Next week, I will reach the 15-year mark since I got brave enough to leave behind my old life. There have been years that I forgot to remember the date and other years that I remembered to forget. It has become more a faded memory than a vivid recollection. I recently found a photograph in a box that made me smile. Taken a year-and-a-bit before my two daughters and I left, it shows three girls - one considerably older than the other two - posing for the camera and looking hopeful.
It's time to get real, folks. It's probably the result of watching too many YouTube clips of old America's Next Top Model shows, but "fierce" has become a new favourite word. I think everyone needs some "fierce" in their lives; we should love fiercely, dream fiercely, live fiercely. Most of us don't.
Ever since Kidlet No. 2 returned from Australia, I've been walking the fine line between wanting to know everything that happened while she was away and being happy that I don't. I'm not talking about things such as her skydiving adventure or all of the friends she made or even how much money she spent on souvenirs. I'm talking about the kinds of things she has kept mostly to herself since she's been back. Before she left, I told her that I expected things to be different once she got home.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".