Books I Read in 2013

I read 44 books in 2013, between my book club, library recommendations, Time’s all-time 100 novels, and TED speaker recommendations. My rating system is based mostly on how much I enjoyed the plot, and how well written the book was. Happily, most everything I read is a 3 or above – this year there was…

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A Content Strategy History

A few months ago I came across this brief Content Strategy history. The article reviews content strategy. It starts when CS was first noted anecdotally and continues to present day. It’s an interesting piece, and it left me wondering. How has the field of content strategy changed in the past 15 years of existence? What…

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How Twitter Won My Heart

Many years ago, I wrote an article entitled “What’s Wrong with Twitter?” The article was never published, in large part because I couldn’t come up with a strong thesis. All that I knew for certain was that this particular form of social media wasn’t working for me. Articles about Twitter focused on the glory of…

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Knitting as a User Experience Metaphor

I rarely think about web design, UX, or content strategy when I’m knitting. In fact, I knit as a way to zone out and think about anything but work. But this weekend, while working on an owl hat, I was struck by the similarities between my knitting projects, and my web projects. My knitting serves as a…

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Knitting Project: Sage Green Afghan

It’s been awhile since I completed a knitting project. Aside from two new mobiles for two new mothers in my life, this sage green afghan is the first project I’ve completed since January! I made this afghan for two good friends who deserve to keep warm this autumn. It turned out very well, and I’m…

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Alphabetical, Unintentional, URL Acrostic

The great and powerful Margot Bloomstein wrote a thought-provoking article on what I like to call “anecdata.” Anecdotes, which too many people confuse with data. She concluded her article with a “personal acrostic,” which in turn was inspired by Josh Silverman’s post. It’s most interesting as it’s an unintentional URL acrostic. Ever one to jump…

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UX Kitteh Meme

My inner Grammar Nazi has always cringed at I can Haz Cheeseburger memes, but my love of UX humor and kittens trumps that today. All hail UX Kitteh. Last week, I experienced the wonder that is this magical Kitteh, shared through Twitter by Christina Wodtke. Then I found out that anyone can make these. And…

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Your Audience Is More Important Than Your Blog

Any new business has to ask themselves: “what should we write about on our website?” More specifically, many companies find themselves saying “Let’s start a blog! Now, what should we write about?” The answer: whatever your audience wants. Use What You Have A few months ago, Eric Delisle posted five suggestions to companies writing blogs….

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