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So much for valuing feedback By Kristina D.C. Hoeppner

Posted by cccromeans on January 30, 2011 at 7:18 pm

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“If anyone wants to track me down, let me make it easy for you.”


I am in total agreement with you about Facebook. I’ve always enjoyed “one stop shopping,” and it seems to fill the bill for me. I have never tried a Podcast and while I get the jest of one from your post, I’m not exactly sure how they work.

As for Twitter, I guess I’m going to be signing up for it, but I don’t see where I’d have a use for it. Still, I can’t write it off until I try it. I used to say I didn’t see the need in texting when I could just phone. Now, I wish we had free texting on our cell plan, because there are times when silence is important. I would love to be able to send my hubby a little message without interrupting whatever he is doing. There are times when I am substitute teaching that I’d prefer a text rather than a phone call. So, who knows? Twitter may be my next big thing(Kyle Ashcraft).

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January 30th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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“Social Media in Everyday Life”


You covered the topic of social media so much better than I did. I was thinking mostly in the area of social media sites, but you are correct to include e-mailing as well as others. I actually use my e-mail for personal conversations with my best friends and my family. I love Facebook because it has let me reconnect with friends from over 30 years ago.

I took this class because I needed another communication class so that I could graduate in May. I also took it because I enjoyed Prof. Nixon’s online Journalism Class and found her to be sympathetic to my learning curve when it comes to the computer. I have felt overwhelmed, not so much with the writing, which I love. The thing that is hardest for me is not feeling adequately schooled on the various online tools and operations for the class. Although sometimes I feel like kicking and screaming, I am happy to be able to learn as much as I am(Laurie Cobb).

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January 30th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

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“Social Media”


I too have a MySpace that I never use, and I have a Facebook that I look at or hear about almost daily. I am so busy trying to work and taking a full load of classes that sometimes my husband will let me know what is going on in Facebook.

I don’t have a Twitter account, but I am going to try and open one as that is something that our professor would like us to do. I don’t know if I’ll like it or not. I have come “late” as you say to the new all access computer world, and I am a bit intimidated by those who are very comfortable with them. Still, I love the internet and I’m trying my best to embrace it instead of feeling as if I’m fighting with it Facebook (Anna Elsass).

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I’ve had limited experience in blogging or commenting on a blog. I did have to maintain one for my Digital Writing Class and I was very proud of it. I still like to look at it, although I no longer write in it. My professor said that he would delete them if we didn’t want to write in them, but it’s been a year and it’s still there. I would have loved to continue it, but with all my school work and working, there just isn’t enough time at this point. I hope to be able to pick it back up again when I graduate, hopefully this May.

I didn’t even think about looking at Grammar Girl. That is one of the pluses of doing these blogs. We can find other sources from our classmates. Since blogging is fairly new to me, all information is welcomed and embraced(Tiffany Hobby)!

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“10 Tips on How to Write A Press Release”

February 2, 2011

I really enjoyed reading about how to write a press release. I’ve never done that before, and I found the information quite useful. For my project, I want to create a promo package for my son’s band, and I know that the information will be useful to me! I didn’t realize that the first 10 words were most crucial. I am learning that for any PR writing, short and to the point seems to be best. That’s something that I’m still working on. I’m going to check out the original article. You’ve peaked my interest(Sarah Hassani)!

Hey, this is a great tip. I was just wondering about this the other day when I was writing something for an English class. I love the Grammar Girl tip! That is such an easy way to remember it. I’m beginning to love Grammar Girl. I know I’ll be hitting that site again myself soon!

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February 6, 2011

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In the past, I myself have had a bit of trouble with 1st, 2nd and 3rd person. I didn’t realize how much trouble I’d had until going back to read earlier papers and other writing that I have done.

You just have to keep in mind if you are talking about yourself, about someone else in particular, or if you are talking about those in general. It takes a bit of thinking, but it becomes easier, as they say, with practice(Christine Wilson)!


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“Defining Social Media in 140 Characters or Less”

February 6, 2011

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Social media has very different meanings for different people. I think some of the comments that you read and agreed with were good examples of social media from a public relations and an age of Internet point of view. However, believe it or not, social media was around before the Internet. The phrase may not have been coined as such, but it did exist. I think any forum where ideas are discussed openly can be considered social media. As my friend Deb said today, “My idea of social media is meeting someone in a coffee shop and having great discourse about either a specific topic or various topics.” In the past, book discussion clubs, political discussions and even church teaching sessions could have been called “social media.” I, for one, do not think it is only limited to this age of the Internet(Mike Trivett).

