New York, NY
Wandering 20-something with a love for music, wine, and snark. Director of Calm at @dontpanicmgmt, the new virtual content assistant agency. Current and former clients include @jaybaer, @annhandley, @ginidietrich, @prTini, and more. How can I help?
Oh man, I want to be that All By Myself guy's wife. I bet their life is constantly hilarious!
1 month ago on Gin and Topics: Your First Moon Party
Cindy, I admire you for writing about your experience so eloquently. I'm sure there were days when you were sad and frustrated, but you'd never know it... I could feel your positive energy radiating in this post! I truly believe a positive mindset and a will to succeed can do wonders, not only for a professional career but for personal health as well. It's clear to me that you approached your recovery in the best way possible and I am so grateful that you were open to sharing your story with us. So happy for you and so glad that you've been able to work through this with your amazing family and team at Social Media Examiner. Here's to much more love, fun, and happiness in the years to come!
1 month, 1 week ago on How to Keep Working When Life Throws You a Major Curve Ball
You forgot the panel!! :) Thanks for having me, Mike. I had a great time making new friends and getting to know acquaintances. Always one of my favorite times of the year! Hope to see you soon.
1 month, 1 week ago on Year 10 of the Ohio Growth Summit
@belllindsay I seriously don't understand why customer service people think it's okay to be jerks. That happened to me recently too, and I was like, "ISN'T THIS YOUR JOB?!"
1 month, 1 week ago on Five Easy Ways to Adopt Social Customer Service
@LauraPetrolino It is starting to sound a little tired to me, I mean EVERYONE is talking about humanity and being human, but so few companies actually practice what we preach. I thought it was a worthwhile reminder with actual action items that anyone can do right now! And yes, I thought maybe it would help people get in the mindset to think of themselves as a Twitter bird with a headset ;)
DON'T PANIC! :)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on How to *Successfully* Work for an Entrepreneur: 10 Guidelines
Don't Panic is looking for an intern... could it be YOU??!!
Just kidding :)
I never wanted to say anything, but had a sneaking suspicion that you were on the brink of something like this. Maybe because we've spent so much time emailing... for years now... and I can read your mind through the internet! I'm excited about your next chapter and even more excited to collaborate more in the future, I hope! Hugs!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Why I Quit My Job (and what’s next)
AWWWW! I am blushing. So much love!
2 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Jay Baer
@ginidietrich @JoeCardillo I think if I wasn't in a relationship I'd have a harder time disconnecting at nights and on the weekends... my Andy gives me a hard time if he sees me on my phone when we're spending time together! It has made me re-evaluate ALL of my relationships, and I think that's the point here - we are sacrificing our personal relationships for online ones. It's bad! I like your system, though. Seems to work for a lot of people.
2 months, 1 week ago on Social Media Addiction is Real. How Do We Recover?
@belllindsay I can't believe you didn't even bring your phone! That's crazycakes. I at least would need Candy Crush while waiting to take off... spoken like a true addict.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Social Media Addiction is Real. How Do We Recover?
@biggreenpen Sounds wonderful. You'll have to report back on how it went!
@biggreenpen You always survive, right?? I timed this post with my vacation which is coming up next week. Sort of a reminder to myself that I CAN take a break and I won't explode! Sounds like it's time for you to take another break, too...
@lauraclick Thanks, Laura!! Added yours to my Pocket to read later :)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Roundup: Challenge the Status Quo
I love this theme and had such a fun time writing that post. Thanks so much for including me alongside these amazing thinkers and writers!
And I am also glad to hear the pup is doing better. One day at a time!
@corinamanea You're spot on with that (and so is Warren!). It's just a shortsighted approach to life when people don't realize what consequences are coming to them.
3 months ago on Don’t Maintain Your Reputation, Build It
@LauraPetrolino LOL. Oh Jeff...
You're right, it's really more sad than anything else. I always wonder how this person is faring in life and whether she's taking advantage of more trusting souls like me. Big sigh. I would never be able to live with myself if I did something like that!
3 months, 1 week ago on Don’t Maintain Your Reputation, Build It
@Eleanor Pierce OMG, GREAT point! I hadn't thought about it that way, but that's truly what I'm saying here. They always say first impressions are the most important, but I think you could totally botch your first impression and still build up a strong relationship with someone and reputation for yourself. I don't understand how people can be so short-sighted about these things. They don't realize that every decision they make affects their future. And yes, we do make mistakes sometimes, but it's less important WHAT happens to you and more important HOW you deal with it.
I would love to see Lindsay and Gini's first Twitter interaction!
