Follow the rules before you define them




Black & White Self-portrait wit glasses by Wix Photographer Juliette Jourdain

“This above ALL:  to thine own self be true.”

~ William Shakespeare
 (Hamlet)





LOL, I have to chuckle.  I admit that I try a number of different online outlets or portals to connect and network.  As I continue to explore, I extrapolate a lot of mistakes being made by a similar group of people.





It would appear as though the majority of marketers think that their prospective clients are dumb or tuned out.  They think they are making the rules, when , in fact, they are breaking the rules.  I thought of a few to get started to those who reach out to prospect for others to hire you as a social media expert.


Rule No. 1 Know your audience and what they are looking for


Rule No. 2 Lead by example


Rule No. 3 Ensure your follower to follow ratio is weighted by who is following you, not the other way around.


Rule No. 4 Try to get a few online influencers in your corner.


Rule No. 5  Be your own unique voice, don’t try to say what you THINK others want to hear.


Rule No. 6  Be creative, be thought provoking, be visual


Rule No. 7  Don’t try to build your acclaim by 3 degrees of separation


Rule No. 8  Do NOT plagiarize others’ ideas and claim them as your own.


Rule No. 9  Give credit where credit is due


Rule No. 10  Say thank you, show gratitude, share appreciation


These rules can be expanded.  I likely will.  The main idea is to get started with the idea and then let things flow and the ideas evolve.    


Rule No. 11  Test your ideas, check for traction, respond to interaction or reaction


Start at Rule No. 1 again.  Like a snowball, go through the process again, see what you can attract and build upon as you go through the steps each time.


Rule No. 12  Comment to an idea originator if something they said, you tried, and share what worked, what didn’t work.


Rule No. 13  You will only build a crowd once you fade into the crowd or are enveloped within one.

Tulip:  my favorite flower

As today putters to an end, I bid adieu to 55 and resolve to coasting towards 60 now that I’ve crossed from the mid-point to the other side.  Thanks to one of my greatest Social Media friends, Mott, shared Conan O’Brien’s birthday post on Facebook and I happened to see this morning.  How cool is that eh?    I like the idea of having “something in common with Conan O’Brien” …. and a whole list of greatest in the following company whom we keep on celebrating an April 18th birthday …. Bon Fete mes ami :o)

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April 18 Famous Birthdays (SOURCE: BIRTHDAY NINJAs)

The zodiac sign of a person born on April 18 is Aries .
The following famous people celebrate their birthday on April 18th. The list is arranged in chronological order and includes celebrities like actors, actresses, models, singers, rappers and producers. Click the    after the name to explore the birth date info and know the meaning of their life path number.
The epic list contains 285 persons. Showing 1 – 20.
  • 1480
    Lucrezia Borgia, Italian daughter of Pope Alexander VI (d. 1519). Life path number 8
  • 1503
    Henry II of Navarre, (d. 1555). Life path number 22
  • 1590
    Ahmed I, Ottoman sultan (d. 1617). Life path number 1
  • 1605
    Giacomo Carissimi, Italian priest and composer (d. 1674). Life path number 7
  • 1648
    Jeanne Guyon, French mystic and author (d. 1717). Life path number 5
  • 1666
    Jean-Féry Rebel, French violinist and composer (d. 1747). Life path number 5
  • 1740
    Sir Francis Baring, 1st Baronet, English banker and politician (d. 1810). Life path number 7
  • 1759
    Jacques Widerkehr, French cellist and composer (d. 1823). Life path number 8
  • 1771
    Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg (d. 1820). Life path number 2
  • 1772
    David Ricardo, English economist and politician (d. 1823). Life path number 3
  • 1794
    William Debenham, English founder of Debenhams (d. 1863). Life path number 7
  • 1797
    Adolphe Thiers, French historian and politician, 2nd President of France (d. 1877). Life path number 1
  • 1813
    James McCune Smith, American physician and author (d. 1865). Life path number 8
  • 1819
    Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Cuban lawyer and activist (d. 1874). Life path number 5
  • 1819
    Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1895). Life path number 5
  • 1838
    Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, French chemist and academic (d. 1912). Life path number 6
  • 1857
    Clarence Darrow, American lawyer (d. 1938). Life path number 7
  • 1857
    Alexander Shirvanzade, Armenian playwright and author (d. 1935). Life path number 7
  • 1858
    Dhondo Keshav Karve, Indian educator and activist, Bharat Ratna Awardee (d. 1962). Life path number 8
  • 1863
    Count Leopold Berchtold, Austrian-Hungarian politician and diplomat, Joint Foreign Minister of Austria-Hungary (d. 1942). Life path number 22


