Blog Soup: A blog log of a servant triberratus 2011.10.06

Blog Soup
by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

I read a lot of blogs. Maybe, too many. I comment on a lot of blog posts. Maybe, too many. If you are a Triberrati, you do too.

A Triberrati is a blogger that stands out in the Triberr community. Triberr is a web app that connects bloggers and helps them to curate each other on Twitter. You can learn all about Triberr by reading any of the following posts about it.

1. Yomar LopezHow Triberr Changes The Competitive Landscape

2. Jason YormarkTriberr: How I Increased My Reach to Over 300000…

3. Neicole CrepeauFriday Fives: Tips For Using Triberr

Soggy Bottom Boys, I’m A Man Of Constant Sorrow

Earth Date 2011.10.06

Just some of the blogs that I commented on this week:

1. 5 Things Blogging Taught Me About Tweeting by Leo Widrich

2. Do You Fight With The Person In The Mirror by Joanne Cipressi

3. Warrior Down: Steve Jobs Has Died by Aaron Biebert

4. BlueKitty Cool Donations by Christina Reed

5. 5 Game-Changing Marketing Lessons to Learn From Charities by Ruth Zive

6. The Five Fundamental Truths of Strength and Weakness by Quintius M. Walker

7. Announcing another live video and something else by Penelope Trunk

8. Should we have multiple company bloggers? by Mark Schaefer

9. Thoughts of a Concerned Tweeter by Christina Reed

10. An Alphabet of Business Questions and Tips by Kaarina Dillabough

11. Educating Students Toward Their Passions by Mary Beth Hertz

12. Willful Ignorance No Company Can Afford by Ted Coine

13. This Bloggers Guide to Friends by Bill Dorman 

14. Hoover Dam Stories They Died to Make by John Magnet Bell

15. You Have To Stand For Something by Erin Feldman 

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Announcements

1. Marcus Baker will have a guest blog on the unofficial blog of Stan Faryna, tomorrow.

2. Jayme Soulati will have a guest blog here next week.

3. Please help me get my special message to Penelope Trunk. Tweet this message or something similar:

A Fan Letter to Penelope Trunk and her farmer by @Faryna cc: @penelopetrunk http://wp.me/pbg0R-qQ

Moveable Feasts, Scooby Snacks, Etc.

1. 5 Things Blogging Taught Me About Tweeting by Leo Widrich

Leo Widrich is guest posting at Kikolani’s blog. Make your tweets great, he writes. Connect with new people. Retweet. Show gratitude. Be consistent.

My comment:

This would have been great advice 2.5 years ago. Take what you know about Twitter, think about what can apply to G+, and voila you’ll help people step up their Google + game.

Unfortunately, Twitter has become a conundrum for the social media minded. Alone, it’s not going to take you to the big money, fame, and happy places.

Outside of people you meet or work with in your industry, friends, friends of friends, family, and friends of family, Twitter is becoming less useful as a marketing, messaging, and conversation instrument.

Two years ago, you could still “engage” with lots of interesting people. Now it seems that no one is really home.

Some argue that Twitter is fast becoming just another unchecked mailbox for the increasing level of spam. Myself, I give it another two years and the Library of Congress will stop archiving it.

It bums me out too, Leo.

2. Do You Fight With The Person In The Mirror by Joanne Cipressi

Joanne reminds us that we are all beautiful.

My comment:

It is important to celebrate who we are. Because there is great beauty in our being – even if we do not recognize it in the mirror, photograph, or the eyes of another. What a kind and uplifting post you have written, Joanne!

Perhaps, the greatest confusion comes from our misunderstanding the eyes of another. If we do not find urgent desire or implicit trust in the eyes of another  – we think ourselves lesser thereby.

But the eyes of another often do not reflect who we are; those eyes are a reflection of what they want. Those eyes do not consider us completely or as persons, but only as objects that serve (more or less) their own own selfish vanities, problems, and prejudice.

If you judge yourself according to another’s estimation of your fitness to be used – that is a pity. Because you are more. Much more. In fact, the mirror will tell you more. When you look at yourself with your own eyes.