So glad to get to know you better, Lindsay. I absolutely love learning from you, you're so SMAHT! I can't wait to meet in person. Someday!
3 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Lindsay Bell
SPIN SUCKS!!!! I'm going to have my boyfriend read this because he's always "spinning" stories to make himself sound more sexy. He doesn't do it as much anymore after I called him out THE SECOND we met, but really, he doesn't need to do that! Gini said so!!
So happy for you! Now, pardon me while I go read the book... (eeeep!)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Spin Sucks (the Book) is Here!
@Howie Goldfarb @jessostroff @crestodina I just laughed out loud on the airplane. I must not have squeezed him tight enough yesterday!!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Andy Crestodina
I just love @crestodina. He always brings a warm smile and a good laugh. Plus he's huggable.
Do you guys ever allow guests at your nerd dinners??
@ginidietrich Next time I'm in Chicago we can go together :)
4 months ago on Business Development: What the Flying Trapeze Can Teach Us
@RobBiesenbach @ginidietrich Here we go again...
@belllindsay When you visit New York you can come to a class and I'm sure it will make you feel better :) Notice how I said WHEN and not IF. Wee!
@Eleanor Pierce Totally!! I think there is something to be said for persistency, but it's more about listening to your people, being intuitive about what they need, and finding the right time. Thanks for reading, Eleanor :)
@corinamanea It's hard, but definitely pays off in the long run :) Thanks so much for reading!
4 months, 1 week ago on 3 Productivity Habits (Not Tools!) for Busy Professionals
@HeatherWhaling @Holly Jefferis I used to use Post-Its to get things done. It was great but ended up taking a lot of time to prepare and then I didn't have a digital list of what I had accomplished. It was fun though - I would use different colors for different clients and put one task on each note and put them above my computer. When I finished the task, I would rip it off the wall and throw it away. Very rewarding :) I also heard about the method that Heather mentioned, and I think it's great for bigger goals... just not always for smaller tasks!
@HeatherWhaling @ericajmoss I was with both of you for a while, but I realized that doing many things at once was causing me to take longer on everything, instead of just doing one thing at a time. Multitasking is bad! I sometimes have to take a deep breath and just tell myself that, keeping the "one thing at a time" mantra in mind. It does take practice, that's why it's a habit :) Keep me posted if you try it!
Love your videos, Kate! So cute, yet still professional, and not too long! Perfection! :)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on PR Tip: How to Get Media to Reply to Your Pitches *Video*
@Digital_DRK That's awesome! Do you find it makes a big difference in how you use the tool?
7 months ago on Twelve Productivity Tools for the Digital Marketing Pro
@lizreusswigSure thing! Let me know what you think after you try a few :)
@ginidietrich Exactly what I was doing too! For some reason I liked the interface on this one enough that I remembered to check it when I had some down time, mostly on my iPad. When I'm taking a break, I can read the stuff I had saved there without the distraction of the other 999 browser windows. But yes, it did take some time before I remembered to remember that there were things I wanted to read :)
@JRHalloran Yeah, but this is only 12, there are a billion more! Hoping to narrow it down a bit with this list :) Let me know what you think if you check them out. And I love Pocket too, so much!
@JoeCardillo Ha!! That's so awesome! Thanks, Joe :)
@jasonkonopinski @ClayMorgan @ginidietrich I've heard about this but haven't tried it yet. I assume it pulls in all kinds of Google Calendars as well as Outlook?
Woohoo! I'm so happy to be a part of this growing (and thriving) team of brilliant ladies. What a journey this first year has been for you, and I know it will only get better!
8 months ago on BIG NEWS: We’re Growing + Meet Heather Allen!
Sending hugs and love your way, Shonali. As always, if there's anything I can do to help, don't hesitate to ask. I think you're making a smart and brave decision here and I admire you and your strength! xoxo
10 months ago on When Life and S**t Happens
@Danny Brown Hey Danny! I think the reason I like it is because we've created a pretty static HTML template that I never have to edit manually. The content that changes in the template comes from feeds vs. manual editing, and that's why I like it. I agree though that if you are doing a lot of manual editing, those other services may be best. Thanks for reading :)
1 year, 1 month ago on How FeedBlitz Can Replace Traditional Email Service Providers
@Erin F. @Shonali I was really trying to completely unplug during my vacation, and that's when this goodness took place so I'm so sorry for the late reply!
