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Do Something Worth...

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing" - Benjamin Franklin

Good morning Google+! You know, it's almost the weekend and I bet you're just itching to push through the day. 

Heck, +Wade Harman was convinced it was already Friday. (He must be anxious about possibly being the next #FridayDanceParty  challenger.)

But here's what I want you to focus on today:

Do something that you're proud of. Take at least 15min, sit down somewhere comfortable and engage your creativity. Engage the side of you that wants to do something bigger, something greater. 

What does that look like? What are you working towards? What one thing do you need to accomplish today that will make today a success?

Do that thing. 

Make today an awesome day-- it's up to you. Nobody can stop you. 

#inspiration   #creativity   #quote   #quotegraphic  
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Well I did finger paintings for the first time in 15+ years. So much fun.
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Iconified content

This tutorial will walk you through the concept of iconification -- taking content on a page and applying CSS to transform it into a simplified, icon-sized preview of itself. Let's dig into an example...
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Another great photo discovered via my Chromecast. Excellent shot by +Colby Brown!

I need to plan a trip to Yosemite soon.

"Yosemite Falls through the Forest"
Yosemite National Park, CA

There are a few things quite like visiting Yosemite National Park in the Spring. Not only are there less visitors to deal with than in the summer, but you have the chance to see Yosemite's waterfalls flowing like crazy. Here you can see lower Yosemite Falls peaking through the forest. Can't wait to get back!

+Visit California​  #DreamBig  +Yosemite National Park​  #SonyAlpha #a7r
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This Was Another BIG Plugin Update!

Once we stabilized version 1.0 it was time to level-up the back-end user experience for +Social Warfare. I'm really happy with the result! 

#wordpress   #plugin   #update  
A Beautiful, More Intuitive Social Customization Experience
Customizing your social sharing has never been so easy!

After spending the large majority of our time ensuring front-facing social sharing was beautiful, it was time to give the back-end an upgrade.

Now our Social Warfare Custom Options panel includes:
- Better workflow
- Easier to understand templates/placeholders
- Character counters!
- And an overall better user experience.

So, have you updated to the most current version (1.1) yet?
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There's something about the sound of the laser blasts in +Star Wars that instantly ignite the child in me-- i immediately begin smiling ear-to-ear!

I think I'm going to go find a ringtone to make that my Text Message sound.

#starwars #geek
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Ok, so I'll leave you with this too. Just saw the new Star Wars trailer and it's killer. Can't wait to see it!
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+Dustin W. Stout Yes... It's definitely a cool sound!
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Friday Dance Party!
Dustin vs. Wade

Time for another #FridayDanceParty  challenge! This week I'm challenging my buddy +Wade Harman who is convinced he can continue my losing streak! lol

I don't know Wade... my Orangutan Shake is bringing the heat this week! Let's see what you've got! 

For everyone else, go get your own dance on-- it's Friday! And be on the look out for +Wade Harman's replay and my follow-up poll where you can vote on who you think is the winner! 

And in case you want to see where this GIF below originated, here's where I found it:

#justforfunny   #tgif   #gif  
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Haha its good
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Google+ Circles: Making Your Connections Relevant
Updated for 2015

This post goes through and outlines everything you need to know about Google+ circles and how to make the most of them. Here's the bottom line:

If you understand the power of circles, you can turn Google+ in to the most efficient social stream and relationship management network. 

Circle Management Tips:
Beyond the standard circles you can gain a lot from creating specific circles around:

>   Industry news / Thought leaders
>   Team members
>   Customers / Clients
>   Target Audience

More advice on effectively using circles in the full blog post. Just click below! 

And be sure to share this post-- there are lots of new users who still haven't gotten accustomed to the power of circles yet! 

#googleplustips   #tutorial  
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Another great Chromecast discovery. Have a great night everyone!

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Traffic on a cold Sunday night in Chicago, taken from the West Loop neighborhood.
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+Dustin W. Stout +Raf Winterpacht Fabulous shot, thanks!  Good morning, from a sunny UK:)
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Is It Just Me Or...
Are the spammers on a rampage today?

Going through my notifications today I'm finding a crap-ton of people sending me post notifications without good reason. 

This is my biggest Google+ NO-NO! Amongst 5 others:

People, the fastest way to get Muted, Blocked and possibly reported as spam is to use that 'Also send email...' checkbox. 

Uncheck the box. Unless you have a really good reason. 

I also saw +John Skeats commenting about the same thing-- on a post I was notified about. 

Anyone else getting a high volume of these today?

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If Logos Were Made By Doctors

Hahaha! This is funny! And so true!

