Is the Oxford Comma Necessary?
Although Oxford dropped the comma from its style guide more than two years ago, the serial comma is sometimes quite useful. In other cases, it’s absolutely superfluous and can even introduce ambiguity. Here's a look at a few select cases.
5 Lessons Learned from My Years as a Professional Freelancer
All is not candy canes and lolly pops in the land of freelancing. You’re essentially running your own business, and it takes a lot of effort and know-how to really succeed. I learned this for myself, and I often did it the hard way. After working off and on in the freelance writing game for nearly a decade, here are a few of the more important lessons I’ve managed to learn.
Fuzzy Math – The U.S. Pet Insurance Market
Even as the clamor over Obamacare rages on in Washington, another health care debate is quietly gaining momentum in households across Cobb County and the nation. As so-called “pet parents” are increasingly purchasing health insurance for their furry companions, they’re finding it advantageous to read policies carefully in the face of changing regulations, complicated fine print and rising premiums.
Originality Is an Overrated Standard for Your Writing
As writers, we’re always beating our collective heads against the wall to be original. In fact, just about every writer I know is obsessed with being “original.” Well, I say to hell with originality. I just want my writing to be interesting.
If you’re really concerned about whether your writing is original enough, it’s time to stop fooling yourself. Just about every idea under the sun has already been done in some way, shape, or form. Don’t believe me? Read on.
9 Writing Habits that Make You Look Like an Amateur
In his 2008 book, Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell says it takes roughly 10,000 hours to truly master your craft. Considering the average year contains only 8,736 hours total, this means you’d have to spend nearly 1.2 years of your life doing nothing but writing to master it. Consequently, writers who’ve invested the requisite time to meet this criterion are few and far between.
A Quick Guide to Overcoming Writer’s Block
So you sit down to check out your latest assignment. Everything looks good, and you accept it. Then you realize the ideas just aren’t flowing. You’re deep in the grips of creative anemia and the minutes are ticking away for your deadline. What should you do? In the world of content marketing, you’ll sometimes be asked to create content that may seem difficult or even ostensibly redundant. As it turns out, there’s something of an art to naturally and seamlessly spurring your creative side to life. So to help you with this process, here are some things to remember:
Could Your Content Be a Character from Office Space?
Although Mike Judge’s classic satirical comedy, Office Space, only broke even when it premiered in 1999, the movie quickly gained a cult following. At the time, the film struck a chord with an entire generation of cubicle dwellers who felt deeply alienated by their bleak, repetitive work environments. Myself included. Every time I watch it, I catch something new. The movie has become a fixture in America’s cultural zeitgeist, due in no small part to its quirky cast of characters. And I’ve noticed that their shortcomings can even provide a context to inform one’s own writing.
The Top 8 Clutch Quarterbacks in the NFL Today
John Elway, Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Steve Young, Ken Stabler, Otto Graham, Bart Starr, Roger Staubach, Steve McNair, Dan Marino — all of them stand among the greatest “clutch” quarterbacks in NFL history. This moniker is especially true for Marino, who’s often cited as the all-time greatest master of the comeback. As for the NFL’s present-day iteration, the game seems to be ever-evolving and new names are rising to meet the challenge when it comes to crunch time. That being said, what follows is a list of the Top 8 clutch QBs in NFL football today.
5 strategies for adjusting to college life
The simple act of moving away from home to start the college life is a universally stressful experience. Recent research by UCLA, for instance, has shown that approximately one-third of college freshmen feel consistently overwhelmed and homesick during their first year in college.
Atlanta Falcons: 10 Best Draft Picks in History
With a few notable exceptions, the Atlanta Falcons’ draft history — as any long-time fan could mournfully explain to you — is a veritable comedy of errors that has been riddled with busts, missed opportunities and questionable decisions.
Audi's A3 e-tron pilot program | Charged EV Magazine
On Monday, the opening day of TED2012, Audi presented the battery-electric Audi A3 e-tron pilot program, which will be implemented in select cities of the U.S. as a part of the company’s e-mobility driver experience for premium car buyers. Why the slow roll out? We asked Brad Stertz, Audi’s corporate communications manager.
Profile of a Mid-Field Marauder | Men's Book Atlanta
No one can say that Falcons middle linebacker Curtis Lofton takes his role lightly. After three years of slugging it out in the trenches, this explosive tackler has emerged as a foundation for Atlanta’s defensive squad—both with his on-field presence and leadership capabilities...