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Flappy Bird Flop | Ill-Prepared for Success

Posted in Business on 10 February 2014. 452 hits.
By: Michelle L. Cramer Catching on this past November, in a matter of two months, Flappy Bird took momentum and rose to the number one spot in the Apple App Store and Google Play, earning a reported $50K a day through advertisements. And just as quickly...

It’s all in the Face

Posted in Tech on 08 February 2014. 78 hits.
By: John Kauffman So how often does this happen: you take your daughter to the annual daddy-daughter dance, and meet some of her little friends' dads. After three separate introductions, you've got all their names mixed up, and assigned a random new...

Pinterest: The Last Social-Media Site a Writer May Ever Need

Posted in Freelancing on 31 January 2014. 918 hits.
By: Andrew Lisa If you're a writer — or even just alive — you're probably already on Facebook and Twitter. After the big two, the next most-frequented of all social media sites is LinkedIn, which is great if you're a networking professional —...

No! Not my Baby! | A Freelance Writer’s Inner Turmoil

Posted in Freelancing on 27 January 2014. 327 hits.
By: Kim Patterson I'm the quiet type... like really, really quiet. People who don't really know me likely see me as bland, but the truth is my mind is always working and there is a ton of crazy stuff going on in there. As you might expect, without the...

Freelancers Will Change Your Life!

Posted in Business on 22 January 2014. 137 hits.
By: Kristan Hart I never considered myself to be the kind of girl who would stay home with her kids. I loved to work. I loved meeting new people and learning new things. The faster things moved, the better. Even after I had my first child, I wanted to...

READER BEWARE!

Posted in Content on 14 January 2014. 421 hits.
By: Julie Segovia Did you happen to hear about the gigantic squid that washed up on the coast of Southern California? The Lightly Braised Turnip posted a photo and article about the freak of nature, saying, "Scientists believe that following the 2011...

Writers are... not what you think.

Posted in Freelancing on 07 January 2014. 137 hits.
By: Nate Evans To be a writer, you need a pen and paper. To be a successful writer, you have to be ballsy. And with good reason. People seem to have pretty strong opinions about writers. I mean, strong sentiments are there for plumbers, or even...

The Accidental Journalist

Posted in In the News on 15 December 2013. 361 hits.
By: Julie Segovia What do you call a trial lawyer who also grows a vegetable garden, other than someone with great time management skills who advocates for self-sustenance? Certainly she is an attorney, defined by her profession. But is she also a gardener,...

I’ll Get to That Later | Respect for Procrastinators

Posted in Freelancing on 11 December 2013. 631 hits.
By: Kim Patterson Ah, procrastination... that dreamily blissful state in which you push responsibilities to the back of your mind while you enjoy any number of pursuits other than the one you should be focusing on. From a young age it's hammered into...

Taken Out of Context - The Falsification of Summarization

Posted in Content on 24 November 2013. 162 hits.
By: John Kauffman Why Don't we get Drunk and Sue! If you've ever fantasized about being rich (unless you are, then congratulations!), you likely thought about the prospect of a nice, easy lawsuit. Working is hard. Don't feel guilty over thinking about...

#GoneTooFar: The Evolution of an Important, Irritating and Once-Obscure Symbol

Posted in SEO on 17 November 2013. 906 hits.
By: Andrew Lisa "Hey Justin, what's up?" "Nothing much, Jimmy. Hashtag chilling." On the Sept. 24, 2013, episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon did a sketch where they used hashtags to show how stupid we would...

Confessions of a Copy Editor

Posted in Content on 12 November 2013. 237 hits.
By: Michelle L. Cramer I can't spell worth a lick. Likely due to the fact that I'm a country girl at heart and we learn to spell phonetically, which works about 90% of the time. The two words I absolutely never spell right on the first try: "occasion"...

Search vs. Research Online: The Internet Knows Everything

Posted in Content on 05 November 2013. 1163 hits.
By: John Kauffman Reasonably speaking, prior to the turn of the 20th century, most researchers spent their time grinding away at material in libraries across the world. A complicated topic can require thirty or more sources, and the task of locating...

The Demise of the Content Mill

Posted in In the News on 31 October 2013. 865 hits.
By: Michelle L. Cramer I hate to say we told you so... but.... .... well. Yeah. We told you so. *Content mills are quickly becoming a thing of the past. As evidenced by the unexpected resignation of the founder and CEO of Demand Media (parent...

Invasion of the Writer Snatchers

Posted in Freelancing on 29 October 2013. 959 hits.
"Always remember that someone, somewhere is making a product that will make your product obsolete." Georges Doriot By: Julie Segovia Who is your favorite robot? Arnold Schwarzenegger's methodical single-minded Terminator? The highly intellectual yet...

Wavering Loyalty From Yahoo Email Users

Posted in In the News on 27 October 2013. 530 hits.
By: Michelle L. Cramer The loyal Yahoo mail users are, well, loyal. Their accounts get hacked time and time again and they just issue everyone in their contact list an apology, change their password to their dog's name, and act surprised when it happens...

The New Twitter Changes | Spammer Delight or Customer Gain?

Posted in Marketing on 22 October 2013. 179 hits.
By: Kim Patterson These days spam is lurking around every corner. And we're not talking sneaky, canned luncheon meat here, people! With the new changes Twitter launched, we may just be in for a bigger helping. I grew up in a time when direct messaging...

Information Not Provided

Posted in SEO on 19 October 2013. 311 hits.
How Google's Encrypted Search Affects Analytics By: Kristan Hart Keywords. People type them into a search engine, and then all-knowing Google generates the result. These keywords were the bread and butter of even the best marketing firms in recent...

Cyber Bullying Meets Cyberdyne: The Crossroads of School Safety and Sanity

Posted in In the News on 15 October 2013. 282 hits.
By: Andrew Lisa Bullying has been a part of school since the dawn of formal education — or at least since 1986 through 1988 when Lucas, 3 O'Clock High and Heathers proved that not only was bullying acceptable, but that it could make a damn fine movie...

Get Into Your Customer’s Head With Social Media

Posted in Marketing on 12 October 2013. 3156 hits.
By: John Kauffman Find a way to get into my head, and we've got a connection. Getting in my head because you email spam my smartphone doesn't count. While email is an important tool, it's a dated way of keeping in contact with current and potential...
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