Life Writing Skills School Should Have Taught Us

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Dynamic Content-Writing an ObituaryThis weekend I helped a friend write her father’s obituary. He had been sick for some time and his death wasn’t so much of a surprise as it was a hardened reality. But that never makes the loss of a loved one any easier. It doesn’t make him less missed. Nor did it make writing about him in a few short paragraphs any easier for the family. So she called me and I listened to them talk – their stories, their intent, their wishes for the overall finished product. It wasn’t that I was more qualified or more experienced; it was my first obituary. It was that I was more removed from the situation. I was able to channel their grief in a way that they couldn’t immediately communicate.

There were still so many questions, though...

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Facebook Adds “Reactions” to Compliment the “Like”

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Facebook-Like-Button-ClickWhen someone shares difficult news with you, your empathetic, human reaction is usually to express concern and caring. Hearing about a sick family member doesn’t typically prompt an awkward silence followed by a reticent thumbs up.

If you use Facebook (Despite your inability to see the links I share to these posts, I do use Facebook), you will no doubt have noticed a recent change to the platform. After years of the singularity known as the “like button,” you now have an array of options from which to choose when responding to a post. Like, love, haha, wow, sad, and angry lend versatility to what has always been an emotionally diverse experience.

The evolution is a natural one. Facebook functions like a diary for many people — a catalogue of (sometimes important) life events...

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Are You a Passive Aggressive Emailer?

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Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 8.55.45 AMDo you regularly send emails with question marks at the end of non-question sentences? Do you respond without explaining yourself – or anything? Do you only address the points you wish to discuss, while avoiding the rest? If so, along with a few other key factors, you just might be a passive aggressive emailer. One of the worst forms of communicators, IMO.

Why? It’s a practice that places blame, creates controversy, and often causes more confusion than necessary. Besides, you’re typing, not texting – take three extra seconds to spell out what you’re trying to say. It will save everyone confusion in the long run, and therefore, time spent on a single email.

Passive Aggressive Signs

If you email saying, “I saw the blog on the front page?” it pretty much takes everything in me to not reac...

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Facebook Messenger May Introduce Advertising

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Facebook-Messenger-AdsDuring my final year of high school in 2009 I had to write a “senior paper.” It was a 2,000 word research document about a topic of my choice. As someone interested in journalism, I decided to write about the advent of the tablet — which was just about to hit the market — and the disappearing print edition newspaper. It was a contentious time for traditional journalism. How could a news organisation make money with a website?

Social media platforms were still in their infancy as well. Most businesses didn’t know how to use Twitter or Facebook to their advantage. And yet whispers that this would be the way of the future echoed in the hallways of major corporations. Of course, today, the idea of a two-way communication platform with a target audience is the Holy Grail.

Not only ha...

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Music Streaming is a Tough Business, Just Ask Pandora

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Pandora-RadioIf you’ve ever wondered how companies like Spotify and Pandora make profits, they don’t.

During college I hosted three different radio programs for the university station, KSDB FM. The first show I worked on was called “Music From The Movies.” It featured banter about films accompanied by their respective soundtracks. I also hosted a 90’s music show and an improv segment.

The college radio program was great because it allowed anyone with an interest to get involved. We would meet as a “class” once per week and cover a little bit about a topic de jour — usually the FCC or radio history. A number of times we discussed the model behind the applications that were expediting radio’s extinction: music streaming services like Pandora.

Pandora had become a popular utility amongst...

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