I am a writer, marketer, storyteller, friend and father. Which of those "titles" comes first is entirely dependent on the time and place.
@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.
4 days, 16 hours 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.
5 days, 15 hours 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 week 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 week, 1 day ago on The Moments We Do Not Take
Always a pleasure to hear/learn more about Danny.
1 week, 1 day ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown
This really is a beautiful tribute to your mother.
1 week, 3 days 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 weeks, 3 days 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.
1 month 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...
1 month 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
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Swimming Upstream Is More Rewarding
@Lardavbern Now that is the sort of bubbe meise that keeps people up at night. ;)
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 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...
1 month, 3 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.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Saying Goodbye to a Trusted Friend
@KDillabough Very cool. Thus far I really like it.
2 months 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.
2 months ago on Do You Know The Backstory?
We definitely think alike here.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 1 week ago on What Are The Hardest Languages to Learn?
Hi Laney. Do you like squirrels?
2 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Laney Namanny
Happy Father's Day Danny!
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on PR Pros learned to Drink Coffee from a Goat
Let's hear it for weird. My teen loves to tell me that I am and I love to prove him right. ;)
So if you chucked it all and lived the in 200 year old farm house how would you pay the bills?
I might have to 'borrow' the idea for myself. ;)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Ann Handley
Blogging is simple. Find your happy place and work it.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Should Bloggers Write With Key Words?
This reminds me of the need to empower your team to make decisions to help customers. You are spot on that the customer is not always right but sometimes what they really need is to be heard.
Empowering staff to help make sure people feel like they are heard goes a long way to helping maintain open communications and to building relations on both sides.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Customer is Always Right (Except When They’re Wrong)
@RyanKBiddulph Sounds awesome to me.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on 29 Ways To Stay Creative Plus Some Other Stuff
@AdrienneSmith nah, you are not weird at all. You just do things your own way. I like that.
@Lori I have been thinking about getting a French Press. I hear such good things about it.
@KDillabough Getting over it is half the battle. ;)
I am torn, still haven't decided yet whether I really like them or not.
@LauraPetrolino @RebeccaTodd Without Remorse is amazing. I liked Cardinal in the Kremlin quite a bit too.
All the Cold War stuff was fun.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Summer Reading: Five Novels and One Business Book
@LauraPetrolino I loved Tom Clancy books, have read most of them. Mr. Clark rocks.
@Julie Barrett That is very true. Sometimes the dictionary takes me right back to being 10.
Nice to meet you. I relate to the idea of things staying the same way. I was shocked some years ago at how fast things could turn 180 degrees.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Jeannie Walters
When you are truly hungry for business it is a big challenge to admit you don't know how to do something or have limited expertise, especially when you know that you can hire someone to do it for almost nothing and still profit.
I have seen that story so many times and then watched the original agency go nuts when the contractor has to go over budget because the client has changed the scope.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on The Lies PR Firms Tell
@Mimuba I think your solution for a sample audience makes a lot of sense, I really like that.
3 months ago on Do You Really Want Another Email Newsletter?
You are absolutely correct it can apply to blogs too. My experience has shown that some very good bloggers aren't as adept at putting together newsletters. I suspect it is because some focus on trying to provide newsletter content that isn't on the blog and it leaves them overextended.
They could use the newsletter to drive traffic to existing content on the blog and find success that way.
Ultimately I think it is better to have a smaller list of devoted readers than a larger one of mixed interest.
Dads and daughters!
3 months ago on Gin and Topics: Love is an Open Door Duet Between Father and Daughter
@KDillabough I think it is a pretty common observation/comment. I know I had to make a point to go through my stuff and cut back, limited time and bandwidth.
@Lori Sorry for the delayed response. Your comment got Bozo'd and I just found it. LF has been doing that quite a bit lately, might switch systems again.
3 months ago on How To Be Happy
Nice to meet you Abbie, culture is huge. I have worked in places where I fit in and others where I didn't, I understand.
3 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Abbie Fink
Ack, 400 words. That is challenging.
3 months, 1 week ago on Could You Tell Your Life Story in 400 Words?
Do people really care about time of year and the color of their pants/shoes whatever?
3 months, 1 week ago on Gin and Topics: A Memorial Day White Pants Phenomenon