Freelance Camp 2012

Every Wednesday, I gather together a collection of blog posts from around the Internet that I think are interesting. While I keep them to a certain theme some weeks, this week’s speedlink is more on the eclectic side of things. Enjoy!

We start off with Jeremy Lim and his photo essay from Freelance Camp 2012. You might remember that I was a featured speaker at Freelance Camp a couple years ago, but I was just an attendee this year. It’s a fantastic unconference put on by some fantastic people! We should not at all be surprised that it always sells out.

Next, it’s a bittersweet day for the online community, because Raul Pacheco-Vega has announced that he is taking an indefinite hiatus from blogging. As popular as his blog may be, it has never been his “day job” and he’s finding that he wants to take better care of himself. He’s always been a busy guy with a busy schedule, so something had to give. Raul, we wish you all the best!

We’ve got a horror story from Ariane Khachatourians. She took a trip down to California, adding a data roaming package from Rogers. She thought she was doing the smart thing and she thought she was doing what she could to conserve data usage… then, she got hit by a massive bill. It doesn’t just happen to “other people.”

For better or for worse, my career is largely based on writing non-fiction articles that are informative. They’re not all serious, per se, but they’re mostly not meant to be funny. PJ Reece offers some insights into how to write funny and one of the key tactics is to remember that “humour is absurdly logical.” It has to be out there, but it has to be almost plausible. Can you write funny?

And finally, we have Darren Barefoot. He was thumbing through a magazine the other day and while he feels that he has a pretty good vocabulary, he found seven words he didn’t know. Do you know the meaning of mien, moue, neoteny, bildungsroman and cavile? What about Meisser and eclat? Simpler words are usually better, but it’s always good to expand your vocabulary too.

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