Well, by perusing some wordpress plug-ins from pro-blogger (a must read if you blog) I came across the answer to sites that unscrupulously steal your feeds (also called scraping).
Add a copyright message to your RSS feed! All with this plug-in – Angsuman’s Copyrighter Plugin. Really, I consider this plugin a must-have, especially once you start getting traffic and the “referrers” start coming in the form of “blah had a great post, here’s his content, and a link back. By the way, click on all my ads surrounding his entry to make me money.”
I recognize that feed-scrapers that do have link-backs aren’t necessarily evil- they aren’t phishing or stealing outright they’re just trying to make a quick buck off someone else’s writing spirit and soul. I liken them to pyramid schemes and Ponzi-artists – worthless, taking up bandwidth of the internet that would be better suited to a number of amiable bloggers out there.
Enough for my ranting – to my fellow bloggers fighting the scrapers, copyright your feeds!
As an aside, I’ve got some planned entries coming. Being a full-time father/worker/student/husband takes a toll, and it’s writing that suffers so that none of the others do!
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It’s interesting that I’ve had the topic of first impressions come up a number of times recently. My wife often gets commented on her handshake (she’s a paramedic/firefighter, so she shakes a lot of guys hands, and being in a guy-dominated field, she shakes hard and firm). I talked over with my HR rep a couple times, and she’s mentioned how people will arrive for an interview in a suit and tie, and by half-way through they’re down to rolled up sleeves and no tie or jacket (we pride our company for being laid back at work – we’ve got a relaxed, cool atmosphere going on).
Having said that, I’d like to comment:
- Dress to impress: You’ve got to remember where you are interviewing at. Some places would love to see you in a suit and tie, and other places will see you as uptight. The position also determines.
- Look fit: People do look attractive people, but this is unrealistic. It’s like saying fat people will never be employed. I know plenty of “overweight” individuals that are excellent workers. It’s not being unhealthy, it’s portraying yourself as unhealthy. If you’re a big guy that has to interrupt so you can catch your breath after sitting down, people may look down at that.
- Give an impressive handshake: I know a guy who prides on messing with underlings by not allowing them a good handshake. Of course, he’s also a bit of a humorist.
- Focus on speaking: Speak effectively. Know who is interviewing you, so don’t drop techno jargon to non-techies. Also, don’t speak to them like they’re idiots either. Ask questions about their knowledge or get their background beforehand so you don’t end up looking like a fool to the HR guy who used to be a developer.
- Use the person’s name: This is useful. I was fortunate enough to get the business cards of everyone I interviewed with (some of whom had difficult names to spell accurately) and made sure to send a thank you to them for their time and drop their names when we spoke.
- Listen: This is important. Don’t just stare off or ignore them, actively listen and ask engaging questions to have them clarify.
- Shine the spotlight on them: I used this technique often. I interview the interviewer to show an interest in them, and get an insight into the company, the position, and the other interviewers.
There are a ton of resources, and it’s never really commons sense. Sometimes you need to read these things multiple times to make them stick until they become common-sense to you. I know it’s always helpful to revisit old topics to keep them fresh in my mind!
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