I was doing so well — for more than a year. From the moment of Toto’s arrival, I had successfully kept him out of my bed! Each night as I settled in between the sheets, he would climb into his comfy doggy cushion on the floor below. There was rarely an issue of Toto getting into his bed and staying there. The only challenging times arrived with the occasional thunderstorm. During the storms, I would snuggle up next to him on the floor until the high winds and thunder subsided.
It was not the plan. But here I am, finally discovering my calling -- I am a writer. As my gaze turns to the blank screen before me, I realize that this is blog post No.100. Looking back, it seems like it’s taken a lifetime to get here. The path was certainly not easy or direct, but I believe I’ve ended up exactly where I’m meant to be -- right here, right now. As with most journeys, there were unexpected turning points and influential people along the way.
Pillsbury sugar cookies with hearts. That’s what I envisioned to complete the Valentine’s care package. They had always been Carolyn’s favorite, and I was determined to find them. But after searching several stores I came up empty-handed. No heart-designed cookies. In desperation, I bought a backup — ones with R2-D2 images. As Valentine’s Day approached, I kicked up my cookie search but to no avail. Star Wars cookies it would be.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".