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Comments19/11/2016 #32 David B. Grinberg#31 Thanks for adding even more clarity to this discussion, Phil. This is helpful for the rest of us, who are neophytes on the topic. I admire your passion and being outspoken on this issue. You certainly set a fine example for the rest of us. Also, I'll remember the "idiot defense" just in case -- as I'm often called an idiot anyway (lol). Lastly, I'm certainly insistent that you're never inconsistent. Yet another admirable trait, Phil. Keep buzzing, my friend.19/11/2016 #31 Phil Friedman#27 David, for what it's worth, I place a copyright notice on all my work. Because the courts general recognize the "idiot defense" for the "first" violation (Gee, your honor, I didn't know it was covered by copyright.) But for the work I post on social media, I include under author's notes a license to share and repost as follows: "Feel free to "like" and "share" this post and my other LinkedIn articles — whether on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+, provided only that you credit me properly as the author, and include a live link to the original post."19/11/2016 #29 Phil Friedman#27 David, it is easy, as is demonstrated in this comment thread, to confuse the issues --- particularly by arbitrarily adopting a definition of "content curating" that is insistent with the reality of what is commonly referred to by its practitioners as curating content.
When someone copies entire texts and supplies them for use by a client on the client's website as part of a content marketing program... And collects a fee for doing so, that IS a commercial theft of intellectual property, performed for the profit of the "content curator" at the expense of the creator, who could sell right to that original content.
The creator may not care, or may feel it not worth pursuing. But that does not change the facts of the violation of copyright.
Google does not commit textual copyright violation because it does not reprint articles, it provides a link and a path to reaching the original. And Google does not charge, so is functioning as a library educationally. The siuruation re photos is more complicated, but I think nobody with half a brain wants to stop Google from displaying the works of photographers, least of all the photographers themselves. But again that does not in itself change the algal facts, whatever those may be.19/11/2016 #28 Robert Bacal#27 @David B. Grinberg David, there's no relationship between content curation and copyright infringement except that which is created in the minds of people who don't know better. But FYI, I believe that Google was sued for curating content within its search results (which is the basis of its results). Can't recall the exact process, but...it didn't go anywhere for the plaintiff.19/11/2016 #27 David B. Grinberg#26 Thanks for chiming in with excellent advice and observations @Robert Bacal. I like @Phil Friedman's analogy about folks driving over the speed limit but rarely being stopped. It would be interesting to see one of the copyright infringement cases per social media content curation be decided by a court. I know there have been cases regarding intellectual property and copyright infringements with online photos/images.19/11/2016 #26 Robert Bacal#22 David, retweeting is an interesting case, good question. THe issues would be a) what length is the minimum for copyrights to be active, and b) whether "publishing" on twitter is considered publishing under the copyright legislations, or whether it is deemed public conversation.
I suppose a reading of the copyright law would solve the riddle, @@David B. Grinberg
On a side note many of my websites are curated and provide considerable value to the millions of visitors who have benefited. Curation doesn't mean verbatim stealing, but can also mean summarizing and annotating and linking to the complete resource.
In that sense Google is a curator. I don't know why curation is equated with copyright infringement or copying by the ignorant.19/11/2016 #24 Phil Friedman#22 PS David, common disregard flor copyright law does not legalize the stealing of material for profit.Every driver I know, including the thousands I drive alongside every day, routinely exceeds the road speed limits by 10 mph or more. That doesn't make it legal or protect them from a fine, should a policeman decide to cite them for the legal violation.19/11/2016 #23 Phil Friedman#22 David, the last time I looked, you couldn't "tweet" a 2,000 word article. Copying and sharing a phrase (or two) with a link appended is not the same as curating an article by copying and pasting the entire text or a very substantial portion of it into a new article. No, it is not legalese. Especially, if you use the purloined text or photos in a commercial, revenue generating context. And no, sharing an article on beBee is not the same as again you are not copying and pasting the article into a new post, but simply passing along to your connections what has been "sent" to you. Cheers!18/11/2016 #22 David B. Grinberg#16 Phil or @Jim Murray: Are you saying it's problematic for content curation on social media via blog posts and other digital content -- even citing the author and/or source? If yes, then wouldn't this logic "securing permission" likewise apply to Twitter retweets and/or shares on beBee, Facebook, LI, etc.? Am I missing some technical nuances here because I know most social media users don't get permission to share other's content, they just do it with citation as a courtesy, for which the author is usually thankful. I hope we aren't getting caught up in "legalese" here, are we? What's the technical distinction to draw the line? And, if permission is required, why doesn't anyone seek it out first?18/11/2016 #20 Jerry FletcherHuzzahs from the Brand Poobah!
