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Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
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The Web We Have to Save

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The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?
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This is an excellent read. Hossein clearly articulates the problems while providing insightful context. A Must Read.

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To all the young journalists asking for advice....

To all the young journalists asking for advice.... | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Dear budding journalist,

Thanks very much for your email! I’m always happy to meet just about anybody, and would love to find some time to have that coffee with you.

Of course I’m also very flattered by the lovely things you said about me, and about how you’d love to have a career in journalism where you might be able to do the kind of thing that I do.

But you won’t. The job I’m doing now was inconceivable when I was your age, and, similarly, if you’re lucky enough to have done well in this industry by the time you’re my age (I’m 42), then you’ll almost certainly be doing something which almost nobody today could foresee....


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Felix Salmon takes a somewhat discouraging but realistic look at the prospects for journalism. One thing for sure, it will continue changing quickly and always be evolving and it is most definitely a "calling" and not a ticket to big-money.

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aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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Take Your Lukewarm Copy & Make It Sizzle

Take Your Lukewarm Copy & Make It Sizzle | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Sensory words are an easy and reliable way to hook your reader. Use them whenever you need to persuade your reader -- here's 100 words to get you started.
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From viral to longform: Why the Huffington Post has set its sights on long reads

From viral to longform: Why the Huffington Post has set its sights on long reads | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
HuffPo UK editor Stephen Hull explains how the trend for longform is developing as online publishers seek to distance themselves from the 'viral' label

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Published for the First Time: a 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity

Published for the First Time: a 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Isaac Asimov Mulls “How Do People Get New Ideas?”

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Inspiring -- not only for writers, but all sorts of creative types.


I especially enjoyed the parts about designing creative environments, feeling foolish in a culture that isn't exactly welcoming to creative types, and comparing the productive guiding of creative folks to that of a psychoanalyst.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 22, 2014 10:31 PM

Inspiring -- not only for writers, but all sorts of creative types.


I especially enjoyed the parts about designing creative environments, feeling foolish in a culture that isn't exactly welcoming to creative types, and comparing the productive guiding of creative folks to that of a psychoanalyst.

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 22, 2014 10:36 PM

Inspiring --  for all sorts of creative types.


I especially enjoyed the parts about designing creative environments, feeling foolish in a culture that isn't exactly welcoming to creative types, and comparing the productive guiding of creative folks to that of a psychoanalyst.

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Is My Vagina the Most Important Thing About My Writing?

Is My Vagina the Most Important Thing About My Writing? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Recently a literary festival asked me to appear on a panel of regional 'Women Writers.' I'm early enough in my career as a novelist that I'm damned grateful to be invited anywhere, but the panel title gave me pause....
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List of Literary Journals for LGBTQ Writers, Women, and Writers of Color

List of Literary Journals for LGBTQ Writers, Women, and Writers of Color | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

In a previous post, I mentioned my desire to compile a list of journals and presses that exclusively focus on publishing underrepresented voices, such as women, LGBTQ writers, and writers of color. I’ve finally managed to pull something together that hopefully may prove to be a good starting point and resource for those writers who may wish to find a good home for their writing. Or maybe readers who wish to read more widely or diversely.


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The Publishers Are as Bad as Amazon - Huffington Post

The Publishers Are as Bad as Amazon - Huffington Post | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
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The Publishers Are as Bad as Amazon
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Many clauses that are imposed on authors throughout the industry today bear no relationship to any economic reality other than the best interests of the publisher.

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Anyone can do it. Data journalism is the new punk

Anyone can do it. Data journalism is the new punk | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Can anyone be a data journalist? Simon Rogers on what we can learn from a 1977 diagram
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Working at Vice Media Is Not As Cool As It Seems

Working at Vice Media Is Not As Cool As It Seems | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Vice Media is one of the hottest media properties in America. It's the counterculture empire that even Rupert Murdoch could love. Vice's founder, Shane Smith, has speculated his company could raise tens of billions of dollars. So why are its employees so broke and pissed off?
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The Indie Author Manifesto

The Indie Author Manifesto | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Cool infographic of my INDIE AUTHOR MANIFESTO. Infographic design courtesy of @[674725789:2048:Derek Murphy]

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What Type of Content Should You Create: Long or Short?

