- Producer20/01/2017The Art of Reduction.This isn’t about losing weight or getting rid of the clutter. This is about words. I can’t tell you how many words I’ve written in my career. Millions? Billions? I don’t know. Take 45 years, throw in long days and nights. What does that add up to? I...
- Producer19/01/2017How To Make Social Media Simple. No I'm Not CrazyHere's the thing. It isn't so much that Social Media is hard. It just takes a ton of time. Even that isn't accurate. It's more that we do the same thing several times every time we do anything at all.If it was a business process it would be...
Comments20/01/2017 #11 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#8 They just might be related. LOL
At the risk of being offensive, Candice is a HWAHOHS. (Hottie With A Head On Her Shoulders). She's a lot more than just a pretty face. I wonder how many people have underestimated her because of her looks? As the Father of another beautiful woman, that pisses me off.
Our society tends to see beautiful women as strictly decorative. Yet, it was Heddy Lamarre who figured out frequency hopping. She may have won WW2 with that. At the very least she opened the Atlantic shipping lanes. Without her invention, there could have been no D-Day.
Let's not even mention all the technologies that were built on its back.
Since women have only been considered equal for about 50 years, I shudder to think what ideas, inventions, and concepts we missed out on.20/01/2017 #10 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#6 Right now, beBee does not have RSS or ATOM functionality, so no, we can't autoload from beBee. It would be nice, though. I'd love to just write here, populate Twitter and my blog site, then cross-pollinate everwhere else.
Sorry, the thought is bringing a tear to my eye. . . LOL20/01/2017 #9 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanI'm so impressed with you taking your time to create this process. I've gained a considerable amount of information and I am most appreciative. These are great tips and being able to relate them to my blog makes it clearer to me. Enjoy your Dominican cigar and your favorite beverage and take a break.19/01/2017 #8 David B. GrinbergThanks for these tips, Paul, which are very helpful. It sounds like you've certainly streamlined your process. Kudos on that. Although some us may beg to differ about whether you're "not crazy" (lol). Okay, crazy good perhaps.
Also, I'm holding you to your prior promise of using my Twitter account for the 2.0 version of myTweetPack.com - so thanks for that in advance. Lastly, I'm sharing this on three hives. Keep buzzing, my friend!
PS -- and who's this @Candice 🐝 Galek person you keep mentioning? She sounds like Superwoman. I noticed someone with the a similar/same name (I think) on the recent 2017 Forbes "30 under" 30" class of leading global Millennial entrepreneurs. Maybe they're related, you think?19/01/2017 #6 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI just added RSS XRAY to Chrome but I'm still befuddled as to what it does? Will it work when writing a post using beBee producer? Ah, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian is already saying.. oh great.. I knew Lisa would read this and have 50 million questions LOL. Lots of info Paul and yes, THANK YOU!!19/01/2017 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#4 Don't bother, Candice. Set your IFTTT to scan your Twitter timeline for specific hashtags. I use #fb for FaceBook, #fbp for facebook pages, #tum for Tumblr, #li for LinkedIn, and #pin for Pinterest.
When it finds one of these tags, it posts to that platform. Then I rotate the tags in myTweetPack.
Make sense?19/01/2017 #4 Candice 🐝 GalekWow great post Paul.. We had a killer IFTTT syndication setup with 4 tiers and 2 rings. But it all started breaking down. It has been a big buggy lately! Have to rehire the coders to figure it all out. When you create multiple tiers and rings it really complicates things. =)19/01/2017 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#2 LOL, Right now, I'm kicking back with a Dominican cigar and 12-year-old single malt. Yes, the wife is out. I'll need to air the place out later. Or, maybe not, I'm kicking back in the garage.
Show me a man who says he's not afraid of "the look" from the wife and I'll show you either a liar or a fool.
And no, it never stops. I think I have adult-onset ADHD. The scotch is part of my planning routine. ;-)19/01/2017 #2 Kevin PashukMy gawd man! Does your brain ever stop?
Sounds like I have to bring you over to the GTA for a fine cuban cigar and a dram of 17 year old single malt to learn how to slow down a bit. @Don 🐝 Kerr View moreMy gawd man! Does your brain ever stop?
Sounds like I have to bring you over to the GTA for a fine cuban cigar and a dram of 17 year old single malt to learn how to slow down a bit. @Don 🐝 Kerr would encourage you to practice mindfulness, which isn't bad in itself, but I much prefer my formula.
Seriously useful advice however on eliminating busy-ness from your social media world. Close
- Producer14/01/2017In My Deja VuThis poem is from the heart and from a place that may still be a bit broken. But time heals. Words can heal. And people can heal. And through writing and sharing stories, we can connect on so many levels and strengthen the depths of our...
- Producer08/01/2017NEWEST BLOGGER BABE & BEE: JESSICA BAEZAJessica Baeza is a millennial just hitting the keys and typing the nuances of fashion and personal stories that piece together this world one blog at a time. Her look says girl next door. Her ring finger says off the market.Her blog says,...
