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Lick the Latin Tongue: I.E. + E.G. = WTF

Lick the Latin Tongue: I.E. + E.G. = WTF

I was sending a Business Guy email the other day and, for the briefest of moments, found myself wondering if I used the wrong Latin abbreviation. The dreaded "Is it i.e. or e.g." crisis. There isn't a great mnemonic device to lean on when it comes to these two. That pretty much leaves it up to memory and rapid web browsing. For the [...]

Tell and Sell: Capitalize on Customer Feedback and Boost Credibility

Tell and Sell: Capitalize on Customer Feedback and Boost Credibility

I've written about this topic for a couple different outlets. The latest incarnation ran this week at the Thesis Theme blog (with thanks to Derek Halpern and Chris Pearson). The concept has become a mini-passion of mine, mostly because it's incredibly powerful and incredibly underutilized. Our companies have garnered real, measurable return [...]

WSLL on Read Write Web

WSLL on Read Write Web

The hits keep coming. I was fortunate enough to write a guest piece for Read Write Web, one of the busiest and most brilliant information hubs on the interwebs. The article, "Facebook Credits: The World's First Global Currency?" looks at how the social networking giant stands on the precipice of ushering in a new era of global [...]

WSLL Hits ProBlogger

WSLL Hits ProBlogger

If nothing else, the recent spate of high-profile blog posts helps explain why regular updates have been scarce. Darren at ProBlogger was kind enough to entertain a post focused on online reputation management for bloggers. There are some common themes and lessons stemming from these recent posts. After a couple more see the light of day, I'll [...]

WSLL is Minty Fresh

WSLL is Minty Fresh

Check out one of the latest nuggets, courtesy of the great folks at Mint.com and its excellent blog, MintLife. This piece -- "Four Ways to Self-Promote and Build Your Brand Without Being Smug" -- is for entrepreneurs, writers, bloggers and anyone else interested in making (and saving) money in 2010 and beyond. As always, thanks for reading. [...]

WSLL Hits Copyblogger

WSLL Hits Copyblogger

Sonia at Copyblogger was kind enough to publish a recent submission about what I've learned from teaching undergraduates. You can check out the piece, titled "How I Became a Better Writer Thanks to Distracted, Hungover College Students," by clicking this little link right here. Thanks to all those who took time to comment or hop over here to [...]

The 119 Words You Can’t Say on Radio

The 119 Words You Can’t Say on Radio

This would make for one long Carlin bit. In a bizarre, Soviet-esque company edict, Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels banned WGN anchors and reporters from using 119 words and phrases on the company's flagship radio station. Michaels cited a desire to eliminate "newsspeak" from his airwaves. Among the words and phrases on the no-fly list are [...]

Five Keys to Landing and Capitalizing On Guest Posts

Five Keys to Landing and Capitalizing On Guest Posts

Increased credibility and exposure. Maybe even paper money. That’s what awaits bloggers, freelance journalists and entrepreneurs who devote themselves to chasing solid guest posts. To say “content is king”  is to trade in cliché, but it’s true nonetheless. Companies and site owners in 2010 rely on relevant content to lure [...]