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Alysson Fergison
Alysson Fergison, a.k.a. SEOAly
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+Amy Vernon nails it. Again. "Yes, it is rude... and the person being rude here is you...". Word. If the first contact I receive from someone I've followed on Twitter is an auto-DM, I unfollow them immediately. Their impersonal approach to "social interaction" tells me all I need to know.

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WordPress doesn't provide native functionality for using shortcodes in text widgets, so here's a one-step guide to solving that problem. WordPress hacks FTW! 

Hello there, Google+.  I know I neglect you, but it's nothing personal.  You know I see your value, with your bright primary colors and strange round avatars that really annoy OCD people like me.  

Here's the thing:  there are only so many hours in the day.  And while I may not have as much time to play with you as I'd like to, that doesn't mean I don't love you.  I love you in a way that is strange and inexplicable.  I love you in the way I love that fresh from the dentist clean mouth feeling.  But that won't compel me to visit the dentist every day.  And it will probably never compel me to visit you every day either.


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Ditto! Call me a judgmental asshole. Call me an unforgiving bitch. Call me inflexible... smug... sanctimonious... whatever. In reality, I just refuse to hold others to a lower standard than I hold myself. If I can live up to my own expectations, so can the people with whom I choose to share this journey we call life.

I will never expect more of someone else than I expect of myself... honesty, integrity, compassion, empathy, trustworthiness and a quiet, unassuming confidence tempered with genuine humility.

Is that really too much to ask? REALLY?!? I don't think it is.

It basically comes down to this:
1) don't knowingly make an untrue statement;
2) do what you say you're going to do when you say you're going to do it;
3) don't self-servingly screw someone over;
4) if you see someone in need of help, help them;
5) understand that your good fortune & experiences are not universal - be willing & able to see the world from someone else's point of view; and
6) recognize that how you see yourself matters, but it's not the only thing that matters - if you're the only one who thinks you're awesome, you're not awesome.

See? I don't think that's really too much to expect. If everyone aspired to just those 6 things, humanity wouldn't be the unimaginable horror show we've become.

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