Comments09/01/2017 #24 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#23 Hi Lyon [ @Lyon Brave ] I usually let me mother tell me who I am and say "Thanks Mum!", once a mother tells us who we are, we can save all that time trying to find out who we are. Then our mind is totally free to riff at our hearts content, if people don't like what we say, we say "Hey! That's what my Mother said!" - validation complete, psychosis eliminated.
After all Lyon, what is the point of going online simply to say you like something. Eat it, digest it, manipulate it and give it your greatest cerebral-poop. What is the worst that is going to happen? We are going to find out who we are by the very words we use and we get an ancillary benefit of keeping a mother happy (or whoever the guardian spirit of our soul is) - and who wouldn't want to flow with life like that?
Anything else about me, I say as all boxers would that keep getting knocked out stone cold in the first round "you can speak to my manager" the Deanmeister @Dean Owen09/01/2017 #22 CityVP 🐝 ManjitI can feel the Millennial vibe (though I actually hate these marketing labels). I want to see more artists in beBee and I want to see fresh voices with fresh angles. That is what I feed off, that is my dinner here - the variety, the vibe, the voice, the vision or the valiant.
I also have another part of my brain delving into who Ingrid Michaelson is and I see an album name "It doesn't have to make sense?" and I think, I dig that. Now it comes down three strikes and your out [focus on the process not the person], so listen to Hell No and I think YUCK but the next track LIGHT ME UP - I think F-n-A which in my language means it mixes with my flow
Light Me Up Again
And then I am back to reading this buzz and where I forget to welcome of the person I am reading the buzz - it is not rude, it means that I quit the formalities because there stuff for me to chew on.
See, what I really like is riffing and the riff changes with the spirit of the person that I am reading, which I guess why I like Michaelson's album title, only to find out that she never recorded a track with that name of the album, but at least she writes her own tunes. In terms of the interview I dig "Marriage isn’t perfect that’s for sure. I love my husband every day, but there are times during the day where I do not like him" - who does not like to end on the high of our smirky smile. Oh, yes - BTW Welcome Jessica.09/01/2017 #18 Deb 🐝 HelfrichYou are smarter than most, @Jessica Baeza, building that following is how to monetize in 2017. And the up-front work needs to be fun cause it will be for free.
I gotta say if you wanna see how to conquer beBee just be real like @Lyon Brave.... do your thang and bring others along for the ride!
Bees are best when in colonies....
- Producer07/01/2017Re: solutions.My annual habit of sharing the links that led me to think most, love most, give most, pause most over the past year, has long been a replacement (for me) of less useful customs, such as the making of new year resolutions. As the dull disappointments...
- Producer06/01/2017Honey Five-0I logged onto this new orange platform from Spain and submitted my first Producer article. Then left it. Later in the day I was surprised to find comments, “relevants” and a welcome from non other than CEO Javier beBee. I became a Bee. I was...
Comments10/01/2017 #46 Gerald Hecht#45 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher yes; but not as well as Viagra (not joking) or cocaine (also not joking) ...if you go to the Andes or go to visit various Inca/Aztec ruins above 10,000 feet --they will serve you coca leaf tea before the hike...if you have a cool guide, upon request, they will give you quids of raw coca leaves and limestone to chew; it is tremendously beneficial for acclimating to altitude07/01/2017 #31 Gerald Hecht#30 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit well than this group "hug" is my gentle wish for the blessing of tranquility to all of the bees in all of the hives --I call it "Bellows Full of Calming Smoke 💨 For All The Bees in all the Hives --However Near or Far"...okay, here it is:
Opened my eyes to the sunrise / I can smell oatmeal and toast and juice / My favorites! / The sun’s rays stream through my window / Taking away the darkness / The branches that scratched against my window all night / Are warmed in the sun’s heat / Wasn't I silly to ever doubt or fear? / Mom is bringing my breakfast tray up to my room / There's oatmeal and toast / And juice! / Thank you, God, for this brand-new day / Another day to weave a new tapestry of hope.07/01/2017 #28 Gerald HechtIt's all s exciting! I remember how we all @Gert Scholtz @Milos Djukic @Pascal Derrien @Paul Walters @CityVP 🐝 Manjit @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher all got together and said: this is so exciting! I remember how @Kevin Pashuk nodded in agreement with tremendous enthusiasm; waving off his yawn (which came upon him just before the excitement consensus was reached)!
It's so exciting!07/01/2017 #27 Lisa 🐝 GallagherNice @Gert Scholtz! I think I've produced 56-57 since I joined in April of 2016. You wrote, "Each wave unfolds and breaks differently" I find this to be very true. There are times my mind is on a roll and at other times it's too scattered and it would show in my writing. It probably does at times anyhow ;-) Congrats on all your buzzes which are very buzz-worthy!!
- Producer06/01/2017Bugs for Dinner, Anyone? Last night I watched a show about people going to Restaurants which served bugs in various ways on The Nat Geo Channel last night. I admit, I've never tried anything bug that I'm aware of. It appears bugs are gaining popularity as the newest of...
