Monday, August 3, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from July 27-31

5. "22 Productivity Tips for Travel Bloggers: How to Do More While You Travel the World" on Business 2 Community (Jerry Low)

Link: http://bit.ly/1gBsqgH

Travel blogging is a relatively narrow niche in the blogging world, but the principles of how to maintain your presence online while life intrudes --- whether that's world traveling, or scheduling issues, or family commitments --- remain the same no matter your niche. Check out this excellent post, packed with real-world, user-friendly tips for how to keep your blog going.


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4. "10 Lessons from 10 Months of Travel Blogging" on Currently Exploring

Link: http://bit.ly/1Gwhzcx

What does it take to make it as a blogger? What do you need to remember? What do your priorities have to look like? This blogger imparts what she's learned from her time as a blogger so you can put her great advice into practice and reap the benefits. (You have to love the selflessness and community spirit of so many of these bloggers!)


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3. "4 Reasons to Write Guests Posts Instead of Pitches" on PR Daily (Beki Winchel)

Link: http://bit.ly/1HXJrIn

Does it make more sense to pitch an editor with your freelance article, or to simply go ahead and write the article to send to an editor? Conventional wisdom recommends the former, but this article suggests the latter, and with legitimate reasons. Where do you stand?


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2. "How to Avoid 7 Humiliating Proofreading Mishaps" on PR Daily (Joan Stewart)

Link: http://bit.ly/1hdroYr

The smallest misspelling or typo can change the entire meaning of a headline or an article. What should you look for when you're rereading that submission for the final time before turning it in for publication? This list includes some of the touchiest mistakes you can make that could cause your article to be rejected on the grounds of inaccuracy.


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1. "Self-Editing Tips: 6 Ways to Make Your Editor Stop Yelling At You" on The Write Life (Lisa Lepki)

Link: http://bit.ly/1OIMLeE

Speaking as one myself, editors aren't really mean, cynical people who hold grudges. (Some of us are, but that's another story.) We want to help a writer become the best writer possible and produce the best possible work, and to do that, sometimes we harp on the same things over and over ... and over ... and over again. This thorough post consists of one of the most complete lists I've found of the top few things we editors work to eliminate to make okay writing become excellent writing.


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BONUS: "12 Lost American Slangisms from the 1800s" on WNYC.org (Linton Weeks)


Link: http://bit.ly/1OXHalo

Today's slang is colorful, descriptive, and a reflection of our modern culture in every possible way. Did you ever stop to think that other eras had slang, too? For the sake of entertainment, check out this list of twelve slang phrases from the nineteenth century and their meanings. You might be surprised at what people once said!

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What's your favorite "slangism" from today? Which "slangism" drives you crazy? What aspect of self-editing do you struggle with? Have you ever thought about travel blogging?

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