CEO of Elkhorn Media, Founder of Social Media Sun.
5 for 5 this week Gini. All these are great!
2 years ago on Gin and Topics: Haunted Toaster, a Singing Dog, and Prank Call
I always acknowledge and link to antecedents, in fact I've always been under the impression by Google that if your blog content was totally devoid of external links to contextually relevant articles that it would hurt your rankings in the SERPs, with only .edu sites being excepted. I remember seeing a few case studies several years ago that seemed to verify that.
... but I have to agree with you in the case of the Sloane article. They may as well have linked to Facebook because there was far more said about it on Facebook than anywhere else - the fact that NextJen Journal had Facebook commenting enabled is the primary reason that Sloane's article went viral while dozens of other articles in a similar vein never did.
I even wrote an article titled something like "Why You Shouldn't Let a 14 Year Old Manage Your Social Media". I never read the Hollis Lady's article though. I probably did see it tweeted (I remember purposely parodying the title from someone else's post), but I never read any of those articles because I already knew what they'd say.
2 years, 1 month ago on Should Journalists Be Required to Link to Inspiration Sources?
I think the biggest reason that small businesses fail at Social Media is because they don't develop a strategy or identify their goals. They learn to use some applications and start producing content to meet a schedule, instead of boiling their tactics down to things that support their strategy and work toward their goals.
2 years, 1 month ago on Why Small Business Owners Aren’t Succeeding at Social Media
I guess the grocery store is a social place by default. I've done work for a grocery store this year, and it seems like results come easier. It's hard to drive traffic to a domain, but the visitors return and social media channels scale faster for a grocery store. I wish we had a SKH here.
2 years, 2 months ago on The Grocery Store as Social Network
lol who do they think he played in Spider Man? Does anybody know?
2 years, 2 months ago on Gin and Topics: Celebrities Fake and Real
No Gangnam Style? The whole world went to Korea this week lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0 , 60 million more views than last weekend! There are already parodies coming out of it. I actually like the song!
2 years, 2 months ago on Gin and Topics: Featuring Kids of Friends and More
I just started seeing her around more (Edge Rank has been popping your Facebook posts up more often too Gini!) and I was thinking a lot of these same things. Congratulations Allen, and you too Gini!
2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Allen Mireles
So sad. Good job Jennifer.
2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Jennifer Windrum
@ginidietrich I forgot to alert you that I mentioned you in an article. It's about Klout - I won't link it, I think you would have probably found it anyway lol.
2 years, 3 months ago on Welcome to FADS – The Fight Against Destructive Spin
no way, you started SS on the anniversary of 9/11?
I think Stumbleupon, Alltop, and Pinterest, and probably Redditt are definitely the best content discovery tools at the moment. Anybody know some others?
2 years, 3 months ago on Content Curation Tips for Stellar Social Media
@Danny Brown I hate to hear this, and hope you get some restitution - but odds are they used a proxy or IP spoofer, and even if there is a traceable IP legal recourse is severely limited if they are not in the same country. It sounds like it was someone who may have knew you though, which makes it an even more doucheba move on their part.
2 years, 4 months ago on Facebook Hacking and the Value of Social Currency
@ginidietrich lol I thought I was the only one still doing this. Is that a Cyan ink pen you're using?
2 years, 4 months ago on Technology vs. Paper for Your Task List
@SociallyGenius You should have worn a cape too. All the super powers are in the G though right?
Great article Mike. Just goes to show that when you feel compelled, a lot of that stuff comes naturally.
2 years, 4 months ago on Was Samuel Adams America’s First PR Man?
You may not have known this, but I don't own a smartphone. Or a home phone. Only a trac phone that is dead or out of minutes 80% of the time. I don't carry it anywhere turned on. It has costed 60$ in minutes this year.
Like you said, nothing goes to hell when you ditch full time connectivity. 10 years ago we weren't subjected to that. I know too many people who get anxious when they forget their phone, that can't be healthy. From time to time I'll get the urge to sign up on a new contract and plug back in, but then I think of how much people incessantly texting aggravates me, and I forget about it. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person in the world who still experiences freedom :( Since when was 150$ per month for phone service a must have commodity anyway?
