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Nov 13

“.gif” is the Oxford University Press “US Word of the Year”

Every year, the Oxford University Press in England chooses a “Word of the Year” for English-speaking countries. In the U.S., “.gif” is the 2012 winner. “Super storm” and “super pac” were runners-up.

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Oxford University Highlights 2012 “Words Of The Year” (via redOrbit)

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Every year the Oxford University Press attempts to take a snapshot in time of English-speaking culture by selecting the “words of the year.” For 2012, the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary have chosen ‘omnishambles’ as their word…

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Feb 28

Empathy or Sympathy?

Question PersonEmpathy and sympathy are similar, but not the same. When to use which word depends on the context.

*empathy* means the ability to better understand a person’s or point of view because you yourself have experienced something similar.

*sympathy* means feeling compassion for another’s person’s feelings or point of view although you have probably not been in the same situation or same place.

According to dictionary.com, you feel empathy when you’ve “been there”, and you feel “sympathy” when you haven’t “been there” (literally or figuratively).

If you need help with confusing word pairs, the awesome writers and editors at Writing It Right For You can emphasize! We’ve been there! We can also sympathize and we’re ready to work with you!

What word pairs confuse you? Let us know in the comments section!

 

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Jan 12

Navigating the Social Media Maze

This clever graphic is making the rounds on the Internet, but lurking behind the joke is the reality that the world of online social media is a confusing jumble. Whether you’re trying to build your brand as an individual or a business, understanding the different social networking sites can help you navigate the maze effectively.

The central marketing problem facing all my clients is this: they are so busy doing the actual work of operating their business that they lack the time, energy and focus to think about how best to communicate what they’re doing to the world.

As an online marketing consultant, I take the time to get to know each of my clients and understand what it is they do, what differentiates them from their competitors, and who are the prospective customers they are seeking to attract. Only then do I begin to map out an online marketing strategy, because one size definitely does not fit all.

My clients don’t have to concern themselves with maintaining a website and posting updates to Facebook or Twitter, nor do they need to worry about pageviews, clickthroughs and the other metrics by which online exposure is measured. They can count on me to communicate an authentic story of their unique strengths, and deliver it to the right online outlets at the right time to reach the right audience.

If you’d like to learn more about how Writing It Right For You can manage your online presence to grow your business, contact us today for a consultation!

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Jan 04

Happy New Year! I Resolve…

2011 to 2012One of the blogs I regularly read is “All Freelance Writing” by Jennifer Mattern. Jennifer, a wonderful role model for freelance writers like me, published a 2012 New Year’s Resolutions blog post the other day. I would like to use her model to publicly state my 2012 resolutions for Writing It Right For You:

1) Make and meet my schedule for all of my websites, my blogs, my upcoming ebooks, and other personal and business projects.

Just like Jennifer, I asked another freelance writer friend, Sharon Hurley Hall how she gets so much written every day. Sharon, who has written two guest posts for this blog, recommended Dragon Dictate, which Jennifer and I have installed, but haven’t used to its full potential. So one of my goals is to really put Dragon Dictate to use to help me write more and faster.

My husband and business partner, Keith Owens, and I have four books almost ready, and our goal is to have them published by the end of this quarter.

2) Ensure a minimum 25% increase in my monthly base income.

I actually declared this resolution last week in a tweet, but I am res-stating that goal here. Our company did pretty well last year, but like all freelancers, our monthly gross income fluctuates–often wildly by thousands of dollars. But we also have several regular and ongoing clients and graduate and post-graduate students–bless ‘em–on retainer; they are the ones who provide us with our monthly base income. That monthly base income from retainers is what we will increase this year by 25%.

3) Finalize the revised look and feel of our websites and blogs. 

As many freelancers and small business owners know–especially when you have lots of wonderful clients to work with, it is difficult to stay on track with the other non-income-producing projects that are important but not critical. What I have done is make a project list for each one of the administrative and personal projects I want to complete and I add tasks to those lists as I think of them. Then when I have scheduled open slots in my schedule, I tackle each project one task at a time. That really relieves my stress levels–the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. The same is true for completing all of those projects vying for your attention.

4) Complete the remodeling and re-working of my home office.

Again, this is a work in progress. I know and I have visually (with before/after photos) set up how I want my office to look. It will be a lot of work to totally finish my office, but my goal is to greet spring with a newly remodeled office. Let’s see, that is about March 21 here in the northern hemisphere. I’ll post pictures when that goal is met.

5) Continue to find the right balance between work-family-community.

I LOVE what I do and I am very grateful that my work reflects my passions, my values, and my skills. But again, like all freelancers and SOHO (Small Office Home Office) business owners, I constantly must ensure that I do more than just “work”–especially when my commute to my office is about 5 feet! It is very easy to work all of the time, blur the boundary between home and office, and be constantly connected with all of my computers and gadgets . So this year, I will work especially hard to find the right balance between everything I love to do–and I will try to actually “unplug” for a while every day!

Jennifer had 1o (!) resolutions, but I will stick with 5. That is enough for me!

What are your resolutions for your business in 2012? Do you have any tips or apps or methods that have been successful for you? Let us know in the comment section! Happy New Year!

 

(This post is cross-published to my BlogHer Blog…)

 

 

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Nov 03

NaBloPoMo 2011 Day 3

Can you listen to music and write? What song did you hear today?

For the 3rd day of National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), the prompt asks about a blogger’s music listening habits. Actually, I cannot write WITHOUT music. It may seem strange, but I cannot work in total silence. Unlike many other people, total silence causes my mind to wander, while having music in the background helps me to focus.

I cannot say exactly what one song I heard today. I listen to my iTunes playlist, or I put on one of my 100+ Pandora stations, or I listen to a SiriusXM genre station. I love almost every genre of music. (I even have three (3!) country songs in my playlist–but just three.) When I really need to concentrate, I listen to either classical or jazz–otherwise I start singing along with the track and that is when it is hard to write and listen.

What is your favorite type of music? Do you like to listen to one kind of music at a time, or do you like to mix things up?

 

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