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The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Lindsay Bell

By: Gini Dietrich | April 11, 2014 | 
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Lindsay Bell and Gini DietrichBy Gini Dietrich

Though Lindsay Bell-Wheeler is not unfamiliar to most of you, because we launched this new series well after she started here, I thought I’d go back and highlight employees who were once featured in #FollowFriday.

I met Lindsay on The Twitter back when she was at Radian6 (which feels like a thousand years ago) and then followed her to Jugnoo, who became a client shortly after she moved there.

Of course, the moment she became available on the job market, I grabbed her. We couldn’t afford her full-time at the time, but I knew we couldn’t let her go.

We hired her part-time, with the promise to make her full-time within the first 90 days. I kept up my end of the bargain and 19 months later, she’s rocking content for us and for our clients.

Lindsay is one of my most favorite human beings on earth. She’s smart, she’s savvy, she’s creative, she can brainstorm better than most, and she’s super fun to tease (mostly because she takes it well and dishes it right back).

I asked her to take her turn in the hot seat for today’s Spin Sucks Inquisition.

I hope you learn a new thing or two about her.

What is the Biggest Mistake You’ve Made in Your Career?

This is a funny one (funny strange, not funny ha ha), because for the better part of my career, I always thought this “mistake” was a positive. I only realized this was a ‘mistake’ after many years had passed, and after I had gained so much more experience in the workplace, and of course, matured personally as well. 

Definitely, my biggest mistake in the early days of my career, in TV Land, was an overabundance of ego. Mixed with a healthy dash of hubris. I look back on it now and I’m actually quite embarrassed, but at the time, I honestly thought I was being a strong, confident, professional woman.

I’ve always been a fighter, all my life, and I just kept on fighting, even when it was A) not necessary and B) completely detrimental to my career.

I had a very successful career in TV land – which makes me wonder how much more I could have achieved had I only realized back then that my ‘strong confidence’ came across as ‘arrogant female dog’ness’. 

I’ve actually never admitted this before publicly. So, hey, catharsis!!

What is One Thing about Yourself that Would Surprise Most People?

Probably that I’m excruciatingly insecure. I mean, people who know me, know, but people in the digital space will probably find this surprising.

It, of course, ties in perfectly with my ‘biggest mistake’ above – because while I’m painfully insecure – and I mean about everything – I have spent the better part of my life hiding that fact, and not letting it cripple me. And I definitely went far overboard in that regard when I was younger.

I’ve learned coping mechanisms, I’ve learned how to ‘act,’ and I’ve learned how to get out there, be social, and work a room.

But it’s very, very difficult for me.

But, one thing that’s fantastic about getting older? You start to care less about other people and what they think. And you definitely start to love yourself more. 

If You Could Achieve Everything You Ever Wanted in Life, but Had to Die 10 Years Sooner, Would You Make that Trade? 

THIS QUESTION DRIVES ME CRAZY!!! There are way too many variables! By “achieving everything” – does that mean I can become a multimillionaire? And by dying 10 years younger. Does that mean I die at 80 instead of 90? If the answers are yes, then definitely! 

Or, will I be healthy? What if I say no, and then end up spending the last 20 years of my life as an invalid?? Or, I say yes, only to discover that I was meant to exit this mortal coil at age 65!! So, minus 10 years, and good grief – I would only have eight years left! Do you SEE the way my mind works?? Now I’m wrecked for the rest of the day. 

What Industry Advice or Practice Would You Most Like to Cry Foul On?

I must be in a good mood today, because I’m finding it hard to think of one!

Normally I’m such a critic!

I suppose, and this is more of a big picture view, but man, there’s so much negativity in the social media space these days.

I feel like I’m back in high school – no, GRADE school – some days. I get it that people are competitive, and it’s a dog eat dog world, but the constant criticism and nit picking that seems to go on, tearing each other down, I find it really quite exhausting.

I just don’t have time in my day to waste looking for someone’s mistakes, or making fun of their most recent business venture.

It’s easy to forget that there are human beings behind those blog posts/social media updates.

