I am a writer, marketer, storyteller, friend and father. Which of those "titles" comes first is entirely dependent on the time and place.
I was told as a kid he wasn't real so that I wouldn't be upset by stories other kids shared. I told my kids the same thing when they were little and gave firm instructions not to ruin it for other children who might believe.
My son was irate at being told he wasn't allowed to tell other kids. I remember him saying he thought it was wrong for adults to lie and he wanted to help other kids.
It made for an interesting conversation because he really believed he would help other kids if he told them, but I managed to convince him it might not work out that way.
19 hours, 29 minutes ago on A Different Santa Claus Story
Nice to meet you James.
3 days, 13 hours ago on #FollowFriday: James Halloran
@Mary StephensonEvery time I think about whether I would want to be famous I focus on how I like doing normal stuff. I want to be able to go the grocery store, see a movie and just live without chaos.
That is not something that I ever want to give up.
No bodyguards for me.
3 days, 15 hours ago on Do You Want Fans, Minions or Groupies?
@Micah YongoThat connection is much more interesting with like minded individuals. It makes a real difference.
Many years ago when I was selling ad space the publisher instructed me to explain our policy on news coverage and how it could be positively or negatively affected.
It was presented as do this or find a new position. It was a very uncomfortable time.
4 days, 19 hours ago on Journalistic Ethics: What Every PR Pro Needs to Know
There are 98,923,999 rubber bands in my house now and my daughter is responsible for almost every single one. Damn Rainbow Loom. ;)
I suspect more brands understand social media is supposed to be a conversation but that not all are able or willing to put the resources into making it happen.
1 week ago on Social Media: Six Ways to Evolve in 2014
@Lori I'll drink it and not complain once. I am not a fan of the chaos that comes with this time of year.
1 week, 3 days ago on How Do You Get Into the Christmas Spirit?
Well, I haven't written my I hate the holiday season post yet but I will do it soon. Not real big on this time of year, but I wanted to check in and say hi anyhow. :)
1 week, 4 days ago on How Do You Get Into the Christmas Spirit?
Audience triggers is key. Can't count the number of times I have "asked" people to consider the reader and not spend so much time writing for themselves.
Even thought we know better we have a tendency to think everyone reads/eats/likes what we do so we build things we like without thinking about who ultimately is going to be using/reading it.
1 week, 6 days ago on Toward a Grand Unified Theory of Storytelling
You didn't include Dear Abby. How very disappointing. ;)
Good exercise, helps put things in perspective about how much we really have.
1 week, 6 days ago on The 82 Things I Love
Well I wish you a much better year than the last. It is a roller coaster at times, but it is how it goes so...I don't always comment when I visit, but I do like to come by.
2 weeks ago on Three Years Of Blogging
@RobBiesenbach That is definitely a fair assessment. I am sure that 9/11 would hit me differently if I had been younger or not yet born.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Does JFK Mean Anything To Generation X?
@BigDaddyNerd I like history and kind of enjoyed going around the metroplex to places that were tied into JFK and Oswald, but it does get tedious at times.
@larrybobsf There are moments where I get tired of it too.
P.S. The Golden Age of Blogging is a myth.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on #FollowFriday: Our New Paid Media Manager
I can't bring myself to use the term Thanskgivukah nor will I combine the two because there is too much good food.
Will have my turkey and will have my brisket- separately. Got to run now...literally.
All that fried food on top of Thanksgiving will be a bit much for my arteries. :)
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Gin and Topics: Crazy Car Crash and Video Games
Congratulations to Jason and to Clay- more testosterone is always good. ;)
@KDillabough You are worth more this way than with money.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on What Kind Of Blogger Are You?
@EricPudalov If I am not expecting important calls the phone gets turned off and put inside a drawer. Can't do it for the entire weekend but significant chunks of time.
I also turn off the sound so that notifications are less likely to entice me to check the phone.
Since I love writing and prefer to compose at the computer it is not unusual to see me writing during the weekend, but I don't post most of it.
And I make a point to avoid work stuff unless absolutely necessary. It hasn't been easy because I spent most of the past seven years working 7 days a week.
But it has made life more enjoyable overall.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Three Secrets to Your Own Success
Exercise. Exercise. Exercise. I am not even close to the kind of shape I like being in but if I don't get regular exercise I can guarantee that I will find multiple ways to get into trouble and that my normal loving curmudgeonly self will morph into the guy who uses a fire hose to keep the kids off of his lawn.
Unplugging is important too. It takes a certain amount of discipline but I have found that if I take at least one full day off of work my productivity increases.