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@ginidietrich Okay. What about Mark Zuckerberg, who only thinks he's God?

https://twitter.com/notzuckerberg

14 hours, 52 minutes ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: March through December

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I would like God to be included. :)

https://twitter.com/thetweetofgod

16 hours, 10 minutes ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: March through December

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@BrandonMcGrath Hi Brandon,

To a large degree,  I agree - after all, if the content isn't worth discussing, no-one will discuss it. :)

Having said that, I see a lot of discussions happening away from the post itself (sometimes, even in forum threads) - so it has evoked conversation, just not on the host platform. So, while lack of comments may suggest lack of quality, it's not always the case.

Thanks for your own comment (and appreciate the kind words about the engagement on this post),

Cheers!

16 hours, 28 minutes ago on Blog Comments, Digital Universes, and the Future of Social Conversations

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@grissombrad Hey there Brad,

I'm a HUGE fan of the approach Medium takes to pretty much everything (as evidenced by my theme design) :)

The inline commenting is no exception - I was an immediate fan when I saw it in use. Livefyre has their own version called Sidenotes, which is good but has some big flaws (the main part being, they're not classed as comments, so if you delete the Sidenotes plugin, you lose these comments completely).

I've just installed and activated the Inline Comments plugin by @kevinweber - you can see it if you're on desktop and using a mouse to scroll down the page (the comment bubbles appear to the right of the content). Looking to see how I can implement better in 2015, and it may involve changing the use of Livefyre on the blog, I'll see. :)

16 hours, 32 minutes ago on Blog Comments, Digital Universes, and the Future of Social Conversations

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@BartDP Hey there Bart,

Very welcome, mate, love the way Readz helps take a brand's story in multiple directions. Looking forward to the upcoming release - have a great holiday yourself, and will catch up in 2015 for sure.

2 days, 7 hours ago on Three Web Design Trends to Consider for 2015

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@MariaAnemone Funnily enough, I just had an experience with a WordPress developer regarding a potential risk over a cookie tracker found in their plugin. Their "response" immediately turned me off - defensive and accusatory. Especially when they came back and admitted it was something they were aware of, after further inspection...

Yep, the right response is much preferable to the fast one. :)

3 days, 10 hours ago on Speed of Resolution Over Speed of Response is Key to Social Media Success

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@tobey fusco Hey there miss,

I can only imagine the difficulties you must face, and wish you all the best in your next stage. I would definitely recommend checking out @Craig McBreen's Art of Breaking Out site - it sounds like you and it may be a great fit.

http://www.artofbreakingout.com/

All the best, miss. 

4 days, 4 hours ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@getwrite Oh, for sure - I'm going by a mix of anecdotal as well as empirical evidence. Like you say, it could be down to quieter inboxes - though I have had a few people tell me they now look out for my newsletter coming out (like both @Tim Bonner and @tobey fusco here, amongst others). Whatever the reason, it seems to be working better than my previous option, so for that I'm happy with the change. :)

4 days, 12 hours ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@tobey fusco That's awesome news about your post, Tobey - even the most established of bloggers struggle to get that type of engagement (especially on Facebook), so nice job!

4 days, 12 hours ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@Craig McBreen Looking at the content and approach you're looking for with AoBO, mate, I'd agree - the newsletter approach can really let you get intimate with those that share your vision, and allow you to get direct one-on-one feedback on where you might be able to offer help, too.

I have to admit, I've been really impressed with MailPoet. I've used MailChimp and Aweber before (and as the post mentions, just come off Feedblitz), and the options they have are really good. Interface-wise, too, the UI is clean. They also just announced they'll be offering their own email delivery option to go with the newsletter tool, which - if it's anything like their existing solution - will make for an excellent all-in-one offering.

4 days, 12 hours ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@Tim Bonner I've seen a few people do that (the intro before each post) - love it, think it's a great approach (if I recall, first time I saw it was via our mutual friend @CraigMcBreen - don't tell him I said that, though!). 

