Speedlinking – Focus On Family

by derek on November 10, 2008 · 14 comments

After missing a few editions of Speedlinking due to my Disney vacation and then sharing my October recap last week, I am happy to get back into the swing of things with this edition of Speedlinking.
This week the focus will be on family as we explore the blogosphere. From celebrations to tragedy, childhood values to child-appropriate videos; there is a little bit of everything – much like the makeup of every family out there.
1. Damien Riley from Postcards from the Funny Farm is a long-time blogging friend and someone I am grateful to know. Damien and his wife, Sarah, recently celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary. As someone that recently celebrated my 9th wedding anniversary, let me say congratulations to you both!
2. Shana Albert shared a post over at Search Engine People that explores the idea that her mom planted the seeds for her to succeed at social media. It seems so simple yet not everyone seems to understand; follow the values you were taught as a child – honesty, respect, kindness, etc. – and social media success will not be far behind.
3. Lizzie from Rippin-Kitten has been experiencing a rough sequence of events, possibly the worst week ever as she lost a member of her family in a motorcycle accident. As a fellow member of the motorcycle community, I feel for Lizzie during this difficult time. Lizzie, you and your family are in my thoughts.
4. When I mentioned my participation with Movember, I had been hoping a few of the guys would join the movement. Little did I know that two ladies would be the first to join the Mo family. Sara from Suburban Oblivion, who I met at SOBCon, shows that even the ladies can rock the ‘stache – and she has the pictures to prove it. Andrea from According to Andrea, who many of you already know, stepped up and joined the effort as a Mo Sista. Thanks to both Sara and Andrea!
5. As a father to two boys that have learned that YouTube has an endless supply of videos that they find interesting, I was certainly interested in the mention of Totlol by Erick Schonfeld over at TechCrunch. Totlol is a collection of thousands of child-appropriate videos from YouTube, chosen by parents, that also provides members with extensive parental controls.

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Sara November 10, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Hello. I am Lizzie of Rippin-Kittens little sister, Sara. Thank you so much for your thoughts. This is not an easy thing to go through.. ever. Much appreciated.


Andrea November 10, 2008 at 9:29 pm

Yall have my sympathy.


Nick@romandock dot com November 11, 2008 at 8:01 pm

You have my thoughts and sympathies as well…


derek November 11, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Sara and Lizzie, you are quite welcome.


Andrea November 10, 2008 at 9:33 pm

I am always willing to help out for a good cause. I have been spreading the word here locally. I am also trying to get the hubby to shave his goatee but keep the moustache. We’ll see…..


derek November 11, 2008 at 10:30 pm

Have you found a fake ‘stache yet? 🙂


Damien November 10, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Thanks for that real nice mention Derek. Sarah and I really appreciated it. I’m certainly glad to know you as well! Here’s to many more happy years for you and your wife as well.


derek November 11, 2008 at 10:31 pm

Thanks Damien, your wishes are much appreciated as well.


Nicole Price November 11, 2008 at 8:15 am

Shana Albert’s post is truly putting into words what many of us have been trying to articulate in our posts. Her post is applicable to daily living as much as for social media. Her blog has been doing the rounds in the blogshpere.


Nick@romandock dot com November 11, 2008 at 8:10 pm

I liked it! I even bookmarked it to re-read later, figure if I read it about 3 or 4 times it will sink in a little better.
Nicks last blog post..The Part 15 Message On Your Electronics


derek November 11, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Shana is an outstanding writer and this post is but one example of the content that she regularly produces. I’m happy to hear others are enjoying this post as much as I did.


Ling@Uptake November 11, 2008 at 11:47 am

Sympathies to Lizzie and her family.
As for Shana Albert’s post, that’s as good as a book about winning friends and influencing people. Now all you have to do is follow the advice…


Neil@Free PS3 November 25, 2008 at 9:45 am

Sympathies to Lizzie.
Thanks for the other articles.


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