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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Mother’s Day is every year in May. And every year I try to make sure I get my mom the best Mother’s Day gift I can, just to make sure she knows, even though I’m growing up, I still love her a lot.

U.S. Magazine made a list of the four best Mother’s Day gifts.

1. Bath and Body gift set.

2. Make up sets

3. Barnes and Nobles full-color e-reader

4. Customized Calendar Necklace – this is my absolute favorite because Jessica Alba made one to wear with her daughter’s birthday on it.

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I am seriously considering getting the necklace for my mom, by ordering from the Dallanonna Jewelry website. Not to put my birthday, but my mom’s of course.

So, everyone, remember your moms this Mother’s Day!!! Make them feel special, I mean, since they did take care of you for a while! 🙂

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What is the first thing we should all do before even thinking about pitching a campaign? RESEARCH!  You can’t help a company if you do not know anything about them.

Like, for instance, the gender of their founder. The creator of Digital Dads is automatically signed up for every mommy blogger on the web. So, he’s pretty used to getting pitches from people who assume that he is a woman.

In his article, Social Media Has Made You Lazy, he vents about two particularly “pitchers” who were just way lazy.

One, talked to him as if he were a mother.

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The other, could not even take the XXX for where you put the name off.

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The second guy was just straight lazy. But, the first one didn’t even know the gender. She was assuming he was a mom. Well, remember what assuming does? It makes an “ass” out “me” and “you”.

So, next time, do your research,….idiot.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS Pros have the second most stressful job in 2011? WHAT?

I figured being in public relations would be difficult since the economy isn’t that great. But the second most stressful? Wow!

According to PRDaily, Public Relations is the second most stressful job of 2011. Each year, CareerCast ranks the best jobs and creates a variety of top 10 lists, including most and least stressful jobs. PR being 2nd on most stressful.

Here’s how CareerCast describes the job of PR pro:

“Public relations officers are responsible for creating and maintaining a positive image with the public for many companies and government agencies. They typically are responsible for giving presentations and making speeches, often in front of large crowds. This highly competitive field and tight deadlines keep stress at high-levels for specialists. Some PR officers, also, are required to interact with potentially hostile members of the media.”

According to CareerCast, the average salary of a PR officer is $90,160, and the average amount of hours logged a day is nine.

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Here’s the full list of stressful jobs:

1. Commercial airline pilot
2. PR officer
3. Corporate executive
4. Photojournalist
5. Newscaster
6. Advertising account executive
7. Architect
8. Stockbroker
9. Emergency medical technician
10. Real estate agent

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Why are restaurants serving babies alcohol?! This is outrageous! I understand that the restaurant industry serves about 150 million meals every day, but these two cases are still ridiculous considering that there were babies.

First Applebee’s “mistakingly” give a 15-month-old tequila in his sippy-cup instead of apple juice, in Michigan. The mother had to take him to the hospital for him to be treated. The doctor said if he had the entire sippy-cup he would have died. For the full story, click here.

Then, Olive Garden gives a 2-year-old a sangria. Especially in LAKELAND itself. The baby drank almost the full cup and started acting drunk. It took the restaurant 30 minutes to figure out the mistake. The mother had to take the child to the hospital to be treated through and IV. For the full story, click here.

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Public Relations Pros must be having the hardest time of their lives because these are terrible stories. And they are going to be popular because they have babies, and everyone cares about babies.

Lets just hope they get this mess cleaned up, and quickly. And hopefully the two restaurants will actually correct their mistakes to try to make sure this does not happen again.

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Another post that I really enjoyed was Would you donate a kidney because of Facebook? By Emily Leineweber.

When I think of Facebook, i think of social networking, advertising, and a public relations forum for businesses. Who knew that a simple status update could persuade someone to donate an organ!

According to Ragan’s PR Daily, a few months ago a woman posted a status about her husband needing a kidney transplant and that they needed a kidney with O blood type. She wasnt necessarily asking as in putting an AD in the paper, but was just hoping that somehow her prayer would be answered.

Luckily, a man saw the message and notified her that he would be willing to donate and had the correct blood type. The transplant was successful and both men alright.

Who knew that Facebook could be used for more than talking to your friends, and keeping up to date with local businesses and celebs. Today, social media and the internet can be used for just about anything, even finding an organ donor faster than ever before.

I wonder if this will change the way the waiting list for organs will work?! Could it be the newest and upcoming trend?

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A post that I found very interesting, and funny, was the post for Viral Videos By Jake Price. All of the videos he chose were really funny to watch.

Although there are many videos that I have found throughout the years that I have thought of as funny, or sad, or anything that appeals to me, I have always wondered what makes them so popular???

What I have recently realized is that these videos go viral because of there universal appeal. Most of the time, if a video goes viral and it is funny, it is funny to everyone. The same applies if it is a sad video, or an angry video. It makes people feel the same emotion and it takes over.

When I watched David After Dentist, I thought it was super funny. That kid is so messed up. I think that video got so popular not only because it is funny, but also because everyone knows what he is going through. Everyone has been to the dentist and everyone has been drugged.

