Weekly Roundup: Catching Up

June 5th, 2011 | Shonali Burke | 9 Comments

I’ve just started catching up on my Reader (and I have a long way to go).

It was inevitable, though; when I was at BlogWorld last week, I tried as much as possible to focus on the conference and all the wonderful people I met.

When I took a few days off after that, I was pretty much offline except for sharing some photos via Facebook, and then getting back to work this week, I needed to focus on, what else, work (!).

So here are some posts that I’ve just been getting to. If you missed them over the past few weeks, do give them a read. It will be worth your while.

1. SEO Run Amok, a guest post by Brian Meeks over at Spin Sucks.

Why: it’s hilarious. If you read WUL regularly, you’ll know that I first chatted with Brian a while back, and he is one of the smartest and funniest people I know. And believe me, it’s tough to do both well. Which is why it tickles me pink every time he writes a guest post for me … and there’ll be one coming your way this week, so watch out for it.

2. An apologetic tweeter, by Neville Hobson.

Why: I thought this was fascinating. However, if this approach to settling defamation suits takes off, I imagine some lawyers might not be too happy.

3. Journalism vacuum filled by PR professionals, or spin doctors? by Mark Story.

Why: tell you what, when Mark decides to rant, it’s g-o-o-d.

4. Social media case study: Feed My Starving Children and Facebook Groups, by Arik Hanson.

Why: really interesting explanation of Facebook Groups as a mechanism for internal communication. It might be something you can put into play at your organization.

5. Do you have a defining moment? by Bill Dorman.

Why: this is not only a personal post, but it’s very powerful. It made me stop and think and might give rise to a post (or three) of my own.

6. 7 ways to get the most out of social media in a disaster zone #crisisdata, by Kami Watson Huyse.

Why: more than the 7 ways, Kami’s commentary is always thoughtful.

7. Socialbrite looking for part-time Executive Editor, by JD Lasica.

Why: I think this is the first time I’ve included a job posting in a roundup! Since I recently joined the Socialbrite team, I can tell you they’re a terrific group of people and this would be a tremendous learning and networking opportunity for you. So if you’re interested, please contact JD.

Image: Seema K K via Flickr, Creative Commons

Shonali Burke
Head honcho of Waxing UnLyrical, Shonali Burke is President & CEO of Shonali Burke Consulting, Inc. Based in the Washington, D.C., area, she loves helping for- and non-profit clients, both small and large, turn corporate codswallop into community cool™. She also loves ABBA, bacon, cooking, dogs, and Elvis. Wouldn't you like to be in her kitchen?
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I just read the wonderful post by Bill and the corresponding comments. I added my 37 cents worth (only funny if one follows my inane tweets)...actually, still not that funny. I digress. Thanks Shinoli, Gini and Bill for your kind words.

Shakirah...the phrase 'Meeks Alert' made my day. I imagine it being a high pitched tone which makes one want to cut off their ears to make it stop. :-)


I freaking love @extremelyavg ! That blog post made me LOL. I love the description of the guy, from his name to how he takes his drinks and what he drives. Hilarity all the way through.


Wowzer, I got a shout out from Shonali. I do appreciate it very much. I too have been offline most of the day and actually just getting a chance to stop by.

I think we might be seeing a lot more of each other if I can figure out how to accept Gini's request. I'm trying not to be a lost cause.

I will definitely have to check out the others as well; I'm familiar w/ Brian but haven't spent near enough time with him.

I hope your weekend went well and thanks for the kind words.


Thanks for the Meeks Alert--always up for one of those, hilarious with a point as always! And as for Bill's I thought... and thought... and I'm still stuck on whether I have anything worthy of replying with.

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@ExtremelyAvg You just came up with the most creative spelling of my name evah.


It was a classic 37 cents my friend; I was well thought out and extremely creative, very much appreciated.

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@bdorman264 Well, I love your blog, so I have to give it a shoutout more often! GIni's request? What request?!


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