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20 Texting Acronyms

Not so long ago LOL meant Lots of Love. If you still believe that’s what it means, you’re stuck in the wrong century. LOL in today’s lingo means Laugh Out Loud. Texting acronyms and abbreviations don’t always make sense for those of us of a certain age, and sometimes we’re a little worried about appearing out of touch. But now, at a touch of a few keys on your keyboard you can tune into any subject and learn what is current. 

No need to be afraid of the latest fad. While texting may take a little while for some of us, help is on the way to transform you from old fogey to hipster.

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Start your coolness factor off with this short list of 20 texting acronyms.

  1. BRB – be right back
  2. BTW – by the way
  3. 2moro – Tomorrow
  4. 2nite – Tonight
  5. K – okay
  6. LOL – laugh out loud
  7. L8R – later
  8. LMAO – laughing my ass off
  9. OMG – oh my god
  10. R – are
  11. U – you
  12. CU – see you
  13. TTYL – talk to you later
  14. Np – no problem
  15. POV – point of view
  16. RBTL – read between the lines
  17. Thx – thanks
  18. SH – Sh** happens
  19. TMI – too much information
  20. XOXO – hugs and kisses

These twenty short cuts won’t necessarily put you on the cool and awesome list, but they’ll set your feet in the right direction. What you do after that is up to you.

What you do need to do is practice. Practice makes perfect as we all know. Suddenly, your thumbs are doing the texting with a life of their own and you’re actually looking forward to the tinkling sound of a text message coming in. 

Let me know what other popular texting acronyms you use.

SEO or Search Engine Optimization

SEO or Search Engine Optimization are three of the scariest words for new bloggers or website owners. These words – Search Engine Optimization, or its acronym, SEO, are essential to getting your message out there, but no one seems to understand what exactly it means.

SEO Meaning

Most people use one of the three major search engines on the internet such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. The words you use to call up whatever you are looking for is what is known as search words or tags. Google, Bing and Yahoo then race through their stocks and stacks of material and cough it all up to you for you to use.

So, when you are writing a blog or something for your website, you need to use the words that people might type in and so get to your blog or business. Ta da! That’s your very simplified version of SEO. Not scary at all.

Web Crawlers and Googlebots

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So, you might think that if you stuff your blog full of SEO words of tags that will be the easiest way to get the search engines to find your blog or business. Not so. Web crawlers or googlebots are smart little creatures that appear to understand when something makes sense and when it doesn’t.

It takes a while for these google bots and web crawlers to start recognizing your site and moving it up the standings onto the main pages where people will notice them immediately.

How to get Noticed on the Web

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Blog often, at least twice a week and publish your post at approximately the same time on the same days

Write simply and in plain English, because those are the terms or keywords that people will type into their computers in order to find out more about that topic. For example, a person might type in ‘janitor’ – they would never type in ‘sanitation engineer’

Use keywords (SEO words) that you think a person might type into their computer, but use these words in a way that makes sense. Use them in your heading and in your first paragraph for sure, and if you can sprinkle them somewhere through the rest of your text – even better

Link to other sites that have similar information. This may seem counterintuitive, but your readers may benefit from it, and that means they may be more apt to remember your site. Your readers may realize that you are a great resource and come back to you for more … and best of all, Google recognizes and rewards links to other sites by noticing your site. Remember, though,  to only link to reputable sites and ones that make sense to what you are writing about.

Does SEO or Search Engine Optimization seem clearer to you now? What else would you like to know about?

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2016 Creative Writing Classes at Beyond-The-Lamppost

Tues. afternoons January 12 – March 29 in Oakville “Shaping Your Story

Wed. afternoons January 13 – March 30 in Oakville “Get Your Story Finished

Thurs. afternoons January 14 – March 3 in Oakville “Almost there: Revising & Rewriting Your Manuscript

 

 

 

 

 

Blogging for Writers

Blogging for writers may seem like one more unnecessary rung on the publishing ladder but it is an important step. And one you should take before it becomes a necessity … when you are a published author.

It is one of the best ways to connect and interact with your readers. If they feel a personal tie to you, your chances of getting them to buy and read your books start to look pretty darned good.

Learn the ins and outs of blogging before you need it.

Blogging Tips for Writers

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  • Start a free blog on WordPress today. There are so many different themes – you’ll find one you like. Don’t pay for a theme until you’ve used one of the free versions for at least a year. You need the experience to determine what you like and also to get a feel for what you are doing.
  • Take baby steps and start small. It may not sound like a lot to whip off 300-400 words each week on a topic you love to talk about, but believe me it becomes tough really quickly to think of topics people would be interested in reading about and which you can talk about with authority.
  • Think carefully about the name of your blog. It will be your online home.
  • Post once a week on the same day and as close to the same time as possible so that the web crawlers notice your new copy each week. As you get more comfortable and proficient with posting, you can increase your posts.
  • Make sure that your posts are relevant. Nobody really cares about what you are making for lunch or about the fact that your grandmother is turning 90. That is something personal. Try to make your blog pertinent to a specific subject and helpful to those who read it. I am a writer and a writing instructor, so my topics tend to be about creative writing or what is meaningful to writers.
  • Use SEO words, particularly in your heading. SEO keywords are words that people tend to type into their internet browsers when they are looking for a specific subject. So, for example, if they were looking to find out about how to start blogging they might type in the words – blogging for writers. Voila – your post will pop up.
  • Make sure you have social media links. That means you link your post to your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. There are others, but I prefer to use just those.

Let me know if you are new to blogging and if this post has helped you.

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2016 Creative Writing Classes at Beyond-the-Lamppost

Tues. afternoons January 12 – March 29 in Oakville Shaping Your Story

Wed. afternoons January 13 – March 30 in Oakville “Get Your Story Finished”  

Thurs. afternoons January 14 – March 3 in Oakville Almost there: Revising & Rewriting Your Manuscript”