I am a big proponent of investing time and money into whatever it takes to make you look professional (assuming you actually ARE a professional!). I didn't launch my website until I had the money to hire a designer and was (mostly) satisfied with it. Before that, I just had my email address and phone number on my business card, no website URL. I had a PDF that I would send to potential new clients since I had no site to show my work, but I thought it was worth it instead of putting up something quickly that I wasn't proud of. Creating an LLC, having a professional email address (even if you don't have a website), and being really careful about what you publish on social networks are all things that I think business owners should do. You never know who's watching (or listening!) and I think that constant level of professionalism goes a long way.
Erin, I am sure we will get to meet again soon in a smaller and less insane setting! I look forward to it.
I hope @Shonali Burke still thinks I am professional after meeting IRL! I certainly feel that way about her :)
1 year, 3 months ago on Should You Brand Your Business Email Address?
Finally listened and remembered how much FUN it was talking to you two! Your enthusiasm is contagious and I'm still so happy that you are doing this show. I hope you start to hear from people how much it helps them (if you haven't heard anything already) and I hope I can continue to be a part of the awesome :) THANK YOU!
1 year, 4 months ago on Jess Ostroff on Virtual Assistants
Come move to NYC and we can work together!!! :)
1 year, 5 months ago on 5 Reasons Why Working at Home Sucks (and Ways to Improve the Lifestyle) [VIDEO]
@JayBaer Soooo much better. Rarrr.
1 year, 7 months ago on The Art of the Comment
@Brade I agree on the crazy commenting systems but want to support some friends by trying this one. I also thought the idea behind the new commenting systems was a good one because it could link to your social networks and that seemed to be the poison of choice, as I mentioned. And I appreciate your thoughts always in general although I wasn't suggesting this is an issue for me! I realized this whole post may have been mislead. Alas! These are just thoughts. Does Google Reader allow you to comment within?
Coooooool! I'd love to write AND help organize if you need. I could see this being much bigger than a Moleskine.
1 year, 7 months ago on My latest crazy idea – and how you can help
@jasonkonopinski I feel like burnout is the least of our worries though, don't you? It's doing so much more than that! Like what Jay said below, studies show that it's messing with our entire brain chemistry. Not to mention that feeling of withdrawal that I've been going through. Scary stuff!
1 year, 9 months ago on Hyperconnectivity and The Power of Habit
@JayBaer Yeah, my mom sends me articles about the brain all the time (she teaches a class on it) and a lot of them have to do with what happens when we look at screens all the time, especially before bed. Apple should offer some kind of Anonymous group for us!
@gracekboyle Totally. I think we can learn a lot from how we react to stuff like this, especially when it happens to companies AND people we love. Worse when we see it happening within ourselves.
1 year, 9 months ago on Letting It Slide
My boyfriend just moved in too, temporarily until we move into OUR new place in a month (as opposed to me in his or him in mine) and I'm dealing with a lot of the same issues. Not cleaning necessarily, but the place we're in now is so small that everything actually *must* be in its right place or else we can't move. It's been frustrating getting used to each other's routines, which are completely different and annoying even though they make us wind up in the same place. I mostly wish he would just do things the way I do them, but then I realize that most of the reason we even work together is because we pick up each other's slack, and if that weren't the case we'd probably be even MORE frustrated and useless. Anyway, I'm glad to hear you're going through much of the same. Also, I used to be a total pack rat too and have reformed. I think it's from all the moving, I just got tired of taking so many things from place to place!
1 year, 9 months ago on Clutter Will Tear Us Apart
@streich There are a few new tools that specifically measure engagement on Pinterest like Curalate, Pinerly, and Pinfluencer, but none of the tools I mentioned here have integrated Pinterest. Yet. I imagine that'll come for a lot of the bigger SMM tools first.
1 year, 10 months ago on Favorite Social Media Management Tools for Small Business
@RobHalper I haven't spent a whole lot of time with Sprinklr or Syncapse, but my experience with Spredfast wasn't great. Their UI needs a lot of work (or did when I tested it) and I found there to be a lot of clunky-ness in general when I would try to schedule multiple updates across channels. Hearing more about Sprinklr these days and want to spend more time with it!
@phollows Would love to! What an honor. Thanks for the opportunity, Phil!
1 year, 10 months ago on Feedburner to Feedblitz – Why We Migrated Our RSS Feed
@kstaxman Such a sad story indeed. It seems like they've established their priorities and anything that's not in the top tier doesn't matter. That's unfortunate for the thousands (if not millions) of people who have relied on Feedburner all this time, most of whom don't even realize the service is dying. Thanks for your thoughts!
