I am a localized packet of shimmering joy. Also: website promotion specialist. Unrelated: I love strawberries but not most strawberry flavored things.
Or injustice. Because that makes actual sense.
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5 days, 16 hours ago on A Blogging Community: Why it’s Important to Have One
Community is the one thing that can bring any business adk from the dead. All the blows I've been hit with over the years that should have hurt my business badly were softened by the cushion of community, most of the time unintentionally.. And being part of a community is a powerful thing. The trust and the bond shared over a common interest is vastly underestimated. But people have been known to die over things they believe in, while no one ever lifts a finger to help out some generic company selling some stuff. Didn't witness the melee, but very glad .. Proud even.. To be part of a group that doesn't remain silent in the face of justice.
Probably depends on the person, the experience & the intensity of the experience. I'd had brushes with death before, and it isn't death that scares me. It's the feeling of falling into nothingness, not knowing if I'd wake up again. Indeed I wasn't sure if I was dying or passing out. So it wasn't, for me, just the near-death part. It was the intensity of knowing that I didn't know what was important to me. The people I loved and the things I never said, family and friends I wasn't spending enough time with. Knowing that experiential ly, not just intellectually, made the difference for me.
My latest conversation: Content Marketing Productivity – How to Turn a 5 Minute Audio Into 5 Marketable Content Items [video!]
1 week, 4 days ago on The Success Trap and Regrets of the Dying
So you know about my whole thing last year. There's this feeling I used to have, when falling asleep, that tomorrow would come. I've had several ear brushes, but the first night I woke up after passing out and not knowing I would wake up... Whole different sense of urgency to life. Part of why we don't all change in light of these facts is because though we know, intellectually, that we'll die, that feeling you're completely out of time isn't persistent or dramatic enough for some of us to change. Add to that the increasing distractions of life, and you can live all your days never having contemplated what you hope they will amount to in the end.
I still lose that feeling sometimes. But it creeps back in the quiet.
Love the distinction between an issue and a crisis.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Three Ways a PR Firm Can Help You
You don't sound like a broken record to me. There's no other way to push back against the idea of popularity masquerading as influence than to, well, push back. We need people, for the good of all, to keep debating this idea so we can get to what the influence discussion should really be about - useful ways to leverage and partner with pivotal members of communities. They want to help businesses. Businesses want to find them and use their help. But as long as businesses are being led to pursue the easier ghost of the population that actually matters, the two groups will keep missing each other, and the belief that social media has impact will eventually die if people continuing to do the wrong things, keep getting no results, and claiming that either ROI can't be measured or doesn't exist.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Does Influence Marketing Have a Future?
@jeffespo Too many to list them all. Chat. I don't like the clutter and I never use that feature. The emoticons. Ads yeah but I'm pretty much blind to them. Now that I have a proper laptop again it's not like it slows the load time. But it's not as big a deal to me as the unnecessary or redundant features Facebook has that I could do with out.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Would you pay for an adless Facebook?
Sadly I'll just miss this today - and I'm a big CC fan (so great to meet you at NMX, CC!) But I'm happy to see the schedule of upcoming guests so I can plan for the future.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Join C.C. Chapman for a Special Livefyre Q&A Today
I'd pay to get rid of them if there was an option. But I'd pay more to get rid of various Facebook features.
If these emoticons were added as options to use Instead of liking something, maybe I'd be a bit more excited. But I'm one of the minority that doesn't give Facebook as much data as it would appear, and think that they have too much of my data to mine already. Not because I'm against data mining per se.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Facebook’s New Emoticons: Fiendish Plot or Improved Customer Experience?
Great idea. I think #websos is smart. You could also turn the help projects into teaching opportunities or a knowledge base for small business owners, as some problems are probably frequent for new people.
1 month ago on Improving the web, one struggling website at a time. A mission for the greater good!
