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#FollowFriday: Ralph Dopping

By: Gini Dietrich | September 21, 2012 | 
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I know you all have gotten used to meeting a new member of our team on Fridays, but alas. We haven’t hired anyone new in a week.

So, instead, I’d like to introduce you to Ralph Dopping.

I first met Ralph in the comments here, but then I had the very distinct pleasure of meeting him in person in Toronto when I was there speaking at SocialMix.

OK. I’m going to be completely honest. I really loved meeting Ralph, but I also got to meet his wife (Janine Grossmann) and let’s just say she is definitely his better half (and drop dead gorgeous).

But Ralph? He’s alright himself.

First, a little about his professional side. He’s an interior designer by trade working with architects and engineers. He works for DIALOG, an organization that helps Canada build more sustainable communities. In fact, Ralph is LEED certified, which means he’s the very best in sustainable and green work.

On the personal side, he’s a blogger. On The View from Here, he talks a little bit about everything, including books you should be reading (Read this Stuff), how design and architecture affect all of our lives, what this whole digital world is about, and he even provides some really good leadership tips.

He has done a fantastic job of integrating other mediums, including videos, a quote of the week, and opportunities to contribute to his favorite causes.

Plus, he’s quite funny and he has no qualms about making fun of me (I’m sensing a trend with these #FollowFriday recommendations) so I like him lots.

There are many places you can check him out online, including: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, and his blog.

I highly recommend you do so…and read his blog. It’s different than the usual social media mumbo jumbo and there aren’t many people in his industry who are blogging about the digital web. You’ll gain a different perspective that I think is very valuable.

But today? Today say hello to him in the comments here.

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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.

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120 responses to “#FollowFriday: Ralph Dopping”

  1. rdopping says:

    Holy crap! I am at a loss for words here. I see you picked my favourite picture of myself. Thank you so much. OMG,……….thank you.

  2. I was so happy when I read about this week’s #FollowFriday on Spinsucks on my RSS feed reader!! Ralph truly is a forward-thinker who happens to be one of the nicest and funniest persons I’ve met. Well deserved #FF, my friend!

  3. KenMueller says:

    Good choice. Been enjoying getting to know Ralph around the blogosphere, etc.

  4. RebeccaTodd says:

    So wonderful to see Ralph here today! We first connected in your blog comments as well, then on twitter, and Facebook too.  It was that illustrious Social Mix event where I got to finally meet Ralph and Janine as well. It was so relaxing to meet people in person who are just as welcoming, fun and intelligent as I’d hoped. It’s amazing, Gini, you are really cultivating quite the little tribe here on your blog.  I have really enjoyed getting to meet so many of your peeps virtually and in person, and look forward to the new folks you will connect me with.  Happy Friday to you all! 

  5. jgrossmann says:

    Just so everyone knows there is NOTHING better than waking up on a Friday morning and reading a juicy compliment about yourself from a really cool woman!  It’s also really nice to hear such kind words about my husband … I think he’s pretty amazing too!  Thanks so much Gini!!!

  6. katskrieger says:

    That is a gReat photo! Look forward to gettig to know you Ralph. Congrats on the FF!

  7. John_Trader1 says:

    Enjoyed your musings here on the Spin Sucks blog @rdopping – looking forward to reading your blog!

    • rdopping says:

      Thanks a ton  @John_Trader1  I really have my work cut out for me now! All these super-smart guys and gals are going to put me to the test. Better get the hamster wheel running.
       
      If @belllindsay would only let me in on the hamster wheel joke form last week’s Gin and Topics I could finally relax. 

  8. Hajra says:

    I “met” Ralph through his comments here! And also that he writes such amazing stuff over at his blog and then we discussed Tim Hortons and his fear of heights! 
     
    Hello @rdopping !

    • rdopping says:

      Hey  @Hajra   I love your kvetching. And the fact that you have Timmy’s in the UAE. Those guys are everywhere. Just promise me that if I visit there that you won’t take me to the top of that building.

  9. belllindsay says:

    Ralph!!!!! Yay!!!!!!! Such a great pic, and welcome to the world of FF mayhem!!! LOL

  10. Jill Tooley says:

    Aw, Ralph is one of my favorites, too! He’s funny, he’s smart, and he’s extremely personable. Good choice.
     
    Hi, Ralph! I should unfollow you just so I can follow you again! 🙂

  11. AnneReuss says:

    HI Ralph, come on here, there’s a seat for you in this hullabaloo. You know @rdopping we only spoke briefly but I grew fond of you.  Hope to meet you in person one day! Signed up for you blog updates so I can see what the ruckus is about but I know I’ll enjoy it!  Have fun! 

    • rdopping says:

      Thanks so much  @AnneReuss  I will try not to disappoint and believe me I am very thankful for the opportunity. You yourself are pretty great! Have a fab day.

  12. josiecino says:

    @jasonkonopinski @ginidietrich done and done 🙂

  13. Wait a second. Ralph still provides plenty of mumbo jumbo, let’s not go crazy here. 😉

  14. So now your having tequila shots and beer chasers with Gini and Danny, huh? … 😉
     
    And you know this is Gini’s way of saying you can’t make fun of her any longer, right?
     
