Ari Herzog

Normal Life

Ari Herzog

The last time I wrote about “the new normal” was when I redefined the term in June 2020. In that blog post, I explained that I began using the term because others used it.

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Why I Don’t Know My Password

Ari Herzog

For the better part of a decade, I employed a mnemonic password system to remember every password for every website that required one.

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My First Amazon Review

Ari Herzog

I created my Amazon account in 1998. Every time I search for a product, I sort the resulting list by average customer reviews. This enables me to peruse how many total reviews were written and which percentage gave four and five stars.

Portrait of the Coronavirus

Ari Herzog

5 countries. 96 hospitals. 27,584 patients. 187,802 lab tests. …and 1 disease called COVID-19. A team of international researchers analyzed electronic medical records for coronavirus cases from January 1 to April 11 in France, Italy, Germany, Singapore, and the United States.

Social Media Automation 101

A beginner's guide to social media automation tools and getting automation right.

Why Less is More

Ari Herzog

In his 1855 poem, “Andrea del Sarto,” Robert Browning coined the now-popular phase that less is more. This idea is best explained through pictures. For instance, I could write an essay about limes, but isn’t a picture more meaningful and contextual?

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No End in Sight

Ari Herzog

When I visited China through a graduate school program in 2006, I learned that the majority of the country’s underground water supply was contaminated. My doctor suggested I take booster shots for typhoid and Hepatitis A. That was an easy decision.

Let There Be Sound

Ari Herzog

I bought the OontZ Angle 3 last month. Judging from online reviews, a lot of people use the Bluetooth-connected speaker with their phones and other mobile devices — whether at the beach, in the car, or anywhere.

Look to Asia

Ari Herzog

Vietnam, with a population of 96 million, has 840 cases and 11 deaths. Cambodia, with 15.2 million, has 248 cases and no deaths. Among every Asian nation, these two countries with significantly less resources than the United States thwarted the coronavirus.

Poll Workers Needed

Ari Herzog

With fears of coronavirus infections gripping older Americans who are typically responsible for checking voters in and out of polling locations, communities across the country are asking high school students and young adults to embrace civic engagement and gain education credits.

The Content Marketing Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Wilds of Social Media

Use this guide to inspire your creativity and ignite more successful and sustainable social media conversations.

Click This to Vote Online

Ari Herzog

That’s the idea. Jacob Weisberg, for Slate, wrote about online voting in 1999: “[Online voting] makes it easier for some people to vote – especially the handicapped, people living abroad, and frequent flyers – without inconveniencing anyone else.”

The Mister Machine

Ari Herzog

The Denver Broncos are the latest owners of a “misting booth” to disinfect players with a nontoxic spray. When players walk through the booth, resembling X-ray machines in government buildings, they get misted. Shared on the NFL team’s Twitter page , the gut reaction was disbelief.

The Kennedy Kerfuffle

Ari Herzog

Photo by Element5 Digital from Pexels. Massachusetts Primary Day arrives on September 1, 2020. The Democratic ballot has a 2-way race for the U.S. Senate and a 9-way race for a U.S. House district, and Joseph P. Kennedy III is the reason for both races.

The Kennedy Kerfuffle with U.S. Senate and House Races

Ari Herzog

Photo by Element5 Digital from Pexels. Massachusetts Primary Day arrives on September 1, 2020. The Democratic ballot has a 2-way race for the U.S. Senate and a 9-way race for a U.S. House district, and Joseph P. Kennedy III is the reason for both races.

Social Media Marketing GPS

SMGPS will tell you the why & how to use social media for marketing, 1 tweet at a time. You'll learn essentials in digestible little spoonfuls.

Thinking About Disabling Blog Comments

Ari Herzog

I remember when commenting was a feature at the bottom of every newspaper and media website article. Initially, anyone could add a comment without a profile. That led to vulgarity and incivility, which in turn began moderation with publishers employing a mix of robot algorithms and human checkers.

Symptoms of Infection

Ari Herzog

The #1 symptom of COVID-19 infection, evident in about 88% of patients, is a fever over 100.4 (F) F) degrees. This is usually accompanied with a dry cough and fatigue.

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Why I Deleted 52,000+ Tweets

Ari Herzog

My first tweet from @ariherzog was on September 30, 2009 but I can’t link to it because it’s not there. It’s probably accessible in the Wayback Machine or from archived search engine crawls — but it’s erased from Twitter’s servers. (I

Heroes are Always Heroes

Ari Herzog

Ask a child for his or her favorite hero and you’re likely to hear Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Black Panther, the Hulk, Elsa, Leia, or Harry Potter. Maybe someone else. Ask an adult for his or her favorite hero and you’re likely to hear the same. Once a hero, always a hero.

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

Learn the 10 worst social media marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Blogging Every Day

Ari Herzog

This is the 1,526th blog post since May 2007. Granted, some of those were written by other people who contributed guest posts. The vast majority are mine. Suffice to say, I like blogging.

Pandemic Realism

Ari Herzog

“People have their opinion about my reaction to things. I consider myself more a realist than an alarmist,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN. I know what he means. I’m also a realist. I accept life for what it is.

Realism and Pandemic Self-Help

Ari Herzog

“People have their opinion about my reaction to things. I consider myself more a realist than an alarmist,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN. I know what he means. I’m also a realist. I accept life for what it is.

