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  1. Alexa Steele

    Alexa Steele

    28/01/2017
    By what metric should a writer assign value to her product? Share your thoughts...
    Alexa Steele
    What should copywriting cost? Or, what's the value of a written word?
    www.thewebsitewordsmith.com American copywriter Alexa Steele explores the question so many freelance writers wrestle with: what should my copywriting...
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  2. ProducerAlexa Steele

    Alexa Steele

    23/01/2017
    What's the value of a written word?
    What's the value of a written word?I sat there–laptop open, TV on–pondering that most awful of entrepreneurial questions: How much should I charge?You’d think after nearly a decade as a professional word slinger I’d know how to price my services. And sure, I learned long ago not to...
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    Mohammed Sultan
    25/01/2017 #15 Mohammed Sultan
    #14 Alex,thank you for your reply-I understand that copy writing is part of creative advertising and the storyboard which is conveyed by the voice over of your commercial,not as business blogging.It's not only informative but also inducing and persuasive,and its effect can be measured,evaluated and developed.
    Business blogging can be considered as part of PR but copy writing is the heart of any advertising strategy and is also crucial link in the innovation process, when converting generated ideas into successful product concepts.The role of the copy writer is to ensure what he is writing is consistent with the org vision created and the image he crafted in customers mind.So,his role is evaluated , rated and developed along with the org vision and image dimensions related to their market.
    Alexa Steele
    25/01/2017 #14 Alexa Steele
    #12 Mohammed, thank you for your comment, though I'm not sure I'm following your train of thought.

    The kind of blogs I write for are business blogs. Just as with copywriting, I have to take into account market insights and the customer's perception. My goal is to provide information the customer finds useful or interesting to subtly promote the product or service. It is different from ad copy because it provides more substance and a softer sell, but it is not like personal or opinion blogging, where the blogger writes strictly from his or her own perspective.
    Alexa Steele
    25/01/2017 #13 Alexa Steele
    #11 Interesting thoughts to consider, Harvey.

    Copywriting is definitely a part that fits into a whole, and I always encourage businesses to bring us in at the beginning of the project, not the end. (It's never good to hear "The graphic design leaves room for exactly this many words." )

    I'm not sure how it is for other trades, but in this business, more sophisticated customers are better. They are the ones that appreciate substantive writing, proper grammar, and a clever turn of phrase. Less sophisticated customers tend to look only at word count. That difference (plus available budget) is why some copywriters make $.01 per word while others can charge $200/hour.

    But as to your final point, you're right. I can create the most substantive, well-written, clever bit of content there ever was, if no one reads it, it won't bring you business. Therefore, to you it's worthless.
    Mohammed Sultan
    25/01/2017 #12 Mohammed Sultan
    The difference between blogging and copy writing is like the difference between selling and marketing.The first works for the interest of the seller(the blogger) and depends to a large degree on his own perception ,and the second works for the interest of the audience (the customer) and depends to large extent on market insights and the perception of the customer .To change the audience mind the blogger should change his perception first while the copy writer can't change customers mind unless he shed out the idea that already stuck in their mind and replace it,through market insights, with his new idea.Both need several manipulations and several impressions in the audience/the reader mind too.
    Harvey Lloyd
    25/01/2017 #11 Harvey Lloyd
    I believe this is a question small business asks everyday. In all trades and crafts i would think competition is always the issue. Battling for or trying to find the customer. This being said i would think, an opinion, that your craft is one that is part of whole. Being able to demonstrate to potential clients how you fit into the whole and what happens when you are not present, would be the approach.

    If you sell by the word and not the outcome then it will most likely always be about price. This maybe preaching to the choir as i am sure you have already thought through this aspect. What did Zig Ziegler say, "Sell the sizzle not the steak". I would also imagine the more sophisticated your customer the less the price will be, more work less price. The less sophisticated your customer the more they will lean on you for add on services, due to their need of the whole or being a complete service. Higher prices.

    As one of a few million in small business. Words have to turn into eyes, engagement and revenues. How can i see that connection from the words?
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    25/01/2017 #10 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #9 Based on some of the clients with whom I've worked (mercifully few) I'd suspect maybe $2.40 based upon the $.80/word pricing model?
    Alexa Steele
    24/01/2017 #9 Alexa Steele
    #8 Speaking of short and pithy, I had one of my LinkedIn connections point out that Nike's "Just Do It" is only 3 words...how much do you think that copywriter got paid?
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    24/01/2017 #8 Don 🐝 Kerr
    @Alexa Steele A good and timely piece as I am pondering the same question. I think @Paul Walters nailed it. I might fly a little under his hourly for certain work - charitable organizations, fun stuff I just want to do BUT, often writing short, pithy stuff is more difficult than longer material so I never undercut myself on that front. And, I've posted enough here on the plague that is speculative work. I will not do it - ever.
    Ken Boddie
    24/01/2017 #7 Ken Boddie
    #5 Think of getting sucked into doing low price work like a vortex, a negative price spiral. Once you're in, you go further down and down, then it's near on impossible to get out. Let your cheaper competitors fight it out for low prices. I would look for a niche market to which you can bring something unique. It's easier to charge more if you are different from all the other milk bottles on the wall.
    Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    24/01/2017 #6 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    I don't. I let the other bees do that :-)
    Great article. Thanks for sharing.
    Alexa Steele
    23/01/2017 #5 Alexa Steele
    #2 Hi @Ken Boddie. Good advice. I haven't had to turn down work, per se, recently. These days, I just scare them off with pricing that looks outrageous if you've ever only worked with monkeys. (And yet I don't get anywhere near those big agency fees Paul's talking about.) But like I said in the article, it can be hard to stick to your guns when several prospects in a row turn tail and run.
    Alexa Steele
    23/01/2017 #4 Alexa Steele
    #1 Thank you, Paul.