HT +Mark Tillison

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Orangutan Shake or Double Carlton?
You choose the winner of this week's Friday Dance Party!

Well here you go folks, time to vote on who wins this week's #FridayDanceParty  challenge! Click on your choice below to determine the winner! 

My original challenge:

+Wade Harman's answer:

Be on the lookout-- you may be the next person to be challenged! 

Have a great weekend everyone! 

#justforfunny   #gif   #poll  
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Orangutan Shake
Double Carlton
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+Way soe​, yes, they're All funny. I just don't watch many movies, therefore, I have been less influenced. :-)
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Get Going with Promoted Pins
You don't need a huge budget or technical savvy!

Just. Get. Going. My buddy +Wade Harman writes a super-simple way to get started with +Pinterest Promoted Pins right away. 

With the newest additions to promoted pins (such as Cinematics, deeper Audience Targeting, and more) there is a LOT to be explored for your business or brand! 

Have you tried Promoted Pins yet? Will you? 

#pinterest   #marketing   #advertising  
Promoted Pins Strategy
Not a lot of people have a ton of money to spend on social media advertising.  With that said, it doesn't mean you have to leave the scene.  
This article talks about a very simple (and cost effective) strategy that you can start doing right now on Pinterest that will both save your money AND build your blog's presence online.  

Take a look to see how you can start getting in the game with the big corporations by using promoted pins!

h/t +Wade Harman author

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How to use a shoestring budget with Pinterest's promoted pins to grow your following, traffic, and engagement. This can take your social advertising to a new level.
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Ahem. I'll just leave this here -> UK.

Anyone at +Pinterest​ got an ETA on the rest of world getting Promoted Pins?
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Digital Marketing Consultant, Designer, Blogger
Design, Branding, Social Media, WordPress, Blogging, Google+, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Modeling, Acting, Dialects/Accents, Public speaking, double-jointed
  • Weal Media
    Chief Marketing Officer, 2014 - present
    Responsible for overseeing marketing initiatives, branding and corporate messaging. Developing areas such as brand development, sales management, product development, distribution channel management, marketing communications, including advertising and promotions, pricing, market research, and customer service.
  • Warfare Plugins
    Co-founder, 2014 - present
    Branding, front-end product design, marketing, blogging, new product development and customer relationship development.
    Founder, Creative Architect, 2010 - 2014
    Helping individuals and brands excel online through social media and design. Cultivating creative ideas and turning them into visual and literal brilliance.
    Co-founder, Lead Editor, Web Designer, 2010 - 2013
    Helping you get the most out of Google+ through tips, tricks and tutorials.
  • Impact Shirts
    Designer, Digital Strategist, 2011 - 2014
    Designing custom screen-printed apparel, designing online web properties, managing digital presence on Google+, email newsletter development/implementation/deployment.
  • Shepherd of the Hills Church
    Director of Student Ministries, 2008 - 2011
    Youth and student ministries oversight, planning, teaching and program development. Also handled organization-wide graphics work and social media.
  • Steady Demand
    Social Media Specialist, 2014 - 2014
    Strategic management of client Google+ pages including: - Content creation - Circle management - Community development - Content curation - Graphic design
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February 17
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Dustin Stout, Dustin W. Stout, DustinWStout, Dustin Wayne Stout, el Guapo
Social. Web. Strategy. Design.
Currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Weal Media. I am a web designer, branding enthusiastblogger and social media junkie. Creativity is my fuel, social media is my game, and Jesus is my homie.

Social Web Strategy Design

"Crafting creative ideas and turning them into visual and verbal brilliance. I help individuals and brands excel online through design and social media integration, strategy, and execution."

For consulting, contact me here.

I mainly post about Social Media, Creativity, Design, and Branding. I've also been dubbed a Google+ Scholar (whatever that means). So if you're having trouble getting the most out of Google+ then feel free to ask me questions! I may not have all the answers, but odds are I at least know someone who does!

Some circles I might fit well into are:

- Designers
- Social Media
- Branding
- Blogging
- Technology
- Geeks
- Christians
- Film lovers
- Awesome people

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I've wrote a few things that have gotten some attention. These are a great representation of what I write about most:

Social Media / Google+



I currently run a number of Google+ communities and moderate on a few others:

So what are you waiting for? Shoot me a +mention here on Google+ and let's connect!
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Survived an encounter with Chuck Norris. Was on Google+ before the masses.
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Canyon Country, CA
Porter Ranch, CA - West Hills, CA - Granada Hills, CA - North Hollywood, CA - Sharon, PA
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