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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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10 Online Resources for Writers Who Want to Write Well

10 Online Resources for Writers Who Want to Write Well | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The Internet is a big place. Fortunately for you, I've done the work of scouring this mighty big world wide web to bring you this list of the best resources for writers. These are sites I refer to ...

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OFFICIAL ANDREASCY's curator insight, July 5, 2013 3:05 PM

Great and useful resources!

The Digital Aviator's curator insight, July 12, 2013 4:56 AM

Carefully crafted writing is often invisible, the reverse sticks out like the Mutt's Nuts.

Jane Steen's curator insight, July 12, 2013 1:28 PM

Not a bad starter list.

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Blogging Death Knells Are Premature & Passe

Blogging Death Knells Are Premature & Passe | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
This sort of “blogging is dead, especially for business” thinking as shared in Beyond Blogging: 13 Content Marketing Opportunities for Ecommerce by Linda Bustos drives me nuts: Remember when business...
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Deanna Dahlsad's comment, July 12, 2013 4:31 PM
Thanks for sharing :)
Gracie Passette's curator insight, July 12, 2013 8:08 PM

Blogs are not dead, despite what you've heard. And this is great news for those working in the adult industry who are blocked from using Facebook and other giant sites. Click the links in the article for detailed info.

 

MartinSocially's curator insight, July 29, 2013 4:05 PM

The concept of individuals creating their own content will endure, platforms may come and go but the essence of origianal content is fundamental to the future of the internet and society as a whole.

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Do we still need bookstores?

Do we still need bookstores? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
I'm writing this post from our local Barnes and Noble, which may be one of the 240-290 stores the company closes over the next decade. I would miss this particular B&N since I signed my novel O...
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You Won’t Finish This Article

You Won’t Finish This Article | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
I’m going to keep this brief, because you’re not going to stick around for long. I’ve already lost a bunch of you. For every 161 people who landed on this page, about 61 of you—38 percent—are already gone.

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Terry Patterson's comment, July 20, 2013 12:37 PM
See Brian, there is no "cut off" for good articles, just user ability and interest to finish the read... yes, the medium helps (in your case you mentioned "listen") whatever works. In any case, believing that a user won't read an article because it is too long is a fallacy. Someone who believes that simply is not understanding their audience and not giving them what they need and how they need it in digital format.
Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's comment, July 20, 2013 3:07 PM
As platforms change for content exposure with filters such as curation, on site like Scoop.it, writers need to remember that their readers may be looking for more information than a brief 500 word article because they have clicked through from a filtered source, not a random Google search.
Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's comment, July 20, 2013 3:14 PM
Terry, when I look an article written by someone like Avinash Kaushik, I know that what I'm going to read is well thought out with sources to back it up. Not just something written as Google bait. eg. http://www.kaushik.net/avinash/analytics-tips-improve-search-social-compound-metrics/
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Discouragement for young writers

Discouragement for young writers | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

I’m not saying that in some reverse-psychology, “this is a test,” I’m-being-superficially-discouraging-but-really-think-you-will-make-it sense. I’m saying it in the “you will try and are far more likely to fail than to succeed” sense. In the time it took you to read the last paragraph some 48-year old was laid off by The Village Voice, and they’re smarter than you and have lived ten times what you’ve lived and can write so much better than you I actually almost feel bad for you, and now they’re on the same job market trying to scramble for the same shitty 10-cents-a-word gig recapping a show about couponing for the AV Club in the hopes that they can bang out some soul-destroying tedious bullshit so that a pack of talentless losers in the comments can pick their words apart from the safety of their beige plastic cubicles as they try to distract themselves with pop culture for long enough to keep their all-devouring self-hatred at bay. You might get that gig over them but if so it’s only because you’re young and cheap and stupid and the scuzzy editor thinks he might be able to fuck you after the Christmas party.

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9 Trends Journalists Must Know About To Keep Their Careers Going

9 Trends Journalists Must Know About To Keep Their Careers Going | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

The news business is changing fast — again. That’s because the ad business is changing fast — again. Or is it because Facebook FB -1.54% is changing the ad business, or because Twitter and Linkedin are changing the news business. Day by day, the big social sites look and act more like media companies, delivering all manner of content and advertising. Next up: with a combined audience of 1 billion, what role will Yahoo YHOO -0.91%, a portal, and Tumblr, a social blogging network, play in this media puzzle?

