Sample Sidebar Module

This is a sample module published to the sidebar_top position, using the -sidebar module class suffix. There is also a sidebar_bottom position below the menu.

Sample Sidebar Module

This is a sample module published to the sidebar_bottom position, using the -sidebar module class suffix. There is also a sidebar_top position below the search.
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In 2014, we are still reading paperback and hard cover books, newspapers, junk mail, magazines, greetings cards, bank statements, and so on. Nowadays, almost everyone who reads printed matter also reads digital text. From toddlers to tech-savvy centenarians, people read on tablets, smartphones, TVs and computers. A book can now be read in paper form, downloaded as an eBook, or listened to as an audio book. In short, how much we read on a daily basis (think text messages, emails, social media) has actually increased dramatically, and the ways in which we read have changed considerably.

Undeniably, Australia is being swamped with American English spellings: ‘labor’, ‘color’, words ending in ‘ized’ or ‘zation’ instead of ‘ised’ or ‘sation’. Students at Australian universities submit essays or theses for proofreading, and are surprised when editors point out they have used the ‘wrong’ version of English. While this may be a forgiveable oversight for students who are ESL, it’s something one would expect native Australian English speakers to be aware of.

You may have read about UK software-engineer Bryan Henderson, who has made it his mission to remove all instances of ‘comprised of’ from Wikipedia (around 47,000 to date). This vigilante approach to editing has irritated many of the Wikipedia contributors whose work he has corrected—not to mention the numerous commentators accusing Henderson of pedantry: a more heinous crime, it would seem, than bad grammar. But as someone who detests the phrase ‘comprised of’, I can’t help but applaud his efforts.

Each year, I receive at least a dozen phone calls and at least as many emails from people who want to become freelancers. We chat for a good deal of time as I answer their questions and offer advice. I received one such call the other day, followed by an email from someone else, which prompted me to make this the subject of this month’s blog. So here are some of the most common questions I’m asked, and the advice I give in response.

How careful planning before you write makes the editing process a much less prolonged (and expensive) experience!

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Variations of this quote have been attributed to Benjamin Franklin and Winston Churchill, among others. Dubious provenance aside, it’s a statement that can be applied to any number of situations or tasks.

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