    Bidding sites like Upwork (formerly Elance) are awful. I find myself checking them out every couple years to see if they've changed, but no, your experience is pretty typical. I think prostitution would be more lucrative...
    Devesh Bhatt
    23/01/2017 #3 Devesh Bhatt
    The wrong words of British Legal system were corrected from "Hanged" to "Hang until Death".

    Well, the right words of Gandhiji got us United for Freedom.

    The US had recently changed 2 words in a climate change conference, changing the entire context of a 500 page + agreement.

    Here in India we are so good with words that no work gets done, we have to be better to actually get work done.

    Words are invaluable. Words can build a context that can change the meaning of a single word.

    As marketers, negotiators, trainers, speakers, Corporate professionals, social workers, social animals etc etc ... We are constantly reinventing words, there are countless possibilities but few which get the work done.

    It is possible that a lot of hardwork goes down the drain because someone comes up with something totally unacceptable which is tried by everyone purely out of curiosity and not utility or vice versa.

    Words are invaluable, but not at the cost of losing one's mind over failures. The mind can make invaluable words worthless. Keep thinking

    This is not a comment, but a spontaneous warm up to build contexts, till then whatever I have blurted is bullshit. I can prove it :)
    Ken Boddie
    23/01/2017 #2 Ken Boddie
    Interesting question, Alexa. I cannot answer from a professional writer's perspective but have spent a long career selling consulting services, including technical reports. The market will always dictate the credible range of charges - charge too much and you miss out on work - too little and you're working for nothing and lose respect to boot. As in all services, you must find out what market you are servicing and also know your clients and competitors well. @Paul Walters has given some dollar pointers but these will vary from location to location and from client to client. As Paul suggests, sometimes you need to be willing to walk away from a farcical request for proposal in which you are being taken for granted. If the client wants to pay peanuts then he/she has no appreciation for what he/she is getting (some potential for education here perhaps?) or else he/she is truly happy to get monkeys to do the work and just wants a ticked box result.
    Paul Walters
    23/01/2017 #1 Paul Walters
    cool article @Alexa Steele vexing questions indeed . I was tempted last year to go onto a site called Upwork where one has to 'bid' for a project . One on reply I remember was to write five speeches of 1000 words each .....the budget $200 . I kind of thought that dude was being cheap offering only $0.20 cents a word. Turns out it was $ 200 for all five speeches...Write your own bloody speeches was my terse reply ! Somebody though will probably do it meaning our profession is yet again cheapened . As a copywriter in the 'big agency world' I was hired out at $200 p/h and then when I had my own agency I hired myself out at $280 p/h .....I think thats fair ....after all its THEIR product I am spruiking. These days I scribble ( in between books) for airline in flight magazines ... the pay varies between $0.22c to $0.80c pr word....

    I considered prostitution but really I have to say I faiued at that!!!
  3. Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Hey, everybody. I have room for 2 or 3 new clients. If you need a writer, copywriter, social strategist., or the like give me a holler

    Cheers
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
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    Alexa Steele
    05/11/2016 #10 Alexa Steele
    #8 I agree. I wouldn't want to see any sort of bidding wars on beBee; however, some basic pricing guidelines (a la AWAI's copywriting price guide) might be appreciated by both service providers and prospective clients.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    05/11/2016 #9 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Sharing and promoting.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    05/11/2016 #8 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    I would hold off on a Writers' Market Hive until we get the ability to pin posts to first position (so that the posting rules can be clearly seen) and the ability for hive owners/admins to delete off-topic or non-conforming buzzes.

    I would see the hive as a simple place where writers can post an "ad" type of image, a link to their portfolio/Producer page, and a bio/capabilities statement.

    I would not want to get into rates, bidding on jobs, etc. That's what fivr is for (giggle)

    I would not list client work. For me it would be impossible anyway... I don't have client work, THEY do. That's what a ghost is.

    For others, listing client work is an invitation to poachers
    Aurorasa Sima
    05/11/2016 #7 Aurorasa Sima
    I think the ability to pin a post on top is already in the pipeline.

