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Scott Nesbitt
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Being a mentor, though, is both flattering and challenging. Flattering in that someone thinks that you have knowledge they can benefit from, in that they think you can help them improve as a writer. Challenging in that you’re not only teaching someone else your writing kung fu, but you’re also trying to help someone else grow without them becoming a carbon copy of you.

I’ve learned a lot about mentoring other writers in the last 12+ months. I’d like to share some of the insights I’ve gleaned.
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"Quite simply, what the book says is not nearly as important as what it does."
Did Eric Raymond's The Cathedral and the Bazaar accurately predict the future of software development? That's the wrong question, writes Bryan Behrenshausen.
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We take a look at the Linux Foundation's support for virtual switches, what "open" really means, saving the Earth from asteroids, and more.
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What if you want to 1) have a simple presence on the web, and 2) just focus on advertising your services? You don’t have to create a website with multiple pages. Instead, you can use a one-page website.
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You can talk about being an artist. You can talk about the purity of your work. But ask yourself this question: if you’re not writing for money, what are you writing for?

Are you writing for yourself or your circle? Are you writing for an audience you hope to have? Or are you writing because you want to make your living with words?

Guess what? There’s nothing wrong with writing for money. By writing for money, you’re combining two essentials: paying your bills while doing something you enjoy
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When you're extremely un-motivated : https://sivers.org/unmo
I’ve been feeling extremely un-motivated lately.I don’t know why.
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Life these days seems to move at quite a fast clip, doesn’t it? There’s always something happening. There’s always something to do.

It’s easy to get caught up in the blurs that are our lives. And I’m not being facetious when I call our lives blurs. Often, it seems that one moment melds into the next. One experience is an continuation of another.

Many of us don’t slow down because we fear we’ll be left behind. We fear we’ll miss something. We fear that we’ll be seen as not being able to keep up.
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You can write the most stunning code in history, build the most useful piece of software ever conceived, upload it to Github, and ... have no users. No contributors. What went wrong?

They don't know you exist.
FOSS conferences are full of talks about how to improve your code, or how you manage your code, or what the latest and greatest languages and tools are. But a successful open source project is about more than good code.
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What's your open source music player of choice?

Chris Hermansen offers a few tips for finding the perfect fit:
This month we take 6 open source music players for a musical test drive.
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What's your favorite open source tool?
Whether it's visuals, audio, writing, or design, there's an open source tool out there to help get the job done.
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For whatever reason, in early 2016 I remembered an interview with Patrick Rhone about how he uses his phone to write. I started thinking seriously about that interview, about what I’ve read about smartphones being an office in our pockets, and what some people I know what said about this.

So in June, 2016 I decided to try working on my smartphone for a week. Here's what I learned from that experience.
Working on a Smartphone. 03 Aug 2016 | by Scott Nesbitt. Someone working on their smartphone. A few years ago, I saw an article somewhere online about how writer Patrick Rhone routinely writes long-form blog posts and essays with his thumbs on his iPhone screen. I don't remember where I read the ...
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Many of us who sling a freelance keyboard for a living do a lot of hustling for work. As you’ve probably learned on your journey to becoming a freelancer, not all writing jobs are created equally. For a variety of reasons, their quality varies. Yes, some jobs are better than others.

Whether you’re just starting out and trying to build your portfolio and clients, or if you’re established and trying to make your living as a full-time freelance writer, there are times when you just shouldn’t take a gig.
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Writer of stuff, consultant, speaker
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    Writer of various things, technology coach, present
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Writer. Blogger. Editor. Speaker. Consultant. Sometimes even a content strategist. Combining all of those skills, and adding a deft hand with technology, I help firms create focused, interesting, and insightful content.

I also help companies reshape, reorganize, and refocus their exisiting content to ensure that content is the best it can be.

It's not about the technology. It's about words and how those words help drive and advance a company's goals.

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  • Ryerson University
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