“What Happens in an Internet Minute”

Ever wanted to know what happens on the Internet in the time it takes to boil an egg? I came across this fascinating (and somewhat overwhelming in terms of the data) infographic and an enlightening article by Krystal Temple on the Intel website. It’s incredible to think how much we’re downloading, sharing, buying, etc. through the web, if this is all that happens in 60 seconds….

What happens in 1 minute on the Internet

 

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Mobile Global Web Usage Changes 2012-2013

Mobile Device Internet Usage

If you’d like to view the original, check out Statista, and take a look at their other resources.

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October 28, 2013 · 12:15 pm

If All Professions Were Paid Like Artists/Writers

If All Professions Were Paid Like Artists/Writers

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August 21, 2013 · 3:11 pm

Using Operators to Find Keyword Popularity

An alternative or perhaps companion to keyword research tools, operators can help you identify the popularity of certain keywords and keyword phrases when you are optimizing a site.

Operators =  words you type in the search field before the KWs to help determine competition.

1) Allintitle This operator tells you how many web pages globally have the same keywords listed in their title tags.

E.g.  “Allintitle: thai restaurants” is typed into the search field. The SERP then reports back that 744,000 web pages on the web contain both these words in their title tag.

Using Operators for SEO

2) Intitle: This works the same way as Allintitle, but shows all web pages that list any of the keywords. So in the example above, if you used “intitle:” instead of “allintitle:” the SERP would reflect all websites that contained either the keyword “thai” OR the keyword “restaurants” in their title tags.

3) Allinanchor: This operator allows you to see how many links on the web are using the specific keywords.

I prefer to use keyword research tools like Keyword Planner for SEO, but these are definitely good to know!

PS – Google is going to be changing its Adwords Keyword  Tool to Keyword Planner soon. I’ve written about the changes and how they compare on my company blog if you’re interested.

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Using Concrete Words in Your Blogs

The quote that Felder has in the textbook (p.17) that I think really illustrates picking the right words for what you’re describing is from Anton Chekhov:

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass”

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Getting Inspiration When Blogging

It’s often really hard to just launch into writing a blog. Beyond the possible technical challenges, there’s also the inevitable questions like “what do I write about?”, “what should I sound like?”, “will anyone even read this junk?”…. I find one of the best ways to get inspiration, ideas, and hopefully peace of mind, is to read other blogs. Don’t copy them, but pick out what you like and don’t like about them. What works? What doesn’t work? But ensure you use your own voice in your blog.

For some ideas, you can take a look at this list that a colleague at BCIT and I developed for the recent Tech Writing Alumni Lunch:

For Business/Writing:

For Pleasure:

Whether you learn from good blogs or bad, don’t let anything stop you from just going for it!

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Assignment Page Updates

I’ve updated the assignments page as well as the blog project page, so you can start to plan out what you want to do for these assignments. There are printable versions in your MyBCIT files folder too. Don’t forget to check your schedule for due dates.

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Google and the F-Pattern

Google F patternAn interesting counter to the F-shaped reading pattern idea, this article deals with the F-pattern in relation to users’ search results reading habits… it’s well worth a read.

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A new term begins…

Savage ChickensIt’s time for a new round of COMM1110. If you’re just starting out with me, make sure you check in here on the blog, look at the resources and links, and post any questions or comments you may have for me.

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Professional Communication Topics & the TW Alumni Lunch

The upcoming BCIT Technical Writing Program Alumni lunch promises to be packed with great speakers (if I may so myself… yes, I’m going to be there as one of the panel leaders :)) and a chance to really talk about social media and its relevancy for technical writers.

Before the event, and for those not able to attend, you can catch up on some excellent insights on the TW blog, Professional Communication Topics.

I hope to see you there!

Geraldine

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