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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes You asked an entire gender to defend ourselves for a position I can't recall you providing any proof any woman ever actually took, so I'm not sure what your problem is with my pointing out that your initial comment was a red herring. But, you have every right not to like my response, and I'll decline to respond to your personal remarks except to say that I'm personally very happy with my career. Have a nice day.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Double Standard in Women’s Equality is Alive and Well
@RobBiesenbach @lauraclick Well, for my part, I've mostly known amazing women in business, including Gini. Not to deny anyone else's personal experience, but I think women make excellent leaders and mentors. There are some women I don't relate well to in a work environment, but I'm never going to love everybody, that's why they call it "work" not "social time with the people you personally choose based on how much you like them." I dunno, maybe I'm just not in the right industry to run into this sabotaging behavior, but I've had a lot of great female mentors, personally.
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes I simply said I haven't heard any such thing, including within explicitly feminist and progressive groups. You shared your (alleged) experience. Am I somehow less welcome to share mine because it's a positive rather than negative reflection on women's attitudes toward leadership? The statistics I mentioned were published by Gini on this blog originally (with sources, of course) so you should easily be able to find them.
@jonmikelbailey All women are caddy? No, I prefer to do the golfing ;)
Great post! I loved the entire article AND the photo, personally. It can be a heck of a lot of fun to play dress-up, especially when there's a good photographer on hand. I've been blessed with some photog friends who've invited me to play model from time to time, and it's a blast! There's nothing about being a smart, powerful woman leader that means you shouldn't be able to have fun and feel great. I'm excited, personally, to see that we may finally have turned the corner enough that women in leadership roles don't feel like they have to masculinize themselves to fit in. (Not dissing women leaders who PREFER more masculine clothing and mannerisms, but women shouldn't NEED masculine habits to garner respect, any more than men in traditionally female jobs are expected to don heels and makeup to fit in.)
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes I have never heard a woman say that women should be arbitrarily slotted into 50% of CEO jobs. I HAVE heard women say, accurately, that women have statistically made more effective leaders in nearly every meaningful, fact-based metric, from hedge fund managers' performance to CEOs' effect on stock price to employee satisfaction, and that, therefore, it would behoove companies to actively recruit and develop female leaders for top jobs. I'm not sure what women you're talking to, but I've certainly never met them, and I'm pretty active in a lot of progressive groups.
@joeldon It's always a good idea to identify the post as a reprint. The biggest rule that works for what I do (manage a community of a few hundred thousand Web writers) is don't try to trick Google... eventually they will figure it out and penalize you. So not identifying a reprint = trying to be smarter than the machine = will bite you.
And hey, I'm a Yahoo, I'm not going to tell you not to criticize Google's intelligence ;)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Six Tips for Better Public Speaking
@joeldon @ginidietrich I've looked into this a bit and I'm no SEO professional, but I think what Gini is saying is right -- if your site generally has authority and original content, the Panda update isn't going to penalize it just for having a couple duplicate articles. The duplicate content penalties in Panda are intended to penalize sploggy sites that just republish content and don't produce a substantial amount of original content. Google isn't dumb -- it knows there are legit reasons for content to appear in multiple places.
Great tool! Thanks for sharing. I'm bookmarking it for future reference!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Free Google Penalty Checker Tool: Check Your Site in Two Minutes!
I've seen many of the writers who use content publishing sites like DirectFreelance, Elance, and yes, the one I work for, get book deals, long-term high-value clients, and more through a reputation built on "commodity" style sites. I'm a believer. If it works for writing, it'll work for PR -- writing is possibly the most hard-to-find skill that can be described in one word, except possibly "telekinesis."
5 months, 2 weeks ago on AirPR: Is this the Beginning of PR as a Commodity?
I missed this somehow (which just goes to show how little this guy matters in the grand scheme of things, a fairly regular reader managed to totally not even see this despite reading that post and enjoying it)... but stay strong! I have noticed that sometimes people honestly don't know the difference between "plagiarism" and "having a similar thought." This goes both ways -- people plagiarize outright without realizing they're doing something different from just having the same opinion as the original author.
I saw it in my CSU classes. People would actually plagiarize discussion board posts! I thought it was just pure "I'm invincible" outright laziness, but I realized some of these people didn't understand that they couldn't just follow the creative process of "decide how I feel, Google to find someone who put my opinion in words already, use their words." It seems unfathomable, right? But it happens!
And on the other side of it, there are people so aggressively protective of their words that they think a vaguely similar thought is necessarily stolen from them, and they simply form a mental block to any suggestion that they're wrong--or that THEY weren't the first to have that idea, either! In their minds, they put the thought so well that anyone else who has it must have read their blog (book/article/site...) and must have stolen from them.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Four Tips for Dealing with a Plagiarism Accusation
Thank you for writing this! It gave me a good Friday morning chuckle. I've been raving against unpaid internships for quite a while now, because the bottom line is that an internship is either paid and legal, or unpaid and illegal. Nobody, but NOBODY, is actually using unpaid interns as the federal guidelines require, e.g., in a way primarily of benefit to the intern, not to the company. If you aren't allowed to receive direct benefits from the intern's work, why have an intern?
