Keep Up Those Amateur Efforts

You never know when or how something you “don’t really do seriously” will pay off. A few years ago, I was writing for the San Francisco SPCA magazine. There was no money for photography, so I took my trusty digital point-and-shoot camera along on my reporting assignments. My editor published a photo and entered it… Read more »

The Best Time to Start Is Now

A year ago, my neighbor overheard me talking about reading poetry at an open mic. “I write poetry,” he said. “I should go read sometime. I don’t have a working computer. I need to type up the poems.” “You don’t need to type them up to read,” I said. I told him about a few… Read more »

The Times Are A-Changin’

A few weeks ago, a Facebook friend cast for sources for an article about interviewing for a job. I answered the call. I worked as a recruiter for a few years, and interviewing was one of my favorite parts of the job. She sent me a set of questions by email, I answered them, and voila, a… Read more »

Copywriter, Consultant, or Coach – Which Should You Hire?

There was a time when solo professionals could get by with minimal collateral — a business card, a brochure, and perhaps an ad for the Yellow Pages. Now most people maintain Websites. People may chuck your business card, figuring they can find you on the Web. Not having a Web site may even make some… Read more »

“Content Is King”

I’ve been looking for this for a long time and finally tracked it down: the text of Bill Gates’ 1996 essay, “Content Is King.” I have become increasingly irritated by the buzzword “content.” Gates’ words give me heart. He focuses, as one would expect, on commercial opportunity. What he does not do is erase the… Read more »


Miracles Delivered Daily by Barbara Saunders

3 Principles for Reclaiming Work – A Labor Day Manifesto

3 Principles for Reclaiming Work “Work more and better,” Woody Guthrie allegedly commanded himself on the eve of 1942. More compelling than pursuing balance, simpler than following a passion, more self-determined than any quest for a satisfying “career.” Here are three principles for making your work your own: Your work is your work — whether… Read more »

Stephen King’s On Writing — Oh, the Horror!

Reading Stephen King’s On Writing leaves me at turns inspired and depressed. And no, it’s not the money or the fame! I am deep in the section where he talks about writing and language. His primary metaphor, a workman’s tool box. The earlier sections of the book describe King’s working class childhood, various dead end… Read more »

Read the Fine Print

Sometimes being my own IT person kinda sucks. A big-box office retailer that shall remain nameless has a big sign: $50 dollars off on select [weasel word!] printers costing $199 or more when you recycle your old printer. On the bottom of the sign are logos for Brother, HP, Canon, Epson, and Lexmark. I ask… Read more »