Ok- that weird symbol thing in the title can be explained. When a client asks you to “spin” an article, you’re supposed to give them interchangeable words in brackets, so that they can turn your article into an infinite number of identical-ish articles just by spinning it.
Here’s an example:
I went to the mall today, the weather was [rainy,sunny,glorious,gloomy] and I didn’t mind being inside. I got the most adorable [hat,coat,jacket,purse,shoes] and I think I’ll wear them to the [swine flu convention,reunion,family dinner,homeschool convention] next month.
Note that spun articles don’t often make much sense, but the clients who buy them usually don’t speak much English. You can tell because they will say
” I want you to write me spin article- you must make article spin with [option A,option B] like this. Please do for me in good way. If I like you then I want maybe you do more spin article me, OK.”
Sometimes they want you to use a vertical line | instead of a comma.
Anyways, and I think I may regret not making this into two posts. Here, maybe a bold subheading will help.
Saved by the Browser
Firefox allows me to open all the bookmarks in a single folder at once. last week I spent about 1/2 hour bookmarking the different “categories” of message boards I frequent. I have about 4 folders, something like this:
“places I go to talk about homeschooling”
“places I go to network with other wahm writers”
“places I go to network with other wordpress lovers”
“places I go to learn”
So now- in an instant, I can open up all the boards at once, and be done faster. Here’s another thing I do- I skim the headlines, open the ones I need in a new tab and then CLOSE the main one. I love using tabs, I hate the back button. Once I’ve responded, I close the tab and never even get distracted by immediate responses or something that wasn’t interesting at first.
Later today, I should probably make one “places I work” or perhaps “places i SHOULD be working.
Saved by the Bell
The amazing Willow, whose sidebar-reporting idea I promptly STOLE (see my sidebar) has led me to another fantastic idea. It’s actually a tool, it’s a virtual egg timer that sits on your desktop. How many times have you said “OK, I will be done with this in 5 minutes” or how about “You can use my computer for ten minutes, and then I need it back.”
Download the egg timer. I used to use a REAL egg timer to keep myself productive and it worked. I wonder what ever happened to it.
Who cares- this little program is genius. I’ve been way more productive today.