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I'm afraid of this challenge because people don't need to know I read mostly fluff. :D  


That being said - Trixie Belden was one of my absolute favourite series as a kid.  The one with the hermit and the money in his mattress... likely one of the books that I remember the most from my entire life ;)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Read a Book Day is September 6

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(This is what I imagine time travel sounds like.)

I love that! :)

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Social Business: A Customer Experience Time Machine

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@HeatherLee1  Aw!  Thanks!  I should do another one some time :)

5 months, 3 weeks ago on I got obsessed with UK Youtubers

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Mr D is a great storyteller too!  Loved this :)

6 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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@ginidietrich @corinamanea  

I think the answer may be "never leave the house" ;)  I got a new phone and I hate it and barely use it.  I have to get another iphone asap.  It may be driving Karen crazier than it's making me ;)

6 months ago on 31 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Die

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It was so much fun being a part of the ambassador program and as you know, I think your community is AMAZING.


I'm sure you'll reach your goal of 10,000 as people keep sharing how much they love the book.  Yesterday I was talking to someone reading the book for our book club and she said she was reading it while getting a pedicure and didn't have a pen or a highlighter so was folding over pages she needed to come back to later because there were actions she had to take.  Then she says, "but I was folding every single page!!"  



6 months ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study

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This is so incredibly timely for me.  Thanks :)

6 months ago on 31 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Die

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@amyboughner  I don't get that as much... that people want in on my business.  Which makes it all the more confounding ;)  


I also think some people are just more prone to keeping things private

7 months ago on On keeping secrets

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@J3NN  My relationship with my parents is actually really open and I don't feel judged by them (I'm really lucky) - I just feel compelled to share certain things with them and a lot of my closest friends.


I do think, as I contemplate it all more, that the things I hold back are ones that the people I'm tempted to tell would have an opinion on.  I think it stems a bit more from needing approval for the decisions I make in my life and a lack of self confidence than guilt that has been imposed on me.  Realizing I'm imposing things on myself that nobody else expects me to seems to be a bit of a recurring theme this week.


As for you not feeling like you can trust people, I just want to hug you. Not feeling like you can trust almost anybody must be very very difficult. :(

7 months ago on On keeping secrets

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I'm having a hard time with my goals this year!  But steps are definitely on the list - though not 20K a day ;)

9 months, 3 weeks ago on 2014 Business and Personal Goals

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First - I LOVE the classic car analogy.  Genius :)

6 made me think of a post someone I know wrote and the response it got.  

She wrote 

http://socialmediatoday.com/maggie-patterson/1903446/5-ways-ditch-press-release-and-actually-reach-your-audience

and the response was:

http://blog.prnewswire.com/2013/11/13/ditch-the-press-release-not-so-fast/

It's definitely an interesting conversation :)

11 months ago on Six Digital Media and PR Lessons From 2013

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So did you change something in January to make that happen or did you just start looking for different things and stop trying to make money directly from the blog?  

For us I find out blog is an entry point and then people start following more closely and when they're ready they jump up to the next level.  It's not always a fast process, but it's definitely key.  

1 year ago on The ROI of Blogging: Brand Awareness and Reputation Generate Revenue

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Great points!  I regularly get irritated by Facebook posts that get pushed to Twitter.  Mostly because almost all of them are too long for twitter so they require me to go to Facebook to see the whole message!  

1 year ago on 10 Truths about the Proper Use of Social Media Automation

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I wrote a couple of courses this summer and this was one of the topics.  People don't REALLY think things through.  

I think a lot of companies like having the disclaimer there but ultimately, how could that possibly make it ok to say whatever you want to say?  What you say impacts your reputation and your reputation impacts your organization's reputation.

1 year, 1 month ago on Social Media Policy: When Are Your Own Opinions Not Okay?

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I agree. I've always said that a social media strategy shouldn't be separate from a communications/marketing strategy but I do it anyways because people are so overwhelmed at the idea of social it needs to be separated and introduced slowly.

If I start talking "digital" and "mobile" on top of the social media they're finally willing to think about I think they're going to run away screaming. I think that the fact I work with primarily small business and therefore individuals instead of teams of people, makes it harder to get to that next step. I imagine it took them longer to get web sites too :)

1 year, 1 month ago on Why We Aren’t Ready For a One Screen World

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I wrote a post about this once too.  I honestly believe I process information differently when I write it out by hand than when I type it and that's why I still love to write all my lists and my ideas in notebooks.  When I go to conferences, I take all my notes by hand because I remember them better.   While I love my electronics, I have no intention of giving up my notebooks any time soon :)


1 year, 1 month ago on Why Paper is Still My Favorite Productivity Tool

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I learned to use the oxford comma in school and people argue with me all the time.  I may have even given it up a bit because of that...

So few people know about nauseous/nauseated but it seems a bit rude to inform someone they're saying it wrong when they're nauseated :)


1 year, 1 month ago on Grammar Police: Twelve Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes

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Every once in awhile, often on Mondays, I log in to Facebook and my status is that I'm in a rotten mood so I'm going to share three good things in my life. Every time I do it I get tons of responses. I think people just forget to do that because you're so right, glass half full is harder, but it actually feels good to do!

