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Welllll.... I am kinda thinking THIS one would have helped TONS (gasp), oh, say, about 16 months ago! LOL!! Thank you, though. Sigh. Better late than never! (yes?!) I miss you, but almost done on this end. GREAT series, Margie.
1 year, 10 months ago on Myth: Nothing is off limits on a corporate blog
You NAILED it with one of your last lines..."Who would have thought that two years engaging in something would make it such an integral part of one's profession and life?"
I can't imagine who I was before... really. Not just me, but the Manager, the Guide, the teacher/trainer, the Home school Mom, the one trying to mail out enough "packets" of information.... the friend I am and want to be. I feel like I am better at all those things, now. Not perfect, but, OH, so much more and better. I never would have (or could have) imagined all there was, not just to learn... but that I COULD learn.
Even the days I spend swamped in KeyWord or Landing Page HELL, I wouldn't trade one second of the last 16 months. Not for anything.
1 year, 10 months ago on Social Media, Farmville, and that Darned Myth of Sisyphus
Oh! Happy Blogoversary! How wonderful is that?!
You really are an inspiration, a terrific no b.s. source of info and a truly fantastic pal. I've missed being here chatting and laughing with you (all) but I'll be back (and I am still reading!). Getting some serious down and dirty learning and work done. Someday, my dear, we will meet, and that day will be one of my all time favorite memories to treasure.
1 year, 10 months ago on my 2-year bloggiversary
"It's all high school" la la la!!
That is what strikes me, Margie. If you aren't "doing" the new best thing, AND trashing the old, well, you are doing it wrong... Right? Hmpf.
I work on this "stuff"...our business, our lives, for probably an average of 90 hours a week. (Yeah, I know, I'm a slacker) All I want is for it to work. What ever it is, just work. MAC? Do your job. Band width (so I can get online), have enough for me to do my job. Wireless? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Work. Work. Work!
I liked going to the Sport shows, but ya know what? They were obscenely expensive. Magazines and TV? Camera men are a HUGE pain in the nether regions. Interview, interview, interview, fugelsnot. (Can't people just shush?) Our presence on line? LOTS of time and juggling. I am willing to do it all, I am willing to give it all.
Keep on, keeping on...that is what I mumble to myself as my butt falls asleep sitting in front of my computer...AGAIN. There are always people who are gonna want to squash you if you are doing it right, wrong or sideways. Sounds like high school.
1 year, 11 months ago on Myth: Killing anything that's not social media is advisable
How wonderful for you Margie! Really!! I have ALWAYS wanted and dreamed of doing a marathon for some cause or another...I just never seem be BE anywhere that makes it even possible. Good for you!
Now. Oh, Friend of mine. (Paying attention??) Do NOT damage my very special pal in the glory of your accomplishments. Remember, "Do no harm"? Remember, "Do not stand there and watch harm come to another"? Well, you count too. You wont be accomplishing anything if you hurt yourself! (Boy, I sure told you, huh?...come a long ways, haven't I??)
I can see the analogy perfectly. Our lives here, online always line up, side by side, it seems to me. You take care of you. If I could be there, I would watch your back.... but I can't be. So, be you. Be smart.
1 year, 11 months ago on Blinded by the Mission
I think I'll stick with the subject I know best about.... me! Oh, yeah, I'll write about the Northern Lights, the Grizzly Bears, how much I DETEST climbing mountains and the indescribable rewards there are when I reach the top.... I have noticed much of the same, Margie.
When I was so much newer, it was barely enough... I needed as much input (on the same subject) as I could possibly get, just to be able to fully understand. Now? I find I want to know more about EVERYTHING! But really? I want to know more about the people that have drawn me to them with their own voices in writing.
Keep writing! You are one I count on..
1 year, 11 months ago on Avoid the temptation to write something popular
Margie! Hi there!
I had to come over because I hoped that by doing so, I could help someone.
I am a "manager"... by that I don't mean the part of me that is the "Manager" for Pioneer Outfitters, but rather a deep part of my makeup. Nobody can do it like I can.... Sound familiar? Yeah.
The fact is, there ARE people who can do things better ...and WILL... if I just let them. This is a hard one for me. I still struggle with it every day, every new fun thing, job or crisis. Do you know what I found, over years of trying to improve myself? There just isn't enough of me. When I try to do it all, nothing has my complete attention.
Thank you for a great reminder.
1 year, 11 months ago on Myth: Just doing it yourself works best
Count on me, I did and will continue. BUT! I have Great Grandma visiting and she prays on her own extension. I printed this and her mighty prayers are added as well, Erica. You hang tough too.
1 year, 11 months ago on A Personal Request
This is an incredible follow-up to my last week in Board meetings for our industry. The second half of #5 is chewing a hole in my butt as we speak. Thank you for this, but you just shoved me back into the information overload I came home with the day before yesterday (in a great way!). So, I am off to fix these pesky dramas.
Truly, all silliness aside- GREAT! I have been tasked with creating the Code of Ethics and online Ethics Class for the entire industry. I spoke to the two Boards at length about exactly all of these points and being completely honest, to me, includes, taking a hard look at myself... thus admitting that the second half of #5 ...IS our downfall.
Keep on keeping on, friend of mine and clean up your dang mess you... man!
1 year, 11 months ago on Seven Simple Steps to Become a Trusted Advisor
Ok. But seriously, how many TIMES did you try shock therapy?
