Blog Soup 01.18.2012 Wednesday Women: A Celebration of Woman

blog soup 01.18.2012

Wednesday Women: A Celebration of Woman

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Alphaville, Forever Young

1. the things at the end of your arms [sic] by Jane Furey

Writes Jane:

When I am a child my hands want to be held. I use my hands for requests. Raised above my head means ‘up’, lift me up so I can see, your face, what you are looking at…

Lift me up and hold me tight, I need comfort. I need to know you love me. Keep me safe. Give me, food, water, a toy, a smile.

My comment:

This is beautiful. It is to be shared.

Subscribe to A String of Pearls. Or check out Jane’s Blog.

Need More Pearls for your String? Check out the following:

Thoughts on a rainy Sunday

Beautiful Magical Christmas

It begins

2. Geocaching for the Dead? by Betsy Cross

Betsy has some interesting ideas about making genealogy relevant through technology and geocaching.

My revised comment:

Valuation Goal: 100 Billion

Comment: This is going to be bigger than Facebook!

Forever (R)

The Forever (R) service will offer people an enduring opportunity to honor and enshrine the memory of loved ones and ancestors for 100 years or more. It will be an add-on service offered at funeral homes, through insurance companies, as well as a direct online offer. Funeral homes and insurance resellers will get a 20 percent commission on the sale.

The basic service will provide 100 years of a publicly searchable online profile of the loved one. That profile will include pictures and other digital media up to 10 GBs. Liking, commenting and sharing will be possible and cross polinating to Facebook, Twitter,
Foursquare, etc. Additional GBs will be available and cyclical media conversion for additional fees.

Suggested retail price for one account: $5,000 for 100 years. Or installment payments of $50/month for 12 years.

Other add-on services could include ancestor profiles and related digital media, genealogy referrals, and more.

The premium service will provide up to 1TB of digital storage, a safe deposit box (geo-location services), and “private encounters” so that future generations may visit, see, smell, touch, hear, feel, and connect with the memories. Passwords and a small fee are required for access. Security will be provided on premises.

Suggested retail price for one premium account starts at $100,000 for 100 years. $250,000 for 200 years. $500,000 for 250 years. $1,000,000 for forever. Media conversion will have to be calculated based on the number and variety of media formats to be stored. 


An account owner in good standing can close the account and get the digital property in the existing media format for a fee. Or transfer it to another service for a fee.

Major Technical Challenges:

1. Triple back up. Three locations.
2. Backup servers changed every five years at all locations.
3. All back up hard drives changed every two years at all locations.
4. Software redeveloped according to new technologies (code and hardware trends) every five years.
5. Media conversions of account properties every five to ten years.

Complementary Services:

1. Cafe, Business Lounge, and Memoriam

a. Introduce people to the concept and give them a taste
b. Sell food, beverages, and things to the people who visit the storage boxes
c. Display engaging memorabilia like the Hard Rock Cafe
d. Host a private encounter room with engaging multimedia capabilities
e. A place for nostalgia, geocaching, geo-location check-ins, etc.

Terms of this consultation:

You agree to provide me and 99 friends or family of my choice with FREE full service, all add-ons, premium accounts for a period of forever – if you do this business or any variation thereof. Or 100 million dollars in cash upon the future company’s receipts and received investments of one billion dollars or more. It’s your choice. [smile]


Subscribe to Betsy’s blog, Remember, a family history...

Need more Betsy Cross? Check out the following:

How many Bruises, Sorry, Children Do You Have?

What’s In a Name?

The Sunshine Award

3. The Cussing Game by Margie Clayman

Margie is hilarious:

Oh my, a woman who swears! How AWESOME!

Or is it?

Writes Margie:

What bugs me is a two-fold issue. First, there is the omnipresent feeling that if you are using cuss words in your blog posts, you are REALLY at the peak of the blogging game. Ain’t nobody holding you back, man. You are going to write naughty words and you’re going to use them as often as possible.

Read Margie’s blog for the other thing that bugs her about you cussing on your blog.

My comment:

Your questions are fascinating. Questions, in fact, can be worthwhile. They can unlock doors to self-discovery. And understanding. And, hopefully, compassion too.

What does it take to make us sexy enough to be readable? High or low language? A pic? A bright or epic idea?

And what about vulnerability?

Thanks Margie! Thanks for getting me to ask questions of myself – questions that I might not have asked myself if I had not read your blog post. That’s something! Something wonderful to be sure.

Subscribe to Margie Clayman’s blog, Social Media, Marketing, & Musings

Need more Margie Clayman? Check out the following:

60 Women whose praise must be sung

The 20 songs the Beatles wrote about Social Media engagement

60 Men whose praise must be sung

4. Gini Dietrich – Founder and CEO of Spin Sucks Pro

(An Interview by Idea Mensch’s Mario Shulzke)

There was a blog post that Gini wrote. A blog post that took great courage for her to write. And greater courage to publish. It was about how Arment of Arment Dietrich is fictional. Arment is a fictional male business partner – it is a fiction that allowed Gini to succeed in a world that is often suspicious of successful, intelligent, and ambitious women.

