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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, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger here at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. She is the co-author of Marketing in the Round and co-host of Inside PR. Her second book, Spin Sucks, is available now.

117 comments
barrettrossie
barrettrossie

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! 

suddenlyjamie
suddenlyjamie

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

rdopping
rdopping

Thanks @howiegoldfarb for the RT. Great story!

APTINT
APTINT

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

rdopping
rdopping

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

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @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!)

rdopping
rdopping

 @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........

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

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.

Vidya Sury
Vidya Sury

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

 

Big hugs, Ralph and Gini!

rdopping
rdopping

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

rdopping
rdopping

@CraigMcBreen @ginidietrich Thanks a bunch Craig!

bdorman264
bdorman264

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
rdopping

Thanks @suddenlyjamie Happy Saturday to you too!

JohnMTrader
JohnMTrader

@rdopping I've admired your wit from afar for quite some time. Thanks to @ginidietrich for creating the community for us all!

CraigMcBreen
CraigMcBreen

@rdopping Don't forget me now that your hangin' with @ginidietrich

Craig McBreen
Craig McBreen

 @Danny Brown Seems like half the people I know online are from Ontario, and they all know their stuff. 

 

I used to think you guys did nothing but pound Labatts and fight at hockey games, now I know better.

rdopping
rdopping

Thanks @John_Trader1 and yes love that @ginidietrich has created this fable community.

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

 @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?

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