The Curse of the IT Writer

The Curse of the IT Writer

I don’t pretend to be a computer expert by any means. Okay, I know some html, have built a couple of (very) basic websites for fun and know how to plug USB cables in. But it isn’t like I am a qualified technical engineer. To be perfectly honest, I still use Google every day to find out what half the words I’m reading actually mean.

Resisting Extravagant Verbosity

Resisting Extravagant Verbosity

Should wordsmiths imbue compositions with dexterous and verbose adroitness? Or should writers use short, simple phrases? I often come against amateur writers, particular in business, who insist writing should be a demonstration of language skill.

Barack Obama in iPhone Sex Scandal

Barack Obama in iPhone Sex Scandal

Bloggers love exploiting hot topics, because they know they draw traffic. Stick the right words in a headline and you are almost guaranteed a boost. Add a dose of titillation as well, by slipping sex and/or scandal into the subject, and you’ve got an instant headline classic that people can’t resist clicking!

Sex, Politics & Religion: Now THAT’s a Blog!

Sex, Politics & Religion: Now THAT’s a Blog!

Sex, religion and politics. Yup, today’s blog post has it all. A free-for-all grab-bag smorgasbord of controversy. So why would I risk poking the three most sensitive topics with my razor sharp intellect and ‘I am right’ opinions? Well, apart from the fact that I am right — see above — the real theme of today’s post is controversy. Is it worth using controversy to create buzz? Can it backfire? I explore those ideas through the filter of the traditional triumvirate of controversy.

Being a Writer Means…

Being a Writer Means…

There are perks and irritations with being a writer. Everyone around me has their own interpretation of what being a writer means. Just as a taxi driver would get annoyed if everyone expected him to be the designated driver on a night out, a writer has some similar irritations. Then there are those aspects of being a writer that border on the obsessive. Yes, there is much that is wonderful about being a writer. But then there are the niggly things. The tiny annoyances that happen the moment you tell someone that you’re a writer.