better decision on when to post them live to the site.  ...could be a good strategy for businesses that want reviews, but don't have any yet.

2 years, 5 months ago on DOs and DON’Ts of Reviews

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Great video...looking forward to more mini tutorial/info sessions. :)

2 years, 5 months ago on How to Use Motion Charts in Google Analytics (Video)

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