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Erik Deckers
Works at Professional Blog Service
Attended Ball State University
Lives in Indianapolis, IN
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Why I Quit As a Travel Writer for Indiana
Today, I resigned as a travel writer for VisitIndiana.com , the website owned by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD), because of the passage and signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. I've been a travel writer for the State of Indian...
Today, I resigned as a travel writer for VisitIndiana.com, the website owned by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD), because of the passage and signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. I've been a travel...
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I read the article. I know. :-)
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Eschew Convoluted Phraseology
It's a sad day when business jargon creeps into everyday conversation. I don't mean the conversations between two marketing professionals who say things like "we need to recontextualize our best-of-breed deliverables." (Yes, they really talk like that. They...
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Nice one!
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I've been a big Bob Ross fan for years, and I was watch the show recently, I was struck by how some of his philosophies applied to personal branding and entrepreneurship.

Plus, I just wanted to say "happy little trees." It makes me smile.
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And now I read the post - great points!
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Support Group of Misfit Toys
According to Arthur Rankin, the Dolly for Sue 's problem was that she was rejected by her girl, Sue, which gave her psychological problems and she believed she was unlovable . Heather: Thank you all for coming to group today. I know the weather's been rathe...
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I loved this talk, because it explains some of the silliness of people resisting language change. I don't mind most of the changes, although I WILL draw the line at using "literally" to mean "figuratively."
 
My TEDx talk just went live! See what I come up with when I'm forced to narrow my thoughts down to "one big idea" about language.
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Indy has a long, long history with professional baseball. 
The Castleton area of Indianapolis fielded this team of ballplayers in 1917. Back then, the area was nothing but farmland. Today, the area is known for its shopping district and Castleton Square Mall. This photo of the team hangs on the wall of a Meijer store.
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When I worked at the Pike Performing Arts Center, we brought a show called The Baseball Music Project. I learned just how extensive our history was with the sport! 
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I typically don't like shopping sites with daily or weekly deals, but Stacksocial actually has a few good deals once in a while. I bought a lifetime license of VPN Unlimited, which is useful for placing one's IP address in other parts of the world. Say, if someone wanted to watch TV from another country to the north or northeast of them.
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Electronic Emotions and Plugged-In Pals
We've become such an open society that it's difficult to have private moments and thoughts. Thanks to social media, we share our lives and tragedies online, when all we really want to do is vent, unload, and cry privately. We've taught ourselves that person...
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Will You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?
It's the least likely of scenarios. Impossible, really. We'll never actually have one. But everyone seems to be excited about the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. When exactly did zombies become a thing? I remember watching Dawn of the Dead when I was in...
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If that's the case, +Trenton Talbot, then we may be in one right now..... 
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Successful Column Writing Secrets
Erik is out of the office this week, so we are reprinting a column from 2004. Despite my complaints that I don't have many readers or get enough feedback from them, I actually have some great readers who write to me on a regular basis. Many of them ask me i...
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I've Been Shaving All Wrong
Apparently I've been shaving wrong for the last 33 years. At least that's what a fancy shaving store saleswoman hinted at when we discussed my shaving habits. I recently stepped into The Art of Shaving store where they sell different versions of a four-step...
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Just got to your blog in the "nick" of time. That was a close shave. :)
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Life as the Outsider Writer
I was always kind of awkward growing up. I wasn't one of the popular kids, the jocks, or the rich kids. I was the weird kid who did weird things. I played soccer and raced bicycles. I was an athlete, I just wasn't one of Indiana's preferred athletes: footba...
I was always kind of awkward growing up. I wasn't one of the popular kids, the jocks, or the rich kids. I was the weird kid who did weird things. I played soccer and raced bicycles. I was an athlete, I just wasn't one of Indi...
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Professional blogger, public speaker, book author, travel writer
Skills
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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Currently
Indianapolis, IN
Previously
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.
Bragging rights
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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