The changing art of the interview

May 20, 2020

Even before we found ourselves sheltering in place and spending way too much time at home, interacting with potential employers was changing. The last time I went for a proper interview, almost 20 years ago, it took almost half a day. I met with three different people, each in their own office. It was like running a marathon. I was exhausted by the time I walked into the elevator to leave.

The rigorous interview process was there because, back then, all potential employers had to get to...

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Working from home vs being at home

March 19, 2020

When news of the school closings and social distancing procedures hit Atlanta, I was bummed. As the coronavirus sent everyone home for the potentially long haul, I couldn’t help feel a sense of anxiety. How was I going to get anything done? It’s not that my whole routine changed, I’m always home for work, I freelance. The issue became whether or not I could work from home and be at home at the same time.

Working from home

People joke all the time about how those of us who get to work from...

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The debate over the Oxford comma

November 20, 2019

I decided to write a blog post on this single topic because of my own personal interest. The very idea that a simple comma could create such controversy is both amusing and fascinating. How does this even happen? Why does this even happen? How can something be right and used everywhere one day, to simply become a matter of opinion the next? I decided to explore the issue, and here’s what I found.

Right or wrong

Interestingly enough, using or omitting the Oxford comma is neither right nor...

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Resisting the urge to write redundantly

October 15, 2019

I was working on an article recently and came across a quote that I wanted to use. It fit the topic perfectly. As I read along to see how much I wanted to take, I came across a huge disappointment. It was almost enough to make me look elsewhere for a quote. Hidden among the meaningful content, the person in question had said, “close proximity.” This pair of words is like nails on a chalkboard for me. It was a dilemma. Give up this perfect quote to search for who knows how long for something...

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Writing to a Word Count

September 19, 2019

When I began my freelance content creator career I had just come off a long stint in marketing. For 15 years I worked in an environment where the message mattered most and the more concisely you could present that message the better. For a long time, SEO didn’t exist, and neither did social media, so the focus was print. There was no algorithm to write for, and no length restrictions other than how big the print piece was.

As I left the marketing world, writing for the Web was becoming more...

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