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Good points, but I also think this one deserves to be included: ask yourself if you should even have a blog. Your post alludes to this in #1. Blogging is very popular and everyone feels they should do it, but it definitely requires resources (#8) that might be better used somewhere else. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Most Tenacious Ways to Keep Blogging

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@MRTraska Your mom sounds like a hero, and you've made your own way. However, I don't think SS can objectively be called a "twit" and I don't think you can know whether she's make tradeoffs. It doesn't further the discussion. 

1 year, 2 months ago on What the Opt-Out Generation Means Longer-Term

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To leave a career and let yourself become less valuable, work-wise, is to court disaster. I hate to sound like we can't trust anybody, but even if a loving partner fully intends to support us and the children we raise, life can intervene in the form of layoff, illness or death. I would never for a minute trust another human being to support me. Your advice is perfect. Stay in the game somehow. Your financial life may depend on it.

1 year, 2 months ago on What the Opt-Out Generation Means Longer-Term

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The bigger issue for me is, I don't see how it's humanly possible to have an authentic relationship with large numbers of followers/friends/likers, etc. I worry that I interact with someone for a while and then we drop off each other's radar. It was real while it lasted, but now I don't even remember her issue. Or her. The transience of social media "relationships" makes me feel INauthentic. 

Ken, let's use you as an example. You have over 7000 followers on Twitter and 1800 people have liked your biz page on Facebook. The very size of that group almost requires you to have a certain level of superficiality, or you'll never get anything done. How do you reconcile that? Thanks. 

1 year, 11 months ago on You Can’t Force Relationships

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 @jackinessity  @ginidietrich After reading the book, I listed some of the high points here:  http://anyshinything.com/2012/08/24/backstabbing-women-part-2/

But I got SO much out of the entire book, I really recommend it. 

2 years, 1 month ago on Women Rule the Social Web and Your Sales

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 @rustyspeidel  @ginidietrich And COMPLETELY PREDICTABLE. The book I referenced, even though written in 2003, should be required reading in high school sociology classes.

2 years, 1 month ago on Women Rule the Social Web and Your Sales

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Thought-provoking as always, Gini. My eyes were opened when I read "In The Company Of Women"  http://www.amazon.com/In-Company-Women-Indirect-Aggression/dp/1585422231, which says the reasons women treat each other the way they do are related to brain and hormone chemistry and other kinds of hard wiring. Interestingly, although the book addresses women:women relationships, the authors also extrapolate the interactions between men and women. And I will tell you, Clay Shirky's advice might ring true with men, but it's 85% guaranteed to fail if that's the strategy the top-woman takes with female coworkers, no matter their rank.

2 years, 1 month ago on Women Rule the Social Web and Your Sales

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