Sunday, April 23, 2006

Please...

I am not overly malicious. I am actually a pretty nice person. But I have a need to share a little situation from today that got me a bit riled.

I sent out a bulk email today to my close friends and contacts. I don't really like doing it. It is too extroverted a thing to do, but true to my "living outside my comfort zone" philosophy I do it, mostly because in addition to being an introvert, I am a business person.

And I have a book to sell.

So I inadvertently sent this email out to someone who had made it onto my list after we had talked via email about out shared interest in Introvert Coaching. Last time I sent out an email she asked me to be removed from the list which I did. Well actually she sent me a request to be removed by sending a very vile picture to illustrate her point. Very vile.... too awful to describe. But she was removed from the list.

But this time I used my Outlook to compile a new list,since there were so many new people. And this "lady" was back on the mailing list. An honest mistake.

She sent me what I can only describe as a very hurtful email back. And she told me I was invading her "personal space" which is rediculous since she is just as much a public figure online as I am - and she repeatedly says to contact her all over her multiple websites, and I did not go to her house or call her on the phone, I sent her an email. An EMAIL. An email about my book and my life and - it was very benign.

Well she was nasty and threatening and franky if there is anything that I am besides an introvert and a good business person, it is a person who works every day with websites... and there is something that I don't like--really don't like. And that is people who use unethical means to get their sites ranked highly on the search engines. Especially when we compete for the same keyphrases, and ESPECIALLY after you have really upset me with a threatening email.

And so, in my passive aggressive way. I apologized to this crazy lady whose "personal space" I somehow invaded with my little note to my friends...and then reported her to Google for all that very naughty hidden text that I was ignoring graciously until now.

As she said... "Introverts are territorial".

(But really I am very nice)

...Continued

The "feeling my age" thing continues as I have taken up exercise... and done so for what is literally the first time in my life. I did not exercise as a child, a teen, a young adult... never. Avoided exercise to be exact. And I was lucky. I am skinny. Maybe a bit scrawny. Or at least I have been. But... sigh. Now I am a grown up and I am into day 2 of my new exericise routine.

Day 2.

Feeling ok considering. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

uh oh... somewhere along the way I think I grew up...

Today I subscribed to the Wall Street Journal. Now admittedly I subscribed to the online edition, so I retain some of my youthful nonchalant approach towards "news" - however I am paying for access to online news, so that makes me a grown-up again...

So what made me make this life-altering, age-appropriate decision you ask? Well, the Wall Street Journal called me about my book and they are planning on writing a business question and answer article and actually refer to my book.

It is just a little article. But it is about my book. My book. And so I have subscribed to The Wall Street Journal - partly because I am looking for that article, and partly because it is just good business to subscribe to a paper when they write about you.... and partly I guess because I'm a grown up now, and maybe I should start paying closer attention to what is going on in the world.... ug. I grew up.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Summer Plans

I have my summer plans - well, planned at least for the most part. The first trip of the season is actually tomorrow when I will be traveling to Boston to see my brother-in-law run the Boston Marathon and visit with my sisters.

The last week in April I'll be headed to Tampa, and then back again in July for another brother-in-law's wedding. BUT before then Ill be spending a week at the family cottage for a little quiet relaxation - and then at the end of the summer I have a week planned at a condo in North Carolina with my family. It should be a really nice summer, and hopefully it will also stay as busy as it has been at work so that I can afford to take all those breaks and pay for the airline tickets!

Lots of great things happening with the book and the D & C Blog... I'll keep you posted.

- meg

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Confession: I blew off the day

Today's confession: I blew off the day. And it feels pretty nice.

I did the comissions report, took my son to soccer this morning and then to an Easter party. Then I came home and took a nap. A long and deserved wonderful nap.

There is still a lot of things to do, and they will have to get done tomorrow. Right now I am focused on not being focused for the first time in weeks.

I am still blogging for the Democrat and Chronicle. That is a very nice little side project. This week I wrote about the little farm market down the street from my house. Not a bad article if I do say so myself. It reminds me of the simple gifts that this world gives us - and how we sometimes forget to be thankful.

I spoke at the ebusiness Association seminar on SEO this week - the material was good, my presentation lacked luster - ok it was bad - but I suppose I need to keep on doing these things. I have to stop thinking that I am not a good public speaker or I will never be a good public speaker. There is just nothing that makes me more uncomfortable...don't know if that is the introversion, the social anxiety or the stage fright more...

Book sales are decent - still working on world domination... I ordered another 30 this week to distribute to the book stores. My friend Bruce is going to get a few for his seminars that he does every week - that is very cool. And now I just have to drag out all that information about the bookstore requirements and get my "media packets" put together.

Well, I am going back to blowing off the day...

Meg