Recent work on SmartBlogs

I interview a couple of nice people recently, and despite my questions, they gave some pretty good answers. Please read more over at my work blog, SmartBlog on Leadership:Ryan Estis, on company culture and how to do it rightNavigating workplace relationships: A Q-and-A with Emily Bennington

Dead retail stores of our lives

I read a story today on Forbes' website arguing that Best Buy, through a combination of the Internet (e.g. Amazon), poor customer service, poor internal inventory and logistics and a general societal shift away from bricks-and-mortar retailers, is slowly headed toward a rapid fall.I've thought for a couple of years now that Best Buy (where…Read more Dead retail stores of our lives

2 resources for learning the language of nuclear

The nuclear industry is like any other: It has its own terminology, with degrees of usefulness. Some terms are more accurate and precise, while others just sound nicer.But amid the unfortunate and continuing problems with Japan's nuclear reactors, it might be good to double-check what you're writing or editing. After all, the problems with Japan's…Read more 2 resources for learning the language of nuclear

Necrophilia-inducing typos and other editing links: A roundup

Yeah, that headline had better bring results, or I'm going to be upset.Anyways, what's happening in the world of copy editing, editing and journalism at large:Word Grrls notes how one missing letter on a book-seller's site goes from the sassy, if cliche, "Dead Sexy" to the disturbingly niche "Dead Sex." Unless that means sex by…Read more Necrophilia-inducing typos and other editing links: A roundup

Copy-editing’s future and failings: A roundup

It's not just a roundup of stupid mistakes, though a few are in there. There's also some discussion of the craft, where it's headed, and why.The case for education reform, proved in one billboard: In Indiana, the city of South Bend decided, we've got some great public schools. Let's promote them with a big ol'…Read more Copy-editing’s future and failings: A roundup

Success and failure can hinge on a single word

Headline mistakes are rarely, in my experience, of a deliberate action. They are almost of an oversight, a mistyping or confusion. And most of the time, it's but one word or phrase that makes the difference -- its spelling, its substitution for the correct word, or its placement. All this places added pressure on copy…Read more Success and failure can hinge on a single word