First, the updates:(more…)
Hey there, threes of fans.
It seems like I start out a lot of these posts after a hiatus with something akin to “I didn’t realize how much time went by” or “I’ve been super busy with no time to blog.” This time… No such excuses.
I just didn’t want to blog.
It’s been a rough few weeks for me. Not for the family–everyone around here seems to be doing pretty well. Just for me. I think I’ve been a little stuck inside my own head, and it’s taking a Herculean effort to pull myself out of it this time.(more…)
And now, I’m finally getting to sharing with you all the business side of things…
I find myself with some time to breathe right now. Last year, I had one large project that kept me busy most of the year, one client with a variety of small-to-medium-sized projects, and several small, “one off” kinds of things that came up along the way. It was a good amount of work–just about right for the amount of time I had last year.
But this year…(more…)
Things I have learned since the last time I blogged:
How are all of you?(more…)
I bought a new planner.
You guys. It’s so pretty.
I texted my sister last night to make sure I remembered her kids’ birthdays right (yeah, I’m that kind of aunt), and she shared my joy over new planners. I live in a family of office supply addicts. My oldest daughter will work for sticky notes.
How did I manage to completely miss posting even one time in December??
You all should know that I thought of you at Christmas. I did. Promise. But between my ghostwriting gig, the holidays, and getting knocked down HARD with the flu, I guess I just sort of skipped December. (I’m well now–thanks for asking.)
And all of a sudden, November is tomorrow.
It’s been crazy busy around here. It’s been mostly good. I’m getting actual work, which is nice–I’m not inundated yet, but I have enough work that I can actually sit down most days and do something for a client. We’re still definitely in the “ramping up” stage… I have one large contract and one smallish one. I’m working on more.
Good morning, threes of fans.
It’s morning here–12:35 a.m., to be precise. I should be asleep, especially since I slept the last two nights on the ground (camping) and I’m too old to do that without consequences. But I’m wide awake because of course I am.
Anyhoo… Since I can’t sleep, I thought I’d take some time to update y’all on my whereabouts and goings on.
How did that happen?
I don’t know what happened to my summer. It blew by in a whirlwind of errands, appointments, campouts, projects, events, and kid ferrying endeavors. What quiet moments I did have were spent largely on volunteer work. (more…)
Despite the trend toward more casual business copy, I’ve noticed that certain words still crop up on websites, in letters, and on blogs with a fair amount of frequency. These are words I dub “Businessese”–words that sound formal and business-like but don’t add any real strength to the copy itself. They’re words that may have been meaningful at one point, but due to overuse, they’ve lost any real punch. They may be words that came with the author from some other setting, such as the military or law enforcement. Or they may be words that are stuck in our heads from middle school composition classes when our teachers encouraged us to write “formal” business letters.
The problem with most of these words is that they put up a wall between the business and the audience. (more…)