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Post A Day 2011 Is Over…Now What?

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

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So Post-A-Day 2011 is over as I have already mentioned and I successfully completed it. While that’s all fine and good and I am very proud of myself and extremely happy with all I have accomplished on this blog in the past year the end of the Challenge begs an important question:

Should I continue to post every day?

It isn’t like I don’t enjoy posting to this blog. I absolutely love getting my thoughts out into the ether but the fact of the matter is that there are a few reasons which immediately spring to mind as to why I shouldn’t continue posting on a daily basis. These include:

  1. Let’s be perfectly honest here, there were days when I wrote completely garbage posts. There were days when I straight up said I have nothing to write but posted anyway because I was doing a challenge which required posting daily. Shouldn’t I be trying to separate the wheat from the chaff now that I am not doing a regimented post per day kind of thing?
  2. It is one heck of a lot of work and sometimes I found it got in the way of other things because I ‘had to post’ each day.

Now on the other side of the coin why I think I should continue posting every day:

  1. I’ve gotten into a good habit of posting every day and why should I stop now? Look it’s 11:46pm and I am still typing away right now doing my post for today.
  2. Often topics and posts that I thought were incredibly inane and which I just wrote because it was 11:30pm and I needed something to write about really struck a chord with people. Case in point, my signature scent vs scent switching cologne/perfume post, I truly did not think that that post would resonate with anyone and it was just something to write about with time a-wasting before the midnight deadline. If I wasn’t tryign to write a post every day would I have written about the cologne? I’d love to say I would have eventually gotten around to it but I can’t say that and be perfectly honest.

What’s funny about the second thing is that I have heard it time and time again (or read about it) from people in creative fields that are markedly different from each other. Cracked.com put it best when describing the origins of the Guns N’ Roses Song “Sweet Child O’ Mine” in their 6 Classic Songs That Were Supposed to Be Jokes article. They write under the entry for the famous G N’ R song (which topped the list):

“What you like, and what your audience likes, are probably going to be very different. It’s probably best to just go with it.”

Basically, what I think to be throwaway writing isn’t necessarily that.

So here’s what I’m thinking, I will continue to write a post a day so long as it isn’t a post about how I can’t think of anything to write that day. What do you folks, my readers, the most important people in this relationship think? Good decision? I am open to suggestions and really would like to hear your thoughts, pop em down below in the comments.

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Cover Letters The Dreaded Aspect Of The Job Hunt

December 6, 2011 6 comments


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I am currently in the midst of applying for a new job and now that my resume is done – although it could always use a tweak here and a tweak there – now comes what I have found to be the hardest part: composing cover letters. See the resume is the relatively easy part because it is factual, hard data – I did this, I did that, I was educated here and there. The cover letter, however, is a much more nefarious foe. Each cover letter has to be written to conform to the actual job posting. You have to try and highlight the key words that people put in the advertisement/posting telling about the job and yet, at the same time, show in a way different from your resume that you are awesome and they should be hiring you without looking at anyone else’s applications or even calling you in for a meeting.

CoverLetter beginning in Word

Yes, that image is the actual beginning of my cover letter. Yes, I took the job name out. I don’t have one standardized because I have read that is one of the worst things you can do so I am writing it all from scratch. I have heard and read people opine that the Cover Letter should be dead and that it is an outmoded form of job application but no one has actually killed it yet so I have to write one. LinkedIn, when you apply for a job on the website has a place for you to upload your cover letter as well as your resume.

The one very important tip I learned recently for resumes and cover letters is to always save it as a PDF because that way your formatting will always stay consistent and won’t appear different on the recipient’s computer. I’m off to write the rest of this cover letter now…mainly because I don’t think the one and half lines I have is going to cut it. Wish me luck! (Also, any tips would be most appreciated!)

Clipart typing comic via Microsoft Office

Writing & Editing: A Little Time Makes A Big Difference

June 4, 2011 1 comment

Writing regular posts to this blog in the Post A Day Challenge has driven home a lesson that I learned in an OAC (Grade 13) Canadian History class a long time ago during the summer of 1998 at Earl Haig High School in North York, Toronto:

The more time you leave after you write something the better you will be able to edit it. Try to leave at least 24 hours after writing a paper before you go to review/edit it and then hand it in. If you can leave longer that is even better.

God, I wish I could remember the name of the teacher who taught us that.

That lesson has been one of the lessons that has really stuck with me over the years being the kind of person who almost always wrote his papers and essays at the last minute in school. My educational career’s essay writing experiences and attitude could be summed up in a quote from one of my high school friends:

The best minute is the last one.

I would tell you who it was but I don’t know if wants to be quoted on that and he is a twin so I don’t 100% remember which one of them said it – although I am somewhat sure I know which, but I digress. Read more…

Daily Blogging And Laziness

May 28, 2011 Leave a comment

One thing this whole daily blogging post a day challenge thing has taught me is that I can’t be a lazy bastard. Sure, I have had my long days before, we all have. Heck, last night when I got home – – OK fine, it was this morning – I was so tired I forgot to plug my phone in before I went to sleep. Yes, me, über phone geek extraordinaire  forgot to plug in his phone. I think this might be the first time this has ever happened to me. Sure, I have been with a dead battery before but that was only because I hadn’t been back somewhere that actually had a charger available. This, however, is a first.

Now, back to the whole laziness thing. I try and I try to create good readable content for all y’all to read but sometimes it is HARD! I am not even out tonight on a Saturday night because I am feeling so tired right now – although that may change in the next little bit. But the way I see it much as I want to go out tonight I have to be at my cousin’s wedding tomorrow afternoon, I have to drive my grandma to a hairdresser appointment at 9:30 AM tomorrow morning (I didn’t even know they had a 9:30 AM on Sundays) and I know if I go out now I’m not coming home until like 3:30 AM.

Nonetheless, here I am pouring out my random thoughts onto a screen to be posted and published for you folks to read. I admit, this isn’t my finest work. I won’t be surprised if you, my readers, call me on my lack of creativity in the comments. Call me on this crappy post. But I really have absolutely nothing to write about tonight. It isn’t about writer’s block, it is just more about a general feeling of malaise right now. Maybe it also had to do with me drinking this afternoon at a family luncheon today.  Then, I was supposed to go to the opening of a new St Louis Wings courtesy of @clickflickca but I thought I could totally take a nap at 3:30 PM and be awake to be downtown at 7 PM…I was wrong.

Well, anyway, like I said above I had to write something tonight and couldn’t be lazy about it so here it is. As usual I endeavor to be honest with the readers of my blog so this is me being honest about having nothing to write about.

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