McCallum getting comfortable with life as a pro

first_imgMcCallum getting comfortable with life as a proThe former Gophers’ star second baseman is in his second season with the Twins organization, playing at single-A Beloit. Ashley Goetzbaseball Derek WetmoreJuly 20, 2010Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintBELOIT, Wis. âÄî Though the GophersâÄô run through the NCAA tournament is over, the dog days of summer roll on and folks around the country continue to embrace the national pastime at every level. Caught in between the excitement of chasing a college baseball championship and playing on the gameâÄôs biggest stage are the oft-forgotten minor league prospects, living a daily grind of games every night, buses around the country, fast food and modest salaries. Former Gophers star second baseman Derek McCallum is one such minor leaguer, âÄúliving the dreamâÄù in the Minnesota Twins organization playing for their low class-A affiliate, the Beloit Snappers, working his way toward a big league paycheck. McCallumâÄôs second season in the minor leagues âÄî since being drafted by the Twins in the fourth round in 2009 âÄî got off to a rough start with an early-season wrist injury. He has struggled since his return to the lineup, hitting just .219 in 33 games this year. But Snappers hitting coach and former Twins player Tommy Watkins refused to call it a slump. âÄúIt sounds like heâÄôs struggling a little bit, but heâÄôs only got [114] at bats so a couple hits here and there, [his average] could jump up a lot,âÄù Watkins said. Beloit McCallum is playing his first season with the Snappers after spending his rookie season with the TwinâÄôs Rookie League affiliate in Elizabethton, Tenn. He said the SnappersâÄô 3,500-seat Pohlman Field is actually a step down from the oft-criticized Siebert Field in terms of quality and size: As of Saturday, the team was averaging 961 fans per game, the second worst in the league. âÄúMinor league baseball is not as glamorous as people would think it is,âÄù McCallum said. âÄúItâÄôs living the dream and itâÄôs what you want to do, so there are no complaints.âÄù He added: âÄúThe first thing you notice [about pro ball] is youâÄôre not in school anymore; you donâÄôt have to go to class when you wake up in the morning.âÄù Beloit is home to the TwinsâÄô top prospect, Aaron Hicks , and has been the home of former top prospects like Matt Garza and Prince Fielder . With such impressive company past and present, itâÄôs easy to feel overlooked for players like McCallum. âÄúIn college, if you establish yourself, you get to be a bigger fish in a smaller pond, but once youâÄôre here, youâÄôre almost just a number and youâÄôre just trying to survive for yourself,âÄù McCallum said. Watkins realizes itâÄôs a difficult reality to face âÄî he himself battled through the minor leagues for 12 years before breaking onto the scene with the Twins in 2007. He retired last fall and was immediately hired as the SnappersâÄô hitting coach, giving advice to some of the young players used to being the best player on a team. âÄú[Once you] get to pro ball itâÄôs like, âÄòMan, everybodyâÄôs good,âÄô âÄù he said. âÄúYou just have to hang in there, battle and get your work done. Just try not to take things for granted and work hard every day.âÄù McCallum was invited to his first spring training with the Twins this year, and he said he got see a lot of players from the system. ItâÄôs a farm system that notably lacks middle infield depth, but McCallum said he doesnâÄôt âÄúcount headsâÄù because he is focused more on his work than on the possibility of a promotion. Watkins is working with McCallum to improve his defensive versatility because playing multiple positions could help jumpstart a move up the minor league ladder. College McCallum, a graduate of Hill-Murray School in Maplewood, was a standout offensive and defensive player for the Gophers, playing second base and shortstop. Though his success at college hasnâÄôt yet translated into elite prospect status, he did earn a spot on the 2009 All-Big Ten First Team with some of baseballâÄôs top prospects like Dustin Ackley and Stephen Strasburg . He was also in the running for Big Ten Player of the Year and one of 16 finalists for National Player of the Year after leading the Big Ten in home runs and RBI, setting the GophersâÄô single-season RBI record in the process. The summer after his sophomore season, McCallum wanted to prove to scouts that he could hit with a wooden bat. He joined the St. Cloud Riverbats of the Northwoods League in the off-season, and by his accounts had a âÄúgreat summerâÄù before returning and exploding onto the scene in his junior season. He pointed to that summer as the turning point that set him up for professional baseball. The draft McCallum was drafted with the 132nd overall pick in the 2009 MLB amateur draft, near where fellow Gophers player and fellow Shoreview native Seth Rosin was taken this year . At the time of the draft, McCallum was the highest-drafted Gophers player since Glen Perkins was taken by the Twins in the first round of the 2004 draft. Recent first-round draft choice Mike Kvasnicka has quieted some of the hype surrounding McCallum as a former Gopher in the minor leagues, but the latter actually had a more impressive final season with Minnesota. Kvasnicka hit for a .355 average with eight home runs and 50 RBI, while McCallum, in his junior season, batted .409 with 18 home runs and 86 RBI, all from a more demanding defensive position. McCallum received a $209,700 signing bonus after the draft and reported to the Elizabethton Twins in June, hitting .241 with five home runs in 57 games in the Appalachian League. While minor leaguers like McCallum donâÄôt play for a lot of money and often arenâÄôt promised anything in terms of a future in the big leagues, even non-elite prospects like McCallum get to have fun and play a kidâÄôs game for a living âÄî even if it is a cut-throat kids game. âÄúBaseball is your job,âÄù he said. âÄúItâÄôs your life.âÄùlast_img read more

