Wall Photos. How to blog. Laptop isolated on a white background, Shutterstock I was invited to give a talk at Washington & Jefferson College about careers in blogging.
Clearly, this would entail explaining why everything they'd heard about blogging was completely wrong. A good crowd turned up and it was a fairly casual affair, but I got in some good tips. Having removed my stupidest remarks from this transcript, I present to you the fourth-best article about blogging published this week. Writing career advice sucks, and writers are terrible at giving advice. My name is Rob Beschizza and I'm the managing editor of a blog called Boing Boing. Ours is a small organization, with a few editors: Mark, Cory, David, Xeni, Maggie and myself; a publisher, Jason; and a handful of part-time support staff including comment moderators, tech wizards and gentlemen who enjoy taking care of baseless legal threats. Now, as anyone who reads the internet knows, editor is a fancy word for blogger. It's a funny word for writing online. How to murder your productivity. In this post, you are going to learn proven techniques that you can immediately put to use.
I am going to show you exactly how you can: Decrease your IQ by 10 points while workingMake sure you won’t accomplish anythingIncrease your stress levels by at least 100% or moreGet completely overwhelmed If you learn the techniques presented in this post, you will: Become completely insignificantEarn less moneyRepel successful and capable peopleBe slave to the random whims of othersGet fired from your job or drive your business to the ground Sounds good?
Check email 50 times a day to prevent focus If you won’t check your email at least 20 (and ideally 50) times each day, you will risk that you will be able to focus on your work. Julie Morgenstern wrote a book called “Never Check E-Mail in the Morning”, but her advice is obviously counter-productive to what we are trying to achieve here. Clutter your desk with piles of paper for constant anxiety Sit in a crappy chair for physical fatigue and tiredness. Wilco Continues To Get The Internet. We talk about all sorts of artists who really seem to "get" the internet, and how it can be used for good, rather than something to freak out about.
It's worth noting that the band Wilco really was one of the earlier ones to embrace the internet in all sorts of ways, going all the way back to 2002, when the band's label (a Warner Music subsidiary) "rejected" its album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and dropped the band. It gave the band the rights to the rejected album... and the band responded by streaming the entire thing live on its website. Today that's nothing special. A decade ago that was a pretty big deal. Eventually the album was released and became the band's best seller. A piece of art is not a loaf of bread. Anyway, I was just catching up on some podcasts, and listened to an episode of The Nerdist Podcast in which they interview Jeff Tweedy (bonus geek points: Wil Wheaton joins the Nerdist crew for this one) and they have a good discussion on some of his thinking on these subjects.
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Now comes Kurt Vonnegut -- anarchist, Second Life dweller, imaginary interviewer of the dead, sad soul -- with eight tips on how to write a good short story, narrated by the author himself. 1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. 2. . ↬ r/books This post also appears on Brain Pickings, an Atlantic partner site. Protesters chase off police in Quebec. Satirical Alexandria: This happened. #Frothy htt... JuWZZ.jpg (JPEG Image, 500x375 pixels) 4555_63741_small. Lost Dark Knight Rises audio outtakes reveal that Morgan Freeman is a honey-voiced madman.
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Dog Takes Bullet to the Head for Owner, Lives. Facebook. Distracted, Texting Man Walks Into a Bear. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 Subscribe to rss Home Top 5 Now Stars Breaking Interact Live Music Hot on YouTube Distracted, Texting Man Walks Into a Bear Written By: Amanda Walgrove April 11, 2012 Posted In: On The Rise While texting and walking down his driveway in La Crescenta, California yesterday, a man was confronted by a black bear that made its way into the neighborhood.
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