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I haven’t blogged for a while.
O.K. That’s a lie. I have, but not here. Since the New Year most of my posts have been over at EasyContentBlueprints because we’re running some exciting webinars over there and that’s where my focus was.
So this is my first post here for the year. And because this is my own, personal site, where I don’t have to worry about what other people want, or like, I decided it would be a good one, a stirring post, something that would get the year off to a momentous start.
So here we are. Let’s get momentous.
It’s not working. Come on lets go! Put some passion into it!
Do you ever have days when you sit down, and somehow the enthusiasm is just not there?
If you said yes, never think you’re alone.
My inbox is filled with emails from people with webstores, or with products to sell, who chose their products for lots of good reasons, but without realy understanding what the job of selling on the internet entails. People who sit down, knowing they have to blog or write an article and all have the same question – what can I write about?
To misquote Monty Python – where’s the passion? It’s over there in the box. But it was squeezed out because the necessity and the boredom put on weight.
And just like no-one expects the Spanish Inquisition, noone expects that their major activity after launching their webstore will be writing.
But it is.
There are product descriptions, landing pages and newsletters.Press Releases, blog posts and articles.
and tweets and even (shudder)
And the worst thing about them all is that when you really don’t have any enthusiasm, it comes across in your writing. I know this and I’m still guilty of it. Here’s an extract from two product descriptions I wrote last year.
Blue chiffon nightgown with crossover straps
Delicate nightgown in shimmering blue chiffon
The first description tells you more about the nightgown
The second descriptions sells.
Can you guess which nightgown I liked best?
So how can you find a passion for your product and put some fire into your blog posts?
Most of the gurus will tell you you don’t have to know anything about the niche product you choose to sell.
They’ll also tell you that you don’t need to use it or like it.
And they’re right. You don’t.
As long as you can afford to hire other other people to do the writing for you.
If you can’t, you face long hard hours churning out prose you don’t believe in, a soul destroying activity for anyone.
Portuguese is spoken by nearly 200 million people in the world and ranks eighth among the most spoken languages in the world (third among the western languages, after English and Castilian). It is the official language of seven countries: Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde ,Guinea-Bissau ,Mozambique […]
Every language has a characteristic which makes it more difficult. In Portuguese, past participles with two forms is one of these ways.
While the only-one-form past participles are used in a similar way in English, we can’t say that there is a parallel between two-form past participles and past participle in English.
So… First let’s see again one example of only-one-form past participle (more information on The most wanted man in the world):
Verb comprar – to buy
– The house was bought by a couple. A casa foi comprada por um casal.
– We had bought the house before moving to the Rio de Janeiro. Nós tínhamos comprado a casa antes de nos mudarmos para o Rio.
Note that I underlined one word in each sentence and the past participle after that verb is the same. Of course, because the verb chosen has just one form for it.
Let’s use the verb pagar as example:
The bill was paid by me. A conta foi paga por mim.
I had already paid the bill when my friends said they would pay it. Eu já tinha pagado a conta quando meus amigos disseram que ele a pagariam.
Then look at the first sentence. I used the verb ser (foi). Due to that, the past participle after it is the short one (paga – I used the paga because it is related to conta which is feminine).
In the second one, because I used the verb ter, I used the long form (pagado)
Because we talked in my last post about how to form a past participle from a regular verbs, it’s important for you know to know some irregular participles. At least the most used ones.
There are two types of irregular verbs when we talk about participles. 1) Some verbs have just an irregular participle and 2) some verbs has an irregular participle and a regular participle.
Below you will find some verbs which have just one participle and it’s irregular.
abrir – aberto
cobrir – coberto
dizer – dito
escrever – escrito
fazer – feito
pôr – posto
ver – visto
vir – vindo