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Overcome your past hurt to improve future

first_imgI’m 56 years old, have been married for 33 years and have five children, the eldest being 37. My problem is my husband does not support me financially. He has his own business. This has been going on for five years now and he doesn’t want to discuss it. We live in my mother’s house and he didn’t even want to contribute towards the bills. He moved out June 1 and I haven’t spoken to him since. I am emotionally stressed out. I’m very unhappy. I have been trying to make things work. I really need to speak to someone. There is so much going on in my life. Please help.I am really sorry to hear that you have been having such a difficult time in your marriage which you seem to have been committed to for a significant period. It seems with all that you have shared that your husband is a very selfish and uncommitted man. People like this rarely change their ways and if they gain any success in life, they will ensure that only they benefit and nobody else. Now that he has moved out and not spoken to you since, it is a clear indication that he is not interested in your marriage any longer. As sad and difficult as this may be for you to accept, you have to make a decision for yourself to stop waiting for him and to explore your other options, including divorce. It is imperative for you to be able to move on. I understand that doing this at your age will not be easy, but to stay stuck in a situation which is clearly untenable and not working, will just create more emotional turmoil and stress for you in the long run. I would suggest that perhaps you should start exploring your rights in terms of a divorced wife and focus on what you have, for example, your children and the rest of your support system at home. Seek legal advice at a marriage or family court. Once you feel more supported in terms of your legal rights in this matter, I would suggest that you take up some work, even if it is part-time, so that you can start to feel some sense of financial independence again. It is unfortunate that we still live in a very patriarchal society where women’s rights in marriage in particular, are often undermined or not given the status and value they deserve. Now you have to do this for yourself. Set yourself free and start to let go of the hope that you can make him change or “trying to work things out”, he clearly is not interested and will only mess you around again as soon as he has a chance. Move on with your life as challenging as it may be. You deserve better. Do this for yourself and for your children, they are still looking to you as their role model irrespective of their age.I read your article on relationships and reading it made me realise that I am in need of help (“Focusing on yourself can save your relationship”, July 27). People have told me that I am difficult, selfish and controlling. Your column made me feel like I was reading about myself and it was shocking. I always thought of myself as a confident person who loved herself too much and thought she was more special than anyone else. How could I not. I grew up without a father and my mom was there but I didn’t have that much of a relationship with her. I was raised by my grandparents and consider them my parents. When I was eight, my mother got married and soon started her own family. I was just left behind to fend for myself. When I was in Grade 11 she came to fetch me because her husband forced her too, since he thought I needed a better education. That is how I moved from Mpumalanga to Cape Town. In all that I treated her with respect and loved her, yet I don’t remember her showing me love and affection. I met the love of my life and we have the most beautiful five-year-old son and they are the most important people in my life but I’ve treated this amazing man like crap and I don’t know how to fix it. I am scared our son will grow up without a father because of all the problems I am causing. I love him so much but I am a mess and I don’t know how to fix myself or communicate or show my love. You seem to be an intelligent woman who has risen from very difficult circumstances and overcame them, outwardly. That you are willing to admit your ways of treating people in a manner that causes you to hurt them, is already a significant step in the right direction. You did not have positive role models for relationships and your parents failed to be consistently available and loving towards you. That you built up psychological defences to protect yourself is completely understandable. You were hurt, rejected, abandoned and felt mostly unloved. We all respond to these experiences by self-preservation to prevent further hurt. These defence mechanisms may include building an over-valued sense of self, a false self, which makes one seemingly function at an optimal level in the world and ensures control in what seems to be, a very unpredictable environment. However, as we grow and become adults, these defences, on an unconscious level, continue to play out in our relationships. They do not only wall us in and protect us from further hurt but also repeat what parents did and reject, abuse or hurt those whom we have chosen to love, but who, to the hurt person, may seem to be potentially able to cause the woundedness experienced as a child. The psychological term for this is called transference. We transfer, the good and the bad, but usually more the bad, that we experienced in the past onto significant others and treat them as if they were our parents, projecting our anger, hatred or fear onto this new person in our lives, mostly unconsciously. Working through your past will take time but with willingness to heal it can move your growth on exponentially and unburden you from the shackles of the past. I would suggest you contact and start processing your inner experiences with a trained psychotherapist or clinical psychologist in your area, which is easy to “Google”. Also, read relevant books on these issues such as the ones by Harville Hendrix called Getting the love you want and Keeping the love you find. * This column appears every two weeks. Carin-Lee Masters is a clinical psychologist in private practice. While she cannot enter into correspondence with individual readers, she will try to answer as many queries as possible through this column or refer you to organisations that can assist. You can write to her at [email protected] or send a WhatsApp message or SMS to 082 264 7774. Provide sufficient information about your difficulty.last_img read more