Like you say, it offers a much more personal approach - for me, that's one way that individual bloggers will always stand apart from content machine blogs, and company blogs. It's true people-to-people interaction, and long may it continue. :)

1 week ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@Randy Milanovic FB is actually still active. There was a lot of noise about it closing (I'll admit to being part of that noise), but it's still going strong (currently). Numbers can be erratic, mind you, but it's still around.

1 week, 1 day ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@Randy Milanovic It does make me wonder how many subs guys like Copyblogger, etc., lost when GR closed its doors.

1 week, 1 day ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@Randy Milanovic Same here, but that's for emails - you can't really back up RSS subs :)

1 week, 1 day ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@Randy Milanovic Hi mate, I think I would have, yes. I don't actually have that big a subscriber base (at least, email specific) compared to others - currently it's sitting just short of 3,000.

Adding to that, something that happened last month would have made me be more cognizant of email subscribers before now. Google Reader finally shut its doors (it had been threatening to for about a year or so, and in November it finally happened). I lost around 6,000 RSS subscribers just via that one reader. Thankfully, I'd been advising people to move to Feedly or similar, so I was able to keep the remainder that had been on Google Reader (around 3,000), but that 6,000 or so? Gone.

Now, if I'd had them on email to begin with...

With regards starting out, I'm a big fan of starting out as you mean to go on. You can still blog - that's what grows the subscriber base to begin with anyhow. Just choose your poison from the off, so to speak. :)

1 week, 2 days ago on What Happens When You Change Your Blog Subscribers Over to a Newsletter Format?

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@HotBlogTips Hey there Brian, they got to you too, huh? :)

Yep, had some invites - I've only taken one up. Primarily because I know and respect the person, and the "list" she's creating is a bit different from the usual year end fare. But, yes - it's almost soul-destroying at times when you see all the link-bait titles and posts filling up the blogosphere, and then - worse still - why people still fall for them.

Onward and upward, mate! :)

1 week, 2 days ago on Should You Care About Losing Blog Subscribers?

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@Kelsey Vere Interesting - haven't seen that yet, but agree, it's a good move to be more transparent. 

RE. the feed - it's something I've always felt they get wrong (or, at least since around 2012 or something). I miss stuff from people/brands I really want to read, while getting stuff I have zero interest in because Facebook believes I want to read it. I'd happily pay an annual fee to remove this filtering.

1 week, 3 days ago on What 2015’s Facebook Changes Mean for Business Pages

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I'll give Facebook credit - they do seem to be listening and trying to help. With the focus on seem to be ;-)

What I find interesting about the privacy settings is that there's no "global privacy". Yes, there are general - but if I don't want anyone to see my profile at all when they're not already connected, I can't do that. 

The profile Header Image, for example, is always Public - nothing I can do to change that. Why not simply have a picture of me as the one that potential new friends see, and the question, "Is this the Danny Brown you know?", or something similar?

Because as its stands now, if I have pictures of my kids up as me Header, anyone can see, And I can't do anything about that.

Sorry, went off on a tangent - this is about Business Pages, my bad - great stuff, miss! :)

1 week, 3 days ago on What 2015’s Facebook Changes Mean for Business Pages

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@Tim Bonner Yeah, I hear you mate - personally, I'm enjoying the distraction-free sidebar-less approach a lot more than my previous design(s). Now I can really just concentrate on the content, and that's something I'm much happier with (as opposed to worrying am I over-killing the sidebar, etc.)

The cookie thing is a conundrum - like you say, the EU are really draconian in this regard, while N. America is still (relatively) lax. The problem is, lack of direction as opposed to what's acceptable disclosure, and what audience it affects. Something to keep in mind - although I wonder if an improved experience because of cookies will help relax the laws a little?  