(yes, it IS a sickness... I, however, am cured!)
You simply crack me up.
1 year, 12 months ago on What if I actually like you?
p.s. I went over to Nate's place! Boy, very nice, but that was so far over my head, my position is sitting in class taking notes not adding my counterfeit two cents!
2 years ago on Social Media Smart But People Stupid
@Ameena Falchetto YES! EXACTLY.
Brilliant. (although, seriously, who could possibly expect less, here?)
Margie. This is what I see. On line. Off line. Same world. (allow me to say it again) IT. IS. THE. SAME. WORLD. PEOPLE.
Why would "you" be a spineless, wishy-washy, fence-rider (my most evil and nasty cuss word) on line and consider yourself any different off.....or vise-versa?
I am afraid, brothers and sisters, that if someone is "people stupid" on line...well, that is probably what you are going to get off line. Not to say mistakes, faux-paux, mis-steps, but "people smart" would kick in and you would naturally either explain yourself, blame spell check, or apologize... right?
It slays me, this "real world" separation. BE WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE. Right? Right.
margieclaymanTheJackB Well. Indeed. I guess the word is fate. Fate seems to be taking a hold of me in the direction it wants me to head. Thanks Margie for sharing what is important. And ya know, as crazy as ye may be... you still do me good.
2 years ago on Irresponsible Advice
Margie. I came over to fill you in on my antics and total SNAFU on Twitter last night, as well as thank you for your presence in my life that reminded me of who and how I want to "be" when I am all done trying to "grow up" ! LOL.
...Then, I read this. This bothers me, a lot. I hope TheJackB will continue his investigation and share more with us (me) about what really is going on. After almost a year together, you will probably recall me saying over and over, how much I adore HubSpot and will be eternally grateful for finding them when I did.
Disturbing. Yes. I jokingly commented to one of the techs at HubSpot on the phone a week ago, that they must be getting too big for their own britches. When I joined them, a little over a year ago, they really put the "service" in Customer Service. It didn't matter who you spoke to, by email or on the phone, you felt as if you were talking with a friend that really wanted to help AND had the skills to do it...whatever it was, whomever you happened to be speaking with.
Now? MMM, IF your support ticket doesn't get lost in the cracks, you MIGHT have your issue resolved. Within a week or two. Certainly, not that day.
I'm not wise or very smart and no one could ever mistake me for tech-savy (thus my issue on Twitter last night!)... but they sure have exploded into HUGE right in front of our eyes... maybe the quality isn't quite able to keep up with the quantity? I dunno. But I am very disappointed and more than just a bit disillusioned.
OMGosh! DID you SEE what I did? I had a total and complete SNAFU on Twitterville last night! At one point, YOUR friendship was the ONLY thing that kept me from going all verbally-psycho in front of the entire planet! LOL, yeah, well, that AND the fact that Twitter told me I had reached my tweet limit... A TWEET LIMIT?! I, for one, obviously, have been remiss in reading the little words!
Anyhow! This is a wonderful post, Marjorie. My only "real" break away has been last Fall's Hunting Season. Even then, I would come in ever 10 days and write until I would literally fall asleep on my keyboard and wake to weird designs pressed into my face and chhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh across the page I was writing last! LOL. It IS hard work. It is REALLY hard work.
It also takes you having your wits about you. I have a tendency to be...(what does Boss call me...? Oh!) precocious. Added to that I tend to OCD myself into a corner at times. Focus is easy (this is the only positive side effect of the OCD, that I have experienced! LOL) Being too tired, drained or just plain old "input-overload" says we need a break- a real break and not only the 5 minutes for a refill of coffee and potty break, two or three times a day. (I include this looking over my shoulder... I decided the other day is was too much wasted time- in my new office, walking all the way -maybe 15 steps, to the coffee pot in the kitchen. Now, my 36 cup pot sits on the file cabinet, maybe two steps away.
Anyhow- you caught my eye with today's post, so see you soon! LOL There I go!
2 years ago on Take a day off already!
margieclayman Fugelsnot. Wickety-Wack. Nincompoop.
Personally? I have to say thank you. I am raising my children in a "hunting camp" you see.... Papa likes to blame my mouth on the US Navy...I remind him that war or not, I only served for four years...I've been HERE for more than 20... needless to say these give me something to replace my normal vocabulary with! Ya know, my son is now 13. When HE was 3-ish, we told him, you can't say these things. My daughter is now 4.5. Fugelsnot. We tried telling her that. You really, REALLY do not want to know what she had to say in return.
So. Thank you. Keep up the good work!
2 years ago on Evil Agencies and Social Media Nincompoops
I, personally, think anyone who can use the word Nincompoop in such a serious manner, is to be paid attention to. That is what I think. (And yes, I believe no one could have nailed it better than Michael did in his comment.)
Just thought I would stop in and say hey plus see what ants might have gotten in your pants this cloudy grey day. Actually... my email had two posts on it- I wanna go see the "info-graphic" - Bye!
Faryna why yes. Yes I can. And when I am upset, I tend to miss the kill zone.... just sayin.
2 years ago on Between a Rock and a Hard Place
BruceSallanmargieclaymandeleted_2698155_BruceSallan1 Cowardly, I will give you, but there is more and you know it, that is why it bothers you so much. There are people who HAVE to attack what is good and right, because evil does exist and it doesn't always come in the shape of scarey monsters.