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@Digital_DRK @jasonkonopinski Perth AND Freo and the west coast in general is incredible. I've got a blog post queued to talk about how I almost got crushed by a thousand year old sandstone formation. This comes as a surprise to no one who knows me.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on #FollowFriday: Darryl Robinson-Keys
So nice to meet you, @Digital_DRK! I studied for a semester at Murdoch Uni in Fremantle, but my second choice (for which I was hopelessly outclassed) was JCU in Townsville. One of my fondest memories is traveling up the coast, snorkeling on the reef and just being on the ocean. Such a gorgeous country with spectacularly friendly people. @jasonkonopinski
@jasonkonopinski @ginidietrich Ever since someone described cauliflower to me as "the sad little ghost of broccoli" I've just never looked at it in the same way.
1 month ago on Gin and Topics: Space Bloopers, a Spaceman, and Space’y NYPD
@jasonkonopinski Danger, Will Robinson. @mickeygomez @ginidietrich
1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Our New Vice President of Operations
@ginidietrich I'm in the midst of negotiating a lift on the travel ban I received following The Hairbrush Incident of 2012.
Welcome, Clay, and congratulations!
"There are sidewalks in Tennessee." Love it.
Speaking of, I'll be in Nashville next week. If you are anything like @ginidietrich you'll want to flee the state before I arrive. ;-)
Same here, Donna Ray. When he ricocheted off the car and went down I was pretty much stunned. When he popped back up, still waving? Awesome.
1 month ago on Trick or Moo
Considering what happened to me the last time I traveled for business, it won't surprise you to know that I am also not a fan.
Excellent post, excellent points. It drives me nuts when people use their "busy-ness" as a badge of honor (I'm not talking of once in a while, I'm talking about on an ongoing basis). I can't help but wonder, "Hmmm. Talk to me about your time management skills. Or your ability to prioritize. Or your ability to work smart." Regarding the plugged in factor, people often say to me, "You are ALWAYS online." Only I'm not. I am very intentional about when I'm online and when I'm not. I still like hanging out in person, or working without interruption. Crazy, right?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Work/Life Balance: The Cost of Always Being On
@bobledrew , thank you for leading this initiative (Team Jacob), and thank you for sharing your story and insights and your passion around suicide prevention and crisis intervention. The stigma attached to depression and mental illness still exists, but as you say (and I want to believe) things are getting better. The more we can offer support and help and resources, the better, which is why this is such a spectacular opportunity.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Off topic: help Team Jacob in IMAlive suicide prevention fundraiser
@photo chris We can laugh about pretty much anything. ;-) If you ever need to make a case for meeting people in advance, do feel free to refer them to me. I'd be HAPPY to provide them with testimony in your favor.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Chris Mader
Our wedding photographer was horrible - it is my biggest regret. And while we laugh about it now ("Look, it's the two of us in front of the bay, not centered and with a giant random wooden plank to the side!") I wish we'd been able to find someone with your insight and skills and devotion to doing it right. It's lovely to meet you! Happy Friday!
3 months ago on #FollowFriday: Chris Mader
Thanks, lady! I enjoy singing and playing (more the singing part). I have several funny stories about both, as you might imagine.
3 months ago on Sophie, Music Critic
Definitely tough to discern given the distance and video quality, but trust me, she was vomiting. This time, anyway.
@RobBiesenbach I have to say, I feel a little silly now for listening to the initial response to the book. What I kept hearing - over and over again - was how easy it is to give other people advice on success when you are in a position of success (financial, position, etc.). And to be honest, I wasn't interested in reading another book about "This is how I succeeded and I'll give you my advice but really it's not going to work for you because it's kind of specific to me and part of it was luck and timing, the end."From @ginidietrich's take, the book has more realistic and useful and research-based ideas and observations than I thought. Some of which I could have really used a couple of months ago, to be honest. Better late than never, I suppose.
3 months, 1 week ago on Lean In: Inspiring, Empowering, and Why You Should Read It
@photo chris @RobBiesenbach Now that you mention it, I have noticed a difference between the two scenarios. That's interesting.
Thanks, @ginidietrich, for a helpful review. I'd heard so much chatter about this book, but your assessment caught my attention and now I'd like to read it. I have to say, the timing could not be better. Some of the advice you pulled to share in your review really hit home and could not be more timely.
@Danny Brown Look, Danny, I apologized for that already. :P Seriously, though, it's such a challenge. I have the luxury of not really caring what my score is or who is monitoring my social channels. I fully respect that not everyone can do that, given the buzz around scores and engagement numbers and return on investment (the latter two being most relevant, as far as I'm concerned). And if my business was communications, or marketing, or content strategy, or one of many professional tied directly into this as a communications stream you can bet I'd probably be doing the same. Unfortunately, though, the net result is less engagement, not more. Twitter seems to be evolving into a gauntlet of people standing on milk crates using megaphones to get your attention (filled with sound and fury, signifying nothing).@RichBecker
3 months, 1 week ago on Why Smart Marketers Combine Automated AND Conversational Insights
Thought provoking posts indeed (from you and @RichBecker). I drifted away from Twitter a couple of years ago, and as I'm slowly re-engaging I'm finding it to be slow going. After reading this, it occurred to me that the reason may have a lot to do with the automation. I see the same posts over and over - headline after headline after headline on my lists, even the lists I have of people I KNOW are engaged with their audiences. I witness very little of that engagement, though. And when I do send a tweet, I generally don't get much back at all. I realize that the platform has changed, and that I use it for personal rather than professional purposes, and that because I've been away for a while it may take a while to build a responsive network back up. Even so, I don't know how long I'll be interested in tweeting into a vacuum. I wonder where the balance lies?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Smart Marketers Combine Automated AND Conversational Insights
@Danny Brown Okay. I was just checking. We really do have to work on this crouton thing, though.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Do I Dare To Eat A Beet?
@ginidietrich There is absolutely something singularly spectacular about fresh produce, isn't there? Maybe one day I'll even grow some.