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After responding to all of the sweet, awesome, and thoughtful messages my friends left for me on Facebook last year, I had this wild idea – what if you woke up on your birthday, logged onto Facebook, and no one left any birthday messages for you?
That would be the worst birthday ever, right?
As I learned from my parents when I was younger, if you have a bad dream, tell someone about it so that it won’t come true.
Thank you to my amazing husband, John Kimball, who drew this comic and helped me bring this concept to life.
P. S. Today is my birthday.
Sunday Serial is a semi-regularly weekly installment of the best articles written and read around the Internet during the past week or so. I try to introduce each article so you know what you’re getting in to before you click, though sometimes my synthesis goes a little bit deep. You can read previous Sunday Serials here.
20 phrases you can replace with one word by Laura Hale Brockway on PR Daily
Read this because: I’m a fan of brevity, and you should be too. As George Orwell said, never use a ten-dollar word when a five-dollar one will do. Whether that’s in every day speech or in your writing.
What I Learned From Quitting My Job…Twice. by Amber Nashlund on Brass Tack Thinking
Read this because: You’re on a path few have traveled. You are ready to shake things up, you’re ready to say “I quit,” but uncertainty is holding you back. Here are some great lessons to move you away from “un” and closer to “certain.”
I hereby (fictionally) resign by Reginald Braithwaite on raganwald’s posterous
Read this because: Last month, recruiters and hiring managers starting asking candidates for their passwords to their personal Facebook accounts. Why? So they could do a more thorough background check on the candidate’s personal life.
Then Facebook came out and publicly stated that asking candidates to give out their passwords is an invasion of the candidate’s privacy and that of their friends. And last week, the state of Maryland became the first state to ban employers from asking for Facebook passwords.
Don’t HR managers know to keep their hands off of our personal Facebook pages?
If you’re reading this, mouth agape, wondering “WTF?” read the above post. While a fictionalized account, it’s a good story about “what if.”
Bonus: Here’s what you should do (in the real world) if your employer or hiring manager does ask for your password.
Publishing is no longer a job or an industry — it’s a button by Mathew Ingram on GigaOm
Read this because: It’s no secret that I come from the book publishing world, so the advent of blogs, eBooks, online publishing, etc., anyone can be “published” and the assets that the old book publishing world used to bring to the table are no longer valuable. Digitization has killed this industry and turned it into a button. And I’m left wondering, would it have been better to be outsourced to China or replaced by a machine than a button?
But there’s hope – yes, the industry is dead. The mystery, allure, and “secret sauce” of what makes a best seller still exist, but the tools for production and sales channels are accessible to all. It’s not so much that publishing needs to disappear, but pivot. Instead of being the “process of distribution,” become the services that authors need – editorial, marketing, access to readers, and design.
Texts from Hillary on Tumblr
Read this because: It’s not every week that a meme is started and the subject of the meme, memes herself. As the final post says, “It turns out that memes really do come true,”
- My favorite: Ryan Gosling texts Hillary Clinton
What did you read this week?
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It takes thirty days to form a habit and three days to break it. In other words, life happened, so get over it.
And even though my week was sans blogging, it doesn’t mean that others were not. So here you are four articles of substance and two that are (mostly) just for laughs.
Princesses, Courage, more Hipster Entrepreneurs, and Highly Connected People
Totally Stupid Shit I learned from Disney Princesses by Therese Schwenkler on the Unlost
Read this because: You grew up watching Disney movies and devouring teen magazines to tell you that you were normal and not a unique freak.
Spoiler alert: It’s okay. But Ms. Schwenkler is here to help you unlearn all that (and still appreciate the beauty within the beast).
Courage isn’t always glamorous. Actually, it almost never is. by Jenny Blake on Life After College
Read this because: You live in a world where you are required to embrace what you’re passionate about, give your finger to ‘the man,’ and make your dreams real. You are supposed to push your own envelope, do one thing every day that scares the shit out of you, and come out on the other side smiling. Right?
And Ms. Jenny is here to set the record straight: “Courage is earned . . . through tears, fears, heartbreak, and failure. It’s messy. Ugly. Rocky. And you find your courage when you have no choice BUT to trust it.”
Bonus: Jenny’s blog is jam-packed with advice on how to keep the post-college journey on the right track. And the best part? This advice comes from a person who’s in the thick-of-it herself.
