Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Talk Nerdy: My New Project Update

I'm working on something.

It's called Talk Nerdy and it's a place on the web to read intelligent, knowledgeable content in an easy to read format.

I don't want learning new things to be dull and tedious. I want picking up new quips of information to be a coffee break regular. Talk Nerdy covers all things geeky. From history, psychology, science, technology and general leisure, we're doing it all.

It's still a work in progress so you can't access the site just yet (but we've just posted an awesome article about the basics of marketing) but you can follow us on Twitter here to stay updated. We Tweet interesting stuff too.

If you're interested in writing an article, just drop me an email letting me know what topic you'd like to cover. All article ideas are to be sent to kerry.provenzano@live.co.uk and more can be read about that in this post. I can't pay but I can get you published. Write about what you know; perhaps what you studied at university or something you've had a long term geeky interest in.

Thank you to everyone who has emailed me ideas already - you're all such diversely educated people!

Follow Talk Nerdy on Twitter and I'll let you know when the site goes live.


Friday, 2 October 2015

Hey, I'm looking for writers to publish (and not for this blog)

Hello internet friends. I'm setting up a new project. Who wants to have an article published on my new site?

Here's the deal:

- I can't pay you but I can publish you on my swish new website (and let me tell you, it's swish)

- it's gotta be nerdy

- if you're a university student, I'd love you to write about the course you're on

- I'm looking for articles jam packed with knowledge so write about what you know

- I'll need some references at the bottom of the article so readers know where they can read more about all the interesting things you told them

Examples of topics:

- How does the stock market work?

- What happens to your body underwater?

- How to win at Monopoly

- A brief history of...

- The 5 best card games

- The maths behind...

- The most interesting psychological experiments

... or whatever else you're interested in!

Sound good? Drop me an email telling me what topic area you think you could cover and we'll get chatting.


Speak soon!


Thursday, 24 September 2015

The Internet got carried away again #MasculinitySoFragile

Today's post may not come to you in an well structured and articulated manner. If that's the case, it's because I'm not sat at my desk with a well rounded diet fuelling my writing. I am, in fact, in bed, in London, relatively sleep deprived and having somehow managed to pick up Freshers flu despite not consuming alcohol yet this week.

So, yeah.

But, that's the beauty of blogs, they aren't national newspapers and I'm not being paid so guess what, if I want to rock up in my pyjamas spewing half asleep nonsense I can.

And that, ladies and gents, is the plan today. I do think I need some water though, hang on while I get some.

*short interlude*

So, down to business. #MasculinitySoFragile AKA the latest Twitter trend that omg like so totally empowers us ladies amirite girls?!

Well, not really.

Because part (PART) of #MasculinitySoFragile shows us a series of products targeted at men, with 'masculine' packaging. Dove tissues that say FOR MEN for example.

The horror, right?

Well, since people just love getting into a good old 'haha your sex is PATHETIC debate' like a group of 4 years olds, what a lot of Tweeters are failing to acknowledge is that brands are just packaging their products that way because it works.

It's called market segmentation and it involves dividing a broad market into sub sections with similar needs in order to appeal to that particular segment.

So selling washing up liquid in black packaging and giving it masculine buzzwords isn't proving that masculinity is fragile, it's proving that market segmentation helps drives sales.

But say I'm wrong. Say masculinity is so fragile men need constant reassurance from their weekly supermarket shop to reinforce their confidence, say the know it alls on Twitter have struck gold and the men really are weak and pathetic.

Well then my question is (since we would not appreciate the reverse situation)...

...why on earth are we mocking them for it?

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