People aren’t perfect. I know I most certainly am not. 

What is the Best Book You’ve Read in the Past Six Months?

Definitely Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital.

This book outlines the horror, and the tragedy, that was Hurricane Katrina, in New Orleans. I have watched Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke”  twice already…and now want to watch it again.

Katrina was a disaster of such unfathomable proportions – I went into this book 100 percent on the side of the health care staff.

Then you read it – and you’re so conflicted.

The author reels you in with sympathy for what the brave nurses and doctors at Memorial went through during those days – no power, no food, the sickest of patients, bureaucratic bungling from every level – but, quite brilliantly with her reporting and by way of her story telling, by the end of the book….you’re not really sure what you think.

Were the doctors right in the steps they took…? Was it mercy killing? Or murder?

It’s a brilliant journalistic exploration of what happened, the PR nightmare that ensued, and the trials of some of the key players.

You will not know which end is up after reading this book. 

Why Does Spin Suck?

For me, personally, spin sucks because I despise cheats and liars. I really do. Like, viscerally. It’s way too easy to cheat and lie. Except for the part where you have to be sure and remember to whom you told which lie!

But still.

It’s the lazy man’s way of life. Whether you cheat your way to the top, or lie your way out of a scandal, spinning the truth speaks volumes about a person/brand’s character. 

Trust is very important to me. If you have my trust, I will go to the ends of the earth for you – I will buy your product faithfully. I will support you personally. I will even give you second chances when you fail – because, as I mentioned above, people are flawed.

It’s what makes them so interesting. But, make those mistakes, and use spin to deke and dive – and you will be exposed eventually – then you’ve lost me.

And I don’t think I’m an anomaly in this regard. 

Where to Find Lindsay Bell

Lindsay, of course, can be found on Spin Sucks, as she is the content director.

But you can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.

If you don’t already know her, stalk her online, introduce yourself, and get to know her.

I promise you, you won’t regret it.

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.

  • Cool post about you Lindsay!! And I love two words/phrases in here: “arrogant female dog’ness” and “mortal coil.” I think you know how I feel about Five Days at Memorial, and I am positive you are not alone in fighting that insecurity scourge — rest assured you have so much to give and there’s truly no one like you! 🙂

  • biggreenpen  Thanks Paula. I’m feeling a little insecure right now, after re-reading the above! LOL!!!

  • Wheeeee!!! It’s MEEEEEE!!!

  • Yay! I knew from pretty much the second I started snooping on Lindsay on the social medias (when I knew I’d be interviewing with her for a job) that I was a fan. 

    And I totally want to dig more into where the line is between confident woman and ‘arrogant female dog’ness’ falls. Because as we all know, women are often judged “female dog-y” when they behave in a way that men can get away with and only be labeled “competitive” or “assertive.”
    Is it time to start discussing the whole “ban bossy” campaign?

  • bobledrew

    That picture is possibly the most amazing one I’ve ever seen. Except for the dude kissing the woman in Times Square at the end of WWII. 

    Any opportunity to learn more about EL BEE DUB is an opportunity I’m takin’.

  • I first met LBW in a bar, way way long ago (Monday of this week), It was an apropos venue for the intoxicating connection (I have fantasized) we have with one another.
    LBW is the very first member of this crazy community I have personally hugged. (Monday of this week). 
    Lindsay’s first words to me when we met were either “let me go or I’ll call the bouncer” or “oh my god you have an accent”, there was a lot of background noise so  I couldn’t be sure, and I thought from the corner of my eye I saw the bouncer approaching me. It turned out to be Martin Waxman, who as many know, has a very intimidating physical presence, not unlike LBW.  
    Regardless of what colour hair Lindsay sports, she constantly stays a fixture on my stalker radar.

    Have a great week Lindsay!

  • Hola belllindsay, no surprises here; this is who I thought you’d be. You certainly fit right in with the crazy side of this crowd and I have enjoyed getting to know you better (even though most of the time it’s from afar). 

