Every weekday, PR Daily associate editor Alan Pearcy highlights the day’s most compelling stories and amusing marginalia on the Web in this, #TheDailySpin.
Don’t hate the player. Hate the game.
As any editor can attest, building relationships with contributors is a bit like dating. Sometimes, an author’s story seduces you, leaving you lusting for more, yet he or she plays hard to get. Other times, a fruitful relationship between writer and editor takes hold and grows. Are those wedding bells we hear? And then there are the times when, despite all better judgment, you take a chance on someone because, as your mother so frequently points out, you aren’t getting any younger.
So often, the latter example turns out to be nothing more than a one-time thing. A fling. A hook-up. Oh, sure, you got your story published, but all those nice things the editor said—pillow talk. It wasn’t nearly as good for the reader as it was for you.
The good news is you can avoid these one-night stands with bloggers and various publications by heeding the advice of Jessica Edmondson. She shares three tactics with CopyPress
on how to turn a single post into a steady contributorship.
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While a number of more conventional one-night stands may result from those personal ads on Craigslist, a recent posting on the classifieds site resulted in a humorously unexpected “casual encounter” listing that has gone viral. Inspired by the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” and allegedly penned by 25-year-old women from New Orleans, the hilarious sex ad can be read in full at The Daily Beast
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Speaking of “Games of Thrones,” fans of the show may wonder what would happen if the mythical lands of Westeroos met Walt Disney. Well, wonder no longer. Meet Princess Daenerys: (via Happy Place
did its own reimagining when it recast the AMC drama “Mad Men” as an ensemble of the creepiest Muppets you’ll ever see.
Although TV audiences in New Zealand won’t necessary see a particularly racy Carl’s Jr. commercial
touting the chain’s Memphis BBQ Burger, they may hear about it. According to Adweek
, the country banned the commercial claiming it was too sexually exploitive to broadcast, but the fast food company is drawing on listeners’ imaginations by describing the banned ad in a new radio spot:
Whereas verbal ingenuity helped Carl’s Jr., it remains to be seen how linguistically cunning and gifted the contestants are at this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee. Salon
reports that organizers are adding a multiple-choice vocabulary test to the annual competition.
Don’t feel discouraged, my young wordsmiths. English is a difficult language to learn at any age. In fact, mental_floss
explains why our spelling system is so messed up to begin with.
No wonder Quebec has it out for our English semantics. Reports Time
, the Canadian province—where French is the official language—is locked in a politically heated debate on the future of English as a language within its borders, a battle that is already affecting how retailers operate there.
Then again, we don’t have a handle on English ourselves, and it is
our official language. Just look at all the instances of completely unnecessary quotation marks compiled by BuzzFeed
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Meanwhile, a new satirical website called God-Was-Here.com
is compiling all the social media chatter from social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to track God “and all that he does in real-time.” Co-creator and copywriter Kevin Lynch tells Mashable
“Obviously, God is busier than we thought. Someone should be keeping tabs on His daily achievements.”
The concept of a higher power might be difficult to grasp or explain for some, but not when that higher power is Michael Bolton, nor when you’re simply explaining where Starbursts get all their juiciness: (via Creativity