Maybe it's just me, a grumpy former newspaper writing coach. But I fear our love affair with Twitter, text messaging and even those ubiquitous emoticons is poisoning the English language. Mari Smith's Twitter … [Read more...]
I lost my dog, Bogie, on Sunday night while taking her for a walk in a residential neighborhood about a mile from our home---shortly after sunset, with temperatures in the 20s and falling fast.
It was trash day the next day on the street where we were walking. When she brushed up against a trash bag filled with empty glass bottles, it … [Read more...]
Thanks to Publicity Hound Bryan Todd of Lincoln, Nebraska for tipping me off to this fun story. Buying newspaper classified ads is an expensive way to spread the word about whatever you're promoting. But guess who reads the classifieds? Reporters---lots of them. That's where they find the low-hanging fruit in the form of clever, funny or unusual … [Read more...]
When I checked my website and blog statistics recently, I noticed a huge spike in traffic since January 1. Since I wasn't doing any special promotions, I forgot about it until Diana Ennen, a virtual assistant in Florida, congratulated me for being mentioned in the January issue of Family Circle magazine. "Family Circle?" I asked. "That's one of … [Read more...]
OK, all you publicists and self-promoters. I'm in the market for the very best online calendar directories, preferably free, where you can post blurbs about your events. I'll trade you six of mine for six of yours---or even just one of yours. Here are some of the sites … [Read more...]