I am a writer, marketer, storyteller, friend and father. Which of those "titles" comes first is entirely dependent on the time and place.
They think the Internet is over valued and that people don't do more than skim things they read online so providing share buttons is silly. I might have politely suggested they relied too strongly upon their personal bias and that it was a foolish position to take.
1 day, 8 hours ago on Content Distribution: Eight Ways to Gain New Readers
I was told last week that share buttons aren't useful because no one has time to read any more.
I swear if I had that on video I would post it because I still can't believe they said it.
1 day, 11 hours ago on Content Distribution: Eight Ways to Gain New Readers
@ginidietrich @Howie Goldfarb Someone give her a squirrel and let's see what happens.
5 days, 10 hours ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Scott Baradell
@biggreenpen @ScottBaradell @belllindsay I sure hope 50 isn't bad 'cuz 45 wasn't the walk in the park I hoped for. :)
Nice to meet you Scott. Good Night Moon is a solid book, always enjoyed reading it with my kids.
I have no idea why it's so long. Just nuts.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Gin and Topics: Happy 2015!
My baby sisters are twins. That fridge video brought back memories.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Gin and Topics: Happy 2015!
Paying attention so we don't miss the magic, that is the key.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on How Does Life Support You?
Very interesting and something that needs further thought/discussion. I think about our "modern digital world" and how to more effectively leverage tools and resources. This is a perfect example.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Time for Communicators to Jump on the Online Course Train
Any time you can list The Onion you have done something right.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on One Year, Four Careers: Blood, Sweat & Tears
2015 is going to be better than 2014 because 2014 set the bar so low. :)
A Spin Sucks conference sounds like it could be fun professionally and personally.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on 2015 Business Goals
Love the pictures, there is no better way to illustrate life than through pictures and maybe some good music.
Happy New Year Barbara. Hope 2015 exceeds all expectations.
4 weeks ago on 2014 In Pictures
I had to smile about the refusal to fudge results. Some of the most 'lemming like' places I have ever been a part of touted their push for creative employees who were not afraid to 'think different.'
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Carrie Morgan
@belllindsay You did say something about holiday traditions but I took the lead and responded to: "Today, I would wager that every single one of you woke
up, got to work, checked your calendar, and said “HOLY COW there are
less than TWO WEEKS until Christmas???”
I suppose I could tell you about the tradition of running through the malls with a cattle prod and Taser or the let's burn down the house while making latkes but those records have been sealed for years now per the judges orders.... :)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on “Way to Wreck Christmas, Lindsay!” and Other Stories
I never ever, ever wake up and wonder how many days until Christmas comes. Never worry about Christmas shopping, getting a tree, decorating or anything like that. Sometimes I wonder about that scary Elf dude, but aside from that Christmas never crosses my mind.
Never believed in Santa. Never missed him, never noticed that he never showed up at my house.
But if we are talking about Chankuah, well then there might be a few stories. :)
Reminds me of one thing that drives me crazy about this time of year. It is all the people who tell me I should give because of the holiday season as if no one is ever hungry, cold, homeless or in need of help the other 9 months.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Hard Truths, Day 5: Help, You Asshole.
I totally spatchcocked my turkey- Does Mr. D know about this and is it really something you want the public to know. Social media has blurred the boundaries... :)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: The American and Canadian Differences
Sometimes I view gated content as being something I can promote as being a "premium item" because it touches upon our Sneetches with/with out stars nature.
2 months ago on Symphony of Gates and a Healthy Debate Over Gated Content
2 months ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?
@ginidietrich @Howie Goldfarb @bdorman264
Yeah, I did it once as a gag.
2 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Nikki Little
Twins are fun. I have three little sisters, two are twins. One of my favorite memories comes from asking my dad why when we went out to eat I only got to eat with one of my parents because the other one was always outside tending to one of my sisters.
Or yelling at me for picking on the middle sister. I was 5, sister was 3 and the twins were infants.
Anyhoo, can't agree more about the frustration that comes with dealing with people who are only willing to do the same thing they have always done.
Tried and true isn't always effective.
@Howie Goldfarb @bdorman264 nah, I took those cards out so I would win my free lunch. It is how I saved $5.32 every month for 15 years.