The November Choice

Ari Herzog

Vote for America or vote for Hell. The choice is yours. Which will it be? P.S. Please register to vote. Related Stories Keisha Lance Bottoms for VP Secession Reform. Political election

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8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

Discover just how easy it is to boost SEO with social media.

The Bahamas Bans America

Ari Herzog

Photo by Artem Beliaikin from Pexels. The Commonwealth of The Bahamas closed its airports and seaports to international visitors on March 24, 2020. It reopened ports to everyone on July 1. As of July 19, the government is closing its borders again — but only to Americans.

Wear a Mask When Outside Your Social Bubble

Ari Herzog

Miles Cobia , a neurologist in Alabama, tweeted that he and his pregnant wife, also a physician, were tested positive with COVID-19. Their 2-year-old daughter is symptomatic and is probably also positive. The husband and wife physicians worked in a hospital.

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The Digital Gap

Ari Herzog

Whether an adult is working from home or a child is engaged in remote learning, the process is the same: Use a computer or mobile device, connect to a website, log into a system, and submit data. Maybe the instructions involve listening to a sound file. Maybe there is a video to learn from or a video conferencing program to interact with other people. Maybe there’s a lot of uploading and downloading files. The decennial U.S.

How Pandemics End

Ari Herzog

Pandemic is defined , according to Merriam-Webster, as: “an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population” This is the noun. There’s also an adjective which I never considered using but I digress. Looking back at five pandemics in history — the Plague of Justinian, the Black Death, the Great Plague of London, smallpox, and cholera — vaccination did not exist for the first three.

7 Predictions for Post-Pandemic Life

Ari Herzog

From the workplace to education to music concerts to more, here are seven predictions about our post-pandemic life from expert sources. Work: Gartner suggests nine workplace trends that could change after the pandemic, such as humanizing employees.

7 Predictions for Post-Pandemic Life

Ari Herzog

From the workplace to education to music concerts to our daily lives, here are seven predictions about our post-pandemic life from expert sources. Work: Gartner suggests nine workplace trends that could change after the pandemic, such as humanizing employees.

Follow the Mask Wearing Protocol

Ari Herzog

I work part-time as a delivery driver. I have entered a lot of restaurants in recent weeks and there is an observable trend of staff of all ages covering their mouths but not their noses. Worse, some wear masks over their chin — whether making pizza or ringing up customer orders. These staff need to be educated on the mask wearing protocol. Everyone should know that masks (and bandanas, balaclavas, gaiters, and other face coverings) are supposed to cover your mouth, nose, and chin.

Follow the Mask Wearing Protocol

Ari Herzog

I work part-time as a delivery driver. I have entered a lot of restaurants in recent weeks and there is an observable trend of staff of all ages covering their mouths but not their noses. Worse, some wear masks over their chin — whether making pizza or ringing up customer orders. These staff need to be educated on the mask wearing protocol. Everyone should know that masks (and bandanas, balaclavas, gaiters, and other face coverings) are supposed to cover your mouth, nose, and chin.

The Digital Gap

Ari Herzog

Whether an adult is working from home or a child is engaged in remote learning, the process is the same: Use a computer or mobile device, connect to a website, log into a system, and submit data. Maybe the instructions involve listening to a sound file. Maybe there is a video to learn from or a video conferencing program to interact with other people. Maybe there’s a lot of uploading and downloading files. The decennial U.S.

Celebrating Days and Months

Ari Herzog

There is a website that details every national day — from the serious World Hepatitis Day on July 28 to the fanatic National Ravioli Day on March 20 to the silly Slap Your Annoying Coworker Day on October 23. Months are also listed, such as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in May, National Immunization Awareness Month in August, and Black History Month in February. By marking days and months as one-off annual events, we dilute their importance.

If the Coronavirus Stays In Our Language Forever

Ari Herzog

According to Merriam-Webster, the word “ coronavirus ” was first used in 1968 and “ pandemic ” in 1666. The population is smart enough by now to know what the words mean. Further, they grasp socioeconomic ramifications beyond the words themselves. They know what a case means. They know about distancing. They know about face coverings. They know about essential workers. And so on and so on and so on. Why do we continue to say coronavirus? Why do we still say pandemic?

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Beyond the Pandemic

Ari Herzog

Four months ago, Ed Yong, a staff writer at The Atlantic , wrote a 5,453-word essay about the end of the pandemic. While many of his medical, scientific, and economic perspectives likely need updating (such as the President’s then-popularity), there are two concepts that struck me. First, he wrote about what we should expect. “After 9/11, the world focused on counterterrorism. After COVID-19, attention may shift to public health.

Keisha Lance Bottoms for VP

Ari Herzog

Back on April 30, I explained why Keisha Lance Bottoms is the best VP choice for Joe Biden. Today is July 7 and I was curious if anything changed. The Washington Post has a 13-question quiz. I took it. Based on my policy opinions, Keisha remains the top pick with 28 points. As for how I aligned with the other candidates in the quiz, Stacey Abrams and Val Demings are tied with 22 points, and Kamala Harris and Susan Rice are tied with 20 points.

Vacilando

Ari Herzog

John Steinbeck and his French poodle, Charley, embarked on a road trip across the United States in 1960. He wrote about his travels in a 1962 book, entitled, “Travels with Charley: In Search of America.” ” It’s one of my favorite books. I initially read it after my own cross-country road trip in 2001. Among his nuggets of perspective, Steinbeck wrote about the connection between the journey and the destination.