Both of you are correct. Original content is critical to real Brand development. It is glossed over too often. Where the content is revealed is another matter which has received less attention than needed. In simple terms, My own research with clients over the lat 25 years plus that done by colleagues in the last 10 years all say the same thing: Original content delivered with personality in web sites, blogs (and variants) only work if they build trust. And since Brand is the outcome of Trust, sloppy copy and curated crap turns clients or customers away. Other than that, I have no strong feelings on the matter.18/11/2016 #19 Phil Friedman#17 Wayne, I agree that there is some grey area in regard of "sharing" content, when such sharing does not generate revenue for the sharer. Of course, the copyright law would likely allow sharing a few lines verbatim from an article, with a link to the original, without permission --- under the concept of "fair use". However, my understanding of fair use is that it does not cover commercial uses, say, in advertising and marketing. Cheers!17/11/2016 #14 Phil Friedman#13 Good points, Wayne. Although we all need to keep in mind that even consumer product reviews have not escaped the polluting hand of digital dishonesty. There are firms who, for pay, will post a variety of shill positive reviews for a product. Is that any worse than a heavy advertiser in Car & Driver receiving some very positive reviews in print for new product? Probably not. But it still sucks... bigtime. Cheers!17/11/2016 #13 Wayne YoshidaGlad to see the He Said/He Said series back. One problem with "curators" is the mindless boinking of a "share" button. Far too many people think this is a good thing, a way to get noticed without actually doing anything. roponents of the boink feature say this is a simple and easy (key words there) way to say "thank you" for the post. Maybe there needs to be a "Thank You" button. As in, "I am too lazy to read the entire thing, but it looks like it could be good. Thank you for the nice post." Even easier than replying with the comment "Great post." [Wasn't this covered before?]
I never liked this boink function, it mostly floods our incoming feeds with useless junk: Anything from a photo with no caption (OK, I see the image of a person and some doo-dad their company makes - is there some message I am supposed to understand? Do you think I am going to buy that item? What makes you think I am looking to buy your stuff?) to one of those work at home opportunities and genius tests. Time to stop the boinkng. . .
But if someone takes the time to point out what / why this item is so important we should drop everything and read - it becomes slightly different. It (usually/sometimes) tells me there is some thinking behind the boinking.
On Phil's power tools example -- a constant barrage of messages to buy this item does not work for me. I rely on product reviews and friends with similar tastes and requirements. And no, famous spokespeople don't work for me, either. I really don't care if Rory McIlroy uses this special golf club - especially since I know that putter is not going to improve my short game.
Here's one thing that did influence me on a recent purchase: Product reviews for LCD flat screen TVs. I looked at the product reviews and there is an interesting pattern of difference between purchasers of the various brands. Since I had several hundred bucks in rebate checks to spend, price was not a factor. I chose a new Sony.17/11/2016 #12 Phil Friedman#9 Personally, Don, I always found "The Sorrows of Young Werther" somewhat on the effete side of things. But I am but a simple street urchin from Chicago, who has had the good fortune to rise, however fleetingly, above my station as part of the greater Karmic plan.
Seriously, Paul Frank Gilbert's piece is well worth a read, and I join you in recommending it. ( https://www.bebee.com/producer/@paul-frank-gilbert/reading-thinking-changing ) Cheers!
+217/11/2016 #11 Phil Friedman#7 Kevin, although the term "curate" appears to derive from art cataloguing or compiling lists of music, the digital content version seems almost always to lack the original contribution of brief review by an editor or art critic. Which may explain why almost always the block-copy-and-past "curating" ends up so much of the time in placing the curated piece in an irrelevant venue, thereby assuring it will receive zero notice. I concluded early on in my LinkedIn days that most people "curated" content because it made them look like they were doing something and put their face and name out there in front of readers, without their having to do a lick of significant work. Thank you for reading and commenting.
