Weekly Roundup: Rapture!

May 22nd, 2011 | Shonali Burke | 27 Comments

Sorry to break it to you, but this week’s roundup has nothing to do with the so-called rapture that was supposed to have taken place last night.

It does, however, include posts that left me somewhat in a state of rapture, because of how smart, or funny, or how memorable they were.

1. Numbers, rankings, and why I think Alexa is a big waste of time, by Marcus Sheridan.

Why: numbers don’t mean anything without context. Just like influence.

2. How else are you supposed to take it? by Seth Godin.

Why: I don’t usually share Seth’s stuff (though I usually enjoy it) simply because everyone else does it all the time, so it’s nothing “new” for you. But this one, I really related to.

3. How to explain social media to your spouse, by Mark Schaefer.

Why: hilarious.

4. Who I choose to surround myself with, by John Falchetto.

Why: really thoughtful, and a question you should ask yourself.

5. Bring IT! Can you “free associate” and say something about nothing? by Ingrid Abboud.

Why: Ab-so-friggin-lutely brilliant. And now I have to figure out how to write a post about car diapers (read the post & comments, and you’ll see where that came from).

6. Ponytails and the office: is this hairstyle professional? from Lawyerist.

Why: someone actually wrote a whole post… on a blog for lawyers… about a ponytail.

7. Infographic marketing tips: 11 ways to promote, by Lee Odden.

Why: really smart, and reminds me that I need to learn how to create an infographic (anyone want to give me a few tips?)

That’s your weekly roundup for today.

Oh, quick note: from tomorrow, you’ll see a slew of guest posts over the course of the week, continuing on through Memorial Day, since I will be out almost the entire week at BlogWorld and then a few days R&R.

I’m stoked by the quality and caliber of the guest posters, some of whom are regulars here at WUL, some of whom are not. So I hope you will continue to stop by and encourage the guest bloggers by commenting and sharing their posts. We all need all the help we can get, right? So thank you in advance!

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3HatsComm
3HatsComm

Grr... you're making me read (and comment!) more (damnit!). I had planned to read almost all these who picked, the few I hadn't already. Sigh...

ShakirahDawud
ShakirahDawud

My mouth was open at how deadpan the lawyer on ponytails was. Awestruck. Great share :)

Marcus_Sheridan
Marcus_Sheridan

Hey Shonali, thanks so much for the mention along with these other great writers. Really hope we catch up in NYC!!

Marcus

John Falchetto
John Falchetto

Hi Shonali, thanks for the shout and glad you got your car fixed :)

The list of bloggers I'm included with, just humbles me. You're too kind :)

See you in a few days

markwschaefer
markwschaefer

Thanks so much for including me Shonali! What a nice honor!

bdorman264
bdorman264

Great roundup ma'am; I semi-carpet bombed Mark's post because I just recently told my wife what all this was all about. She had no idea I was famous...............and promptly told me to take out the garbage..........she thinks I spend too much time online and I probably do, but the other choice is TV or reading. No, not the other choice; we've been married 28 yrs.....................:)

Lisa Gerber
Lisa Gerber

Ha! I kept waiting for the pony tail post to be a joke, but it was quite serious! Funny to read that after our discussion about hair this week. :)

KDillabough
KDillabough

Great roundup Shonali! I'd already read 1 - 4: off to consume 5 - 7.

Enjoy Blogworld (wish I could be there) and your R & R. Cheers! Kaarina

Shonali
Shonali moderator

@John Falchetto Tell me about it, I was so relieved I didn't have to find a water leak auto specialist. Apparently there is only one in Maryland and he wouldn't have been able to fix my car for 3 weeks... ack! I'm looking forward to meeting you soon!

Shonali
Shonali moderator

@markwschaefer I LOVE reading your blog, Mark. Thank you for the fabulous content!

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

@bdorman264 oops forgot to ask and how was the Rapture Bill. Was it as enjoyable as last one? I thought the coffee they served was a bit bitter. Bet it was Starbucks. But the Tiramisu was definitely a perfect choice this time.But not quite on par with 98. 98 was an excellent year. They served warm cherry cobbler a la mode made that day i was even granted extra whip cream and it was real not that cool whip crap. That was some Rapture. sigh. the memories.

Shonali
Shonali moderator

@Lisa Gerber I know! I thought that was, er... quite a post... (says she as she tosses her ponytail).

Shonali
Shonali moderator

@KDillabough Thanks! The funny thing about R&R is that you often need more R after the R, don't you? :P

szaretsky
szaretsky

@Shonali @ShakirahDawud We're writing a new series of posts on fashion for lawyers. Ponytails are serious business in some offices. Thanks for reading. Glad you found some humor in it!

bdorman264
bdorman264

@HowieG I concur, not only bitter but a tad bit on the cold side too.

'98 was an excellent year; in fact I had my lawn chair w/ a little umbrella in the front yard when it arrived. This year I slipped into a parallel universe because I just didn't want the letdown. However, I did see Neo and he is still the 'one' in case anybody is wondering. Next time it might be the red pill though........

bdorman264
bdorman264

Shhhhh, I'm neither but she doesn't know that; she's thinks I'm the big dog or something.....................no dear, that dress looks great on you............

Lisa Gerber
Lisa Gerber

@Shonali now that I've finally met you in person, I love hearing your voice ad I read your writing! Changes everything! :) I can see you freaking out! Now go play! @bdorman264 @HowieG

Shonali
Shonali moderator

@bdorman264 @HowieG I think the big cicada invasion is about to hit DC. Talk about the Rapture, now THAT is going to be a complete PITA. The first time I saw it was in 2004, when we'd just moved here. I remember opening our front door and screaming - SCREAMING - because everything outside, including the door jamb, was covered in cicadas, and I had no idea that this was a "thing" in these parts. I'm telling you, it looked like something out of a horror movie.

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