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What I already knew: you were my kind of people. What I didn't know: last rites!?! Whoa.
Your post has me thinking: as (I hope) you know, I am a teaser. I love to do it. And for me, there's a very defined correlation between how much I tease someone and how much I like them. I also have a well-defined sense of sarcasm.
But there have been times in my "real" life and (probably more so) in my online life, when the teasing has ended up offending the recipient -- or even bystanders. In addition to being less mean, I'm thinking about learning to manage my teasing behaviour in 2014 a little better.
My somewhat less-known facts, FWIW, in no particular order:
* I've been in six federal prisons, including Kingston Pen. WORKING. Not "vacationing."
* I became an atheist the day of my brother's funeral. It was thanks to a minister. I also had my first kiss that day.
* I got threatened with a lawsuit by a video company in Boca Raton over a blog post.
* I was coeditor of a student paper that got kicked out of its office, had its equipment seized, and published a "guerilla paper" for a year out of student computer labs. The student government tried to ban me from the labs.
* I can't listen to side 2 of "Breakfast in America" by Supertramp. It's related to my brother's death.
* My whole family on my father's side worked the Sydney Steel plant in Cape Breton. My dad did 44 years. And as the product of that heritage, I can very easily perceive "rich" people as oppressors and go all "Solidarity Forever" on their ass. I once visited a NYC apartment with a friend on July 4th and had to leave because the people were such upper-class snobs that I would have punched them out.
* I am petrified of dancing. One of the reasons I love playing music is so that I will never have to.
* I can eat bananas, and often do when I ride my bike. But I despise them. The taste, the texture: blarghblech.
* Inefficiently-packed dishwashers are a crime. I am the only person who knows how to properly pack one.
* I respond very poorly to mothering-type behaviour. If I'm sick, leave me alone until I get better.
* If I could change anything in my world, high on the list would be to have a better relationship with my brother. 12 years age separation and very different life paths have left us very different people.
Thanks for writing this, amiga.
13 hours, 16 minutes ago on Truth, Lies, and Facebook Memes
@Digital_DRK @Howie Goldfarb @TaraGeissinger @bobledrew pfft.
1 week, 2 days ago on PR Firm Accused of Wikipedia Sockpuppetry
I think your post is spot on, Ms. D. However, I want to go off on a tangent about Wikipedia.
For a while, I was in a FB group that was attempting to engage with Wikipedians about how to better involve PR people in making appropriate edits that would be accepted.
I watched (mostly) with incredulity. It was like the Star Trek: TNG episode where Picard is on a planet where an alien only speaks in metaphors. The Wikipedians have a singleminded focus on process. I find the process of wiki article editing to be only slightly more frustrating than trying to nail Jello to a wall.
While Wales may think that WP is a self-editing, self-policing community, in my experience it's quite susceptible to dangerous bias that is perserved by a pedantic super-contributor group.
While it's still not right for communicators to do unethical things, I understand why a frustrated flack might turn to the dark side.
Thank you, lovely Tinu. I might not snatch your weave for that, but I wish I could give you a very large hug.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Help #TeamJacob Save Lives – Updated
Seven years! That's like 49 years in old media.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Seven Years of Blogging. Happy Birthday, Spin Sucks!
@Laurie Kingston Thank you, Laurie. I think almost everyone finds themselves in darkness from time to time. Sometimes we just need someone's hand to be led back to the light, step by step.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Off topic: help Team Jacob in IMAlive suicide prevention fundraiser
@mickeygomez Thanks, Mickster.
Gotta like that smile. Welcome to the FF club, Ms. Mader. If, of course, you end up here to respond to comments.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Chris Mader
I love the avant-garde camera angle! Next time, more Gomez, less regurgitaton, please.
3 months ago on Sophie, Music Critic
@mickeygomez I think you're very kind. And trust me, it would be better for you to simply go to Pisa and see the place for yourself. I am such a predictable fellow, aren't I?
3 months, 1 week ago on All dichotomies are false dichotomies
Ms. Media Monitoring Minute! As I live and breathe!
3 months, 1 week ago on #FollowFriday: Jen Zingsheim
I have no particular feelings about beets. But I am glad for their existence for no other reason than they gave you something to write about. I gotta tell ya, though, as someone who's had blood in his pee for realsies, that particular aspect of beetiness is not my favorite.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Do I Dare To Eat A Beet?
I don't have a single thing to add to this, @ginidietrich. You said it all. Guess what I'll be sending around all day today: this post.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Don’t Die PR Agencies! What the Recent Google Changes Really Mean
@SueBrettell I'm copyrighting FOMO and going into competition with YOLO.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Zen and the Art of Not Trying Too Hard
@ginidietrich @Randy Milanovic I believe that your hometown paper thinks that, don't they, Ms. D?
4 months ago on Media Relations: How to Do it On Your Own
@ginidietrich @Howie Goldfarb Lord knows I've tried. Guess I'm gonna have to bring a bike to the city of big shoulders.
@Howie Goldfarb @bobledrew @creativeoncall @ClayMorgan @ginidietrich @belllindsay My preferred metaphor for interviews has always been the dance. A great (where great = incisive, informative, and fair to the guest and the audience) interview requires collaboration between the asker and the answerer of questions.
One of the nicest things I've ever had said to me by someone I interviewed was that I made them think of their expertise in a new way.
@Howie Goldfarb @bobledrew @ginidietrich Speaking of low buzzes... ;-)
@creativeoncall @ClayMorgan @ginidietrich @belllindsay I love this idea. Get three assignment editors and put them in a google hangout or something, have them explain their day. How many pitches do they get? What's their newshole look like? How do they make their decisions?
There are so many things that need to be questioned in the post. Why not invite Mr. James on board the SS Spin Sucks for a Livefyre Q&A? My favorite statement's in the article's subhead: "Why pay big money to a PR firm when it's so easy to get media coverage?"
Leaving aside the fact that PR firms do much more than media relations... when I did more media training than I do now, I used to regularly check in with some assignment editors in my local media market and ask them if they kept track of how many pitches they got per day. Here was the (paraphrased) answer I used to use:
I'm the assignment editor for XXXX news, the local supper-hour newscast. We have 44 minutes after commercials. 6-7 minutes of that is weather. 7-9 is sports. 10-12 is national and international news. That leaves 16 minutes of a local newshole. For those 16 minutes, on any given day, I'll have about 200 story ideas to choose from. Those can come from people like you (PR folk), from reporters, from community organizations, by email, phone call, and even fax (yes, newsrooms still get faxes).
I used to tell clients that you shouldn't get upset when you DON'T get a hit on the news; you should be overjoyed when you DO.