2 years, 4 months ago on Caught in the Busy Trap: Is it Making Us Less Productive?
wow Jack, I think you just trumped a bonus onto the G&T. That's the best video I've saw in a while. He either had 6 hours of 12 year old on pre-ritalin ADHD medicine footage to cut from, or he knew exactly what he was going to say in 20 years.
2 years, 4 months ago on Gin and Topics: Kermit, Celebrating America, and Van Gogh
I'm surprised this is the first time you've had to deal with this on your blog Peggy since you're so well read and articulate, but in general online marketing content doesn't get scraped near as much as content on other subjects. It may be because people involved in web development are a little more aware of what constitutes copyright infringement, and it could be that online marketing just isn't a popular subect with scrapers (it has a low pay day with Ad Sense and doesn't get searched as much as more general content).
I've sent out quite a few DMCA notices over the years, but it doesn't stop the next guy from doing it. Some people are resistant to do anything about it - they honestly believe that citing the source gives them providence over the Internet. And in fact in some cases, it does, such as parody, educational uses, and the use of excerpts for commentary. Here is the complete US Copyright law, which outlines fair use, Basic US Copyright law and the Digital Millenium Copyright act http://www.copyright.gov/title17/ . I have used the same boilerplate for my ToS and Privacy pages with few changes for a while now, an it's the one area where I don't care who wants to copy it word for word (just replace all the instances of my name or Social Media Sun lol). Educating bloggers on what their rights are and how to detect scraping is one of the most proactive things you can do to fight infringement. If you keep becoming more prevalent in the blogosphere (and my Google+ feed!) you'll need to hire someone to respond to all the content stealing before too long!
If the person who owns the blog doesn't comply with infringement, you have the option of contacting their host. Believe it or not, I've contacted GoDaddy with an identical infringement to watch you described (regarding content I originally posted on a large online content producer), and they replied telling me that since it was sourced that they didn't see it as infringement. In the same case I contacted Google who told me to contact the host (which I already did) and they told me they wouldn't do anything, but a few days later the website was removed from the Google SERPs (which was the original reason I contacted them. Having my own articles that were scraped outranking the identical content I wrote for another website took it a step further lol). Have you ever heard of the Cook's Source? Prolific content infringement has a way of policing itself if the person who is doing it ever gains notoriety.
I don't know Peggy, judging by all the reactions, I think "Peggy is Positively Pissed" may be a cool new blog idea for you!
2 years, 4 months ago on “I’m as Mad as Hell and I’m Not Gonna Take This Anymore!” A Tale of Copyright Infringement
Or "Roundups taken from Facebook and Twitter Surveys", that's a good one.
2 years, 4 months ago on 7 Things to Stop Sharing on Social Media
You can't use a dollar sign!! The aspiring rap artists on Twitter will ultimately destroy the coding by turning on most screens into on giant branded page link. Maybe use ^ or ~?? :)
2 years, 4 months ago on The #NASCAR Branded Hashtag Page — WTF, Twitter?
@ToniaRies they could have unveiled a new feature instead of using hashtags, but the value comes from the fact that it is a Hashtag. I am a fan of disclosure, they should probably put a disclaimer somewhere on the page. Any other hashtag will give you a search though - the format is totally different so it's kind of apparent to me, probably to most Twitter users we know; but it would be naive to think that average users would be able to tell it's supported by ad dollars. Nothing on the page could be a considered a traditional advertisement though, it's all short form content. I don't know where you draw the line there. When it comes to the #NASCAR page though, I think that's Short form content at its best. I'd like to hear what you would add to improve the experience.
They're not always powerful though, and when it comes down to certain brands it seems appropriate, (All the data I've collected and seen published says that using a categorical hashtag in conjunction with a link lately actually lowers CTR). I also think you're not drawing the same line between #FreeTibet and #hooterspageant that I am. Twitter users still have the ability to trend #NASCARsucks , and if the Twitterverse as a whole felt like this was an attack on their freedom, we'd be seeing something along those lines.
Consumer products on the other hand is a blurry area, I don't think it would necessarily be a good idea to create a branded hash page for #APPLE or #McDONALDS , but when it comes down to it you'ree looking at a forum where it's more than simple for users to express dismay. If Apple buys a branded Hash tag page and the reaction is negative, we'll see a swift and loud response, and probably a quick reaction by the brand admitting a mistake by removing the ads.
