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Awesome Content Idea: The Report-a-Typo Tab

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Typos happen. Sometimes they’re dumb, a miss-stroke of the finger, and sometimes they’re downright blatant. You wonder how anyone could have made such a glaring error. I make them too. Sure they’re mindless and embarrassing, us writers are supposed to have our crap together, after all. That’s what we get paid to do. But the thing about editing your own work is that your brain eliminates typos. You know what you meant so you skim over what’s missing or what’s wrong without even realizing everything is not as it should be. It’s also how I talk.

Then, once these typos are posted, emails start pouring in (or texts or comments or phone calls), letting you know what error was made...

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What’s With the Insulting Opt-Out Messages?

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Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 10.48.14 AMThese days, it seems like every website has some type of email alert, and they want you to sign up – for something or other – as soon as you visit their site. So much so, that they bombard you with a pop-up, then insult you if you don’t agree to their interruption. A lose-lose when visiting any forceful website.

In general, I’m anti-pop up, an unpopular vote in the marketing world. I don’t see pop-ups as a way to gain followers; I see it as a way to irk potential ones. How many times have you been on a website, had no idea how to find their newsletter signup, and said, “Thank goodness for this pop up widget!” As if, without it, you wouldn’t have known where to go – that has probably never happened. Maybe you did sign up from the reminder; we’re not saying pop-ups never work...

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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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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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5 Ways Manage Your Inbox

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email-overload1We’ve all had that inbox. The one that hosts thousands of unread messages. It likely has a full box of spam – it might even be full itself. (Yes, you actually can max out storage space, which then sends new messages in the opposite direction.) Rather than taking the time to delete what was unnecessary each day, you let it all pile up, and now it’s basically too overwhelming to start. I want to panic just thinking about it.

But there’s an easy fix to this email mess. Rather than putting off everything, you can help combat your maxed out mail, and allow you for timely correspondence.

  1. Clean Out the Unreads

First things first: it’s high-time to get that number of unread messages as low as possible, which is zero. If messages are months old, just delete them and start fresh...

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