Now it is a whopping $1,213.87
Only 16 times? I don't believe it, had to be double. :)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Jayme Soulati
I want a nice porch to sit on. Sometimes when I look at houses I stop to stare at the porch and think about what kind of chair I want to put out there.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Where Have All the Porches Gone?
I keep forgetting about Tsu, but I do like the way it looks and works.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Do We Need Another Social Media Platform?
Some years back I played around with buying followers and fans for Twitter and Facebook. I thought of it in football terms as providing myself with a stronger offensive line and figured it might make it easier to gain extra yardage with each post/tweet/update.
I didn't do it because it made me think of the guys who took steroids and got sick. I didn't want to get sick, I wanted it to be natural.
It is also why I adjusted what I was writing about. Blogging about blogging and social media can be interesting but because it is the low hanging fruit of the blogosphere you get a million people writing about it. I figured I could spend time each day marketing myself as an authority figure or I could expand my writing to include other topics.
I like being a generalist in an age of specialization and I figured that it would be a slower but more effective way to grow organically. More importantly it is more enjoyable for me. I like writing about how to become the Dread Pirate Roberts and I figure that if I like what I am writing someone else might too.
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” ― Robert Frost
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Problem with Social Media; or, Why I Don’t Seek to be an Influencer
That personal connection is huge. I am in complete agreement with you about the benefit of businesses trying to make sure staff are familiar and or passionate about the services they provide.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Paula Kiger
I loved all of your answers, especially about the uncertainty of certainty.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Christopher Penn
Here is why I am not certain. When we work somewhere for a while we become immersed in the environment and after a while we stop recognizing how our processes and jargon differ from other places.
You get so close you lose some perspective on some things and you may not see some of the areas/things a candidate can help you with that are outside of the areas/reasons you went looking for someone.
So I agree to an extent that after nine step process you'll have a decent handle on what a person can/not do I still wonder.
Maybe it is because of my own experience, I have a very broad set of experiences and really am a jack-of-all-trades in many ways.
Lately I keep receiving push back from people who are looking for specialists and have little to no interest in providing on-the-job training.
Anyway, a nine step process strikes me as being interesting but having potential for leading to tunnel vision.
3 months ago on Protect Your Corporate Culture by Hiring Right
@belllindsay It is hard to really get a good understanding of what skills/experiences people have in other fields that might be applicable to whatever you are doing and when you limit your field of vision it just makes it more challenging.
We all do our best to present those things during an interview but our ability to do that is also constrained by whatever knowledge we have of the position we are applying for.
I once sold advertising for a company that had no idea I had a BA in Journalism, had worked for a newspaper and could generate content.
When I offered to lend a hand in a different area they were shocked because they had tunnel vision and all they could see was within the lines they were used operating in.
I think it is a nice idea and I appreciate what they are trying to do but I am skeptical about it. Sometimes we need to remember the limitations of linear thinking and its impact upon what we are trying to do.
You can fit the circle inside the square and the reverse and sometimes find it is a better fit.
@KateFinley @aimeelwest There is no substitute for life experience, especially outside of the classroom. I say that as a huge proponent of education, just ask my kids about that.
I got my first cellphone when I was about 23 or 24 (I am 45) so I have been using them for decades at this point. It is like an extension of my arm. As I mentioned above I have been using computers for 30 some years or so too. I am not particularly novel or unique in this regard.
I do think there is significant value in being the bridge generation because I remember clearly what life was like before these tools and I think it is easier for us to relate to the generations that came before us as well as those who came after.
But the life experience is the bigger influencer here for me. There are certain things that are harder to understand and communicate if you haven't lived a little bit. Doesn't mean it is impossible, but it is just harder.
3 months ago on Leading Millennials: Do We Cater Too Much? A Millennial CEO Perspective.
@aimeelwest That's not any different from us. We grew up with technology too. We had the first personal computers, first video games and we learned how to program them.
I think it is useful to look at the big tech companies and see when they were started, what they used to do and how they evolved over time. When you do that and you look at the staff you see there are many more "older" people who were involved with watching and changing the world.
A lot of this is subjective of course, but when preparation only goes so far. You can't replace real world experience. In 1999 I was a writer/editor for several online publications that focused on business and tech. We spent our days talking about what was going on and where we thought the world would go.