  • 1863
    Linton Hope, English sailor and architect (d. 1920). Life path number 22
  • 1864
    Richard Harding Davis, American journalist and author (d. 1916). Life path number 5
  • 1874
    Abd-ru-shin, German author (d. 1941). Life path number 6
  • 1874
    Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić, Croatian author and poet (d. 1938). Life path number 6
  • 1877
    Vicente Sotto, Filipino lawyer and politician (d. 1950). Life path number 9
  • 1879
    Korneli Kekelidze, Georgian philologist and scholar (d. 1962). Life path number 2
  • 1880
    Sam Crawford, American baseball player, coach, and umpire (d. 1968). Life path number 3
  • 1882
    Isaac Babalola Akinyele, Nigerian ruler (d. 1964). Life path number 5
  • 1882
    Leopold Stokowski, English conductor (d. 1977). Life path number 5
  • 1884
    Jaan Anvelt, Estonian educator and politician (d. 1937). Life path number 7
  • 1888
    Duffy Lewis, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1979). Life path number 2
  • 1889
    Jessie Street, Australian activist (d. 1970). Life path number 3
  • 1893
    Violette Morris, French shot putter and discus thrower (d. 1944). Life path number 7
  • 1896
    Na Hye-sok, South Korean journalist, poet, and painter (d. 1948). Life path number 1
  • 1897
    Ardito Desio, Italian geologist and cartographer (d. 2001). Life path number 2
  • 1897
    Per-Erik Hedlund, Swedish skier (d. 1975). Life path number 2
  • 1898
    Patrick Hennessy, Irish soldier and businessman (d. 1981). Life path number 3
  • 1901
    Al Lewis, American songwriter (d. 1967). Life path number 6  
  • 1901
    László Németh, Hungarian dentist, author, and playwright (d. 1975). Life path number 6  
  • 1902
    Waldemar Hammenhög, Swedish author (d. 1972). Life path number 7  


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  • 1902
    Giuseppe Pella, Italian politician, 32nd Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1981). Life path number 7  
  • 1904
    Pigmeat Markham, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1981). Life path number 9  
  • 1905
    Sydney Halter, Canadian lawyer and businessman (d. 1990). Life path number 1  
  • 1905
    George H. Hitchings, American physician and pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998). Life path number 1  
  • 1907
    Miklós Rózsa, Hungarian-American composer and conductor (d. 1995). Life path number 3  
  • 1911
    Ilario Bandini, Italian businessman and race car driver (d. 1992). Life path number 7  
  • 1911
    Maurice Goldhaber, Ukrainian-American physicist and academic (d. 2011). Life path number 7  
  • 1914
    Claire Martin, Canadian author (d. 2014). Life path number 1  
  • 1915
    Joy Davidman, American poet and author (d. 1960). Life path number 2  
  • 1916
    Carl Burgos, American illustrator (d. 1984). Life path number 3  
  • 1916
    Doug Peden, Canadian basketball player (d. 2005). Life path number 3  
  • 1917
    Ty LaForest, Canadian-American baseball player (d. 1947). Life path number 22  
  • 1917
    Frederica of Hanover (d. 1981). Life path number 22  
  • 1918
    Gabriel Axel, Danish-French actor, director, and producer (d. 2014). Life path number 5  
  • 1918
    André Bazin, French critic and theorist (d. 1958). Life path number 5  
  • 1918
    Shinobu Hashimoto, Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter. Life path number 5  
  • 1918
    Clifton Hillegass, American publisher, founded ”CliffsNotes” (d. 2001). Life path number 5  
  • 1918
    Tony Mottola, American guitarist and composer (d. 2004). Life path number 5  
  • 1919
    Vondell Darr, American actress (d. 2012). Life path number 6  
  • 1919
    Virginia O’Brien, American actress and singer (d. 2001). Life path number 6  