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Atletico’s Saul Niguez talks about being bullied at Real Madrid

first_imgAtletico Madrid player Saul Niguez has remembered his time spent at Real Madrid’s academy as he looks ahead to this weekend’s Madrid derby at the Santiago Bernabeu.  Upd. at 15:00 In an interview with ‘El Mundo’, Saul explains the problems he had as an 11-year-old at Madrid.  When asked who had done it – if it was team-mates, or team-mates’ parents – Saul shrugged his shoulders and said he didn’t know.  Sport EN “They robbed my boots, food (…) They stopped me from going to Valdebebas for two weeks for things I’d not done. They passed a letter to the manager saying I had written it. I said I’d not done it because I really had not done it.” After leaving Elche for Madrid, he experienced some tough months in the Spanish capital before eventually signing for Atletico as a 12-year-old.  Despite that, on a sporting level he does have some good memories: “With Pepe Fernandez, my first manager, I have a friendly relationship. He helped me in my weakest moments.” 26/02/2016 CET “During that year with Madrid I learned many things, I matured a lot. It was a difficult year, because many non-sporting things were happening,” he said.last_img read more

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Conte confirms that Pedro has multiple fractures in his face

first_img Sport.es Upd. on 25/07/2017 at 04:01 CEST 24/07/2017 IN SPORT.ES Conte confirma que Pedro sufre múltiples fracturas en la caracenter_img According to Conte, Pedro has “multiple fractures” in his face. The forward spent the night in a Beijing hospital following the incident as a precaution and will now return to London for further medical evaluation. The Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that the injury suffered by Pedro Rodríguez in a collision with David Ospina in Chelsea’s friendly against Arsenal, which initially seemed to be a simple concussion, is more serious than thought. Conte confirmed the player will not be able to train for 10 days and must wear a protective mask when he returns. Wearing a mask is becoming a bit of a habit for Chelsea players – Terry, Cech, Cesc Fàbregas and Fernando Torres have done so in recent years.last_img read more

