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The Advertising and Marketing letter

August 24, 2010 6 comments

So if you work in advertising or marketing, you’ve probably already seen this letter, but it is great, and I thought I’d pass it along.

Of course this is amazing.  The source is unknown, but I found it via PSFK, who I found via Gapingvoid, and then passed it along to all my co-workers and linked to it in twitter, etc (yup, it’s gone VIRAL!).

Also, thought I’d share the conversation I had with my creative director shortly thereafter:

Creative Director: Where did you find this?

Me: It’s good, eh?

CD: Who wrote it?

Me: Don’t know.  “Brian,” apparently.  Probably some marketing person.  Clever, eh?

CD: It was you, wasn’t it?

Me: No, I found it online.

CD: It sounds an awful lot like your prose.

Me: It wasn’t me.

CD: Hmm [raised eyebrow suspicious look]

Me: I found it on the PSFK site.  You can go look.

CD: Ooo-kay [giant eye roll]

[Pause]

CD: I especially liked the bit about the sausages.

Me: Yeah?

CD: You like sausages. [massive eye-wagging]

Me: I do NOT like sausages.  Wait!  I mean, I do like, no–never mind.

[Pause]

CD: You totally wrote this.

(Okay, I made the sausage part up, but it’s soooo something my creative director would say.  Also, for the record, I do really like sausages.)

Twitter Fail

August 23, 2010 6 comments

So, I was all ready to get on twitter (for the first time in over a month) to rave about Serial Central, which is not a collaboration of serial killers, but rather an amazing new idea that gives you a piece of fiction every day, (rock on Lua, Miss Rosemary,Barb, et al), and then I saw this:

But then I tried again and it was all okay, so not that big of a FAIL after all.  But I got a screen grab.  And those last FOREVER.  Take that twitter.  Also, when I was on twitter I saw I had a direct message.  Ooh, exciting!  Someone randomly followed me (but, hey, that’s good right?), and as I must have been feeling rather welcoming, I followed back.  And this person sent me a direct message!  Oooh, the intrigue.  Imagine my disappointment, then, when I got this…

Huh.  So I thought about it a while, and sent this in return:

I haven’t heard back, so I guess he’s not in the extermination business.  Or maybe, like me, he only checks twitter once a month.  This is why I am anonymous.  But if you’re gonna send me messages on twitter, you’d better have a sense of humour.

Someone please send me something funny on twitter.  I’ll totally reply.  Probably a month later.  But still.

Binge Blogging

August 19, 2010 9 comments

So needing to write another blog post has been weighing on my mind for ages, and I haven’t gotten around to it for all the same reasons listed below.

My last post (over a month ago now) was on Procrastination and Rationalization.  Oh, the irony!

(really, this is at the MASSIVE HEAD EXPLOSION!!! level of irony)

It seems that I belong to the binge school of blogging.  If you’ve been around this blog you know what I’m talking about–I’ll be off the radar for a week or two, and then I’ll go back and read all of your blogs, comment on all the posts I’ve missed, respond to my own comments, and finally write another post.  You know who you are–you’re about to get a month’s worth of comments on your blogs!

Just counting how many of your posts I have to read to get up to speed is making me blush!  (Bethany, Lua, Rosemary–seriously?  You’re putting me to shame!)

The thing is, I’m like this with most things in life.  I was like this in University (you know, starting the term paper three days before the deadline and then not sleeping for two nights straight).  I’m like this with dieting (I eat chocolate and muffins until it becomes impossible to breathe in my jeans and I resemble a muffin myself, then switch to salads and lengthy runs around the park).  I’m even like this with laundry (you know, I’m out of clean knickers and down to my last pair of bikini bottoms before I do five loads straight).  I’m like this with my MS (nothing, then I get a burst and write a bunch of chapters).

Copyblogger calls this being a Sprinter, and I thought…totally not true copyblogger, when I run I’m pretty slow, but I can go for a long time.  Which means, I suppose, that there’s a bit of endurance runner and sprinter in all of us.  The trick is finding balance.

I’m (obviously) still working on it.  Suggestions welcome.