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    The epic list contains 285 persons. Showing 61 – 80.
    • 1920
      John F. Wiley, American football player and coach (d. 2013). Life path number 7  
    • 1921
      Jean Richard, French actor and singer (d. 2001). Life path number 8  
    • 1922
      Barbara Hale, American actress. Life path number 9  
    • 1922
      Lord Kitchner, Trinidadian singer (d. 2000). Life path number 9  
    • 1923
      Alfred Bieler, Swiss ice hockey player (d. 2013). Life path number 1  
    • 1923
      Beryl Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle, English engineer and politician (d. 2015). Life path number 1  
    • 1924
      Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005). Life path number 2  
    • 1924
      Henry Hyde, American commander, lawyer, and politician (d. 2007). Life path number 2  
    • 1924
      Roy Mason, English miner and politician, Secretary of State for Defence (d. 2015). Life path number 2  
    • 1925
      Bob Hastings, American actor (d. 2014). Life path number 3  
    • 1925
      Marcus Schmuck, Austrian mountaineer and author (d. 2005). Life path number 3  
    • 1926
      Doug Insole, English cricketer. Life path number 22  
    • 1926
      Günter Meisner, German actor (d. 1994). Life path number 22  
    • 1927
      Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist, author, and academic (d. 2008). Life path number 5  
    • 1927
      Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Polish journalist and politician, Prime Minister of Poland (d. 2013). Life path number 5  
    • 1927
      Charles Pasqua, French businessman and politician, French Minister of the Interior (d. 2015). Life path number 5  
    • 1928
      Karl Josef Becker, German cardinal and theologian (d. 2015). Life path number 6  
    • 1928
      Otto Piene, German sculptor and academic (d. 2014). Life path number 6  
    • 1929
      Peter Hordern, English soldier and politician. Life path number 7  
    • 1930
      Clive Revill, New Zealand-English actor and singer. Life path number 8  



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    The epic list contains 285 persons. Showing 81 – 100.
    • 1931
      Bill Miles, American director and producer (d. 2013). Life path number 9  
    • 1934
      James Drury, American actor. Life path number 3  
    • 1934
      George Shirley, American tenor and educator. Life path number 3  
    • 1935
      Jerry Dexter, American voice actor (d. 2013). Life path number 22  
    • 1935
      Costas Ferris, Egyptian-Greek actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Life path number 22  
    • 1936
      Roger Graef, American-English criminologist, director, and producer. Life path number 5  
    • 1936
      Vladimir Hütt, Estonian physicist and philosopher (d. 1997). Life path number 5  
    • 1936
      Tommy Ivo, American actor and race car driver. Life path number 5  
    • 1937
      Jan Kaplický, Czech architect, designed the Selfridges Building (d. 2009). Life path number 6  
    • 1937
      Tatyana Shchelkanova, Russian long jumper and heptathlete (d. 2011). Life path number 6  
    • 1937
      Teddy Taylor, Scottish journalist and politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland. Life path number 6  
    • 1939
      Thomas J. Moyer, American lawyer and judge (d. 2010). Life path number 8  
    • 1940
      Joseph L. Goldstein, American biochemist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate. Life path number 9  
    • 1940
      Jaak Lipso, Estonian basketball player and coach. Life path number 9  
    • 1940
      Mike Vickers, English guitarist, saxophonist, and songwriter (Manfred Mann and The Manfreds). Life path number 9  
    • 1941
      Michael D. Higgins, Irish sociologist and politician, 9th President of Ireland. Life path number 1  
    • 1942
      Michael Beloff, English lawyer and academic. Life path number 2  
    • 1942
      Steve Blass, American baseball player and sportscaster. Life path number 2  
    • 1942
      Robert Christgau, American journalist and critic. Life path number 2  
    • 1942
      Jochen Rindt, German-Austrian race car driver (d. 1970). Life path number 2  