    It´s a great idea to start a freelancer writer pool. I bet other professions will follow your example.
    Blanca Almanza Oz
    05/11/2016 #6 Blanca Almanza Oz
    I'm ghostwriter freelance in spanish. I loved write & dreamer
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    05/11/2016 #5 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Reposting for @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, he does so much to help so many of us!!
    Alexa Steele
    04/11/2016 #4 Alexa Steele
    #3 Thanks!

    I like the idea of a writer's market, A hive maybe?

    I don't stick to one niche (more on that here: http://www.thewebsitewordsmith.com/good-content-writing-begins-reading-great-source-material.html) but healthcare is definitely one of my strongest subjects.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    04/11/2016 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #1 Now, you're one classy lady, Alexa. Thanks.

    I try to keep a small number of clients because I have so much other stuff on my plate.

    What's your niche? Maybe we can create a writers' market on beBee
    Alexa Steele
    04/11/2016 #2 Alexa Steele
    That's supposed to say "tech savvy."
    Alexa Steele
    04/11/2016 #1 Alexa Steele
    Promoting the competition in hopes the favor will one day be returned (plus he's a damn good writer and more the savvy than I).
  4. ProducerGary Sharpe

    Gary Sharpe

    21/10/2016
    Supernova Eternities
    Supernova EternitiesAs I fast approach the first 100,000 reads of my Niume articles, there may be an explosion of activity from me as, counter-intuitively, I pause for thought.Indeed, I do need to spend some time today Gathering My Thoughts. Quite literally in...
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  5. Gary Sharpe

    Gary Sharpe

    05/09/2016
    We know that engaging in creative processes, especially when doing so puts into that para-sympathetic state of Flow, not only prevents neuro-degeneration but also encourages neuronal growth. However, it seems that the brain quickly gets used to doing the same thing over and over, so whilst things like Soduko puzzles can help at first, they become learned behaviors and can be done semi-automatically. For this reason, they stop being quite as effective. The important thing is to keep challenging the brain to new thoughts. For me, my Flow process is in Creative Writing. But I realized I have not been stretching myself, focussed only on writing about Out-Thinking Parkinson's. So this is why I have started writing on Niume, a collaborative blogging platform which has several themed areas of Spheres. I have challenged myself to write articles for each of these themes and to stretch my creative writing skills and range.
    Gary Sharpe
    "The Gap Series" by Stephen Donaldson
    niume.com I'm loving the Niume collaborative blogging platform because it allows me to fulfill my desire to simply write... and write... and write... about everything and anything... prolifically... without overloading the newsfeed... because the different...
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  6. Gary Sharpe

    Gary Sharpe

    31/08/2016
    Gary Sharpe
    Publish on LinkedIn? Try Niume too!
    www.linkedin.com Have you ever been "sold" anything due to a "broadcast" tweet? Me neither. I have, however, just a couple of times, been introduced to something new and of interest by companies tweeting me...
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  7. ProducerCainFinity Acceso
    Social networks affecting adolescents health
    Social networks affecting adolescents healthBY CAINFINITY ON JULY 29, 2016As technology keeps advancing in today's society, the dangers of social networks will keep increasing. Most people depend on technology, and with it comes the thousands and thousands of social networks that have become...
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  8. ProducerCainFinity Acceso
    The Do's and dont's of dressing professionally
    The Do's and dont's of dressing professionallyBY CAINFINITY ON JULY 11, 2016 The first impression is everything, whether it be a first day on the job or the interview. The first thing that people look at is your appearance, and whether it may not be fair or just, a person...
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  9. Gary Sharpe

    Gary Sharpe

    29/07/2016
    @Deb 🐝 Helfrich first became aware of Gary on August 19th 2015 after @Jeffrey Strickland left a comment on one of Gary’s blogs published on LinkedIn. Deb’s interest in Gary was piqued when, unusually, he did not request to become part of her own LinkedIn network even after she contributed several insightful comments on his posts. When Gary published an article about why he liked to write on LinkedIn, Deb felt it was time to get connected…" cc @Trent Selbrede who also featured prominently

    - an excerpt from http://www.outthinkingparkinsons.com/downloads/heartwarming
    Gary Sharpe
    Why I Write on LinkedIn.
    www.linkedin.com This article was first published in September 2015. It now forms the opening chapter of our new book "The Heartwarming Story of the Unfolding of a Rigid...
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    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    29/07/2016 #5 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #3 That is why I keep writing about the commenting, @John White, MBA. I want to encourage all the readers out there to dip their toes in. The is a wide world of people and opportunities out there & beBee is a gateway to bring goals and dreams to reality!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    29/07/2016 #4 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #2 In so many ways, @Dean Owen... Add in the chronic disease, the new business, and the ease of goggle hangouts and we have a new twist on Sleepless in Seattle. I actually tweet Tom Hanks occasionally...trying to get to Nia Vardalos :)
    John White, MBA
    29/07/2016 #3 John White, MBA
    #1 OMG, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, I love this comment and I'm just so happy for you and @Gary Sharpe. We are all glad you forced yourself out of your comfort zone. I've done it a few times in life, as well, and have always found it to be rewarding. Keep on buzzin, my friend!
    Dean Owen
    29/07/2016 #2 Dean Owen
    A 21st Century Love Story....
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    29/07/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    I certainly never imagined what would occur last year when I forced myself to use social media to find clients.... What I found was an entirely new life.
  10. ProducerPedro Casanova

