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@djwaldow Love this. Love this. So proud of you. I suffered from Imposter Syndrome so terribly in my first career that I deliberately left it for a corporate job that had nothing whatsoever to do with my past. That first career: College Professor, at age 25. Barely older than my students and still enrolled in grad school when I first took the stand in front of over 100 students a semester, I spent 4 long years trying to convince myself that I knew what I was talking about and deserved to be where I was. It didn't work so well. Not only was I completely unprepared in terms of pedagogy (having never actually studied HOW to teach, somehow, in my 8+ years of college...) but I was teaching classes in writing and composition and logic and grammar, when I had never formally studied any of those. My degree was in modern (Translation: Renaissance to Reformation-ish) LIterature, Literary Theory, and the 18th century British Novel; somehow I had been hired to teach about nonfiction writing and rhetoric. I crammed furiously before each lesson, often finishing assigned readings in the textbook just ahead of my students, and yet had to stand up and teach lessons to 4 classes in rotation a day. I'm much more confident now, but it's taken 10 years of life experience for me to even begin to appreciate my skill set.AS for depression, here's a tiny paragraph from the unpublished draft manuscript of my book, _Indelibly Misfitted:_"So, about depression. First off, let me say this nicely: It's not your fault.
Ok, good. Now let me say it my way. About depression: IT'S NOT YOUR FUCKING FAULT.
Great. Good. Now this is what you need to know: GET. HELP."That's about how I feel about that :) I could say more, but I have about 100 paintings that I am most definitely procrastinating on getting framed for my 1st Art Show, OMG.But I'll end with this: Kudos, DJ. You are a super good dude.
7 months, 1 week ago on Impostors Syndrome: My Very Personal Story
@JasonFalls ha... don't hide, mister, I have YOU in my collection on medium called "More Than Blue" and you're not the only one. I'm just sincerely pleased that more and more people are speaking out, folks like Amber Naslund and Chris Brogan, to name a couple of brave ones: https://medium.com/more-than-blue/
@djwaldow @ginidietrich @MackCollier Daww! Pleased to meet you, too, @LisaMarieMary :) thank you for reading my crazy attempt at a blog. See? I come to make silly comments and increase my blog traffic by 100% ~ I win!
2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: DJ Waldow
@djwaldow @ginidietrich @MackCollier Actually, DJ, the correct response to their awesomeness is to abuse them more. Especially Gini. #beatherwithawetnoodle #sendmonkeys <3 Also, technically, no, none of you know me in person except for Mack, who I adore. The rest of you, you're on notice. I might let you stay in the cool kids club. Maybe. ;)
@ginidietrich @MackCollier @djwaldow OMG now I'm even more excited to meet DJ....I feel like I'm in the cool kids club ;)
SO IN!!! Does this explain the big red gum tweets? Because I love you. I mean, those.
2 years, 6 months ago on Social Media: A Positive Tool, Not a Negative Platform
@ginidietrich @lmspreen oooh me too. I need help with this. I had to rebrand myself "Warrior Princess" to survive in the SIlicon Valley tech culture... but you're right, that doesn't work on my fellow ladies. What to do?
2 years, 7 months ago on Women Rule the Social Web and Your Sales
Oh my gods, Gini... you read my mind. I've been on a feminist kick ever since seeing the Winklevoss twins speak on Friday. Here's the post I did last weekend:
I'm totally sharing this post. You're my hero!
Congrats on the book launch, lady! I was an English major, too :) Thoughtful stuff may not be as visibly popular, but good work is somehow more satisfying... you have interesting thoughts.
Can we go back to making monkey jokes at each other, now? ;)
2 years, 11 months ago on Writing for You…Or the People?
@libbytalks@Josepf@sumnermusolf@ImMarkBernhardt@MimiBakerMN I thought I responded but it didn't post maybe- Libby you reach out ANYTIME. Look at me- I had a moment of overwhelming lonliness and I jumped headlong into the arms of the tribe. Anything I can do for you guys, I will. Without hesitation.