There are some other videos that I think are hilarious that you might enjoy as well.

I love this video and the story behind it is so funny. This girl is just messing around taking a stupid video on her moms phone. Well, she forgot to delete it and her brother got a hold of it. Recently before this, she posted some pretty embarrassing stuff on his facebook and this was the ultimate revenge.

Here is another video that I really like.

I think this video is so funny. I mean, I have never seen anything like it. I do not know why, but this girl singing a dumb song about chapstick is just so funny. I think it must be the sound effects that she makes.

Viral videos are really great if used correctly. Here is an example of a viral video that really hurt a business.

This video was really damaging to United Airlines because it showed that they did not care for their customers luggage. This video was made because this band was traveling via United and they witnessed some of the crew throwing their instruments. The instruments were damaged and United refused to take responsibility for over a year. This was the result and it really hurt their image.

But to end on a good note, here is a very cute viral video and it is hilarious…

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Viral videos pop up all over the place, from all different places, people, and scenarios.

They become viral so quickly because they are interesting and eye catching. They can be funny (most are), they can be cute, have pets or babies in them.

How it happens is once someone see’s a video they think is funny or cute and is good enough to watch again or show someone, they show a friend. And then that person shows another friend, and that person another. It goes on and on, and in a short period of time, until it is a viral video in like a week.

My favorite viral is “The Bed Intruder”. It is a video that was originally on the news. It was a guy who was talking to the camera crew in concern of his sister who was almost raped when she woke up to find a stranger in her room. It is a serious story, but luckily her brother heard her scream and came in there to scare the intruder out. The intruder left finger prints. Just watch…..



I love this “remix” because its hilarious how the brother is acting and it is very catchy. It made me want to watch the video over and over again. I also wanted to show every and anybody who was on or near a computer.

Another viral video that I like is “Charlie Bit Me”. It is a video that just shows two little kids, who are obviously brothers, sitting in a chair and the little brother keeps bitting the older brother. It is so cute.



I wanted to show everyone this video because of how adorable it is. All of my girl friends liked it and even guys. 🙂

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Physical fitness is a popular concern for a lot of people around the world. More and more people are trying to become and stay healthier than before.

Physical fitness is also a growing popularity in the workplace. In the article 10 Reasons to Encourage Fitness in the Work Place, it list reasons it is beneficial to companies to have physically fit employees.

Here are the reasons:

1. Fit employees are less likely to get sick. Someone fit will be less likely to get “the bug”. This will cut down on absences and health insurance costs.

2. Fit employees have more energy. With more exercise, we increase our energy throughout the day, making tasks easy to accomplish at our best ability.

3. Have more self confidence. Healthier employees tend to have a higher level of self confidence because they have proven to themselves they can accomplish their goals. This will make them challenge themselves and strive for higher achievement.

4. Inspire confidence. A person who is confident in themselves will also make other people confident in them as well.

5. Tend to take on more leadership roles. They also make good ones too!

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6. Set and achieve goals. Being physically fit makes the person set aggressive goals for themselves in the gym. When they reach that goal, they will naturally bring the aggressiveness into the workplace. This characteristic is a valuable asset to any company.

7. Tend to have better attitudes. They generally “feel good” because of their physical and mental balance.

8. Less stressed. Regular exercise releases physical and mental stress, making a fit employee less stressed than an employee who does not regularly exercise.

9. A fit employee base presents excellent team-building opportunities. Employees can bond and learn to work together in new ways when they cooperate in physical games like baseball or tennis together.

10. Encouraging fitness demonstrates a concern for employee’s well-being, and pays off! Employees notice when employers are concerned for their well being through fitness programs, making the turnover rate significantly lower.

These reasons show that being physically fit is very important, not only for your health, but also for your company.

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In an interview with Martin Waxman I learned many things about what public relations professionals are doing and what they are looking for when they are hiring more people for Public Relations.


I learned that Martin Waxman is the president and co-founder of Palette Public Relations Inc. and has a podcast that is updated once a week.

Waxman says that companies should have integrity and honesty in social media.
It is also a good idea to have a lot of social media outlets. You have to figure out who your audience is and how to reach them and how to use the proper tactics to reach them.

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He also said that he did not give a potential employee a position because she pointed him to her blog and there were too many grammatical errors and spelling errors. That is really important, especially in public relations and spelling is a traditional value that definitely needs to stick around.

I was surprised is that everyone says to listen to what is being said about your company online. He talks about how so many comments are on Facebook and tweets on Twitter and that companies should really pay attention if they want to keep their costumers.

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I want to know more about how to manage everything with social media without going crazy and losing track of things.

Martin says that traditional PR skills are important and have to have a great understanding of them. The traditional things are not going away completely. Social media isn’t taking away traditional PR skills needs.

Also, they must have an understanding of social media, how to use it, who communicators are and what they are saying. They don’t have to be that active but they should be following the right people, on blogs, or Twitter, and to be using social media in a smart why. He wants a combination of traditional and modern PR skills.



July 2022