Single mom from Bergen County New Jersey. Loves to write, make others laugh and hopes to make a difference in this world.
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...)
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Answering the Top Five Social Media Questions Marketers Ask
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.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Social Media Networks: Robot Friends with Off Switches
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.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on How to Stay the Course
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.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Three Random Thoughts on April 19, 2013
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!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Free Download of "Situational Influence": Chapter 5 of Influence Marketing
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.
8 months, 1 week ago on How Our #FollowFriday Recommendations Work
@HowieG @ginidietrich Hey you, no speedo wearing at the board meeting! Follow some protocol okay?
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Treat People Like Adults and You’ll Have High Productivity
@HowieG @bdorman264 @ginidietrich but my bosses used to surf porn sites...oh wait, that was part of the problem.
@ginidietrich Hey, I was told I would have guru status for sure after spending those two hours I will never get back
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.
@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!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Your Corporate Website: Four Deadly Mistakes
It has snark, it has bacon, it has everything! I love this!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Killing Hemingway Ch 1
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
@ginidietrich Why? Apples are easier to throw, tasty and good for you. Bananas are mushy.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on WordPress Wizardry for Muggles
@belllindsay @hackmanj @HowieG I am hitting karaoke tonight to sing The Bitch is Back!
@belllindsay @hackmanj @HowieG Great. Now I have that stupid song stuck in my head. This is YOUR fault Lindsay!
I am going to register! What do you think about them apples?
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.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Guest Blogging: Seven Tips for Success
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?
1 year, 3 months ago on Join Margie Clayman for a Special Livefyre Q&A Today
@ginidietrich I will name him Seth after Seth Godin.
1 year, 5 months ago on Gin and Topics: Talking Animals and Sexy Farm Boys