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Margie! I thought I was reading this post on another blog that I read. I was so surprised when I read the signature and realized I was reading your blog. I just want to reach out and hug you right now. I had a tough weekend in this particular regard and have had infertility as part of my reality for several years now. Your words rang very true for me and were exactly what I needed to read right now. I swear if you are ever in the San Francisco area, you and I really need to meet. I hope you are well.
2 months, 1 week ago on A Letter To Those Of You Struggling With Infertility
I just read your last post (apparently I am going in reverse chronological order) and I will miss this blog. In the meantime, if you ever realize #37, let me know, as I am based in the Bay Area and then you could realize #22 as well. It would be fun to meet you someday.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on My 100-Item Bucket List
I haven't had time to do this yet, but it seems like as good a time as any to let you know that I really like the new direction of your blog. The length of the posts is great and every day you give me some little nugget that gets my brain thinking. So I guess my first nice word goes to you. Nine more to go, and then I'll come back and try to give you one for me.
10 months, 1 week ago on One Nice Word
While I thought your response provided a lot of food for thought, I was a little disappointed that you didn't spend a little more time talking about the pros and cons to having two (or more) Twitter accounts, as this issue is one that I struggle with. According to your answer, you have ginidietrich and spinsucks Twitter IDs but only the one with your name is really you, while the Spin Sucks one is for the blog. Do you ever still use the Bears07 Twitter ID? Would there be times where you wanted to use that ID over the one with your name on it, which you created because of the "business applications" that Twitter offers?
1 year, 10 months ago on Should I Have Multiple Twitter Accounts?
Not to continue beating this poor dead horse when the world is moving on, but I had to follow up to let you know that I noticed yesterday, after consciously trying to excise "feel free to" from my writing, my emails seemed tighter and more concise. My comments? Now that's another story...
2 years ago on Feel Free? Why, I Just Might
Ah...guilty as charged! I usually use it to replace "don't hesitate to," which I find to be sort of negatively tinged (seeing that "don't" sitting there in the middle of the sentence seems to send my brain in an unintended direction).
You're right, of course, but so many of these things we write are (or can easily become) annoying office jargon. Thanks for calling it out -- now I just hope it doesn't paralyze my writing when I start closing a message and am looking for something to say to tie it all up and realize I can't use "feel free to..."
Shonali -- as a former PR professional who has been working in measurement for the last 7-ish years, I've been following this story pretty closely because AVE as a measurement of PR success makes me crazy and always has. You articulate the argument against AVE and this post in general much better than I have ever been able to; I can only hope that Mark publishes your re-re-re-re-re-buttal so that the same people who read the initial post get to read an opposing viewpoint.
2 years, 1 month ago on Rubbish Is As Rubbish Does