Comments17/01/2017 #93 Nicole Chardenet#90 I found plenty of gator in New Orleans to eat. Had it like three times. It really does have its own unique and enjoyable flavour. Not gamey in the slightest. On a separate note, I'm happy to have eaten Jaws (or "requin" as it was called on the French menu) when I was in Guadeloupe!15/01/2017 #90 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#87 #88 #89 Lamb Tangine, sounds familiar but I think I made the dish with ground meat and there wasn't dried apricot in it. However, it was very similar to Lamb Tangine and it was served on top of couscous. Head to Florida one day, you wont have a problem finding gator on the menu ;-) As for the gator in my yard and my free meals... that's funny!!13/01/2017 #86 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#85 That's interesting. I wonder why they are increasing as a nuisance in other's yards now? Agree.. lunchtime sistah or brother if your in my yard! We were driving back to our Condo one evening in Myrtle beach and traffic was stopped. They had an Ambulance and EMT's working on an alligator that was hit by a car. I never saw a sight like that before. I was glad it wasn't a person.12/01/2017 #85 Nicole Chardenet#84 Ironically I was just reading about gators strolling through one's yard last night while reading a book on the collected columns of Florida report Carl Hiaasen. It sounds like it's way more of a problem than it was when I lived there back in the day (Orlando). Today, with alligators eating pets and occasionally going after small children, I say....turn about's fair play? If you're in my yard, it's LUNCHTIME!!! :)11/01/2017 #83 Nicole Chardenet#79 How different is croc meat from alligator meat? I would suspect probably very little if any...I've had alligator, in N'Awlins...and I didn't find it tough at all, quite delicious (tastes like alligator!) and extremely nutritious too. If I could easily buy gator meat in Toronto I would add it to my home menu.10/01/2017 #82 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#79 I forgot to mention, I thought my friend told me it was at dusk but I couldn't remember. He is from Morocco and mentioned food they were eating during Iftar and it sounded so good I asked for the recipe. I told him that I revised it a bit and he said that was a big no-no... I asked why, and he said because it was his mom's original recipe LOL. I must say it was tasty. I forget what it was called. Meat with cinnamon, raisins and other ingredients. I need to find the recipe!10/01/2017 #81 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#79 I may have to try camel meat if I ever get a chance to sometime @Arnab Ghosh! I think many adults stop drinking milk, maybe because we had to drink it daily when growing up? I use coconut milk in my coffee and for cooking now. I was using half and half but decided to get away from Milk to see if that helps some digestive issues ;) I had a friend who gave her baby goats milk because he was highly allergic to cows milk. He did very well on it. Does Camel's milk and Goat's milk taste similar? I would love to travel to Dubai one day, I've seen so many beautiful photos of Dubai!10/01/2017 #79 Arnab Ghosh#74 Camel meat is quite nice, in fact, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. Horse meat, on the other hand, is rather tough! Not too different from croc meat, in fact. Both goat milk and camel milk are said to have digestive properties without causing any major stomach issues. Although, research seems to indicate that we (adults) don't really need milk at all; and are actually better off consuming other sources of calcium. I do still enjoy milk in certain forms. But only occasionally. It isn't a regular part of my diet. Iftar is at dusk, with the sunset prayer. Indeed, Dubai is quite something! Come on over sometime.08/01/2017 #74 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#72 Very interesting @Arnab Ghosh! Actually, it sounds quite tender the way you describe Camel meat. Does Iftar occur at dusk or just after dusk? Camel meat burgers, sounds interesting. It's odd... I think I could try Camel but not horse meat for some reason. I read once that Camel milk does have more nutrients, does it have a gamey taste? I'm sure some day we will hear that cows milk was never good for us. So many people have health issues from cows milk. I used to drink cows milk a lot when I was a teen and I had stomach aches all the time. I haven't had milk in years (find other sources for calcium now) and no more issues like I used to have. Some people turn to goats milk, or they are drinking the milk of nuts now and not sure that's equivalent to drinking real milk. I bet the chocolates are tasty! Dubai looks beautiful and it appears to be growing a lot! Thanks for sharing, very interesting!
- Producer03/01/2017AFGHANISTAN WOMEN, FORCED MARRIAGES & PREFRONTAL CORTEXDONATE NOW In Afghanistan, it is believed that between 60 and 80 percent of marriages are forced marriages. These young girls are forced by family and religious practices to marry older men whom they do not love and are inappropriate for them....
