Sometimes good advice is just too good not to follow. Thanks to a typically helpful tweet by Chris Brogan I am taking a page from Christoper S. Penn's post at Marketing Over Coffee and presenting you with (according to Google Analytics) my year-end round up of:
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas if you are celebrating today. If you are not, I hope you will still be reveling in the spirit of the Holiday Season (as I am) and spending quality time with the ones you love. Religion and consumerism aside, we all have much to be thankful for, and regardless of the reason behind the season, if this time of year helps us to acknowledge and better appreciate what we have, and encourages us to help and respect those in need, then it can only be a wonderful time of year. Happy Holidays!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
(This was originally written for and posted at Dad-O-Matic and I am re-posting it here in honor of the holiday season we are now in the thick of..)
We are in that awkward time between Thanksgiving, and New Year’s, when the various “Holy Days” (a.k.a. Holidays) kick in. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or some other seasonal ritual, one thing is certain, you will be inundated with the commercialism of the season. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, mauling at the mall, the pressure is on. Many folks, myself included, often feel overwhelmed this time of year, and easily fall into a funk. Before you acquiesce to the desire to shout “Bah Humbug” here are…
Five Reasons NOT To Be A Scrooge This Year:
1) You are breathing! ’Nuff said. You are alive. Don’t take it for granted! Carpe Diem and all that jazz!
2) If you are reading this blog, you have already discovered the Interwebs. They are amazing. You can find any information you can imagine flowing through this series of tubes called the Internet. Find something to make you smile. You can start here.
3) If you are reading this blog you may have kids. If you don’t, borrow some for an afternoon. Babysit for a neighbor or relative. Children are a joy and and a constant reminder of the bigger picture and what really matters. (Hint: It is NOT holiday shopping). Be thankful for your kids.
4) You made it! If you are already exploring your inner Scrooge, you likely did the same thing last year. Guess what? You still made it intact through the 2008 holidays and almost all of 2009 and you are no worse for the wear. In fact, if you are honest with yourself, last holiday season wasn’t really all that bad, and there are probably some things that happened during the year that made you happy and proud. (Hint: Look at your kids again!)
5) What the Dickens? It is up to YOU to choose how you want to approach the Holidays this year, and set the example for your kids. Why choose Scrooge when it is so much easier and more fun to choose to be thankful, helpful, reflective on the past and inspired for the future. Scrooge was a fictional character. He didn’t have a choice. You are real. You do!
So, what’s it gonna be? Scrooge? Bah humbug!
Jeff Sass is the proud dad of ZEO (Zach, 21, Ethan, 19 and Olivia, 18). He is also a seasoned entertainment and technology exec and active social media enthusiast. You can see more of Jeff’s writing at Dadomatic and Social Networking Rehab.
Photo Credit: © Willee Cole – Fotolia.com
Thursday, December 17, 2009
This is a great holiday/marketing idea by the ever resourceful JC Hutchins: A FREE PDF with excerpts from a dozen terrific books. I have already read at least half of these books so I can vouch for the quality of the words and talent of the authors (some of whom I consider friends).Give yourself a gift and download the PDF. Read the excerpts and once you are hooked, buy the books and support these deserving authors:
- Laurell K. Hamilton — Divine Misdemeanors
- Seth Godin — Tribes and an exclusive excerpt of Linchpin, out next year
- Joseph Finder — Vanished
- Cory Doctorow — Makers
- Chris Brogan & Julien Smith — Trust Agents
- Robert J. Sawyer — Wake
- Mitch Joel – Six Pixels of Separation
- Cherie Priest — Boneshaker
- Tara Hunt — The Whuffie Factor
- Scott Sigler — The Rookie
- Seth Harwood — Jack Wakes Up
- J.C. Hutchins — 7th Son: Descent
Saturday, December 12, 2009
If you follow this blog you probably know that I also write for Chris Brogan's Dad-O-Matic, and on behalf of Dad-O-Matic I participated in the Sony DigiDad Project. It was a lot of fun writing posts that were inspired by the Sony gear I was able to borrow and play with. My kids and I particularly enjoyed our re-creating The Picture of Dorian Gray and creating a spoof infomercial for the Sony Vaio P mini laptop/ping-pong paddle.
While all the Sony Gear has now been returned, the connections made between the participating dads is going to live on in a new project. The “Sony Dads” represent a great cross section of dad and personal blogs and we have decided to continue the conversation in a (hopefully weekly) podcast called the Cast of Dads. We will cross-post our episodes at our respective blogs and of course you can subscribe to the podcast at www.castofdads.com (and soon in iTunes.)
At launch there are five dads in our cast, and between us we have thirteen kids, so I suspect we will always have great stories to share. In our “premiere episode” we talk about:
- Artificial vs. Real Christmas Trees
- Holiday decorating
- Mixed religious household traditions
- Shopping for Holiday presents
- What our kids are asking for this year
- The coolness of Lego
And of course we introduce ourselves. You can listen to Episode 1 of Cast of Dads here. We’d love to hear what you think, and hope you will follow us as the show evolves.
Cast of Dads is a group of podcasting and blogging dads who gather to gab about fatherhood. The cast of dads includes C.C. Chapman, Jeffrey Sass, Max Kalehoff, Michael Sheehan, and Brad Powell, who collectively represent 13 kids from the youngest of babies to full grown adults. Each of them brings a unique perspective to being a father.Related articles by Zemanta
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