1 week, 4 days ago on Three Web Design Trends to Consider for 2015

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@Kelsey Vere Hi Kelsey,

Yeah, I've heard that SEO argument before, but personally I put that down to poor coding versus the one-page approach. MOZ has a great article on how you can have one-page design and still retain excellent SEO:

http://moz.com/blog/parallax-scrolling-websites-and-seo-a-collection-of-solutions-and-examples

1 week, 4 days ago on Three Web Design Trends to Consider for 2015

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@KimberlyLucht Agreed, Kimberly. My friend @RichBecker wrote a great post recently on how he saw the various sensory forms of content blending together to form a cohesive message - well worth the read:

http://dannybrown.me/2014/09/10/the-future-of-content-part-3-with-richard-becker/

1 week, 5 days ago on Three Web Design Trends to Consider for 2015

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@tobey fusco Hey there Tobey, thanks, and glad the post was helpful. I think the one i'm excited about the most is the Aesop Engine - I have it installed and am starting to mess about with the different components. i have a post coming out soon with its use - stay tuned! :)

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Three Web Design Trends to Consider for 2015

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@Tim Bonner Hi mate,

Yeah, I've noticed this "tradition" getting more popular in the UK. It's a shame - while there are many good things to take and adapt from North America, this isn't one of them. And the pictures coming out from Wales and the Midlands were downright scary and just a little tragic...

2 weeks, 2 days ago on The Official Annual Black Friday Rant by The Q

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@ginidietrich I'm thinking Florida probably has a pass.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Ring in December with Spin Sucks

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@bensonhendrix So THAT's where they got the name Saskatchewan RoughRiders..!

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Ring in December with Spin Sucks

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@agiefer Agreed. Is engagement pretty much a dead dodo on Facebook? Yep. But for brands looking to really take advantage of ads (especially how they fare in the marketplace bidding process), Like numbers play a key role. Sadly.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Why I believe the Page Like is completely dead

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@Howie Goldfarb I wish you would say what you really feel, mate. :)

Yeah, you know, I don't think there are any "holidays" left that aren't essentially Hallmark Card Days. Hell, they're even making days up for Son's Day, and Daughter's Day. I love my kids dearly, but come on - I'm pushed to even accept Mother's and Father's Day without immediately thinking it's just a sales ploy. We're parents - we simply do what we do.

If you really want to celebrate, forget religion (most of which is false or bastardized), and just have Life Day, and appreciate the fucking planet we're on, and the people we share it with. Oh, wait - right. Oil, wars, religion, hypocrisy.

Carry on....

2 weeks, 3 days ago on The Official Annual Black Friday Rant by The Q

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@MariaAnemone Sometimes, Maria. I try and gauge likelihood of response by amount of time they subscribed - the longer, the more likely. Also, if we've had any previous exchanges (comments, emails, social interactions, etc).

But, then again, we all lead busy lives, and I appreciate the fact that my blog may just be one of these things that has to go, to spend more time with family, loved ones, doing your own thing, etc. It's less harsh than "content no longer relevant". ;-)

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Should You Care About Losing Blog Subscribers?

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You can't wait to "do your tree". Isn't that illegal in Canada?!?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Ring in December with Spin Sucks

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@Stimpdawg Unfortunately I can't think of any native to the iOS. There used to be one called Tweet Category, though that was just for iPad and looks like it's now defunct.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Three Cool and Inexpensive Tools to Track Twitter Hashtags

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@tobey fusco Hey there Tobey, great to hear it's useful, and looking forward to hearing about your new blogging journey. :)

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Should You Care About Losing Blog Subscribers?

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You forgot "Social media gurus will backpedal from the platform they so publicly left Facebook for, then go back to Facebook but not really."

3 weeks, 2 days ago on 2015 Social Media Predictions

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@ThePaulSutton This is why there are no mirrors in your house.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on 2015 Social Media Predictions

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@Lisa Gerber I like the cut of your jib. :)

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Should You Care About Losing Blog Subscribers?

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@Tim Bonner Ha, I remember when I used to have "Reasons for Unsubscribe" set up on my previous email provider, and getting really down when I saw the "Content no longer relevant" option coming through. I soon switched that bugger off! :)

But, like you say, should we really care anyways? If it's no longer relevant, why would we want to keep sending emails to those folks? It'd just piss them off more - not to mention, we get charged for emails sent (spoken like a true tight-assed Scotsman!). So, yeah, much like @davidjboozeronline and @JudyDunn mention in their comments, I'd much rather that lost subscriber is happier elsewhere, than getting angry with me for filling up their inbox with crap.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Should You Care About Losing Blog Subscribers?