    So far, this Inquisition piece has been very enlightening; I like it. 

    You know, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose and not to be too picky but under the Spins Sucks paragraph it should be ‘It’s way to(o) easy’….two o’s……:). Just sayin’…..

  • Yay! It’s Lindsay’s turn on Inquisition b.k.a. #FF, congratulations!

    It was big of you to admit your biggest mistake to us. A lot of people never admit they’re wrong period, much less confess it to the entire internet, so kudos to you for doing that.

    Lindsay, I would never figure you being insecure. I say that because your personality on the web oozes confidence. Getting older is definitely an upside to everything you mentioned because I feel the same way.

    I guess I need to checkout Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. I can related because I lived in Pensacola, FL with my wife in 2005 when the Katrina disaster happened. In the 80’s and early 90’s I lived in Biloxi, MS, one of the places that was decimated by Katrina up to a mile inland some places. I have an affinity for New Orleans, so I was distraught to see the catastrophic events that unfolded after the storm passed. Some of the atrocities I heard stories about from the survivors made me lose faith in humanity for minute. 

    We were not in the path of absolute destruction, like our neighbors an hour and a half to the west, but we still sustained a lot of damage. Pensacola was still trying to pickup the pieces from Hurricane Ivan (2004), TS Arlene ( 2005), Hurricane Cindy (2005), and Hurricane Dennis (2005). Katrina marked the second time that summer we went without power for a full week with temps or 90° to 100° with a constant 100% humidity. That’s a major reason why we currently live in TN.

    Have a great weekend Lindsay and Spin Sucks!

    Go buy Gini’s book right now! http://www.amazon.com/Spin-Sucks-Communication-Reputation-Management/dp/078974886X

  • Hey belllindsay . So glad you are the subject of  Spin Sucks Inquisition today. Loved getting to know you a little more.  One of these days I look forward to getting to meet you IRL too. Have an  awesome day.

  • bdorman264 belllindsaymy daughter can and will pick your nose Bill.

  • Digital_DRK i just mailed you a key chain mace spray self defense kit!

  • As always, we get a big dose of honesty from belllindsay  The part that made me chuckle is when she acknowledged that her ego/hubris/etc. came from intense insecurity, and that this might in some way surprise us. When people act out in this manner, it’s nearly always due to some intense insecurity on their parts. And the rest of the world always knows! I’m supremely delighted that Gini hasn’t fired you. Yet. LOL!  PS: I think it’s incredibly awesome that you got a disease named after you. Who else does that?!!

  • bobledrew i dunno that photo of chris farley with a straw and coke in front of him on the phone to score more the night he died possibly trumps at least the WW2 photo…but not the one here of Little B Waynette and Grateful Dead together my two favorite bands.

  • She’s alright, I guess.

  • KensViews Thanks Ken, and yes, us Bells seem to get around! LOL

  • LSSocialEngage Thanks Lubna, and yes indeed – must meet face to face!!

  • jasonkonopinski she told me you always scarf all the cupcakes at team meetings.

  • bdorman264 Oh brother. #typos #FTW

  • KensViews belllindsay i am pretty sure in Canada it is houbris right?

  • Digital_DRK  Woohooo!! I *did* try and get the bouncer’s eye, but he kept ignoring me – STORY OF MY LIFE! #insecure Great time Monday, and speak for yourself re: intoxicating – I didn’t even have a drink at the Pilot! 😀

  • bobledrew  Ugh. The Bell’s Palsy face!! LOL It’s a pretty amazing pic, I have to say, and truly sums up mine and ginidietrich’s relationship!!! xoxox

  • Eleanor Pierce  Yes, I agree, but in this case, back in the day, I’m pretty sure I was pretty ‘woof’y’ – nowadays, I own my woofyness! As you can attest! LOL

  • Howie Goldfarb KensViews Bada bing! #trytheveal

  • i have 30 mins more of baby duty until Tommy and I can review. Notice Sebastian reading your inquisition with me. I had just told him ‘dude in the 1490’s this is what the Spanish did to our people’ His look says it all. I said “I know! this is why we all fled Spain!”

