We were all bamboozled

Gina Rodriguez as Jane Villanueva in Jane the Virgin.
Gina Rodriguez as Jane Villanueva in Jane the Virgin.

On Jane the Virgin, Jane Villanueva writes a romance novel called Snow Falling which is later published in real-life — news which was pleasantly received by fans everywhere.

I get the excitement of it all but I can’t seem to ignore that everything about this feels methodical. Especially once the book was published in real life. I just can’t look at the show the same way anymore.

The scenes where I’ve seen Jane pouring her heart out into the book no longer seem like a passing moment in the show. I can’t watch it without thinking they’re making sure we…

When Showing Off on The Internet Goes Terribly Wrong

Most of us don’t tell everyone our business. We know that it's not safe for everyone to know our every move. But somehow on social media, those rules go right out the window.

We instinctively post our achievements online. We seem to have an obsession with showing the world that we’ve gotten the shiny object that everyone else wants.

We tell ourselves that millions of people do it every day and nothing happens to them. …

It’s a goldmine for networking

Popular writers on medium tend to be out of reach.

If you reach out to them to network, there’s no telling if they’ll return the gesture. It’s easy for you to get lumped in with those seeking free advice or asking repetitive questions, rather than someone seeking genuine connection. And ultimately ignored or left unseen.

At the end of the day, there are several factors that can create a barrier between popular writers and those who want to network with them.

And it doesn’t get much easier with the many ways you can reach them — like slack groups, LinkedIn…

This will be their downfall

Most companies hiring for Digital Marketing roles, tend to have zero tolerance for people who lack experience.

You won’t see any of these companies hiring digital marketers post that they provide training or require minimal experience.

In fact, recently I saw a post on indeed hiring for a Facebook ad specialist. They stated in bold capitals that they aren’t looking for someone that needs to be told what to do.

To be honest I get it. I would imagine it’s pretty rigorous to teach employees something like Facebook ads, PPC ads, or SEO. That’s an investment that companies would have…

Surviving does

I drove past a high-end store called Neiman Marcus the other day.

The huge, glossy wall outside glistening in the lights of the city something I’d usually admire, didn’t have the same effect that is once would have.

I wasn’t at all impressed.

That’s what happens when all the world's symbols of wealth are crumbling right around you.

No matter what the reason is, the focus isn’t on getting ‘nice things’. Once upon a time, the goal was to be able to afford expensive things. Now, not so much.

People just want to be able to afford life right now…

It’s getting obvious

I came across a movie called ‘The Intouchables’ recently. The storyline was strangely similar to a few movies I had seen around that time (The Upside & The Fundamentals of Caring).

Like ‘The Intouchables’, both movies centered around a wheelchair-bound patient who employs an unqualified caretaker and they unexpectedly become close friends.

But what’s even more strange is that The Upside & The Intouchables in particular seemed like replicas of each other.

The scenes were Identical.

As it turns out there’s a reason for this. …

Why is the art of singing so similar to writing?

Shortly after I started tutoring English, I was hit with two major revelations:

  1. Being good at writing doesn’t mean you’ll be good at teaching it.
  2. Writing isn’t easy to teach in general.

Writing comes with gray areas. That’s typically difficult for students who didn’t like writing to grasp. They didn’t like the subjectivity. I didn’t have a perfect step-by-step formula for the perfect essay, and that worried them.

The truth is, it produced a level of ‘ambiguity’ they were not comfortable with.

A lot of non-writers fear that. But writers thrive in it.

The same is true of a competent…

You should read it

Recently I came across a story titled Maybe You Shouldn’t Be a Writer.

Instantly, it brought me back to a time when I was really sensitive about my writing.

At a very dark time in my life, I decided to dust off my dormant-hobby of writing and transform it into a career.

I committed to the process but had no idea what I was doing.

The little confidence I had in my writing was like a zit that was on the verge of being popped. I blocked out anything that had the potential to dissuade me from writing. …

An e-commerce giant with an archaic approach to tech support

The other day a customer expressed to me how amazed she was by how quickly her Amazon prime groceries were delivered to her, as I handed her groceries to her. She was clearly impressed by the technology involved.

As an Amazon Flex driver, I too marvel at the technology from time to time. Even though I’m mostly busy trying to beat traffic, scanning, counting, and loading packages into my car as well as dodging a parking ticket here and there, I’m aware that doing all this gives me a glimpse into the technology that makes it all happen. …

But I’m better off because of it.

If you were to ask me in my third year of college how it was going, I’d give you a bland answer like — “it’s going or it’s good” or flat out tell you that I just wanted it to be over.

It wasn’t so that I could finally get a full-time job or because of the stress of studying. It was because I simply wasn’t interested. Instead, I was infatuated with the idea of being an online entrepreneur.

I knew that was something I didn’t need a degree to do.

It all started when I was in an MLM…

Libbie Allyson

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