April 15, 2014
In this issue, we gathered pieces of career advice on determining what it is you like to do, finding opportunities in nonpublishing industries, overcoming bad manners at work, and more. A social media makeover of Game of Thrones’ opening sequence, Facebook’s privacy dinosaur, 150 journalism clichés, and 10 best sentences from literature also made it to our reading picks.
Workplace and career
- Nirvana: a scenario when your work, passion, and the pay you receive perfectly overlap. You get to do what you want and get paid for it! How’s that? Read on the advice on “finding your blue” and the 12 rules for a “magnificent” career.
- Most people think that editors only work in the publishing business which, by the way, is said to be “heading for extinction.” If that’s the case, is there any other industry that offers editors “good potential for job satisfaction, career opportunities, and pay?”
- Do you want to change a habit or routine? Focus on the goal and identify tactics.
- In multiple communication exchanges, as in relationships, assuming what other people mean may have destructive results.
- Here’s a list of some bad manners at work that most people might be guilty and/or unaware of, including coming to work even when you’re sick, and tips on how to overcome them.
- Is being too nice doing you — or anyone in the organization — any favors?
- “That new book on how to get fit — or raise happy children, or invest your savings — caught your eye because it’s interesting. But is it true?” Read on: Interestingness vs. truth.
- These are pretty cool resume templates editorial people can use to showcase creativity and innovativeness. Also, seven things to remove from resumes ASAP.
Social media buzz
- Have you ever thought of taking a long break from all your social networks and tech devices? Here are tips on how to do it right.
- Facebook’s dino “may just save you from oversharing.” Have you seen one?
For some fun
- The American Scholar comes up with the 10 “best” sentences from literature. One of them is: “Anger was washed away in the river along with any obligation.” Can you guess who wrote it?
- Check The Washington Post‘s list of 150 journalism clichés and counting, including: Think out of the box. You might have something to add.
- What if social networks are “Game of Thrones” houses? HootSuite, a social media management platform, reimagined the show’s opening sequence with social networking services as the noble houses. A clever ad, wouldn’t you agree?
- So April’s a National Poetry Month in the US. Here’s a list of gifted poets you should follow on Twitter.
Ditto is a fortnightly collection of stories on publishing, media, communications, and topics that concern editorial professionals from the most credible sources on the Web. We hope to educate young professional writers and editors about industry standards, breakthroughs, and trends, among other things. Usually, you’ll find news and commentaries in here, but from time to time, we also feature tweets, visuals, games, freebies, and other fun but useful stuff that caught our eye.