Comments04/01/2017 #23 Pamela 🐝 Williams#20 I couldn't agree more that it is about perceptions. We used to tease our grandmother because she never wore pants. It was not the culture she lived in (unlike us unruly grandchildren of the 60s) and she was comfortable with who she was. I think that's where I get my modesty from and was never one to show more skin than clothing. I make it a point to try not to judge women who aren't like that, but must admit; I'm more comfortable around a Muslim woman wearing a hijab that I am around those who like showing 'skin' (as an example). I'm a liberal old soul who believes in human rights and that includes allowing others to be true to their beliefs. Yes there are young girls who are forced into these marriages, but there are also those who enter into them proudly, because that is part of the culture in which they live. It boils down to honor and respect between the couple and that is what @Dean Owen is alluding to as being the difference between a marriage arranged in Japan versus those in some other countries. I worked with a gentleman who after the parents died he became head of the family. His much younger sister was promised in marriage by the parents but he gave her the choice to meet her fiance' and if she didn't feel she could be happy with him then he would not enforce the arrangement. The fiance came to stay with the family for several months and in the end the younger sister chose the marriage. It is about perspective and we should not jump to the conclusion that all of these arrangement are wrong.04/01/2017 #22 Dean Owen#20 I know! My Muslim Malay friends love wearing their hijab too. They want to be liked for who they are, and not how they look. It's such a simple concept. I think the rebellion is coming from Muslim girls who are not opposed to wearing the hijab, but just want the freedom to choose, and rightly so.04/01/2017 #20 Lyon Brave#18 You are a sweet little devil's advocate Dean. It's important to understand both sides. In the West a lot of women talk about the dress of Muslim women being repressive.However, my Muslim friends really love their hijabs. They actually don't like that it makes people feel uncomfortable for wearing it in the West. The west see it as repression. They see it as modesty. I have not been to Iran or Afghanistain, or Pakastain yet.PERCEPTIONS04/01/2017 #18 Dean Owen#17 I'll stand in defence of arranged marriages so long as they are not forced, but optional, like in Japan, where the parents have the child's heart in mind, and would choose a suitable partner. I do understand that in other countries, arranged marriages are more about connecting families, much like European royalty did throughout history. Where human rights are concerned, I'll stand with Lyon all day long! She's a great advocate for human rights issues!04/01/2017 #17 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI read the comments below and @Pamela 🐝 Williams made a lot of valid points. I wonder how men would feel if their parents picked an older woman for them (ok guys.. picture the woman big, smelly and demanding as hell) before you say, ah, older woman as a young boy?! Same with Polygamy, young boys in arranged marriages with older women, they would detest it. Personally, I find it abusive and of course growing up in the West, most of us would. As for other countries, yes- it may be culturally acceptable but I find it sad and wrong on so many levels. Young girls aren't mature enough to stand up for themselves, many are not ready for sex and I'm sure it's forced upon them, pregnancies... just so sad. They are still girls who deserve time to become a woman and make her own choices. Great buzz @Lyon Brave04/01/2017 #16 Harvey Lloyd#15 I agree but the issues of human rights is subjective when you try an act upon a given set of values. Our current value system is in flux and being mitigated through media and each group is suggesting action based on their given set. Thanks for writing such a post. It is something that we should be considering and acting on in our evolution as a society.04/01/2017 #15 Lyon Brave#14 I don't think other countries should become like America. In fact that would terrify me and take away the beauty of people and traveling.Americans certainly have their own issues to work on, but as far as human rights, we are doing pretty good. Not excellent, we could certainly work on more affordable health care lol. However, human rights is the right of all humans and some things are not right and archaic practices, like stitching shut women's vaginas. However, I do not pretend to be the authority. I do believe in widespread education, especially young girls who are historically and currently excluded from it. Hell, I think most Americans need a better education too. I didn't really learn anything till i traveled. I am still fairly clueless and ignorant of world affairs.03/01/2017 #14 Harvey LloydThis posts brings to light a very interesting debate. I share the tone of the post both in forced marriages are not good and that the science is available to prove it.
But i am American. When i say these things i am exporting my religious beliefs. So says the media and its contributors.
You have voiced what i would say is a freedom issue here but yet the countries that practice these policies whether religious or legal are sovereign.
Is it right to subject another country/culture to western values. It is a trick question though. If your answer is yes then what are those values? and shouldn't they apply here too? If it is no, then why is this an issue?
Conundrum.03/01/2017 #3 Dean Owen#2 Fair points, and I can't really speak for India, but in Japan certainly those that choose "Omiai Kekkon" (arranged marriages) do often go on to live extremely happy lives and end up falling in love with their husband anyway. I guess it is because their parents are often better judges of character than their youthful selves. Divorce is relatively easy and painless in Japan, but it can be hard for women to remarry as there is the "Christmas Cake" stigma to deal with (girls past the age of 25 are past their "sell by" date). Not impossible (my mother married for the third time when she was in her 70's!)
- 16/12/2016My last article for the year 2016 it is light hearted I promise
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- 18/12/2016I really, really love @Liesbeth 🐝 Leysen, MSc. beBee Ambassador's writing. Simply cannot get enough of her stories. She deserves to be very widely read.
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Comments18/12/2016 #2 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#1 I believe you touch people so deeply, they forget to share, as they are lost in the feeling worlds you create. I am so grateful to have gotten a chance to bump into you on beBee and I want to share the gift of your talent with all my friends this holiday season.
- 02/12/2016Why I am disengaging from some areas of social media. Also, this is why I am following more carefully on BeBeeStep Into the Lightnofacilities.com I’ve been dwelling on a particular disk in the Twilight Zone DVD set for the past few weeks. It’s not like I watch it every day, but each time I go to eject it, I decide to watch a couple of...
