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Erik Deckers
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I've spent a lot of time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the last couple weeks. In fact, as I write this, it's three days before the 99th running of the Indy 500. Excuse me, the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, part of the Verizon IndyCar Series. Not tha...
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Any time I see job postings for writing positions, they always require a degree in English, Journalism, or Communication, and they won't look at outstanding writers with degrees in history, business, or science.

These are the three questions marketing agencies should concern themselves with MORE than what degree a person has. I'm living proof that you don't need a writing degree to be a good and successful writer.
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I never took an English course in college--got out of the basic ones through AP credit and went to conservatories where we didn't have so many gen ed classes.  But due to attending an MFA level summer workshop and getting a few things published, I've actually been hired to teach writing on a couple of occasions. I am very grateful that some folks look at experience beyond the degree.
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Why People Hate Humblebraggers
"I am so tired of constantly being asked for my autograph. Can't I just have some privacy?" That's what we call a humblebrag. A boastful statement uttered by a complete jerkface in a feeble attempt at false modesty. We usually see humblebrags on Facebook an...
"I am so tired of constantly being asked for my autograph. Can't I just have some privacy?" That's what we call a humblebrag. A boastful statement uttered by a complete jerkface in a feeble attempt at false modesty. We usuall...
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Up Yours, Old Way of Doing Things
My friend, Jason Falls, co-hosts the 100 Proof Badass Radio Show , and his employer, Elasticity, is the show's sponsor. During the intro, Jason always says "the three founders threw off their corporate PR firm neckties, grew mustaches, bought a panda suit, ...
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Hi Niantic,

I recently recruited a friend to play Ingress, and she recently broke level 3, but I have not received any credit for it. She used the same email address I did for recruiting, and she has also verified her account. So she has (and I have) done everything she's supposed to do.

I have a couple friends who are in the same boat — recruited friends, who met the criteria — but they haven't received credit.

Is there a bug with the badge? Is there a fix in the works? Can I have a cookie?
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She shouldn't have broken level3
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A Letter From My Facebook Feed
Dear Erik, I'm so angry right now! I can't believe what's happening right now with RFRA, and ISIS! And President Obama and Iran! And Benghazi! And RFRA again! And who the hell serves pizza at a wedding anyway?! And now I'm happy because here's a video of ki...
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Thanks for the laugh this morning Erik!
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Fear and Loathing in Louisville, KY
Erik is out of the office this week, so we're reprinting a column from 2005, with a few updates. It was a sad day for me in 2005 when I learned that Hunter S. Thompson, famed psychotic and drug-addled journalist, took his own life at his Colorado ranch. I'd...
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No, Your Beard Doesn't Have Poop In It
In this week's Internet-induced hysteria, bearded men everywhere were told "your beard has poop in it" or that it's as dirty as a toilet. Thanks to a "study" conducted by "news station" KOAT of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the "average" male beard was found to ...
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The Glory of the Honorary Doctorate
I've always wanted an honorary doctorate. It's not a major item on my bucket list. In fact, I don't even have a bucket list. But if I did, this wouldn't be on there. The desire for an honorary doctorate pops up this time each year, as famous and not-so-famo...
I've always wanted an honorary doctorate. It's not a major item on my bucket list. In fact, I don't even have a bucket list. But if I did, this wouldn't be on there. The desire for an honorary doctorate pops up this time each...
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Karl the Curmudgeon was a Propaganda Writer
"Did I ever tell you I was a government propaganda writer, Kid?" asked Karl. No, you didn't, I said. What did you do, write light operas about Billy Yank and Johnny Reb? Karl muttered something vulgar and gave me the finger. "You know you're only 20 years y...
"Did I ever tell you I was a government propaganda writer, Kid?" asked Karl. No, you didn't, I said. What did you do, write light operas about Billy Yank and Johnny Reb? Karl muttered something vulgar and gave me the finger. ...
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Review of The Drowsy Chaperone at Beef & Boards Theatre
The Man In The Chair. He seemed rather lonely to me. Leave it to a musical parody to flip the switch for me to make me finally like musical theatre. This past weekend's showing of The Drowsy Chaperone at Beef & Boards Theatre was enough to make me realize I...
The Man In The Chair. He seemed rather lonely to me. Leave it to a musical parody to flip the switch for me to make me finally like musical theatre. This past weekend's showing of The Drowsy Chaperone at Beef & Boards Theatr...
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Entries sought for upcoming Goats Gone Wild exhibit (PRESS RELEASE)
From my friend Kendal Miller, the executive director of the Switzerland County Tourism office: (VEVAY, Ind.)—The Switzerland County Visitors Center announces a call for entries for their second Goats Gone Wild exhibition. Open to youths and adults, the even...
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I know. I loved the idea of Fred the White Goat. Did you click the link at the front of the release? It goes to my Fred story on VisitIndiana.com.
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Professional blogger, public speaker, book author, travel writer
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Writing, Public Speaking, Blogging, Social Media Marketing
Employment
  • Professional Blog Service
    President, 2009 - present
  • Indiana Office of Tourism Development
    Travel Writer, 2009 - 2012
  • VisionDirect
    Director of Sales and Marketing, 2007 - 2008
  • Indiana State Department of Health
    Risk Communication Director, 2006 - 2007
  • GW Micro
    Director of Sales and Marketing, 2004 - 2005
  • WE International, Inc.
    Director of Marketing, 1994 - 2004
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Indianapolis, IN
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Muncie, IN - Syracuse, IN - Normal, IL - McCordsville, IN - Noblesville, IN - Indianapolis, IN
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Professional blogger, public speaker, book author, humor writer
Introduction
Owner of Pro Blog Service, professional speaker, 19-year newspaper humor columnist, and book author. Co-authored "Branding Yourself," "No Bullshit Social Media," and "The Owned Media Doctrine." Helped write "Twitter Marketing for Dummies." I like penguins.
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Co-author of 4 books on social media, 19 year newspaper humor columnist
Education
  • Ball State University
    Philosophy, 1985 - 1989
  • Ball State University
    College Student Personnel Administration (M.A.), 1989 - 1990
  • Ball State University
    Speech Communication (M.A.), 1992 - 1993
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It never fails when we come here: someone's silverware is never clean, the tables feel like they haven't been wiped down properly, and this time, my lunch was cold.
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Good Chicago dog, but I wasn't wild about the slaw on the Carolina dog. It may be to some people's taste, it just didn't suit me. Good dogs though!
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Outstanding pastries; I only wish their coffee didn't come from a Nescafe machine. Still, it's better than some coffee shops that over roast their beans.
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Good coffee, nice atmosphere. Very quiet on a Friday night. Seems like a cool place to hang out and write, if you're into that sort of thing.
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