I am a writer, marketer, storyteller, friend and father. Which of those "titles" comes first is entirely dependent on the time and place.
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.
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Shorter sentences and smaller paragraphs are good for online consumption. They are reader friendly, especially for those using phones or smaller tablets,
1 week, 6 days ago on 11 Tips to Tighten Your Writing
That looks like a great chair for reading.
3 weeks 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. :)
3 weeks, 4 days 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.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Has Technology Rendered Homework Obsolete?
It makes me crazy trying to keep up with the ebook or e-books style. ;)
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Nerd Note: Writing about Reading
@lardavbern1 Thank you sir.
4 weeks, 1 day 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
I am not the first to say it but until Goodell and company feel it in the wallet we won't see major changes. I hope I am wrong, but the NFL has so much strength right now I suspect they will ride out short memories and love for the game.
The players are doing permanent damage to themselves and we still watch.
1 month ago on The NFL is Missing the Cardinal Rule of Crisis Management
@ginidietrich She got pissed off with me the other day and said she would punish me by refusing to dance. I didn't tell her it bothered me because dad has to retain some parental mystique, but one day it will be different.
At ten I think we are on the verge of her cutting some of this out. She won't do it if her friends are around.
Not long ago she told me she had a list of songs we might dance to at her wedding. I told her to keep it open because she might feel differently when she is older and I got this response, "Dad, it is my wedding and you need to accept that."
Help me. ;)
1 month, 1 week ago on Gin and Topics: Goodbye Gecko. We’ll Miss You.
My daughter has rule that I must dance with her at least once a week.
I get sucked into the binge watching too. Won't watch much of anything and then bam!
1 month, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Laura Mansfield
1 month, 1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Spin Sucks!
Haven't seen the movie but my son read it in school and has been pushing me to take him to see it.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Giver: a Thought-Provoking Perspective on Life
@lardavbern1 That was an amazing game, felt like little league seats. So cool to here the conversation on the field.
My youngest is definitely a bit naive about what can happen when you post online. I try to monitor what she does so I can help.
1 month, 1 week ago on What Story Should You Tell?
@Mary Stephenson I am consistently surprised by how many people think their privacy settings are so secure nothing they post can be seen. I make a point to remember you never have as much security as you might like.
Sometimes your comments are shared by those who have access not because they are trying to hurt you but for good reasons but that doesn't remove the risk. You always need to be aware.
@hackmanj @bdorman264 Planes, Trains and Automobiles huh.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Joe Hackman
The guy best friends made me laugh, not a big fan of Ken and Barbie and their video business.
For that matter I wish a season of loss and mayhem to Gisele and her wife Tom.
Bulldogs on Rocking Horses are awesome.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Back to School with Baby Got Class
@susancellura Mindless summer reads are some of my very favorites, at least as a group. They may not be life changing but they are a collective group of happy moments.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Do You Still Read Books/Magazines?
@Mary Stephenson Sometimes people are just wonderful. I have to admit my sense of time can be a bit twisted myself. It is easy for me to get lost in what I am doing so I find I am either early or running late.
Most of the time I focus on being early because I hate the pressure of being late.
But like I said above, people who think their time is more important make me crazy.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on How To Convert A Facebook Status Update Into Content
@belllindsay I have had clients not respond and then complain when the project wasn't completed early. I 'love' doing the dance where you explain you understand they are busy but if they want things done they have to respond...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The “I’m Busy” Badge of Pride
This competition about who is busier is a hot button for me.
If I wanted to torture some of my friends I would force them to sit and do nothing. They don't know how to do it any more because they have trained themselves to have a need to run constantly and when they don't they worry about missing something.
I really have had people tell me their time is more important than mine and it has happened in banks and grocery stores. Some of these stories might not have as much fiction in them as you think.
Anyway we all have the same amount of time during the day and many of us are busy because of the choices we have made. Relatively few of us are making life or death decisions but we have confused ourselves into believing some things are more important than they should be.
I worry about choosing productivity over sanity and common sense over mental health. I relate it to some of the pick up basketball games I play in. At 45 I can't run full speed all night like I used to do so the twenty somethings complain that I slow the game down.
But I do it intentionally because we play smarter and when losing means you sit for a while you never want to leave the court.
My teams rarely lose and it is not because I am dominant. It is because when you take a breath, slow down and work as a team you make fewer mistakes and still get huge amounts of work done.
Anyhoo I still wonder how we have managed to take the technology that makes us more productive and turned it into a tool for feeling like we can't ever get enough done. And I really don't understand how many people have decided they are too busy not to make a call, shoot over a fax, email, text or smoke signal.
There is nothing like the fear we feel when something happens to our children. That is when you really feel a bucket on ice water dropped upon you. . I am obviously late to the story, but I am glad to hear Salem is ok.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on The Moments We Do Not Take
Always a pleasure to hear/learn more about Danny.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown
This really is a beautiful tribute to your mother.