- 02/12/2016BEFORE WRITING COMES THINKING... My newly launched writing improvement program is fully up and running now. Offering better writing through improved thinking. For more information go to ... http://www.learn2engage.orgWriting Improvement Better writing through improved...
Comments03/12/2016 #29 Phil Friedman#26 Sou, it is always good to hear from you. I still marvel that you are able to stand downunder on the bottom of the world without falling off into space. Goes to show that there are things in heaven and earth that exceed my philosophy, Horatio, um, Sou. Seriously, thanks for watching the video and commenting. And cheers back to you.03/12/2016 #28 Phil Friedman#25 Thank you, Mark, for your interest and comments. My original "beta" PR effort was interrupted by the demands in my core consulting business, and the fact is it took a lot longer to develop the curriculum, supporting materials, and website ( www.learn2engage.org ) than I anticipated. That is all cleared up now, and learn2engage is up and running. Since this promo appeared a couple of days ago, I've been in the process of producing ver.2 based on all the terrific comments that readers and friends on beBee have been making. I expect to release ver.2 by the end of the weekend. My thanks to you and everyone else for being so supportive. That response has been especially gratifying. Cheers!03/12/2016 #27 Gerald Hecht#26 @Sou Abbas Wonderful? The honing of our ability to document our collective extinction --in real time? Perhaps there is an ironic and poetic beauty to it...maybe it will be discovered by intelligent beings after we have been long gone...existing only as another curiosity in the fossil record; perhaps they will learn from our folly...our deliberate journey into oblivion...perhaps;03/12/2016 #25 Mark AnthonyAnything that helps me to piss people off in a polite and legal way has my vote. Anyway, I signed up for info on this ages ago. Good ad, but wording disappeared fast. The advertising has already happened through your years of writing. That is what attracted me to this course in the first place.03/12/2016 #21 Phil Friedman#20 Franci, thank you for saying that. I agree. What I am offering is based on a lot of years doing what I do, and I guess my belief is that if you don't want what I personally offer in this regard, then my program is not for you. Thank you, as well, for sharing this video. I am finishing an easy 2 version based on some of the feedback received, and v2 will be a lot better. Cheers!03/12/2016 #20 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanWell, I like this! It's you, Phil. You're selling yourself as yourself as well as your services. I understand David's comment but I believe your personality should shine through from the start. I believe part of a strategic marketing plan is to have unique appeal. And in this case, your personality is the draw and the rest should follow. Sharing.02/12/2016 #16 Phil Friedman#15 David, thank you for watching and commenting. I genuinely appreciate the feedback. Some of your suggestion are going to be difficult for me to incorporate into the clip, mostly because it was already difficult to clean my vocabulary of phrases like"Hey, jerk" and "don't write like an idiot". Just kidding, of course. But fact is, in some things, I have to remain authentically me -- which is somewhat brusque. Cheers!02/12/2016 #15 David B. GrinbergPhil, I think you did a really nice job. I like the music too, very upbeat and welcoming. I just have a few constructive suggestions for your consideration:
1) I would cut the time down to a 30-45 second spot, and not more than 1-minute, because attention spans are low and folks are pressed for time. Think brevity with video, as with writing.
2) Replace the gorilla image with "David the Thinker" image (see point below)
3) At the risk of being overly sensitive to outside perceptions, I would consider changing the term "improve your thinking" as some prospective clients might take that the wrong way as an insult. I would try something like "clarify" or "distill" or something else to replace "improved." A lot of potential writers probably think there's nothing wrong with their thinking, per se, because they are intelligent people. And folks with big egos and thin skins are usually offended easily. Thus, I would be careful not to use anything that even has the potential appearance of driving away prospective clients.
Obviously, this is just my own 2-cents for what it's worth. Others may disagree. Nonetheless, I hope this is helpful and wish you success.
- 28/11/2016A collection of amusing monologues.The Butler and Other Monologues: Featuring The Spaceman and The Secret Agent eBook: Simon Paul: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Storewww.amazon.co.uk The Butler and Other Monologues: Featuring The Spaceman and The Secret Agent eBook: Simon Paul: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle...
- 28/11/2016Who's your favourite writer. Here's a clue as to mine.The Ravenniume.com I have long been a fan of the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. His works have spawned many films and influenced many other writers. His dark, sombre, macabre themes emerged from a troubled upbringing having lost both parents early on and then feuding...
- Producer27/11/2016Stop Worrying About Being Published.“I’m still in the middle of writing my collection of short stories, but I’m wondering which is better, getting an agent or self-publishing.” Someone’s comment in a writer’s group.Last week I joined an online writer’s forum, figuring I should...
