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I tried repeatedly to tell this to my bosses at my old job to no avail. I finally had to give up. They always thought that if I could get more Twitter followers or Facebook fans all would be well. 

I tried again and again to say the website was not user friendly and the content sucked. It had so much French in it that the content made no sense. (they wondered why they did not succeed...) 

1 year, 6 months ago on Answering the Top Five Social Media Questions Marketers Ask

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You know that has been an issue for me this past year. With all the challenges I have had in the past year and a half, I have had to be online far less. What it did for me is make me see what online friendships were real and which ones were not. 

This post is a good reminder for all of us. 

1 year, 6 months ago on Social Media Networks: Robot Friends with Off Switches

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I stay the course by realizing I fell way off it and need to take a step back. For me, I realized my blog had a tone I did not like so I am thinking about starting a new one with a different focus. The trick for me was realizing I got too far from my original purpose and that I needed to take an honest look at it.

1 year, 6 months ago on How to Stay the Course

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Here is the thing - life goes on no matter what else is going on. The week before I got hit by a car and suffered a massive concussion along with two broken skull bones. It did not matter that I was poor and uninsured. I still got cared for and back home in time to see all of the marathon and the aftermath.

What this also reminds me is that life is really fragile. I could have died in the crosswalk being hit by a 65 year old woman. That did not happen. I am still here and plan on it for quite some time. It did, however, put life into perspective very quick for me.

I am happy that the people responsible are not still at large. I hope the people greatly touched by this tragedy can find a way to heal and move on. 

1 year, 7 months ago on Three Random Thoughts on April 19, 2013

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Danny, your book makes me wish I had extra money (or any money for that matter) but really, I know anything you put your name on will be well worth it. I wish you the best of luck with this book my friend!

1 year, 7 months ago on Free Download of "Situational Influence": Chapter 5 of Influence Marketing

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I still remember the August morning that I woke up to find a #FollowFriday post about me. First I sat in disbelief, then I called my boss and told him about it and he asked me what the big deal was. That was when I knew that job was never going to work out. :)

At the risk of sounding sappy, it totally made my day when you did that for me. It made me feel like someone was getting the real me behind the sarcasm and silliness. It also showed me what people really and truly thought of my blog. I really need to get back to blogging  I think.

So, I have to say, I found Spin Sucks by accident, showed up every day and began demanding cake. The best Gini could offer was a picture of one. I have to say that I think its kind of weird in a bad way to ask for the #FF. I never asked and never even thought to. It blew my mind and made my day when it happened.

1 year, 7 months ago on How Our #FollowFriday Recommendations Work

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 @HowieG  @ginidietrich Hey you, no speedo wearing at the board meeting! Follow some protocol okay?

1 year, 8 months ago on Treat People Like Adults and You’ll Have High Productivity

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 @HowieG  @bdorman264  @ginidietrich but my bosses used to surf porn sites...oh wait, that was part of the problem. 

1 year, 8 months ago on Treat People Like Adults and You’ll Have High Productivity

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 @ginidietrich Hey, I was told I would have guru status for sure after spending those two hours I will never get back

1 year, 8 months ago on Treat People Like Adults and You’ll Have High Productivity

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Ah, you really know how to get me started....at one of my old jobs, I was continually chided for "playing" on Twitter and commenting on blogs and earning my white robe on Google+. The truth was, I was teaching myself how social media worked from the ground up.

 

For someone with only retail experience and no college education, I think I learned it all fairly well. The bosses wanted immediate results and I told them that when they stopped liking porn stars on Facebook, then we might be able to get somewhere.

 

Lets not mince words here - there will always be some employees who take advantage of the system. There will be others who won't. I have had a few jobs where I was treated so poorly that yes I played online any chance I got and so did my co-workers. What does that tell you?

 

The only remedy is this - talk to your staff. Talk TO your staff, not AT your staff. Is there a reason they are going online? Do they have something going on that they are embarrassed to talk about? Again, this goes back to treating people like adults and not like children. I guess this is a bit of a pet peeve of mine.

1 year, 8 months ago on Treat People Like Adults and You’ll Have High Productivity

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 @lauraclick Our original web designer showed me that Oatmeal cartoon. I think our boss (who didn't have pointy hair but should have) said things like "lets make the website "pop"

 

Ew. Ew. Ew...

 

Communicating a clear message that brings results? You are making way too much sense lady. We won't have any of that logic stuff going on here!

1 year, 8 months ago on Your Corporate Website: Four Deadly Mistakes

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It has snark, it has bacon, it has everything! I love this!

1 year, 8 months ago on Killing Hemingway Ch 1

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This topic makes me rant. First of all, a few years ago I was given the task of helping create our small company website. I wrote copy and worked with the designer to create a website that would be easy to navigate and easy on the eyes.

 

About a month or so after the launch, my boss informs me that the site I helped create was "not cutting edge enough" and he wanted something better.

 

Better my foot. 

 

What his brilliant team created was a website so confusing no one knew where anything was. The font was too small on the black background. (yes they used black which I warned them would look trashy) and then came the tweets - are you ready? They were on little clouds, The clouds didn't move gracefully around the page. They awkwardly jumped. 

