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I think a bit of controversy is a good thing. There are always 2 perspectives to any subject, and therefore controversy should not be avoided when it comes to blogging. However, being controversial just be a jerk is ineffective (doing what you listed under the risks), and will paint you as such. Opposing viewpoints or controversial topics should be within good taste, depending on the platform. And personal attacks and insults should be barred from any conversation - verbal or written.
2 years, 9 months ago on Bloggers - Is It Wise to be “Controversial?”
Great post, Amanda! This is the conundrum many people are facing in this economy. I have lived and am currently living this situation. The catch is that I am building my business while I work my current job to pay the bills. It's the means to a much better end, for me, at least. I love your 5 questions to ask before you take the job. Desperation can cloud our judgment, but if there is an end-goal in mind, then taking the less-than-ideal job for the "now" is a good strategy.
2 years, 10 months ago on Do Times of Recession Mean Time to Take Any Job?
Thank you for the feedback. I love that you said that it would give the business more color. So true! After all, we want to enjoy what we do, and also enjoy the environment. Stiff and stuffy = boring! @b.nijhoff
2 years, 10 months ago on Is It Time to Update the Workplace Dress Code?
Thanks, Morgan. It was always odd to me that men could wear Dockers, but women were not allowed to wear slack-type denims in some places that I've worked. True, a certain professionalism should be represented, but the point of a dress code should be so that employees look neat and presentable. Dockers are not "neat" workplace pants, to me. Go figure. LOL! @MorganBarnhart
@tiapeterson Oooh, Tia, the "hot button" topic: women and money. Two notable women entrepreneurs that I admire and follow online would say that women aren't aggressive enough to get more money. I think it's true. And what you point out as a mom has so much to do with the "non-aggressive" way in which career women and entrepreneurs go after money. Though I don't believe that money should be a motivator for anything, admitting to the fact that money is a very valuable and important aspect of our careers and business endeavors is a first step to releasing that mindset that money in and of itself is a bad thing. There is no nobility to poverty, and neither is struggling to make ends meet every single month. A healthy perspective on the value of money (not as the end), and the freedom and choices it gives to someone is how I look at money. Great post!
2 years, 10 months ago on Women - Are We Motivated by Money, or Not?
@Evelyn Parham This is so great and so candid, Evelyn! I have always had to work hard to keep the weight off, versus my younger sister who will always be thin, no matter how many children she has had (3 boys), and no matter how much she eats! I used to be an emotional eater - eating everything in sight when I was down, and eating extremely healthy when I was feeling good. Such an odd extreme, but when it came down to really loving and accepting myself (and occasionally refusing to eat the drippy, gooey ice cream sundae), I have been able to slim and healthy. Yes, your #4 is what has saved my sanity! LOL.
2 years, 10 months ago on Women and Weight - 4 No Nonsense Tips
My nominees are: @Tia Peterson Bizchickblogs.com and I have a newcomer, whom I met in NYC at our photo shoot with Real Simple magazine: Margaret Miller of http://divorcedbutnotdivided.blogspot.com/. One of my all-time faves: Natalie Sisson of suitcaseentrepreneur.com. Last, @judicogen of Girlfriendology.com.
2 years, 10 months ago on Top 10 Chick Bloggers and Women's Blogs - Your Votes
@MarlDBLe - I love this, Marlee! Yes, women are making this remarkable entrance into business. #3 really resonates with me. As a DIY-er and bootstrapper, I realize that I really need to get hitched onto a mentor and a group. This is a crucial step in whether you will make it in being a solopreneur (speaking for myself and encouraging other women (and dudes) to do this. Rock it, Miss Marlee! Thanks for the reminders.
2 years, 10 months ago on Why There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Chick in Business
@Tia Peterson Thanks, Tia. I dunno... LOL! Maybe because I really look at style and fashion, but I've seen unsightly hosiery with the wrong types of shoes. As I mentioned to Kari above, I think dress codes should have guidelines, and they should make sense. Just because it was appropriate for women to wear skirts only during the 50's shouldn't be a carry-over to the 21st century. Yes, I agree - looking polished is a must. :)
2 years, 11 months ago on Is It Time to Update the Workplace Dress Code?
Hi Kari: Absolutely dress to impress, and for the job you want. You are right - trying to balance the dress code where there are different departments with varying work cultures. I think common sense is makes sense, and guidelines should be the rule of thumb. Thanks for the comment.
I made it a goal to blog twice a week. The strange thing is that once I start writing, I get on a roll. My goal has shifted from 2x per week to every single day! For me, I need inspiration, whether it is a news story or a comment that somebody made, I use everyday experiences as a template to build on. My greatest challenge is indeed distraction. I need to work on not letting my uber-multi-tasking disease get in the way of blogging. Thanks, Jane!
2 years, 12 months ago on How To Blog Without Being Overwhelmed?
This is fantastic! I seem to be a combination of Fantastical-Analytical. Long reports make me hit the "dismiss" button. As a visually-oriented person, I love graphs and pictures. Just don't describe them in too much details, just the facts, ma'am! Strangely enough, I need to alphabetize - it just makes organizing much easier. I think there's a little bit of these four "types" in us - just some are more dominant in specific situations than others?
