Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Carmelo Bryan

By: Gini Dietrich | December 7, 2012 | 

For those of you who are active in the Spin Sucks community, you’ll recognize the face and name of one Carmelo Bryan.

As he was beginning his blogging and social media journey, he became a very active – and very fun – voice among you.

For those of you who read the content posted here (thank you a zillion times over), but either stalk or don’t participate, allow me to introduce you to the man.

He’s an independent leader. He wants more for himself and this crazy world in which we live. He’s a positive thinker. He looks forward to bigger things, brigher experiences, and happier times. He’s extremely optimistic. And he plays a great devil’s advocate.

As we began our journey into becoming a virtual company, he planted himself right next to me and prodded me along. He talked to me about the pros and the cons and he helped me figure out what works and what does not.

He did this because he’s done it. In fact, he is a self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur so every experience I’ve had or am about to have, he’s likely already done.

He’s a great voice of reason in this journey.

He runs Critter Wisdom, which may sound a little corny, but hear me out. His philosophy is about how to slow down the world around us, have crystal clear focus, and use the backdrop of nature (and its critters) as inspiration to become more effective in both our personal and professional lives.

He’s not only really smart and wise, but lots of fun to have around.

So get to know him. You can find him on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter. And, if you have a few extra minutes to spare, I highly recommend you read his story. It’s charming, it’s well-written, and it’ll make you snicker at least five times.

One last thing. We’re a day late, but wish Carmelo a happy birthday. I don’t think he’ll mind it’s belated.

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • Nice to meet you Carmelo! Connecting now! And a belated happy birthday!

    • @katskrieger Hi Kat … nice to meet you! Although weren’t you featured on November 16th? I couldn’t help but notice as, like Howie, I have nothing else to do other than contemplate the wisdom of Nature. 😉 
      Thanks for the welcome Kat and the unbirthday wish!

      • @Carmelo I was indeed and was equally delighted by @ginidietrich ‘s inclusion. Welcome to the family! Nature? From my haunts in Brooklyn and Times Square, I’m not sure I remember what nature looks like. LOL I guess wifi must still work though because here you are! 😉

        • @katskrieger  @ginidietrich LOL…. yeah, I know, everyone thinks that Nevadans wear cowboy hats and boots to bed. We’re actually fairly sophisticated! Why just last year we got running water and even brought the outhouse into the garage! Since then I don’t fear the winter nearly so much. 
          Wow, Brooklyn and Times Square. Are you going to lose yourself in the New Year’s Eve extravaganza and watch the big ball drop?

        • @Carmelo  @ginidietrich Nah I hide out on New Years. But we are moving into another TS office soon that literally looks right at the ball. Maybe I should host a Spin Sucks community NYE party for 2013/14. 🙂

        • @katskrieger  @ginidietrich Uh ohhhh, now you’ve done it! Careful what you wish for! It’s been some time since I was there. Would be fun. 
          Yeah, I like to kinda hide out on New Years too. But, I’m an introvert so, what else is new?

  • Glad to meet you!

    • @KenMueller Hey Ken … I see you here often. I think you’re one of the pillars that keeps Gini propped up and functioning so well. 🙂

      • @Carmelo I’m not sure anyone can prop her up…

        • HowieG

          @KenMueller  @Carmelo no Ken just is good at evading Critter Traps we are thinking of calling Orkin to remove him/

        • @HowieG  @KenMueller LOL … crafty is he? Maybe we should team up, Howie.

        • @KenMueller  Lord knows we’ve tried …

    • @KenMueller btw, Ken … you need to buy that “House of Ken.” Who wouldn’t want a basketball court next to their master bedroom? So, do you play basketball? Care for a little one-on-one? I’ve never been beaten, ya know.

      • @Carmelo I’m a few million short. Plus, I suck at basketball. But if I had a court, perhaps I could improve!

        • @KenMueller I pick my opponents carefully!  Hmmm, maybe we could all pitch in. What’s a few million among friends? Okay, I’m dropping the first dollar into the hat … next?

        • @Carmelo I was kinda hoping @ginidietrich (Miss Moneybags) was gonna help us out.

  • lbatzer

    I am definitely one of those guilty of reading this blog religiously, but not participating … but I just had to offer up birthday well wishes.  Happy belated Birthday Carmelo.

    • @lbatzer Woo hoo! Thanks for dipping your toe in the water!

    • @lbatzer Thanks very much. Gini is just full of surprises, ya know?

