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@Andi Roo @CarolLynnRivera You can ride in my spaceship any time. And I will promise never to stick your head in a freezer.
1 day ago on I don’t understand the interwebz.
Give me all the dollars! I haz spaceship! At the end of the day it's not your job to know how the interwebz works which is why you hope to work with people who do. Also, those people should not try to take advantage of your lack of knowledge of the interwebz by holding hostage your blah blahblah. It sucks. But see, karma in the end and all things are glittery again.
1 day, 1 hour ago on I don’t understand the interwebz.
I wrote you the most brilliant comment ever last week on this post but since your stinkin dumb comment system wasn't working it didn't go through. Since I can only be brilliant once, let's just say that I blog because I have things to say and if other people want to read them, that's nice and good. And if other people like them, that's nice and good. But it's only for me. On my personal blog, anyway. On my business blog I want people to give me their money.
3 weeks ago on Is blogging good for the heart?
How exciting that I get to comment in all this pinkness :)
I'm with you on this one although I don't know why someone would blog about the reasons that other people do or don't blog because it seems sort of pointless to tell me why I blog.... But that aside, for my personal stuff, I do it all for myself. In fact, true story, I have had a journal in a spiral notebook since I was 13. But I called it a diary. And 30 plus years later I still do and nobody is allowed to touch it or read it or know where it is. And it is still in a spiral notebook, no fancy Barnes-And-Noble-y leather bound thing, thank you. A cheap 89 cent notebook. I buy them by the case and then pick whatever color I fancy at whatever time I need a new one.
Also on my personal blog, that is for me but I do put it out into the world because sometimes words mean things to other people or help them or amuse them or whatever. So it's stuff I write for me that I'm willing to share in the event that anyone gives a shit.
And now you know.
4 weeks ago on Is blogging good for the heart?
@dinodogan @CarolLynnRivera Falcon! I like it :)
Yeah, there is a difference between what we SAY we want (diversity) and what we really want (clones of ourselves, only prettier).
There is plenty that cold data can't tell you. And there is plenty that can be overlooked or ignored if we're stuck in one bubble of thinking.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Data Worship Stops Now
Best phrase ever: "big data nerd out".
I like that you're provoking some actual thought here. Whether I or anyone agrees or disagrees is sort of beside the point. I think that it's important for us to question our assumptions and methods and one of the ways to do that is to question whether our assumptions and methods are worth it! There's a light and dark side to pretty much everything so we have to be careful not to get so sucked into one way of thinking. If we challenge everything then we might learn things we never expected. Or we might just end up with the courage of our own convictions. Either way I say, rebel!
@Andi Roo @CarolLynnRivera Don't worry if it's not good enough for anyone else to hear... just sing a song! In fact, sing THAT song :)
2 months ago on My Three Words 2014: Part 2 – #MyThreeWords
omg I cannot WAIT to hear you sing :) That will make my whole year. And when you do post that song online I will do my own word and STOP everything else and just sit and listen :)
Also I'm totally on board with not liking most people, especially the non-sci-fi reading kind, although I would never say that out loud or on the internet where people might read it and get offended.
Sounds about right... its funny how Google somehow seems to stay above the fray in the war on loving-to-hate big companies. We all get bent out of shape when Facebook does something or Twitter does something we don't like or "violates" our privacy yet Google basically invented a "social" network and then told everyone that if they want to play in search engines or have any credibility at all, they'd better get on board and start giving Google their data. Lots of it. All the time.
So the trend will continue. We'll all use Google and Google Plus and Google Places because... well, what else?
2 months ago on 14 Digital Marketing Trends for Hotels in 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC]
@Andi Roo @CarolLynnRivera If the shoe fits :) No, I didn't write that about you! I was talking about me, which according to you makes me kind of pathetic....
So maybe we need stop AND go, although there are a lot more things to stop in my case. Like stop thinking about how many words I need to write a post about stopping. Hm.
2 months, 1 week ago on My Three Words 2014: Part 1 – #MyThreeWords
I have heard of this and I even tried it once and then subsequently forgot all about it. It's the same thing as making new year resolutions except you do it in a lot fewer words and then pretend it's going to make a difference. Not to be depressing :)
So I have one word for myself and the whole world, and everyone can make of it what they will. STOP.
That is all.
For me it means stop talking about shit and just do shit.
It means stop thinking so much and getting hung up on ideas instead of actions.
It means stop negating and complaining and whining.
It means stop and think before saying stupid things.
It means stop making shit up so that I feel better about my life, like lists and resolutions and words, instead of doing things to improve it.
It means stop making excuses.
It means stop rushing and missing all the cool stuff because I'm in a constant state of "busy".
It means stop and sit and just be for a while.
It means stop thinking about how much I hate winter (because much like you it's all about being depressing). Hating winter has never made it better or shorter. And it still comes every damn year.
It means stop and breathe.
I could keep going but I'm thinking I'm going to write my own one-word (plus many many follow up words) blog post. See how much you inspire????
I'm on board with this! While I think it's important to know who you're selling to, I hate the idea of getting stuck in that mindset. You're right, things are not always simple or straightforward. I love your advice to imagine your customer on their WORST day. You don't get a lot of personas like that, do you? But then, we re in the business of improving out customer's lives, so what better way to imagine them?
3 months ago on Customer Personas Need To Get Real in 2014
So I guess I better not send you a gift this year... ahem.