3. Warrior Down: Steve Jobs Has Died by Aaron Biebert

Aaron reflects on the struggles that Jobs overcame. Jobs, he explains, is a warrior among warriors. And Jobs, Aaron confesses, was an inspiration for him in some of his darkest moments.

My comment:

RIP warrior.

The comment I didn’t make:

Steve was a lynchpin to awesome product. Did I use the term, lynchpin, correctly, Seth?

Do you understand that the iPhone made the smartphone “relevant” to a mass market and took us one step closer to the mobile web? You don’t have to agree with me, but if you disagree, go argue it with Ahonen. 

My first computer was an Apple IIfx. I loved it. Before that I had to use someone else’s computer. Or go to a computer lab at school. Unfortunately, I’m on a 17 inch MacBook Pro now. As you can tell, I’m not happy about my present computer. And, yeah, I have an iPhone. And I love it.

But I have to ask if Steve made the world a better place?

I think of the underpaid Chinese factory “farm-workers” that are producing awesome Apple product as cheaply as possible. And I try to ignore that fact. That sickness. That evil.

The ends shall never justify the means. If you don’t agree, you don’t know right from wrong. Period.

One of the greatest problems of the world, in fact, is that more good is produced by evil means than good. Evil remains entrenched thereby. Seemingly forever entrenched. I can’t ignore that problematic.

So I turn again to the question, did Steve (with all his influence, wealth, and vision) do the kind of good that had long term impact upon the course of freedom, the dignity of the human person, and human destiny?

Honestly, I have no idea. Maybe you do? If so, please share that with me.

Should I be moved by Steve’s passing? Is there something wrong with me that I am not moved by the death of someone who is not friend or family?

I am sorry, however, that you have lost a hero and an inspiration. We sure do need a whole lotta inspiration – not less.

4. BlueKitty Cool Donations by Christina Reed

Christina (aka BlueKitty) is trying to figure what is cool. Like helping others. She briefly reflects on why rich people don’t help more.

My comment:

I like that you are thinking of others. I like that you want to make a difference in this world.

Not buying that 100 foot yacht may be more like you not buying a designer handbag. Both are all about social membership. Obviously, membership to very different social circles.

You could live with $20 handbags from Payless. But do you? If you do – that’s awesome. But it doesn’t change someone else’s desire for membership in a preferred community. Even your example would not be considered a lesson.

That said, there may be a lesson here for you. If you want to get people to help out with what you are doing, reach out to them from within their community. Make it a membership issue.

5. 5 Game-Changing Marketing Lessons to Learn From Charities by Ruth Zive

Ruth Zive is guest blogging on Jens P. Berget’s blog, Slymarketing. Fundraising, Ruth argues, is no different than business and sales.

1. A charity solves a problem. Just like a product or service solves a problem. Ruth explains that you have to make the problem and solution very clear, upfront.

2. Relationships are everything. Like in business, your customer has to trust you, believe in your good will, and believe in your commitment to solve the problem.

3. Results. Everyone wants to see the results. They want a great story. Get them emotional about the results.

You’ll have to check out the blog to see her last two points.

My comment:

A lot of bloggers would benefit by applying these five lessons to each and every blog post that they write.

6. The Five Fundamental Truths of Strength and Weakness by Quintius M. Walker

Quintius (aka Peta-Loc) is at war. The enemy is everywhere. It is invisible. It is unrelenting. Gun shots can almost be heard. The screams of the innocent too.

My comment:

In war, soldiers do not have patience for truth. Nor justice, wisdom, or love. 

Chairman Mao is not the first guy I would go to for strategic counsel. His failures in the field are legendary. Their grim and terrible losses on the long march cannot be forgotten.

Musashi cannot help you. Because you stand against an army of hundreds of millions – not 5,000. It’s a dog eat dog world you live in. And the enemy is you.

Churchill would tell you to take a long, hard look at that angry man in the mirror.

Surrender! To your better self. Then the war will be over and love will lift you up.

Oh- I liked the song. Your link to it should have been at the top of the blog post.

Whatislife by Peta-Loc http://soundcloud.com/peta-loc/whatislife

Forget Mao, Quintius, and let’s talk about Langston Hughes and how we can let America be.