    • @lbatzer Don’t worry, we are mostly nice around here.

      • @RebeccaTodd  @lbatzer It’s that “mostly” part that scares me. Really though, what a nice surprise and such a great place to hang out.

        • magriebler

          @Carmelo  @RebeccaTodd  @lbatzer It’s a wonderful place to hang out. You laugh, you cry, you learn things. The ultimate triple threat!

        • @magriebler  @RebeccaTodd  @lbatzer I couldn’t be threatened by a nicer group. 🙂

        • lbatzer

          @Carmelo  @RebeccaTodd  It is the “mostly” part that makes me laugh and smile – perhaps I don’t know enough about everyone here to be scared yet.

        • @lbatzer  @RebeccaTodd You’re so, so right. I come for that “mostly” too!

  • Happy belated birthday, Carmelo! Nice to meet you. I am going to hop over and read your story now.

    • @RebeccaTodd Hi Rebecca, thanks for the birthday wish. In our house we celebrate the day after just as vigorously and the day of! Just as the rabbit, Alice and the teapots did in Alice in Wonderland … I think Gini knew this about me even though I never told her!
      Here’s the Youtube link:

  • HowieG

    @carmelobryan is why I live in the woods on a dirt road with the critters. 15 miles from a traffic light (well that is the closest other directions are 18 miles west, 24 east, and 67 south). See and you though he only influenced you @ginidietrich 
    In fact I am currently whittling his birthday present which is an Eli Manning Statues…life sized which is only fitting. That is why it is so late in being done. But here in the woods I have a lot of time and no rushes or worries. If I lived in Chicago I bet I would of finished it already but I bet City Hall would request it’s placement in the lobby so maybe wouldn’t be good to Whittle in Chicago!
    On a serious note great choice, smart good person and great community member!

    • @HowieG  @ginidietrich  Hey Howie let me know when you get down to your last whittle. I’ll get my horse-drawn hay wagon and bring it on over for delivery.  I think I can find your place based on the directions you left! If not, I’ll just ask your critters.

  • Gini … you devilish thing you. What a nice surprise! While I was out in the cornfield this morning (and tending to my critters) I just had this weird feeling that something was up. And sure enough, you were here celebrating my very merry UNbirthday (the day after, ya know) 
    You have crafted a very friendly day for me … THANK YOU>   🙂
    (Don’t believe the cornfield thing? pffft)

    • @Carmelo I thought it was funny when you told me it was your birthday. I thought, “Ah ha! I have to edit the blog post.”

      • @ginidietrich  Wow, serendipitous timing, huh? I kind of have the feeling your life is often a magnet for serendipity and all things beautiful. Of course, you have to nudge it along too, I know.

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  • Happy Friday, Carmelo! I’ve definitely noticed your around the Spin Sucks community and I like reading your comments. There’s always room in my circle for another glass half full , world changer … Happy to know you!

    • @kateupdates Hey Kate … wonderful to be sharing my glass with you. Love to read your insights too! 
      And I’m a supporter of your first ever “Half Marathon” coming up next May!  Go for it despite any fear! You’re going to make it for sure. 🙂

  • magriebler

    Hi Carmelo! Wishing you the very merriest of unbirthdays. They’ll throw you quite the par-tay here at Spin Sucks. Resistance is futile.

    • @magriebler Hi Marianne! Thank you very much. Glad I got up early to start this party. Love your “marketer with a splash of PR” (and who couldn’t use a little more “sloppy thinking” now and again?)
      Should I remove me Borg suit?

      • magriebler

        @Carmelo You’re the birthday boy, so you get to wear whatever you’d like … even your birthday suit.

        • @magriebler lol, i’m not sure it fits anymore!

  • Hi Carmelo!  Great to see you featured here today.
    Gini – I enjoy his comments very much! Happy weekend to you!

    • @Vidya Sury Hi Vidz! Great to see you too. Love your contributions too.

  • Happy Birthday Carmelo!

    • @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes  Thanks Joshua! Love the topics on your blog. Okay, hit the deck! Let’s see you bang out those 150 push-ups!

  • Hi Carmelo! Belated Happy Birthday and congrats on being featured here!
    I’m happy to say I know Carmelo @ginidietrich  – met him a while back when he found his way to my porch 😉
    Happy Friday everyone!

    • @Lori  @ginidietrich Hi Lori! Thanks for coming to help me celebrate my unbirthday. Yes, it’s fun getting to know everyone more. The private side dalliances are the best! 😉
      Love your porch too, Lori! Between you and Gini my brain keeps firing constantly.

