Our mantra here at ChicagoNow, coined by Sheila "Mary Tyler Mom" Quirke, is simple: "Blogging works." Blogging most certainly does work, it can make an enormous difference in the lives of bloggers as well as their readers. But it doesn't happen overnight and it doesn't come without understanding there are right ways and wrong ways of doing things. We asked our ChicagoNow bloggers to briefly share what the most important thing they learned about blogging in 2013. Here are some of the responses:
But, I've never allowed it to rattle me much. While their advancements can be gnat-like annoying sometimes, I've learned to deftly swat them away or squash with a cool, yet subtle look that communicates, "you must have lost your muthaf***in' mind to try me." Fortunately, this tactic has always worked for me. I know, I've also been lucky to not have endured such atrocious levels of harassment in my short flight attendant career. But, I've heard stories from co-workers who have.
Demos. This is the Greek root word for democracy. It literally means the common people, people without a special title or honor. In other words, democracy is government by US, the average Joe and Jane. At least it is for the time being. Time being you say? That's what I said! The concept is simple really. It can be summed up in just two words, voter suppression.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".