    Pedro Casanova

    22/07/2016
    Smiling in a Friday…( a fiction tale )
    Smiling in a Friday…( a fiction tale )…Bernie and Joey were friends…since childhood…both were working at the same IT company just in different departments… One day Joey got a reward after a long time hardworking season. An advanced course of a subject he was longing to learn....
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  11. ProducerCainFinity Acceso
    Tricks and tips to kick up the gear in a workout
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  12. ProducerCainFinity Acceso
    Why is a workout routine important?
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  13. Gary Sharpe

    Gary Sharpe

    10/07/2016
    More excellent reviews of our e-book "The Heartwarming Story of the Unfolding of a Rigid Man" are in! Find it on Amazon Kindle. Gary Sharpe
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  14. Gary Sharpe

    Gary Sharpe

    23/06/2016
    Thanks to @Cheryl Snapp Conner for writing this article about @Deb 🐝 Helfrich and I for the Forbes website!
    Gary Sharpe
    Forbes Welcome
    www.forbes.com This is a real-life Sleepless in Seattle situation, with visa issues and travel costs prohibiting these two cofounders from fulfilling their desire to spend the rest of their lives not only as business partners, but as husband and...
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  15. Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    @Gary Sharpe continues to show what he is made of - and it is love...
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    THIS is what TRUE LOVE is
    www.linkedin.com DISCLAIMER The words herein are about two people drawn together by the irresistible magnetic attraction of soulmates. Please read this post at your own risk: this True Love story may impact on...
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    Stephanie Lamoureux
    02/07/2016 #5 Anonymous
    Youre so welcome! I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason and people do not come in contact with one another by accident! @Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    02/07/2016 #4 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #3 Thanks so much, @Stephanie Lamoureux. We feel a great deal of gratitude for the ways our lives have changed simply by starting up a conversation about 9 months ago.
    Stephanie Lamoureux
    02/07/2016 #3 Anonymous
    Wonderful. True love is elusive for most. You are lucky to have found one another.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    24/06/2016 #2 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #1 What a fabulous quote from a very wise woman, @Joanna Hofman! We appreciate your support of our story.
  16. ProducerPaul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Hacking the Flesch! (Reading Ease Test)
    Hacking the Flesch! (Reading Ease Test)The most common measures of reading simplicity are the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Test, followed by the Flesch Reading Ease Test. Too bad few know how they work.Let's fix that. Flesch originally proposed the Reading Ease Test back in 1948. In...
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    Kevin Pashuk
    31/08/2016 #29 Kevin Pashuk
    #28 You... say... that... @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian... like... it's... a... bad... thing...
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    31/08/2016 #28 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #12 Yes. Just... Don't... End... Up... Talking...Like... Captain... Kirk...
    Denise🐝 Da Vinha Ricieri
    31/08/2016 #27 Denise🐝 Da Vinha Ricieri
    It's amazing! Math for how writing in a correct proporcion. Never cross my mind that formulas like that one can even exist. And in a second thought, it makes sense to me...Thanks, professor!
    Renee Rosenmann
    03/07/2016 #26 Renee Rosenmann
    #23 You are most welcome. Looking forward to much more!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    30/06/2016 #25 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #24 Well, I wouldn't say they suck, John. Many people (but definitely not all) shy away from big blocks of text and complex sentence structures. I prefer simple but not simplistic. It takes some getting used to. Eventually, you just use hemingwayapp as a final touch up.
    John Valledor
    30/06/2016 #24 John Valledor
    Paul, again your knowledge surprises me. Now I know why my articles suck! Too wordy, long sentences, too many adjectives and adverbs. Ugh! I'll play with your hemingway app suggestion. Thank you!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    27/06/2016 #23 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #22 Thanks for the compliment, @Renee Rosenmann
    Renee Rosenmann
    27/06/2016 #22 Renee Rosenmann
    Paul, I adore your work!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    24/06/2016 #21 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #20 I agree that email is not the best medium for it. I get nearly 1000 a day. If it wasn't for rules and folders, I wouldn't even notice clients' emails. Email is so passé.... And that's an Old Fart saying that.
    Pascal Derrien
    24/06/2016 #20 Pascal Derrien
    #18 that's actually the problem I dont get most of them or they end up in my junk box would be more efficient if message platform was used as channel I have already flagged it and made that suggestion that's one dashboard only
    Phil Friedman
    24/06/2016 #19 Phil Friedman
    #18 Yea, and you can alway change your mind later ... although I haven't yet, and don't expect to.:-)
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    24/06/2016 #18 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #17 From a writer's Producer page, you can subscribe to his/her posts. Just click on their name in the Producer listing and select "subscribe to this blog"
    Pascal Derrien
    24/06/2016 #17 Pascal Derrien
    As an aside I have seen this article only by accident as beBee is scaling up I tend to miss stuff now but back to the topic and just as well we have people like @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian to educate us as I am fairly intuitive type of individual and don't use plans techniques etc..but I tend to keep it simple so I suppose I am not that wrong :-)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    21/06/2016 #16 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I was waiting for you to mention Hemingway @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. OMG, I can't seem to write less, as in wtf? My last buzz was full of info but it must have bored most because it was fairly dry due to all the facts I used. I need to practice these techniques more. You are an excellent teacher my friend, and I need to be a better student ;-)
    Denise🐝 Da Vinha Ricieri
    21/06/2016 #14 Denise🐝 Da Vinha Ricieri
    Just a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
    Ewan Muirhead
    20/06/2016 #13 Ewan Muirhead
    Love this @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, been thinking about how to pitch writing style - very useful
    Gert Scholtz
    20/06/2016 #12 Gert Scholtz
    @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. Thank you Paul. The Hemingway app is extremely useful - I never knew about it. So. From. Now. Short sentences.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    20/06/2016 #11 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Thank you for this useful information @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. I use the Hemingway app and find it to be quite useful. I am an adverb user and I am trying to cut down my use of them.
    Madeline Anderson-Balmer
    20/06/2016 #10 Madeline Anderson-Balmer
    Wondering if there are new ways to fine tune your writing? Try this reading ease approach. It really does make a difference.
  17. Louise Smith

