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Seth's Blog: Writing tip: say it backwards

Seth's Blog: Writing tip: say it backwards | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
If your writing feels like nothing but easily defensible aphorisms, as if you're saying things that are obvious, it's entirely possible that no one is going to eagerly keep reading. Your real estate brochure or the ad copy you've written--if...
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How to cope with writer's block: Begin with 'Dear Mother' | Articles | Home

How to cope with writer's block: Begin with 'Dear Mother' | Articles | Home | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
New Yorker essayist John McPhee shares his advice for dealing with writing paralysis.
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Seth's Blog: How to write copy that goes viral

Seth's Blog: How to write copy that goes viral | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
The best approach is to not try to write things that will go viral. No, the best approach is to write for just one person. Make an impact on just one person. Even better, make it so they can't sleep...
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Story With Data: The Ultimate Collection of Resources – @juiceanalytics

Story With Data: The Ultimate Collection of Resources – @juiceanalytics | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
Your one stop shop for all you need to know about visual storytelling: http://t.co/ugfABM7nU4

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ozziegontang's curator insight, April 22, 2013 7:34 AM

Thanks to Zach and Team Juice for a site with insight on telling stories using data that is outa sight for all that is shared. II thank Karen Dietz of www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it for the cite. Look for her book coming out in the fall on storytelling for business.



Beth Kanter's comment, April 22, 2013 11:42 AM
Thanks for this great set of resources. I'm working on a module/workshop on data visualization so this is really timely
Karen Dietz's comment, April 23, 2013 9:52 PM
Wonderful Beth! I'm glad the list is going to be helpful for you. I know you will wow them at your workshop :)
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The State of Pinterest: What Content Marketers Need to Know Now

The State of Pinterest: What Content Marketers Need to Know Now | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
The buzz about Pinterest seems to have calmed down a bit in the last few months, but it's still a very powerful tool for content marketers. According to
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The half-life of metaphors

The half-life of metaphors | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
Enlarge METAPHORS are not born as such. They begin as concrete descriptions of the world, and are only gradually extended to other domains. Without ever crossing a...
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10 Reasons Writers Should Claim Their Google Authorship Markup

10 Reasons Writers Should Claim Their Google Authorship Markup | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
To say Stephen King is prolific is a gross understatement. Since he published his first novel (Carrie) back in 1973, he's written over 70 more. Early in
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7 Scientifically-Backed Copywriting Tips

7 Scientifically-Backed Copywriting Tips | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
The practice of persuasive copywriting is a necessity, if you want to sell products, services, or ideas online. While great writing is truly an art, thos
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Influence Marketing: Blogging Strategies with Danny Brown [Podcast]

Influence Marketing: Blogging Strategies with Danny Brown [Podcast] | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
World renowned blogger Danny Brown pulls up a barstool and sips his Scotch as we discuss how he nearly reached burnout before redefining his blog.
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Deep Link Straight To Original Quotes and Passages Within Web Pages with Citebite

Deep Link Straight To Original Quotes and Passages Within Web Pages with Citebite | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it

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Jean Jacoby's curator insight, February 21, 2013 2:40 PM

Jolly useful!

Schreib-Lounge's curator insight, February 23, 2013 1:56 AM

Webseiten-Zitate direkt verlinken … Für Blogger sicher hilfreich!

becool's curator insight, March 6, 2013 3:17 AM

Interesting to point immediately to your highlight of a specific webpage.

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How Google’s PageRank Algorithm Screwed the Online Writer (and What They Did to Fix It)

How Google’s PageRank Algorithm Screwed the Online Writer (and What They Did to Fix It) | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
In many ways, this century has mostly been a dark time for online writers. Huh? You mean the Internet -- the most significant publishing revolution since
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Five Effective Ways To Make Content Curation Work On Your Blog

Five Effective Ways To Make Content Curation Work On Your Blog | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it

 

 

Susan Gunelius does a great job of suggesting how to put to good use the content curation potential on your own blog site.

 

Here her first two recommendations:


1) Publish Editorialized Content that You've Curated:
It's important to understand the difference between content aggregation, content syndication, and content curation before you can effectively curate content to publish on your blog.


2) Publish Curated Round-up Blog Posts:
You could publish a weekly round-up post where you share links and descriptions of great content from multiple sources about a specific topic. You can even add your own brief commentary with each link.

 

 

 

Good advice. Useful. Resourceful. 7/10

 

To get the remaining points, please read full original article here: http://weblogs.about.com/od/writingablog/tp/5-Ways-To-Curate-Content-On-Your-Blog.htm

 


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Romila De Munshi's comment, February 6, 2013 9:19 AM
Informative article
Romila De Munshi's comment, February 6, 2013 9:19 AM
Informative article
Asil's comment, February 23, 2013 4:02 PM
oh boy ... looks like the smamographers have found Scoop-It. @ Timothy. Suggest you report 'francisca' to Scoopit and delete their post.
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13 Reasons the Future Belongs to the Writer

13 Reasons the Future Belongs to the Writer | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
Headlines create reality, people just live in it. The world can't get enough cheese. Stories sell a lot of wine. Traditional advertising is over.
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How to Immediately Become a More Productive (and Better) Writer

How to Immediately Become a More Productive (and Better) Writer | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
You want to become a better writer. I know this because you're reading Copyblogger. I also know that you fear becoming a better writer. This I know
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21 Quick Tips: How to Write a Blog for Your Business | Social Media Today

21 Quick Tips: How to Write a Blog for Your Business | Social Media Today | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it

If you want to learn how to write a blog then you need to understand your customers and write content that they are going to find useful and engaging. Do your homework and you will get more traffic, more click and more leads.... 21 tips for better blogging...