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed–
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek–
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one’s own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean–
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today–O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That’s made America the land it has become.
O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home–
For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,
And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay–
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again–
The land that never has been yet–
And yet must be–the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine–the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME–
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose–
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath–
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain–
All, all the stretch of these great green states–
And make America again!

7. Announcing another live video and something else by Penelope Trunk

This is an old post where Penelope announces that her and the farmer will be having a small, unofficial wedding. She also has plans to redecorate the farmer’s bedroom and calls him out for not letting her paint his bedroom pink. She suggests that the farmer is ignorant because Feng Shui recommends pink in the bedroom.

My comment:

Feng shui is idolatry. Wow! I can’t believe I wrote that! So the farmer has some good instincts about your unorthodox intentions. You’re putting him in a Catch 22 regarding the things that matter most. Namely, his future wife (you) and his religion (Christianity).

That said, I have nothing against pink. Actually, I like to see some pink in the bed room. Have you considered pink bed sheets and pillow cases? Some flowery decorations here and there (not everywhere) could help create a feeling of joy and love in the bedroom. That’s not a bad place for that feeling.

If he needs something to balance out the feminine, two large dressers from walnut or oat might help. Also a carved wood poster bed to match. Throw a giant, furry buffalo hide over the bed as a bed spread. Spray it with lavender oil every now and then – if you have moths.

A bear rug at the foot of the bed may also appeal to the farmer. They’re hard to get but you can find them. The bear’s head should be facing away from the bed. Obviously.

8. Should we have multiple company bloggers? by Mark Schaefer

Mark says that an organization should avoid the multiple blogger strategy because that rarely established a real community. Mark seems to like the single blogger strategy (he cites Bill Marriot as an example of excellence) as well as other hybrid approaches.

My comment:

Your next interview by an executive recruiter will go like this:

Recruiter: Do you blog?

You: Yes

Recruiter: Good

Recruiter: How many readers per month do you have?

You: 10k

Recruiter: Can you get that up?!

Recruiter: What’s your Klout?

You: 70

Recruiter: Actually, my assistant checked that and you’re at 65.

You: Duh! I was on vacation.

Recruiter: Can you get that up by next week?

You: I have no experience in the jet propulsion industry. Is that a problem?

Recruiter: That’s not a problem as long as your Klout score gets back to 70.

9. Thoughts of a Concerned Tweeter by Christina Reed

Christina Reed is guest posting on Christian Hollingsworth’s blog. She asks a lot of questions. Some – you may have wondered about. Some – would never have crossed your mind.

For example:

How do you stop Klout from turning you into a pretentious snob who actively looks for “Thought Leaders” or “Influencers” to follow and interact with?

Is it tacky to ask people for a +K?

Why aren’t more people on Twitter asking the question, “what made you follow me?” This is crucial information.

My comment:

Regarding your question, Why aren’t more people on Twitter asking the question, “what made you follow me?”

Those of us with some common sense are afraid of the most frequent, obvious and disappointing answer:

They wanted a follow back. OH – who are heck are you?!

10. An Alphabet of Business Questions and Tips by Kaarina Dillabough

Kaarina starts it off with Bill Dorman’s appreciation for accountability. Yup, we’ll be thinking through what business is about by going through the alphabet. Did I just make a commitment?! [smile] Stayed tuned for the letter B!

My comment:

I like accountability, aspirations, and awesome. I can work with that. But you can’t find all three under every rock. I wish you could – tho.

I also like answers. Answers should not be assumptions or easy. Good answers are hard won: sought out, “thinked”, and tested.

11. Educating Students Toward Their Passions by Mary Beth Hertz

Mary Beth Hertz is guest posting on Angela Maiers’s blog. Mary reflects on important educational experiences in her childhood and identifies one of the problems of testing-oriented education. It fails to teach children how to explore their interests and discover themselves through such exploration.

My comment:

Actually, Mary doesn’t explain that it is in the exploration of our curiosities and interests that we can discover ourselves. But I’m sure that she would have made this connection had she not felt the pressure of guest posting. [grin] Maybe?

Notes: Discus failed to register comment

12. Willful Ignorance No Company Can Afford by Ted Coine

Ted Coine takes the CEO to task for the common failure to measure how people feel about their company.