  • Interesting tie that ego/hubris does not equate to strength. Interesting stuff.

  • Digital_DRK  OMG. LOL!!

  • bobledrew  She is mad at me for using this photo. I LOVE IT!

  • belllindsay  Oh boy.

  • bdorman264 belllindsay  Dude. You ever heard of a private message to point out one’s mistakes? I’m going to go cry in a corner now! Wahhhhhhh!

  • Howie Goldfarb I want a cupcake.

  • Howie Goldfarb  BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Look at that luscious mouth!! (not YOURS Howie). 😉

  • makeaner Thanks! You will LOVE the book.

  • makeaner belllindsay Five Days at Memorial is a book you will never forget; I’d be interested in your opinion when you’re done.

  • ClayMorgan  Agree? Disagree??

  • Eleanor Pierce would LOVE to discuss “ban bossy”

  • belllindsay ClayMorgan  I do agree. I THINK that most folks do go through a period of ego/hubris as they become more successful. Hopefully, that settles into just a solid, quiet confidence.

  • biggreenpen Eleanor Pierce  Well, to be honest, I feel like I need to read Lean In first. Have you read it yet?

  • Eleanor Pierce biggreenpen I have (and I think quite a few of the crazies have b/c it was the topic of at least one SS blog a few months back). I seem to mainly have put people off of reading it (going by the comments!) but I agree — it would DEFINITELY give context to the “ban bossy” campaign to have read Lean In first. Here are my thoughts:  http://biggreenpen.com/2013/09/08/lean-in-a-book-review/

  • Well, this was all very interesting, and frankly my world is rocked, because I had belllindsay pegged for a sociopath.
    Noooooo, I’m just kidding! No one with a saucy, tell-it-like-it-is mouth like that could be a very successful sociopath!
    Thank you, Lindsay, for calling out the shenanigans in the social media space. Some people just cannot be happy in their current situations and have to take it out on others. “Social” provides a nice easy space to lash out to make themselves feel better. Been there, I’ll admit! Learned the lesson! Bought the t-shirt! Cut it off at the waist to make a belly shirt for my Daisy Dukes outfit! Since we’re being honest.
    We share a lot. Including hypochondriasis.
    And thank you for teaching me the word “deke” today!

  • susancellura

    belllindsay “But, one thing that’s fantastic about getting older? You start to care less about other people and what they think. And you definitely start to love yourself more.” SO. TRUE.

  • Howie Goldfarb KensViews belllindsay  I like the flavour of that comment!

  • I love these inquisitions and the honesty from those being interviewed.  Lindsay, I would never have guessed you were insecure. People are drawn to you because of your personality, knowledge and genuine easiness.  I hear you with your dislike of  the constant criticism. I have been working hard to look at it objectively, otherwise it would push me to just quit. It’s amazing how brave people are behind their computer.

  • OK It’s time! Welcome to the 4th Installment of the Friday Inquisition Punditry Report with your hosts Tommy Bunny and me. And how exciting Tommy! It’s belllindsay who gets Inquizzed today! Let’s get started.
    Me: So Tommy how much do we trust belllindsayI mean do we trust Pirates?!
    Tommy: Well my Uncle Bobby was a Pirate Bunny yo and he was always honest with me yo! Plus Pirates talk really cool like yo!

    Me: Uhm…..Tommy everything ok what is with the Yo? 

    Tommy: Oh sorry been practicing. Noticed you have some Breaking Bad Marathons with Sebastian and Jesse is the Bomb Yo!

    Me: Please not here ok? You promised to be a good bunny. So what do you think of the content Tommy? And one more Yo and its Hossenfeffer ok?

    Tommy: She did great. Loved…did I say Love? I mean three paw snaps LOVED her content. I mean she found a way to use Hubris and Overabundance all in one interview. I mean who can pull that off? Lindsay that’s who. Plus I mean come on Howie she bleeds honesty. Who else besides you is so blunt and honest? No one that’s who. Had no idea she was working in Bollywood in Canada in her early more formative and impressionable years.

