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Writing Police: No Comments!

This is just one example of the large number of rogue apostrophes currently littering the island of Gran Canaria, which Terry and I visited last…

When good brands go SPAM

…and I’m not talking about the spammer who keeps emailing Terry using the subject line, “Terry you’re an idiot” and providing a pornographic image…

Bad PR: The Social Media Stalker

Social media is great. Seriously, isn’t social media great? It lets you connect with people you might not otherwise have interacted with, it gives…

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When typos attack…

Now, I know people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but I had to smile when I found this “wide waste belt”…

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This isn’t so much an example of “bad” PR as it is “lazy PR” – and ‘lazy blogger syndrome” too, if I’m completely honest….

Pet Peeves: ‘Ima’

No, it’s not a hybrid car, it’s a hybrid word – and I hate it. “Ima go to the store now,” for instance, means, “I’m going…

Freelance Feast or Famine

Sometimes a freelance writing career can feel very much like “feast or famine”. At the very beginning, it’s almost all famine. You spend more…

Pro-Blogging: Developing a thick skin

Sometimes professional blogging is hard. Actually, scratch that: blogging professionally is hard pretty much all the time: it’s just that some weeks are tougher than…

Copyright theft and blogging

Copyright theft is a problem for all types of freelance writers, but when you write for the Internet, you become particularly vulnerable to it,…

Dealing with rude people

If there’s one thing I really can’t stand in life, it’s rudeness. A few years ago, when I was trying to pay my way…

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Pet Peeves # 1: Excessive punctuation

Excessive punctuation. You’ve all seen it. Sentences which end with an entire line of exclamation points. Like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why? Why do people do this?…

A Lesson Learned

Today I received a rather smug email from some random person who had happened upon the website of one of my clients, and wanted…