Comments30/11/2016 #43 Robert Cormack#42 I'm sure instant gratification plays a role. We see movies were people write a book and ten minutes later (with a few dissolves), they're famous authors living in splendor. This is like couples thinking they're as funny together as Mork and Mindy. We lose a sense of reality and, therefore, expect this instant gratification. The whole idea of music and movies you can download in a minute, it all plays to the same theme, and it's reducing so much of the artistic quality. An artist friend of mine is quite proud of the fact that she produces a painting a day. My mother, an artist, produced maybe two paintings a year. Four of them hang in my house. I never grow tired of them (and not because they're my mother's). She spent the time learning, studying and perfecting. That's what you add to basic talent. Maybe we'll saturate the market with bad work. Let's hope that's when we change.30/11/2016 #42 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝I agree. Perhaps today's instant gratification mentality that plagues the world has something to do with this publishing frenzy. Also, the academic community's requirements don't help the situation either (publish or perish). Still, once the market gets saturated with low quality books, I'm sure we're going to see a change in perspective. Everyone can publish something nowadays; getting others to read and re-read what you've published is another story...30/11/2016 #41 Gerald Hecht#40 @Robert Cormack --lately I wonder if now...he lives on the bus...btw...he played here in Baton Rouge last month (a few days after learning that he'd won the Nobel)...and he played guitar again (on two songs!)...I haven't seen him play the guitar live since a show in Maryland in about 2004...30/11/2016 #40 Robert Cormack#39 There's actually some controversy over whether Grossman owned Big Pink or he'd bought it for Dyan in his capacity as business manager. In any event, Dylan admitted spending more time at Big Pink than he did at his own home (not far away). As the kids came, and his motorcycle accident, Dylan spent more time at his own home (which went on for many years).27/11/2016 #31 Robert Cormack#20 Yes, the "Basement Tapes" were never something Dylan wanted distributed. In fact, they sat in someone's garage in Woodstock for many years. The loose quality of Dylan's and The Band's work allows a certain amount of leeway when listening. There's an interesting version of "You Ain't Going' Nowhere," that's worth a listen, also "Wheels on Fire." Robbie, in particular, learned a lot from Dylan, particularly on the lyrics side. There was so much creativity going on back then in The Pink House (Dylan was actually the landlord).27/11/2016 #25 Jim MurrayThanks. Now you know why I give my ebook away for free. Nobody messes with it but me. I'm with @Phil Friedman here. There is a very small percentage of all the work that gets published that produces enough revenue for the author to derive anything remotely resembling an income from it. The authors who are lucky enough to make it, are literally driven by an ungodly amount of ambition. On the one hand I admire it. On the other I can't help but believe that for most, it's an exercise in self-delusion. If your book sold, I'm happy for you. If you're living off the proceeds you're in the 1% club.27/11/2016 #24 Phil Friedman#19 #18 This raises an important point about objectives, don't you think? If a writer's objective in writing and publishing a novel is to gain literary recognition, then however long that takes is worth it, or at least is what it is. But if a writer writes to generate income, then I suggest to you that one might want to re-assess book writing and publishing in the context of contemporary digital publishing.
For example, about three years ago, I published an eBook that I give out free (well, not exactly free, but in exchange for an email address to build my prospect list for my consulting business). I submitted the eBook to multiple industry-specific editors for review and received very strong reviews and notices in a dozen legitimate publications, both trade and consumer. Distribution is now passed 5,000 (PDF) copies sent out by email in answer to requests. No direct revenue, but I can attribute at least three solid consulting contracts, worth tens of thousands of dollars, to prospects reading and liking the eBook. ( https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/ten-golden-rules-for-successful-yacht-build-projects )
More recently, I wrote an eBook for hire for a management systems software firm, which they use to build their own prospect list, in an extreme example of "content marketing". In this case, the work did not generate anywhere near the same revenue, but -- and this is important, I think -- in one fell swoop, it generated more than some authors make on a published "book" and with less than one tenth the time and labor input. ( http://tinyurl.com/zsjt9n9 ).
So, what I am saying is, the issue of book writing and publishing is at the same time more complicated and less complicated than some would have us believe. If writing and publishing a book is a purely business decision based on ROI, that is one thing. But if about something else, like literary achievement, quite another. Cheers!
- Producer09/11/2016#!@$... a spelling mistake! Thank you for letting me know.I have been blogging in earnest for about two years now and my reasons are simple; articulate my expertise as someone who can solve Sales & Marketing problems and become a better writer. I will be the first to say I will never be a great writer,...
Comments13/11/2016 #33 Charles David Upchurch#1 #3
You're quite welcome, Graham. @Renée 🐝 Cormier and I clearly were thinking (and acting) alike, that day.
For me, the habit of privately offering feedback to others is a Golden Rule thing.
I prefer to receive writing feedback often, and respectfully, and privately...so that is how I provide it to others (unless they don't seem to appreciate it, in which case I try to remember that person's preference, and I "cease and desist" so that people won't think of me as a 'grammar troll.').10/11/2016 #19 Mark Anthony"I have come a long way from internalizing this sort of thing, and using it to identify ability and self-worth;" I believe this is something many can find difficult and that is not a criticism of those that do. Nonetheless, such an important thing to try and overcome. Thanks for the post, I liked it.10/11/2016 #18 Pascal DerrienI sometimes forget to write words I think I do but sometimes they are only in my head and it makes funny sentences :-), it takes me always a few attempts to get it right I don't like editing that much either so I very often edit when already online not perfect but it works for me in the end writing is like a foreign language I think it is more important to try and slip that wanting to be perfect.... plus a few of us write in a language we were not educated with...... so sometimes we get confused :-) you win or you lo(o)se10/11/2016 #17 Laura MikolaitisI've been there too, @Graham🐝 Edwards and am thankful and appreciative to the people who have reached out privately to let me know of an error. I do a lot of proof reading at work and sometimes my eyes start to go cross eyed; especially when proofing small fonts on labels. The same goes for my own writing. Sometimes we miss things that can be staring us in the face. That's why I appreciate the private nudge alerting me to an error.
