I'm your worst nightmare! Well, actually, I'm not. I'm the guy whose picture my ex-girl friends' Moms would display well after the relationships ended.
I've had the "sending again to get to the top of your inbox" too. I fool them all. I read my email from the bottom up. I'm at 2008 now.
3 days, 1 hour ago on PR Spam: The Haggler Takes the PR Industry to Task
Black Licorice. Awesome!
You mean MY wine, right?
No Bears on your list? You must go to the games for the wind chill?
1 week, 3 days ago on The 82 Things I Love
I thought the first rule of WRITE Club was to never talk about WRITE Club?
Sounds awesome and, yes, scary. I will check it out.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Fiction, Write Club, and Content Creation
@ginidietrich uh...yeah...I raised daughters. Hello.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Girls Don’t Poop and Cat Massages
The Carrie video was great, but all I could imagine was someone who wasn't in on the joke taking things into his own hands to exorcise the possessed patron.
Busy isn’t a Badge of Honor...I need to make a sign and post it on my office door, but that would backfire because, well, you know, everyone wears the badge. When someone comes into my office, sighs, and tells me how busy he or she is, I always think to say something like "Wow, that's too bad. I'm not that busy. I have the perfect balance of work and life. I sleep 8 hours a night, spend quality time with my family, and exercise the exact amount of time necessary for optimal health (they know I'm lying at this point). In fact, you need to leave my office now because I'm due for my mid-afternoon nap." But I never say that. I usually reply with something profound like "Yeah, it's crazy around here". It's the easy way out. The overly busy person wins because he or she is validated. I win because I've kept secret my true identity as someone who cares about, and takes action toward, a balanced life. A sometimes dangerous identity to reveal in the corporate world. Oh my, I hope I haven't said too much. Great post. Thanks.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Work/Life Balance: The Cost of Always Being On
These are good Gini, but I am shocked that "nearly everyone" still makes these mistakes (except the nauseous/nauseated one) since they seem to be posted on FB a couple times a day. I found a list of less (not fewer) published examples and where the Grammar Police should spend more time crackin' skulls.
Although, don't let the name of the above URL fool you. These aren't mistakes that almost everyone gets wrong, that would mean that almost everyone avoids these grammar mistakes, wouldn't it? The actual title of the article is 20 Common Grammar Mistakes That Almost Everyone Makes.
Oh, and next time you visit a grocery store, take a look at the sign above the express checkout lane(s). You can probably makes a citizen's arrest.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Grammar Police: Twelve Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes
I've known you since you were two or three. It seems like forever because seven years in blog years is like, what...100 in people years? You've grown and aged well. Thanks for allowing me to engage with "The Crazies" and to periodically bring value with a comment or reply (yeah, I'm fishing. It's OK for you to say that everything I write adds value to the blog).
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Seven Years of Blogging. Happy Birthday, Spin Sucks!
It's really just the jalepeno chiles/cheddar combo. (bad experience at work a long time ago that i'll explain another time). Everything else about it: the butter, garlic, shallots, sour cream, cheddar cheese on its own, etc. I can handle...and even like. So my public speaking association will be Chilli con Queso without the chilli.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Six Tips for Better Public Speaking
Great tips! I struggled with #4 when I was presenting on deeply technical topics. I would always include code in my powerpoints. Even when I was able to demonstrate a technique, the audience still wanted to see the code behind the solution. I knew then that it made for potentially boring content and presentations, but hey, we're talking programming presentations so I already get the joke.
I dislike chili con queso and will do everything I can from this point forward to disassociate it from public speaking.
Nicely done! Can't get the Channing song out of my head now. Thanks.
4 months, 1 week ago on Gin and Topics: Of Cats, Dogs, and Logos Gone Wild
@jasonkonopinski @ginidietrich Sunny and 75 in LA. Yawn.
Cool. I'm going to give this a try. We just moved our office suite from a space that pumped in white noise to one that does not. I was blown away at the difference. I usually have music playing in my office, but I might see if I can try this over the speaker system in the suite. That would be an interesting test. I'll have to be careful, though. It might spawn too much creativity in the workplace. What if people start wearing jeans on non-Fridays or begin to use Mac computers. Oh my!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Coffitivity: Coffee Shop Noise and Creativity
You're my hero.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on How a Virtual Office Allows You to Stop and Smell the Roses
@ginidietrich yes, it is that good. Plus, the lead actress reminds me of you.
5 months, 1 week ago on Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs are America’s Future
I've done all three. Scariest by far, for me, was making payroll. So many moments chasing money, trying to keep folks employed, worrying, waiting, sweating, not sleeping, etc. I've ridden my bike in traffic many times, been hit (grazed really) by a car, and chased another car on my bike because it almost ran over my daughter. Taking a toddler to dinner? Piece of cake. Raised two daughters. Took them out to dinner as toddlers often because I knew that investment would pay off later. It did. Running a business? That was scary, hard, rewarding, and did I say scary and hard? Now, I find myself in a position as an intrapreneur, which I didn't realize until I read your post, and that's kind of cool, too. I've also jumped back into running my own business. I'm starting very small, but I hope to apply the lessons learned from the past so that I can build it the right way, create jobs, and maybe sleep decently.
You bring up some other great points in your post and while reading it, I thought about the opening scene to the HBO series Newsroom. It's eight minutes long, but I think it's worth watching. If you're really hurting for time, you can skip over the first two or three minutes, but if you have eight, watch it.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs are America’s Future
I'm just starting to mess with IFTTT. I recently purchased the Hue lighting system (way cool wireless lighting system, by the way) and have used IFTTT to set the lighting in my house based on social events. Pretty fun...not yet very practical, but I'll get to the practical part soon enough.
Great tips. Thanks Jim.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Social Sharing Initiatives: Mobilize your Employees!
When I used to blog, I wrote in Wordpress for many of the same reasons you mention. I've also used Tumblr. It worked well for my jazz blog, which was more about audio, video, and quotes and less about words, although it worked fine for that, too. I'm currently using Apple's Pages to write my book, but I may look deeper into Scrivener. I like what I see so far. Thanks for the tip.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Seven Tools for Writing Blog Posts
This may seem obvious, and you're probably already assuming this, and you would even be correct in assuming this, but you have to be relevant and interesting otherwise most, or all, these tools and ideas won't help. The analogy to my world is when a business unit comes to my department asking for a software solution or tool to automate a specific function. When we sit down to discuss the function, it sometimes turns out that there is no process behind the function. Folks think the tool will bring about the process, and it can, but it may not be the most efficient process for their business, it may the process created by the tool. Go back and create the process, or in your example of increasing blog traffic, make sure the foundation is set, that you have relevant and interesting content, and build from there. Or, I could be completely wrong here.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Increase Blog Traffic with These 12 Ideas
@LauraPetrolino @Gini Dietrich If by research you mean drink a lot of wine from Riedel glasses, I'm like a master researcher. My research tool of choice is my hand-made Riedel Bordeaux glass.
I like your analogy. This community is unique and special in how we interact with Gini and each other as well. We tackle serious topics and some not-so-serious ones, too, and the members remain thoughtful, engaging, humorous, and intelligent with their comments. Very few trolls. I'm impressed with what Gini has built and it has been fun to watch the growth over the years. (See, Gini, that's how you stroke one's ego...you know, just in case you'd like to practice on someone in particular).
6 months, 1 week ago on Building a Community: What’s the Secret Sauce?