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A Year of Writing for Designers

My first book, Writing for Designers, was released by A Book Apart one year ago today. Personally, much of the past year has been a blur. I experienced a profound loss in December in the death of my mother, a scant 68 days after the book was first released. Reflecting on a year since the…Continue readingA Year of Writing for Designers

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The map in your head

I’ve written four articles now about content ecosystem mapping. I’ve coached clients through producing them, I’ve led workshops on them, and I’ve given many talks about them (and their big brother, concept models). A point I stress over and over, but is hard to make stick, is that the activity of making the map is…Continue readingThe map in your head

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I’m not looking at you

A new post I wrote for work went up on the Brain Traffic blog yesterday. Continues the series on ecosystem mapping. I knocked this one out quickly, albeit late (sorry Bailey), but only after a lot of hemming and hawing. Sometimes I forget my own advice and just stare stubbornly at a blank screen, then…Continue readingI’m not looking at you

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How to Plan Your Content Ecosystem Mapping Project

If you’re ready to conquer content chaos and map your content ecosystem, you’ll need a project plan for bringing the right people on board and getting the work done.Continue readingHow to Plan Your Content Ecosystem Mapping Project

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Unambiguously mine

My book is in print now. Available in print, anyway. Print on demand. I have a printed copy. (I don’t want to get “you wrote a text”-ed about my book and its relationship to paper. But I digress.) I did not know this was going to happen when I agreed to write for the Briefs…Continue readingUnambiguously mine

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Talking to myself to others

The recording is up from my How to Get the Writing Done webinar this week for Gather Content. I think it’s a good one. Leading a one-to-many webinar is a strange affair. Me, alone in my office, wearing a headset, talking out loud at what I hope is a normal volume to an audience of…Continue readingTalking to myself to others

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UX Book Club Meetup at Solstice

Recently back from an overnight trip to Chicago to speak with their UX Book Club. My book Writing for Designers was the featured book, and they hosted a Q&A style event with the author, who is me! This was the first time I’ve been at an in-person event specifically because I wrote a book. I…Continue readingUX Book Club Meetup at Solstice

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What to Do When You Need More Writers

Your organization is full of people who can be great content writers. The trick? Providing the right resources and training to help them succeed.Continue readingWhat to Do When You Need More Writers

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Assessing Your User-Centered Content Strategy

Three important questions to ask yourself when moving toward a more user-centered content strategy.Continue readingAssessing Your User-Centered Content Strategy

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Put the Work Before the Words

Don’t let vocabulary or office politics get you down. Your content strategy work is relevant, no matter what words are tied to it.Continue readingPut the Work Before the Words