  • belllindsay

    Carmelo!! Happy belated, and welcome to the Follow Friday club!! 🙂

    • @belllindsay Lindsay! WooHooo! Now the party is REALLY starting. it’s an honor (oops, or is it honour?) to play (drink?) alongside you. 🙂

      • belllindsay

        @Carmelo I think I love you. 😉

        • @belllindsay LOL … i almost feel like I have my first and only groupie. Or, does it go much deeper than that??? 😉

        • belllindsay

          @Carmelo Carm, you spoke in Canadian, and you mentioned drinking. Helloooo?? 😉

        • @belllindsay I got it, silly! Just trying to expand the meaning so that I could take a bit more credit … you know, greedy me!

    • @belllindsay Dude! You’re supposed to be paying attention. Why are you commenting?!?

      • @ginidietrich  @belllindsay LOL … caught AGAIN! 😉  (but, for a good cause, right?)

        • belllindsay

          @Carmelo  @ginidietrich I’m multi-tasking!! 😀

  • Hi, Carmelo, lovely to see you featured here and a very happy birthday to you!

    • @Late_Bloomers Hi Barbara … thanks! We recently had an exchange student from Switzerland. Can’t wait to visit your country again! It’s magnificent. Hey, your daughter created a very cool logo for you!

      • @Carmelo When you come to Switzerland next time, you are very much welcome in Basel! Thanks, I will tell her, she is a gifted artist and far too modest. You know, the logo is our family herald sign (is that the correct word for it?), a peacefully looking dove with a star and she made it into something fiercer looking, with more bite!

        • @Late_Bloomers Perfect! Thank you. How’s next Wednesday? Okay, okay, i’ll give you more notice! (maybe)
          Ha! Well, there’s no controlling a truly creative artist. But, it looks great. Do you have a theory about why she sees the peaceful dove as having a “bite” to it?

        • @Carmelo Next Wednesday is perfect, you can join in some local activities, I hope you play an instrument? Go figure!
          We decided on the fierce look together, now this is getting really deep … And yes, there is not only a theory but putting a lot into practice!

        • @Late_Bloomers  I have a grand piano that doesn’t take to traveling that well. Okay, Wednesday it is! So, what do you play? 
          That’s what I like to hear … putting things into practice. Action gives birth to advancing awareness. Good for you, Barbara!

        • @Carmelo There is a piano there, do not bother to try to squeeze the grand into the overhead luggage bin! I play the piccolo, a kind of flute.
          And YAY for putting things into practice, too much talking these days!

  • A very happy belated birthday to you, @Carmelo  – and it’s good to see you featured here. 😀

    • @jasonkonopinski Hey Jason … thank you! How are plans for your “world tour” coming along? Are you fleshing out some details on it now?

      • @Carmelo The response has been really awesome and I’m looking forward to getting it launched just after the new year.  You in? 😉

        • @jasonkonopinski Absolutely! Put me right up near the top. Looking forward to learning more about it. Cool didjeridu story too, Jason.

  • Happy birthday @Carmelo !  Great to learn a little about the guy behind that great smile.

    • @barrettrossie Hey Barrett! Are you in Spokane? Here in Carson City on the backside of the Sierra range it’s been quite a bit warmer than usual. How about there? 
      You have your own corner on the smile market carved out!

    • @Carmelo Right now I’m crying, after watching video #2 at Gin & Topics. Yep, here in Spokanistan. It’s been warm here too, which means we haven’t been freezing our buns off. A little slushy snow this morning but it didn’t stick. The cause of global warming: I bought a new pair of Sorrel boots at REI, and of course that means it won’t snow this year. 
      Maybe we can have a Google Hangout and hold a Smile Off. The last one to laugh wins a year’s subscription to Spin Sucks Pro (The Free Edition).

      • @barrettrossie I doubt I could hold the laughter in that long. I’ll be the one who has to pay for the Free Edition. lol. Good luck with the snow and those boots! I haven’t skied in … forever! Year before last our mountains got some 650 inches. That’ll wear out a pair of boots quick.
        Wow, that video! Imagine the thrill for that kid, huh? 🙂

  • marcseyon

    @ginidietrich interesting approach to #FF. I like.

    • ginidietrich

      @marcseyon Thank you!

  • rdopping

    Hey Carmelo,
    Wayyyyyyyy late here. Happy Birthday sir! Good to see you here! Cheers.