My comment:

As a counterpoint and not a contradiction, I have to say that one of the greatest mistakes I ever did was to let a business consultant talk me into getting my people to open up about their feelings about our start up. [grin]

Despite very careful guidance on important issues (process, service, etc.) that we should focus on, here’s the top three opinions that become prominent:

1. Our customers suck. They are stupid. We should find a different breed of customers.
2. It’s our right to check personal email, do personal instant messaging, and use the web for personal purposes on company time and resources.
3. Deadlines are stupid. Things get done when they get done.

Once these opinions were openly expressed, solidarity for these opinions became adamant and entrenched. I, Mr. CEO, became the real problem.

My people came up with workarounds to what they perceived as their challenges to loving where they worked. They even went beyond their initial utopian demands. I’ll give you one example (just one of many): 9 out of 10 were were illegally downloading pirated porn, movies, and software from their homes through the corporate network 24/7.

In other words, they put the company at risk.

The business consultant never got his check for the six months of prep he did to mastermind this FUBAR situation. And I, I cleaned house.

And let me tell you, firing people in Europe (where labor laws that are prejudiced in favor of the employee) can suck big time. Some people left in tears not knowing how they would put food on the family table – but even more convinced that I was the problem.

Talk about willful ignorance! Live and learn! [laughing]

13. This Bloggers Guide to Friends by Bill Dorman 

Bill Dorman is guest posting on Marjorie Clayman’s blog. Being the gentleman that he is, he politely addresses the hound that won’t stop barking. Why do you blog? Friends should have something to do with it, he suggests.

My comment:

I’ve been blogging long before the word, blogging, was cool. Until recently, if you had called me a blogger, them would have been fighting words. [grin] So I have repented of my arrogance and pride. And I have the sackcloth and ashes if you need to verify.

In the beginning, it was all about me. I loved it. I also wanted to connect with the world. On my terms. I also wanted to see if there was an audience out there for my voice. Again, on my terms.

In the last three years, the all about me has been shifting to the we. I have experimented much. That’s been fun. I still experiment with the blog form. That’s still fun. But like I said, the emphasis is on the we. And that shift has its own rewards. As Bill observes, new friendships are among them.

14. Hoover Dam Stories They Died to Make by John Magnet Bell

John Magnet Bell is guest posting at Kelly Stone Gamble’s blog. And he writes the story well – a story of hope and death.

My comment:

I want MORE, John. That wasn’t even a snack. And good writing is like that!

Can I have another 1000 words?

15. You Have To Stand For Something by Erin Feldman

Erin says you have to stand for something.

My comment:

I know exactly how you feel, Erin. Completely!

Can we compare notes?

Websites, blogs, etc. that suck. For example. 

Let’s talk about layout.

The western reader’s eye starts at the top left of the text, moves right, and returns to the left margin for the next line. I hate when bad design does things that mess with that flow. 

Let’s talk about font size.

Minimum 16pt. Scrolling is not a problem unless your copy sucks. Maybe, I’m going blind. Maybe, I’m going blind because everyone and their sister is putting web copy out there with smaller than 16pt. fonts. 

Let’s talk about style.

You’ve set a tone and the rules of the game. Do you want to play rough or not? [grin]

Let’s talk about content.

Richard Bach? Oh – come on! People that quote Jonathan Livingston Seagull scare me. They have no right to be anywhere near business. Business is about making money. They got “liability” stamped on their forehead. The want to do the impossible usually costs a lot of money and gives horrendous results.

Let’s talk about attitude.

If there’s anything you should be stubborn about, it’s your client’s success. That’s first. Then, if you have any stubborn to spare, you can be stubborn about results. Results are everything. The rest will take care of itself. And, theoretically, the results take everything you got. After making results happen, you won’t have any juice left to be stubborn about anything else. The only exception is being stubborn about getting paid. On time. What was agreed upon. No more. No less.

This is what serving a client means to me. I’m there to support their next success. In terms of online strategy. In terms of their career. In terms of their next bonus or the corner office with a chic leather sofa for which they yearn. All of it.

I’m there to make it happen for them. Make it easy. And when I fail, they cut bait. In other words, they move on. When they move on, they don’t hire me again, sing my praises, or refer me to their friends. And nothing sucks more than that.

This is what doing business has taught me.