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@ginidietrich I hope you get toxic farty bum!

3 weeks, 3 days ago on 14 Books to Read…or Skip

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@ginidietrich Print book! Print book! ;-)

http://morningrainpublishing.com/product/my-life-without-me/

Yep, I'm going to write up my list over the weekend, so thank you for giving me more work. 

3 weeks, 3 days ago on 14 Books to Read…or Skip

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@NancyDavis Writing about things that impact you, and you have personal experience of, are always the best, most powerful posts, and the type that remain in your head long after you've left that blogger's site. Keep doing what you do, miss - you have an important message to share, and the regular readers will continue to grow as you do.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Should You Care About Losing Blog Subscribers?

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@davidjboozeronline And that's the thing, mate. We can easily get mired down by all the "why is no-one listening", or "why does no-one like me?" mindset, when the opposite is true. I'm a firm believer that if only one person takes something of value from your content, that's validation right there.

Be proud of what you produce, others will find that and become loyal to it in time.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Should You Care About Losing Blog Subscribers?

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@JudyDunn I hear you on that, miss. I switched up my blogging output and topic in a major way this year - less about marketing and social media and business only, more about what truly matters to me and makes me think.

It's meant dropping to about one post per week, but it's also meant longer, more inquisitive posts. As such, I've rediscovered what made me love blogging in the first place.

Here's to the freedom of not caring about what others think, and writing for us!

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Should You Care About Losing Blog Subscribers?

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I won't tell a certain Jaclyn Aurore about this list... ;-)

This is a great idea - I'm going to steal an idea from you for only the second time in history! :)

3 weeks, 3 days ago on 14 Books to Read…or Skip

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@Lisa Gerber Hey there miss,

Completely agree, you shouldn't change your content because of your unsubs - otherwise, you'd be more erratic than a Tea Party politician! ;-) My suggestion was more based on how you approach your content - so, if it's always in agreement with the majority, see if there's a way you can flip that, that keeps your content true to you but now seems a little "fresher".

RE. the email to unsubs, I usually approach it from the data I have about them - length of subscription, amount of times they've opened, amount of times they've clicked, commented, etc. If it's more than 6 months, with a lot of supportive activity, that's usually a decent reason just to reach out and say you've really enjoyed their support, sorry to see them go, was there any particular reason, etc.

It may just be that they're subscribing using a different method, are they're changed jobs and no longer use the work address they did before, etc.

Now go forth and email! ;-)

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Should You Care About Losing Blog Subscribers?

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@belllindsay "Kid"? You do know @ginidietrich is older than even you, right? :)

3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Grateful Challenge

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@JudyDunn This is why I like greasy spoon cafes, for this very reason! :)

3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Grateful Challenge

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@RobBiesenbach I like the cut of your jib!

3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Grateful Challenge

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@Tim Bonner Completely agree, mate, we can't judge a company or group of people based on the few. This isn't just in business, but in cultures, religions, etc.

Like you say in your comment, though, the main issue here is the culture that's being encouraged throughout the company from the leadership team. Employees take their lead from the top, and when those leaders are promoting abuse and don't see anything wrong with it, you have to ask at what point that filters out to employees. Especially when the employment process isn't as robust as you'd want it to be in certain areas.

4 weeks ago on When Does Convenience of Service Overcome Lack of Ethics?

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@3HatsComm Hey there miss,

And that's the problem right there. Like you say, most people don't care enough to look behind their favourite brand(s). And I'm as guilty as the next person - how do I know all the brands I use are ones I'd want to use ethically? Yes, it's easier to make decisions once unethical actions are brought to the front - but why should we wait on others to do that? We have the tools at our fingertips - maybe we should start using them more.

Always great to see you here, hope you're keeping well!

4 weeks ago on When Does Convenience of Service Overcome Lack of Ethics?

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