Writers’ Roundup: October 22
October 22, 2010
Even though I’m now working a full-time job (which I LOVE so far), I’m planning to keep up with these weekly roundups. They require me to think critically about the better posts I read each week, which can only be good for me.
- The Online Journalism Review suggests five questions you should ask about your online brand. It’s aimed at journos, but works for writers, too, and, well, everyone. A snippet: “Often, it’s not the embarrassing or offensive stuff that does the most damage to your brand, it’s the off-topic drivel that bores your audience and gets them into the habit of ignoring you.”
- Author Mary Carroll Moore explores finding your theme. “Theme can't be rushed,” she writes. “It doesn't surface until it's good and ready, until we have understood enough to see beyond the narrative, the basic story.”
- Another New York Times story, this one on travel: How to make your dream trip a reality. I’m working on a project about this very topic; more details to come.
- Lastly, one longer read: A guide from Chris Guillebeau about how to turn any project into an online success. Fabulous tips here about building a blog, community and products with reach. I’m a big fan of Chris’ work; I recently wrote about how much I enjoyed his new book, The Art of Non-Conformity. This is equally as good.
4 Replies to “Writers’ Roundup: October 22”
I’ve been meaning to tell you congratulations on landing such a fabulous new job! I am not at all surprised you got that job, as you are so talented and such a hard-worker. US News and World Report did right to hire you!
Congrats on the new job! And nice round up of articles, as always. I can attest to the paper textbook versus the digital copy even amongst my youngest students (17). They do, however, enjoy having individual small reading assignments online. For example, I assign blogs and online essays instead of articles in the textbook, but when it comes to studying something that they are going to be tested on – textbook all the way 🙂
These links are awesome. A newly minted copywriter, I particularly like the tips from Copyblogger. I just stumbled across a link I think you’ll like, a review of a magnificent-looking photography book on Africa: http://www.photoeye.com/magazine/reviews/2009/12_18_Flamboya.cfm