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Believe it or not, my #3 traffic source (after anonymous google and facebook) is Pinterest. So for me "create a pinnable image to your posts and pin them" is definitely worth my time.

11 hours, 30 minutes ago on Content Distribution: Eight Ways to Gain New Readers

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@belllindsay You know what though.. with all my feminist rantings, I actually LIKE that commercial. You know why? Because Carl's Jr makes no bones about what they are... a sexist restaurant that will kill you. They don't try to hide behind a "lite" menu or pretend that they're a family restaurant. At all. Plus I thought the well placed fruit was hysterical. Twisted, I know. 

1 day, 8 hours ago on Newsjacking: The Good, the Bad, and the Super Bowl

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@annelizhannan I have written a few times about how much I hate NFL and NoOne.org. It has to be a slap in the face to victims.. it's so fake and patronizing. I've always thought their breast cancer "support" was bad but this? Shameful.

1 day, 10 hours ago on Newsjacking: The Good, the Bad, and the Super Bowl

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Yay for my hometown fave, KK making the post!!! I'm usually pretty annoyed that super bowl ads are released early, but with all the #deflategate junk this year I'm glad. Now I can watch them all before and save myself a few hours on Sunday. But I"m still making the food. Because unless the Cowboys are playing, all I care about is the food and commercials anyhow... 

1 day, 11 hours ago on Newsjacking: The Good, the Bad, and the Super Bowl

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I want to know why my Cowboys were so represented in that video. 

3 days, 4 hours ago on Gin and Topics: The Brits Play Cards Against Humanity

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Major props to anyone who includes a kids book with business books. That means their heart's in the right place! 

4 days, 7 hours ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Scott Baradell

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I was a sad panda that I messed up the chain of events when I registered for this.. by the time I got there, all the seats were taken :( Queueing up the playback now and checking out the links above!!

5 days, 10 hours ago on Influencer Relations: Tips to Extend Your Current Campaigns

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I just snorted over that disclosure. I would also like to point out that it was 64 in NC yesterday.. so, not cold at all. 

6 days, 11 hours ago on Join Jeremy Miller for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@ginidietrich I was being aloof. Hah! j/k.. didn't get it.. will email you now! 

6 days, 12 hours ago on Use Media Relations to Get on the First Page of Google

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This is a "wish I knew this 10 years ago" kind of post. I know so much more now but still get frustrated when I see someone beat me in ranking and I know my stuff is so better.

At least that's what my mom says...

1 week ago on Use Media Relations to Get on the First Page of Google

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Oh my... I love the where babies come from one.. reminds me of my little ones thinking that their siblings came out of my butt and that a penis is really called a peanut. also, that one little girl will never put anything in her pocket - ever for the rest of her life. Must share that one.

1 week, 3 days ago on Gin and Topics: The Birds and the Bees

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I am so with you on the fauxperts, Martin!! And I find that it's getting harder and harder to let my filter work when I'm around them.

1 week, 4 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Martin Waxman

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Wow! There's so much info to digest.. I never know what to do with my hands because I use them. A lot. I have a cousin who's challenged me to make ONE video without using my hands. I have yet to accomplish that. One thing that I've gotten better at is the listen, pause, then answer part. I'm on air tonight doing the first in a set of 5 segments on social media so I'll put some more of these to task. 

1 week, 5 days ago on The Ultimate Guide to Media Interviews

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@Eleanor Pierce @rosemaryoneill I had a teacher in high school who had a goiter. 


1 week, 6 days ago on Vanity Metrics: Are They Here to Stay?

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I am ashamed to admit that I will point out the lack of social proof that my competition has. While I think it's not the end all, be all.. if you're selling that you are a social/digital marketing company and you can't even keep your own stuff up to date, current and fun.. why should I hire you?? Who am I kidding... I'm not ashamed. I worked hard to get where I am and I will let you know that. Great post Eleanor!!! 

1 week, 6 days ago on Vanity Metrics: Are They Here to Stay?

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I do both an editorial calendar and a mind/content map. My editorial calendar is a "cheat" in that I loosely assign a theme to each day. For my parenting site it could be Mom Monday (parenting topic), Teach me Tuesday (blogging, social media topics,etc.) and so on. If I end up with a brain freeze, worse case scenario I know an over-arching topic and then I can from there. What I'm doing differently this year is keeping track of all my posts IN my calendar spreadsheet. 

2 weeks ago on An Editorial Calendar Equals Lots of Content from One Idea

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I'm reserving my spot.. because why? I'm BOTH an influencer and a marketer!! LOL!