@bobWP It's definitely scary! And as @phollows mentions below, you don't necessarily have to have your subscribers re-subscribe. It just depends on how you do it. IMO, we had an incredibly easy time making the change and didn't lose very many people along the way. It was like magic! Thanks for your feedback :)
@iagdotme Definitely. I'd argue that you're probably making more money in other ways if you have that many subscribers (or at least you should be!) so the $75 investment is nothing. I think it's worth switching off of Feedburner now even if you don't go directly to Feedblitz but use another service instead. It's not worth scrambling if they completely shut down the service!
@dblacombe It definitely takes some time to wrap your head around the idea, even though the actual process takes less than 30 minutes. I agree that if nothing is really broken, it's hard to justify fixing it, but you never know when they could pull the trigger on Feedburner entirely and then you're scrambling! That's what we wanted to avoid.
@JaredRomey Hey Jared, thanks for the heads up! It should be pointing to the right link now. Sorry about the confusion!
1 year, 10 months ago on One Social Thing Wrapup – Week of August 20th
@fundinggates Thanks, Meredith! I'm glad you're here reading! Hope all is well on your end, and we're due for some catch up time soon!
1 year, 11 months ago on 5 Brands Successfully Using Education to Engage
@JasonBoies Thanks so much, Jason. Glad you enjoyed it!
@Jill Tooley Exactly! Everyone loves that stuff, which is why it's surprising to me that the people calling the shots aren't thinking about it. Thanks for reading!
@ChrisQueso Glad you liked it Chris! I agree that people everywhere (not just in business) want to feel like someone cares, and that's a powerful motivator to reciprocate.
@TroyDean Thank you, I totally agree on Sprout Social! It's awesome!
2 years, 2 months ago on Favorite Social Media Management Tools for Small Business
@katpinke @jaybaer That's so cool! Thank you for sharing, Kat!
@Brit at Sprout Social That's great to hear, and thanks so much for your input! I tried hard not to be biased with this list, but I really love you guys. Thanks for all you do!
@sholtutm Good to know. Looks like I'm going to have to revise this post after all, although with all the kind comments about Hootsuite, I feel like Hootsuite could have an entire post of its own!
@Ricardo Bueno Awesome! Thanks for stopping by :)
@tresnic I totally agree. Guess I'll have to give Hootsuite another whirl!
@Maria Fatima Hernandez They're mostly my opinions, you might find more pros/cons directly related to your business, but I think this is a good starting point for comparing them as it can definitely be overwhelming! Thanks, Maria!
@JoeLovell I don't have a whole lot of experience with Awareness, and I know their starting price point is a bit more than what most small businesses would want to pay. I'll have to investigate further though, thanks!
@laurentee Definitely. I agree that it's frustrating when they try and hide their pricing until you do a demo, which can be awfully time-consuming when you find out the tool is out of your price range!
@tresnic I personally have had a lot of trouble with Hootsuite, and have seen other community managers have the same problems. That's why I didn't include it. The biggest issue I've had is that it doesn't handle scheduled posts very well, missing times or posting at the wrong time. That's enough to make me wary of recommending it. Appreciate your input though, maybe if enough people agree we'll have to make an addendum to the list :)
@dblacombe A lot more tools are starting to incorporate mobile because they realize it's such a big component of the way social media and community managers work. I wouldn't write off a solution JUST because it doesn't have mobile (if it has everything else you're looking for) because that part of it might be in the works! Thanks for your thoughts.
@brittanybotti Interesting, I haven't had any issues with it. Are you using the web version or are you referring to the mobile version?
2 years, 3 months ago on Social Media Time Savers: 4 New Productivity Tools and How to Use Them
@KennyFabre Great, hope you like them!
@DivvyHQ Of course! Your tool is super cool and is going to be increasingly useful for us now that we're actually starting to use it :) That's always the trick, right?
@Juan DCAutoGeek Barnett Thanks, and yes, I love Buffer! We write about it here a lot on C&C (Jay is an investor), in fact my last post here touted Buffer as an awesome WordPress plugin. For content curation and collection, Pinterest saves me a ton of time because I can pin directly from whatever I'm looking at in my browser with one click, and then simply go to that board later when I need to pull the information (for newsletters, blog posts, etc.). It's like an online idea box for me and the team without any heavy lifting required.
@snouraini No Pin It button on Digg Digg yet, although I'm sure they'll include that in their next release. Can't imagine they'd let that one get left out!
I haven't seen any issues with Hello Bar on mobile (except that it doesn't show up of course). It shouldn't break your site or anything if you're using WordPress Touch. You just won't see it on mobile. But let me know if you've seen issues otherwise.