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Comments18/11/2016 #9 AnonymousIrene Hackett
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Well there you have it, we are simply a bag of chemicals responding to one another's chemical reactions! I am not being sarcastic! It seems very logical and explains a lot - even if a bit reductionistic. I am very curious about the why - why does writing something of value or empathy produce these mysterious chemicals dopamine & oxytocin? Is it to promote & strengthen human interdependence? We don't know the answer, but your fantastic insight is very thought provoking. I appreciate your ability to make sense of the human condition from a neuroscientific perspective.18/11/2016 #7 Tony RossiFascinating, Ian! I'm often in awe and overwhelmed by just how incredibly lucky we are to have this 3 lb organ in our skulls that dictates our bodies to build the world we see around us, and powers our unique souls. I'm sure I'm not the only one on here on a path of becoming a writer, and certainly don't know why, or what kind of writer I am - but that's only looking through the lens of genre. This view transcends topical classifications, and is quite comforting. Thanks!16/11/2016 #1 Deb Helfrich@Ian Weinberg this is a marvelous, fresh, and utterly astounding look at writing from the level of neurochemical secretion. You've explained so much. I mean, you've explained the meta-level of what is going on here and the various attitudes and why, ultimately, beBee will succeed. These facts might not fit into one of the 2 minute investment pitch decks, but I actually think @Javier beBee might see why his natural inclination to celebrate the positive is the disruption of beBee - we get to hug strangers virtually.
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Comments07/11/2016 #10 Alexa Steele#5 Style and voice must be balanced against comprehension and readability. It's always best to master the basics (as Randy has outlined here) before finding creative ways to break the "rules." And it's not a bad idea to return to the basics lest we out-clever ourselves (as I, for one, am prone to do.)07/11/2016 #6 Randy Keho#5 The goals are all the same @Phil Friedman Successful writing, of any kind, depends upon a message being understood.
As far as software is concerned, you're absolutely correct. A real writer wouldn't even consider using it.
There are plenty of writers in the media who have developed their own style and have not swayed from these tried-and-true rules.
We both know "writers" on beBee who have certainly distinguished themselves from the crowd, but that's mostly because they fail to abide by the basic rules. Anyway, I'm off to buy a new snow shovel. I need one that fits in my young grandson's hands.07/11/2016 #5 Phil FriedmanStick religiously to every one of these tips, Randy, then run your copy through software such as "Hemingway", and ... you will manage to wash the life and color out of your writing. Newspaper and digital news are different from other venues. As is marketing. All areas in which economical communication is a primary desideratum (sorry about that "big" word). But I suggest that successful writing in many other spheres requires the development of style and voice that distinguish one's writing from the crowd. And one should not confuse the different situations and goals. Other than that, Randy, I agree with everything you say. Great post! And cheers, my friend.07/11/2016 #2 Praveen Raj GullepalliGreat tips Randy! Ever relevant. Most of us lapse into laborious wordy routines. Proof of the meandering struggle of thought to find expression ;) This is a checklist we could all go back to, reglar like...regardless of the vocab we have built up over the years. If we really want to connect with greater numbers that is. Thanks for sharing!07/11/2016 #1 Gerald HechtMakes sense to me Randy. This spurred me to examine my own "long form Producer posts" --to my horror, I see that addition to violating all ten of your tips --I also apparently am lacking the requisite mastery of grammar and punctuation. I thank you (more than you may know) for bringing this to my attention. I am (obviously) not a person who should submit blog posts in the future; I will attempt to refrain from doing so inthe future.
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Comments26/10/2016 #9 Mohammed Sultan@ Javier beBee.Thanks for sharing an insightful article.With the narrower span of audiences attention (only 8 seconds) if you open your content with a visual surprise ,something that grab attention you stand a better chance of holding the audience attention.Readers will screen out your content if you open with something dull or a vague heading .Open with fire and close-up with your audience as a hero if you want him or her to recall your message.Big long words mean little things for the audiences too ,so learn to use little words in a big way ,it's hard to do ,but they say what you mean.
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Comments28/10/2016 #47 Harvey Lloyd#45 I believe that we can all find some levels of being in tune with our emotions. These emotions get tested at small levels and we do seem to learn some system of management. The walk we speak of here though, doesn't dull an emotion, but rather rings it out so that we might see beyond the areas of our life that it had covered. The finality of the walk with no route of escape becomes a reflecting pool of ourselves, we are not always happy with the reflection. A process we would all like to avoid, and many do. I would imagine you took the courage to walk this journey. Never easy, but a step that only perseverance can show. Wisdom always comes at a price.
