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Taking a hiatus from G+. Lost much of its sheen for me, and not enjoying as much as I used to. Decluttering my life, and working out what I want to keep, and what I need to discard.

Be safe, be good to each other, and may see you around here again sometime. 
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Ah rats! Just when I decide to come back from my social media hiatus. Be well, Danny!

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Reject the mold, embrace the real

Posts like this one are why I love +Nancy A Davis's blog, and why it should be one you subscribe to if you like real content.

"I don’t fit any real mold so to speak. I write from the heart and that can leave me wide open. I look for that kind of vulnerability in other bloggers. Those are the ones I love to read. I embrace the raw, honest, thought provoking content. I run like hell from the bloggers who do not reply to their comments or refuse to engage if someone dares question them."
Thoughts circle around in my brain until I pull them out and see if they are worth keeping. Lately, the main thoughts that I have been chewing on are about perception. I can take a situation and ma...
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Take my money now!!! Oh, wait - it's free? :)
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OK. Take my money. NOW.

And thank you for respecting the origins. George could learn a thing or two from you.
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Thoughts on this and that. If this and that is blogging, that is

Engagement comes in all shapes and sizes and, while your blog may be the most desired place for discussion, true engagement allows the discussion to expand wherever people feel most comfortable talking.

#blogging   #engagement  
The key to growing an established blog lies in understanding your blog audience and what you want from them, as this article explains.
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Unhappy with Subscribe2? Here are some alternatives for sending posts, raising engagement, & organically growing a happy & healthy WordPress community.

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The power of words

I love it when a writer opens up about what inspires them, what they wish to impart, and everything in-between.

This quote from +J.M. Lavallee illustrates her mind perfectly:

"Children are jewels whom every adult can learn from. They are constant reminders that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, that questions are gifts, and curiosity is natural."

Great interview, and consider buying her book when you've finished reading the interview, especially if you like heart-warming tales of life in a better, simpler time.

#books   #writing  
J M Lavallee, author of the Middle Grade bestseller "The Wishing Stone and Other Myths Learned on Gull Cliff Island", about her book, her inspiration for ideas, her writing process, and more.
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The relationship behind the sale

I speak a lot about the relationship behind the sale.

I see it as a key part to any business. As I mention at the start of this post, yes, marketing and sales and advertising and all the other cool and sexy stuff is great. They’ll get you the keys to the front door.

But the real business success stories come from service, as +MeanThemes and +Postmatic show.
By all means, have the best sales, marketing and advertising team around. But make sure you have a superstar service team or mindset to back them up.
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You and I are people

You, as a brand, don’t need to “be more human” to do that. Heck, the very phrase counters itself – how do you actually be more human? Grow a third arm to back-slap more? Grow a second mouth to praise more? Grow another pair of ears to listen more?

So, no, you don’t need to be more human – you just need to treat people like, well, people. And guess what your company is already made up of?
You don't need to be more human - you just need to treat people like, well, people. And guess what your company is already made up of?
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LOL. Nothing wrong with a little cheesy goodness.

But, more seriously, great topic. We shouldn't have to chase our humanity. It's part of what gets us up and moving each morning.

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Answering the reader to subscriber conundrum

What turns a blog reader into a blog subscriber? Instead of offering my own take, I decided to open up the question amongst my Facebook friends, to see what the tipping point was for them.

Given they have multiple tastes and preferences when it comes to content, I thought it’d be interesting to see what the collective reasoning was, as well as individual reasoning.

Their answers offer some great insights into what you can do for your own blog.

My thanks to everyone included: +Lisa D. Jenkins +Kelsey Vere +Frank Strong +Amy McCloskey Tobin +Nancy A Davis +Paula Kiger +Janet Fouts +Brian Meeks +Liz Scherer +Mila Araujo +Clay Morgan +Tinu Abayomi-Paul 

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How do you turn a blog readers into a blog subscriber? Here, 12 content experts share their reasons on what makes them a blog subscriber.
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Thank you so much for including me in this lovely article. I think it's so interesting to see the emotional, practical and rational viewpoints different people brought up! Loved it!

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Why being a landlubber can be just as fulfilling as life on a boat

A metaphor in today's post. Take from it what you will. :)

#life   #people  
For those that dream of living on boats but never do, that's okay. It's what we take from the adventure that really matters.
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+Gina Fiedel And isn't that the best part, the unknowing? It's why it doesn't matter where the adventure takes place, it's what we take from it that does.

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Targeted content and the failure to deliver

By focusing on traffic, you’re forcing yourself to adapt to different viewpoints that you don’t believe in, to capture the search of the day or the soundbite that might, just might, make your content go viral.

The problem is, while you might get the traffic, your limitations will be on show.

#content   #contentmarketing  
When we focus on the traffic to our blogs, the side effect on the content can negate all the new traffic you get.
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+Danny Brown, lol, yeah, I'm kinda fond of that phrase too. I think you're right. It very well may stem from the general de-valuing that folks get in childhood (and later) about their supposedly inherent inability to create and missing out on the idea that everyone owns their own brand of creativity.

And..... holy cow!! You just turned me on to a treasure chest I wasn't aware of. Or forgot about? Humans of New York looks incredible. Thank you.

The golden key that seems so inaccessible is how to marry ourselves and what we've naturally got to the stuff we can tap into that will be helpful for customers, clients and appropriate for our business blogs. I feel that pool is much wider and deeper than people realize.
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Introduction
Award-winning marketer and blogger. Co-author of Influence Marketing: How to Create, Manage and Measure Brand Influencers in Social Media Marketing, described as "the book that will change the way we do business today". Author of The Parables of Business.

My blog is recognized as the #1 marketing blog in the world by HubSpot, is featured in the AdAge Power 150 list as well as Canada’s Top 50 Marketing Blogs, and has been twice voted Top 10 Social Media Blog by Social Media Examiner.

I’ve delivered results for some of the biggest companies in technology, digital and consumer, including RIM, British Telecom, Orange, Microsoft Canada, IBM, Ford Canada, FedEX, Scotiabank, Vodafone, Dell and LG Electronics.

I’ve spoken at TEDx and am regularly quoted in publications and news media, including Marketing Magazine, Canadian Marketing Association, Toronto Star, CTV News, Fast Company and City News Toronto.

Interested in how the human psyche works and what that means for marketers and businesses? Does emotion and logic define who and what influences a person?

Let's find out.
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Co-author of "Influence Marketing: How to Create, Manage and Measure Brand Influencers in Social Media Marketing", available now through Que/Pearson. http://amzn.to/RjnEGx
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  • University of Edinburgh
    English, 1986 - 1989
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