 

One thing is clear: news organizations and their journalists must jump into this free-for-all — or be hopelessly left behind.

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YouTube Secrets and Content Curation | Social Media Today

YouTube Secrets and Content Curation | Social Media Today | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Want to become a more productive writer, find even more ways to reach your audience or apply content curation for lead nurturing? Go ahead and read those helpful tips right now.
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12 Reasons Why Hitting Publish is Only the Beginning of Content Marketing

12 Reasons Why Hitting Publish is Only the Beginning of Content Marketing | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Excellent tips for enhanced blog success... Most of us think our job is done after we hit the “Publish” button on WordPress. We take a deep breath, sit back in our chair, and congratulate ourselves on another article well done. Then we go back to pulling out what’s left of our hair, worrying about how to build more links. While we pull out our hair, though, we miss the Penguin and Panda memo: Content Marketing IS link building. By now you should already understand the limitless value of high quality content. I hope you understand that publishing lots of low or medium quality articles won’t help and that buying links or joining blog networks will only result in grief in the short or long term. The article you’ve just published should be full of actionable “gems” that will answer questions that your buyer personas are asking about your brand, industry or service. You’ve given them something of supreme value. And now the real work begins. Your job is not done after you publish your post. Publishing marks the beginning of the most important aspect of content creation: outreach and promotions. 12 Steps to take after you have written a new blog post....


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Kristina Aston's curator insight, June 13, 2013 3:14 AM

The real work does begin after you hit publish! Thanks for these tips.

Suneeta ITBP's comment, June 13, 2013 4:36 AM
excellent work!!!
Jeff Domansky's comment, June 13, 2013 6:03 PM
Kristina, Suneeta, glad the tips were useful
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Writer's Block Is More Than The Fear Of White Paper (Or Screen) - Word Grrls

Writer's Block Is More Than The Fear Of White Paper (Or Screen) - Word Grrls | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

One of the things I now find myself doing in my consulting work is providing clients with a Writing Prompt Service. It was born, like any good service, from client needs. In working with my clients, it quickly became clear that whatever their reason for having a website or blog, writers, bloggers, marketers, etc. all struggle with coming up with fresh ideas to write about.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, May 30, 2013 2:15 AM

My guest spot at WordGrrls

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Secrets deciphered as ancient Maya script meets the modern Internet

Secrets deciphered as ancient Maya script meets the modern Internet | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Researchers began decoding the glyphic language of the ancient Maya long ago, but the Internet is helping them finish the job and write the history of the enigmatic Mesoamerican civilization.

For centuries, scholars understood little about Maya script beyond its elegant astronomical calculations and calendar. The Maya dominated much of Central America and southern Mexico for 1,000 years before their civilization collapsed about 600 years before the Spaniards reached the New World.

The Maya script began to give up its secrets in the 1950s and ’60s, and progress accelerated in the 1970s. But much remains to be puzzled out from the immense body of carvings and inscriptions that has languished for centuries in jungle ruins and museum closets.

Enter University of Texas archaeologist David Stuart, one of the world’s leading experts on Maya script.

“I had all these boxes of notes and papers in my office, and I was never going to publish every little observation,” he said. “But I thought that if I had a blog, I could talk about new things and bring out some old stuff from my dusty files.”

So five years ago, Stuart started up Maya Decipherment, a blog for scholars and amateurs to post new inscriptions, refine translations and debate the subtleties of Maya language, all in an effort to fill out the history of the civilization.

The work will take years, but with the help of the Internet, the pace is quicker than it has ever been


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claudia patino's curator insight, January 16, 2014 9:02 PM

Its is amazing how the internet can help us solve ancient history. if we in the modern day are able to learn whto read Maya language then we would be able to identify some of there struggles and find out about there successe.

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Romance and pornography : Popular Romance Project

Romance and pornography : Popular Romance Project | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

I teach an undergraduate seminar on “Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture” with a unit on the romance genre. This year, for the first time ever, the class consists entirely of women. Also new this year is an exercise we invented of an online, collaborative romance narrative. One question that came up in our writing experiment was how, when, and why to include sex scenes. We talked a lot about depictions of sexuality in romance fiction, as well as in the sex-saturated corridors of popular culture. How are the love scenes in romance different from those in pornography or erotica?