I'm sorry you've had a hard go of things lately and I'm glad everyone is ok!

1 year, 1 month ago on Being An Optimist is About More Than Just Making Lemonade

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Happy anniversary!   

Curious, do all your posts get formally edited before being put online?

1 year, 1 month ago on Seven Years of Blogging. Happy Birthday, Spin Sucks!

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Love these tips!  I'm always shocked when it seems surprising to people that they don't need to create all the content they share.  I need to start commenting on more blogs than just this one.  But this is the one that's the best to comment on ;)

1 year, 1 month ago on The Branding Marathon: How to Use the Web to Grow Your Business

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@Word Ninja Hehe.  I don't think I'm the norm with having to lengthen posts ;)

1 year, 1 month ago on On-Page SEO Tips for PR Pros

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It bothers me to no end that  Panda doesn't like posts under 300 words and prefers 500-700 words.  Clearly this isn't your fault but I like to complain about it ;)  I'm always trying to keep my posts as clear and to the point as possible...  and now if I can say it in 250 I have to up my word count.  SIGH!

Those title tags are my friend though because it lets me skim long posts to see if I want to read it in more detail, so everyone should definitely use those - not only for SEO but for me :)

Great info, I have a couple of people I'm forwarding this to now!

1 year, 1 month ago on On-Page SEO Tips for PR Pros

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Great idea.  I often remind people that they need to look through what they already have on their web site and use it to their advantage or tweak it slightly. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Content Marketing: Get New Content Without Tons of Work

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@ginidietrich @yvettepistorio I once did a Twitter presentation where every slide had 140 characters or less on it and included the event hashtag.  It got a lot of good feedback, both by people tweeting what I wrote and people tweeting about the fact that my slides were all tweetables :)

1 year, 2 months ago on Six Tips for Better Public Speaking

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@ginidietrich lol.  yes :)

1 year, 2 months ago on Six Tips for Better Public Speaking

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Having been to many conferences and run my own over the last three years I've noticed a lot of differences in the kinds of talks you get.  I particularly find panels often lack enough meat unless there is a REALLY good moderator (and they aren't easy to find).  Also, there is nothing more frustrating than leaving a session thinking "that had nothing to do with the session description".

I'm trying to work on my speaking skills because I'd like to do more and more of it.  Maybe I need to write a book too ;)

1 year, 2 months ago on Six Tips for Better Public Speaking

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@ginidietrich So close.  I can't wait.  I'm exceptionally lucky that my husband is so supportive of all that I do.  Also, our house isn't fit for guests most of the time ;)

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

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@photo chris lol.  Thankfully they aren't all under 3 anymore.  I'm not sure I COULD speak in complete sentences the first year the twins were born ;)

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

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My very first financial planner specialized in working with women.  She was passionate about making sure that women set themselves up for any eventuality, including divorce (she also often talked about the fact that many women outlive their spouses).  I've always kept my own credit cards and bank accounts and I would say that the bills are split about 50/50 between my husband and I.  It's so important.

As a mom of three kids who were born in under 3 years, the financial aspect of daycare for three kids wasn't the only reason I stayed home.  The idea of managing a house and family and working full time was overwhelming.  I really get why people decide to stay home, at least until their kids are in full-time school (mine will all be in full-day school come September 2! :).  

I started businesses when I was home, but  I'm not necessarily the typical example, especially since I was very bored at my job.  So, all this to say, I understand why women stay home and also why during the time they're home with little kids who take up so much energy and time that they wouldn't take on anything else.  But I completely agree that women need to keep investing in themselves and not lose themselves to motherhood.  Again, I didn't have that problem ;)


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

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I worked with @bobledrew 10 years ago - he may very well be one of the first people I knew in person who had a blog!  I loved working with him then and love that we get to keep working together and moving in the same circles while we work in such different environments than we did then. :)  As for the cycling, I'm still going to keep looking at you guys like I think you're crazy ;)

1 year, 3 months ago on #FollowFriday: Bob LeDrew

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@sherrilynne did such an amazing job connecting with people before moving back to Ottawa, professionally and personally - that's when I met her too :)

1 year, 4 months ago on #FollowFriday: Sherrilynne Starkie

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@Chris_Read I notice that ALL the time!  For example I noticed it wasn't in savior - he clearly mixed it up for all the crowds right @bobledrew ? :)  

It's hard since my biz partner is from the US. hehe.  That being said, my typos have gotten out of control lately so who am I to talk? :)

1 year, 4 months ago on Social Media Success and the Second Commandment

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@ginidietrich Which is the positive spin on "Lara breaks technology, good think @karen_c_wilson is around" :) 

1 year, 4 months ago on Social Media Success and the Second Commandment

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Just yesterday I read an infographic that told me the worst times to tweet were between 8pm and 9am. That is by FAR the best time for all of my tweeting.  I don't know where that number came from but even if it was true in whatever study that came from, you can't take something and apply it to all things.