A great topic for discussion….online or off.

“Turn off the lights, water, TV…and the Internet???”

February 6, 2011

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Thanks for the informative article. Believe it or not, I knew there were problems in Egypt. However, I didn’t really know what actually happened and why. These days, I am so busy with school and work that I don’t really hear the news. I heard enough to know there was a problem and how it might affect our economy, but I didn’t know the particulars.

One thing I’ve noticed is everyone’s concern over the oil prices. My concern goes deeper. What if we can’t get oil for any price? What if there is no oil? My husband and I are not alarmists, but we are concerned and are trying to look at things and plan for contingencies in case that happens. In the meantime, the United States had better stop being so reliant upon other nations and we’d better begin to look to ourselves for answers(Angela Glaly).

“Disney Pixar & Another Sequel”

February 6, 2011

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I too love the Pixar movies, and my child is 26, so I have no excuse other than I just love them! However, unlike you, I loved the movie Cars and I’m excited that they’re making a sequel. I also loved the Toy Story movies. I bought my youngest nephew(5) that one for Christmas, but I haven’t been able to persuade him to let me take it home for a weekend and watch it. I’m looking forward to seeing it, as well.

What I love about Pixar movies is that the writing is such that adults can appreciate it, but still children can watch without fear of exposing them to anything evil(Amber Sakis).


“The Social Network(s)”

February 6, 2011

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I really enjoyed your posting on Facebook. You have described it to perfection! I love it and hate it, sometimes. It has been a wonderful tool to help me keep up and get reacquainted with friends, old and new. It is also a trap that will cause me to procrastinate terribly. I haven’t really gotten on there since last summer. My husband will check my Facebook page and tell me anything he thinks would interest me. I’m afraid I am one of those who can spend hours on it when I just got on with the intention of checking my wall. Since I’m taking a full load of classes, I just avoid it and let my husband be my secretary for now(Andrew Potter).

“Grammar sacrificed for the purpose of fashion?  I don’t think so!”

February 6, 2011

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I could not agree with you more. Why is incorrect grammar funny? I hope I don’t run into anyone with that particular shirt. It’s one of those things that really bothers me, like a string hanging of the back of someone’s shirt. I just want to break it off!

It seems many want to broadcast just how ignorant they really are. Ugh!!! We all have struggled with spellings and tenses from time to time, but that is one mistake that really annoys me. To make that mistake on purpose is criminal (Taylor Flumerfelt)!

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I know just how you feel. Our next assignment is to follow someone on tweet and to interact. How do you interact? Do you think up questions that you don’t really want the answers to? Personally, I’d rather read a blog and comment on that. This small messages are really hard for me to get into. I really do have a life beyond my cell phone and computer. Still, I supposed exposure to new and different things needs to be embraced. Still, I don’t know how in the world I will ever come up with 40 tweets. Do you have any suggestions???(Angela Ghaly)

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Your PR Connection on Michael Jordan was very interesting. It’s funny because I recently wondered about what had happened to him. Look, he did what the rest of us would have done had we had that opportunity. He made the best of his talent, because unfortunately physical feats have a time limit. So, you have to hit it while the hitting is good. He gave up a lot of his privacy for years while making the most of his physical abilities. I’m like you. Retirement means retirement. He apparently made good decisions and doesn’t have to do orange juice or credit card commercials. Good for him!

(Matt Weaver)

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I really enjoyed Chris Pirillo. He was clear and very amusing, while imparting important information. I love the video clips and I need to incorporate some of them in mine. As for the topic, I find that the fourth tip is one that is chronically overlooked. Hey, all of us have typo’s and we have all been guilty of not using the spell check to catch them. However, it is important to reread what you’ve written and make corrections before posting.
I enjoy blogging. Mainly, I just like to write, so it’s another outlet for me. However, I’m not too big on commenting. Right now I’m so busy that I don’t have time for a soapbox to climb up on. There have been times in my life for that, but now is not one of them. Still, I enjoy reading blogs and doing research for blogs of my own. It’s always nice when you can get a smile out of the blog, and Chris made me smile. A good use of a video clip!