    Louise Smith

    20/06/2016
    @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian THANKYOU FOR BEING SUCH A GOOD SPORT ! Sorry I didn't I know I should have consulted you first! THANK YOU ! Keyed Out Problems of @Paul Pablo Croubalianhttps://www.bebee.com/producer/@louise-smith-state-of-queensland/keyed-out-problems-of-paul-pablo-croubalian
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  18. ProducerLouise Smith

    Louise Smith

    19/06/2016
    Keyed Out Problems of  @Paul Pablo Croubalian
    Keyed Out Problems of @Paul Pablo Croubalian Written in Response to How Much will the Equity of our beBee Ambassadors be Worth by @Juan Imaz  WARNING: Totally Off the Original Topic Something bad happened ! Paul "Pablo"...
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    Louise Smith
    20/06/2016 #11 Louise Smith
    Now we know @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian how you got in the door - 2nd picture from the left ! As self-annotated below"

    "Today in my mother-in-law's 85th birthday. It's also the day after the doctor gave me the OK to ditch the sling. That thing was holding my right arm for the last 10 days. I dislocated my shoulder. Yes, I was doing something stupid at the time. Surprise! "

    (https://www.bebee.com/producer/@paul-croubalian/dessert-in-a-hurry-easy-pastry-cream-for-jardiniere)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    19/06/2016 #10 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    This is cute amd funny @Louise Smith
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    19/06/2016 #9 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #7 tags work in comments but seem to have no effect in a post. That's a good thing. Otherwise notification-overload will be a real porblem
    Louise Smith
    19/06/2016 #8 Louise Smith
    #6 But glad you got here @Aleta Curry !
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    19/06/2016 #7 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #5 @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, glad to hear it wasn't cold and you were able to work outdoors until she came home. Your tag worked, I was alerted. Maybe it depends on how many comments or how far down the tag is within a comment? "Funny poop happens," I like that one!
    Aleta Curry
    19/06/2016 #6 Aleta Curry
    Okay - I got nothing!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    19/06/2016 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    ROTFL.... Of course, now, at my age , I can't get up.... The "hidden spare" was the old key. I've been known to pull some stunts as well, so I couldn't very well get upset. Also, I had my laptop and my cell phone, so I was "at the office." I set up on the patio and worked until her return

    No harm no foul. This has to be filed under, "Funny Poop Happens."

    @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, I can't say I was happy about it, but the annoyance lasted a minute or two. Sure, if it was cold or rainy, the annoyance may have lasted a wee bit longer. Then I moved on with the day. As @Aleta Curry says, it's good to have a warped sense of humour sometimes.

    Interesting side note: I don't think all those in-post tags actually do anything to notify me. I was told about this post from Javier's comment.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    19/06/2016 #4 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #2 @Louise Smith you are totally right !! :)
    Dean Owen
    19/06/2016 #3 Dean Owen
    Oh this is the type of content I live for. Glad you made this into a post as I missed the original exchange! Rock on Filomena! Oh, by the way, love the JJ video!
    Louise Smith
    19/06/2016 #2 Louise Smith
    #1 Don't think he can miss it @Javier 🐝 beBee ! His tag is plastered through it !
  19. Gary Sharpe

