Reflections and Reviews of Novembers Gone By

At the turn of the calendar, let's revisit some posts from this and past Novembers: November 2010 Give Your Readers Gifts With Every Blog Post - Readers of our content are skimmers and scanners. Give them gifts within each post that allow them to slow down and take in your message. Search Once and Subscribe: Making Meaning of RSS -One of the benefits of RSS is that you can … [Read more...]

Ideas from Walking the Stacks

I love walking through bookstores and libraries.  Watching people browse titles, sitting and reading, or (ssshhh?) conversing over their favorite reads is always fun. Yet, some of the best moments "walking the stacks" are getting ideas. And I do travel through every section. Ideas jump out in so many forms Book Titles Magazine Headlines Music covers and song … [Read more...]

Give Your Readers Gifts with Every Blog Post

Among the things the best teachers and literacy coaches share with their readers and writers is the craft of giving gifts to the readers by writing with the reader in mind. In these days of web browsing and internet reading, we should be aware we now live an an age of Skim, Scan, and Save. Whether we like or agree with the practice is moot. Readers of our content are skimmers … [Read more...]

Craft Beer: More than a Social Media Metaphor

So many labels, flavors, manners and mannersisms. And such great words (flocculation)! Much like social media, the craft of beer has A-listers and Z-Listers, pros and amateurs. And the content creates great conversation. In my recent move from Iowa to Southern Oregon, I've enjoyed the privilege to work closely with (and learn a lot from) Ginger Johnson of Women Enjoying … [Read more...]

Whistle Stops 11/28/10

Whistle Stops are conversations, eye-openers, or tools representing the brain train discovered while traveling along the Conversphere.  From business to education, life hacks to giving back, these are the posts and links that have in some way grabbed my attention this week! Elsewhere: Archiving My Tweets by Tara Seale - Great tips on how to archive your twitter messages. … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday – Not Just a One-Time Thing #SmallBizSat

I have a heart for some of the small rural businesses in our country. Black Friday and the rush to the big-box stores was in part a reminder of how the rural or small business owners have their work cut out for them these days. The rural or small business on Main Street, Oldtown, USA? Many face hard times. It's one reason I continue to do single-page websites for rural and … [Read more...]

Prolificity Trumps Profundity

Especially when you first start out writing, for prolific writing begets profound writing. Just Spill.  Prolificity trumps Profundity. Related articles 5 Secrets to Become a Prolific Writer ( How to Write 3 Posts a Day ( … [Read more...]

Thankful For Things That Happen

In this season, we have the chance,to think on things gone bySome experiences make us smileOthers we remember with a cry. Part of living is falling downA bigger part is getting back upAnd really, how do we ever learnUnless we sometimes empty our cup. 'Tis a choice we haveA choice to look at a thing good or badAnd what better time to reflect as suchFor the experiences … [Read more...]

It’s the Holiday Season – for Cocktails & Conversations

'Tis the season for holiday parties. Laughter. Libations. Listening These gatherings often provide a glimpse of the conversphere. A crowded room may have several small chats going on at once. On the outside of the chatter, the whole sounds like noise. But upon engagement to any of the conversations, you will find out the topic of the talk. You may listen for a bit and … [Read more...]