I shifted into ad sales in 2000 and started talking/educating people about what metrics were important. We talked about unique users, pageviews, share-of-voice, time on page and spent countless hours trying to figure out the best way for digital media to compete with print.
Then we moved into discussions about integrated media. The point is so many of the conversations I hear today are not new. They are the same ones we have been having but with a slight twist to them.
The same thing happened to me when I broke into the workforce. We used to complain about the boomers and WWII generation and say they didn't know enough. But they almost always knew more than we thought and they taught the value of life experience. Doesn't mean the younger crowd doesn't offer value, but they don't always realize they are walking down a path we went down too.
"Millennials value pragmatism"
My gut reaction is that is a silly comment. I don't mean it to be offensive either, but all generations believe in being pragmatic. I am Gen X and I can assure you we are just as interested in working smarter and not harder than the next person.
What frustrates me some times is how sometimes people view my generation as being older, less tech savvy and slow when it couldn't be more wrong.
We are the bridge generation between analog and digital Much of existing tech is there because we are/were part of the companies that built it. Those of who graduated college in the early 90s entered the work force in the middle of a recession and were convinced we were going to change the way things were done.
I am willing to bet that sounds pretty similar/familiar to a lot of millenials.
I have it on my FB, probably 15 updates down. Let me see if I can grab it before my next call.
3 months ago on Gin and Topics: Brad Pitt Makes Us Uncomfortable
The most important thing I have done in the last ten years is reorient my life to focus on meeting needs first and wants second. It provides the foundation for a much happier person.
3 months ago on What We Want Versus What We Need
Love Two Ferns, especially the one with Bieber.
Add me to the people who agree about listening to our gut. Good to see you here!
3 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Susan Cellura
It is a smart approach. Writing down a strategy provides a road map you can follow and helps establish a more effective way to measure things.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Study: Effective Content Marketing Has One Element
Shorter sentences and smaller paragraphs are good for online consumption. They are reader friendly, especially for those using phones or smaller tablets,
3 months, 3 weeks ago on 11 Tips to Tighten Your Writing
That looks like a great chair for reading.
4 months ago on Giveaway and Review of the ENORMOUS Yogibo Max Beanbag Chair ($229.00 Value)
Another Angel fan, always liked it a bit better than Buffy. :)
4 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kerry Gorgone
@Gina1 Sounds like we are on the same page here. I see a need and a purpose to physically doing work but the question is how many times do you need to do it before the value of doing it starts to wear thin.
Need to learn how to solve for X? Maybe 15 or 20 times is enough to learn and remember how to do it. When I see it has to be done 50 times I ask if it is necessary.
I love technology and think the kids need to learn how to use it as effectively as they can but they also have to master certain life skills. The GPS doesn't always work and sometimes it is not available.
Or sometimes they are obnoxious and ask the tourist for a recommendation for where to shop and he tells them to go to Marshall Fields even though he is fairly certain it closed down long ago. ;)
The main point for me is making sure they know how to do the most important things by hand so that they aren't stuck without tech.
4 months ago on Has Technology Rendered Homework Obsolete?
It makes me crazy trying to keep up with the ebook or e-books style. ;)
4 months, 1 week ago on Nerd Note: Writing about Reading
@lardavbern1 Thank you sir.
4 months, 1 week ago on How To Improve Engagement On Facebook
@Lori I don't think it is going to happen to you. I really don't see you as one of the people that runs out of ideas, in large part because you clearly like people and find them interesting. In my experience that is a particularly important attribute for bloggers who last.
It enables us to find all sorts of material. I suspect you are on the verge of coming up with more book ideas beyond those you already have.
The connections and friendships are probably the best part of this experience because they are the most unexpected or so I think.
4 months, 1 week ago on What Kind Of Writer Are You?
@SpikeZelenka I am a fan of learning by doing, especially if resources are limited. I like the sign with the dad and two boys too.
4 months, 1 week ago on Does Your Blog Need A Logo?
@timbo19731 Hi Tim,
I received a similar offer and never took them up on it because I wasn't real certain about the quality of their work.
If you are having fun and enjoying things you are ahead of the game. I am still enjoying it too.
@blogaks We are in agreement here Ashvini.