There is a difference between #NASCAR and other Hashtags, like I mentioned. You've pointed one out that would definitely draw criticism, #GOP. Without them even trying it, it's really easy to tell that it would cause major backlash right? It's hard to verbalize where you draw the line, but it's pretty clear to me given the subject whether it crosses that line or not. Movies, Branded sports (Like Nascar and UFC), Media Awards shows, they seem well suited to this. Subjects that are naturally polarizing, I don't think we'll see these pages being used by them. If Twitter does cross that line, we'll hear about it, and it might change my opinion. It's not going to happen though, if it does then I'll agree that Twitter doesn't understand their own platform.
I think that's probably where we differ in opinion. Ultimately, I don't care very much about this kind of change as they refer to hash tags because the only time they're important to me is when it's an Event like #BWENY or #SXSW. I think the functionality you've become accustomed to is probably still there (In fact, it is. https://twitter.com/#!/search/nascar/show ) . Ultimately, the way I see it is that if there is a negative reaction from users, it's a bad idea. If there isn't, then they probably like it. When users actually like a change related to a social platform, you've literally strcuk gold with UX testing.
I would say overreacting. Curation probably means automation in this case - Nascar Drivers and other important figures in Nascar are selected by the company to be broadcast under the Hashtag. That's why you're seeing posts that aren't tagged. I would be interested in knowing more about the algorithms, but average Twitter users don't think about that stuff near as much. I don't think people who are following Nascar because they're fans are going to care about social media implications, or the "death of the hashtag". This doesn't affect your ability to create hashtags either - and it doesn't affect the ability of the crowd to trend one.
Knowing NASCAR fans pretty well, I can tell you for a fact that this is what they want when they use a program like Twitter. It's not #SXSW. My uncle used to be President of a Busch race team, and one of the things I did before every race was program a scanner to include the radio frequencies of all the drivers. The most important updates for a Nascar fan as far as Twitter is concerned comes from the drivers. Sometimes as social media enthusiasts we forget that average people don't use Twitter the same way we do. A big part of Twitter for the average user (and especially newer users) is receiving updates from celebrities. They don't use it as a listening tool as much as they do as a type of Internet radio where they recieve broadcasts from people that aren't going to follow them back, don't promote 2-way communication for the most part. Early adopters are great for the development of a platform like Twitter, but catering to them isn't going to be a big part of their ongoing business plan from here on in.
Nascar has been a phenomenon of sorts on Twitter. The way the sport is organized and the fan base makes it especially well matched for the platform. They're broadcast live on national TV every week, and it's going to do a lot for Twitter's promotion. Twitter is going to reach a larger audience with a Nascar partnership.
Most people don't understand the NASCAR fan base. One of the first large websites I ever visited was a website for Nascar updates - there were more Nascar fans on the early Internet than there were Apple fanboys. These people were Engineers, product developers, business owners; people who had access to computers at work before it became economical to own a home computer. I remember reading a parody rundown of how a columnist believed each driver would finish in the next race every week when I was a kid - my mom's boyfriend printed it out, and shared it with dozens of people that didn't even have a computer. This was in the mid-90s. They're extremely tech savvy. They're more social than average people. The drivers are waaay more approachable than most other sports. When you see them twice, they remember you the second time. Nascar fans aren't going to hold their feet to the fire when one of them says something stupid on Twitter - that's what the media does.
I'm betting that actual NASCAR fans are going to like the branded page. As a demographic, Twittter has done a good job of choosing a hash tag to incorporate this under. It may not be well received under a tag like #BWENY, or #iPhone, but it will work for #NASCAR, and probably for a tag like #AcademyAwards2013. Just remember - my opinion, your opinion doesn't have half the weight of the President of the Jeff Gordon Fan club in this one. Rav Casley Gera doesn't look like much of a Nascar fan either. It doesn't affect us yet. I don't follow Nascar as much anymore. If Nascar fans like it, it's a win for Twitter. This is really a small, incremental step towards monetization. If they start rolling out branded hash tags for hundreds of tags, you may have some cause for concern - but the Twitter culture has been largely untouched here as far as I can see.
2 years, 5 months ago on The #NASCAR Branded Hashtag Page — WTF, Twitter?
