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Google Doesn’t Like That Cool Broad…

October 18th, 2010 · No Comments

Ok…so I’m not sure how That Cool Broad got caught up in Google’s crusade against unsavory content on the World Wide Web…but I did.

I just received this email accusing me of violating Google Adsense policies by posting mature, adult, lewd, or sexual content on my blog and they specifically referenced my post, “7 Topics Boring People Talk About“.

Well, I’ll let you decide for yourself whether my advice not to talk about your kids ad nauseam or your last game of golf, is really that offensive.

Either someone at Google fell asleep at the wheel or they got a pretty good beating with the stupid stick.

~tcb

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Hello,

While reviewing your account, we noticed that you are currently displaying Google ads in a manner that is not compliant with our policies. For instance, we found violations of AdSense policies on pages such as http://www.thatcoolbroad.com/2008/10/13/7- topics-boring-people-talk-bbout/. Please note that this URL is an example and that the same violations may exist on other pages of your website.

As stated in our program policies, AdSense publishers are not permitted to place Google ads on pages with adult or mature content. In addition to photos and videos which contain nudity or sexual activities, below are some other examples of unacceptable content:

* Lewd or provocative images
* Crude or indecent language, including adult stories
* Sexual tips or advice
* Sexual fetish sites (e.g. foot fetish content)
* Adult toys or products
* Ads or links to external sites containing adult content
* Adult links and/or adult keywords within the meta data in the source code of your site

Please make any necessary changes to your webpages in the next 72 hours.

We also suggest that you take the time to review our program policies (https://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/answer.py?answer=48182&stc=aspe-1pp-en) to ensure that all of your other pages are in compliance.

Once you update your site, we will automatically detect the changes and ad serving will not be affected. If you choose not to make the changes to your account within the next three days, your account will remain active but you will no longer be able to display ads on the site. Please note, however, that we may disable your account if further violations are found in the future.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

Issue ID# 1490632
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For more information regarding this warning email, please visit our Help
Center: https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=113058&stc=aspe-ai4-en.

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TCB now has a fan page on Facebook!

April 17th, 2010 · No Comments

It’s long overdue, but I finally got around to setting up a fan page for that cool broad on Facebook. Considering it’s what I do for a living, it’s kind of sad it’s taken so long. You can access my twitter page and blog feed on Facebook so whatever method works best to stay in touch…go for it!

Let’s have some fun!

~tcb

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Poking my nose up for air…

May 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Hello friends! Long time no see!

It’s been a little over 3 three months since I began my going-back-to-work adventure after 9 years at home with kids and I have to say, I miss spending time with my Cool Broads!

I’m home with a sick 5 year-old this morning and as I attempt to do a little “work” and put out a few fires remotely, I find myself wanting to catch up on a little bloggin’ instead.

It’s so quiet in the house right now…I’m kind of missing my old SAHM days.

All in all, the job is going pretty well. We’ve fallen into a routine that so far seems workable, the fact that I’m employed in a struggling economy makes me thankful, and the longest the dog has gone without food is 48 hours (not too bad).

I am, however, working on carving out a little extra time in my workday to post my observations regarding Cool Broadism in the workplace, and believe you me, I’ve got plenty of fodder.

But one thing I’ve learned, the Cool Broad work ethic isn’t gender specific. Both men and women can exhibit qualities associated with being a Cool Broad. And both men and women can seriously lack those qualities as well.

For instance, there’s the 24 year-old who loves to bemoan the fact that she’s “getting soooo old” whenever she’s around me.

There’s the CEO who, once I’d completed a branding strategy presentation that took 4 weeks to put together, looked at my boss and said, “Is she kidding?”

And then there’s the co-worker, who decided to tell the CFO, a VP, and various other high level managers that I’d seriously screwed up a major piece of data, without considering that a quick phone call to discuss the issue with me before making a public declaration that the sky is falling, might have been a better way to go.

Oh, and by the way, the data was perfect.

So, as you can see, our work is never done.

That Cool Broad must never die.

Until next time…or until I get Dooced, whichever comes first!

~tcb

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A New Year…and a new job

January 4th, 2009 · 12 Comments

The beginning of a New Year is always exciting. For me, there’s a magical sense that anything is possible; whether it’s learning how to play that instrument you’ve always wanted to play or it’s striving for a better job or a healthier self.

At the same time, the act of bidding farewell to the old year is an effective and symbolic way to shed the old, crusty baggage we’ve accumulated over the past twelve months and make ourselves new again.

And if you’re lucky enough to have a few days off at the end of the year, it’s a great time to relax, recharge, and reorganize and then come Monday, hit the ground running with a renewed sense of optimism for the future.

This time last year, my husband had just given me a MacBook for Christmas and within a week I’d decided to launch a blog. I can still feel the excitement as the possibilities swirled in my head and I feverishly designed my new website. And even though I temporarily morphed into an obsessed techie and my personal hygiene took a hit, the ability to create something and immediately expose it to thousands of people made the temporary lapse worth it.

That Cool Broad has been a wonderfully creative outlet for me and it also allowed me to (hopefully) provide value and humor to people who somehow found their way to my blog and then decided it was worth sticking around.

My articles were regularly featured on Yahoo’s Shine website and in June, I was selected by Skirt! Magazine to be their featured Muse of the Month. One of my posts even made it to the front page of iVillage.com! Needless to say, it’s been an exciting ride and I can’t express how much I appreciate every single comment you’ve left in response to my posts and all of the kind words of support you’ve pitched my way.

I can honestly say that I’ve learned so much about myself as a person, a woman, and a writer this past year and I hope that I’ve inspired the same in you. There aren’t many things more satisfying than the feeling you get when someone tells you that one of your articles spoke to them (or at least made them laugh). There’s a real sense of connection when that happens, and that feeling can sometimes be hard to attain in the “real world”.

And though I fully intend to continue to chronicle my quest to become “that cool broad”, my posts will probably be a bit scarcer. Why? Well, this old broad has decided to go back to work.

That’s right…after 9 years at home with two Legos-obsessed, sometimes smelly, always dear little boys, I’ve decided to plunge back into the working world. The transition from a stay-at-home-mom to a mom-working-full-time will no doubt be a challenging one (for me, for my boys, and for my husband). But for now, my excitement is eclipsing any hesitations.

So, in order to focus on making this new opportunity work, I’ll have to let That Cool Broad simmer on the back burner for now.

But rest assured, I’m POSITIVE that my experiences in corporate America will provide plenty of fodder for future articles as I’ll no doubt attempt to transform myself into the Coolest Working Broad out there (any suggestions would be greatly appreciated).

Have a wonderful New Year!

~tcb

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How to be a great party guest

December 24th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Just a quick post to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!!

I hope you’re finding (a little) time to relax and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the holidays. This time of year is so magical and I always look forward to taking time to hunker down, light a fire, read a book, and recharge.

If you’re like many people and have more than one holiday party to attend this year, take a look at this Holiday Guest Behavior Guide on RealSimple.com.

“What’s the code of behavior for an open house, a weekend at your in-laws’, or a New Year’s Eve bash? What should you bring? How should you dress? What should you do? In the case of an open house, skip flowers and give your hostess a potted plant instead. Make sure you RSVP to even the most casual affair. And dress in layers—as more people crowd into a room, it can rapidly overheat. Find more tips (when to arrive, when to leave, how to follow up, and more) for these and other holiday scenarios by clicking here.”

I found this article to be a great refresher because as Cool Broads, we really already know this stuff…right?

Enjoy!

~tcb

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