Hotel bans ‘free-loading’ bloggers after YouTuber asks to stay for free – ignites massive debate in the process

This hotel went so far as to “ban” all bloggers (and vloggers, I’m guessing). Do you think there is too much “entitlement” in the blogging industry?

 

A Dublin-based hotel has slammed a lack of dignity from so-called “social media influencers” who expect to be able to stay for free because of their YouTube or Instagram followings.

Paul Stenson runs the White Moose Cafe and Charleville Lodge Hotel in Dublin and was contacted by a YouTuber who wanted a room over the Valentine’s Day weekend.

And because she had 87,000 YouTube subscribers, she expected to stay for free in exchange for promotion.

Stenson shared the email he received on The White Moose Cafe’s Facebook page.

This is the notice he posted banning all bloggers:

Full story @ Mirror.co.uk

 

Jason Reynolds on ‘Long Way Down’ and how he became a writer – The Washington Post

All of which asks the question Reynolds posed to his young audience: “How is it that a kid like me, a kid who grew up reading no books, eventually became a man who writes books for y’all?”

The tale of Reynolds’s transformation from a non-reader living on the edge in Oxon Hill, Md., to a literary celebrity is the kind of relatable story he wished he’d read when he was a kid. “It’s hard to be what you can’t see,” he said in an interview in the District, where he lives part-time.

Full Story: Jason Reynolds on ‘Long Way Down’ and how he became a writer – The Washington Post

93-year-old grandfather is now a children’s book author – Story | WNYW

Bernie Ditchik, 93, is still driving, playing tennis, sculpting, and, perhaps his most impressive feat, starting a new chapter in his life as an author.

The father of three and grandpa of five served in the Navy during World War II and later went on to run a costume jewelry business. Penning books was never part of his plan. Then he retired and his family suggested he write down the creative bedtime stories he had always come up with in his head.

Full Story: 93-year-old grandfather is now a children’s book author – Story | WNYW

Writing a Nonfiction Book? 5 Ideas For Attracting Agents/Editors And Keeping Readers Engaged | HuffPost

I will never profess to anyone that writing a book is easy, but nonfiction writers do have a leg up over their novelist and memoirist peers in that nonfiction can and should be formulaic. It’s all about your table of contents, and if you bang that out on the front end and feel good about the points you’re hitting, you have a strong template to guide you all the way through to the end. Yes, you still have to execute good writing and keep your reader interested in your topic, but there are a few tricks (ie, skills) that you can implement to attract agents and editors—and eventually readers.

Full Story:  Writing a Nonfiction Book? 5 Ideas For Attracting Agents/Editors And Keeping Readers Engaged | HuffPost

Sidelined by strokes, a Maple Ridge man discovers poetry – Maple Ridge News

When Barry Plamondon was released from the hospital in 2013 his left side was paralyzed.

His second stroke also left him in a wheelchair.

The 25-year Maple Ridge resident sat at home for a couple of months acclimatizing to his new reality.

But after the second month he realized that he needed to do something to come to terms with his new disabilities.Plamondon picked up a pen and started writing.

Source: Sidelined by strokes, a Maple Ridge man discovers poetry – Maple Ridge News