Note: Scarlet Meyer is a writer and comedian. All opinions expressed on this advice column are her own, and if they backfire on you it’s your own fucking fault Mike geez. Happy Tuesday friends! I’m very excited to announce the official start of my advice column, ‘Ask a Hot Mess’! I was really excited to get some messages on Sarahah last week mostly because I was expecting none.
I recently got let go from my first ever writing job. It was terrible. After years of consistently writing for a place that I dug and that made me pretty happy I got an email from a team member I had never spoken with before. She told me that they were ‘re-structuring’, but what I heard was what I always hear anyway: you suck and you’re a bad writer.
I’m prone to panic attacks. I’ve spent many a night sitting on the floor, back to a wall, pressing on my sternum, eyes clouded with tears, just trying to listen to the sound of my breathing. I’ve called up my friends and family frantic and have had them talk to me about whatever was happening to them that day, anything mundane and steady enough to calm me down. Sobbing while my mom talks about what she’s making for lunch tomorrow, or my best friend talks about something their coworker said at work.
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".