Writing beginner level tutorials. Great tips about what to consider when writing tutorials aimed at beginners. My favorite nugget is, “[people looking for help] won’t be searching for the solution – they’ll be searching on keywords relating to the problem.” (via Daniel Bachhuber)
Deploy. An essay by Mandy Brown that asks how we can more effectively create living texts.
On Content: less is more. Sean Blanda nails it here. Great set of guidelines for any writer to aspire to. I wish more publications understood and followed these ideas.
When you spend all day working with the same piece of software your definition of what is easy for someone else becomes horribly skewed. Since I started jamming with the CoPress gang in 2009, I have spent thousands of hours staring at a WordPress dashboard. It means much of the…
The first 80% of a blog post writes itself. The rest? It’s like pulling teeth sometimes.
Cody Brown tweeted a link to this New York Times article earlier today about blogs and term papers. It’s a fairly shallow piece with many things I’d enjoy responding to, but I’ll pick one: the patronizing way the old guard portrays newer forms of writing. Here are two quotes from…
The Value of Content, Part 1: Adam Smith never expected this. Melissa Rach takes a look at how content on the web defies traditional models of economics. In part 2 she explains the basics of effectively communicating the value of content. Sections 2 and 3 of Part 2 are particularly…
Part of the job of a publisher today is to facilitate discussion—and that means being a part of it. It means that we publish for people, not to them. Mandy Brown — Babies and the Bathwater.
Contents Magazine. Though it began last month, I have recently been enjoying the first issue of Contents Magazine. If you work on the web and have an interest in well-crafted writing it’s worth checking out. The Business of Content is particularly good.
When Did You Last Blog? A Fresh Start. Nacin did it! Explains the pigs flying outside my window this morning.