The best thing about writing these things is hearing from you. Good or bad. I appreciate it. You read these and think I’ve written them but most of the time, you have. I will try to do better in 2018. We had an interesting run in 2017. Let’s review. We started off by meeting Gracie Lou, a Maltese, which is a small white kick-me dog. (A “kick-me dog” is around your feet ALL THE TIME.) She came from Mississippi to live with us.
If you are an aging man and there is a doctor’s rubber glove in your near future, the days move along at a fairly taxing, lethargic, worrisome pace. Suspense lurks around every corner. Red lights are longer. Your children aren’t as pretty as you’d remembered. Your boss makes Genghis Khan look carefree and lost as Les Miles in the final two minutes of a game, unencumbered by anything approaching reality. Always looking over your shoulder, and for good reason.
When other guys wanted a new truck or a Mustang or a Dodge Daytona, I grew up wanting to drive the Bookmobile. Weird kid. My addictions were “The Hardy Boys,” “Winnie the Pooh” (underrated! ), and anything from the “Punt, Pass, and Kick” library. “From Ghetto to Glory.” “From Slum to Super Bowl.” That sort of thing. Didn’t take much for me. So it is saying something to admit that, after a nine-year reading run unmatched at any other time in my substantial reading life, I took a step back this year.
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".