Big hug to you, Erin. You hang in there.

Stan Faryna
6 October 2011
Bucharest, Romania

P.S. Your $5 can make a difference. If you can get 10 of your friends to give $5 too, you will make an even bigger difference. Please help Nisha to help others.

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1. Why do I blog: Faryna Podcast EP1
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3. Money Can’t Buy Happiness: Faryna Podcast EP3
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4. The First Duty of Love is to Listen: Faryna Podcast EP4
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5. Are You Ready for Love? Faryna Podcast EP5
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6. Reading The Desiderata. Faryna Podcast EP6
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7. What is Love? Faryna Podcast EP7
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8. Confessions of a Freak-Geek-Misfit. Faryna Podcast EP8
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9. Do you love strongly? Faryna Podcast EP9
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10. Empty-handed, Less Traveled Roads. Faryna Podcast EP10
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11. The Economics of Friendship. Faryna Podcast EP11
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12. Do Not Be Afraid. Faryna Podcast EP12
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12 Responses to Blog Soup: A blog log of a servant triberratus 2011.10.06

  1. Re: Steve Jobs

    The low paid factory workers in China are there of their own free will. If it was slave labor, I would agree it was evil. Nothing evil about paying market rates to workers in my opinion. I know some may disagree with me on that.

    This might sound odd given my tribute, but I don’t know that Steve Jobs did make the world a better place. Despite the great gadgets and increase in information, I’m not sure that people are happier.

    However, maybe the inspiration he brought others might change the world. I am more inspired.

    Maybe his biggest contribution might be inspiration. Only time will tell.

    • Stan Faryna says:

      This will be an interesting conversation that we must remember to do, Aaron. On labor and evil. And whiskey! [grin] Especially since I considered you less savage than I in business and employment. I remember you arguing for a more humane workplace. And I was so very reluctant to forsake the employer.

      How the tables have turned. [laughing]

  2. alaskachick says:

    Stan! (Hi honey! I’m home!)

    I can’t wait to dig into the “Soup” ~I grinned through the entire first read. Have you been watching old movies? I can’t get The Soggy Boy’s You Are My Sunshine out of my head!!

    I just wanted to say hi… missed you. I’m going to go re-read and dig in, I may have something to add… I probably will!

    Have a blessed wonderful shiny day! ~Amber-Lee

  3. billdorman says:

    I like your blog soup concept; it’s creative and allows people to see the meat of blogging, which are the comments. Of course, I got mention in there so that was kind of cool too.

    Maybe one of these days I will creative like this; however, your comments top mine X 3 in length and sometimes I can write a few paragraphs.

    Isn’t it great to see Amber-Lee back? I think I want to be her when I grow up…………just sayin’…………

    • Stan Faryna says:

      Bill, thanks for you, my friend. Like soup, blog soup, isn’t about fancy. It takes some time, but I’d like to think it goes a long way.

      I’d like to think about blog soup is all about giving, people, and community.

      The links to the blog and the author’s twitter account are better than the comment-based back link. It takes some time to fetch the links, but I have some help. If I didn’t have the help, I suppose that I would only cover about ten blog posts at a time.

      Anyway, considering how we all read a lot fo blogs, it’s not a lot of work to make soup. If you like the idea, I wouldn’t be slighted if you move soup on your blog too. Actually, I would be delighted to see others take the blog soup idea and run with it.

      Soup is good food.

  4. Good one, thanks for showcasing “the new guy,” who’ll probably be in with us in Triberr real soon: Quintius Walker. The love goes around and around.

    • Stan Faryna says:

      Quintius has great passion. I only hope that he can find a voice for all of his heart – not only the dark side.

  5. I love blog soup:) And thanks for including me in the recipe! Cheers! Kaarina

  6. Wow, Stan, I don’t know what took you longer, reading and posting on all of those blogs or compiling this blog soup! Thank you very much, Stan, for sharing your insights and talents with us. I am humbled by both.

  7. Stan,

    I appreciate you stopping by and reading my blog, as well as commenting. I enjoyed reading the other comments that you shared above. You are real and put so much thought into your comments which I admire greatly! Hope you will be back to visit my blog again…loved your wisdom! I will surely be back here too!

    Enjoy your day!
    Joanne

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