Part 1: It’s Not Personal, It’s Just Editing

Part 1: It’s Not Personal, It’s Just Editing

A colleague recently asked me “Why do people get so upset and defensive when their work is edited?” That’s a question that has perplexed editors for years. Why wouldn’t anyone want their message to be clear, eloquent, direct, consistent, free...

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Dogs can’t read While walking my dog, Molly, we came across the above sign. Molly stood staring at the gate, wanting to get into the baseball diamond. But here’s the thing: dogs can’t read. This incident prompted a couple of questions: Do you really know...

Up From the Ashes: Bringing Dead Words to Life

The message of the dead sticks When walking my dog last winter, I saw a fence going up around a construction area at the side of a big box store. What grabbed my attention immediately was the fencing material and style: willow sticks woven through basic horizontal...

Is an Apple a Fruit?

The setup It’s amazing how everyday, simple activities can highlight the importance of an editor. Take yesterday, for example. We were going to my sister’s house for dinner and were asked to bring to an apple pie. Not having gone apple picking this year...

Apple Expo 2010: B2B Social Media

Forgive me, blog readers, for I have been out of touch. It has been 4 weeks since my last posting. But this is just one of the many lessons I learned from the last seminar I attended during Apple Expo 2010, which happened to be only one well worth my time. Humphrey Ho...
Eliminating Windows: From emulation to reaching for the clouds

Eliminating Windows: From emulation to reaching for the clouds

Much time has now lapsed since my last post and I can only plead that it was the busyness of the summer season that has kept me away. However, I shall do my best to recall what—abeit limited—information I was able catch about the seminar at Apple Expo on Eliminating...