@leaderswest Well technically I am writing on Spin Sucks right now :) sometimes the comments are a great addition to the blog posts, especially here! Gini attracts all kinds lol
I get discouraged commenting sometimes because the value of a comment on the Internet is pretty weak these days (you can trade Facebook shares for a blog comment they're so undervalued). It's like saying "I'm the Journalist professional for Examiner.com!". I could imagine that you got more out of my comment than you did your own post, but I definitely got more out of your post - I wasn't really clear on the IBM study. As for everyone else, they got EVERYTHING from your post - not because comments are weak (they actually seem to hold a little more water here!! Gini likes to have commentary!), but because they only exist because of what you wrote. They're all part of your discussion, which we sometimes mistake for an "article" or "what you wrote".
On a side note - I have written a couple articles on Spin Sucks. One about SEO and one called "An Open Letter to Millenials". If you really want to read my best work though, you need to wander over to http://spinsuckspro.com. You need to know the password though, and I can't remember if the clam chowder is red or white ;)
2 years, 5 months ago on Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Social Media
@leaderswest Politicians are definitely known for bending facts, The only surprising thing about it was that a sitting POTUS would pass on misrepresented analysis that was taken from an infographic. You have to put political allegiances aside if you're going to be objective!
We all know that about everything that comes from the President has a team of staffers behind it. If I were on Obama's staff I would have strongly advised against it, the same as I would tell Donald Trump to drop the birth certificate bull if I were in his inner circle. From where I stand now, all I can do is say "hey, that's not right"... and that's about it. (Fun Fact: I actually have served as a paid staff member for about a half dozen State campaigns. All Democrat. My mother was a campaign treasurer for several representatives, an Attorney General and candidate for Lieutenant Gov., Chairman of the Democratic Women's Commitee in East Ky. ;) )All I can do is keep myself honest, and take the people I work with to task when they get it wrong. I know for a fact that Gini and Lisa both have the same level of integrity. Being "Ethical, sometimes to a fault" - one reason why I read Spin Sucks when I get the chance. Sometimes it means acknowledging mistakes or people you support, and you own.
As for the stat I mentioned leaving in one of my own analysis, I had said "SMS had an increase of 624% in organic search traffic from the month of March to the Month of May". When I look at the article in context, I was wrong in saying it was a misrepresented stat - because my whole point in the article was that by creating high quality content that has minimal optimization you can expect a constant growth in organic search traffic over time. -- That doesn't address the fact that in March we started out with 5 articles and had closer to 50 at the beginning of May. If I was just saying that I had an SEO strategy that would increase your organic search by 624%, it would be dishonest without mentioning that it relies on a content marketing strategy you have in place, and that the gains as a percentage will decrease over time (but stay consistent as a net gain). When you take the context of the only place the stat is ever mentioned into account, I think I'm off the hook lol.
Jim, I loved this article. You're completely right about the lack of skepticism. @Lisa Gerber hit the nail on the head about everyone running around like impressionable pre-teens. And @WaltGoshert , I don't know if I've ever heard a more accurate statement about Social Media than "everyone has an agenda".
I feel blessed to have wondered into this article late at night lol. Just so much objective thought going on here :).
I was thinking about this yesterday. In the last 3 months I've almost exclusively been exposed to studies and analysis that bend data to fit their agenda. A lot of it was social media data, and sometimes I think social media marketers are the masters of bending the truth. I've even published 2 or 3 stats that supported my case in an article even after I realized that they weren't great as far as objectivity goes (but kept them up anyway because they were the only stats I had measured lol)
...But then I realized, 2 of those instances of misrepresented data came directly from the President of the United states. For some time Democratic Facebook users have been sharing memes that have Obama looking like frugal Fred, but in reality wouldn't be accepted by an objective party because they were misrepresenting data... badly (there are entries on Snopes for most of those Memes that help explain economics on a national level). That doesn't surprise me. What surprised me is when Obama's campaign adopted the same strategy itself recently. If the President doesn't give us enough credit to assume that we can look up a few figures to verify that he has piled on a buttload of debt, you can't hardly expect a shady employee (probably an intern) with pre-conceived notions and a dog in the fight to be objective about data.
