In the past few weeks, three members of the DIFF team moved on to new careers. I want to personally thank them for their work on the blog and wish each of well with their future professions.
Two of them, Ann-Marie Murphy and Corey Bailey, were on the team that launched the DIFF. The third, Christy Brewer, stepped-in big time once we got this thing off the ground, helping out tremendously, especially at times when I had too much other stuff going on to write a lot of posts.
Make no mistake, they all made huge contributions to the DIFF and I’m convinced it wouldn’t be what it is today, a unique and interesting (and I like to think successful) approach to corporate blogging. Here’s a little more about each of them:
Corey Bailey, the DIFF Diva, came to us as an intern, with a dream to write and learn more about internet marketing. What she lacked in experience, she made up for in determination. I’ve rarely met anyone with more resolve to accomplish something, and to her credit, she realized the beginnings of her dream to be a professional writer. Corey created and managed the successful DIFF Intern project, which introduced blogging to dozens of college interns. Keep moving forward Corey. Keep the dream of writing alive. You’ll make it. Read Corey’s DIFF posts >>
Ann-Marie Murphy, the DIFF Darling, joined us after a stint at Edelman PR and worked on some big projects here. Ann-Marie was a huge part in launching the DIFF, helping the team craft our concept and make sure we were doing this correctly from day one. I love her writing and I turned to her often for help with editing. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ann-Marie has the entire AP Stylebook memorized, as she often pointed out to me that I don’t. If I could compare our writing styles to martial arts, Ann-Marie is a person who became a master by spending 20 years in a dojo, learning from other masters and spending countless hours studying the beauty and traditions of the art. My style, on the other hand, more or less comes from the streets and bars, learning what works and doesn’t from bruises and broken bones, but still putting on a darn good show. Ann-Marie also is a very avid social media expert and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some pretty cool and innovating things from her in the future. I’d wish her good luck, but she doesn’t need it. Read Ann-Marie’s DIFF posts >>
Finally, a big THANK YOU is well deserved from me for my friend Christy Brewer (the DIFF
Mom Critic). I guess I’ll start with the fact that Christy introduced me to Quicken Loans. None of the things I’ve done here could have happened without her telling me about this place. If you would have told me I would work for a mortgage company (and love it) three years ago, I’d walk away from you pretty quickly. But it was Christy who told me how different Quicken Loans was from your typical financial institution. See, I knew Christy when we both worked for Hass MS&L (now MS&L Digital). To make a long story short, Christy joined Quicken Loans and I kept in touch with her. She told me some pretty interesting things about the company and corporate culture here and I was intrigued. One thing led to another and I eventually joined Quicken Loans as well. I’m so grateful to Christy, words can’t do justice. She’s moving on to a career in teaching down in South Carolina, which will suit her energy and enthusiasm well. Regarding the DIFF, Christy helped out tremendously; managing the blog at times, writing lots of posts, and overall was always there to help out. Despite the fact she’s a thousand miles away, I hope our paths cross again. Until that time, Christy, keep out of the southern sun and do your part to inspire your students to find something in which they excel. You’re pretty good at that. Read Christy’s DIFF posts >>
Well, that’s pretty much it. Goodbyes can be sad, but they don’t have to be. They can also be opportunities to grow and learn. New folks have already stepped up and offered to contribute to the DIFF, keeping this project alive with new voices. It will be interesting to see the path we take going forward.
Christy, Corey and Ann-Marie, I thank you one last time and wish you well. In my book, you’ll always be the DIFF.