2 years, 12 months ago on Why To-Do Lists & Plans Just Don't Work for All Personality Types
@C_Linnell@Red Kathy@Tia Peterson Hey ladies! Thanks for the feedback. We offer something worthwhile to people in our respective businesses. If they don't "get it", then they don't get it (our product and service). LOL! When I first heard about narrowing and target your audience, I thought that was very limited - but I now see how wise it is to pick and choose.
3 years ago on Choose Your Clients Carefully
LOVE this post! Newly-inducted self-employeds get very nervous when they start looking for clients (myself, included). It's the balancing act between enticing potentials to come take a look without giving the whole kit and caboodle. I really like the different levels of service to be offered - that's such a smart way to cast a wide net and still truly bring in the right kinds of clients. Thanks for great insight and your personal takeaway!
3 years ago on If You're Gonna Be Self-Employed, Charge for These Two Things
Love this post! No's 1, 4 and 8 are ones I definitely hang onto. We can't know success unless we go through some heat. And we definitely can't recognize it if we aren't exposed to it through the stories of others. Great job here! I'm going to put on my Facebook!
3 years, 1 month ago on 8 Ways To Be A Healthy Success
Well written, @MARLdblE. You have addressed all aspects of the person: heart, mind and action, in order to trigger success. Believing leads to healthy self-thought, which leads to concrete aspirations and goals, which makes you want to help others succeed, which causes you to keep learning, and so on. Great advice and insight. Thank you!
3 years, 1 month ago on 10 Simple Steps for Experiencing More Success in Your Business
Hi Leigh Ann:
I love this post. I'm a non-mom, but a self-professed bookworm. The value of reading is invaluable. Not only is it a great way to learn, but it is one of the best ways to unwind, both for adults and children. I love how you say that reading is a good example for children - I agree. My friends who are avid readers, also have children who love to read and to be read to. Thanks for such sharing your experience.
3 years, 1 month ago on Take a Break From the Heat with a Book
@Tia Peterson I think some creativity can be employed when it comes to social media. Of course, the use of social media, and which social media platform must make sense for the type of business. For example, a local notary public could blog about the real estate business or tax planning business for which he/she notarizes. As for the GYN - well.... LOL! I think one could tie in women's health tips on a FB fan page, but not advertise as a GYN, but a women's health advocate. So many possibilities... I think that social media will continue to evolve, and more businesses may have to consider how to strategically implement some form of it in their business. Thanks, Tia. Keep me challenged!
3 years, 2 months ago on Not Using Social Media Is Like Only Having a Typewriter
@MorganBarnhart @Tia Peterson I definitely agree that one has to carefully consider which social media platform would benefit her business. Morgan, LOL on the bankruptcy firm having people 'Like" their FB page. As in anything, there must be common sense, along with the use of planning and strategy. Social media should be a facet of your business. Only relying on social media to communicate and sell without having a heart and face behind it would be a disservice to your business and to your customers. Love both your points and perspectives. Thanks, Tia and Morgan!
@MorganBarnhart Hi Morgan: Thanks for your thoughts. Yes, definitely getting "tricked" into getting spam mail is indeed intrusive marketing. I do think that given the right parameters, a street team can promote well. I think it has be at the "right" place, though. Setting up in an area that is not likely sympathetic to your cause might sometimes prove to be unproductive. There are some areas, such as Hollywood Blvd. or the Vegas strip where street teams are a norm, and very acceptable.
3 years, 2 months ago on Marketing Lessons From Street Teams
I love how you talk about getting more creative. Last summer I found myself in a rut (and a bit of frustration). I decided to paint. Though I hadn't painted since art class in high school many moons ago, discovering my creativity helped me to relax, regroup, and release (sorry, I didn't mean for the alliteration to happen. LOL!). Both mini-paintings are hanging in my bathroom, and always seem to make me feel proud whenever I look at them.
3 years, 2 months ago on Five Reasons Why Taking Breaks Makes You Feel Better
This is so great, Tia. With so much out there about content marketing, inbounding marketing, and niche marketing - which all address the importance of blogging for your business, it almost becomes too scientific (SEO-ranking), and intimidating. I sometimes get bogged down by the "hows" and "to-do's" of blogging, that I have to step back sometimes. Unless you're trying to build a blogging empire, I think that blogging should be a facet of your online presence, not your end-all-be-all.
3 years, 2 months ago on Want my blogging advice? Love your blog, but don't marry it.
@StephRWong @TrafficColeman Thanks, @StephRWong ! Change can be difficult, but businesses and new entrepreneurs need to get with the flow of business' changing tide. Social media will definitely get "upgraded" somehow, and better to learn and incorporate it now than to lose out.
@TrafficColeman You are one of the savvy people, TrafficColeman. Thanks for the feedback!
Wow, Natalie. I love your transparency, and your determination to keep moving forward. This post was like a timeline of 2010 with a lot of heart and positive note. Thanks again for inspiring me!
3 years, 7 months ago on 32 Reflections of Gratitude That Serve My New Year’s Resolutions
This is so great, and so true. I recently had a potential client balk at my fee, but only after bragging about how he purchased a $650 bottle of wine the night before. Red flag. Though I am a new launcher, I believe I bring value and hard work! "Value Yourself" is wise advice! Thanks again, Natalie!
3 years, 9 months ago on Attracting Red Carpet Clients to Your Business