Since I'm a website tester, people ask me for advice from 'the other side' ... the angle of the person who sees the good and the bad. They wonder if links are a positive or a negative for their pages. Well ... this depends on the reliability of the links. I use very few links You may have noticed I use very few URLs (links) on my pages. I stay pretty … [Read more...] about “Should I use links on my website?”
'Newsjack' alert for writers: National Pasta Day is fast approaching. According to the National Pasta Day website: “Marco Polo did not discover pasta in Asia and take it to Italy. Early Romans used a very simple flour and water dough: pasta is Italian for ‘dough.’” Interestingly, Thomas Jefferson introduced pasta to the United States when he transported a … [Read more...] about National Pasta Day!
“What’s the hardest part about being a proofer?” My answer always surprises people. It's not doing the work. “The hardest part is convincing people they need a proofer, and having them listen once we're hired!” (Remember the story on my 'Secret sauce' for better docs page?) Crickets During the 2018 midterm primaries, I noticed a local magazine listing … [Read more...] about Give your proofer a break!
Freelance writers: an interesting ‘newsjack’ for next Wednesday In Indiana (United States), Johnny Appleseed is part of the folklore. John 'Johnny Appleseed' Chapman was born on September 26, 1774, and – according to Cheryl Ogden, the director of the Johnny Appleseed Museum in Urbana, Ohio – started his historic treks in 1801. Traveling from his home … [Read more...] about Johnny Appleseed Day
My friend (I’ll call her Sally) told me she was fed up with website hype. Hype cost her, dearly. Sally had just paid a bunch o' money for a site update she couldn't use. I'll share my friend's costly story, but first: here's an idea that may help you before you're derailed by website hype. Project liaison “They just don’t get it!” is often the cry from … [Read more...] about “I’m fed up with website hype!”
Hey, freelance journalists, here's a 'newsjack' idea for you: Have schools' attitudes about left-handers changed? When my dad grew up, schools forced retraining of ‘south paws.’ Or tried to, until they came up against Gramma Mary. 8-) She intervened and embraced 'left-handed.' I suppose it was her equivalent of "God doesn't make junk." I’m right-handed … [Read more...] about It’s Left-Handers’ Day