    Gary Sharpe

    14/06/2016
    Interesting and thought provoking new article by @Deb 🐝 Helfrich - novel uses for grapefruit spoons - and what this means for applied neuroplasticity
    Gary Sharpe
    Grapefruit Spoons & Gratitude
    www.outthinkingparkinsons.com Exercising our neural pathways not only makes life easier, but it induces health in and of itself, because brains are meant to be used every single second of our...
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  20. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    28/05/2016
    Ghost Writing Is NOT Plagiarism
    Ghost Writing Is NOT PlagiarismBECAUSE GHOST WRITING INVOLVES THE USE OF SOMEONE ELSE'S WORK, IT IS SOMETIMES MISTAKEN FOR EITHER PLAGIARISM OR VIOLATION OF COPYRIGHT, OR BOTH ...Preface: This is the third article in a series intended to equip writers and would-be writers with a...
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    Phillip Louis D 'Amato
    29/05/2016 #5 Phillip Louis D 'Amato
    #4 Your welcome Sir.
    Phil Friedman
    29/05/2016 #4 Phil Friedman
    #2 Thank you, @Phillip Louis D 'Amato, for reading and commenting, and for the kind words. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    29/05/2016 #3 Phil Friedman
    #1 Thank you @NO one for sharing this post, and for reading and commenting. Cheers!
    Phillip Louis D 'Amato
    29/05/2016 #2 Phillip Louis D 'Amato
    Excellent article. ​
    NO one
    29/05/2016 #1 NO one
    Thank you for clearing of this issue @Phil Friedman I actually didn't know exactly what Ghost Writers did and now it is more han clear. I find it good since you are the ones that make the original author's work more visible sometimes than what they did just by themselves.
  21. ProducerNess Campagnaro

    Ness Campagnaro

    26/05/2016
    Confucius Say...' Walk Sprightly Like A Pigeon and Sit Like a Tortoise.'
    Confucius Say...' Walk Sprightly Like A Pigeon and Sit Like a Tortoise.'No, its not the sequel to 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.' This piece has nothing to do with jewellery, but everything to do with people's obsession in today's world. TIME. And the want for more of it. I need to be 'more' pretty (to get the...
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    Oliver Moloney
    26/05/2016 #1 Oliver Moloney
    Confucius always opens up interesting dialogue amongst me and my friends. Might I recommend some of ther work of Alan Watts? His writing is a touch more contemporary than that of some of the great (old) sages! Thanks for posting this @Ness Campagnaro
  22. ProducerSteven Davies