3 years, 4 months ago on Sad & Good things about #usguys
@libbytalks@LewisPoretz@Josepf@RicDragon@prosperitygal@TheDaveReynolds@997dave@rickietyler@JohnFeskorn Libby my dear, you can reach out ANYTIME. You saw me! I had a moment of overwhelming lonliness and posted asking for help to the facebook group- and boom, within an hour I had four emails and many facebook replies. It's not the first really low moment I've had lately, and you guys keep being there.
I can't shake the feeling I've had all year- that what was started with the group isn't finished yet.
@sumnermusolf@Josepf With you on the job thing, dearest! As you well know~
I'm sad. #usguys, I miss you.
@ginidietrich@Josepf@deleted_91832_Sean McGinnis@danperezfilms Squuuueeee :)
@ExtremelyAvg@byronfernandez oh, I was bragging. ;) He can call me on it if he wants... I think he did miss my point, though. I was just saying, "Hey, my perspective is different, because I know there are real people behind this and I think they have good intentions." That's all. I don't know if the changes they made were good or bad, really. It was just a "hey stop picking on my friends" kind of moment.
Anyway I didn't address YOUR main point, Brian, which seems more about the change, and about the sort of "If it ain't broke, don't fix" idea. Yes?
I do like being called clever, though. New #bff
By the way, I'm also "influential" in chocolate, beer, and fishing. I can't help it, I'm a goof ;)
3 years, 5 months ago on Klout: A Call To Inaction
@ExtremelyAvgWoot! I will absolutely be your friend :) That's free. The other things would cost money. Goblin gold preferred.
I have great loyaly to Klout because I live in the Bay Area and have been to HQ & met many members of the team. I know they are good, smart people and I believe they are genuine in trying to provide a useful tool. I respect them. I happened to be at Klout the day of the debacle, and everyone I spoke with had dropped by quite a bit. So I definitely feel some sympathy for the people who are fed up. But for now, I remain optimistic and believe they will continue to provide value with their tool.
And come on... I'm influential in #magic on Klout (YES REALLY GO LOOK)
So not a muggle ;)
Anyway, my Klout score is 100, see? http://instagr.am/p/RlsSd/
Happy Happy birthday! I better wait a little longer, many debts still to pay. But I do appreciate your generosity on your day. & It did prompt me to review your offerings very thoroughly :) I'll be back around.
Glad you were born. Enjoy the beer, enjoy the time, and may the coming year be the best of your life, to date.
3 years, 7 months ago on My Birthday + Pay What You Can Day
Commenting not so much because I have something useful to say in reply but more to acknowledge I'm here and listening. I am struggling to trust myself. I don't think I do. I've let myself down, before. I certainly have been meeting people and doing things that I would not have believed possible a year ago. But I'm just so overwhelmed at the moment that it's hard to have that kind of faith that I need, to keep walking forward. We'll see. I really hope you're right.
3 years, 9 months ago on When You Need to Stop Listening
Ok Ok I'm here and commenting, already! The recant has done nothing to ameliorate to hurt & offense caused by your awful and insensitive comments! How DARE you slander my good name and bring shame and suffering upon me! My mortification knows no bounds, and my heart is forever broken because of your totally unwarranted cruelty. WHY, oh WHY have you betrayed me?? I'm crushed by guilt and shame for my "stupid" and "irritating" behavior. Curses upon you and your shiny new wonderfulness! I remember you when you were just a guy in an ugly sweater!!!!
Ok, kidding aside... I love it all. 12-most is fabulous. I *am* a bit of a follow-back junkie, and I anyone who's watched me work knows I do love to follow the big names in social media and talk at them until they follow me back. But I'm no stalker, just a little enthusiastic ;) and I always treat DM with respect. This is why I've kept my good standing and relationships with a lot of folk who haven't interacted with me in a while.
Thanks for the irreverent mention & the indirect love.
3 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Irritating to Most People I Know on Twitter Behaviors | Was: 12 Most Stupid Twitter Behaviors