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Art Jones's comment, May 9, 2013 12:02 AM
Well said Neil!
Jeff Domansky's comment, May 9, 2013 12:08 AM
Art, Neil appreciate your thoughtful comments.
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21 Quick Tips: How to Write a Blog 

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Help! I Don't Know What to Blog About.

Help! I Don't Know What to Blog About. | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
Becky Ringler shares some insight and ideas for those of you wanting to blog, but are unsure you'll know what to blog ABOUT.
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Advice for new or wanna be bloggers. 

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The Psychology of Language: Persuasive words for biz stories

The Psychology of Language: Persuasive words for biz stories | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
What's actually going on in the brain when it processes language? And if words affect the mind in different ways, are some more persuasive than others?

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Denyse Drummond-Dunn's curator insight, April 8, 2013 7:09 AM

I agree with most of them, but a few don't resonate. Which do you find most useful? 

Karen Dietz's comment, April 8, 2013 4:59 PM
For me it's the art of asking questions, removing 'is', and then 'free'!
Karen Dietz's comment, April 16, 2013 12:38 PM
Thanks Vicki! I'm so glad you found it both powerful and helpful. Hope you are doing well :)
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Steal 7 easy internal storytelling tips from top organizations

Steal 7 easy internal storytelling tips from top organizations | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
Learn how to find stories and spread the word of your success today with these tips.
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Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 6, 2013 6:34 PM

You know, these all sound like great ideas. And you might want to use a few in your organization.


Here's the caveat though -- in my story work with organizations, when they use some of these methods to generate stories, what they sometimes get are NOT stories. More often they are poorly crafted stories.


But the organization thinks what they get are fine. Unfortunately, because they are sub-par, so are their results.


The solution? Either formally train folks in storytelling, or make sure the collected stories are well crafted by someone trained in storytelling. Someone trained in marketing, journalism or PR might not work -- again, personal experience speaks. 


These ideas are creative but treat them wisely. And treat your storytelling seriously to maximize your results.


Thanks Gregg Morris for finding and sharing this article.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Peter Fruhmann's curator insight, March 7, 2013 4:14 AM

This article shows that it's possible to create a storytelling culture in organisations. However, I think that 'tips' are not enough and there are quite some managers who go for the 'quick win' and 'quick read'. Creating a storytelling culture takes time (not toi mention the maintenance of that, the greatest challenge). If anyone is inspired by this article, I would suggest reading Annette Simmon's 'The Story Factor' and 'Whoever tells the best story wins'. It's all in there...

Doug Ross's curator insight, March 7, 2013 10:38 AM

We all have stories to tell. Our individual stories make the our collective stories. Our stories define who we are. This is a great way to collect stories in organizations. The trick will be to convince people that storytelling is a value added contribution. We tell stories to children because we believe in them but somehow we forget as we get older

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Storytelling Tips for Leaders - No. 1 Spotting Stories

http://www.anecdote.com/StorytellingForLeaders You can't get the benefits of storytelling without telling stories. So the first step is getting good at spott...

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Marty Koenig's comment, March 9, 2013 3:13 PM
Right on, I call it THE BIG WHY.
Karen Dietz's comment, March 10, 2013 2:22 PM
Love it Marty!
Leaders Online's curator insight, March 13, 2013 6:48 AM

Om je visie als leider goed over te kunnen brengen is een goede story belangrijk - on- en offline! Hier een paar handige tips om in de gaten te hebben of je het eigenlijk wel een verhaal is - of alleen een promotie-praatje...

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Seven Ways Writers Can Build Online Authority with Google+

Seven Ways Writers Can Build Online Authority with Google+ | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
Google was founded on a simple principle -- some web pages are more important than others. How is that importance quantified? Ideally, it's based on the
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Must read for any blogger or online writer. Google + was all too easily dismissed a few years ago. It's now THE place to be for building an audience and online presence. Tips here ensure you use it well.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 25, 2013 2:45 PM

More reasons to reconsider G+...

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3 Quick Ways to Find Hidden Guest Blogging Opportunities

3 Quick Ways to Find Hidden Guest Blogging Opportunities | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
Guest posting is a great strategy for building an audience -- no doubt about it. If you regularly write guest posts for legitimate blogs that feature qu
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Make Your Writing Pop: 8 Tips

Make Your Writing Pop: 8 Tips | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
With email and social media, everyone writes all the time now. Are you any good at it? Here are eight ways to improve.
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Sam Horn makes a compelling point that writing is both a solitary and colaborative process. She provides pithy tips for writing projects both large and small. "If you observe, experience, or learn something that might benefit others; not only do you havce the right to write; you have the responsibility to write."

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Blogging: good for your health?

Blogging: good for your health? | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
Is blogging good for your health? It’s a great outlet for creativity and communication...
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Your Founding Story: Nonprofit Storytelling, Part 3

Your Founding Story: Nonprofit Storytelling, Part 3 | Writing Tips and Techniques | Scoop.it
How to shape and share a compelling story of your organization's founding.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 31, 2013 6:53 PM

Have trouble telling your founding story? Then this article will definitely help.


Written for nonprofits, it is just as relevant and helpful for for-profit businesses.


I really like how the author, Nancy Schwartz, lays out the steps.


If you need to create your founding story, or beef up your existing one, there are good tips here to get you on the right track.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it