Facing the reflecting pool at this level, i found, is indeed personal. Although personal, it is a journey we will all make at some point. Some of my family members did not have the courage to walk by this pool. I could only walk with them knowing they would eventually face the reflection. Avoiding this reflection requires lots of energy and from the outside it looks and shows as a misguided process of hiding.
I offer this up only as a perspective of drawing the family together again. Each has to walk at their speed. Your wisdom can be shared at the pool when they return.27/10/2016 #45 Lisa Gallagher#43 Hi @Harvey Lloyd, I like the way you coined dying, "The walk with death." You're so right, it is both, private and a challenging journey. You sound like you are very in tune with others emotions. I've always felt I was fairly in tune too but I think sometimes just like any sense it gets dulled during a tough or sad time in our lives. I decided after writing this, a comment Pascal wrote, saying my sister is still grieving too, that it's time to reach out more to my family. We used to talk almost daily and it feels as that all came to a stop about one month after my mom passed. It's because everyone is going through it differently. I need to reach out more because I know I can. Realizing or knowing you the love within your family was never lost or gone is comforting. Thank you for sharing what you did, I really appreciate it. Yes, my mom was a selfless person :))27/10/2016 #43 Harvey LloydA walk with death is a private and challenging journey. I have walked with family members in both sudden deaths and also personally with those who walked slowly. The anger at first always gives way to compassion and a shared experience. Some family members didn't adjust well. The outcome after a few years was to look back and see how this journey changed my view of the person. Surely we were close but through differences of opinions we saw each other as needing feedback of approval and couldn't get it sometimes. After the journey we each realized we already had it and the shared love was shown. This seemed to make the walk bearable on my side and removed the fears on the other. Your mother sounds like she was an amazing person @Lisa Gallagher.27/10/2016 #42 Lisa Gallagher#40 What an amazing woman @jesse kaellis, her plate sure was full. My brother lost his best friend in a canoeing accident. It was a beautiful day and they went out on the River. The river is calm with one exception, they hit a hydraulic and it sucked their canoe in. My brother said it just looked like a very small water fall. I was working at the hospital, we got a stat page to ER saying 2 six year olds were in the water. I was in Respiratory Therapy at the time and we were told to go back to the floors and continue our 'other' work until the ambulance arrived. I got a stat page by the ER supervisor and she asked me to meet her at the end of the hall I was working on. She said point blank, "One of the drowning victims is your brother." I freaked and asked where he was, she said, "He's in ER, in shock and needs you." Obviously at that point I was done working for the day. His friend came in about 20 minutes later and died. My brother had survivors guilt for a long time. He would spend 4 hours a day at Bob's grave (we weren't aware) until later. It took a long time for my brother to get over his loss, Bob was like a brother to him too. I think guys may grieve outwardly, different than females and they tend to hold a lot in. When my brother was finally able to talk about it, it seemed the healing began. I'm sorry your friends loss hurt you so much.27/10/2016 #40 jesse kaellis#35
The woman who helped start MADD, her husband had Alzheimers. Her plate was full. I respected and admired her ability to make a contribution out of her misfortunes. And no, the counseling didn't help much but how could it? Maybe it helped me on a subliminal level.
Yes, my friend was like a brother to me, and he was also my mentor. One thing that happens is that you don't just lose the person you lose the time of your life that you were involved with that person.
In other words, he was at my first fight. Now that's gone. When he died, it was as though a door slammed shut in my face.
So -- I'm haunted by lonely memories. But they are less devastating than they once were.
