Buzzwords Suck

Businessman running away from angry bees
Run, run as fast as you can from buzzwords — and those who use them to bullshit you.

I like words. A lot. Probably more than the next guy. But I like my words to add clarity, not confusion.

That’s one of the reasons why I HATE buzzwords.

I have to be careful here because not all buzzwords are bullshit. New stuff happens all the time. Sometimes we need a word or phrase to describe this new concept. I’m good with that. Take content/inbound marketing; not entirely a buzzword. However, it’s a concept I now make a living making reality for our clients so’s I could be slightly biased here. It’s not new, but “inbound” is a good enough phrase to describe a break – well, a shift – in marketing focus. Not a huge fan of the phrase, but it works.
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Fear of Writing – The Typo and the Typo Pointer-Outer

typo-assholesTypos (and grammar concerns) terrify folks into paralysis when it comes to writing. What if I make a mistake? Use the wrong word? I don’t know where the commas go. Semi-colons?!?!? OMFG, kill me.

This fear keeps many folks who would otherwise be fantastic contributors to blogs, social media sites, and elsewhere from sharing insights and knowledge that others would find useful. I’ve seen people who successfully started and then ran large IT implementations run in fear from the idea of writing a 500 word blog post about their experience.

In so far as you only get better writing by writing (a lesson I’ve lived this past 18 months), fear of making a mistake is bad enough.

Worse is some pedantic ass munch pointing it out to you. Continue reading Fear of Writing – The Typo and the Typo Pointer-Outer

Wood, Would, Chucks, and Woodchucks — Stream of Consciousness Saturday

socsbadge2016-17How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

That was the first thing I thought of when I saw the “wood/would” prompt for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday from Linda Hill.

I’ve always wondered WTH that tongue twister means — what is “chuck wood.” When I was a kid, I always thought of woodchucks as beavers, gnawing away. Sorta like coal miners, but in the forest. With wood. Well, so many not like coal miners at all.

I also had a image of woodchucks hurling wood through the air. A woodland version of the Scottish kaber toss.  Continue reading Wood, Would, Chucks, and Woodchucks — Stream of Consciousness Saturday

Ha: Stream of Consciousness Saturday

ha ha Nelson from Simpsons

Ha.

That’s the prompt for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday from Linda G. Hill. At first, I sat here with my consciousness decidedly not streaming. Possibly that’s because I switched over from doing some work in an attempt to begin to catch up after being sick for the better part of 7 days. The very opposite of “ha” as in “happiness.” Continue reading Ha: Stream of Consciousness Saturday

This or That: Your Weapon of Choice #SoCS

 

Earworm_character.Spongebob
As with many things Spongebob, oddly appropriate.

This has been annoying.

 

You Can Go With This, Or You Can Go With That

Ever since I read the prompt for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday yesterday (“this or that”), I’ve had “You can go with this, or you can go with that,” sometimes accompanied by dance scenes, as an earworm.

It’s a lyric from Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice, Continue reading This or That: Your Weapon of Choice #SoCS

Food – Stream of Consciousness Saturday (a bit late)

 

Pork roast in a pot
8 pounds of pork shoulder will make tacos, pulled BBQ sandwiches, and hash.

Spooooooonnnnnn!!!!!

And another Stream of Consciousness Saturday post begins. Quick rules: follow Linda Hill’s prompt and write. This time, it was “food.”

Not sure why that was the first thing I thought of when it comes to food, other than that it’s an eating utensil and I love The Tick, and his righteous fight against injustice and evildoers and bad broccoli and the moon everywhere.

The Tick rocks.

Anyway. Food. Continue reading Food – Stream of Consciousness Saturday (a bit late)

Sometimes, This Copier Thing Is Fun

Nearly a year ago when I joined Prospect Builder I remember asking myself, “Self, how the hell are we going to write about copiers for a few months, much less the next few years.”

Not even close to running out of things yet.

Just finished and published this infographic for one of our clients last week. Continue reading Sometimes, This Copier Thing Is Fun