The Internet Breeds Stupidity (Through Quotes)

Now let me start with a disclaimer: I know that I am on the sharpest tool in the shed. I fully admit that. I reckon, on just about most things, that I am mostly-average sort of gal.

Sometimes though, I really do get my “buttons pushed” when perusing the Internet…

Who Said That?

Scanning through my Twitter feed just now I saw a quote, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – which is among my all-time favorites. So much so, when I launched the website it was one of the initial quotes we used. So, I know it’s actually Confucius who said that way back before his death in 479 BC.

Now this tweet had been re-tweeted nearly 500 times which would be great if it hadn’t cited Ralph Waldo Emerson as the author or it. (Ralph died in 1882 incidentally).

Button Well and Truly Pushed!

Heck, maybe Ralph did say it? Maybe Ralph, in fact, was Confucius reincarnated – who knows? None of us today were around in either guy’s life (as far as we know) so who can say who really said it?

But my vote’s on the Chinese philosopher with this one.

It just got me thinking how often I see these misquotes circle the globe a thousand times over. Not only misquotes, but many with incorrect spelling or bad grammar. More buttons pushed!

I think the Internet really is making us all dumb. (I include myself in there too). The unfortunate thing, in some ways, is that we’ll never know a life without it going forward. Like anything it’s a mixed blessing really.

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."- Confucius, not Emerson (or Pamela Anderson)

So I decided to make the picture quote and for some reason I decided to pick (on) Pamela Anderson to cite on my quote. She’s as good as anyone else would be really. I could have used Abe Lincoln. A lot of people use Abe for these quotes .

Incidentally, somewhat spookily (yes that’s a real word I asked Google just now), a quick search on Pammy reveals something rather cool posted on the Independent site just an hour ago – a collaboration with Morrissey! How fun is that?

Do mis-quotes bug you too? Or is it just me?

Spruce Up Your Blog with Images

2014 Is the Year of Visual Marketing

Well it’s no secret that pictures (and videos) can make blog posts easier to read and digest. Having heard about sites like Canva and PicMonkey quite a lot from the professionals I follow online I’ve been getting tucked in them. Well Picmonkey. For some reason it resonates with me easier or better (am a little obsessed with it) but they essentially do the same thing…I’ve always loved quotes AND taking pictures – so combining the two of them brings me great joy!

Use Picture Quotes

Quotes are a great way to illustrate your point in blog posts or across your social media channels. It could be one you like from a celebrated writer, musician or even an esteemed president – like this one from Abraham Lincoln – that I uncovered this morning on my hard drive from a quotes document from 2008.

Lincoln quote: If you look for bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.Another idea might be to tie in a quote from a famous TV show. For instance this week on the Good Wife a quote that Will said to Alicia resonated with me and I decided to make it a “meme” to share on social. (Want to learn a bit more about what MEMEs are? Read this Martin Shervington post on Google+)

Will Gardner in the Good Wife says "Hey we've all got a past that can hurt us. Don't let yours hurt you"It has been noted that visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text, so they really aren’t kidding when they say that “A picture is worth a thousand words”. It is. That’s why images and infographics go down so well on Social Media and across the web itself.

One last one that I’ll share with you here was from Jake Gyllenhaal on Inside the Actors Studio (love that show). Not only is he rather easy on the eyes, but he also had such a wit and soulfulness about him that made him even more attractive. Here’s Jake on EGO and kindness.

Jake Gyllenhaal on Inisde the Actors Studio

I’ve been making at least one picture quote a day – mostly for They are either inspirational quotations, like the ones above, or sometimes they’re simply funny breakup lines like the one below (which is supposed to sort of resemble a ‘post-it’ note)…

A post-it breakup line for

Get Visual Yourself

Why don’t you have a go with creating some sort of images for your blog or social media channel? They don’t have to be quotes, they can be infographics or promotional offers or anything really. Any visually eye-catching.

My examples above are simple text on backgrounds, but often I use my own photos that I take (daily), or occasionally ones I’ve found on sites that contain FREE IMAGES.

Here are my many photos and quotes for inspiration to my So You’ve Been Dumped community.

Interestingly, in the past month, since doing these daily, my Google Plus profile views have increased dramatically. SYBD profile views were under 50,000, exactly one month ago. Now over 210,000. So this stuff really does work to help build brand awareness anyway.