Thank you for your kindness, Lisa.27/10/2016 #39 Ali Anani#37 https://www.amazon.com/90-Second-Mind-Manager-Instant-transformation-ebook/dp/B00ZYMPVN0 View more#37 https://www.amazon.com/90-Second-Mind-Manager-Instant-transformation-ebook/dp/B00ZYMPVN0
This is the address to the e-book @Lisa Gallagher Close27/10/2016 #38 Lisa Gallagher#34 Awe, thanks @Sara Jacobovici and I send good thoughts your way too! We can never receive enough good thoughts, after all, that's good energy! Thanks for the *cough* birthday wishes LOL... I was trying to forget it this year. My daughter is so sweet, she called today and said "Mom, Joe and I want to make dinner for your birthday, how would you like us to smoke some meat and cheeses?" She's so thoughtful, and I feel so blessed to have children who care so much for others (not just for me). They really have great hearts, that is something to be so very grateful for!27/10/2016 #36 Lisa Gallagher#33 How awesome that you wrote the forward to his book @Ali Anani! I didn't know Dr. Edward Lewellen lost a daughter to cancer. I have to say, I would think losing a child has to be one of the hardest losses anyone could face in life. I think I may be on the right track then if remembering the good moments is healing. I'm trying. I cry when I remember, I smile... I feel change has been happening, it's slow but I can talk about mom many times without crying- I think that may be a good sign too? Thanks for your words of advice and always, your encouragement!27/10/2016 #35 Lisa Gallagher#30 Hi @jesse kaellis, I'm very sorry you lost your mom. It's true, we never forget... I think life just changes, we go on and find different ways to cope, move forward etc... Yes, every person's journey is unique to themselves. I see that within my own family. I remember reading your story about your friend, that was so sad. He must have been like a brother to you. Did grief counseling help? How noble of the woman (and probably helped her in many ways) that lost her daughter to a drunk driver and still channeled her energy in a positive manner. I can't imagine the pain she experienced. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who wondered what my mom was thinking when it finally hit her that she was dying. She always said, I wouldn't have gone through all these treatments if I didn't want to live, and I want to live! I too, think of death and dying on a personal level, I'm sure so many of us do. I have to believe in an afterlife, or I wouldn't be able to make it through this one. Thanks for your comment, for reading and sharing. Very appreciated! 25 years and you still cry, you loved him very much Jesse!27/10/2016 #33 Ali AnaniI wrote the forward for the e-Book "90-Seconds Mind Manager" by Dr. @Edward Lewellen. In his great book, Edward applied neuroscience to heal people from such sad events.and including himself having lost his daughter to cancer. His trick was to remember great moments of the deceased. So, when you write dear @Lisa Gallagher Eventually, we are left with beautiful memories that produces smiles not tears. I look forward to that day and I'm realistic that it will arrive! "- I say your innerself has guided you to the correct conclusion.27/10/2016 #32 jesse kaellis#22
25 years, Lisa! That's how long my friend has been dead. And I still cry. Time -- time is a real world illusion. It could be yesterday. Time doesn't heal the wound, but I got used to the sadness and grief. Life goes on; it has to. Such a shame. Why did it have to happen? (It was a single car accident).27/10/2016 #30 jesse kaellisThis was a strong and brave story, Lisa. My mom died of cancer in May of 2006. I still think about what it was like for her knowing she was dying. I reflect on how it will be for me, how will I feel about it. When my friend died young, I was so angry. I looked at people, I looked at strangers and wished them dead. Why did he die and they are living? Grief is a typical journey and a journey that you take alone. Or, I think so. I went with my father and sister to grief counseling at the Jewish Community Center. The facilitator was a woman whose daughter had been struck down by a drunk driver. She was one of the co-founders of MADD.
As I said, it's very common but it doesn't feel remotely like that, it's not business as usual when it's someone you loved. Is there take-away? Some kind of silver lining? I kept waiting to get over it until I realized that I never would get over it, you never forget. And that's important because I don't want to forget. If there's an afterlife I will see my loved ones again.
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Comments06/10/2016 #7 Randy KehoThe more things change, the more they stay the same. We used to talk about this sort of thing in regard to content in the print media.
USA Today capitalized on the front-page brief, directing readers to the longer version inside.
Yahoo is doing it now. it drives me crazy. You have to click twice to read an entire article.
How and where the content is presented can make all the difference today.
Canidce Galek created an uproar on LinkeIn when she began to post photos of women in bikinis to sell her line of bikinis. Many considered it "out of place." Well, it went viral and she's laughing all the way to the bank.
She'll now go down in history as one of the best examples of marketing in the history of marketing.
For me, the quality vs.quantity debate, though interesting, doesn't hold a candle to the impact factor.06/10/2016 #5 Don Kerr"No one on the internet ever said “I want less content!” What they say is “I want less crap, not all this clickbait stuff I don’t care about!” Clickbait now meaning “content I don’t like,” rather than a specific, well-delineated type of content." Bingo. This is reminiscent of arguments we had many, many years ago about the merits of long-copy vs. short-copy print ads. While the medium may have morphed the outcome is not different - people will read long-copy IF the content is relevant, simple (not dumb), clear, and has an element of wit (not necessarily humour but engaging elements). Enjoyed your thoughts JK Spaeth. Sharing to The Beezers.
