Recent criticism of my writing

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I’ve written something, somewhere, intended for public exposure almost every day for the past 35 years. It started with the college newspaper then moved to electronic bulletin boards and early online class discussions. I was one of the first moderators for Financial Planning Online forum when peer-moderated professional groups thrived without spam. I wrote a […]

Online writing tips from Jeff Bullas

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Create an opening line that pops Use facts that surprise Insert insights that are not obvious Make up a creative subtitle Use rhythm in your writing Break the rules Use an opening paragraph that mentions a pain point Develop a voice that is original Include visuals in your articles Use statistics that are mind blowing […]

Advertising investigation by BBB

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I am frustrated by the Better Business Bureau’s “shoot first and ask questions later” policy in pulling my A+ rating for an advertising review. I wrote about my original complaint with BBB staff behavior at https://novaktony.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/the-detail-of-my-complaint-against-the-better-business-bureau/. I became aware that the BBB replaced my A+ rating with a “NR” (not rated) on September 28 when a […]

How to write good

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How to write good By Frank Visco   Avoid Alliteration. Always. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.) Employ the vernacular. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive. Contractions aren’t necessary. Foreign words and […]

My biggest regrets of 2011

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1. Missing the Delaware Estuary Summit in Cape May this past January. I’ll be sure to make the next one in 2013. 2. Underestimating consumer reaction in response to passage of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The change in consumer market behavior caused a net drop in my net income through Freedom Benefits of about 40%. 3. Relying on […]