    Me: Yeah we have known her a long time and yet we still don’t know her. But now we know more about her while still not knowing her if that makes sense? So what about the meat Tommy?

    Tommy: OMG ginidietrichasked for a rib bone and she got back 4 porterhouses, rack of ribs, 3 flank steaks and a rump roast! It was gynormawesomness! If I wasn;t vegan I would be slathering BBQ sauce and getting my bib and ready to eat kind of thing. (at least bdorman264said that is how they do it down south).

    Me: So what do we grade her Tommy? Remember a lot is riding on this!

    Tommy: A+++++ I mean she knocked it clean out of the park Howie. If there was a souble grand slam in baseball she hit one.

    Howie: Uhm Tommy there is no A++++ it goes from F to A+ did you not go to bunny school?

    Tommy: I went to school….against my will…because YOU MADE ME! But reality is belllindsayemailed me and said if she gets fired today it’s my fault and was coming to get my lucky bunny foot for a key chain.

    Howie: Don’t blame you. She said she would scalp me if I was mean. So…she did GREAT!

    Ok thanks everyone for tuning in again. See you next week same Bunny time same Bunny station. We heard next week’s guest is Warren Buffett. Can’t wait!

  • DwayneAlicie belllindsayshe is NOT a sociopath dude! Paranoid Schizohrenic with a bunny complex yes. But definitely not a socio or a path!

  • KensViews belllindsay  She gets fired daily.

  • ginidietrich KensViews belllindsay  #CrazyBossesIHaveKnown

  • KateNolan

    Eleanor Pierce biggreenpen  Read it, Eleanor! I read it and thought “This is what everyone’s all worked up about?” I thought it was an empowering book that took a pretty good stab at gender lines and how not to hold yourself back. Sheryl Sandberg was also on The Colbert Report last night and did a pretty good job of explaining the “ban bossy” campaign. http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/guests/sheryl-sandberg

  • KateNolan

    Howie Goldfarb jasonkonopinski  Not just the cupcakes, Howie, the beer, too!

  • KateNolan

    Eh, hosehead! Look! It’s the Crazy Canuck! She’s all canucky up there in Canuckistan! Yes, canucky IS a word!
    Some day when Gini organizes SpinCon we will meet, have a beer, and discuss our insecurities. 🙂

  • KateNolan  Except she won’t be invited!

  • Eleanor Pierce YOU haven’t read Lean In yet?!

  • KateNolan  “She’s all canucky up there in Canuckistan!” BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! And yes, SpinCon, let’s do it!

  • ginidietrich KateNolan  I got my passport renewed for nothing?

  • Why are there no Tom Petty references? Is this the real LB we are talking to? Hello, hello, is this thing on?

  • Howie Goldfarb ginidietrich bdorman264  Oh. My. God. There are no words to describe how awesome this is, or how much I LOVE Tommy Bunny!!!!!!!!!! xoxox

  • jolynndeal  Thanks Jolynn, As I said though, many, many, MANY years of practice at faking it! LOL

  • KateNolan Howie Goldfarb jasonkonopinski <hic>

  • KateNolan

    belllindsay ginidietrich Gini, you can’t have a SpinCon without Lindsay. Sorry, its a rule. Lindsay, make sure you pack your passport when you come, I hear you need that to cross the border now…

  • KateNolan  There’s gonna be a SpinCon? I hope I get the invite. Wouldn’t want to miss that! Can you imagine the Spin Sucks crazies all together in the same room? 
    Can the world even handle that?

  • Karen_C_Wilson KateNolan  It’d certainly be a little nuts!

  • ginidietrich KateNolan  I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess there’d be more heckling at that conference than anywhere ever in the history of the world. All in good fun, of course! Plus, someone would probably bring a squirrel.

  • ginidietrich I know, right?! It’s on my list! It’s just such a loooong list.

  • ginidietrich bobledrew  That is an awesome photo!

  • Lovely! Thank you so much for revealing more about the elusive Ell Bee.