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Cherokee Man Sentenced on Sexual Abuse Charges

first_imgAnthony Jason Shell, 34, was sentenced on Thursday, Nov. 30 in Federal Court in Asheville on his prior plea to one count of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The Honorable Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Shell to a term of imprisonment of 37 months in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a term of Supervised Release for the rest of his natural life, and provisions regarding Sex Offender Registration in connection with Shell’s offenses from August of 2014.last_img

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Hudson never trails, knocks off Marshfield girls basketball

first_imgTigers drop to 2-5, host Oshkosh North on ThursdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Hudson scored the first six points of the game, and Marshfield never recovered as it dropped a 69-51 decision to the Raiders in the opening round of the 8th Annual Marshfield Tiger Girls Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night at Marshfield High School.Hudson (7-2) cruised out to a 14-4 lead in the first 5:40 of the game, and the Tigers never got closer than eight the rest of the way.Lexi Jonas hit five 3-pointers in the first half for Hudson and finished with a game-high 17 points.Marshfield (2-5) closed to within 33-25 after a 3-pointer from Meg Bryan and a free throw by Jenna Jakobi with just more than two minutes to go in the first half, but the Tigers would only score one more point in the half and trailed by 12 at the break.Hudson came out of intermission and scored the first seven points to push its lead to 19. Marshfield responded with six in a row, including a pair of baskets by Jakobi, and cut it to nine on a 3-pointer from Meg Bryan.However, Marshfield did not score for the next 3:20, turned the ball over on four-straight possessions, and fell behind by 15. The Tigers finished with 17 turnovers in the loss and could not get Hudson’s lead back under double digits.Ema Fehrenbach scored 16 points, making 8 of 10 free throws, and Bryan added 11 points with three 3-pointers for Marshfield.Wausau West defeated Oshkosh North in the first game Wednesday and will play Hudson at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by North against Marshfield at approximately 3 p.m. Marshfield’s game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Raiders 69, Tigers 51Hudson 38 31 – 69Marshfield 26 25 – 51HUDSON (69): Lucy Fashingbauer 0-2 0-0 0, Izzy Hanson 0-0 0-0 0, Sarah Cable 0-0 0-0 0, Lexi Jonas 6-13 0-0 17, Lexi LeFever 0-0 0-0 0, Grace Uchytil 0-0 1-2 1, MaKenzie White 0-1 1-2 1, Ty Huber 0-4 0-0 0, Kayla Gertschen 2-3 2-2 7, Kylee Christiansen 6-8 2-3 14, Shayla Wallin 6-14 2-4 16, Ashley Juza 4-7 2-2 10, Kassi Jenkins 1-3 0-1 2, Kaiya Sundeen 0-1 1-2 1, Elise Anderson 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 25-56. FT: 11-18. 3-pointers: 8-16 (Jonas 5-7, Wallin 2-4, Gertschen 1-1, White 0-1, Huber 0-1, Juza 0-2). Rebounds: 33 (Wallin 11). Turnovers: 14. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: none. Record: 7-2.MARSHFIELD (51): Shantel Nienast 0-1 0-0 0, Meg Bryan 4-9 0-0 11, Kaydee Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Kendra Tremelling 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Jakobi 4-11 1-2 9, Corianne Johnson 2-6 2-5 7, Maddie Nikolai 0-4 1-2 1, Ema Fehrenbach 4-11 8-10 16, Katie Osinski 2-4 1-2 5, Sophie Koehn 1-2 0-2 2. FG: 17-48. FT: 13-23. 3-pointers: 4-8 (Bryan 3-5, C. Johnson 1-3). Rebounds: 27 (Jakobi 6). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-5.last_img read more

