Given that I have been writing three decades, including eighteen-plus years a blogger, I am hardly surprised that I am repeatedly asked: how should I write? And my answer is always the same — write like a human. We are getting buried under freeze-dried news reports and hot takes that make supermarket baloney feel like a … Continue reading Write like a human
Brendan Gahan, one of my former interns and now Chief Social Officer at Mekanism, recently shared a piece on how brands can embrace and evolve on YouTube. He calls this content strategy — Hero, Hub, Help. “All content on a brand’s channel should fit within these categories,” he writes. “If it doesn’t, then don’t do … Continue reading Hero, Hub & Help: How to be an online brand
Though only separated by 500 miles of tarmac, Silicon Valley and Death Valley might as well be different planets. One is dry, desolate, soulless. The other is a desert of pristine beauty and a reminder that, in the end, we are all bit players on the movie set of Planet Earth. After unplugging from my … Continue reading From Death Valley to Silicon Valley
In his tribute to Steve Watkins, an editor with Outdoor Photography magazine, landscape artist Bruce Percy noted: “He was completely enthusiastic, encouraging, supportive, and willing to give contributors to the magazine free rein in coming up with ideas.” Bruce Percy, Photographer I started reflecting on my own past and all the great editors I have … Continue reading What makes a good magazine editor?
Even though I love technology and incessantly download productivity apps, I still am a paper-and-pen guy. I love the feel of fine artisanal Japanese paper notebooks and extra-fine nibs of my Sailor fountain pen. I draft my weekly newsletter in the note book. I use it to make my to-do lists, and I write all sorts of random things I learn during the day. Of course, I make notes of my meetings in my notebook — which sits with one or more fountain pens, along with my glasses and a Kindle, in my Dsptch Musette.
My paper and pen obsession has many upsides, as a recent article in Fast Company outlines: Continue reading “Why Pen + Paper are good for you”