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Hi, I'm Jace .
Welcome to this issue of the Noticing Newbies newsletter. Join me as I take you into some nooks and crannies of Writing.Com that you may not have found time to check out yet.
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The Fools of April
Today is April 1st--April Fool's Day for those of us who, and I use the term loosely, celebrate this unofficial holiday. It's a day that is often spent in playing jokes, pranks and hoaxes on family, friends and strangers. Hmm, I guess that covers pretty much everyone.
How many of us have been the butt (pun intended) of such shenanigans? I suspect most pranks are of a more personal nature, one on one between a prankster and the prankee (okay, so I made that word up). In any case, I'd hope no one is injured or property is not damaged during the conduct of your April Fool's Day festivities.
The World Wide Web contains listings of practical jokes played on the unsuspecting and gullible public via television, radio, newspapers, and other internet media. For example, even King's College, Cambridge succumbed to April Fools by releasing a YouTube video on April 1, 2014, announcing a major policy change on decision to discontinue the use of boy sopranos and using grown men who have inhaled helium gas.
Almost 60 years ago, BBC television showed Swiss farmers harvesting spaghetti from trees and claiming the dreaded spaghetti weevil had been eradicated. So many folks contacted the station wanting to know where they could get their own spaghetti plants, they were forced to admit it was an April Fool's hoax the following day.
You might run across a joke or two here on Writing.Com during this 24-hour period. But, I'd like you to keep in mind, there are 29 more days in this month. That means you have so much more that you can accomplish in April.
Check out the Account Anniversaries located under Writing.Com Tools in the navigation menu. A quick search revealed more than one thousand members broken down by Moderator, Preferred Author and Registered Author who have been active within the last six months listed by their account activation date. Perhaps a friend or acquaintance is listed there. Take time to wish them a Happy Anniversary. Send an email, a c-Note, a review, or a merit badge.
There is a group here that exists specifically for this activity. "Anniversary Reviews" , run by Same Ol' Sum1 , is open to all, and you can earn gift points and merit badges for yourself by doing something fun for someone else. And you aren't relegated to just one day in the month. I think you'll find this is a much better way to spend your time this month.
Check out these Newbies (I've selected folks who have filled out their Biography or something in their Bio-Block). Take a moment to review something in their Port ... or just say hi.
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From M Frederick : Nicely done, Jace. Change is something that should never be approached with reluctance. Change is necessary. Change allows the evolution process to kick-start itself, in a sense. In my experience, very rarely does this cause a disturbance. I am, very much, looking forward to P15. New tools and new toys are always fun to play with and implement. Thanks for the informative article. Write on!
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From aegreenfield: This is good advice. New members may just need reviewing tips to write useful reviews, much like I did when I started here.
Not just new members either....
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