  • KateNolan

    Karen_C_Wilson ginidietrich KateNolan  No worries, Karen, it will be conveniently located next to SquirrelCon. There’ll be plenty of nuts around.

  • DickCarlson

    As someone who has THE LARGEST EGO IN THE WORLD(tm) I can sympathize with your problem.  (Well, I like to think of it as a “problortunity”, as I actually heard one idiot once describe something once.)  Those of us who are chronically insecure would form a support club, but we’re afraid we’d be rejected for membership.

  • Howie Goldfarb  Cute!!!!  He must have got his Mom’s looks  😉

  • Howie Goldfarb  Thanks!  I couldn’t keep LBW off me that night.

  • belllindsay  I counted 8 empty pint glasses, and 3 shot glasses under your chair, and that was at 4pm,

  • ginidietrich bobledrew  belllindsay  The “First Mate” in the head lights kind of stare is endearing.

  • KateNolan

    Eleanor Pierce ginidietrich  The list never gets shorter, does it? Thankfully I’ve got a stay-cation next week, so I plan on knocking a few off the list!

  • Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes  Don’t do me like that, Josh.

  • KateNolan belllindsay ginidietrich  BOOM! #Passports #FTW

  • ginidietrich Nobody will friend me; I can’t private message w/out it…:(

  • susancellura Seriously. That’s about the only GOOD thing about it! 😀

  • DwayneAlicie Hypos Unite!!!! LOL I love that me and thee are one with our neurosis. And OMG you said BOOB! On Spin Sucks!!! I’m telling ginidietrich

  • ClayMorgan Yeah. Quiet. Like me. 😉

  • bdorman264 ginidietrich  #playsworldstiniestviolin

  • KateNolan belllindsay Oh you’re funny.

  • susancellura I guess I’m not old enough yet.

  • belllindsay Stop dragging my heart around.

  • DwayneAlicie Oh she’s a sociopath.

  • ginidietrich KateNolanbelllindsay
    http://spincon.spinplanners.com/

    I am already going!

  • belllindsay KateNolanbtw its CanooOOOKKKK! with a deep YOU and a hard K like in K-K-K-Ken from a fish called wanda and you have you say it like you mean it. Have it first start in your diaphragm and slowly build through your longs until it reverberates out and makes the windows shake. At least that is how I was taught.

  • belllindsay Howie Goldfarbginidietrichbdorman264its funny we felt one day this would be your day and Tommy was practicing every night.

  • belllindsay you’re just so cool and likable. I was really excited that you came to Ottawa last year so I had the chance to meet you. 🙂

  • susancellura

    ginidietrich LOL!

  • I would love to see Lindsay and Gini’s first Twitter interaction!

    So glad to get to know you better, Lindsay. I absolutely love learning from you, you’re so SMAHT! I can’t wait to meet in person. Someday!

  • KateNolan

    ginidietrich belllindsay  What? I thought it was very sensible advice!

  • KateNolan ginidietrich belllindsay  Hang on just a second now…
    SpinCon isn’t going to be in Canada? I was looking forward to the resort life in Ottawa or Winnipeg..

  • I dig me some Lindsay Bell. 
    That book about Katrina sounds really interesting, will have to check it out. Also, yeah the negativity online drives me crazy too. Sometimes I wonder how many people are actually trying to be good humans (well, most of the people around here are, which is nice).

  • jessostroff OMG you have no idea. belllindsaysaid ‘I love #Manwich ‘ and ginidietrichsaid ‘OMG me too!’ Love at first Manwich!

  • belllindsay KateNolan  Hi Lindsay!

  • Rock on, @belllindsay! Your wit is what I like most about you. I always like that you have a good comeback for just about anything. 🙂
    As for your thoughts about social media in whole, I agree with you. Everyone has become so politically correct. You can’t say “I like kittens” online without finding yourself in an argument about racism, seismic and the like now. It’s annoying.

  • Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes belllindsay  I’m laughing way harder than I should right now from this little exchange!

