Occupy Vancouver by ouno design on Flickr

When I started the What’s Up Wednesdays series here on Beyond the Rhetoric, the concept of a “speedlink” on a blog was slowly increasing in popularity. That popularity has since waned, but I still feel there is value in linking out to other blogs around the web. It’s my small way of giving back to the Internet community at large. We’re not competing; we’re cooperating. And that’s how we can achieve common success.

That’s similar to the idea to the Occupy Wall Street movement that has since expanded to Occupy Vancouver, Occupy London, and Occupy all sorts of other places. Raul Pacheco chimes in with his his thoughts on the movement. We all have a voice and we should all be heard.

What about the success of a single company? Ray Ebersole discusses the first post-Steve Jobs era at Apple, saying how the company failed its first test under Tim Cook. The rollout of iOS5 was fraught with problems and down servers, forcing iUsers to wait hours on end for an update that shouldn’t have taken that long at all. It took Ray twelve tries!

Over on Daily Writing Tips, Mark Nichol helps us improve our writing by offering ten terms for common people. When describing the masses, it helps to expand your vocabulary beyond simply calling them the common people. Many of these terms can be somewhat derogatory in nature, like peons and riffraff, but other terms can be a little more neutral. Just make sure the plebeians can understand you. 😉

In order to achieve a common success, we all need to keep our eyes on the prize. Charnita Fance outlines five tools to stay focused in her post on Blogging Tips. These are primarily web tools to keep you from getting distracted and going off track, but we also have to remember that simply having too many ideas can cloud your judgement too. There is no such thing as multitasking.

And finally, even though Buzz Bishop has moved away from Vancouver for some time, he still misses home. He may have left for greener pastures, but it’s all this green around us that he misses the most. Thankfully for him, Calgarians have the Douglas Fir Trail in Edworthy Park. It’s not really the same as the Grouse Grind, but it almost feels like home. Almost.