    Steven Davies

    23/05/2016
    What is semantic copy?
    What is semantic copy?Hello Bees! I've been away a little while but I'm back now. I'm currently upto my elbows researching for a piece I intend to write concerning the UK referendum on our EU membership. It is a little bit of hot topic here as you can well imagine and I...
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    Steven Davies
    23/05/2016 #9 Steven Davies
    #4 Thanks again for the link, @Catalina Serrano - I've taken a look and filled out the form.
    Steven Davies
    23/05/2016 #8 Steven Davies
    #6 oh I agree completely Navinya, we would be shouting into an empty well otherwise. I'm hoping to have another post up tomorrow, if not this evening.
    Steven Davies
    23/05/2016 #7 Steven Davies
    #4 i haven't heard of beBee ambassadors before - I'll take a look at that, thanks.
    Navinya Lee
    23/05/2016 #6 Navinya Lee
    Thats great information @Steven Davies. I think knowing and specifically targeting your audience is the most important stage to take before any other :-) When can we expect your next post?
    Steven Davies
    23/05/2016 #5 Steven Davies
    #3 that is very kind of you, Susan, thank you.
    Catalina Serrano
    23/05/2016 #4 Catalina Serrano
    #2 It would be worth your while! Have you checked this: https://www.bebee.com/ambassadors ? It is a great opportunity!
    Susan Clark
    23/05/2016 #3 Susan Clark
    I find this to be very useful, it is true that technology development has gone so far that anyone has access to anything now therefore there are more options for stealing someones work. Thank you for the share and solution suggestion Steven, I would be proud of my work too if I was you.
    Steven Davies
    23/05/2016 #2 Steven Davies
    #1 Catalina, I must make more of an effort to check in each day :)
    Catalina Serrano
    23/05/2016 #1 Catalina Serrano
    Excellent post Steven, welcome back to beBee!
  23. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    21/05/2016
    Ssssssoooo Good to Ssssssee You!
    Ssssssoooo Good to Ssssssee You!"Slippin' and a-slidin', peepin' and a-hidin', ""Been told a long time ago-ho-ho-oh-woh."I guess when Buddy Holly sang his cover of this famous Little Richard hit, way back in 1956, he was thinking of Linda of "solid sender" fame, hoping she'd...
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    Sara Jacobovici
    23/05/2016 #8 Sara Jacobovici
    #7 I smiled right through your comment @Ken Boddie. Thanks for that.
    Ken Boddie
    23/05/2016 #7 Ken Boddie
    Good to have you "Rock Around the Clock" with me, Sara, even though you are only a spring chicken. I assume you remember the daddy of rock 'n roll, Bill Haley, and his Comets of course. Incidentally, I'll take your 1956 and raise you 7. Thanks for stopping by and "See You Later, Alligator!" 🐊 #6
    Sara Jacobovici
    23/05/2016 #6 Sara Jacobovici
    Nice slice of life story @Ken Boddie. My comment is in reference to your opening. Oh how you young folks refer to 1956 as "way back". I was born way back then, and live to tell about it! I am happy to say too that I grew up with some of the finest music ever (no snakes, just a lot of good music).
    Ken Boddie
    23/05/2016 #5 Ken Boddie
    Thanks for the shares, @Daniela Umpierrez 👍
    Ken Boddie
    22/05/2016 #4 Ken Boddie
    Better a chick magnet than a snake magnet, Charles. Love bites beat fang bites. 🐍
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    22/05/2016 #3 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    @Ken Boddie, Snakes have an affinity for me, not I for them. I have never been bitten, but, by default of proximity and means, I should have been. I seem to be a snake magnet whenever I range in their territory.
    Ken Boddie
    21/05/2016 #2 Ken Boddie
    He turned his nose up at durian also. #1
    Dean Owen
    21/05/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    Disappointed you didn't make a meal of Monty!
  24. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    19/05/2016
    Only Fools Love Fossils
    Only Fools Love Fossils Only fools love fossils. These few words are probably an insignificant contribution compared to what great orators and writers might produce, but maybe the sum of all small things can influence bigger challenges. Recently I just thought I was...
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    Pascal Derrien
    20/05/2016 #19 Pascal Derrien
    #16 Thank You @Tausif Mundrawala I think so too :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    20/05/2016 #18 Pascal Derrien
    #17 thank you @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher :-)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    20/05/2016 #17 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Great post @Pascal Derrien, really enjoyed the moral.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    19/05/2016 #16 Tausif Mundrawala
    Where there is a will there is a way and where there is a way here comes the destiny. Excellent post, Pascal.
    Pascal Derrien
    19/05/2016 #14 Pascal Derrien
    #13 thank you @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman one step at time 😉
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    19/05/2016 #13 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    An excellent read, Pascal and you stated in one of your comments one step in the right direction is better than a step back.
    Pascal Derrien
    19/05/2016 #12 Pascal Derrien
    #1 many thanks agree it is within reach if there is a will 😉
    Pascal Derrien
    19/05/2016 #11 Pascal Derrien
    #2 who knows the thing is we gotta change the modus operandi it does obviously not work
    Pascal Derrien
    19/05/2016 #10 Pascal Derrien
    #3 thanks one step in the right direction is better than a step back 😊
    Pascal Derrien
    19/05/2016 #9 Pascal Derrien
    #5 hopefully change is in the air but still very much work in progress
    Pascal Derrien
    19/05/2016 #8 Pascal Derrien
    #7 your comment made me realized just that 😊
    Dean Owen
    19/05/2016 #7 Dean Owen
    Tackling the world's problems all in a nice little 3 minute read!
    Michelle Wright
    19/05/2016 #5 Michelle Wright
    I agree with Mohammed, we have to begin thinking globally, and mankind could change. We have to be mature enough npt to get stucked on older believes.
    Ken Boddie
    19/05/2016 #3 Ken Boddie
    So many questions,
    So little time,
    City governance energy plan?
    That sounds sublime!
    Go wind, wave or solar!
    'Cause fossils are a crime. 💀
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    19/05/2016 #2 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Perhaps, there will be more harnessing power and betterment in societies, when nations begin thinking this world as global village, and mankind is treated in terms of humanity rather than color, creed, language or race.
    Jennifer Martin
    19/05/2016 #1 Jennifer Martin
    Great share. I think that we have to mature not with society or technological, science or any other areas advances, we have to grow much more beyond that. I mean, not going step by step beside society but trying to get ahead of "the game".
  25. ProducerDean Owen