2 weeks, 1 day ago on How Social Media Affects Search

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@Eleanor Pierce @samemac @ginidietrich  See. I totally think she would wrap them. Maybe not shop for them but definitely wrap them. But I'm a sucker, so... 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Gin and Topics: Happy 2015!

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I saw the TS video NYE and loved it.. the paint video reminds me of the time when I refinished a dresser and went to bed without putting away the supplies and my 16YO who was 5 at the time woke up earlier than us and proceeded to have her own paint party. Complete with spilling it on our living room chair. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Gin and Topics: Happy 2015!

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The best part of Friday is finding these fab folks and then wondering how I missed them this whole time. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Heather Whaling

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@EdenSpodek @JohnMTrader @KristenDaukas @ginidietrich @jasonkonopinski Right now I'm focusing on my personal sites and household to get used to Evernote.. then I'll move to business. I figure by then I'll be invincible. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Online Tools that Help with PR

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@EdenSpodek Every time I have to bounce between Canva and PicMonkey, I think the same thing. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Online Tools that Help with PR

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@ginidietrich @jasonkonopinski and then last night I discovered there's an Evernote FOOD?!? That I can scan the stacks and stacks of ripped out recipes that I have?! OhMahLord!! Guess what I'm doing this weekend??

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Online Tools that Help with PR

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I pair Canva with PicMonkey all the time to create images and have resolved to FINALLY make Evernote work for me.. I know I'm the last person in the world and I've toyed with it for years but just never committed 100% to it. But between the business, the family and my personal sites? I was losing my mind trying to keep track of everything. I've also been using CoSchedule on my multi-author wordpress site which is a huge timesaver.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Online Tools that Help with PR

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People come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime and quite often we don't know which one they're going to be until much later.  We inherently NEED other people in our lives. Whether they fill the personal bucket or the professional bucket or the family bucket or whatever other bucket, we can't do it by ourselves - we need our communities and tribes to finish our pyramids. And I think we rebuild our pyramids time and time again throughout our lives. 

2 weeks, 6 days ago on 2015: The Year of Redefining Your Basic Needs

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Another problem that small agencies have (or think they have_ is that they are afraid to tell who their clients are for fear they'll get scrapped. I think I'd rather run the risk of losing a client than my business, but maybe that's just me...  

3 weeks ago on The FTC and Social Media: You Have to Disclose

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My goal is to leave a comment here. Every. Single. Day. My goals post is actually on Four Hens and it's a doozy. Like, what was I drinking that night, doozy. 


And yes, I totes missed you. 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on 2015 Business Goals

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@Eleanor Pierce It's the only good part about commuting IMO.. I need to go back and check out the other TAL podcasts. I love my marketing ones but I love the stories more. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Seven Podcasts to Add to Your iTunes Feed

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@jasonkonopinski @KristenDaukas I'm twitching at the urge to listen at my desk. Must. Not. Do. It. I'm also forbidding myself from looking up the case online. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Seven Podcasts to Add to Your iTunes Feed

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I'm completely sucked into Serial right now.. like.. don't want it to end sucked in. And there are only 3 episodes left in my stream so thanks for giving me some new material!!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Seven Podcasts to Add to Your iTunes Feed

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Okay.. I put the selfie stick (as well as the selfie ball) on the gift guide that I did for teens and tweens but I secretly want one for myself because I'm doing a lot more video on my personal blogs and am tired of my head being so ginormous. And my arms hurt. But that helps keep the videos shorter, I guess.. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Sixth Day of Christmas: Top Six Gifts for Communicators

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Grrrrr... find the coffee daukas. I'm definitely not #RockHot today.. lol... sorry @jayme!!! #ItsNotHotRocksItsRockHot

2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Jayme Soulati

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I am SO excited to see Jayme HotRocks Soulati here!!! She's so deserving!!! I have had a girl crush on Jayme since I met her a few years ago at SoSlam. I'm still not sure which brought us together.. our curly hair, our loud mouths, our loud personalities or all them combined. Having the 2 of us in the same room together is...uhm... interesting to say the least. Speaking of... when you coming back to NC Jayme?! 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Jayme Soulati

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I have a zero tolerance policy for any form of bullying.. whether it's kids or adults. While I know that it's seeded in low self-esteem, that's a whole lotta "not my problem". You want to be sad and trite - go do it alone and not on my time or my field. I am amazed that we still have to deal with this in 2014 but like you said, it's because people can sit behind a computer and feel anonymous and invincible. And it will never end because as I've written before and said numerous times - mean kids come from mean parents. 


And I kinda like you wear dark polish in the summer.. they're your fingers and you can wear whatever you want. 