What Type of Content Should You Create: Long or Short? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Which form of content should you focus on creating? Should it be long, short, or a mix? If a mix, what's the right ratio? It all depends. Here are the pros and cons of each, plus six critical questions to help you figure out what's right for you.

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Or, as my professors & I used to say, "It takes as long as it takes to say; no more, no less."

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 24, 2014 4:04 PM

How long is a piece of content? Good overview of content length and how to get it right.

Pete Gentzler's curator insight, May 6, 2014 10:37 PM

How much is enough?

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How to Receive Files in your Google Drive from Anyone

How to Receive Files in your Google Drive from Anyone | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
You can use Google Drive as a public drop box and receive files directly in Drive from anyone. Guests can even upload files to your Drive folder anonymously.

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The Legend of Vera Nabokov: Why Writers Pine for a Do-It-All Spouse

The Legend of Vera Nabokov: Why Writers Pine for a Do-It-All Spouse | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The rarity of spouses like Vladimir Nabokov's, who dedicated her life to supporting his career, may be hindering gender parity in literature.

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We all need a wife.
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OK, So Here's The Thing... #sexwork #erotica

OK, So Here's The Thing... #sexwork #erotica | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

When I began writing erotica and non-fiction articles on sexuality I took a pen name for privacy. But it might surprise those of you who do not write to know that one of the biggest reasons was to separate one writing career from another.

Anyone who writes, as a profession or a hobby, knows that over-all perception of erotica authors is poor and no where is this belief held more firmly than within the writing community. "They're not real writers," other they say (or type). It's not just that we dare to write about sex (or even profit from it) but if we write about it, it must be because we "can't really write" and this is our last resort.

Anyone who writes erotica (dirty stories, erotic literature, porn -- whatever you choose to call it) will tell you that writing smut takes extra skill. For not only must you obey all the rules of writing but you must make it arousing too. Just trying to find synonyms for "cock" (without sounding cliched) and "orgasm" (virtually non-existent) is a challenge. But 'the real writers' will giggle and sneer. I've seen the cruelty in writer's groups and online forums firsthand.

Even mainstream editors and publications may reject your work on these very notions, or just from the fear of any association. Even for non-fiction works this happens. Mention you write 'about sex' in any fashion (or have them discover you do so) and you're blackballed. So in order to preserve my professional mainstream writing reputation, I created a pen name upon joining the ranks of smut writers.

You'd think that a group which has experienced such persecution and unfair devaluation would be wiser. But they are not.


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A Lot of Top Journalists Don't Look at Traffic Numbers. Here's Why.

A Lot of Top Journalists Don't Look at Traffic Numbers. Here's Why. | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Most journalists don't like chasing traffic -- or at least, they won't admit to it. Is that snobbery, arrogance, or a smart business decision?

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"There's another reason that some journalists don't get obsessed with traffic, and it has nothing to do with snobbery and everything to do with business. It's that they've learned that chasing traffic for the sake of traffic can be a fool's errand." - Dan Lyons


Traffic numbers are only valuable if you use them to make your content as valuable and relevant to your audience as possible. 


A great article!

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4 Side Jobs to Pad Your Paycheck

4 Side Jobs to Pad Your Paycheck | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
These four side jobs can help provide supplemental income.

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I find it is odd that freelance writing is the first one listed... It is not easy to get paid for writing. ...Then again, this is to pad your paycheck, not to make a living. However, paid writing works is not plentiful; there are more writers than paying gigs.


This also goes for #4 on the list.

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Mick D Kirkov's curator insight, March 23, 2014 5:50 PM

1st of the four is "Freelance Writing"

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The original work-from-home...

