Writer’s Links 02/18/2014 (p.m.)

  • Many good points about writing in this new era are brought out in this interview.

    Tags: writing, freelance, 2014, WriteLink, web2.0, tips, writer

    • My mantra is to do it instead of thinking about doing it. If I catch myself doing the latter I just switch to doing instead of thinking. Easier said than done for me, but I’ve gotten better at that.

      But there aren’t enough hours in the day. Or not if you’re also going to stay healthy and be a part of your family and not get burnt out. So things fall off the table, even more so if you’re hell bent on creating really great work. Yet, I find that quality is what wins at the end of the day and that solves a lot of other problems.

    • People scan and don’t read, so you have to format your content to meet that reality.
    • And if they share it, you gain greater readership. So I encourage writers to think of the entire canvas when creating content. Think about the headers in your piece and about the images you’ll use to enrich the story.
    • Writers still concentrate too much on the text and not enough on formatting and presentation. Making the content you create readable, portable and memorable is what will gain success.
    • The other thing that I think was important was commenting (with links) on other content.
    • I believe in 90-9-1 participation inequality. Comments are the area on a piece of content where the 9 (contributors) and the 1 (creators) are most frequently found. Those are the people I wanted to connect with because I had a better chance of them carrying my content to other places. And they did.
    • Social media is a key factor in SEO and Internet marketing for businesses and individuals. You rock at social media, sharing across multiple platforms and gaining reach. Social media can be intimidating and time consuming. What advice do you have for managing individual as well as business social accounts?

      Well you hit on the big issue; it’s time consuming and most people don’t want to invest that amount of time. So that’s the first thing. You can’t half-ass it and expect to do very well.

      One of the things I try to do is make my content on these platforms consistent, readable and memorable. On Twitter I decided to use a convention for the vast majority of my tweets.

      [Activity]: [Title] [URL] [Comment] [Hashtag]

    • The last one is to not do work for free.
    • Well, I’m seeing more and more evidence of what I describe happening and believe that Knowledge Graph Optimization (KGO) is going to be more and more important moving forward.
  • This is a pet peeve of mine, especially when someone says “ludicrously silly”.  (For it is the same as silly silly.)

    Tags: writing, grammar, ridiculous, ludicrous, deffinition, WriteLink, tips, 2014

    • Silly is a synonym for ludicrous; using one to intensify the other is overkill.
    • Ridiculous seems to me to be less judgmental than ludicrous. Something ridiculous provokes laughter because it is incongruous. For example, a man wearing a lampshade for a hat presents a ridiculous sight.

      Something ludicrous is both incongruous and contemptible. For example, a nineteen-year-old with the full use of his legs riding on the shoulders of his bodyguards while touring the Great Wall of China presents a ludicrous sight.

  • The article is just as great as a the title.

    Tags: 2014, writing, WriteLink, characters, supporting, guide, creating

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