Category: Writing

Bottle of Tres Comas held by Russ Hanneman, character on Silicon Valley

Make your sentences poorer, get out of the three comma club

There’s a running gag in the show Silicon Valley about a character obsessed with being in the “three comma” club. Being a billionaire, in other…

Changed history forever

People often try to fluff up the importance of an event or person by saying it “changed history,” “changed the course of history,” or “changed…

9 phrases we should stop seeing in tech journalism

“This reporter” – Just use the first person. It might have worked for Edward R. Murrow, but with tech journalism – particularly blogs – it…

Writing ledes, writing for feeds…

Too many ledes in tech publications and blogs suck. I’ve been doing more editing and more content curation lately. The upshot of that is noticing…

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Peak vs. Pique

Here’s another writing pet peeve — when folks confuse peak (or peek), and pique. Here’s an example of proper usage: I live in Denver, Colorado,…

Vim tips: Folding fun

The problem with writing and editing on a computer, versus having words on paper, is that it’s usually hard to compare text from different sections…

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How to make money writing, the query letter (or email…)

Prior to taking the job I have now as editorial director for Linux.com, I was a freelancer for about six years, writing for Linux Magazine,…

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Jargon mumble synergy!

How is it that companies that spend millions on product development seem incapable of hiring someone who can write clear, concise product descriptions? Been working…