The original work-from-home... | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Before blogging… The original work-from-home writer.
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“ A girl surrounded by bed luring gadgets, 1947 © Bernard Hoffman
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HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN FREELANCE PROJECT CONTRACT by Laura Seeber

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN FREELANCE PROJECT CONTRACT by Laura Seeber | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The first thing to consider when formulating a contract for a new freelance client is to make sure that the contract can be defended in a court of law. There are six criteria that the contract must meet according to the United States legal system.
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The Price of Being a Woman Online

The Price of Being a Woman Online | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
One writer's chronicle of online harassment is sadly familiar to many.

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28 Newspaper And Magazine Layout Disasters

28 Newspaper And Magazine Layout Disasters | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
How not to edit a publication.


Luke Lewis shares 28 great editing and layout fumbles.


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Between a quarter and a third of everything on the web is copied from somewhere else

Between a quarter and a third of everything on the web is copied from somewhere else | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

There’s a lot of junk on the web. There is also a lot of good stuff on the web. And then there is the stuff that’s been lifted from the good and dropped amid the dross—the aggregation, the block-quotes, the straight-off copy-paste jobs.


The extent of that duplication now has a number: according to Matt Cutts, a long time Google search engineer who developed Google’s family-friendly “SafeSearch” filter and who now leads Google’s web spam team, “something like 25% or 30% of the web’s content is duplicate content.”


That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Not all of the duplication is plagiarized or hastily created traffic-seeking junk. Examples of inoffensive duplication include quotes from blogs that link back to the original blog, or the thousands of pages of technical manuals scattered across the web that are updated with small changes but remain largely the same..


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25%-30% sometimes seems low; but then again, I do hate to find some splogger with my stuff so my ire may seem to weight those numbers.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 19, 2013 3:47 AM

Fascinating research and interesting reading for all content producers.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, December 19, 2013 4:26 AM
Yes, we have become the copy-paste generation because of the Internet! This, in itself makes it necessary to avoid plagiarism! A number of Universities in the US have disqualified researches that have had plagiarism issues.
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Seven Digital Tips To Get People To Read Your Article

Seven Digital Tips To Get People To Read Your Article | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
A friend of mine recently wrote with a request for help. He had just finished writing an article geared towards professionals in his field, but just didn’t know how to get them to read it.
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Quick thoughts:


#2 *only* if you do as he says, i.e. not a commercial pitch


#3 always blows people's minds; but it works!


#5 & 6 may surprise, but, depeneding upon the audiece, they still work

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31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors

31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Many avid readers are also avid writers. It only makes sense that someone who loves the beauty of language would want to make a craft of it.

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Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study


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Robin Good  of Content Curation World breaks the findings down thus:


a) what people curate as relevant is not generally among the top ranked results according to popular metrics. Good stuff is not the same as what is considered normally popular or authoritative stuff.


b) content curation allows a community to synchronize around specific issues and subjects (as anticipated by Clay Shirky)


c) better and more appreciated curation is of the "structured" kind, providing additional info, meta-data and categorization.


d) curators that are highly appreciated are characterized by consistent activity and by a variety of interests (or viewpoints under the same theme) that they are capable to cover.


This is rather my experience; however, I usually explain it to my clients this way:


a) You can be doing an excellent job, but never receive the recognition, popularity, or traffic you deserve.That doesn't mean you won't be appreciated greatly by the smaller group of people who do find/read your curated works.


b) No matter the popularity of your curation, you can build and have conversations -- but remember, community cultivation not only requires additional time, but a different skill set.


c) If you're going to do it, do it well. Use tools, such as labels and tags, and *always* provide context as well as proper credits and links.


d) Consistent activity is nearly as important as showing some personality along with your knowledge. Your topic may be narrowly focused, but offer additional topics and information about you personally (not just professionally) so that people get a sense of you.


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Carmenne Kalyaniwala-Thapliyal's curator insight, October 16, 2013 2:17 AM

A research paper by Zhong, Shah, Sundaravadivelan and Sastry, King's college London, 2013

AnneMarie Cunningham's curator insight, October 17, 2013 8:28 AM

See the excellent notes from Robin Good below. Interesting to see more work emerging in this field.

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Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study 

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