Blogher Writing LabAugust Theme: TALESThursday, August 18, 2016 Do you ever embellish the facts to make them more interesting?When telling a family story or retelling a story I have read or heard, I do tend to embellish the facts to make the story more interesting. I think most story tellers tend to do this.Embellishing on a story to entertain is different from embellishing on facts in order to gossip.
Willful blindness is a term that originates from legislation passed in the 19th century and is based on the concept of personal responsibility, and more specifically “if you could have known, and should have known, something that instead you strove not to see.” Author Margaret Heffernan reminds us in her book by the same name—Willful Blindness—that this behavior is a choice.
First things first, there are no strict rules in social media marketing. Having said so, remember that you have to play within limits. Just in case you are getting confused and are totally lost when it comes to social media strategies, remember that the only rule that you need to abide by is innovation. Planning a new marketing strategy for your business can be tough. Time-crunch and limited funds are constraints that can soak-up all your time and effort. When that is the situation you can turn to social media for help.
IIf your blog is your business, then site traffic is its lifeblood. You will attract readers if you offer high-quality content, but you do not have to just sit around hoping that people will stumble upon your website in their online travels. Instead, you can attract and retain more visitors by creating social media accounts for your blog.Lay a Hashtag Trail
Where do you get your ideas?It's a question most writers have heard. And struggled to answer.Those of us with blogs or columns get our ideas from daily life – family, news, travel, and what's going on in the world around us. For example, I've written about ratatouille, possums, education, books, toilets, advertising, bipolar disorder, ghost towns, grocery shopping, and feminism, to name a few. Subject-specific blogs get their ideas from (duh!) the subject matter – recipes, medical conditions, politics, or whatever.
Every important plan has to have a contingency plan. So is the case with social media marketing plans as well. Social Media Marketing for business can no longer be taken causally; it is significant to your business. As corporate use of social media increases, companies realize that social media marketing is not an activity, it is a full-fledged operation. Hence, there has to be at least one social media marketing employee in every company engaged in social media or brand management.
What is the whisper within?Some say we all have that little nagging voice that tells us right from wrong. It is the gut feeling you have deep inside your soul that something just isn’t right. Some call it a sixth sense or is it a sick sense? It is your conscience? Do you believe we all are born with a good and righteous morality? Or ethics? Are you capable of listening to your heart? To your soul? Do you believe in dreams? Or in signs?So what is the whisper within?I believe it something different. Something extraordinary.
Malevolent advertising is called malvertising. The “ad” is placed on a website by cybercriminals who want control of your computer for financial gain.And the real scary thing about malvertising is that these trick-ads have appeared on trusted, popular websites like the Weather Network, BBC, NFL and the New York Times.
I posted earlier on www.elizabethdoren.com about loving the park. The most obvious reason wasn’t included. It’s a park acts as a stage for children to use their imagination.
I recently turned 30. I’m part of the grayed millenial generation. I was the test group for Facebook. I had a MySpace page. When I was growing up, the Internet was used for the online version of Encyclopedia Britanica. We researched at the library and eventually “You Have Mail” dinged on our AOL accounts.
You’d think with all the media attention regarding data breaches, hackers and identity theft, that consumers would be more focused on their privacy and how to protect their information from prying eyes. Surprisingly, almost 70% of the people are clueless about how a criminal might have got a hold of their personal information.
Social media is important for communicating in 2016, but so are many other things. It’s important to make sure you keep your efforts in balance with all of your other marketing and communications efforts.Finding the right balance of resources devoted to results obtained is key to sustainable success. Use these 4 tips to make sure your social media strategy is sustainable.
Blogher Writing LabAugust Theme: TALESWednesday, August 17, 2016 What are your favourite types of stories?Historical fiction is my favorite genre. I love fantasy too. A good family story warms my heart. Putting them all together would make a great novel. That is a project that I’m just starting. I’m currently in the research stage.
Blogher Writing LabAugust Theme: TALESTuesday, August 16, 2016 Do you tend to believe what you read more than what you hear?Generally, I tend to believe something I read more than what I hear. People tend to tell things from their point of view. I like to read and form my own opinion(s). Better yet, I like to see the proof.
“John Gardner, in his novel Grendel, tells of a wise man who sums up his meditations on life’s mysteries in two simple but terrible postulates: “Things fade: alternatives exclude.” […] Decision invariably involves renunciation: for every yes there must be a no, each decision eliminating or killing other options.”— Irvin Yalom, 1991 (Love's Executioner)
Human behavior is an interesting subject. For instance, what influences people how much to eat is not just dependent on hunger or the taste of the food itself. It involves so many other variables, some you may not even consider as having an effect on the way you eat. This notion of mindless eating is studied by Brian Wansink Ph.d at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, where the focus is on ‘hidden persuaders around us that influence how much we eat.’ He is the author of the book I recently read, Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, published in 2006.
Blogher Writing LabAugust Theme: TALESMonday, August 15, 2016 Which do you like better: Fiction or non-fiction?I prefer fiction. I like to add fantasy elements. They make a story more interesting. For instance…Wash Day
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