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Facebook Announces New Groups Feature

The new Groups app allows you to add anyone you want to the group and they can add anyone they want to the group and you’re added. No permission asked or needed. In order to get out of a group, you have to actually opt-out. This seems to be a privacy issue. . . but Facebook gets around that by setting the default option on Groups to private. That means that your business will only be shared with a hundred people you didn’t want to friend and not everyone on Facebook.

I always marvel about when I’m wondering about something I almost immediately stumble upon the answer in a weblog post. A discussion was started in the 9rules forums if maybe Facebook groups would be a good replacement for the forum. I never used the group feature and was wondering what its functionalities are, especially if I have to ‘friend’ everyone who joins the group.

4 Amazing Life Lessons from Scrooge McDuck

Like in every person and duck, there are both good things and bad things in Scrooge. We can learn from both the positive and negative sides of the world’s richest duck.

Here in the Netherlands we have a weekly comic book about Donald Duck and a couple of years back I spend a year buying and reading them. I never really put thought on Scrooge McDuck or the other characters on how lessons could be applied from their personalities. I really enjoyed this article, how a hobby can inspire someone to find valuable lessons in it and share it with us.

Organize your writing, J.K. Rowling style

The grid outlines the chapter, month, chapter title, explanation of how that chapter relates to the over-arching plot of the book, and then columns for each of the book’s six subplots […]

This is why the Harry Potter series has way fewer plot holes than Twilight series. I knew for a long time already that Rowling planned her books before writing them and taking her time also not rushing to get them published. This outline grid just proves how methodical she was about planning her storylines.

This is a good example that taking time to write your weblog entry pays off, instead of rushing to publish it. I myself was guilty of this and now I write down what I want to convey in my longer and personal posts on my own weblog. It is very easy to get off track when writing longer posts, writing down notes will help you keep your thoughts clear. A good advice also is to let the post sit in drafts for a day and read it again with fresh eyes before publishing.

Happy Thanksgiving in Canada

When you aren’t writing to impress anyone in particular and you know your family and friends won’t read it and think any less or more of you, what does Thanks giving mean to you?

Canada just recently celebrated Thanksgiving while the U.S. celebrates theirs in November. When writing from personal point of view it is indeed good practice to write down your opinions on personal matters. A lot of authors pour inspiration from their personal experiences. Holidays is something we can all agree brings up the best and worse of people. This article may have even inspired me to write a satirical article about a memorable holiday spent with family.

If you rather not publish it you should just write it for yourself or make it a complete fiction piece.

Something Fishy

We discovered a lot of things about caring for goldfish and fish in general. We also realized that we had been doing a lot of things wrong!

This is what I love about personal weblogs, those little nuggets of information you wouldn’t care for knowing but once you know them they can come in very handy. People who write personal weblogs tend to share a lot of what they learn and find out on a daily basis in their lives. While Gizmodo might know about the next iPhone, the personal webloggers in your feed reader will provide information you can actually use and apply in your daily life.