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    The epic list contains 285 persons. Showing 101 – 120.
    • 1943
      Zeki Alasya, Turkish actor and director (d. 2015). Life path number 3  
    • 1944
      Frances D’Souza, Baroness D’Souza, English academic and politician. Life path number 22  
    • 1944
      Robert Hanssen, American FBI agent and spy. Life path number 22  
    • 1944
      Philip Jackson, Scottish sculptor and photographer. Life path number 22  
    • 1945
      Bernard Arcand, Canadian anthropologist and author (d. 2009). Life path number 5  
    • 1945
      Richard Bausch, American author and academic. Life path number 5  
    • 1945
      Robert Bausch, American author and academic. Life path number 5  
    • 1945
      Margaret Hassan, Irish-Iraqi aid worker (d. 2004). Life path number 5  
    • 1946
      Jean-François Balmer, Swiss actor. Life path number 6  
    • 1946
      Irene Fernandez, Malaysian activist (d. 2014). Life path number 6  
    • 1946
      Hayley Mills, English actress and singer. Life path number 6  
    • 1946
      Skip Spence, Canadian-American singer-songwriter, drummer and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape) (d. 1999). Life path number 6  
    • 1947
      Kathy Acker, American author and poet (d. 1997). Life path number 7  
    • 1947
      Moses Blah, Liberian general and politician, 23rd President of Liberia (d. 2013). Life path number 7  
    • 1947
      Dorothy Lyman, American actress, director, and producer. Life path number 7  
    • 1947
      Herbert Mullin, American serial killer. Life path number 7  
    • 1947
      Cindy Pickett, American actress. Life path number 7  
    • 1947
      Greg Quill, Australian-Canadian singer-songwriter and journalist (d. 2013). Life path number 7  
    • 1947
      Jerzy Stuhr, Polish actor, director, and screenwriter. Life path number 7  
    • 1947
      James Woods, American actor and producer. Life path number 7  



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    The epic list contains 285 persons. Showing 121 – 140.
    • 1948
      Régis Wargnier, French director, producer, and screenwriter. Life path number 8  
    • 1949
      Geoff Bodine, American race car driver. Life path number 9  
    • 1950
      Paul Callery, Australian footballer. Life path number 1  
    • 1950
      Tina Chow, American model and jewelry designer (d. 1992). Life path number 1  
    • 1950
      Kenny Ortega, American director, producer, and choreographer. Life path number 1  
    • 1950
      Grigory Sokolov, Russian pianist and composer. Life path number 1  
    • 1951
      Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer and coach. Life path number 2  
    • 1951
      Pierre Pettigrew, Canadian businessman and politician, 5th Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Life path number 2  
    • 1953
      Rick Moranis, Canadian-American actor, singer, and screenwriter. Life path number 22  
    • 1954
      Robert Greenberg, American pianist and composer. Life path number 5  
    • 1956
      Eric Roberts, American actor. Life path number 7  
    • 1956
      Melody Thomas Scott, American actress. Life path number 7  
    • 1957
      Ian Campbell, Australian jumper. Life path number 8  
    • 1957
      Anna Kathryn Holbrook, American actress and educator. Life path number 8  
    • 1958
      Malcolm Marshall, Barbadian cricketer and coach (d. 1999). Life path number 9  
    • 1958
      Karen Mayo-Chandler, English actress and model (d. 2006). Life path number 9  
    • 1958
      Thomas Simaku, Albanian-English composer. Life path number 9  
    • 1958
      Tarmo Teder, Estonian poet and critic. Life path number 9  
    • 1959
      Susan Faludi, American journalist and author. Life path number 1  
    • 1959
      Frank Mulholland, Scottish lawyer and politician, Solicitor General for Scotland. Life path number 1  



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