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Adult Bullying is a Problem

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@ginidietrich @KristenDaukas No..that's my fun site. It's Ten to Twenty Parenting (10 - 20.. it's an age not a sentence ;) ) (tentotwenty.com)

3 months ago on How to Write a Compelling Headline

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So much good stuff here.. bookmarked Andy's post to go back and read again.. installed the Moz bar.. I get so frustrated with my one parenting site because it's literally one of the only sites that specifically caters to parents of teens and tweens and I can't get it to rank where I want. Or at all for that matter. This should help. 

3 months ago on How to Write a Compelling Headline

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The ONLY reason the NFL is doing this is to save their own tails.. they don't care about the players or the people that fall prey to their hands- all they care about is their multi-billion dollar organization. They won't acknowledge that most of this happens because these guys have been taking steroids in order to stay at the top of their game.. have had no mentoring on how to handle the pressure of being in the spotlight.. and have an overall attitude that they can get away with murder (literally) and someone in the NFL will make it go away. Until our society stops putting these guys on a pedestal and paying into this abuse-mill it will not stop. Ever. And if I hear one more commentator tell me how much the NFL is passionate about this topic, I may hurl. They're no more passionate about solving domestic abuse than they are about curing breast cancer. (off my soap box now... )

4 months, 2 weeks ago on The NFL is Missing the Cardinal Rule of Crisis Management

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We allllll have the same 24 hours in the day. Some of us just know how to use it better. You're busy?  Well, I'm busy too. I guarantee that if I were calling/emailing/texting you because I just had spare time on my hands, it wouldn't be *you* that I did it to. Answer me. 

5 months ago on The “I’m Busy” Badge of Pride

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"Bruce never did finish anything he started. " That was classic and I wish more people (ALL people) had Chris' attitude.

7 months ago on Gin and Topics: Cute and Inspiring Overdrive

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Dunno Emma rocked All I Do Is Win, too. I love jimmy because he's proven that it's cool to be silly. Like those 8th grade boys. Although I'm sure there is some 8th grade classical pianist who's TICKED they beat her.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Lip-Sync Battle and the Sprinkler Rainbow Conspiracy

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This week’s videos are courtesy of Clay Morgan, Ellie Pierce, Deb Dobson, Mr. D., and Lubna Sadik.

Thanks y'all!

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Lip-Sync Battle and the Sprinkler Rainbow Conspiracy

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If you’re stuck inside all weekend because of colder-than-normal temperatures and rain, you have Gin and Topics to keep you company!

Nope beautiful here in NC.. Going outside to plant my garden.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Lip-Sync Battle and the Sprinkler Rainbow Conspiracy

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That made me laugh.

Me too.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Lip-Sync Battle and the Sprinkler Rainbow Conspiracy

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Someone posted on Facebook the other day, “Mother Nature owes us a whole ton of May flowers.”

But what did may flowers bring? PILGRIMS!!

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Lip-Sync Battle and the Sprinkler Rainbow Conspiracy

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But, come on, Mother Nature! It’s freaking May. I want to put away my winter clothes and get outside on my bike now.

Seriously right??

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Lip-Sync Battle and the Sprinkler Rainbow Conspiracy

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I love the cold and being outside all bundled up and skiing and skating and everything about November through February.

Thats my limit too. St pats day in Chicago is more fun in a light jacket.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Lip-Sync Battle and the Sprinkler Rainbow Conspiracy

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I love winter.

See above.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Lip-Sync Battle and the Sprinkler Rainbow Conspiracy

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I love the snow.

You have to living in Chicago.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Lip-Sync Battle and the Sprinkler Rainbow Conspiracy

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Okay.. you already know how I feel about the woman-v-woman wars so I won't even go there. Remember when you did the HangOut with the BWTs? One of the things that I love so much about that group is that's exactly what we are ... cheerleaders for each other. Never mind many of us are "competitors".. when we're gathered as BWTs, we're supporters and information providers. It KILLS me sometimes listening to my 15YO and her friends when they get together and talk about all their downfalls.. I always butt in with some kind of "you need to stop" remark. ( I swear it's innate in women to be like that, sadly.. )However, I also love when I catch her with a super huge ego :) I think you're wicked awesome and ever since I met you in Twitterverse, you've been one of my idols and mentors. You're awesome, I'm awesome, we're all awesome. Now go have an awesome day. 

9 months ago on Women Can’t Be Awesome: What’s Really the Root of the Problem

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agreed!! However, I see that more in personal blogs and small business blogs. 

9 months, 3 weeks ago on There’s a Reason No One’s Reading Your Blog

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