 

...I’m interested in the notion that a feminist is a woman who writes—a woman who dares explore ideas and fantasies that run contrary to patriarchal scripts for feminine docility, submissiveness, and sexual passivity. These scripts are still alive in the impossible contradictions and double standards my students report: be sexy but also pure, demands the culture. If guys sleep around it’s a sign of mastery and control, but if you do it you’re a slut.

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Burn Your Letters?

Burn Your Letters? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Why is it that, when an author says very explicitly that she does not want her work published, we publish it?

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Earl Kemp Flashbacks – Silent Porn Star

Earl Kemp Flashbacks – Silent Porn Star | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

This week’s flashback is a round-up of all my Earl Kemp interviews:

IntroductionsEarl Kemp On Science FictionEarl Kemp On Censorship & PoliticsEarl Kemp On Reading & WritingEarl Kemp On FamdomEarl Kemp On… Canvas?

See also, Earl Kemp: Acres of Nubile Flesh.


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A look back at a Golden Age in publishing - and the dark side of censorship. (As the site name implies, this site is NWS.)

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How Does Writing Affect Your Brain?

How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
According to today’s infographic, writing can serve as a calming, meditative tool. Stream of conscious writing exercises, in particular, have been identified as helpful stress coping methods. Keeping a journal, for example, or trying out free-writing exercises, can drastically reduce your levels of stress.

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Cathy Ternent Dyer's curator insight, August 7, 2013 10:22 PM

Great information! Thanks to Elvira for telling me about it. :)
I've always said that keeping a journal is cheap therapy! 

Ann Kenady's curator insight, February 5, 2014 11:24 PM

Massage your brain....

Chris Shern's curator insight, February 1, 5:39 AM

The power of putting pen to paper helps to make sense of a world increasingly filled with noise.

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How to Use Content Curation as a Business Model - CURATE CONTENT

How to Use Content Curation as a Business Model - CURATE CONTENT | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The internet is awash with crap. What if you could cut through all that, giving your readers links to the resources they crave – and at the same time make a business out of it?You can. It’s called content curation .

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Tumblr Panic | The Marketing Whore

Tumblr Panic | The Marketing Whore | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

For adult webmasters and bloggers, the real ruckus started when Tumblr prepared itself for a Yahoo buy-out by appearing to purge itself of adult content. The micro-blogging site did this quite effectively when it dealt a dirty blow to Tumblr users by using robots.txt to exclude the search engines from indexing sites labeled as “adult”. This was reported in accurate detail by Bacchus at the long-respected ErosBlog. (it must be noted that Tumblr does not seem to be using the Robots Meta Tag. Do you know about robots.txt files and Robots Meta Tags?)

 

This was reported by Bacchus before anyone even had an idea that Yahoo & Tumblr were in talks. Just days later, Bacchus again discussed issues for adult bloggers at Tumblr, i.e. how difficult it became to even search your own Tumblr blog & how to back-up your Tumblr site. By this time, the rumors had become official news: Yahoo had purchased Tumblr.


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Gracie Passette's curator insight, May 23, 2013 4:31 PM

But that's just the beginning... Probably.

Laura Brown's comment, May 24, 2013 11:02 PM
I noticed the difference on Tumblr early on. Links on other sites were leading to missing sites, or sites that just would not load. Where will the adult bloggers go next? Tumblr was a nice, simple place for them the past few years. I don't think they can move to WordPress.com as was suggested for other Tumblr bloggers who don't want to wait for Yahoo to drop.
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Kindle Fire extends to 170 countries | The Bookseller

Kindle Fire extends to 170 countries | The Bookseller | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Book Publishing Industry News. Regular news updates from The Bookseller's news desk. The latest press reports about the publishing sector and updates from the City

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, May 27, 2013 2:13 AM

Wonder if Malaysia is among them?  Hope so because we are FED UP of being ignored!

BogDan Wrzesinski's curator insight, May 27, 2013 9:38 PM

#FulfillingTheNeed @godsent247

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Back to the future: What if the 'mass media' era was just an accident of history?

