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Darin's note: Surely Stephen King jests. He's capable of exquisitely morbid tales of darkness thousands of pages long, but can barely mutter a couple of wimpy tweets on his first day out? I am a fan, but hoped for something more than a quip about Twitter virginity. Maybe it's an intriguing start to a new master plot. He's building intrigue and suspense.
But, maybe he is experiencing the terror his characters feel when tortured by writer's block. Perhaps he cannot confine himself to the brevity of a tweet. Maybe he can't do it.
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Mines the big data behind social media in 2013 in order to make predications for marketing and branding in 2014, using Ad Age's access to powerful data and research tools.
It's tough finding a gratitude quote that is not overly cliche or cheesy, isn't it? Well, I was delighted to find these, both of which are from non-Christian contexts. I grew tired of the regurgitated gratitude quotes over Thanksgiving, my mind as stuffed as my belly. I longed for a more subtle approach to the issue than the too often repeated "an attitude of gratitude."
Mines the profundity of sound and meaning in language, joyful, playful, and painful. Notes that everyone has a creative side, who longs to have expression. Creativity can change the lives of people,...
On November 15, 2013, ABC News reported on Stephanie Thomson, a 23 year old psychic from Florida who was arrested for lifting $115,000 from another woman.
The psychic convinced the female victim that Thomson needed to cleanse her money of a curse.
Deceivers like Thompson depend upon uncritical believers, who seem to exercise no rational thought before giving up a fortune to a stranger. Such crimes happen frequently if you monitor the news, and the victims lack the skepticism that would detect the absolute nonsense of curses, spiritual conversations, and the like.
Such uncritical believing is prevalent in our culture, and sometimes journalistic bloggers fall into the same trap, following a story on the internet or a post idea that has no foundation in logic or reason.
I consider myself an objective blogger. I mean that, while I share personal experiences, I ground my articles in solid research, reason, and skepticism. I am a skeptic.
Some people consider skeptic to mean that one simply doesn't believe in anything or disbelieves everything. However, "believers" just twist the definition in order to dismiss skeptics. But, skeptics are essential in life and journalistic blogging.
Bloggers who consider themselves journalists must assume a mantel of skepticism to maintain integrity and objectivity. Some writing will always be skewed by opinion, but a spectrum exists between total subjectivity and objectivity. Journalists should tend towards the objective end of that spectrum.
Not all bloggers must be skeptics, but those that write in a journalistic style need skepticism to provide a check on their subjective opinion. If not, people are swayed and manipulated by persuasive language to believe errors, just like the woman in Florida stripped of her money. Skepticism and the scientific method aim to determine validity and eradicate error.
People toss around the terms "viral" and "meme" on websites, blogs and in conversation, and we understand what is meant by them.
On the internet, going viral means everybody is watching or reading something, and a meme is an iconic image someone creates. However, did you know that the roots of viral and meme dig into the cognitive and evolutionary sciences?
Memetics is the science that explores brain viruses, memes, and cultural evolution, and many sciences discuss this theme. Yes, a real science, and an important one that helps us to understand how culture and society evolve over time, while it also explains how a tune can get stuck in your mind for an entire day or week.
I am most alive and mindful when I am stringing words together on thin threads in a blog post. This is not an experience unique to me - you have felt it, haven't you? If you are an authentic writer, then you have. Not all the time maybe, but sometimes.
The feeling in those moments is paradoxical. The heightened awareness is painful as we experience the pleasure of it. Our minds are generally not in the habit of focusing on the solely on the present. In fact, the brain resists it, preferring to multitask.
So, writing is painful because it pushes your mind to an intensified focus on the present. Your brain prefers to think about the past and future, but writing pins you to the page in the present. The pleasure and pain are closely connected, or are they the same?
Mines the lost art of crafting handwritten artifacts such as letters and journals, in order to see if anything is being lost by going paperless. Notes that much time has passed since most of us have...
Humans are thrust into parenthood with only 9 months notice. We possess no real assets to help us, virtually no education or parenting skills. Parenting is the most complex human task, but we act as if everyone just picks up the skills magically. Obviously this is not the case. Why don’t we teach our children how to be parents? Maybe by the time our parents were finished with us they were to exhausted to teach us these important lessons.
The joys and burdens of parenthood inspire growth and change. At 23 years, holding my tiny first baby in my arms, I was astounded by her delicate beauty, and in the same instant, the weight of this new responsibility oppressed me. I held a new creature in my arms, who was dependent upon me every instant she drew in breath. My job was to raise her into a happy, healthy adult. And how, exactly, was I to do this? I felt like a kid myself. Luckily, my wife had more of an instinct for parenting than I did.
Mines the importance of customer relations from the chaos of starting-up, through the highest level of alignment, in order to show you how to effectively become a customer experience superstar. Notes...
Mines the reasons why some business owners and bloggers lose clients and potential customers, in order to identify points of intervention. Notes that sometimes when customers want to argue with you,...
This passage from Tennyson's poem "Ulysses" has always moved and inspired me. Ulysses has returned home after 20 years at battle and at sea. He is lounging around the castle with sweet Penelope, but...
Mines the evolving methods marketers are using as the consumer population is in a state of constant flux.
Notes that C level employees are constantly raising expectations and increasing accountability in sales and marketing. Management is trying to push the marketing department to evolve ahead of the competition, anticipating shifts and changes.