I had (have??) a completely different type of fuckedupedness in my family. We don't do extended gifts of any sort and none of my siblings has any kids (though that will change by next year...) but my "nuclear family" meaning parents and 5 brothers always had MEGAGIFTGIVINGEXTRAVAGANZA. That should totally be a hashtag.
Anyway, so when we were kids this was fun insofar as we all went to the school holiday gift shop with ten bucks from our parents and bought each other a new comb or a pen. When we got old enough to have jobs we went shopping in real stores and bought each other shirts and wallets. But as time went on and everyone like, grew up, and then our toys turned into things like ipods and cell phones and golf clubs, it got a little harder to shop. So we bought each other gift certificates and cookies. Which was hilarious, because you'd get on the phone and say, "how much are you spending? Oh, $25? Ok." Then I would get a $25 gift certificate for Pier 1 and I would give my brother a $25 gift certificate for Chili's. Which, how retarted, right?
This totally needs to be a blog post. I'm starting my own blog right now.
So anyway to your point, I have tried for years to convince everyone to stop with the gift buying madness. Much like you and Jesse, we have not bought a gift for anyone in years. My parents don't care but my brothers, you'd think I killed baby Jesus single-handedly. For a while nobody talked to me, so I got no presents. This year they are talking to me again so I get the phone calls. Are we doing gifts? What do you want to do about gifts? NONE! I WANT NONE GIFTS!
To be fair a few have come to the dark side and agreed with me. The rest can spend money. I shall not.
One year... and I'll leave you with this final thought before I usurp your whole page... I almost knocked the entire planet off its axis because I suggested to everyone that we buy NO gifts, even parents, and instead choose an underprivileged kid and each buy THEM a gift. Everyone had a meltdown. I mean holy crap, I not only killed baby Jesus but a few of the sheep and donkeys, too.
These days I just accept what I get gracefully and still buy no gifts :)
3 months ago on Gift Exchanges are evil.
I can definitely see the sense of these numbers! I know at least for me, not being able to contact a company by phone is one of the most frustrating things. I also will think twice about doing business with a smaller or lesser-known company (especially) is they don't have contact info. It just doesn't make them feel trustworthy. I can especially see how in the travel industry, people would want reassurance and information from a human being. It can be expensive and even sometimes dangerous to travel! Not something you just order online and hope it gets shipped to you in goo condition, right?
3 months ago on Mind The Gap… Between Online and Offline Marketing
Interesting stuff, Frederic! I heard about the new map pins but I wasn't entirely sure what you could practically do with them or why anyone would care. But these ideas are pretty clever! I really like the pack-and-go board idea. Goes to show that if you know your market you can think of ways to use the tools you have!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Pinterest and Travel: A Match Made in Social Media Heaven
Hey you boneheaded nutjobs, let me know if you need help. I do this sort of thing, you know, and would be glad to kick your ass in the right direction :)
Also, BACKUPS!!! What are you doing about that right now? If you're still in backup limbo, get backup buddy (plugin). It's pretty frigging awesome. I've used it to move/backup/restore a whole bunch of sites and it's worked like a charm every time.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Setting up a Blog – A never ending process
I find the niche travel the most interesting because it's so much easier to market when you know what your audience really wants and it's so much more fun as a traveler than the traditional "see tourist spot" kind of itinerary. I think so many people have gotten used to traveling that it really takes something niche now to be interesting. Once you've "been there done that", what's next? Specializing!
I love the idea of automating and simplifying. I do think, however, that we have to be careful not to over-automate and end up in that frustrating place where you can never seem to contact a human being about something that doesn't fit the automation script.
Pretty fascinating to see where things are going and watch the changes.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on 5 Travel Marketing Trends For 2014
Wow, I learned new stuff here today! First of all, I had never heard of a difference between "holidaymakers" and "travelers". Not sure if that's because I'm not from the UK or just don't travel much :) But it's an interesting distinction.
What's not surprising is that people didn't like Yelp and such. I'm not sure how those sites have become "popular" (and by whose survey??) but I personally avoid them.
I also find it hard to believe that people don't find value in travel blogs. I think you can probably conclude anything you want after some vague survey, but a good travel blog is like a good recommendation. You can get to know your destination, the pros and cons, the little things you wouldn't have known to do or look for. It might not be the top go-to resource when planning but I bet it influences people in more ways than might be obvious from a quick survey.
4 months ago on On The Effectiveness Of Travel Blogs...
It's always fascinating to see where we've been and where we're going! I want to come back as a fly in about 100 years and see what's happening then.
I think Google has been making a huge push to promote its social network and of course to collect our data and box it up and sell it. And since Google pretty much controls search and we all do what it wants so we can get found, Google Plus will take off whether we care or like it or not.
I never really considered Snapchat for marketing but I'm sure some creative thinking people will figure out how to make it work! Obviously Vine has become a hit, so I'm sure we'll see more of those. I think video is going to have to become more and more entertaining because there's so much of it that we can easily move along quickly if something doesn't catch our interest. Personally, I find a lot of video boring, especially when it's something that someone could have written in a blog post. It's a lot more efficient to scan a post than to listen to every droning word. So marketers would be smart to remember the VISUAL component. If you can translate your visual into a blog post, it's probably not a good video. But if it's visual and captivates our attention... go for it!
4 months, 1 week ago on 5 Social Media Marketing Trends for 2014
Interesting! All I know is yesterday I walked into my local Barnes and Noble and they were stacking Christmas stuff. Thanksgiving barely exists, at least from a retail perspective. Anyway, Alice's Restaurant has always been a traditional fave in my family :)
4 months, 1 week ago on Where are All the Thanksgiving Songs?