2 years, 4 months ago on 6 Must-Have Social Plugins for Your WordPress Blog
@Ari Herzog They're not for everyone, but we've seen some really great results, and results are really what this post is about. I like Hello Bar in particular because it's so easy to use and doesn't overcomplicate things like some of the other bars I've seen. Of course, if you don't like any distractions while you're reading, you're probably better off using an RSS reader anyway :)
@connectyou You won't be disappointed :) Thanks so much!
@TedWeismann Exactly. It can be really hard to tell what will work and what won't looking through the repository, even looking at the reviews. Thanks for your feedback!
@DrioStudio Yeah, these are just my opinions of course, but we've seen great results with all of them so I think you'll like them too :)
@kaliwhipple Thanks, Kali! Good luck with your blog!
@morganb180 @thehellobar No problem! We love the Hello Bar! Thanks for reading :)
@jasonkonopinski Definitely. Those @bufferapp guys are awesome! Thanks, Jason!
@benwaynet I'm with you there :) Good luck!
@Milaspage Awesome, thanks! I've had a little trouble here and there with Zemanta which is why I didn't include it. PhotoDropper seems to have fewer bugs, but also less functionality as you mentioned. Good luck with Hello Bar and InboundWriter!
@keithbloemendaal I've used both actually and have had great experiences with both, just prefer All In One. Thanks for the detailed input! Might have to check SEO out again :)
I wish I was cool enough to come up with that and tell it to a guy. OH how many blanks there have been over the years! I never noticed those tattoos of yours, glad to know the story now though so I can pay more attention next time :)
2 years, 5 months ago on Tattoos: Bullet (W)hole
@peterdewolf Thank you dear.
2 years, 10 months ago on That Time I Was Semi-Homeless*
@jessicamalnik Will do. Can't WAIT!
But Jay, your point about happiness and saying no are a little contradictory. How do you know what you don't want to do/what makes you happy if you don't say yes to lots of things? Do you think that as a young professional you should be saying yes to as much as possible at first and then start learning what "hell yeah" really means? I know what you're trying to say, but I'm struggling with this a lot because I still feel like I'm trying tons of different things because I'm not sure exactly what I want to do. Aside from being a devil's advocate of course :)
2 years, 10 months ago on 6 Takeaways From 23 Years as a Consultant
@AprilHolman That sounds great. Cheers right back you!
2 years, 11 months ago on Jess Who?
JEN! I have no idea how I missed this comment. I'm so sorry! I really appreciate hearing your insights, especially since you have some experience but you're not like 85 years old (at least I don't think you are!). I think what you said about living your own lives and being independent is the most important thing. I guess I'm learning that it's not so much about being completely entrenched in each other's lives, but being supportive and respectful of your other's independence and not feeling jealous, but proud. I think I've been with a lot of immature boys who can't handle my independence, and hopefully, like you said, someone better will find me soon! I wish I had more patience, but I know it's definitely worth waiting for.
Thanks so much for the encouragement and for stopping by :)
3 years ago on I didn't want to write about dating but I can't help it right now and I want anyone who is reading to read this:
@Brade It's a sausage party because girls have other things to do on the internet like look on Perez Hilton, not figure out what the point of YET ANOTHER social tool. I did see this awesome thing yesterday right after I posted this: http://ow.ly/5EPtg
I think that's a better read on what G+ is trying to do (and makes it EASY to understand). I don't know, for me it's not so much about the actual tool (and all the hype) as it is about everyone who perpetuates it without knowing why.
Yeah, you're boring me too. Yawn. :) Hiiiii!
3 years ago on Stop Talking
@CLouvi glad someone does :)
@ZaneDeFazio Ha! Screw that!!
I love this. I struggle on a daily basis with a close friend who believes that I'm ignorant for striving to be happy all the time, and that being 'content' is more important than being 'happy' because happiness comes and goes. He believes that if you are content with your day-to-day the way it is, then you're happy. But I believe that you need to strive for that extra thing that makes you feel amazing, whatever it is. I don't think he has experienced true bliss because he never pushes for more. It's partly ignorance, but mostly fear. Because when you're really happy, you're afraid to lose that. But I think as long as the happiness outweighs the sadness, you're doing just fine.
3 years, 4 months ago on Is Happiness the Same As Being Dumb?
(and also Happy Valentine's Day!!)
3 years, 5 months ago on Today We Celebrate Our Women
TRUE STATEMENT: "There’s nothing more endearing than a guy while he’s being sappy and romantic."
Why don't more guys get that? Are they afraid of getting ridiculed for being 'sensitive'? You don't have to be sappy all the time (most generally aren't by nature I guess), you just have to be sappy *sometimes* and *only* around the person you're trying to impress. I'm going to go ahead and hold on to that. That and boners. Boners don't try and hide their feelings.
I mean... HI!!!