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How to Succeed with Linkedin

by | Posted July 23rd, 2014

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.

Luckily for Linkedin users, the website’s CEO is here to help. Reid Hoffman has come up with six strategies with which new and experienced users can take advantage to improve their online identity. Elements of Hoffman’s recommendations include understanding the technology trends and discerning the customer’s needs and wants, among other useful tips.

 

Avoiding Tautology in Writing

by | Posted July 22nd, 2014

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.

There’s a list of commonly utilized words and phrases that violate stylistic conventions. Whether or not you agree with all the selections featured, staying cognizant of redundant phrasing will improve your writing.

Search Engine Optimization Tips

by | Posted July 21st, 2014

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.

Control Your Facebook and Twitter History

by | Posted July 18th, 2014

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.

Before you begin to clean your Facebook and Twitter history, take a moment and see where you stand. If you’re concerned, Molly has some advice in the NY Times on how to take control your browsing history.

Why Use Music To Influence Your Writing

by | Posted July 17th, 2014

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.

In the words of Melissa Muhlenkamp, author of Writing Under The Influence (of Music), “I don’t hold back the jam. Instead, I let it guide me.”

Why don’t you also give it a try? Take the thewritepractice.com challenge, and take the next fifteen minutes to write a story based on the following song, “End Of An Era” by Zack Hemsey. When you’re finished, post your practice piece in the comments section.

Change.org Petition: Don’t Boycott Amazon

by | Posted July 15th, 2014

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?

You can find this petition here.

The Secret To Creating Excellent Content Everyday

by | Posted July 14th, 2014

Writing good content, like anything else, requires proper research, planning, and execution. A prepared writer can implement a system to prevent writer’s block. Katie’s article, “The Prepared Writer’s Process for Creating Excellent Content Every Day” published on Coppyblogger shares a few tips to help prevent writer’s block and produce new content everyday.

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.

Here is a bonus exercises: creativity triggers if you get stuck

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Source: christabanister.com

If you’re having trouble getting into the writing zone, take two minutes to do one of these creativity triggers by Katie:

  •  Read an unrelated article that is inspiring or funny
  • Stand on your head (really, it gets the blood flowing!)
  • Review your cornerstone content to ensure your post aligns with your goals