I’m often inspired to blog about what’s going on around me, such as in these posts:
- My own blogging anniversary in January prompted me to look into the usual rumours of the death of blogging. Still not true (spoiler), as I reveal in Is blogging dead in 2019?
- How to know when it’s time for a refresh talks about how often and why people should think about redesigning their website. Of course, it was inspired by my own website refresh.
- Word-a-day calendars, books about words and a new Caps and Spelling book? These are some of the 10 ways to spot a word nerd, posted to mark Word Nerd Day. Yes, there is such a thing.
I like to summarize events that may be of interest to readers:
- Trying to clone yourself? There’s a better way to win business recaps a panel discussion by IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent Communicators.
- How to write emails employees will read shares tips from a webinar based on the results of a benchmark report analyzing 350 million internal emails. Tips include keep it short, eliminate jargon and work on your subject lines.
And as I like to tell people, words are my business, so I also write about jargon, expressive words and the mechanics of writing. Here are some posts that struck a chord with readers:
- Expressive language helps explain or make a point. Penguins ‘like an audience’ + more expressive writing shares some terrific examples of showing, not telling.
- Many words are specific but obscure. Rather than go with a word that needs explaining, like “petrichor,” I suggest going with the less specific one in For readability, choose words that communicate.
- Dictionaries choose a Word of the Year that caught the public’s imagination, showed widespread use or reflected important events. Don’t weaponize that toxic information looks at the words for 2018.
- Nice try, but this is not a ‘salubrious’ list covers the “weird, beautiful words that have sadly fallen out of use over the years.” IMHO, some of them should have fallen out of use, like salubrious.
- Hidden facts? Might as well be weasel words describes the lack of plain language in a move by Costco.
As always, thank you for taking the time to read (and sometimes, comment on) the Red Jacket Dairies this year. Enjoy the rest of your summer!