  • JoeCardillo KateNolan ginidietrich belllindsay  so posh Winnipeg

  • DwayneAlicie belllindsay  I was impressed by ‘deke’ as well!

  • JRHalloran  HA! I think it’s my good comebacks that keep me employed…what do you say? And you’re right, all the negativity aside, the PC stuff also drives me bonkers. But then, I’m old…. 😉

  • JoeCardillo  OMG! Joe, you have to read that book. I was a WRECK after. Because, it really does throw you for a loop! Like, did they? Didn’t they? Brilliant writing and research. You will love it. 🙂

  • jessostroff  Oh dear. SMAHT I am not!! LOL You young pups teach me something new every day. Jess, all I know is I stumbled upon Spin Sucks back in the day and I said “Um, WHAT?? Who IS this ginidietrich broad?? And how can I get to KNOW her!” I guess I succeeded. xoxo LB

  • Karen_C_Wilson That was such a blast! I love Ottawa – such a great city – and again, meeting people IRL is priceless. 🙂

  • LauraPetrolino Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Laura, you don’t know the HALF of it!! Because, you know, I’m only HALF an American girl!

  • Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Well, you know, “I dig you, baby, but I got to keep movin’ – on.” 🙂

  • LauraPetrolino JoeCardillo KateNolan ginidietrich belllindsay  NO WINNIPEG!!!

  • Howie Goldfarb belllindsay KateNolan  Um, actually, it’s NOT Howie. It’s Canuck. Like ‘stuck’. Which is what I am. In Canuckistan.

  • Sean McGinnis belllindsay KateNolan  YOU ARE THE WORST MAN IN THE WORLD!!!

  • Howie Goldfarb belllindsay ginidietrich bdorman264  I’m finally a somebody!!!!

  • ginidietrich susancellura  Oh, very droll, ginidietrich, very droll.

  • ginidietrich DwayneAlicie  I am most definitely NOT a sociopath. #OramI??

  • belllindsay Sean McGinnis KateNolan  Hahahahaha. That will never get old. Ever.

  • Karen_C_Wilson ginidietrich KateNolan  Can I heckly Gini from the stage? Pretty please?

  • Sean McGinnis ginidietrich KateNolan  I’m pretty sure that’s in the T&C for attending. If you don’t do it, you’re outta there.

  • Love the picture and learning more about you, Lindsay. I had the same reaction to the “die 10 years sooner” question when I first read it. Contemplating an answer took a year off of my life.

  • Word Ninja  See!!!?? It’s impossible!

  • photo chris

    Yes!

  • KateNolan

    Karen_C_Wilson Sean McGinnis ginidietrich Like, Karen says, it is required, but Gini gets to throw Skittles at you each time.

  • Sean McGinnis belllindsay KateNolan   darn it!….I happen to also suffer from Arachnophobia, and even typing this text looking at that image…scares me.  I curse you Sean McGinnis.

  • jimdougherty

    belllindsay rocks. I love reading stuff that substantiates my worldview.

  • jimdougherty JIM!! It’s been too long! Thanks for the kind words. 🙂

  • Yeah, I know, I am 10 days late to comment, but hey
    better late than never, right? Besides I am catching up :)).
    http://www.livefyre.com/profile/1734477/ it´s great to find out more about you; reading
    you on Spin Suck, listening to you on YouTube or InsidePR, it feels like I know
    you since forever :). 
    Yes, it´s true, we are in grade school with social
    media negativity, but as you say, as one gets older: “You start to care
    less about other people and what they think. And you definitely start to love
    yourself more.” So, while some are busy finding other mistakes, the rest
    of us are busy pursuing their dream.
    Hey I have an idea: why not put http://www.livefyre.com/profile/6107/ in the hot spot of the Inquisition?

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  • aimeelwest

    How did I miss this?! 

    Ahh yes as you get older you get a bit more perspecitive on things. I think back to some of the things I said and did and totally cringe or laugh at my absolutle niavety.

  • aimeelwest Yup. The key is to pass that knowledge and experience on though. 😉

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