What the Fight for Net Neutrality Means for My Business

Maybe some of your have heard the term lately of “net neutrality“. It’s been in the news recently and there is currently a motion with the FCC to lift it. That’s not a good idea. Net neutrality means all information on the internet is equal. If my website does well, I can supplant bigger websites. However, large telecomm companies, such as AT&T, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable, want to take that away. Rather than have a level playing field, they want to introduce “express lanes” on the internet. Those companies that can afford it, pay to have their web content delivered faster. Those that cannot afford it, well they are stuck with slow speeds, and potentially censorship and blocking. Not only will ending net neutrality will have large ramifications for the entire internet, it will especially affect small businesses such as myself. more “What the Fight for Net Neutrality Means for My Business”

Duplicate Content and SEO

Having duplicate content on your website is one of those things you don’t realize you have until someone points it out to you. In my case, an SEO web application. It causes panic because Google is seeing one of your pages in multiple places and your page rank is decreasing fast. Well, at least, I panicked. I was staring at a couple hundred duplicate pages and I wasn’t entirely sure how to fix it. I’ve since fixed it and I’m here to tell you not only how to fix your duplicate content issue problem, but also that you don’t need to panic. more “Duplicate Content and SEO”

Superman, a Literature Class, and Plenty of Movie Scripts

“It’s not easy to be me
Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie about a home I’ll never see
It may sound absurd,
But don’t be naive,
Even heroes have a right to bleed.”

Those were the words to the Five for Fighting song about Superman I heard on the radio this week. I actually misheard  the lyrics. Rather than, “It’s not easy to be me,” I heard, “It’s not easy to believe”. Those misunderstood lyrics got me thinking about how hard life can be.

Honestly, it’s not easy to believe in yourself. There are a lot of people out there willing to say your aren’t worth anything. They don’t see the Superman inside of you. Sometimes you don’t even see it yourself. Occasionally, it takes someone else to point out all the hardwork your doing to become proficient at a specific task. To help you know you aren’t doing so bad. more “Superman, a Literature Class, and Plenty of Movie Scripts”

The Riftwar Saga and Fantasy Writing

It’s the last day of June and Summer is in full swing. Now is the time to start on your Summer reading lists. Last week, I finished up a series of four books called the Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist. They were a gift from my uncle some years ago and I’ve only just gotten around to reading them. I wasn’t disappointed. What surprised me most was the pace of the book, the descriptions, and the sub-plots. While there are many different topics I could focus on that make up great fantasy, these are the ones I’ll be focusing on for my post on fantasy writing.  more “The Riftwar Saga and Fantasy Writing”

The Stitched Up Guide to Genre Writing

Even though from a distance it may look like everyone has the same pattern, the stripes between zebras differ. There are subtle nuances that allow the zebras to tell each other apart.

In many ways this summarizes the different types of writing covered in this book. Every type of writing tells a story. But there are subtle differences to each. Horror stories focus on exploring our fears while novellas focus on character development. Knowing how to write each type of genre, you begin to differentiate the “zebras”. Rather than seeing a herd of black and white animals, you see ones that have diagonal stripes, vertical, maybe even some horizontal stripes. You begin to appreciate the nuances because you can tell the difference where everyone else just see black and white.

This is what I hope to accomplish in this book. To help you see the nuances of writing and appreciate the diversity contained therein. Welcome to the Stitched Up Guide to Genre Writing, our second book as a company. If you have any comments, concerns, or ideas for our next book, please contact us and let us know.

Sincerely,
Cody Jackson
Founder, Stitch Writing. more “The Stitched Up Guide to Genre Writing”

Pattern Recognition in Learning

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about the difference between theoretical and practical knowledge. Shortly before the post’s publication, I was having lunch with a good friend of mine, Strom Clark (read his guest blog), and I brought up what I was planning to write about. We had a good discussion about what knowledge is and he opened my eyes to  an interesting topic that I want to focus on for the remainder of this post–pattern recognition. more “Pattern Recognition in Learning”

Writing Can Be Something Rotten

Last week while visiting family in Texas, my wife, sister and I stopped in Austin to see a national tour of the musical Something Rotten. It takes places during the time of Shakespeare and is about two playwrights trying to compete with him. Unable to beat the bard’s iambic pentasticness, the two men turn to a soothesayer to learn what the next big hit will be–musicals. So, they set off to produce a musical before the rockstar-like Shakespeare can. One of my favorite songs, It’s Hard to Be the Bard, talks about the process Shakespeare goes through for writing. more “Writing Can Be Something Rotten”

Practical vs. Theoretical Knowledge in Teaching and Business

Recently, after a tutoring session, I realized I was teaching a topic that I had no experience with–graphic novels. I’ve written short stories, movie scripts, poems, and blogs, but never graphic novels. Mostly because I can’t draw. This caused me to consider the ethicality of teaching something I’ve never done myself. On the one hand, the crossover between graphic novels and other forms of writing seemed clear. Formulating a story and developing characters through conflict are all skills I possess. The difference seemed to be in the drawing. Since my student is a phenomenal artist, I figured I was justified in my pursuit.

Yet, there was a nagging in the back of my head that perhaps I was missing something. Some technique that unless I learned, my student would fail in his attempt to complete his project. Since then, I’ve reflected on the significance of practical vs. theoretical knowledge in teaching. This is an important topic to consider not only in teaching, but also in business. Hopefully, my notes and thoughts can help you formulate your own opinion on the subject. more “Practical vs. Theoretical Knowledge in Teaching and Business”

How Blogging Increases SEO and Authority

I started my first blog a little more than a year ago. At the time, I had no idea what search engine optimization was or that blogging could help you improve your subject matter authority. Fast forward to the present day, and I’ve published over 140 blog posts between the two blogs I run. Blogging is one of the best ways to improve a website’s SEO and authority. more “How Blogging Increases SEO and Authority”

Why You Need an Editor for Your Next Manuscript

One of the hardest parts of being a writer is editing. You’ve usually spent a number of years writing a novel, or some other type of manuscript, only to have to go back and examine it chapter by chapter. Typically, that examination is biased and many mistakes are missed. That isn’t because you don’t want to find all the mistakes–every author wants their manuscript to be as perfect as possible–but rather, you become blind to the errors because you’ve spent so much time with the manuscript.

This is where a professional editor comes in. You can think of an editor as a pre-reader, someone acting on behalf of the eventual reader that points out confusing parts and developmental mistakes. Hiring a real editor isn’t for the faint of heart though. The feedback received will be frank. If your ego isn’t out of the equation, it can be hard to swallow the feedback. more “Why You Need an Editor for Your Next Manuscript”