(Heather Davis)

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I tried to view the video clip, but it said it was “private” when I clicked on it. Suffice it to say that the Internet has changed all manner of jobs, and Public Relations is no different. We are all scrambling to keep up, some of us more than others. Those people who have grown up in this technological whirlwind seem to be able to adapt to the changes better than those of us whose head is still swirling from the fast paced changes. Still, the ways of operating in the PR profession have changed, but the basic principles should remain the same. Integrating Christian behavior while performing excellent service for a client seems to be the biggest challenge, as it has always been.

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I still have trouble with commas, but I am getting better. Most of the time I remember the rule, now. Periodically I’ll come across one that will stump me and I have to pull out the AP Book. I used it a lot!

I’d never heard of “canard” either, and that is the reason that I chose it. It peeked my interest. I was one of those kids that read the encyclopedia for fun. I wanted to know everything!

Thanks for the encouragement. I’m really having a learning curve with how to do all these little “extras” to make the blog interesting. I hope to add pictures soon. Pray for me!


(Angela Ghaly)

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Study: 51 percent of Americans use Facebook

By Michael Sebastian | Posted: April 6, 2011




I really enjoyed your post. The future success of any profession is building relationships. This is even more important in the PR profession. If you want to be successful in getting your information out quickly and as widespread as possible, you will do best if you have an established rapport with reporters. Also, use as much integrity as possible so that when your name is on the media advisory, the reporter will read it because he/she knows that you are reputable.
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I enjoyed the interview of Meghann Anderson. She mentioned Spark…and I love Spark People! The main point made by Anderson was the one about developing relationships. I think that is the most important thing a PR person can do. If you allow someone to know who you are and prove yourself trustworthy, I think that a blogger or any other media reporter will be more open to your media news, whatever it entails. Relationship is key.



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What no one ever tells you about blogging by andyp uk

First, maybe we need to define what blog comments are.  According to Susan Gunelius, comments are what make a blog “interactive and social.”  The most popular blogs are those where there is a lot of interaction with a community that post their opinions often.  People like to feel “involved.”

Comments are the life of a blog, and your conversation with readers will build the popularity of your blog.  Comments separate a blog from a website with information but no interaction.

Successful blogs encourage readers to respond.  The blogger always responds quickly to the comments, which makes the reader feel like their opinions are important and valued by the blogger.

To effectively comment on a blog, here are some tips to remember.  You must remember first and foremost to be yourself.  Offer your opinion, but don’t be rude about it.  Most serious bloggers also do not appreciate someone who brown noses by writing sugary comments.  It makes the writer come across as a “goody two shoes” and is not valued by someone who truly wants a conversation on the topic he/she has raised.

Another tip for successfully commenting is to start with a smaller blog rather than one of the most popular ones.  Your comments won’t stand out in a sea of hundreds of others.

To effectively comment on a blog, you should treat your comment thread as a forum.  Among other things, it can help develop blog post ideas as questions are raised and readers discuss their experiences.

For bloggers, there are ways to encourage your readers to comment.  One of these is to go to the settings of your blog and allow those who have commented before to be automatically approved.  It fosters a sens of belonging.  You can also use the Top Commentators Widget Pluin and reward your regulars with a growing number beside their name showing the number of comments they have made on your blog( Alex Whalley).

Sonia Simone lists seven deadly sins of blogging as being:

1. Selfishness (It’s about giving, not taking) 2.  Sloth (Work online beats running a bricks and mortar business…Remember that)  3.  Impatience (It takes time to build an audience so hang in there)  4.  Lameness (Write good content and remember that lame bloggershave skinny kids)  5.  Indenticality (It’s great to be inspired by a big blogger, but in order to creat your own audience you must find your own voice)  6.  Irrelevance (It’s not about you.  Write about topics that naturally attract people)  and 7.  Boorishness (Don’t be the one who refuses to shut up).

Whether you’re a reader, a blogger or both, you are participating to get your voice out there.  Following good manners and using a little common sense will go a long way to insuring your success.

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BlogPhiladelphia 7/2007 by highstrungloner

Recently, I was made aware of Mignon Fogarty’s site called “Grammar Girl” and I read three of her podcasts called, “Serial Comma,”  “What Is a Canard” and “First, Second and Third Person.”

