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Why I Love My Job

Last updated: Tue, 10/08/2013 - 17:28

I am admittedly not a people person. I never know what to say or how to handle myself in social situations. I am awkward and introverted, which means that having a job where I work from home is really the best option for me as well as for anyone else who would otherwise be forced to interact with me. This is not the reason why my job is the best, however. My job is the best because of the stories. My job satisfaction is entirely borne of being able to catch a glimpse of and learn from all the stories that you all have to share.

Timeliness and Quality Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Last updated: Tue, 09/24/2013 - 17:38

The featured professional for the blog post this month is Amanda Goodman. Amanda Goodman is a professional freelance writer who has written for several different online publications over several years. In addition to her work in providing web content, she is an accomplished author. Her work is available at Amazon.com. Goodman lives in Utah with her husband and four creative children.

Avoiding the Grammar Plague

Last updated: Wed, 08/14/2013 - 21:30

So I have a two-year-old daughter. She has an incredible vocabulary and talks a lot. Pretty much nonstop all day. My husband and I are often found joking with each other about what adults would sound like if our vocabulary was as limited as our toddler's is. I mean, she has some impressive talking skills, but when compared to other humans we know, we recognize she has a bit of a ways to go. We won't hold it against her. 

Common Misspellings

Last updated: Thu, 08/08/2013 - 20:46

For today’s featured grammar pet peeve, I polled some of our fans to find out some of the everyday errors they see as they scroll through Facebook timelines, Twitter feeds, and emails. Here are just a few of those errors.

Resume Help #3: That Resume Makes You Look Good

Last updated: Mon, 08/05/2013 - 22:03

In the grand finale of this three-part segment on résumé writing, we will be talking about how your resume makes you look good, and not the other way around. People often (mistakenly) think that having relevant experience and education is the best way to land a job. This is simply not true.

The Difference Between Me and I

Last updated: Thu, 08/01/2013 - 21:53

I recently surveyed some of our Facebook followers to see what kind of grammar pet peeves really set their teeth on edge. One of our pals suggested that we explain the difference between "I" and "me," because unfortunately, this continues to be one of those grammar issues with which people struggle. Not just in the written word, as illustrated in the fan-submitted image below, but also in spoken English. It's true. If you are paying attention, you will likely hear a "me" versus "I" mistake within an hour. So here is an example:

Jason and I went to the fair. 

Resume Help #2: Be Aware of the Information You Include

Last updated: Mon, 07/29/2013 - 19:53

Last week, as the first segment of our lesser-known resume tips, we talked about writing for a specific job, rather than shooting out the same generic resume to every organization to which you are applying. The second of the three tips we will be talking about is to be much more selective about the information you include.

Cavemen in the News

Last updated: Fri, 07/26/2013 - 21:36

This news reporter may soon be famous for all the wrong reasons. 

Sounds like I'm not the only one who could have used a little headstart on the weekend. 

Happy Friday, writers!

Commas Save Lives

Last updated: Thu, 07/25/2013 - 22:26

In my years as an editor, I have had the interesting opportunity to work as an essay reader for high school writing assignments. The one grammatical error that I saw most back then, and which I continue to see quite frequently in even higher-end and more skilled works of writing, is the comma splice. While some uses of the comma can resolve serious misunderstandings, such as in the example included below, other commas just have no place in a sentence. And now, just because I really like visuals, here is further illustration of my point.

Make Your Customers Fall in Love with You

Last updated: Tue, 07/23/2013 - 22:41

If you are following us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or any of our other social media outlets (the links to which you can find at the bottom of this page), then you have already noticed that at TotalEdit.com, we kind of have a crush on typos. We encourage you to keep sending those in, but want you to feel just as encouraged to send us your examples of good editing.

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