Archive for the 'Lakeland writer' Tag

Tell Your Story Before Someone Else Does

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The Thrill is Gone

So…if you check our blog frequently, you already know this: we fell down on the job of blogging every day. That means our 365 project sort of turned into the “99 project.” We blogged for 99 days in a row. That’s pretty incredible. We’ve shared what this blogging project has done for our website traffic here and here. And we still feel like we proved a point: blogging is good for traffic, and traffic is good for business. That means you should blog more. One reason we couldn’t sustain this is because we spend a lot of time blogging for clients. Just as the painter’s house always needs painting and the...

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Some are Born to be Great, Others Hire PR Professionals

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Happy Anniversary, OK!

Watching CBS Sunday Morning is one of my favorite weekend pastimes. This news show is nothing but feel-good feature stories, and I enjoy having a hot cup of coffee or three while I watch every minute of it. Last Sunday included a segment that particularly appealed to me, and if you read any of our posts about National Grammar Day, it won’t come as a surprise that I enjoyed this particular segment. It was a story by Mo Rocca about the history behind the word “OK,” and the fact that today marks the 175th anniversary of the invention of the word. English professor Allan Metcalf believes it is America’s most successful...

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You Never Know Where You’ll Find a Typo

  This is what it’s like living in my world: no matter where you go, no matter what you do, you never get to take the day off. You’re going to encounter a spelling or grammar area in your daily travels if you are a content writer by trade. This is a blessing and a curse.   The other night, I came home after a frustrating workday and decided to do some word find puzzles just to unwind. I know that sounds nerdy. Shut up about it. Try as I may, I couldn’t find one word:   chief. As it turns out, it’s because there is a typo in the puzzle. I’ve gone through this puzzle five times, letter by letter,...

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We’re Celebrating National Grammar Day on Mayhem in the AM Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the day we’ve anticipated all year: National Grammar Day. What’s a holiday without a celebration? Wasted, that’s what. We don’t think National Grammar Day – celebrated every March 4 – is appropriately observed in this town, so tomorrow we change that. I’ll be a guest on Mayhem in the AM (that’s 1430 AM on the radio, for my Lakeland friends) at around 8:30 a.m. to talk about grammar. Can you say “nerd?” I knew you could. The show is live, and callers are welcome: 863.682.1430. I do hope you’ll tune in, because the Mayhem guys claim to have only 13 listeners....

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Spelling & Grammar Errors Can Make You Look Dumb

When you’ve been a writer for more than 20 years and you clog your social media channels with pictures of spelling and grammar mistakes you’ve collected in your travels, friends and followers take notice. Mine start sending me their own pictures of their prized discoveries. Today’s post is inspired by one such gift. The business shown in this photo is a Lakeland business. I love and support small businesses and wish them no ill will when they’re running a good operation. But that doesn’t mean they are immune to being called out when they have such an egregious spelling error on their sign, which faces one of the...

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Guest Blogging is Dead to Me…Almost

Less than three weeks into our 365 Project, someone contacted me and asked to write a guest blog post for our site. I was equal parts flattered and cautious. It’s going to take a hell of a lot of work to write 365 posts this year, so I will be honest and say my initial reaction was, “This is great! Someone wants to write posts for us? For free?!” But my inner cynic is like an obnoxious child who demands to be the center of attention. It quickly took over and prompted questions: Who is this person? Is he a good writer? What has he written previously for other blogs? What’s his website? Where are some writing samples? How can I be sure...

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