I couldn’t remember the name of the blog post. Nor could I find a link to it by searching Google or Spin Sucks. Spin Sucks was down in support of stopping SOPA. Nor could I find it at Arment Dietrich’s 2011 blog list. But I may be blind.

So I’m giving you Mario Shulzke’s interview of Gini.

Mario asks:

What do you read every day, and why?

Gini replies: 

I read blogs every day for two reasons: 1) I love giving back to the blogosphere community and 2) I get the best ideas from reading other people’s thoughts.

Read it.

Mario asks:

Three people we should follow on Twitter, and why?

Gini replies:

1. Ingrid Abboud (@nittygriddyblog) because she’s a freaking riot,
she’s wicked smart, she’s NOT American, and she’s my virtual BFF.

2. Michael Schechter (@mschechter) because he writes some very funny
and pithy tweets. He doesn’t know how funny he is. He has a very dry
sense of humor that is very appealing.

3. Stacey Hood (@staceyhood) because he also is very funny, though I’m
convinced half the stuff he says he’s found in an old comedian’s

My comment:

Gini may be one of the hardest working bloggers and social media professionals out there, but what is most fascinating to me about Gini is that she rocks it. Like only a pro can.

Note: Comments are closed.

Subscribe to Gini Dietrich’s blog, Spin Sucks. Or check out Spin Sucks Pro!

Need more Gini Dietrich? Check out the following:

The Value of the Tweet Up

Create An Online Conversation

Gin and Topics: Gaming, the Economy, and Riots

How Porn Can Help Politics in 2012 by Keri Jaehnig

Keri explains her acronym:

P – Personalized
O – Outreach
R – Rippling
N – New Media


Personalized outreach rippling via new media.

My comment:

Your blog post made me think about the four emails I got from President Obama, The First Lady, The Obama Campaign Manager, and some Obama volunteer – each asking me to give five bucks today. That’s PORN of the worst kind. I’ve been getting it in my inbox for four years.

But that filthy PORN did fuel the most successful online fundraising campaign EVER.

Subscribe to Keri Jaehnig’s blog, Idea Girl Media

Need more Keri Jaehnig? Check out the following:

My 2011 Gratitude Honor Roll

Engagement And The Real Prize In The Facebook Game of Like

7 Ways Social Media Helps Us Remember 9-11


If you think that this blog post sucks, let me know in your comment and don’t forget to include a link to YOUR favorite blog post.

If you think this blog post rocks, tell me why it rocks in the comment. “Awesome,””Great post,” etc. works for me. Don’t forget to include a link to YOUR most recent blog post.

Stan Faryna
18 January 2012
Bucharest, Romania


No fairies were harmed during the writing and publishing of this blog post.

15 Responses to Blog Soup 01.18.2012 Wednesday Women: A Celebration of Woman

  1. Betsy Cross says:

    Yeah! I’m first again! HAHA!
    Read all the posts. I love Jane’s blog! And your idea for mine? Really cool.Gini and Margie I’d love to get to know better. Thanks for the intros!

    • Stan Faryna says:

      Betsy, I can only hope this celebration fuels blog posts, inspiration, expanding horizons, and new friendships!

      • Betsy Cross says:

        Oh, your consultation terms?

        You and 99? You would first have to:

        1. have at least 3 generations of YOUR family history researched and documented (as much as possible).
        2. own 51% of the company and find all of the investors CAUSE I HAVE NO MONEY!! LOL!

        And of course set it up cause it’s a great but complicated idea that would require someone with a lot of business experience (wink) to handle! And that, friend, is NOT moi!

  2. Stan,

    How *wild* to wake up this morning to discover I am a “Wednesday Woman.” I am honored – Thank you for including me with this stellar group of ladies!!

    Gini & Margie are always well-stated. Betsy’s idea is intrguing!

    You are one of wise words, yourself. I’ve responded to your comment and responded. I appreciate your sharing your thoughts.

    Thank you, Stan, for reading my posts, considering them as you do, and consistently adding value.

    Most Genuinely,


    • Stan Faryna says:

      Keri, I got my eye on you. You are doing interesting things. I’m only sorry that I didn’t get to experience the game of like first hand. Next time!

    • Betsy Cross says:

      I didn’t mean to leave you out! I just spent some time reading the above posts. So cool! And so glad to have been introduced!

  3. Love you! What a nice tribute. Thank you!!

  4. billdorman says:

    Quite the lineup, impressive indeed.

    I like the way you showcased them as well; very well done Stan.

  5. Hmm my iPad comments seem to have trouble sticking. Let’s try again. Stan, thanks for including me in this fabulous lineup of talented women. I am particularly delighted about the article you selected ‘The things at the end of your arms’. This semi biographical piece stirred some tender memories for me. I already know Betsy and now look forward to getting to know the other women of the particular Wednesday.
    Thanks again
    Ps you have the link going to my personal Blog not A String of Pearls.

  6. […] Wednesday’s Women: @brenebrown@carpathia16 @Nisha360 @Sandra305 @SusanMazza […]

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