The Thursday Three #7

  1. On Amazon, there’s apparently this thing called Mechanical Turk, where you can engage in mindless, mundane “Human Intelligence Tasks” (e.g., find the “business inquiries” address of a YouTube channel) in exchange for mere pennies (literally 3 cents or less). Is it slave labor? Or a simple way to pass the time and make barely enough money to buy a handful of Mike and Ike candies from the vending machine?
  2. The quickest ways to get “flamed” on the Internet are to post something that actually makes sense in the YouTube comment section or to use words like “all” or “always” in a blog post, especially when you’re referring to a particular group of people. You may just mean it in a hyperbolic, frustrated way, like, “Women are always so ” or “All men should be ” and so on. But on the Internet, sarcasm and hyperbole cannot be detected as easily, and people jump on you about every little thing you say because they have no other basis on which to judge you. So… avoid “always” and “all” unless you have statistics to back them up, and go on your merry way.
  3. I have the hardest time with editing. This is probably because my day job involves editing, and even though it’s completely different subject matter from what I write, it’s still hard to sit down and do what I’ve been doing for 8+ hours at work when I get off work. Even so, editing is strangely satisfying because there’s no deadline, the only author I need to query is myself, and the writing does look much better in the end. But it’s very time consuming. Whoever said “writing is rewriting” sure knew what they were talking about.

And here’s a random cat picture, because it wouldn’t be the Internet without one:

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Nothing like stretching out on a warm sidewalk!

Hope everyone’s having a good week so far!

3 thoughts on “The Thursday Three #7

  1. I almost commented on a YouTube video once, but then I realized that would have made me a “YouTube commenter,” and so I decided not to. Some clubs you just don’t want to join, :–)

    The “all” and “always” rule also applies, oddly enough, to writing performance reviews. Nobody “always” meets deadlines or “always” gives good customer service (and, as you say, if they do you need to produce stats to back it up). The preferred solution, at least as I was trained, is to say that somebody “can be relied upon to…”

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