Back to the future: What if the 'mass media' era was just an accident of history? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
We are used to thinking of a “mass media” market made up of large newspapers and TV networks as the normal state of affairs in media, but what if that was just a historical anomaly?

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, May 11, 2013 7:11 PM

Interesting post by Mathew Ingram. It reminds me of a similar observation Mick Jagger made about recorded music. He noted that artists only made money from records from roughly 1970 to 1997: in the 60's and before, mass consumption hadn't developed enough for artists to get enough leverage against their record labels while after 1997, piracy and digital music dramtically change the whole recorded music model.


For all Content Industries including Music, Movies and Media, the anormal situation might therefore not as much be what technology did in the last few years than what it did a century ago.


When it comes to media content, technology improvements have known 2 distinct eras, one of which very recent:


- from the invention of writing until the Web 2.0, progresses have primarily focused on offering greater and greater distribution : the book, the printing press, the rotary printing press, radio, TV and event the Web 1.0 all gave access to a wider audience to a small group of content creators;


- but from the social Web's beginning, we started to talk about user-generated content and everyone could potentially become a publisher: with blogs and social media, content creation and then even content curation itself are being democratized.


So I don't know if I agree with Ingram's point that historically mass media didn't exist (if the Bible isn't mass media, what is?) but we're certainly not coming back to a 1-to-many broadcast model.

Martin Debattista's curator insight, May 13, 2013 3:34 PM

Social media, personal as it is, still depends on global companies doing business on a global level. Facebook with its almost 1,000 million users? Twitter? Google? Aren't they in the field to make a profit?

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The New Flickr: What it Means for Flickr Pro Users

The New Flickr: What it Means for Flickr Pro Users | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Flickr made some big changes to its service; what do they mean for Flickr Pro users?
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Gracie Passette's curator insight, May 23, 2013 4:14 AM

Never paid for the service; even less likely to do so now.

Laura Brown's comment, May 24, 2013 11:04 PM
You don't need to pay for it now. They are not even taking payments for anyone to pay for a new account. But, they will let those who currently have paid accounts to keep paying. Mainly just to not see ads and have stats for the photos posted.
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Misery for e-books! Stephen King to release his new novel in paper format only

Misery for e-books! Stephen King to release his new novel in paper format only | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The best selling writer has refused to allow his latest book Joyland to be published in digital format. He hopes to give a boost to many booksellers worldwide.
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Scoop.it Pros: Laura Brown on curation and the display of information

Scoop.it Pros: Laura Brown on curation and the display of information | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Being a content curator is all about displaying information. We don't create the content, we display it. We share it - and people read it. But, first you have to display it. There are several skills involved in displaying content.
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The History of Typography - Animated Short

A paper-letter animation about the history of fonts and typography. 291 Paper Letters. 2,454 Photographs. 140 hours of work. Created by Ben Barrett-Forrest ©...

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Forget Searching For Content - Content Is About To Start Searching For You

Forget Searching For Content - Content Is About To Start Searching For You | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
In the near future of search, you won't be looking for Internet content anymore - it will be looking for you.

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Is Google the Killer of Newspaper Print Ad Sales?

Is Google the Killer of Newspaper Print Ad Sales? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The U.S. newspaper industry has lost more than $40 billion in ad revenue in the past decade — over half of that in the last four years alone — and Google’s ad revenues are now more than twice what the industry pulls in.

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jalp Internet Consulting Services's comment, April 19, 2013 7:25 AM
Google transformed advs and made them accesible to SME's. So low budget marketing departments can act more easily, even if they run their campain through agances.
Guillaume Decugis's comment, April 22, 2013 11:33 AM
@Jalp: good point and an essential reason that drove this change. Not just attention but lowering the barrier to entry. Thanks!
Kitty A. Smith's comment, May 6, 2013 2:37 PM
People are always looking to place fault. Things change when something better comes along. Just because newspapers were first doesn't mean they are best. Tobacco knows time is limited, that would explain why they bought Kraft Foods!
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Barcodes for the Book Industry


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Jane Steen's curator insight, April 16, 2013 6:18 PM

This is the clearest explanation of the relationship between ISBNs, book pricing and barcodes I've found.

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