How we create

Writing, designing, and illustrating, for creators

Is it possible to think too much about your audience?

When considering your audience on Twitter, there are two main considerations: Don’t annoy your readers. Attract readers by being focused. Let’s start with the first point: 1. Don’t annoy your readers Do you ever think about what your Twitter followers would think of your tweets? I’m guessing many people do. Yeah, yeah, there are many …

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Thinking idea to idea, instead of word to word

Scripting your presentation makes you think word to word rather than idea to idea. Ever sit in a meeting where the presenter sounds like a robot reading from a script? The presenter is thinking word to word, rather than idea to idea. We want people to talk about their ideas—not a robotic script. The presenter …

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You can say “rad” only 50 times in a Facebook comment

Go ahead and type “rad” in a comment on Facebook. The word “rad” will automatically be be colored pink by Facebook. Apparently, Facebook really wants to punch up the word “rad” with HOT PINK! Fun! Having “rad” turn a bold pink is rather addicting, so I used it several times in a comment. Here’s a …

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Categorizing your blog by your passions

Because I work in the media industry, I started this blog in January 2011 to share my thoughts on how to use media better. On the three-year anniversary the site became organized into four categories. How we create (Writing, designing, and illustrating, for creators) How we discover (Searching and discovery, for searchers) How we read …

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How to make your numbered lists look normal in Microsoft Word

If your numbered list goes past nine items in Microsoft Word, you’ll need this trick to get your list to look professional.  By default, Microsoft Word will align your numbered list by the first digit in the number. You’ll end up with an ugly list like this one: Notice how the periods after the number …

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The joy of mono-spaced fonts

A friend of mine has a great blog where he writes all his posts on a typewriter. Then he photographs the typed page and posts it, unedited. One of his recent posts he questions why the font on his typewriter has serifs for some characters, but not others. This question made me think about why …

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I have a problem with Evernote. I use it an archive, not as active in-progress writing.

When you write a blog post or a draft of something, where do you save it? I put all my blog posts into Evernote. It’s a great app to save documents and images. Having all my blog drafts together in one organized place is so handy. All the drafts are searchable. When you go to …

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Tweetdeck: exclude retweets

Why Tweetdeck is better than Hootsuite

I was a paying Hootsuite user for five years, but I cancelled my service last year, and moved to Tweetdeck. Why? Both Hootsuite and Tweetdeck let you set up multiple columns to view live tweets from Twitter lists and searches. With either service, you can be a power-user of Twitter. But which service is better? Tweetdeck or …

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Words to use instead of "very"

What a very powerful–I mean–compelling list!

Imagine a WordPress plug-in that searched through all your posts and made suggestions for word selection changes based on this list. It would be like a spellcheck, but for very perfect—I mean flawless word choice. (Hat-tip to Leigh Hanlon posting this image on Facebook.)

Tweet or blog?

Do you find most your ideas end up on Twitter, because it’s much quicker than writing an entire blog post? I’ve certainly fell victim to that. To help myself blog more, I’m going to alter my tweeting procedure. Every time I have something I would like to tweet, instead of heading to Tweetdeck, I’m going …

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Twitter could become universal commenting system

Twitter is considering expanding the twitter character limit to 10,000 characters. The average character length for words is 5.1, so that makes 1,960 words. Who would write 1,960 words in a tweet?! If they are going to extend the limit, at least make it a short-style blog post, like 300 words. For comparison, newspaper columns run …

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Extend the max character length for Twitter usernames

The longest a twitter username can be is 15 characters.  Sure, it’s nice to have a short name, but sometimes you need just a few more characters. For instance, I own the domain christiannotebook.com. I cannot reserve @christiannotebook because that is 17 characters. I work at a company called Tribune Content Agency. When we set …

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