Is this a permanent culture shift? Or a passing craze to take advantage of the environment we're in; one where a sound bite can be repeated a million times over and become a fact after being repeated only a couple hundred. An environment where a sound bite can be repeated a million times, and not once reviewed for accuracy. An environment where in the U.S., Radar Online gets more visits than Snopes.com.
Sounds about right to me Robert. SEO is almost passive when you do it right - even though a lot of bloggers stress link building and Google Page Rank, relevance and on site optimization are by far the most important aspects of SEO when you're doing a content marketing strategy such as blogging.
The most important part of relevance and on-site optimization is in the title, URL, and the first 100 words. Is it really that big of a deal to spend an extra 3 minutes per post making sure your content is self explanatory, and to forgo the theatrical titles some bloggers like to use?
2 years, 6 months ago on Reduce Dependence on SEO With A Visitor Source Portfolio
So if I have an Ad Words campaign, I'll get results for ALL keywords? Or just the ones I target in the campaign??
2 years, 6 months ago on Why Is Google Holding Our Keywords Hostage?
They troll Anderson so hard on that show! Take Pussy WIllow out of context? You know Anderson Cooper is going to piss himself.
2 years, 7 months ago on Gin and Topics: A Cardboard Arcade and Texts from My Dog
I've never really heard anyone discredit online marketing as a whole simply because of spam, but being honest about it is the best way; with yourself, but also with potential clients. There is a disproportionate amount of automated spamming accounts on Twitter, but Facebook does a really good job of routing fake accounts if you compare it to earlier social networks. LinkedIn is just a big target, and as they get bigger they will have to institute some type of anti-spam measure or we'll get overwhelmed.
I try to explain to people that even a social network or online community with 1 million users is still a huge opportunity (if they're active). So even if 99 percent of Active Twitter users are bots, it would still be worthwhile as long as you could reach the users that were not. It takes a little work, but you can get results back with 90% targeted leads (all real people) using Twitter search if you're smart about it. Just an example, that anyone who reads Convince and Convert can relate to, spammers aren't savvy enough to spam the Hashtag #blogchat every sunday yet (although they may be now lol).
2 years, 8 months ago on Social Networking Spam – 5 Rules for Marketers
I looked into KONY when people started asking others to point out Uganda on a map (It's in Africa's armpit btw). Whil Wheaton shared a post on Tumblr that makes Invisible children look almost as bad as Joseph Kony. Of course, i have a sore spot for charities who spend most of their money on the owners, making movies, and trying to make their owners famous. I like kids and all, but any money you send over there is going to go to a group that abducts children. Kony is the head of the LRM (I think, something Liberation Movement) and the dictators who run the armies who fight him Kidnap and militarize children as well.
It's really just a mess. That's why I would rather spend my time watching videos about Granny making Pie! lol
2 years, 8 months ago on Gin and Topics: Strawberry Pie and a Gun Leaving People Speechless
@KenMueller They really are Ken. Facebook's whole Strategy is going to have us paying to use the Platform if it keeps up at this pace, and Google pretty much says "Yeah, we're going to collect all your personally identifiable information now and use it for profit, so you better not do anything you want to keep private". They're already making money hand over fist, and that's the problem with going public - you can't feed enough profits to organization. It requires continuous growth, which requires more profits, which will likely be the downfall of Facebook.
@Lisa Gerber or, I could start quoting you daily and add dang to every single one lol. Joking though, Life Lesson #87 - Never mis quote the Editor!
2 years, 8 months ago on #FollowFriday: Adam Justice
@Lisa Gerber I'm adding this as a mental note right now. "Always make sure that if I quote Lisa Gerber, to do so in a verbatim manner, no dang" :) I actually was smart when I was younger, but now I capitalize on any residual intelligence by down playing my stupidity lol, Plus I'm like a big mud puddle, wide and shallow. That's great when you do a little bit of everything and want to get your ankles wet, but there's a lot more to be said about people who are a well of knowledge, focused in one spot, but deep enough to draw pure water! It's still a nice compliment coming from someone as smart as you are Lisa, so I'll take it! In small doses anyway.
@RedheadWriting what, Erika with a K is crazy awesome! Napoletano makes it sound even more badass. But names don't have much to do with it, what you do with your name makes all the difference, may I have another? :)
@ginidietrich @SociallyGenius Definately Tony! You have to wear that nifty cape though!
