I was sat in the waiting room of my local doctor’s practice recently, idly staring at the walls and hoping that I’d be called in soon for my appointment. As I casually read the many, many posters, leaflets and signs that covered the wall space, it struck me what a great example doctor’s waiting rooms […]Read More Too many messages = no communication at all
Twitter is allegedly about to make a BIG change to its timeline function. Gone will be the real-time experience of tweets shown in chronological order, and in will come algorithmically targeted tweets, shown for their relevance to the user, rather than when they’re posted. And the twittering classes seem less than enamoured with this proposed […]Read More Real-time Twitter, or predictive algorithms? The choice is yours
Mobile is great. I love my Android smartphone, I love my Apple iPad and I love the fact that I can be connected to the online world wherever I am at any time (well, as long as there’s a phone mast or some handy wifi in the area). But are we spending a little too […]Read More Might as well face it, we’re addicted to screens!
The digital world is here. And as I talked about in Part 1, digital has changed just about everything we take for granted in the modern world. Our everyday lives revolve around the internet, mobile networks and the ability to communicate and consume online. Digital has completely changed our expectations of the world. We […]Read More Welcome to the digital world – Part 2: The illusion of choice
If you take a look at how we live our lives now, it’s hard to imagine an existence before we had digital. So much of our everyday life revolves around the internet, mobile networks and the ability to communicate and consume online. In such a relatively short space of time, digital has changed EVERYTHING. Digital […]Read More Welcome to the digital world – Part 1: Instant solutions
Congratulations to me. I’ve found the most pedantic person on the internet. Or, to be more precise, they’ve found me, as I found out when I checked my Twitter notifications earlier today. There, waiting patiently for me, was a tweet informing me that I’d made a mistake in a tweet. Apparently, I used the term […]Read More Attack of the killer pedants!
I’ve noticed a rather odd trend in journalism – titles of articles are getting more and more formulaic. What do I mean by that? Well, let me try and explain. Do you follow any news websites, lifestyle sites or online magazines on social media (and I’m really talking about Twitter more than anything here)? If […]Read More You’ve been writing headlines wrong this whole time! (and other lazy titles)
While idly channel-hopping last night, I ended up watching the Jonathan Ross Show on TV. And one of the guests was Russell Brand, comedian, writer and wearer of unfeasibly skinny jeans. Now, I’m totally aware that Russell Brand isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I like the guy. Yes, he does play up to the […]Read More Let’s get some perspective: taking a step back from celebrity culture
As a writer and editor, I get to see a lot of content written by other people. And it never ceases to amaze me how complicated and overly fussy some of us make our writing. So I’ve come up with my own little maxim for these situations: and that’s ‘Keep it simple, stupid!’. What’s the […]Read More Keep it simple, stupid! A guide to effective writing
Procrastination: the curse of the writer. Sometimes the hardest thing in the world can be sitting with a blank screen in front of you and waiting for divine inspiration to strike. At these moments, absolutely anything seems preferable to actually getting on with the job in hand and starting to type your thoughts onto the […]Read More Procrastination and the allure of social media