In “Serial Comma,” she explained that this comma is used in a series of things such as in a list.  An example would be:  “I carried my books, paper, and pencil to the class.  This is something that many people have a problem getting straight.  I used to be in this group and I remember debating over whether to use the comma before “and” or not.  I didn’t know before reading this, however, that it is a style choice.  Basically, most writers use it, unless writing for a newspaper.  Newspapers are always trying to save space, and this is one way that they do it.

In “What is A Canard,”  I learned the meaning and the history behind its usage.  I only recently heard this term, and the way it was used gave me the general idea of what it meant.  However, Grammar Girl gave me the exact meaning.  A Canard is a story that is usually damaging to someone, and is false while being purported to be true.  It can be a rumor, a hoax or a lie.  Canard means “Duck” in French, and comes from the French expression:  To sell half a duck.  Writers of politics use this word most frequently.

The final article I read was “Using First, Second, or Third Person.”  I used to have a lot of problems with this one, and when I look back at old stories I’ve written, it is evident that I was confused.  This article says that first, second or third person refers to usage of personal pronouns.  Each “person” has a different perspective.  In First Person, the subjective case is “I” or “we.”  This is because either can be used as the subject of a sentence.  The objective case would use “me” or “us.”  The possessive case would use “my/mine” or “our/ours.”

The Second Person is used to address the reader.  The subjective case pronoun used would be “you,” as would the objective case.  Possessive case pronouns used would be  “your/yours.”

Third person is told from the outside narrators point of view.  Singular subjective pronouns are “he,” “she,” and “it.”  The plural subjective pronoun is “they.”  Singular objective pronouns include “him,” “her,” and “it.”  Singular possessive pronouns are “his,” “her,” “hers,” and “its.”  Plural possessives are “their,” and “theirs.”

The main thing to remember is that, regardless of what you are writing you should make sure that your pronouns agree in the “person.”  This is a mistake that I made frequently in the past, but hopefully this article will help me avoid it in the future.

To read these articles and other helpful writing tips  go to Grammar Girl.

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Jump on the social media bandwagon By Matt Hamm

I am a “late bloomer” when it comes to most things Internet.  Until I went back to college after a 16 year hiatus, I was barely  able to e-mail and use a word processor.  Still, once I was turned on to surfing the web, research opportunities and the ease of finding out about “anything and everything,” I began to slowly embrace it.

My friends and my sister insisted that I was missing out, however.  They thought that I needed to at least sign up for a MySpace account and Facebook was a “must.”  I told them, “I’m going back to school.  I’m doing homework all weekend and some nights.  I don’t have time for any of that stuff.”  Still, they were relentless until I finally broke down and let a friend set me up a MySpace account.  My sister helped me set up a Facebook account, and I actually set up my own Sparkpeople account.  Now, I am ruined for life.

I must say that I don’t really use the MySpace account.  Since my friend set it up, she set the pages up in the way that she sees me.  She lives in another state and my focus has changed in the last ten years.  I never can remember the password she set up for me or even what the site is named.

I did use my Facebook quite regularly and I even got hooked playing things like Farmville, Farm Town and several other games.  My favorite thing about Facebook is the fact that I have gotten reconnected with people with whom I graduated from high school  in 1975.  I have wondered about many of them through the years, and the minute I set up my account, lost friends were finding me from all over the USA.  It is great to see pictures and find out what everyone has been doing for the last 30 plus years.

Sparkpeople  is a site that I did all by myself.  It is very user-friendly, and the instructions were quite simple.  Sparkpeople is a site focused on supporting people who are trying to lose weight or just get healthier.  It has a free food log that will count your calories, how much fiber, fat, protein, vitamin A, etc. that you have consumed and how many calories you need to limit yourself to in order to lose weight.  I have made friends on that site, and one such friend has also become a friend on Facebook.  She lives in the Northwest, and it was amazing how much we have in common.  We really could relate to each other, and she has been a real source of encouragement for me.

I find that joining the ranks of those who have made social media sites part of their daily routine has been very rewarding for me.  Sometimes I don’t actually write anything for weeks at a time.  Sometimes I don’t even look at them because of time constraints.  However, my husband will read me my wall on Facebook to help me keep up with how everyone is doing and what is going on in their lives.  It makes me able to stay in touch in ways that I never could before.  And, as that old saying goes, “Don’t knock it until you try it!”

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