@SocialMediaDDS @ginidietrich Nice to meet you as well Claudia! I love the specialization you have going with Dentists, 70% of the design and consulting work I have done in the past 2 years has come from dentists, doctors, lawyers and real estate people. The professional service sector is a gold mine if you know where to dig.
I had thought up several "Sun" related puns over the last 3 weeks. The tagline on the site is "Rise and Shine with Us!" , and I threw around the idea of using the word eclipse for something. The best one that didn't make it was a cartoon Sun I drew up that I named Copernicus, but he didn't fit anywhere lol. But look on the BRIGHT side, the days are getting longer, and the Sun is shining stronger ;)
@HowieSPM @SociallyGenius haha thanks Howie. That's weird, I have heard that before (That my name sounds like a super hero), I'll take it! I always thought, if I joined the army, I could be "Major Justice" , then I'd really need a cape!
I'm going to have to look in to this Haberdashery. I don't know much about buttons, but Idid make one for the Social 100 app on the site! It looks like a gold medal, for #winning !
Steven, I don't know if you knew this, and I believe many of the naysayers are oblivious to it, but Digg's traffic is up in 2012. It is indeed seeing a surge in interest. Why? Digg recently introduced integration with your Facebook account. The same reason Pinterest saw such a surge in popularity at the first of this year is the same reason Digg has saw a reverse in the direction of their fortune.
As for a comeback, I don't know if it's in the cards. These things are cyclical, and it's almost like being on the pole in a Nascar race - it doesn't sit well for winning, or long term success. Digg was once on the pole, the most famous aggregator of them all, and now Digg's competition is leading the race. What I don't think people consider is that Digg doesn't have to be winning the race to be a good investment of your time. It's still one of the most prominent social sharing buttons, and there is still a dedicated Fan Base. I would say that a site with half of the usership as Pinterest could Drive traffic at a level that is desireable, and the shift in focus may be a way to establish yourself as a top digger in the meantime.
2 years, 8 months ago on Left for Dead, Is Digg making a comeback?
wow, thanks Gini! This was unexpected, but greatly appreciated. Everyone loved your contribution to the site, and I'm in your debt for the credibility you lent for the launch! Hopefully in a year or 2 from now we'll be having the same initial guest bloggers as the first keynote speakers at an industry conference!
lol @ "It works on Higher order primates too" and "he's a karate dog, with a karate bone".
2 years, 9 months ago on Gin and Topics: Tweeting Beyond the Grave and Gorillas On Camera
lol I swear Steven, you could take this post, put my name on it, post it on my blog and no one would know the difference. I was actually hoping that I violated some of the no nos before I opened the post, and even though I'll sometimes flirt with quotes and tend to keep the pictures on my blog to 1 or 2 per post (copyright! get your pics from Wikimedia Commons and FLickr creative commons!) the rest pretty much sums up my pet peeves. I hate it when people publish Infographics (even with an essay attached to them. Why remind me that you stole the idea for a post from someone else? or that you get your blogging ideas from Mashable infographics instead of experience?) Unoriginal, multiple per day, low quality kinda go hand in hand with the terminal blogs I see, and grammar/spelling - publishing when you know it's crap is a subject I covered twice last week lol. Was a great list. I hope people can take away that these are QUINTESSENTIAL TIPS. You will rarely see anyone succeed breaking these rules.
I would even add this one - Limit critical posts. Even though I am one of the worst violators, it's easy enough to give people ideas of the right things to do, sometimes you do have to point out faults (and the bloggers have to come to terms with the fact that they may be wasting their time if they don't shape up) to re-build a better product.
Here's a thought to. I could violate every one of these and comment here about how I hate bad content too. People on American Idol really think they're the next Celine Dion, and people with computers think they're the next top blogger.
2 years, 9 months ago on 8 Blogging No-No’s
I don't know, I think it's a good idea to keep a treadmill and video camera running at full speed 24/7! That's how funny happens.
2 years, 9 months ago on Gin and Topics: Future Hipsters, Butterfingers, and Unlucky People
@wabbitoid The attitude goes even deeper than the ones who use a guru moniker. I think you hit the nail on the head with "channeling conventional wisdom" , by curating the thoughts of others is how young people find themselves.
