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Erik Deckers
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Lives in Indianapolis, IN
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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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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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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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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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Destroy Alien Portals for Fun, Exercise
I've been playing a game on my phone called Ingress. That is, the game is called Ingress. I don't call my phone anything. But I've been playing this game rather frequently. Fervently, you might say. ( Editor: Obsessed. The word you're looking for is "obsess...
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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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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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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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Tagline
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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