- Producer07/11/2016Improve Your Writing By Keeping These Simple Tips in MindWhile pursuing a graduate degree in journalism/public relations, I served as a graduate teaching assistant. As a teaching assistant, the university provided me with a tuition-free education. All I had to do was teach the lab portion of several basic...
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.
- Producer02/11/2016The Relevance of Numbers15, 30, 30, 50000. It's not a math quiz, an equation, a code or the combination to the safe housing a secret fortune. It's not the winning lottery numbers either. I suppose they could be any of these things but a) I'm not psychic and b) I'm no...
Comments07/11/2016 #16 Laura Mikolaitis#13 @Ken Boddie, thank you! I took your advice, by the way. I read your comment and thought "he's right." So when I sat down to write on Saturday and then again on Sunday, I just wrote. And I exceeded my goal both nights. I'm 7 days into this journey and I'm learning to just give in to the words and write. If nothing else, I'm building a spring board for something else. Like I mentioned to Lisa in my reply to her, at the end of this I will have clay to mold. It's my first time doing something like this, but if I don't try then I've already surrendered. Thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement - it is greatly appreciated!07/11/2016 #15 Laura Mikolaitis#12 Thank you, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. I can relate to having that fuzzy feeling in your head. I've let many distractions impede me from writing: bad days, bad moods, not enough time, feeling tired - and the list goes on. But this exercise is teaching me a habit and you know what, I am beginning to feel like it's a normal part of my day. I have no outline for what I am writing, it really is stream of consciousness. I don't even know if it makes sense. But, as my friend so aptly pointed out to me today, at least at the end of this chapter I will have clay to mold; which is more than I had when I started. And for me, that's what it is about. Creating the habit, learning the discipline, expending the time. Thank you, always, for your support.05/11/2016 #13 Ken BoddieI don't know you, Laura, but one thing I've concluded in a short time is that YOU CAN WRITE, lady! If I may be so bold as to offer advice ..... I would stop counting words and minutes and just commit to daily writing. This reduces the hurdle to removing distraction and just doing it. Personally, when I'm on a mission I'm in the zone and I keep going for as long as the real world allows. I wish you focus and no distractions. Get on and break a leg.05/11/2016 #12 Lisa 🐝 GallagherGood for you @Laura Mikolaitis! Your an excellent writer, I've always enjoyed reading your pieces. You've got this! I don't plan to write a novel but I do need to set a goal to write more frequently. My mind has been a bit numb lately and it's hard to draw out thoughts when it's so foggy up there. I love how you broke apart the numbers, you DO see this as attainable. One day at time! I will be cheering for you.04/11/2016 #10 Laura Mikolaitis#9 Indeed it is @Graham🐝 Edwards! I love that book by Brene Brown. It's one of the reasons I've been able to accept my vulnerabilities and take those leaps forward. Thanks for your comments. I just put Day 3 of the challenge in the books. It is such a fun experience to just write. I'm trying to keep my inhibitions at bay and enjoy each moment that I get to sit and write.03/11/2016 #4 Laura MikolaitisThanks @Deb 🐝 Helfrich! I'm really writing by stream of consciousness and honestly, I'm not sure if any of it makes sense but I had an idea awhile back that I used as my spring board. I'm definitely weaving a tale and, if nothing else, at the end of November I will have something. From there, I can start editing and see how it ends up. It's definitely a worth while exercise to keep the brain stimulated. Thanks for reading and sharing with me in the comments. I feel like my last couple of posts have gotten a bit lost on here, but you seem to be finding them - so thank you!02/11/2016 #3 Deb 🐝 HelfrichYay, yay, yay! I know I am excited to see what transpires over this month of your commitment, @Laura Mikolaitis.
One thing I know from writing my memoir is that I had to give up my thoughts on linearity. It was a story, it happened to me. I wasn't writing some confusing mystery with all sorts of time jumps. YET. Some days what arose for me to write about was something completely out of sequence. I remember the day when I opened the document - it was around 50 pages. Getting too big to navigate by memory and I thought I was failing..... but I stuck with it, and soon the time to cut and paste and get things in order and develop the narrative arose. Always believe. And don't knock research. Since my book was about my dogs, I had a rationale for wanting to add in some facts. A burst of writing always came after research. That whole fresh perspective thing.02/11/2016 #2 Laura Mikolaitis#1 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, I'm not sure where the words are coming from lately, but I'm going with it. I've had much on my mind of late and I suspect that is feeding into my inspiration. I've also tried to let my inhibitions go and simply write. And that has made a world of difference. Of course, that also means peeling back those layers a little more each time. But that's part of growing and evolving as a person and, dare I say, writer.