- Producer01/10/20166 Been-There-Done-That Tips To Make Your Content More ReadableOne of the hardest things for anyone to do in this era of web-based marketing and social media is to understand that everything you write is not only being read by a lot of people, but being judged by them too.For those of you who work on your...
Comments03/10/2016 #24 James McElearneySome great tips @Jim Murray, Thanks for this post. I read an article once that said the best way to proof read something is to read it backwards. Your brain is hard wired to ignore certain mistakes and will automatically skip over it. For example using words twice like "The cat sat on the the mat". by design your brain will skip one of the ´the´s´, whereas by reading it backwards your forced to concentrate and will find more mistakes03/10/2016 #23 Phil Friedman#22 Mark, I've always done that, just never made a big deal of it, or written any long form posts about it. And I've promoted many authors via sharing their work, and through The Worldwide Authors Conspiracy, (http://www.wwaco.org View more#22 Mark, I've always done that, just never made a big deal of it, or written any long form posts about it. And I've promoted many authors via sharing their work, and through The Worldwide Authors Conspiracy, (http://www.wwaco.org). Thank you for noticing. But it really is no big deal. Cheers! Close03/10/2016 #19 Nicole ChardenetWords to live by. Proofread, proofread, proofread, and for the love of ALL the gods, people (and Darwin), correct your mistakes! Everyone lets a typo slip through now and then but a post rife with misspellings, grammatical errors, syntactical sins and gratuitous abuse of 'it's' vs 'its' makes you look like a rank noob.03/10/2016 #18 Nicole ChardenetI would especially emphasize #5 and #6. Reading aloud is a great way to find a lot of structural problems with sentences and to make sure you're saying what you intend to say; and not posting an article or blog post immediately should be a given. I try to give myself at least an overnighter on this. Because whatever you're writing in the heat of the moment (especially if it's a rant or complaint, but even if it's not) may not look like such a good idea in the morning, and you may well want to rewrite what you said.02/10/2016 #17 James O'Connell#16 sorry @AlexaSteele, my explanation probably wasn't the clearest. The pronunciation guides taught in schools is a joke.
The 'th' bit, Irish people famously don't pronounce 'th' correctly which causes great amusement for British people. It's all good fun, words like 'theatre' or '3,333 & a 1/3' provide best comic effect.
But the point was, while there is a rule or correct way to pronounce 'th', the rule is exempt from the most commonly used 'th' word which is 'The'.
Mind boggling (' ' ,)02/10/2016 #15 James O'Connell#12 you gotta love the English language hahaa
This & that is the rule and here is how to pronounce it ...except, in this, that, this & that, yes that as well and that etc
It's like a private joke or something, I'm Irish/English based in UK & have two kids in school (9 & 11) they come home with some great comical stuff, I love the rules given out for pronouncing words, it all comes to shit when you throw in some basic words like: 'Wind' or 'Read' ..you wind the object but the wind blows WTF and then you ..read my story for me to find you actually read my story. Then there are the other words that hold the pronunciation rules but screw you're head even more (i imagine if you're trying to learn the language) 'Saw' ..I saw you do that and when i get home I'm going to saw some wood. Another mind bender, especially for us Irish is the whole 'th' thing, 'th' is pronounced with a 'fif' sound ..'fif'ank you very much, 'fif'at was a lovely 'fif'ought [hey I'm Irish so struggling ere haha] ...right so you got the whole 'th' thing down but then one of the most common word you'll use in the English language is ..can you guess?
but this little guy doesn't apply in the whole 'fif' for 'th' pronunciation rule!
There are many more examples and I don't pronounce to be a English teacher in any form, I just think its a bit crazy & commend those who manage to converse in it as a second language, cause do i struggle with learning other languages that are in nature better structured and in theory should be easier to learn (' ' ,)02/10/2016 #14 Phil Friedman@Jim Murray, these are good, solid tips. It always amazes me how willing you are to spend your time helping others write better. Just for the record, I have recently discovered that you can install Grammarly (a free spelling and grammar program, at least free in its basic version) as an add-on to the Firefox web browser. It then works automatically in pretty much any composing or publishing program you may be working on via the web, for example, the beBee and LinkedIn publishers. I have always avoided the grammar checkers in Word and similar because they result in stilted, artificially constricted styles. I am not impressed with the Hemmingway software for the same reason. However, I am finding that Grammarly actually works well with, and tolerates even my own unorthodox grammatical style. And is very good at helping to write in modern "open" style, that is, without the over-punctuation that was traditional. Cheers!02/10/2016 #13 Susan Rooks@Jim Murray, great post! Everyone who writes needs to be aware of the impact of their words, grammar, and spelling. Perfection is a nice goal, but close-to-perfect works, too. And I really agree with not composing on a cell phone! I have trouble even commenting using my phone; the keys are just so small that I end up rewriting more than once.02/10/2016 #12 Susan Rooks#7 Thanks, @David B. Grinberg, for thinking of me.