 

I could go on for hours, but I won't. I almost forgot the best part - we were supposed to be "experts" in social media and SEO, yet our new website had no tags anywhere. (our old site did)

 

The Dilbert principle is alive and well

1 year, 8 months ago on Your Corporate Website: Four Deadly Mistakes

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 @ginidietrich Why? Apples are easier to throw, tasty and good for you. Bananas are mushy.

 

 

1 year, 8 months ago on WordPress Wizardry for Muggles

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 @belllindsay  @hackmanj  @HowieG I am hitting karaoke tonight to sing The Bitch is Back!

1 year, 8 months ago on WordPress Wizardry for Muggles

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 @belllindsay  @hackmanj  @HowieG Great. Now I have that stupid song stuck in my head. This is YOUR fault Lindsay!

1 year, 8 months ago on WordPress Wizardry for Muggles

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I am going to register! What do you think about them apples? 

1 year, 8 months ago on WordPress Wizardry for Muggles

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I never even thought about checking a blog's rank before. The guest posts I have done have for the most part been for people I already knew. There was one guest post that I got specifically from a comment and it was on this blog!

 

I never once thought about republishing my guest posts. I guess I should look into that.

1 year, 8 months ago on Guest Blogging: Seven Tips for Success

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I  get to be last now! What was your defining moment as a writer or blogger? Certainly we all have those moments where we realize we need to just keep doing what we are doing no matter how hard it gets. What was that moment for you?

2 years, 3 months ago on Join Margie Clayman for a Special Livefyre Q&A Today

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 @ginidietrich I will name him Seth after Seth Godin.

2 years, 5 months ago on Gin and Topics: Talking Animals and Sexy Farm Boys

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It is in the high 90's here on Long Island. Now that we have a heatwave, all the work we have had is outdoor and backbreaking!

What is going to happen in August? MY BIRTHDAY! I WANT CAKE!

The cat video is beyond adorable. I want a cat like Maru but I will name him Seth instead

2 years, 5 months ago on Gin and Topics: Talking Animals and Sexy Farm Boys

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In a lot of ways, it can be a double-edged sword. In my own case my online friends have been there for me since my life began falling apart. It has been my "in person" friends and family that have fallen off the face of the earth.

 

I try to always thank all of those who have helped me in any way, shape or form. I wish I did not need the help still, but the fact of the matter is that I do. My sense of self has taken an enormous beating from all of the struggles I have been through in the past six months.

 

Anyway, it can be tough to put it into words, but take it from someone who is currently going through that very struggle that it is both heartwarming and humiliating to have to accept help. There are days that I do not even know how to thank those who have stuck by me.

 

I am not excusing people who are ungrateful, I am merely offering up a reason why they may be reluctant to acknowledge kindness. In my case (and I will not try to guess what motivates others) it is that sense that I am somehow undeserving of help.

 

 

2 years, 5 months ago on Accepting Kindness With Grace

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This is something that has been vital to me. I started out blogging as a person who wanted to improve her writing. My friends that I have made through social media channels have given me emotional support when I lost my home and some even got together and sent me a check to help make a dent in what I owed. These friendships are not just online, they are as real as they get and I don't know where I would be without them

2 years, 5 months ago on Online vs. Offline Relationships: Build Them Before You Need Them

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I have a very different challenge on my hands with trying to write copy for a home improvement site. I have been toying with the idea of a weekly blog post about how to paint your house...etc. I am thinking about doing a Q and A style blog for that. What do you guys think?

2 years, 5 months ago on Six Steps to Creating Content that Generate Leads

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Beautiful as usual Dasnny. Since I have not been online much in the past month or so, I have the reverse issue. I have been largely forgotten about.

2 years, 5 months ago on When Was the Last Time...

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 @TheJackB pitches like that are why I am happy to be a small fry still. Idon't get bothered with such nonsense :)

2 years, 6 months ago on No One Cares About Your News Release

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THIS is what i tried to tell the bosses. I know that stuff is garbage, but that is what the client wanted. I had to write news releases that really were not news, and worse, make a company that was not very good sound great.

 

2 years, 6 months ago on No One Cares About Your News Release

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 @Lisa Gerber Yes it is. I am a known Beatles geek :)

2 years, 6 months ago on Gin and Topics: Hungry Lion, Bike Riding Dog, and Kids Singing Queen

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 @ginidietrich Next time I see him I will try to make that happen

2 years, 6 months ago on Gin and Topics: Hungry Lion, Bike Riding Dog, and Kids Singing Queen

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My son learned "We Will Rock You" in Kindergarten. In second grade he learned 'Octopus' Garden"

 

If you know who sang that, I will give you five bucks.I will give you ten if you get the band member right!

 

That dentist story is awesome. I don't know anything about taking out all of someone's teeth...I never went to dental school. I plead the fifth. Where is my lawyer?

2 years, 6 months ago on Gin and Topics: Hungry Lion, Bike Riding Dog, and Kids Singing Queen

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 @ginidietrich I am the only idiot at Starbucks without a device! It is kind of sad. I need a tissue....