- 26/10/2016Learn which are the essential skills every digital journalist (or a blogger) should master to get more traffic.Essential Skills Every Digital Journalist Should Havefreelancetnt.com Working as a digital journalist (or a blogger) isn’t easy. There are some essential skills that you will have to master to be good at it. Okay, you have written a perfect content (or you...
- Producer23/10/2016We, Our Grandfather and His Inspiring TalksPerhaps, after receiving love and care from parents, children get an extra bonding love from their grandparents. After all, grandparents are like caring guardians, full of blessings and love, and always ready to inspire with their little stories...
Comments26/10/2016 #9 Mohammed A. Jawad#7 @Praveen Raj Gullepalli Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments, and in fact, reading your response refreshed my memory in many ways. Indeed, the presence of parents and grandparents is both blessings and bounty. We ought to revere them, with all humility, for their love, care and mentoring. I am glad to know you had wonderful times listening tales to your maternal and paternal grandfathers :) Aha…then, the strict precepts, out of sheer care and love, that comes from them…do this, do that, avoid this, follow that…:) your story too reminded me things of past…street lights, moths immediately after sunset, petromax (that we used to light in our home when we were bereft of electricity for almost 5 years due to heavy bill). With such lovely parents, I presume that you had a lovely tutelage. Once again, thanks so much Praveen Sahab! :)26/10/2016 #7 Praveen Raj GullepalliThat's a lovely tribute to your dear Grandfather, dear Jawad! Parents provide love, care and affection while grandparents instill truths and wisdom, through their stories and their games with the children who more or less look at them like playmates! Am glad that his strength of character and his words have stayed with you. I had a quiet, smiling and stoic grandpa from my Dad's side and an outspoken and flamboyant one from my Mom's side. Both had their own tales to tell, from the memories I have. :) And they were quite a contrast even in their complexion. The former was brown-complexioned and the latter was very fair and golden-eyed! Yes, their generation, unless educated well or endowed with family properties, had to endure a lot of hardship. My paternal Grandpa's COUSIN also called Grandfather by us, was a unique gentleman for his time. Not having the wherewithal to pursue schooling he used to tell me how he would sneak into classes, with waste note papers and pencil stubs and rubbers thrown away by other students, listen avidly, make notes, come home walking miles to sit under a solitary dim street petromax/gas lamp surrounded by moths and crickets, read and memorise; and then rub away / erase the notes to reuse that paper for many times... and finally managed to earn a place in school through sheer tenacity of purpose that was noticed by his uncle who supported him subsequently. He was a master at Urdu, Telugu, Hindi and English. He spoke English with a proper, commanding British accent and had such an amazing command over Grammar, that even higher officials used to be cautious speaking to him in English! He rose to the ranks of a Tahsildar before retirement.26/10/2016 #6 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhat a great story you shared about your grandfather @Mohammed A. Jawad. I love the photo. I'm glad you had many years to enjoy with your grandfather and he shared his knowledge freely. It's so nice when you have such a great relationship with family members because there's a lot to pass on to future generations ( a lot of good, that is).24/10/2016 #5 Mohammed A. Jawad#3 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich Thanks so much for your appreciative remarks. Yes, sometimes we ought to delve into our past to recall something most prized. What matters is attitude. And our grandfather was a man of good, cheery attitude. Thanks, once again for liking this post.24/10/2016 #3 Deb 🐝 HelfrichI feel richer from getting to meet your grandfather through your memories and words, @Mohammed A. Jawad. I have seen a very similar quality in many of your buzzes - they are inspiring talks! What a wonderful time we do live in for his story now to be told virtually to a worldwide audience.
- 21/10/2016I wish WordPress would build a connection to Bebee - I also wish I could remember to post stuff.I Don’t Have OCDnofacilities.com If we were having a beer, you’d start picking on me about some habits “It occurs to me that I bought your beer last week, and the week before.” “Thanks. You’re a nice guy.” “That’s not my...
- Producer10/10/2016Protagonist Murdered!Caution: Villains Can Kill Your Story!Your main character may survive the bad guy's beating, shooting and stabbing him. But your story can suffer--and die--if you don't know how to pick the right antagonist and how to integrate him into your...
- 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
- 29/09/2016"If you like working from home, you may want to look into these positions. Additionally, if you like your current job but would prefer to work at home, you can certainly use this list to demonstrate to your boss that just about anything can be done at home."10 Surprising Telecommuting Jobswww.inc.com Working from home never looked so awesome...
- 24/09/2016I enjoy the #SoCS prompt. Today's response was brought on by a small battle in the office kitchen.Busy and Bustednofacilities.com I’ve been promising the voices in my head that they could have a crack at Linda G. Hill’s SoCS prompt. They were pretty mad at me when I co-opted the prompt for a bar conversation last week. I’m...
Writing+ 100 buzzes
Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion through the inscription or recording of signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language but a form of technology that developed as tools developed with human society. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols. The result of writing is generally called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader.