Write! Write! Write! Friday ShareDay


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There’s something in the air, people. Can you feel it?

March 1 is off to a glorious start here in New York City – the sunshine and not-so-chilly-anymore breeze makes me imagine Spring like a rookie baseball player in the on-deck circle: chomping at the bit to step into the batter’s box and take a cut at the first fastball that comes his way.

Yes, I am very excited that warmer weather – even if it’s not officially “here” – is very much right around the corner. And that means the First of May can’t be far behind. (Thank you Jonathan Coulton!)

And since it’s Friday ShareDay, it’s time to revel in the glory that is someone else’s well formulated content. (cue drum roll)

So here’s a post on the most formidable skill you can build, no matter what you do for a living: your ability to write well. Thanks Dave Kerpen for penning a post I wish I had written myself.

Happy Weekend!

Sunny Friday ShareDay


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In New York City, we’ve declared winter officially over, less because of the official start of spring and more because of the amazing weather we have been having! (You all can thank me, by the way. This year I acquired my first gas-powered snowblower, thus ensuring a snow-free winter.)

Also in 2012, my family started our conversion to Apple devices – we picked up a pair of iPhones and an iPad so far and we are instant fans (see last week’s Friday ShareDay post). MacBooks are next on the list.

All that data consumption on our wireless devices has us becoming more and more mindful of our data plans and on what seems like a constant quest for wifi.

The first time I got an iPhone in my hands, I understood (and frankly, changed my mind) on the need for free wifi hotspots in major traffic areas, incluing downtowns, at train stations and in commercial buildings. The wireless companies are making huge investments in their high speed networks, mostly to cash in on expensive data plans that power social media, streaming entertainment and texting. But even the best 4G/LTE infrastructure can’t measure up to a robust wifi hotspot.

So this article on a wifi usage study from TechCrunch comes along almost serendipitously, showing that we’re not only not alone in our mania, but quite normal. What do you think?

Happy Weekend!

Spring is Springing.. and Promises Renewed


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First, an apology to you all for not posting much the last two weeks. After you showed me much love for my “Charlie Sheen” post, I haven’t reciprocated with new content, and I apologize. Never mind that work has been crazy busy and a stomach virus sidelined me for three days earlier this week. It’s my obligation to send you new content, without fail. Here’s a promise to get back on the horse next week. I’ve already got a few things brewing in the pot, but I’ll save ’em until then.

Meantime, we’re watching and hoping for the best in Japan. I know you join me in wishing that they can not only avert disaster in the nuclear plants, but that the victims of the earthquake and tsunami get the assistance they need. Head to the American Red Cross to donate and follow updates on twitter @redcross.

For now, let’s celebrate this amazing New York area weather we’re having (temps near 70 today – hallelujah!) with a Friday ShareDay post from Ragan’s PR Daily (hat tip: WordHampton PR), just out today, about a new study that shows facebook “likes” are more powerful than twitter “tweets.” Agree or disagree? Weigh in below and keep the conversation going!

Happy Weekend!