Cool sounding tool with reasonable pricing. I really like when a subscription is priced so that even if I don't use a tool every month, I won't mind staying subscribed just to have my work saved.
1 month ago on Simplify Blogger Outreach with Inkybee
Yeah, I want to live in that world too. Since college, I've been what Alice Walker defines as a womanist. Long story but while I'm still in solidarity with my feminist sisters I insist on that distinction. And it's because of that same issue you're writing about here. I don't just lean in, I *punch* in. And before I went out on my own, I was still often denied access anyway. But I was raised with a certain type of awareness by both my parents, and recognize that privileged upbringing. Our family had more money, I had more opportunities, I have had better self-education and public education, as my parents had the luxury to be deliberate about those aspects of my upbringing.
And I hate that women are being blamed for not being assertive enough, not being permitted to own our own sexuality without society's judgement, and that the choice to embrace more traditional roles is often rejected as a non-feminist act. We should all be free to be the women we want to be, as should men.
Our struggle for equal consideration uplifts EVERYONE because we're not looking for preferential treatment, but equal and fair consideration where none existed before.
Amen to this Amy. Amen.
1 month ago on I Don’t Want to Be a Feminist
Almost used that exact image yesterday but with different words on the sign... Great minds....
To help with number one, I keep a running list with common questions.
My latest conversation: 17 Tools to Help Increase Your Content Creation Productivity
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Nine Tips to Write a Great Blog Post
Sad these days we live in. It used to be understood that as an SEO professional, you had to not only advise clients of the best keywords, but manage the drive for rankings with other traffic generating marketing activities. I'm staying old school & as Steve Harvey would say "I'm not converting over".
It's not that bad though. At least now folks can find good advice before shopping around.
My latest conversation: Tools to Help With Audio Content Creation
1 month, 3 weeks ago on There’s More to Life than Google Rankings
When I answered, I was coming from the perspective of a consumer. I also used to have a problem where I didn't get my company email and had to give out my Gmail as a backup. I fought with my hosting company at the time about it for Months. It was a big deal to me, it felt like I was running my business out of the trunk of my car.
On the other hand, if a person has had an AOL email address since 1999, or before company emails were both common and inexpensive, I don't fault them for continuing to do so. But the consumer in me doesn't know that, and will judge them for it. But I'm a techie, I know you can get a domain name for as little as $5, and Google Apps for $5 a month- though I also know that everyone doesn't know that, it still concerns me.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Should You Brand Your Business Email Address?
Content AS advertising is the coming model. I don't despise pay walls. In fact I think it can be smart to make people pay for your best content if you aren't a news organization.
People or companies who do so know they'll lose 90%of people but I appreciate it as a service.The fact is that the ultimate goal of advertising is to reach an audience, community or consumer. The best way to do that now is content. For yeahs instead of solo "ads", I just paid to have my article run. Even when people knew it was an ad, it worked much better than any standard ad ever has.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Paywalls Beginning To Lose Credibility
Creative Commons, buy rights or make em myself -- shocked that this is still an issue. But aware that I shouldn't be. Thanks for giving us something to pass along.
2 months ago on That Photo You Found On the Internet Could Cost You
"Like bugs in amber" is a great metaphor. The whole skills issue is amusing to me now. When I was in college, lo these many years ago, the emphasis was put on learning about technology. The idea was that you'd never be out of work, and the promise of liberal arts was supposedly fading.
Now we can't get along without writers, content creators, communicators, thinkers, project managers, marketers, salesmen -- any of the people who get creative with conveying messages.
How the world turns...
My latest conversation: Content Productivity Tip: How to Use Audio to Close Gaps in Your Content Creation
2 months ago on Have Skills Gaps Become the New Normal?
Very helpful. I have a Roku, and I'll likely get Apple TV for my bedroom. But I've been wondering if it's worth getting Google TV for the family room. With PlayOn that sounds like it'd be great.
2 months ago on How To: Get Hulu (And More) on Google TV