How Not to Run a Company Blog

A few months ago, I excitedly accepted an unpaid gig as a contributing blogger for a new company blog. A retail business trying to improve its online presence hoped that a few writers could bring perspective and increase exposure. However, I lost my enthusiasm after a few weeks when I realized that I was wasting my time.

July 30, 2010 3

Is It Just Me, or Is It a Bit Drafty in Here?

Wordpress, and most other blogging platforms, allow you to save drafts; this function is useful if you have an idea you want to save for later, or if you can’t finish writing a post in one sitting. You can save your draft and come back to it at any time, on any computer with Internet access.

July 22, 2010 1

How Blog Posts Can Become Lessons

If you have a blog, do you think you could make a lesson plan from all the work you’ve done? Could your blog posts become instructive exercises? If you reorganized your posts by category or theme, for example, could they tell an overarching story? Could you possibly organize your blog posts like a textbook?

July 21, 2010 2

5 Ways the Internet Can Boost Your Creative Output

Please don’t blame technology for a decline in creativity. If you are curious, the Internet can help fulfill a lot of your whims and whet your imagination. The Internet and social media have helped me become a more creative person; the overwhelming surplus of information can challenge your mind.

July 15, 2010 1

5 Ways that Writing for a Website Is Like Dating

If you want to keep a person interested, you should avoid doing certain things like belching loudly or talking excessively about an ex. Like dating, writing effectively for a corporate website or blog has its own rules and etiquette. Here are five ways that writing for a corporate website is like dating.

July 14, 2010 0

Private Blogs (Clap): They’re Helping You

Most people who have a blog update their blog because they want to share their thoughts with the world. Why would anyone want to create a blog that no one is going to read? Isn’t a lack of readership why most people give up blogging? And isn’t the promise of a readership why many people start?

July 13, 2010 0

Staying Tethered, Both Digitally and Metaphorically

For me, writing is a kind of tether lets me fly a little above the world but doesn’t let me stray too far. If I go for too long without writing, I feel heavy, and my mind feels bloated. I need to dump everything that’s in my head so that I can make sense of it, so that it doesn’t overwhelm me. While writing, I can distance myself.

June 25, 2010 0

Would Warhol Worship Wikipedia?

Only the rare artist can be perpetually find inspiration within herself. Most artists look to culture and other people for inspiration. Andy Warhol was inspired by everyday, contemporary objects. Today, we are so immersed in digital culture – why wouldn’t artists look to the Internet for inspiration?

June 22, 2010 0

5 Exceptionally Written Blogs

As an avid blogger with a creative writing background, I really appreciate other bloggers who take the extra time to write insightful, meaningful content. I do enjoy tumblr blogs, photo blogs, and funny blogs as much as the next person, but I have a special place in my heart for blogs with more words than pictures.

June 21, 2010 0

An Ode to Starbucks Wi-Fi

Starting the first of July, Starbucks Coffee will give you reason to buy a latte or Frap. All stores will have wi-fi. Guess what? It’s free! Yuppies can surf the web and eat a wrap. Visit your local ‘Bucks to send a tweet or download music from the iTunes store.

June 16, 2010 0