Happy National Rubber Ducky Day 2017

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January 13 is National Rubber Ducky Day! It’s rare that I use exclamation points, so yes, this is exciting!!

Now, I could share a bunch of rubber ducky facts such as they were introduced in the 1800s as children’s toys.

I could cheer them for their charity work because they’re used in rubber duck races all over the world to raise money for worthy causes.

I could applaud them for the impact on research—thank you, Friendly Floatees, for helping oceanographers learn more about how ocean currents move.

If you’re wondering what they have to do with writing, I could share that there are actually two schools of thought the correct spelling (“rubber ducky” vs. “rubber duckie”); the debate rages on.

And if you’re wondering how on earth this post could help you be better at what you do, I could explain the method of problem solving called “rubber ducking” which involves talking out your problem with, you guessed it, a rubber duck. (It’s common in software development, but I’ve found quite helpful in real life, too.)

From the 2007 Rubber Duck art installations created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman to the chart-topping, 1970 rendition of Bert and Ernie’s “Rubber Duckie” hit, there’s an endless encyclopedia of rubber ducky facts, figures and trivia I could share.

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And I do in some of my previous posts:

Happy National Rubber Ducky Day! (2013)

Happy National Rubber Ducky Day 2014

Happy National Rubber Ducky Day 2015!

Yes, I missed it last year because I’m terrible. My flock will never let me forget it.

If you’re interested, feel free to check them out. However, I’d like to take this year to share why I love them so much.

They’re adorable. It’s hard to look at a rubber duck and not smile inside.

They’re accessible. Unlike hot-ticket-toys, rubber ducks are easy to purchase.

They’re friendly. I have yet to read about a rubber ducky biting someone.

They’re discreet. Chances are your rubber ducky won’t post pictures of you in the bathtub.

They’re diverse. Thanks to the latest advances in toy-making tech, you can find a themed ducky for almost any occasion. And they come in different sizes.

They’re affordable. Buying a standard rubber ducky usually won’t break the bank. Plus, some come in sets.

They bring out the child in you. ‘Nuff said.

But there’s a bigger reason I love rubber ducks.

I buy only those rubber ducks that represent something special in my life.

My first rubber ducky belonged to my beloved puppy, who passed to the Rainbow Bridge several years ago. When I bought it for her, I was hoping that it would make her baths less stressful on her. I was wrong.

100_0078I have another that commemorates my move to Seattle. The one on the right I bought during my first trip to Europe. A group of small duckies mark my getting married. Several that are gifts from loved ones. My rubber duckies mark vacations, anniversaries, loved ones, major life moments.

When I’m surrounded by my flock of special squeaky sweeties, I’m surrounded by memories that make me smile both inside and out.

So, happy National Rubber Ducky Day! I hope you have a good one.

Your Ducky

Birthdays: 4. Lessons: Lots.

Rubber Ducky Copywriter turns 3

Rubber Ducky Copywriter is now four years old.

It’s a little mind blowing for two reasons. One that I’ve kept up with it for four years, and two that you kind, wonderful people visit.

That second reason is the most important.

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Holy crap, it’s been three years already?

LOLcat birthdayAs of June 1, Rubber Ducky Copywriter is three years old. I was planning on a big party during which my rubber ducks and I celebrate with cupcakes and champagne, but that has to wait; I have to go to a funeral instead.

But this may be the longest I’ve ever stuck with one project. I’m pretty proud.

Over these three years, I’ve learned more than I did over the first year (math is finally working in my favor). Here’s where I impart questionable wisdom and so-so insights for those of you who blog or who’re still thinking about it…

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Happy National Rubber Ducky Day 2015!

Oh boy oh boy oh boy — it’s National Rubber Ducky Day 2015! And yes, this awesome day warrants the rare use of an exclamation mark. Because these squeaky little sweeties totally deserve their own day. Not that I’m biased or anything. Although I clearly am.

These National Rubber Ducky Day posts are like snow days for this blog. It’s when I break from being all professional and productive and stuff to revel in the joy that rubber duckies have brought mankind over the 100+ years they’ve roamed the earth.

If you’re looking for productive writing tips and such, I’ll try to make it up to you with my next post. Or peruse my archives. They’ve been fairly helpful lately.

Last year, I shared some fun facts about rubber ducks, including the fact that the correct spelling of rubber ducky is up for debate.

I still opt for rubber ducky  because rubber duckie looks like the incomplete spelling of the plural form, rubber duckies. To my knowledge, the AP Style Guide has yet to weigh in. I’m almost profoundly disappointed in AP for this. Almost. Still holding steady at average disappointment.

Okay, now that that’s out of my system, on to…

Rubber Ducky Awesomeness 2015

(*and the crowd goes wild*)

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Happy Thanksgiving (2014 Edition)

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Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers.

Last year, I made a list of why I’m thankful to be a writer. This year, while I’m gearing up to fix a big dinner and give thanks for all of the awesomeness in my life, I’d like to take a moment to thank you.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my blog.

Thank you for every comment, tip, pointer, joke and perspective.

Thank you for every time you tweet or share one of my posts.

Thank you for “following” and inviting me into your inbox.

Thank you for helping make it worthwhile to keep this blog up.

Thank you for the insightful, helpful and sometimes humorous posts you’ve put up on your own blogs.

Thank you for your support, well wishes and occasionally pointing out a typo.

Thank you, new followers, for stopping by and coming back.

Thank you, longer-time followers, for keeping up this long.

Readership of any size is a privilege, not a right. And I appreciate you.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Erica “Ducky” Hayes