2 months ago on 99 Things My Mum Loved
@bdorman264 @GiniDietrich Wait, did we just hear from Grandpa Bill? I think it is fair to say congrats to Marcus and a very hearty, let me help you to your walker congratulations to Bill.
2 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Marcus Sheridan
Shouldn’t each website be developed based on how users will use the site
and how content should be delivered, instead of the device on which
users will see the site?
That is me screaming YES. I often come across websites where it is clear to me the person(s) who built it never tried to use it the way a user would. Makes me insane.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Amber Turner
@Lardavbern I still buy books but not as many hard copies as I once did. In part it is because of a space issue.
I still subscribe to a bunch of magazines too. It is hard to keep up but reading is just a huge part of my personal and professional lives so...
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Do You Still Read Books/Magazines?
@Julie Barrett A good bookstore is invaluable but they really do seem to be disappearing.
I really like holding a book in my hand but I have to admit that Kindles have been growing on me because I love having so much reading material available to me at any time.
@aimeelwest you might enjoy this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ImBZHyvYqY
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Kid Calls 911 for Help with Homework
Meytal is a Hebrew name. It is common but it is just coincidence that she plays drums for heavy metal songs.
Love the part about the patents, I just think that is very cool.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Mark Schaefer
@Mary Stephenson Hi Mary. I understand your concern about crowds because there are certainly moments where they make me crazy.
I have learned to pay attention because if something happens when you are in the middle it can get crazy. That is not to say I am constantly worried about it, I am not. I just like to be aware.
3 months, 1 week ago on Swimming Upstream Is More Rewarding
@Lardavbern Now that is the sort of bubbe meise that keeps people up at night. ;)
3 months, 1 week ago on The 987,928 Most Dangerous Job
I am tired of hearing Gen Y whine about how bad things are and how much they should get paid when they don't have any experience. I am tired of being blamed for things that Gen X had no control over and demonstrate a clear lack of understanding how things work.
I am tired of being told that we are old and can't understand digital as well as they can when the fact is we straddle the divide between the world that was and the world that is.
One of the biggest strengths Gen X offers the ability to cross that bridge and walk either direction. Not to mention some of the silly comments I have heard about how Gen X couldn't have developed any of the existing tech.
Have these children really looked at who built what or thought about how we all build upon the foundation of what came before us.
FB and company weren't developed in a vacuum.
Yeah, we need to work together but I don't think it is wrong to "gently" remind them that they are not as special as they think they are. Others went through hard times and did what we had to do to make it through. Experience is valuable.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on There’s a Storm Brewing Between Gen X and Gen Y
@KDillabough I hear you. It is not always my favorite part of the job either but...
3 months, 2 weeks ago on What Every Aspiring Writer Needs To Remember
Sorry fro your loss Ken. I keep a picture of one of my old dogs on the computer because seven years later I still look for him. It is never easy to say goodbye to family.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Saying Goodbye to a Trusted Friend
@KDillabough Very cool. Thus far I really like it.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on How To Become A Superhero
@Lori Hi Lori, I wonder about those questions too. I think it is interesting to find the answers to those questions.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Do You Know The Backstory?
We definitely think alike here.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on The Biggest Mistake Writers Make
@barrettrossie Hi Barrett,
Been a while, hope you are ok. I look at my copy of Strunk every now and then. It is a good way to see how many rules I break. ;)
Hope to see you back here real soon.
@Vidya Sury I have heard a few people make similar suggestions about drinking while writing. The loss of inhibition can definitely go a long way to helping people who are shy. That self censorship and 'pre-editing' doesn't help with production.
You are so right about the ass kissing on blogs. You never know if people will read or share so you might as well just say what you mean.
The side notes are kind of fun. They haven't gotten much use, but I kind of like them.
In my ad sales days this 90-120 day business was part of why I sometimes didn't see commissions on ads that ran in January until Fall or Winter.
Company wouldn't pay me until they got paid--all part of the trickle down effect.
I can tell you that some of the bigger agencies do this too. They grab as much cash up front from their client as they can and then they sit on it and try to earn as much extra from interest as possible.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on New 120 Payment Terms from Big Brands Require Agencies Play Bank
@Michal Rosa There is some truth to what you say for certain.
4 months ago on What Are The Hardest Languages to Learn?
Hi Laney. Do you like squirrels?
4 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Laney Namanny
Happy Father's Day Danny!
4 months, 1 week ago on Here’s to You, Dads – Happy Father’s Day
Coffee, it is the secret sauce for quite a few of us. Part of my ritual for writing.
4 months, 1 week ago on PR Pros learned to Drink Coffee from a Goat