My top tip: DO NOT EVER BLINDLY TRUST SPELLCHECK. Never. Ever. Spellcheck is absolutely wonderful for only one thing: it knows if you have spelled a word correctly. It does NOT know/no if you/ewe have used a word correctly. We writers need/knead to/two/too be/bee very sure/shore of each word we/wee/whee write/rite/right.
My second top tip: Do NOT use grammar check. Unless you're really great with the grammar and usage rules of your language, you may well be led astray. In English, Word often suggests using a wrong word, or a contraction (it's) when you clearly mean its. It also often says a word should be capitalized because it's the first word of a new line, not a new sentence. It's not 100% trustworthy. And from I've seen over the years, we often figure "it must know." Nope. Not always.
If you're not sure, find someone who's good in grammar and proofreading. Find out if you often confuse the same two or three things, something a good proofreader and/or a good copyeditor can show you quickly.
There's no shame in not knowing everything, folks. We're all smart in many things, but not in everything. If your professional reputation depends on it, get someone to help you with your writing.
And I have just read my short comment about 20 times; there's nothing more humbling than giving this type of tips and then having someone point out an obvious goof I made. Oh. Yes. It has happened.01/10/2016 #9 Mark Anthony@Jim Murray, I've done it again. I put something together on the site, I didn't read it, I didn't walk away and have a coffee and I just hit publish. The only thing I got right was, I didn't do it on my phone, sheesh. It's 21.50 here, I been working all day, my other half told me to get to bed early tonight and I just wanted to get something out there. I was reading the future of social media you guys wrote made some comments , felt somewhat inspired and I just did it. I do want to be better and appreciate your advice. I will, in future endeavour to be more careful.
- Producer30/09/2016THE WRITER'S BLOCKI'm in the big apple, staying in a hotel not far from 42nd and Broadway. The top few floors of the hotel seem to be in disarray, windows missing, etc. I noticed this before checking in. My two friends and I chose this based on the advertised price...
Comments01/10/2016 #22 Ben PintoThank you @Lisa Gallagher. Writer's block can come easily when one feels like they are under a deadline. For some that is what it takes - the pressure. If one wants to just create for the sake of creating or to satisfy a thirst there are plea try of ways that I would suggest, using a globe, a dictionary, and a finger for one. #21 Ps @debasish majumder there I did it again, another O. Henry: 'Sake' and 'thirsty' in the same sentence. I don't really care if I am the only one to laugh at my own silliness but it makes me feel better when some people get it right away.01/10/2016 #21 Lisa GallagherI really enjoyed reading your story about the hotel in NYC. I felt like I was watching a somewhat seedy movie @Ben Pinto. I love reading stories or excellent write up's on hotels. Yes, call me weird. It helps to read about real travel experiences versus just looking at the star ratings. I've been told by a few there is no such thing as writers block but I beg to differ on that one. It's been a while since I feel like I've produced writing that flowed. Sometimes the brain can get so congested with too many things going on and it's hard to focus. I love @David B. Grinberg's suggestions/tips!01/10/2016 #19 Ben Pinto#14 @debasish majumder with your incredible vocabulary size, it does not surprise me that you came to that conclusion. It is the nicest thing that any writer could say about my writing, especially as I fancy that O. Henry was probably an ENFP Jung personality and all of the quirks he is known for are mine as well. As you can see from my work background, having been a professional magician, I hope that I have in fact received the "Gift of the Magi." I believe with you blessings that I have!!!!!!!!! I also like that #15 @Donna-Luisa Eversley fancied being "caught up" in my "web" (of deceit.) I hope everyone returns to this story once I have had time to put the finishing touches throughout. This is the only way that I can work for the draft's will stay drafts forever if I strive for perfection.01/10/2016 #18 Ben Pinto@David B. Grinberg thank you for sharing the buzz - getting @Loribeth Pierson over here, etc.