I was just discussing this recently -- the McJobs of the world in food service and retail are often full up with people with decades of work experience who are changing careers and filling a gap after a layoff, while entry level "career jobs" have transformed into unpaid internships. So how exactly ARE young people who don't have access to funding from wealthy parents supposed to both pay their bills and get a foot in the door in their career fields? Most recent grads I know who haven't found career jobs yet would gladly work in their field for $10/hr, sometimes less. Are these companies sure it's REALLY not worth $1600/month to have a full-time intern? In the PR field, that's like... a handful of billable hours for one client. If having an intern isn't worth what you earn from a few hours of work, you don't need an intern. Fetch your own damn coffee.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Five Things You Can’t Expect from an Unpaid Intern
Did anyone mention that the meme is misused?
7 months ago on Writing Pixelated: Visual Content for Generation Y
@stevenmcoyle Me too! Hey, you're ambitious, smart, opinionated, I like your website, and you're adorable, much like Gini. I think you can do it. Claps.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Yahoo! Letter: Was Their Communications Team Consulted?
@stevenmcoyle I work for the company in question, and I agree that the original letter was fine -- perhaps it could have been tweaked more, but we can't all be Gini, can we? I wasn't offended -- a little amused, yes, but if we can't laugh at corporate emails conveying what will be for some people bad news, what can we laugh at?
@HeatherTweedy @stevenmcoyle @RebeccaTodd I sympathize with her and I don't want to turn that around and condemn her individually now just to respond to the age conversation, but I was laid off (empathetically, kindly, with a focus on what I'd done for the company) at 21 and still had admin privileges for the company's website for the rest of the organization's relatively short life before it failed entirely. Never touched them. Most of my friends who are twenty-somethings would do exactly what I did: Laugh at the fact that they had forgotten to turn it off, briefly fantasize about revenge, then move on with the job hunt.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Three Things You Can Learn about Social Media from HMV
OK, I'm gonna say it: I feel bad for her and, although I don't agree with her actions, I think the employer is partly at fault. It does sound like they didn't understand the importance of social media--and the fact that they had one junior employee in charge of it solo proves that. The Marketing Director didn't know how to access the company Twitter account?!
Obviously there are big things wrong with HMV. The company is failing and bankrupt. Watching a company you love and believe in fail is agonizing, especially when the cause is mismanagement so outrageous it's clear even to the most junior staff that the company could have been saved. (I'm extrapolating here and projecting a bit, but there IS that little thing about the Marketing Director not having the Twitter login... if that's exemplary of management at the company, draw your own conclusions.)
Someone like Gini doing a layoff would be able to make clear to even a very upset employee that their work was genuinely valued and that the decision is an absolute last resort. I know, because I was laid off at 21 by someone who has Gini's empathy. And someone so easily disgruntled that even that kind of kind, empathetic, as-fair-as-possible layoff conversation would have driven them to hijack the company Twitter... well, Gini probably wouldn't have hired them in the first place.
It sounds like a large group of employees were let go in an inconsiderate and sudden way that didn't offer any acknowledgement of their individual efforts. They were made to feel like numbers -- or like failed X Factor auditions, according to the rogue tweeter. She was still wrong (mostly because it sabotaged her own future) to go rogue, but I feel really badly for her and her colleagues.
Totally with you on the "scratch my back and I'll pretend I care about scratching yours" thing with LinkedIn, and now apparently G+ (I still can't really get into G+ at all, so I will take your word for it, but it sounds about right.) And I even share the pet peeve about paranormal romance novelists who want "feedback" (read: adulation).
In this spirit of ACTUAL feedback, I am, however, totally skeezed out by all of the social-networks-as-women-as-sexual-objects metaphors in this post, not least because, on both Facebook and Twitter, more than 50% of users are women. And yet, I see so few posts describing Twitter or Facebook as a Calvin Klein model flexing his abs for attention, or even a cute hipster boy loudly mentioning his ska-dubstep fusion band's next show. Maybe because men-as-sexual-objects metaphors are ridiculous and get deleted.
Reminds me of another of Mark Twain's suggestions: "Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very"; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be." Substitute the metaphorical depiction of a man as a hapless sexual object every time you're tempted to put in a metaphorical objectified woman waiting eagerly for male attention, you'll notice it looks ridiculous, you'll delete it, and the writing will be just as it should be.
But hey, that's just, like, my opinion, man. Also, I've got the flu and I was cranky and nauseous already, without the idea of LinkedIn sprouting breasts to help it along.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Google+ Communities: Where is the Value?
@ginidietrich @burgessct Maybe something told us you were going to make a fun post.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Survey Says: PR Pros Use too Many Buzzwords
@burgessct If only that were a business model I could apply... I'd totally translate normal, sensical communications into incomprehensible jargon and back for a living.