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Artwork for blog posts

As I have to keep telling clients, the bad old days of text-only blogs is over. Every post needs at least one image at the top so that it has some visual interest on the page and in any list of search results. You need not only to find that image, but know how and…

Opinion: Ad Blocking and why you’re not a pirate

Web user: I hate ads. They’re annoying, intrusive, distracting, they suck up bandwidth, delay my page loads, scam me with fake content and click-bait, and show me and my kids offensive and inappropriate content that is NSFW or home and bypass my privacy and parental rights. Advertiser: That’s my revenue stream you’re talking about. That’s…

How-to: Use Dashes and Hyphens on the web

A note for the  punctuationally-challenged. There’s a brilliant article on A List Apart: The Trouble With EM ’n EN (and Other Shady Characters) by Peter K Sheerin from way back in October, 2001, now sadly marked “This article, while brilliant for its time, is now obsolete.” However the topic doesn’t go away and we’re still…

How-to: Googleability

Googleability first appeared on Pippa’s site Speaking Well in Public Speaking well in public isn’t just about what you say. What you put online will affect your personal and professional image. Be careful – everything you put out there is visible, so make sure grammar, spelling and punctuation are checked, your facts are correct and your…

How-to: Text-speak [guest post]

The pollution of the English language continues apace (‘OMG, I sound like a member of the Academie Francais!’). Text-speak and the Internet are driving the latest short-hand in verbal and written communication. Literal short-hand, I mean thumb-typing. You don’t get shorter hands than that. You may think this is the End of th World as…