2 years, 6 months ago on The Web Is Dead! Long Live Smartphones!

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I am still cool even though I use the web from my home pc AND tweet from Twitter.com. That's right baby - I am the ultimate late adopter!

 

By the time I get an iPhone, AT&T will be giving them away for free with a two year contract!

2 years, 6 months ago on The Web Is Dead! Long Live Smartphones!

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It would be a much better world if we saw how we are all the same instead of so different. Being someone who has been homeless, I know the stigma attached all too well.

 

The heartbreaking part for me is that so many 'friends' left me and my blog when life got hard. That is life I guess. When things go as bad as they have for me, you find out in a hurry who your friends really are.

 

Even with everything that has gone on, I still try to pay it forward if I can. Some days are better than others. That's just part of life too.

2 years, 6 months ago on Make It Your Mission To...

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I so relate to this. I get really critical of myself because I feel I am not getting far enough along. I also get down on myself for not getting the work I feel I need. I constantly compare myself to others and am always on the losing end.

 

That may just be me, but since my life took a turn for the worse, some folks do not stop by the way they once did. I have to realize that says more about them than it does about me. 

 

I need to stop comparing my insides to other people's outsides. I am not good at it though. :)

2 years, 7 months ago on Chinese Finger Traps and the Danger of Comparison

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I have two choices - one dark one not so dark.; On the dark side of things I would add Misery by Stephen King - I mean, what happens when our "number one fan" gets a bit crazy? We need to have a plan in place to deal with that before we lose a finger or worse!

 

My other choice is The Greatest Salesman In the World by Og Mandino. If you have read it, you already know why I think it should be added. 

2 years, 7 months ago on Nine Books for Communicators

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 @Sean McGinnis I love that word! Me too! How is that possible? Is it possible? Or...do we have the same poor taste?

2 years, 7 months ago on #FollowFriday: Dallas Kincaid

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That is really cool! I love that! At Spin Sucks, Gini makes it about the readers as much as it is about marketing and PR. That is really essential so that people feel like they belong. There is no more boring thing in the world than listening to a windbag who does not care about who their buyers are. 

 

Nice post. Going to share this one.

2 years, 7 months ago on A Strong Cast of Characters is Vital to Telling Your Company’s Story

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I guess how I blog might be considered strange. I have no editorial calendar. Nothing is preplanned with the exception of guest posts. I blog about what is going on in my life in that moment. Simple as that. Most of my posts are finished in under twenty minutes. If it takes longer than that, it is probably not very good and I trash it. I keep my posts short and to the point. That's it.

2 years, 7 months ago on Small Business Tip Tuesday: Blogging Doesn’t Need to be a Daunting Task

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When I was in outpatient rehab years ago, we did something like this. The "dead" person is not allowed to talk and good and not so good things are said, but the emphasis is on the good. 

 

I try to do this with people as often as I can. Sometimes I fail rather miserably at it and sometimes not. I guess it is always good to do these things while others are alive, rather than realizing it is too late.

2 years, 7 months ago on Eulogies for the Living

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 @Erroin That's what i'm here for :)

2 years, 7 months ago on A Special Livefyre Q&A with Erika Napoletano AKA @RedHeadWriting

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 @jasonkonopinski I have a related question - how would you deal with someone reading your blog or Twitter feed to get information about you? How do you deal with someone like that?

2 years, 7 months ago on A Special Livefyre Q&A with Erika Napoletano AKA @RedHeadWriting

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What do you do when you know you are right and your bosses are wrong? Do you fight the system and strike out on your own or do you bide your time? 

 

How do you know when your unpopular idea is a winner and not wishful thinking?

2 years, 7 months ago on A Special Livefyre Q&A with Erika Napoletano AKA @RedHeadWriting

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I agree with Jack. I guess most who read my blog find me to be the person who says what they always wanted to, but are afraid to.

 

That has developed over time. I am honest and painfully straightforward. That has worked for me and I see no need to change it.

2 years, 7 months ago on In Search of My Voice

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This will be fun if I can attend even for a few minutes. We all know I am hopelessly unpopular and that Danny has taken pity on me :)

2 years, 7 months ago on A Special Livefyre Q&A with Erika Napoletano AKA @RedHeadWriting

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I work for a company that has a social media blogger (me!) but no real Facebook presence. I would be HAPPY to take that over.

 

They don't really have any actual fans which may be why I am kept away from the Facebook page. *sigh*

 

My old job didn't want comments or anything. They wanted to make grand statements which doesn't work either. 

2 years, 7 months ago on Suspend Facebook, Lock the Door, Hang Up the Phone

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I loved this Ken. I think back and you are so right about loving what you do rather than "working for the weekend" That was my blind spot for many years. Nice point made. Happy birthday Ken! They say 50 is the new...um, 50

 

2 years, 8 months ago on Letter to My 18 Year Old Self

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I want a gun that leaves people speechless! I have a few people I could use that on!

2 years, 8 months ago on Gin and Topics: Strawberry Pie and a Gun Leaving People Speechless

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