    Seriously, great choice! Ralph is a great guy, no doubt! Hopefully one day I’ll get to meet him in person and “Powerful GD” of course.
     
    Cheers to you, Sir!

    • rdopping says:

       @Craig McBreen I think @Danny Brown likes scotch but I wouldn’t know ’cause he keeps turning me down for drinks (kidding). I know he loves scotch.
       
      It’s Gini I am not sure about. I think I saw pounding back tequila shots at the bar at SoMix. She must have been nervous.
       
      I know I can’t make fun of her anymore. It was a good run tho. Thanks for the kind words bud.

  15. Danny Brown says:

    He’s Canadian – that immediately makes him good people. Mind you, we also have Don Cherry, so…

  16. I so vouch for this guy; he’s the real jalopy. #That.Is.All. EH?

  17. bdorman264 says:

    His wife lost a bet BTW, that’s why she’s with him………
     
    Sir Ralph, another person I plan on meeting in real life when he makes his spring trek to the F L A. Hopefully he won’t try to pay me in funny Candian money if I fleece him on the golf course. You can’t buy drinks with that around here……….
     
    Yes, he has a sense of humor, but it took him awhile to get used to mine; I was going after him right out of the chute and I had to convince him it was because I luv’d him. 
     
    Hola Ralph; good choice Gini w/ a cold…………

    • rdopping says:

       @bdorman264 I’m slow but I catch on eventually. Humble Howard over here. BTW, my wife never loses a bet. The world perceives it that but she never looses. Ever.

      • HowieG says:

         @rdopping  @bdorman264 will you change your photo to a sobbing crying one since @ginidietrich just ruined your peaceful life up in Sasakaweechan or whatever that province is called? Have the press arrived yet?

  18. rdopping says:

    @CraigMcBreen @ginidietrich Thanks a bunch Craig!

  19. rdopping says:

    @John_Trader1 @SpinSucks @ginidietrich Thanks a ton John! Appreciated.

  20. Vidya Sury says:

    Ah, what a pleasure to see you here, Ralph!  Glad I follow your blog! (And I love your photograph)
     
    Big hugs, Ralph and Gini!

  21. HowieG says:

    I remember meeting @rdopping in Alaska in 1989 when we competed in the Iditarod. Yes I know I thought it was the Idiotarod race which is why I came in last. He was prepared and his wife was using a cattleprod on the dogs to get them to run faster (she is whip smart as you know). After I was recused I mean rescued from a mile deep crevasse in Siberia (yes I lost my way!) i rejoined the event in time to see Ralph claim the victors trophy which was quickly grabbed by his wife who said ‘That is mine!’ and he replied ‘Yes Dear’. Then she said ‘Ralph sweety will you be a good boy and make sure this goes in my side of our trophy case?’ and he said ‘Yes Dear’. I knew right then he was a good guy even if he was Canadian. Funny he responds to his wife the same way Mr D responds to @ginidietrich 
     
    Great to see him all these years later. Never knew he finally finished interior design school after he was kicked out for joy riding in the Deans car with a case of booze, a doberman, and a kilo of grass.
     
    Grats on your Follow Friday Mr Dopping.

  22. rdopping says:

     @ginidietrich thank you again for this public display of affection. Honest, Janine Grossmann is not jealous in the slightest………
     
    Because of you my subscribers jumped by 50% today to a whopping total of 4 and the previous flat line bar on my Google Analytics dashboard showing visits peaked to 3 today. All that makes me happy and gives me the confidence to now sell shares for the blog. Because you are responsible for this massive peak in performance I am offering you first dibs at a bargain basement price of $299 per share.
     
    Cheap as borscht……..

  23. Carmelo says:

     @rdopping Hey Ralph. Gosh I almost missed out on your official unveiling. My internet was down for 2 days! I know there are a couple people here that would have lost their minds @ginidietrich for one (although some of us might not want her to find it again.)
     
    Anyway, your picture speaks a thousand words and certainly shows that the jalopy (who said that?) has a motor that runs and runs and runs. (On hydrogen or some other clean energy, I’m sure!)

  24. rdopping says:

    @howiegoldfarb @SpinSucks @ginidietrich Thanks Howie. You are one funny guy. I did once enter an idiotarod. It wuz fun…

  25. ginidietrich says:

    @LegalTypist LOL!!

  26. APTINT says:

    @ginidietrich Such a great way to do #FF! Really enjoyed your talk at the #Vistage conference a little while back, BTW!

  27. jonbuscall says:

    Ralph is a great guy. Check out his video presentations. They ooze personality. Definite ff

  28. rdopping says:

    Thanks @howiegoldfarb for the RT. Great story!

  29. suddenlyjamie says:

    @rdopping That, my friend, is very cool and very well-deserved. 🙂 Tks for the RT, too. 🙂 Happy Saturday!

  30. Ralph!! Sorry I missed your big day. Your life will never be the same. Change your phone number. 
     
    Ralph and I have just gotten acquainted over the past month or so. A quality guy, and a quality blogger. I’m proud to already be a follower! 

    • rdopping says:

      Thanks @barrettrossie You are not so bad yourself, sir. BTW, I do love your style and am glad to be part of your network. Cheers bud.

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