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Award for Mandela Bridge

first_img11 November 2004The spectacular Nelson Mandela Bridge, one of Johannesburg’s newest landmarks, has been given an award for outstanding civil engineering achievement by the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE).The Nelson Mandela Bridge was judged to be “the most outstanding civil engineering project achievement in the technical excellence category” for 2003, and also won the SAICE Award of the Century in the construction category.The largest cable-stayed bridge in southern Africa, opened by Nelson Mandela on 20 July 2003, cost R38-million and took about two years to construct.The bridge is part of a R300-million inner city renewal programme spearheaded by Blue IQ, a Gauteng provincial economic development initiative, though the project was handled by the Johannesburg Roads Agency.The 295-metre bridge crosses over 40 railway lines to link Braamfontein in the north with the Johannesburg central business district and Newtown to the south.The bridge is aesthetically positioned between two other major developments in Johannesburg’s “cultural arc” – the Newtown Cultural Precinct and the Constitutional Hill Precinct in Braamfontein – carrying two lanes of traffic, two sidewalks for pedestrians and a lane for bicycles.The asymmetrical dual-pylon cable-stay bridge is made up of a 66-metre north back span, a 176-metre main span and a 42-metre south back span, giving a total length of 284 metres. The north pylon is 42 metres high and the south pylon 27 metres high, creating a delicate balance and an interesting visual appeal.Approximately 4 000 cubic metres of concrete and 1 000 tons of structural steel were used to construct the bridge, with around 500 tons of reinforcing steel cast into the concrete.The award, a mountable inscribed plaque, was presented to the project managers of the bridge at a function in Midrand, Johannesburg on 27 October.The SAICE, founded in 1903, is a voluntary organisation with 8 000 members from the civil engineering industry. The body promotes the improvement of quality within the industry, offering capacity building programmes and rewarding good practice.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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RCRD LBL Goes Live, Crashes Immediately

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… At RDCRD LBL’s launch 10 record labels are participating so the selection is limited. I’m not hip enough to have heard of more than just a few of these bands, but I’ll check them out once the site is up. Comparisons to the awful SpiralFrog, another ad-supported music site that was more or less born dead, fall short; SpiralFrog is thoroughly locked down with DRM and it’s full of bands you’ve heard of before. Peter Rojas, the man who was present at the founding of both of the two most linked-to blogs on the internet (Engadget and Gizmodo), launched the online music site he’s working on today. Called RCRD LBL (record label without the vowels, you know how unhip vowels are, why not get rid of them all?) the site hasn’t been accessible since it went live. Update: Rojas stopped by to leave a comment saying the site was back up and sure enough it is. I’m getting a musical education already. The RCRD LBL site, bless its overworked little heart, was designed by New York’s Gelo Factory, who have worked on a variety of projects ranging from the Rhizome art community blog to the social site of the AARP. Related Posts Tags:#music#web Music can be downloaded, it can be streamed and it can be listened to through a widget embedded on any web page or on the OSX dashboard. marshall kirkpatrick None the less, here’s the details. RCRD LBL will provide free, DRM-free music for download and streaming. It will be ad supported and the company simply asks on its site that you not reuse the music for commercial purposes. We’ll see how well that works, but there’s really no viable alternative. “In a world where many people get their music for free,” the folks behind the experiment say, “we wanted to create a site where bands we loved could put their music out there for free AND get paid for it.”last_img read more

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What Does Access to Real World Data Online Make Possible? Check Out PolicyMap 2.0

first_imgTags:#Mashups#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Databases. They’re not just for those with specialized skills anymore. Want to know what kinds of insights into the world everyday people can find when the right tools are available to process plenty of data? Check out this example below.One year ago we wrote about a fascinating service called PolicyMap, a website where users can view more than 4000 different data sets laid out on a map down to the city street level. I found which parts of my neighborhood donated more money to John McCain than to Barack Obama, and vice versa. Today PolicyMap launched a new feature for subscribers that allows up to three points of data to be cross-referenced. You may or may not be interested in subscribing to PolicyMap, but anyone can see from the screencast below just how much potential technologies like this have.There’s a button to view this video full screen in the bottom-right corner of the player.This is pretty interesting stuff, is it not? The ability to cross-reference different sets of data with factors like geographic location is really exciting. Extrapolate from this, if you will, by imagining what kind of things could be made possible if programmatic access to data from Facebook could be layered into systems like this. Or any other large data set that’s hording it. Anonymous aggregate data made available to developers who can build interfaces that allow end users to analyze that data is likely to be an even more important resource in the near future than it is today. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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New Sites Offer Circle Recommendations for Google Plus