Can you tell me how I can see what hives this has been shared to and who did me the favor (or favour for those of you way North of me or across the pond from me.) tge notification will show a hive and then say this was shared to three hives, so I can only figure the last one. #1330/09/2016 #13 David B. GrinbergNice buzz @Ben Pinto! You got me feeling all nostalgic about NYC as a native New Yorker. My advice to cure writers block:
1) Put down the pen, step away from the keyboard and refocus your mind on something else for an hour. Then return to writing.
2) Obtain inspiration through the beauty and wonder of nature. This includes just taking a nice walk outside, watching the sunrise or sunset, going to a park, wandering along a water front, etc. Then return to writing.
3) Before starting to write, do some "stream of consciousness" thinking and write down on paper whatever comes into your mind. Then pick a topic, draft and outline and begin writing.
4) No matter how you feel about your own writing, write anyway. Remember that everyone is there own worst critic. Just write as much as you can without worry about editing, length or nature of content, etc. Then let your preliminary rough draft sit and gel in your mind for a few hours or a day. Then return to writing -- at least you will have a feeling of accomplishment for getting started.
5) Write about topics of that really interest you, topics for which you have expertise, and topics which you like and make you happy. Writing does not have to be a laborious process if you love your topic.
I hope these 5-tips are helpful. Here's a topic that comes to mind from reading Ben's buzz, write about why you love NYC or whatever location is sweet honey for YOU. Buzz on...30/09/2016 #9 Ben Pinto@Neil Smith I went to you page and It was a great reminder to me how much I am out of shape. I joined the big hive that you like to post to https://www.bebee.com/producer/hive/sport-fitness
I built a hex of a hive called Shoe Show https://www.bebee.com/group/shoe-show
and would challenge you to post an article about the best shoes for exercising #530/09/2016 #8 Ben Pinto@Kevin Pashuk I have just given your original honey
a honeypot of a plug in my article #730/09/2016 #6 Ben PintoThank you @Kevin Pashuk and for pollinating this into the hive "Bloggers." I am still new here, but I am starting to realize that there is great strength and value in others posting one's work to other hives. I am always on the look out for honey that has been misplaced or perhaps other bees did not know that a hive existed #4
- Producer29/09/2016My 5 Biggest Blogging MistakesI’m not normally one for navel-gazing, but for the second time in a week I wanted to share a post that was more personal.Here are the biggest mistakes I’ve made in my first 8 months of blogging:My 5 Biggest Blogging Mistakes1. Setting up my own...
Comments06/10/2016 #17 James O'ConnellAwesome buzz @Peter Morscheck ...I've been trying to get blogging for a time now and this article has given me some gusto, the marketing stuff I get but the seemingly smaller stuff and
'Don’t let yourself be so corrupted by success that you paralyze yourself into inaction'
..wow, this is great to me for me. I don't see my self hell bent on riches but I want to succeed in my endeavors and this has and does paralyze me at times! Love the Cameron analogy. Thanks for the focus (' ' ,)30/09/2016 #12 John ValledorWow! Finally, an insight worthy social media story. Best I've read here in some time. Thank you for not only sharing cool tips and pitfalls to avoid, but links for others to piggy back upon. I very much look forward to learning more from you. I even Tweeted this buzz--that's how much I appreciated it!30/09/2016 #11 Michele WilliamsGreat combination of useful advice about blogging and inspiration. "We all work in waves of high vs. low productivity. The key is to start. And then keep going, celebrating the small wins and pushing through the disappointments." Thanks for sharing this on beBee.30/09/2016 #9 Michele WilliamsGreat combination if useful advice about blogging and inspiration. "We all work in waves of high vs. low productivity. The key is to start. And then keep going, celebrating the small wins and pushing through the disappointments." Thanks for sharing this in beBee.
- Producer23/09/2016You Can’t Hit Two Birds with One Stone: Content for Demand & Lead GenIn the marketing world, there are twins who a lot of people often wrongly refer to (and prepare for), especially when it involves content marketing. It’s easy to say you can’t blame them because, well, it’s often the case about twins, but when...
- Producer22/09/2016How do you get the writing juices flowing?We've all had it, when you are sat facing a blank screen and for no apparent reason you just cant write anything. Its a writers nightmare. Its not that you have no inspiration its that your mind is completely blank. Over many years I think I've...
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