Which leads me to my next point :)  I have a lot of respect for people who have done really well in social media but a lot of their success isn't replicable.  Just because they did well doesn't mean they know how to make sure others do.  They aren't always going to be right. That being said, in my opinion Gary V's plan has some merit.  Having someone who has the time because that's their job to make sure good content gets recorded and shared could work really well in certain scenarios. Now if that person had some kind of quota to fill... that would be different.

Livefyre won't work on our blog yet. Sigh. @Karen_C_Wilson is trying to fix it... cuz I don't do that stuff (@ginidietrich ;) 

1 year, 4 months ago on Social Media Success and the Second Commandment

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I share information on my business on my personal Facebook profile.  Not regularly, and certainly not everything and very rarely an ask.  I've been amazed at the opportunities that have come up with people because they know what I do.  They know I work in social media because of what I share so when something comes up at work, they think of me and I get an opportunity I never would have known about otherwise.  

Patience and when you least expect it are definitely really important too :)

1 year, 4 months ago on Three Less Obvious Secrets to Bringing in New Business

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@ginidietrich @Karen_C_Wilson Doesn't that workshop sound like a SoCap workshop? :)

Videos, photos, podcasts, blog posts.  Oh la la.  So much content to create!

1 year, 4 months ago on Four Tips to Take Photos for Your Content

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@Chris_Read see why we wanted @ginidietrich talking about building community at socap? :) 

1 year, 4 months ago on #FollowFriday: Eden Spodek

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I first met @EdenSpodek on Twitter because @bobledrew thought we should know each other.  I've since gotten to meet her in person at a few conferences, and it's always wonderful.  

Eden is one of the most supportive people I've ever met, she's an amazing #FollowFriday pick. :)

1 year, 4 months ago on #FollowFriday: Eden Spodek

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@suzemuse I slept the ENTIRE day on Sunday. SO done.  :) I definitely fall in the extroverted introvert box.  I'm also quite shy in many situations, which others have a hard time believing :)

1 year, 4 months ago on I’m OK, You’re OK: Social Friendship and Gut Instincts

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I talk about personal brand with people a lot.  Not many have a brand like @CocktailDeeva but I think we can all decide fairly easily how we want to present ourselves online.  

We all make personal choices.  I don't swear online - but I'm a bit of a fuddy duddy in real life too (not to say I never swear ;)  I like to think that my personal brand is friendly and approachable and helpful, and that I write and act the way I really am online.  :)

If nothing else, I find having some personal online guidelines will prevent mistakes you could regret later.  :)

1 year, 4 months ago on Does your Personal Brand make people go WOW?

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I love seeing the shift and I love that people are so happy to share their knowledge with each other at SoCap.  Thanks for being a big part of that again this year :)

1 year, 4 months ago on The Secret to Getting Executive Buy-In for Social Media

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I wish I hadn't been too tired for karaoke!! :)

Thank you for being a part of socap this year - I heard nothing but fabulous things about your session!  

1 year, 4 months ago on “Why You Are Stupid” – my Social Capital presentation

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I'm so glad you enjoyed the conference! We live being able to help the community come together and really learn :).

I'm curious - did you have livefyre already installed before the conference?

1 year, 4 months ago on Social Capital Conference (#SoCapOtt) Recap

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Can't wait to see you! :)

1 year, 4 months ago on Building a Community: What’s the Secret Sauce?

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@belllindsay I totally agree.  Though I just don't see how applying what works to a company like Disney is of any help to most businesses.  Disney doesn't need to engage for people to want to see what they say. 

1 year, 5 months ago on The Best of the Least Engaged Brands on Twitter

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@EdenSpodek Just watch out if  @bobledrew also gets going ;)   @Karen_C_Wilson @ginidietrich @belllindsay 

1 year, 5 months ago on Gin and Topics: A Chip Joke and Cinco de Mayo

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@Karen_C_Wilson @ginidietrich @belllindsay She really did text me saying "I'm nacho friend" She and my husband also both guessed that the chip video was mine because apparently my love of punny is well known.  :)

1 year, 5 months ago on Gin and Topics: A Chip Joke and Cinco de Mayo

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@EdenSpodek you don't get the chips?  That was my submission, cracked me up ;) 

1 year, 5 months ago on Gin and Topics: A Chip Joke and Cinco de Mayo

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The comments in your posts are always so interactive, I love it! I will admit that I don't comment much, a anywhere, but someone always replied when I comment here. It really does make me feel welcome and more inclined to comment again!

I also hate #ff with a long list of names. At least explain who they are!

1 year, 6 months ago on How Our #FollowFriday Recommendations Work

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 @AmyMccTobin  Oh, I absolutely agree!  I also think that I've been lucky enough to have never worked in an environment where I felt my chances of success were less because of my gender.  I know that definitely isn't the case everywhere.

1 year, 8 months ago on Women’s Equality: It Starts with Us or it Stays an Illusion

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