The Only Thing Better than an Hour of Tennis is Two Hours of Tennis

The Facebook, G+ and Twitter fast is going better than I’d ever imagined. I have seen a drop off of readership here and I’m sorry about that but I try to tell myself that at some point my friends will think, “I haven’t heard from Jessica in a while. Maybe I should check her blog.” Or maybe not. Maybe I’m missable. That’s okay with me too. I had a tennis match at 9 this morning and typically you have 90 minutes on the court before someone gives you the boot. …

Hiatus

Blogging used to be this sort of short form brain dump. My old site had posts that were three sentences long next to posts that were a thousand words. Not every bit of content was a treasure but it was real content and it was compelling even if only for that moment in time. I remember sitting in meetings with men who created media, real media, expensive media and they’d ask me how I built my audience and I’d look them right in the eye and say, “I’m honest.” Well, …

This Time I’m Not the Asshole (other times I absolutely was)

If you look at my twitter ID today (and probably for the next week or two) you’ll see this.   If you read Francisco Dao’s latest diatribe you’ll be tempted to identify me as one of the assholes he’s calling out. One of those useless social media people who just attack brands. Well, that’s not quite the case here and I want to clear it up and address some other things too. In October of 2011 I bought a vacuum.   I love a clean house and if you have …

Best Practices: Apologies and Non-Apologies

Sorry. It’s five letters and in a sincere context those five letters have more power than four. You can say it all sorts of ways. I am sorry. I am sorry I made a mistake. I am sorry I was rude. It won’t happen again. I am sorry. I showed bad judgement. All of these short and simple sentences are capable of ending an ugly situation. A non-apology often escalates a difficult situation. Non-apologies include but are not limited to: I’m sorry you feel that way. I’m sorry I thought …

We Wanted to Hate Your Humble Brag but Now We Hate You

I swear to God the caviar bar in T5 swallows time. Where did it go? About to miss plane aaarggh. — William Banks-Blaney (@WilliamVintage) September 4, 2012   Last week I got together with a girlfriend and, as is often the case, we got to talking about social media. Social Media is comprised of people so we talked about a few people and what their twitter and facebook streams look like. And then She Who Will Remain Unnamed (SWWRU) mentioned a mutual friend’s habit of (not so) humble bragging. “Humble …