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Wow -- didn't know about forte! This high school French wiz was definitely walking around saying for-tay! Sometimes, the incorrect is more widely accepted, so it's 'easier' to just say it wrong. Example, I get annoyed when people use that and who incorrectly -- He's an amazing blogger that blogs about marketing -- but SO many people do it, that it's become acceptable. Another one that kills me: She must of been there vs. She must have been there.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Commonly Mispronounced Words and How to Say Them
You're SO preaching to the choir on this one! I was a news producer and assignment editor/manager for a few years, so I have the same high standards. I keep hearing I can buy a tripod and lens for my iPhone, but...somehow, I don't think that will cut it for me! :)
I think we have to remind ourselves that MOST readers/watchers don't have the experience we have (and lack the same critical eye), so we can probably relax our standards a bit. Whenever you do start vlogging, I'll be anxious to see them -- I know they'll be awesome!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on 4 Reasons I Haven’t Started Vlogging…Yet
My daughter does this sometimes...I always say the same thing -- it's behind the preposition. It's definitely annoying and a big pet peeve of mine.
5 months ago on Ending Sentences with ‘At’? Bad Idea!
Ohhh, good one! I'm going to play devil's advocate this one all the way around...
I always find it interesting to hear the rationale of people who don't respond to comments. I think that Joel's point about having a preference for spending his time creating content (rather than responding to comments) is a good one. What I think, as you wrote, what gave a lot of people pause was his insinuation that commenters are looking for validation. I read a LOT of blogs and comment rarely (am working on this), but when I do, I can assure you I'm not looking for validation from anyone. I comment because the topic is interesting IMO, and I see fit to share my opinion / insight on it.
Joel did go on to say that, if engagement is what you're seeking, then you should be commenting. "For all: comments are critical if your blog is about getting comments and engaging. Comments may not be critical for all" This reminds us that our decisions about responding to comments should align with our blogging goals and objectives. If you're seeking to create a community on your blog, then I don't see how that can be accomplished without commenting.
One last point, as you said, I agree it would have been interesting to have had the opportunity to ask Mitch how his philosophy on commenting has evolved over time. My guess is he likely didn't hold those thoughts when he was just starting out!
5 months ago on Should Bloggers Respond to Comments?
@jordanbehan Needed to close the browser -- it works now. This is amazing -- so excited to use it. :)
Thanks for your help and to your product guys for their hard work on this!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on HootSuite Syndicator: Power your Social Media with Content from RSS
This is not working for me quite yet. Uninstalled my existing to Hootlet to make sure I was running the most updated version, but I still don't yet get the option to add the feed to my dashboard. I only get the option to share the link via the Hootlet. Using Chrome 27 on Mac OSX.
Can't wait to use this! Will be an awesome way to find great content to curate.
Classic conflict avoidance workplace behavior. Problem with a few, clamped down on many...and often those "few" don't even realize that the so-called punishment is aimed at them (in fact, they assume it's aimed at everyone BUT them). My guess is any one who is sitting at work abusing the internet use policy is likely skirting their responsibilities in other ways too, so places like this should focus on the real issue.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Treat People Like Adults and You’ll Have High Productivity
Great post -- Certainly, the anonymity the web offers (some of) us has given rise to trolls. I think they are generally people who wouldn't say / write the things they do without the comfort of a monitor and keyboard. Still, if businesses do their best to fulfill their brand promises, it does seem to help cut down on trolls and haters - though we know you can't please everyone! It's definitely a multi-step that involves doing good work in the first place, practicing active social listening and addressing it quickly (and wisely) when you do see something that could be damaging.
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1 year, 1 month ago on Trolls, Smear Campaigns, and Reputation Management