    Dean Owen

    14/05/2016
    Hometown Boy - London
    Hometown Boy - LondonWell it’s the weekend so I thought I would share my hometown with you. I spent the first 22 years of my life in London before moving to Asia in 1989. I don’t very often go back. Using Asia as a base to explore the World is kind of ideal,...
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    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    16/11/2016 #34 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #33 @Dean Owen I left London 17 years ago, I was back there recently to visit family and friends. I miss the art galleries and being able to walk through the centre of town and take short cuts through the parks.... However I don't miss the dark winters!
    Dean Owen
    16/11/2016 #33 Dean Owen
    #32 I had no idea that you were a Londoner but it makes sense given your written accent....
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    15/11/2016 #32 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Hi @Dean Owen thanks for the fabulous pictures of London, feeling slightly homesick now!
    Kevin Pashuk
    04/11/2016 #31 Kevin Pashuk
    #29 This challenge is working out better than I could imagine. There's some real gold being dug up, and my down- under dirt doctor dad dude is certainly finding some great gold. Thanks @Ken Boddie, and thanks again @Dean Owen for this gem.
    debasish majumder
    04/11/2016 #30 debasish majumder
    lovely post. enjoyed read. thank you very much @Dean Owen for sharing such wonderful post.
    Ken Boddie
    04/11/2016 #29 Ken Boddie
    Following on from @Kevin Pashuk's recent challenge to look at some of our favourite bees in Producer, and to re-ignite a favourite buzz or two for our newer bees, here again is @Dean Owen's "London Pride". This buzz brought back memories to many bees back in June.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    08/06/2016 #28 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    I've added it to my subject list!! I still own Dean one for his spirituality hive. In addition I came up with one for myself this morning; All the ways I Procrastinate and stay Extremely busy :-) or My Garden has never looked so good and I made myself sick doing it! #27
    Ken Boddie
    08/06/2016 #27 Ken Boddie
    Hey, Pam, Dean's sown the spark, I'll suggest the title. Perhaps "From Corn Liquor to Coast: Memories of a Ridge Runner's Offspring"? Now you just need an old family photo, a few more well chosen words, and, hey presto, we're in business, a beBee best seller! 💰#25
    Dean Owen
    08/06/2016 #26 Dean Owen
    #25 This sounds like the basis for a wonderful article. It has everything about America that I love. I suspect there is a veritable Legend of the Falls in your repertoire waiting to be penned.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    08/06/2016 #25 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    My family's home town used to be this quaint little place with historical buildings and homes that were built during its hey day when it was the base for the Clinchfield Railroad that hauled all the coal from the mines in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. Over half my family worked for the railroad in some capacity. In all their misguided attempts the historic building were replaced with brick monstrosities. All I can say is the charm is gone. I haven't visited since I lost my grandparents.
    My Dad's father was a 'Ridge Runner'. For those not from the South, that is a Moonshiner, illegal liquor made from corn. He raised his family on Moonshine money and was able to buy some land which included an entire mountain. Unfortunately progress brought a new highway which entailed rerouting a creek (incorrectly I might add) and the first heavy flood eroded the land and took the house. Along with our favorite swimming 'hole' and trout fishing stream.
    But alas, when I think of my childhood home it's the West Coast where my siblings and I spent most of our young years. We were 'true' California beach bums, surfers, and hippies when California was more that Silicon Valley or Napa Valley, and Hollywood was still glitz and glamour and not a theme park with overpriced shopping. Disneyland was the ONLY Disney location and you didn't spend half your day standing in line. LOL!
    Paul Walters
    15/05/2016 #24 Paul Walters
    Nice piece and fabulous pics!!
    Ken Boddie
    15/05/2016 #23 Ken Boddie
    Dean/Kevin did somebody mention wine? The sun's just gone under the yard arm here. Cheers! 🍷
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    15/05/2016 #22 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #21 He was very lucky @Dean Owen. His wife got the chance to transfer to London from her US based Company. He worked for Webtrends while there. He ran in the London Marathon and began doing Triathlons while there. He now competes in Ironman competitions. I think he will always be thankful for the friends he met while there who encouraged him to follow his dreams and not fear them. They have a dog and named her Surrey after the town, of course! I have relatives in Scotland and would love to visit there one day too.
    Dean Owen
    15/05/2016 #21 Dean Owen
    Thank you @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. Your son was lucky to have stayed in the garden of England, Surrey. I do hope you get the chance to do a long trip across Europe sometime soon. If you like Maine, you will love the seaside towns in the UK (but the food is a not quite as good to say the least!). Thanks for dropping by, commenting, and sharing. Time to get this post off everyones feed. Had no idea London resonates with so many people.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    15/05/2016 #20 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    @Dean Owen, loved your intro! Your photos are beautiful. The colors you captured through the window at Kensington palace are phenomenal. I also love the picture of the geese? It's nice to see photos of places I've yet to venture as well. I would love to visit Europe one day. My son lived in London (Well, Surrey, England) for 3 years. He had many great experiences while over there and a lifetime full of stories to tell. I love the fact that you can take the rail to so many places and flights are inexpensive to travel within Europe. Thanks for sharing.
    Maja Vujovic
    15/05/2016 #19 Maja Vujovic
    Enjoy these gorgeous photos and bitter-sweet memories of London, shared by Dean Owen...
    Kevin Pashuk
    15/05/2016 #18 Kevin Pashuk
    #17 Perhaps someone in Shanhai would want a Canadian consultant, and while there, I would certainly take you up on an offer to try some dry beer.... and a good conversation.
    Dean Owen
    15/05/2016 #17 Dean Owen
    Do you like a sweet white wine or dry white wine @Kevin Pashuk? - Well why can't that apply to beers ! :)
    Kevin Pashuk
    15/05/2016 #16 Kevin Pashuk
    I'm not sure about 'dry beer'. Where I live, there's been a resurgence of craft breweries, creating a whole new class of beer snob. While I'm not a snob, I do prefer my beer before it's been filtered through a horse.
    Dean Owen
    15/05/2016 #15 Dean Owen
    I get you @Ken Boddie. I feel like a tourist too! Now go to a store near you and pick up a pack of 6 Asahi Super Dry beers (I am pretty sure they are sold everywhere). You'll never drink Fosters again!
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