find and replace

Can “find and replace” prevent quarterly commentary errors?

Most people who write quarterly commentary struggle a bit with errors and typos. I wrote about some of my struggles (and solutions) in “Investment commentary numbers: How to get them right.” As I mentioned in that post, I once made a bad mistake, naming the wrong quarter in my employer’s quarterly commentary. That post prompted […]

Test your proofreading skills with Mistake Monday

MISTAKE MONDAY for January 14: Can YOU spot what’s wrong?

Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. Spell-checking software should have caught this one.                     I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading.

feeling blah about your blog

Feeling blah about your blog?

An article in Mindful, “When Work Is…Meh: How mindfulness helps us deal with on-the-job drudgery,” got me thinking about what to do when you feel blah about writing your blog. The article says, “It’s understandable how passion even for a career that once felt exciting can fade.” This applies to blogs, as well as to careers. […]

Test your proofreading skills with Mistake Monday

MISTAKE MONDAY for January 7: Can YOU spot what’s wrong?

Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. Having trouble finding the problem(s)? Try reading this out loud.   I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading.

make your bullet-pointed lists more powerful

Make your bullet-pointed lists more powerful

“Articles” that rely heavily on bullet-pointed lists can overwhelm readers. Their attention flags after three or four bullets. I call this “bullet fatigue.” However, you can boost the power of your lists with this tip. Two easy steps to better lists Knowing about bullet fatigue, you can break up an article that consists mainly of […]