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6 months, 3 weeks ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments
I wish I could join one of these clubs!
I love writing fiction (even though I'm not very good at it.) I actually wrote a blog post once on how writing fiction helps me improve my marketing writing.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Fiction, Write Club, and Content Creation
These are great points and I agree with all of them. I hadn't thought it out like this, but I *tried* to include all of this when I re-wrote our About Us page a couple of months ago.
I made some of the same points in this round-up post where I collected tips for and examples of About Us pages. http://markitty.com/blog/marketing-reading-about-us/ Now I'm trying to decide whether to edit that post to add yours or do a follow-up. :)
1 year ago on Who Are You? How to Craft a Killer About Us Page
@lizreusswig I actually wrote that on my Twitter bio back when I had a job and felt like I was getting paid for putting things off! Now I'm not getting paid for putting things off. :p
1 year ago on #FollowFriday: Unmana Datta
@LauraPetrolino Ooh, that's like my different-notebooks-for-everything! Glad to meet you, Laura!
Re: the last FF of September -- You know what's even better? It was my birthday a few days ago. Thanks for the belated birthday gift, @ginidietrich!
@aimeelwest Ooh, different colored pens for different ideas is something I need to start doing!
@aimeelwest I'm late here, but thank you! And I love it when that happens -- when I come across something I'd written before and reread it and it doesn't make me cringe (because it so often does).
@KateNolan Thank you, thank you! So glad to know there are more like me :)
And hey, Deep Thought Notebooks are essential. And maybe creative fiction notebooks. And journal notebooks? Apart from all the work notebooks, of course!
@biggreenpen Thanks :)
@jasonkonopinski Thank you, and hello!
@JoeCardillo Thank you :)
@Word Ninja Thank you!
@LSSocialEngage Oh wow, glad to hear that. Let me know if you make it here!
@Howie Goldfarb Hi again, Howie!
@jolynndeal Wow, thanks so much, Jo Lynn. I'm very flattered!
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Nice to meet you, Joshua!
@susancellura Thanks very much!
@Matt_Cerms Actually, it's ten notebooks... I didn't know it was that bad until I counted them for the post!
@RobBiesenbach I'm okay with Notebook Girl if I get superpowers. :)
@yvettepistorio Thanks Yvette!
@belllindsay Aw, thank you!
OMIGOD. omigod omigod omigod
Thank you SO much, Gini. I don't even know what to say, I'm so flattered!
Hey again, gang! *waves at comment section*
@crestodina That's a fun post! Wait -- physics or chemistry? (Can you tell I suck at science?)
And thanks for the encouragement -- coming from you, that means a lot!
1 year ago on 23 Questions to Inspire Your Content
@crestodina Well, I wrote this once, but yours seems to be much more useful! http://www.searchenginepeople.com/blog/10-easy-ways-to-find-blog-post-topics.html
Oh wait, you commented on that one :p
Omigod, these are awesome. I'm going to send this to my clients!
This is great. I think I need to dig through all your posts and then go work on my site. :)
1 year ago on Internal Linking: 9 Best Practices for SEO and Internal Links
@Kelly Glass Thanks so much for commenting, Kelly. I'm sorry if I ever scoffed at your not-digital habits -- I've found paper so much easier to use in some ways.
(Though I admit, ten notebooks is a bit too much.)
1 year ago on Why Paper is Still My Favorite Productivity Tool
@rosemaryoneill @LSSocialEngage @yvettepistorio That's why I have a separate notebook to write down what I've completed. B-)
1 year, 1 month ago on Why Paper is Still My Favorite Productivity Tool
@Ali_Davies I try writing out blog posts or short fiction in long hand sometimes, but mostly it seems too much work.
@belllindsay YES. Much as I try to delude myself, I still learn this way. Must be all the homework in school. :-/
@pshapiro ARE YOU SAYING WE'RE OLD?
Seriously, I used to feel like that a few years ago, until I started using paper again, and it's been liberating. (It's smarter to go digital, frankly, you can find your own notes. But if they are digital, I don't look for them!)
@Julia Stewart I actually don't use post-it notes that often. I suspect it's because when i start making a list, it soon becomes too long to fit on a post-it.
@Arment Dietrich, Inc. We should start an association of paper-people.
@Tinu WHAT? I envy you. :(
@2walkwithstyle Well, I'm not alone!
@susancellura In that photo in the post, the little purple notebook with the white peacock on it is what I carry in my purse if I can't fit in anything else.
I review books for this site once in a while, and love getting the paper books, especially hardcover books. That gets me through even if I don't love the book (because now I have to read it, since I'm supposed to review it!)
@RobBiesenbach That's a lovely story! I think you need more notebooks! @Word Ninja @Lara Wellman
@Word Ninja I strongly believe that. That's why I'm an obsessive note-taker. I might not look at those notes later, but just writing down what strikes me as important helps me remember it. @Lara Wellman
@Lara Wellman Glad more people feel the same way. :) I do think I "process information differently when I write it out by hand," as you say. I rarely write blog posts on paper because I have to type them out again later, but when I do, I feel words flow more easily when I'm writing.
@RebeccaTodd I might start doing that. Though I have been known to yell, "DONE!" @CommProSuzi @LSSocialEngage @yvettepistorio
@yvettepistorio OF COURSE you need a new notebook for each client! Go buy them!
I approach buying stationery with great enthusiasm, as you can see.
@LSSocialEngage Oh yes, I'm not anti-tech by any means. In fact, for a few years I had all my lists online, and then realized I didn't much look at them again after making them. Making a paper list and leaving it right on my desk in plain sight works so much better for me.
@CommProSuzi "Com'n some ideas require a whole page! How is that one lone page in my day planner helpful at that point?!)" I know, right? I started taking notes on this calendar/planner and then found I made it ugly by scribbling all over it, so I went back to my notebooks.
So glad you feel the same way! My team don't understand "all my notebooks" and look at me weird when I hand them a paper note. ("What? I wrote it down so it's easier to remember! What do you mean email?")
@RobBiesenbach By the way, those *are* my notebooks in the picture. I think a couple are missing in there.
@RebeccaTodd Yes, that's one thing that is great about taking notes on a device: much easier to share! And you don't have to type up everything afterwards.
@Word Ninja "I let my thoughts spill out over the page, draw arrows, cross out and enjoy all those tactile sensations we miss out on when we're at the computer. " Exactly. It's so much easier to express your thoughts on paper.
I like using pencils, but I'm too lazy to keep them sharpened, so I keep a bunch of pens instead.
@Saqib101 "Maybe it is that while I am on the computer I may be tempted to search other stuff": that's exactly it with me. If I'm on my computer, I'll keep going off to look at my email or Twitter. Paper makes it much easier to focus.
@dave_link Exactly! Nothing beats the flexibility of paper!
@dbvickery Oh, but I much prefer Kindle books! I do sometimes feel I get my ideas down better on paper.
One app I use on the iPad though, is iA Writer, for blog posts where I'm not using a lot of links and references. It's very distraction-free.
@RobBiesenbach I have my notebooks, you have all those lists! :) 20 years? Wow.