first_imgLooking for people to Circle on Google Plus? Several new sites have popped up with ideas for “suggested circles.” Unfortunately, Google Plus itself doesn’t offer a way for users to share Circles with their friends, so for now, manually reproducing these Circles is your only option. But for those who are willing to put in the time, you’ll be hitting that 5,000 friend limit pretty quickly.OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a little about hitting the 5,000-user limit – but you’ll definitely find some new people to follow on these sites, especially if you’re interested in technology.With Circles, You Can Follow More People! Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Google#Op-Ed#social networks#web sarah perez From the comments I’ve read on Google Plus, many of you out there are still using Google’s new social network a lot like Facebook when it comes to how many friends you add…err…”encircle.”In fact, one particularly controversial thread started this weekend by Digg founder Kevin Rose called out über-power user Robert Scoble for “using the Internet wrong.” Scoble was complaining about the noise on Google Plus, which struck Rose as ridiculous, given that Scoble follows 5,000 people.While personally, I think everyone should feel free to use social networks as they see fit, if anyone was really missing the boat regarding Google Plus’ potential, it was Rose, not Scoble. Although Scoble’s stress-testing often does hit levels “regular” users will never reach, on Google Plus, 5,000 people is not an inconceivable limit.Here’s why:Google Plus is the first social network that actually encourages users to follow more people, not fewer.On sites like Facebook and Twitter, adding too many friends turns your streams into a mess. Add real-time updating, and it’s impossible to even read the content as it zips by. There are workarounds for this problem – Facebook lists and groups, or Twitter lists, for example, but none are as elegant a solution as Google Plus’s Circles.The “Other” Dunbar NumberUntil now, typical social network user behavior was that, instead of over-subscribing, you would limit your friending activities to match your cognitive limits. In many cases, people max out at “Dunbar’s number,” or 150. According to Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary anthropology at the University of Oxford, human beings can hold only about 150 meaningful relationships in their heads.But here’s a side note to that oft-quoted research – Dunbar also said that human beings have the ability to recognize about 1,500 people. So why shouldn’t there be networks that tap into our ability to function in a wider community filled with familiar faces?Hello, Google Plus.Circle Suggestion SitesAs soon as Google Plus launched, Circle suggestion ideas popped up all across the network, as well as in the occasional blog post – like this one with a suggested Photographers Circle. Now we’re starting to see more formal efforts appearing. Although reaching the 5,000-person limit may be difficult for the average user, there are several new sites that may help get the creative juices following.For example, I’ve been enjoying Share This Circle, a site that offers everything from niche Circles like “Italians abroad” to more mainstream fare like “Authors” or “Celebrities.” In most cases, the Circles were curated externally, by individuals or other media outlets, but have been centralized here for easy access. If you have time to kill, it’s fun to dig around in these pre-made groups to see if there are people you missed, or Circle ideas you want to duplicate on your own.Do you have any great Circle ideas? Let us know in the comments! Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Another new site, RecommendedUsers.com, groups techies into Circles like “Podcasters” and “Bloggers.” However, the categories on this site have too much overlap in some cases. We wonder why some bloggers are listed as “authors,” while others are “journalists” and others still are just “bloggers?”  It’s a little confusing. The site’s owner Alireza Yavari says that he’s updating the lists soon based on feedback, so hopefully they will be cleaned up a bit.And even more lists are coming, too, thanks to crowdsourcing. (You can see all the new categories in the dropdown list on the suggestions page.) Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

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