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Demian Farnworth
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Until further notice. Celebrate everything. 

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Hee hee :-)
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This has become the best thing I've ever read

He donated his cloak and scythe to the Goodwill. He now wears skinny jeans. He wants a Twitter account. Wants his Wikipedia entry updated (he hates being referred to as Dracula's right hand man). Mystified by the search results page for the term "death." 

And he's looking to Google to fix it (who else?): 
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/shouts/2014/04/death-emails-google.html

And why do I refer to him as a "him"?

Prior to the above article, this article was the best thing I'd ever read (Puddles, the Singing Sad Clown):
https://plus.google.com/+DemianFarnworth/posts/hCyreYxsjUA
My Wikipedia page states that I am called the Grim Reaper. I guess that’s accurate, but it seems so formal.
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Both books ordered!
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I LOVE EARTHDAY!!! SO MANY REASONS!!! #yogurtbong   #humanpretzel   #compostpuke
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I've been working on it, +Sonia Simone. :D

Me, cynical, +Eric Walker? 
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The Human Condition Perfectly Summed Up in One Sentence

It's found on page 80 of How Mathematicians Think:

"I am simultaneously central (to myself) and peripheral (to others)."

Agree or disagree? 
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Agree.

Especially after you gave it more context. 
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Happy Good Friday, folks. 2014 style. 
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lol
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37 Negotiation Tactics for Every Freelance Writer

Do you freak out when you hear the word negotiation?

Does your gut turn, palms sweat, and heart pound when it comes down to talking price? Do you self-medicate with Tums and a tumbler of Wild Turkey?

Trust me. I understand. I’m not a natural born negotiator. I hate conflict. I hate rejection. But if writing is your business I’ve learned this: you have to know how to negotiate.

Making a living depends on it. But it doesn’t have to be hard. Let me explain: 
http://www.copyblogger.com/freelance-copywriter-negotiation/
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this is all uncharted water for me
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The Dream of Productivity Dies Here

The dream of speed — that is, productivity — that is, of getting more things done in a day — is at conflict with great writing.

It is at conflict with creativity.

The express purpose is not to be prolific, although that is not a bad thing. The express purpose is something entirely different. 

I explain here (with two examples):
http://thecopybot.com/2014/04/productivity-dream/

By the way, comment here. I closed the comments. 
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+Lena Sinclaire I used the brute force approach.  I was more interested in establishing the habit than the actual content so I would read about some concept before bed and dump whatever got evoked overnight in the morning..  You can check out my current pile-o-dumps accumulated since January here: http://goo.gl/VCyDGb with the warning that it reads like madness.  I tend to try to capture subconscious stuff that I can't put into words as strange symbols and symbolic associations a la Jung.
I'm going back starting this week to take that stuff and put some of the usable content into rhetorical structure.  
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Happy Erf Day!!!

My shirt is grey because of polluted water. I'm eating free range Texas toast. And blue jeans because ... Everything else is blue?
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It's a free range iPhone +Arion Hossain. 
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Death: A Doctrine We Can’t Neglect

It frightens some and elates other.

Drives us to noble works and dreadful deeds.

Perhaps no single force has worked so powerfully on man as his knowledge that he must surely die.

Kierkegaard called the knowledge of one’s own death the essential fact that distinguishes us from animals.

Yet, we spend our days thinking about everything but death.

Look at the billion dollar age-defying industry and you see what cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker might call symptoms of death denial.

Even our sermons are geared to the here and now: stable marriages, stout muscles, serene minds and safe investments.

Strange society, indeed: we strive to preserve the LEAST enduring part of our beings–the body. And we do this in spite of substantial words the Bible has to say about death.

Maybe you’ve never thought of death as a Christian doctrine. Or one that deserves much attention. But indeed, it is a doctrine and it does deserve healthy consideration.

Let me show you how and why:
http://fallenflawed.com/death-doctrine/

By the way, this is one of my favorite infographics. By Visual.ly:
http://visual.ly/quick-perspective-death
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My Myers-Briggs says I'm a NDE. 
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Should You Even Try to Write Faster?

As of late it’s fashionable to write hell for leather. In fact, there’s a hot cottage industry in the writing culture. For lack of better terms, let’s’ call it the “The Hell-For-Leather Writing Movement.”

Or HFLWM.

You see it in titles like “How to Write Fast,” “Write an Article in 20 Minutes,” and “How Fast Can You Write?”

But it gets empirical with "5 Personal Writing Metrics Every Content Marketer Should Track" by +Nate Baker  at Raven.

First blush and charming stuff. But there are problems. I explain:
http://thecopybot.com/2014/04/should-you-even-try-to-write-faster/

What do you think? Share your thoughts here (I closed the comments on the blog). 
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That's a great way to put it +June Silny. 
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I told you I wrote copy for CBM. Look right.
Employment
  • Copyblogger Media
    Copywriter, 2013 - present
  • The CopyBot
    Freelance Copywriter, 2011 - 2012
  • Fallen + Flawed
    Blogger, 2011 - 2012
  • Joyce Meyer Ministries
    Managing Editor, 2009 - 2010
  • Joyce Meyer Ministries
    Senior Web Copywriter, 2007 - 2009
  • Proquest Technologies
    Senior Editor, 2005 - 2007
  • Proquest Technologies
    Copywriter, 2001 - 2005
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I write for Copyblogger Media. I dig vacuums, dancing, and books. Dancing books that suck up dirt are the best.
Introduction
Chief Copywriter at Copyblogger Media. Read all my articles here. Get even more writing advice at my personal blog -- The Copybot.

A great place to start is in my Education of a Writer Series -- particularly The Year of Falling Apart.

My main gig is to write web copy that conquers the web's two main problems: obscurity and neglect. 

When I say obscurity, I mean web content is buried beneath billions of web pages. By neglect, I mean if someone actually finds your page, they'll more than likely to ignore or abandon it.

To overcome those two problems I write web content that search engines can easily find and people can't resist.

 
I also teach writers the secret to going from a good writer to a great writer. Or how to become a pit bull on paper

Some of My Best Stuff on Google+

Want to see my most popular posts on Google Plus? The essential? Here are thirteen. 
Here are two Hangouts I've done. One on writing in general, and the other on direct response copywriting in general: 
By the way, I don't follow someone just because they follow me. I follow someone because I find them interesting, engaging, and positive.  
Bragging rights
Ran two marathons. Both brutalized me. One was during a winter storm. The other was during a heat wave. I've also hiked nearly 150 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Over 2,100 miles to go.
Education
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    English Literature, 1998 - 2000
  • AWAI Accelerated Copywriting Course
    Copywriting, 2001 - 2002
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