I don't want to tell people that they have problems, but I've been getting notices about an ongoing philosophy debate between 3 college kids that grew from a picture of a cat riding a skateboard on Google+ all day.
Why do people have such an ingrown need to feel smarter than everyone else that they're getting all Kerouac on Google+ at all, let alone below a picture of a cat on a skateboard? They're the reason Kevin Trudeau will still be able to sell books in 30 years, and the reason you can't clean Occupy Wall street off the sidewalk.
There are so many great advantages to living in this time, but at the same time people will pass over a job application I submit because the precedent set by the 26 year olds who came before me. In reality I'm the anti-27 year old. I don't use a cell phone, I went without cable for 8 years, I never miss a day of work, I don't use excuses and I don't feel like anybody owes me anything, but the reputation of young people precedes us all as a group. If you look at my picture you'd probably assume I'm a lot younger than I actually am, so I'm not just paying for the bad reputation of my own age group, but the one younger than me as well.
2 years, 9 months ago on Advice From One Millennial to Another
@danperezfilms Thanks Dan! My goal is to get 1 person to like me for every 5 who are indifferent or absolutely hate me. I've got this weekend covered!
Oh I never said age matters, in fact this applies just as much to 30-50 year olds who secretly hate that their boss is 27. I think the common denominator would be attitude. "Oh I'm the only demographic who's qualified because ______". I think it's even wasted subject matter. Merit should apply above all else in business, but unfortunately that isn't always the case, and it's easy to confuse courtesy with merit (especially for our generation where evry kid was given a trophy in little league, every kid got to play on the team and we were taught self esteem above merit).
The lesson I would like everybody 18-32 to take away from this is that a strong foundation in learning and practice is mandatory if you want to effectively blog about something, and you need to mind your information sources. If you want to free lance managing social media accounts for small business, a good place to start would be learning the methods that advertisers use in newspapers. Think about your website, have you ever saw a fold on it? For some reason they call the visible part of the screen "above the fold", and that's not a coincidence.
A more practical example would be the source of my lesson: my day job as a Drafter / Engineering Technician. In college I had a professor who insisted we draw on paper for the first semester, with pencils, rulers, dividers, the same way drafters done the work in 1960. The class thought it was stupid because we could make the same drawings in a fraction of the time on AutoCAD, but we learned geometric construction, lettering, isometric projection, etc. When it came time to use AutoCAD we didn't just learn how to use the commands, we already knew how the computer ran those commands. The math , construction techniques, order of basic operations. We were the computers.
When I entered the workforce I got promoted ahead of several drafters because of it. If I run into something I haven't drawn before, it is easy to figure out because I know how the computer would do it. Meanwhile the drafters who went to a rival school that didn't include board drawing in their cirriculum, they ask me how to draw it. I never realized that it was the board drawing that gave me an edge until I solved the first problem (it was another drafter's problem, it was just an exercise for me), and I didn't realize how much marketing in a traditional sense applied to the Internet until I increased conversions with techniques taken from billboards and magazines.
Thanks for stopping by Nakeeva, that's some pretty good advice you left, for all generations.
@TonyBennett Thanks Tony. I think if someone has enough self-awareness to realize they are getting too confident in their own abilities, they likely wouldn't have found themselves at that extreme in the first place, but maybe everybody has to get to that point at least once. Like a puppy getting swatted back by a cat.
That's one of the main reasons I started reading this blog and contributing for @ginidietrich , because I appreciated her self-awareness, and in my opinion it's one of your best traits as a blogger too @TonyBennett . I don't really trust writers who can't be objective with their own experience, and I hope I have a correct view of mine.
@Hajra Experience always helps. There's a misconception I think everyone has that when you're adequate at something you think you're proficient, and when you're proficient you think you're untouchable. There's only one way to get past that, and that is to be around others who are adequate, proficient and untouchable. I couldn't have written this blog post 6 years ago. There is a lot that can be said for having drive and confidence, but having confidence without substance is called ignorance.
Thanks @KenMueller . When it comes to technology, we're all forever students. This whole writing thing is supposed to be a pyramid. You build a broad base of learning, and then you build upon that with practice. The capstone should be writing about it. If you write about it more than you practice, or before you learn about a subject, there's more than one thing wrong with that pyramid.