Millennials are Born Entrepreneurs. Wait, Really? Commentators are claiming that Gen Y-ers and Millennials are start-up naturals, and great salespeople. Or are they just victims of circumstance? by Jessica Stillman on Inc.com
Read this because: The hipster entrepreneur conversation keeps going and each writer is going one step further. Instead of exploring what they are and if they are entrepreneurs or not, this article is starting the obvious – what if there isn’t anything special about millennials, but they’re just victims of a shitty economy and the end of the traditional job market that our baby boomer parents knew and thrived in?
My question to the writer: Aren’t all generations victims of the circumstances that are happening around them?
The 12 Habits of Highly Connective People by Valeria Maltoni featuring wisdom of Anil Dash on Conversation Age
Read this because: You’re an open or a closet connector who gets giddy when you get the opportunity to introduce one person to another. Bonus if the two had no idea the other existed or why they needed to know each other (but thank you profusely for the connection after).
May the 90s Rest in Peace and White Girls on Facebook
10 Things 90s Kids Will Have To Explain To Their Children by Chelsea Fagan on Thought Catalog
Read this because: You grew up in the 90s and you forgot about the Tamagotchi, Topanga, and how much you “wanna really really really wanna zig a zig ahh.”
Now slam your body down and rub it all around.
15 Things White Girls Love To Do on Facebook by Mary on 25 Pills a Day
Read this because: It went “viral,” is hilarious, and no, I won’t admit to which items I enjoy doing.
Warning: Mary’s a firecracker, and her rants about life may turn into your new guilty pleasure.
What did you read this week?
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Hi, my name is Laura and I have not blogged in
three four days. And last night I composed this blog while sitting next to my mom – who doesn’t read my blog and completely missed NaBloPoMo this year – on the couch at my sister’s house in New Jersey, and there’s a baby coo-ing, laughing, and desperately needs his awesome auntie to play with him. Today, Sunday, is my nephew’s first birthday. Last year I spent the last half of NaBloPoMo writing blog posts on my sister’s couch while we waited for my nephew to arrive, and it’s kind of surreal that now, a year later, we’re here and our family has this amazing, gorgeous baby boy in our life. Wow.
So before I get back to some much needed and awesome family time, here are some informative and fun stuff that’s been floating around the Internet this week.
Four Blog posts about Facebook Trends, Millennials, Failing, and Whining
Some Observations About 2011′s Most Shared Articles On Facebook by Tac Anderson on NewCommBiz
Read this because: You’re dying to know which celebrity or famous cat dominated conversations on Facebook this past year.
Spoiler Alert: It’s neither, but you’ll feel better about visiting this website every single day.
Understanding What It Means to Be a Millennial by Mike Krass
Read this because: You can’t get enough of the conversation about how the millennials are all hipsters who dream of entrepreneurship. Mike does a great job of taking the conversation one-step further and throwing the responsibility back on us – now that we want to be entrepreneurial, what steps are we doing to make that happen?
When Death Feels Like A Good Option by Ben Huh
Read this because: The best way to learn about success is through failure, and, as Ben Huh, the founder and CEO of Cheezburger Network, says, “Failure is an option, and a real risk. Failure and risk something entrepreneurs understand well, and learn to manage. However, death isn’t an option, it’s an inevitability. And before I die, I want to take as many swings at the fence as I can.”
Great advice for entrepreneurs, pre-entrepreneurs, and anyone.
Startups Are Hard. So Work More, Cry Less, And Quit All The Whining by Michael Arrington on Uncrunched
Read this because: We all like to whine and be that person at the party who stayed up until dawn working on a great project, hasn’t taken a vacation in three years, and is working too much – but all while doing something we’re passionate about, something that’s great. Whining is a ‘badge of honor’ in some circles and we need to get over ourselves and just stop.
Bonus: This reality check may make you shut up and become a better person.
And Two More for Fun
Clothes for your nerd boyfriend – Because you want the man in your life to look like the men who shaped modern hipsterism – like Jim Henson, Gene Kelly, the crew from Spinal Tap, Frasier Crane, Bob Marley, and Mathew Broderick.
The 25 Funniest Autocorrects OF DYAC’s First Year – In case you haven’t seen this already.
Just shared this with my parents. My dad said, “I’m so glad I don’t have an iPhone.” And my mom said, “That’s good. Will you send that to me?”
Consider these two things my gift to you.
Photo Credit: jencu
P.S. The cute kid reading the paper isn’t my nephew.
Since personal branding was the hot topic yesterday and flowcharts simplify the decision-making process for everyone and are always a ton of fun, I want to share with you this flowchart that has been floating around the Internet for awhile.
So here’s a handy reference tool so you never have to answer what status to post on which social network and why.
This flowchart was created by Daryl Lang of Breaking Copy.