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7 Positive Attributes All Successful Freelancers Should Possess

December 2nd, 2016

I consider myself very fortunate to have found success in my career as a freelance writer. Over the course of the last eleven years, I’ve experienced my fair share of ups and downs. And I’m still here to talk about it. Freelancing isn’t for everyone and even if you think you have all the right […]

The Most Important Thing I Learned at YouTube Content Lab

November 22nd, 2016

Last Friday, I made my way down to the UBC Robson Square campus with Stephen Fung to attend an invite-only workshop being put on by Google. At the YouTube Content Lab, we learned about how to create an effective content strategy for our respective YouTube channels. We tackled concepts like the “Hero-Hub-Help” approach to content […]

Idiomatica: One and the Same

November 18th, 2016

What you may have noticed with several of the Grammar 101 and Idiomatica posts here on the blog is that many errors stem from the same central issue. People are used to hearing certain words or phrases spoken in casual conversation, but they might not write them nearly as often. Then, thanks to the wonderful […]

On the Perception of Productivity

November 16th, 2016

As I was working “the third shift” earlier this week, a thought occurred to me. I was getting a fair bit of work done for a client. Each task had a corresponding dollar value, so I was feeling especially productive. This was a very good feeling, until I realized that all this work came at […]

Grammar 101: Verses and Versus

November 11th, 2016

Here we go again with a couple of words that sound exactly the same but have entirely different meanings. It’s an honest mistake, since only a single letter separates verses from versus. Adding in the fact that neither word is written all that often, plus the much more widespread use of the abbreviation vs. instead, […]

On Batch Processing and the Creative Process

November 9th, 2016

We all have way too much to do and not enough time to do it. It’s not about “putting in the hours.” It’s about maximizing how much you get out of those hours. We don’t have the luxury of boredom, because there is always more to do. One popular strategy for boosting your productivity is […]

Grammar 101: Emigrate and Immigrate

November 3rd, 2016

With the US Presidential election right around the corner, and foreign ownership of Vancouver real estate a perpetual hot topic, we get bombarded with talk of immigration policies all the time. People move from country to country all the time, sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently. And it’s important that you understand the difference between what it […]

This Blog Needs a Makeover

October 25th, 2016

You ever have an idea or project sit on the back burner for so long that it just turns into a mushy slop of nothing in particular? I’ll get to it eventually, right after I take care of this other thing that’s clearly a higher priority. And then this other thing. And this other thing. […]