How I Run My Site: WordPress Plugins

Last night in one of the Facebook groups I’m part of, someone said she was about to update her freelance website and asked to see websites from other freelancers in the group. The result was a long thread full of links,…

A Sign of Growth: Learning to Stop Juggling

Sometimes, being in a hotel full of people who radiate enthusiasm and happiness really makes you consider what you’re doing and the choices you make. I just spent the past weekend at Ad Astra, Toronto’s annual sci-fi and fantasy convention.…

1 Rule to Follow When Writing for Others

One of the hardest things to keep in mind as a writer is that you’re not writing for just yourself. A lot of the time, you’re writing to help others. Whether readers want to learn something new, need to make an important decision, or…

Blogging for Business, and Some Updates

One of the things I emphasize as a writer when I work with other companies is to post blog updates on a regular basis. So, you can imagine my chagrin to have not posted here on my own site for over…

Guest Post News: Why 2015 is My Year of Assertiveness

Happy new year, everyone! I hope you all had a chance to spend time with your friends and family, and that you got to relax, think, and make some good plans for 2015. Remember the last post when I talked…

What I Learned in 2014, and My Goals for 2015

It’s weird to realize that the holidays are now upon us; I can’t believe how damned quickly 2014 rushed by. But it’s time to face facts: it’s the middle of December, and that means that it’s time to look back on…

4 Print Advertising Mistakes You Should Avoid

I get several flyers in the mail every week. Most are conventional: coupons, sales, and so forth. However, I sometimes find one that catches my eye. Unfortunately, one caught my eye last week for the wrong reasons. It was such a jumble…

What Are the Different Types of Editing?

Amid all this talk about plain language and writing web copy, it seems like a smart idea to pull back and look at things from the other side. A lot of the myths about editors out there exist because people don’t really…

On Being an Introvert and Flexing Your Socialization Muscles

Introversion is currently having a bit of a moment on the internet. Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts unleashed the floodgates, and now it’s nearly impossible to spend a day or a week online without seeing some sort of…

Need a Crash Course on Web Copy? Try “Nicely Said”

Title: Nicely Said: Writing for the Web with Style and Purpose Authors: Nicole Fenton and Kate Kiefer Lee Publisher: New Riders Publishing Rating: 4 out of 5 Format: Print Writing can be a daunting prospect for many people, and the…