Category Archives: Other Peoples’ Blog Posts

Build Up or Tear Down

A post in response to: With Great Power by Chris Brogan

It’s true that there are bloggers who are esteemed highly and can really have serious influence when writing about other businesses. People need outspoken and confident bloggers like Chris Brogan and Guy Kawasaki to spark ideas and share experiences. The thing is, we are all here to share “a piece of our mind” with the world. We like to have someone to look up to, for guidance, if you will. I agree that everyone has the right to an opinion, even when they don’t agree with your own. However, when you are in the spotlight, you both directly and indirectly have an effect on the person, or business you post about. Chris Brogan learned this out loud today when posting a complaint about a certain retailer and as a result received a very real look at how he could have a negative influence on that business. You see, because Google loves Chris’s site, (the guy gets tons of traffic and linkbacks) almost immediately after he posted the post you could do a Google search on the retailer and one of the very top results was Chris Brogan’s blog post titled:

Dear (Business)- You Stink and So Does Retail

He had the business name where I typed “business”. However, his next post was almost an apology so I won’t repeat it. Of course, if did, I might not be on the front page of Google that same day! LOL, now that is power! Never-the-less, many of his regular and new commenters pointed out that he was too quick to judge the whole chain because of a bad experience. As a result, this reminded me of some very important principles about human business:

1. Customer service is a big part of customer satisfaction. (Doesn’t matter how great your product is, consumers still need courtesy and respect.)

2. If you can’t meet your customers needs, don’t just say “sorry” and forget about it. The franchises need to all have the option to order a product for you. Especially the attendant (who may have just been having an off day?) at Timberland could have probably said, “We don’t have any in stock, but let me pull up our website and we can have a pair here for you to try on in a few days” instead of: “Sorry, we don’t have any of those in yet, try Macy’s.” (Though, I’m sure Macy’s appreciated that.)

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3. Even when blogging “we catch a lot more flies with honey that with vinegar.” (My mom used to say that all the time!) I have to always re-read my posts and comments, because sometimes I get into a train of thought and inadvertently sound too “bubbly” (even about new techie information – can’t help but be kinda geeky and excited sometimes, :) or maybe like a “know-it-all”.

Oh well,live and learn, right? We have the right to share experiences with the world, but don’t overlook the fact that we have the “power” to build up or tear down with our writing. Kind of a big responsibility huh?

Anyways to new and veteran bloggers alike, whether you are building up or tearing down, when you are in a way wrong: It’s cool to own it.

Immune System: The Defenders

Content originally from the web address: http://www.thehumanbody.ecsd.net/immune_system.htm (I edited this content very little, because it was great to begin with. I was sad to have seen that the site was down. Last checked 9-27-2011)

The Immune System: The Defenders

by Emmett Underhill

The main job of the immune system is to protect our body from foreign invaders. The immune system does this by sending out different types of cells that kill germs.

What are germs?

Germs are bacteria, fungi, parasites, or viruses that make us sick. The cells of the immune system can usually protect us from them.

These are germs:

germs

Viruses

Bacteria

How do the immune system cells protect us?
1. Special cells called neutrophils and macrophages can eat and destroy germs.
This is called Phagocytosis.

In this picture, a large Macropyhage cell on top, comes down and surrounds and then starts to eat two germ cells.

Phagocytosis

2. Special cells called lymphocytes can attach to and kills virus infected cells. In this picture, the smaller lymphocyte on the bottom is killing the bigger cell.

MISSING PHOTO :(

What does the immune system look like?

These cells are produced in our bone marrow, thymus, and spleen and circulate in our blood stream looking for invaders.

MISSING PHOTO :(

Resources

  • Books:
    • Cell Wars by Dr. Fran Balkwill & Mic Rolph published in 1991 by HarperCollins Pulbishers
  • Internet:
  • Video:
    • The Magic School Bus – Inside Ralphie

Personality Tests

A post in response to: Why Are We Obsessed With Personality Tests? – by Julien Smith

I am an ESFJ Extroverted Sensing Feeling Judging – according to a facebook test I had taken a little while back. It’s based on the Jungian Typology. This means something like I want to like everybody, I strive to see others point of views and like to make people feel good about themselves. I’m warmly interested in others. I use my Sensing and Judging characteristics to gather specific, detailed information about others, and turn this information into supportive judgments. I want to like people, and tend to be skilled at bringing out the best in others. I strive to understand other points of view. – As cheesy as this sounds, it’s kinda true.

It’s interesting that you mention personality tests and how they can help you “find your place in the world”. On ecademy (a business focused social networking site) they came up with a color profiling system that is supposed to help you find compatible business associates. I was measured as a “High Blue”. If you think about it, the success of team building depends upon a balance and cooperation of each personality type involved.

I haven’t really found my place in the world yet, I’ve been a little busy helping other people find theirs. :) I really liked Julien’s In Over Your Head blog. I am not really sure why, but I think he writes like the kid in class who would be really quiet, yet very intelligent. You know, the type who only speaks when he really has something to say. So, you can’t help but stop and listen.

Talking About Twitter’s SUL

First, I have to say, I LOVE his statement:
“If @facebook (Twitter’s top competitor, according to @ev Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter) got on Twitter’s SUL that would be funny! But imagine a world where Twitter gets that confident!”

I laughed out loud when I read that one.

And secondly, I might agree with Scoble as far as getting rid of the list, but I don’t know if I can back up his idea of removing the follower count. Too many people (even me, I’ll be honest) like to see how many people they have in their network.

However, I do get irritated at the nobodies who mass follow people and then mass unfollow people to try and make it look like they are someone special or something. It’s kinda lame.

And finally, he shouldn’t take it too personally that he isn’t on the list. In fact, he is with the majority on this one. But he is a fabulous writer and the fact that his post received 113 comments before I ever even got here, I bet I’m not the only one who thinks that with as much research and thought he poured into his post, @scobleizer probably should be.