Social media connects us. After all, the premier attraction of social media outlets is how they let users meet people, share information, and learn new things. Websites like Facebook help individuals communicate on a variety of commonly-held interests; Instagram and Twitter promote the spread of pithy rhetoric and visuals through character limits and image-emphasis; niche sites like Goodreads and Bandsintown bring people together over their favorite books and music groups.
But what about professional connections, like the kind of relationships that encourage job growth, career planning, and resume building? No, Pintrest is not going to help you find a job at Boeing, but Linkedin will. Nearly three-hundred million people utilize Linkedin to establish their professional identity and commiserate with employers, professors, job seekers, and start-ups. All users of social media are encouraged to join Linkedin to help find their future dream job; yet even with all the transparency and usability, many find the website’s capabilities to be challenging.
The definition of tautology is saying the same thing twice in different words. Have you ever used the phrase “and also” in a sentence? Generally, this is a fault in style and frowned upon by writers. What about the conjunction “hadn’t?” Or even the use of introducer, “in terms of?” I’m sorry, students of law, but “irregardless, ” the paragon of legal jargon, is not a word.
So, your start-up company has recently gotten off the ground and gaining attention. Obviously, you’ll want to attract potential users to your particular product, so optimizing your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is paramount to your success.
But, is it as easy as it seems? What about the opportunity for programming pratfalls and marketing mishaps? Before you start editing your keywords and metadata, consult this list of common SEO mistakes. Even if you’re years away from establishing your own start-up or website, understanding the principles of a successful SEO is indispensable.
As you read this blog post, there may be someone Googling information about you. What do you want them to find? That is why it’s important to clear your browsing history. Molly Wood shares a video and explains how to download and delete activity on Facebook and Twitter.
I enjoy using music to inspire my writing. The lyrics of a song can trigger your imagination and influence the way you write in so many ways. So, the next time you sit down to write find a song listen to the rhythm and let it influence the words you place on to the paper.
Pat Law of Singapore shares an amazing story with the NY Times in the video below on how she started her own social media agency. She didn’t allow the obstacles that were affecting her family stop her from starting Goodstuph. Goodstuph is now a booming company that focuses on making their clients appear cool on social media spaces.
Did you know that a large percentage of e-books sold on Amazon are from independent authors? You may have heard about the dispute between Amazon and Hachette, encouraging buyers to boycott amazon in relation to purchasing books or e-books. Self-published author Hugh Howey strikes back. He has just launched a letter of his own: “Change.org petition from self-publishing writers,” thanking readers for their support, explaining self-published authors’ side of the Amazon/Hachette feud, and asking them not to boycott Amazon.
The letter explains that it may not be a major issue for wealthy authors, who do not have an issues finding a publishing company; however, this is changing for self-publishing authors, because Amazon and other online retailers are paying authors a fair wage. Now that you have heard both sides of the story—Which side are you on?
One useful tip I took from this article was the importance of scheduling writing time. Scheduling time to write has helped me to avoid the excuse, “I have no time to write.” Even if you don’t know what you want to write about, still schedule the extra time, because this will help you stay consistent as a writer and have extra material ready.
It is also important to have a framework, know what you want to write about everyday. But, before you start to write, take some time and outline your ideas and then begin to write. If you’re stuck and can’t write, go back and refine and edit what you have previously wrote.