The Burdens of Self-Promotion: the Bio Problem

Designer Jane Pellicciotto recently commented on “The Third-Person Bio Problem.” She wasn’t referring to biographical books, but the short blurbs we post to our web sites for the purpose of self-promotion. Jane suggests that it’s pretentious. I had to wince because, yes, I’ve done it too. But I think there’s more. I’ve been asked to … Continue reading The Burdens of Self-Promotion: the Bio Problem

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Why Writers Write

In the current issue of Poets and Writers. Michael Bourne offers an inventory of his own writing effort and its incumbent frustrations. In "Why We Write: Failure is an Option," he asks a question I've long sought to answer: why do writers write when it can be such unsatisfying work? His answer: "I keep writing … Continue reading Why Writers Write

Snoring Our Way to Success: A LinkedIn Review

I’m a LinkedIn misfit. When I signed on eons ago it seemed a professional necessity. More recently I’ve gravitated to Facebook for the density of interesting posts. On Facebook people are snarky. They reveal their wit. They’re outspoken, often intelligent, and unafraid of judgment. To move between LinkedIn and Facebook is like late-night channel surfing, … Continue reading Snoring Our Way to Success: A LinkedIn Review

Oregonians vs. Californians

I’m a social-media coward, disinclined to comment on controversial subjects. That said, I’m commenting on a well-known but seldom discussed underside of Oregon civility, a banal intolerance that could be amusing if it weren’t real. Oregonians are said to openly dislike Californians. Their disdain is sometimes traced to former Governor, Tom McCall, who once said, … Continue reading Oregonians vs. Californians

The Networking Dilemma

I’ve never been very good at networking. Write it off to my introverted personality. While I’ve always been responsive to others who call on me for professional assistance, I’ve never felt comfortable doing the same. I still cringe at the prospect of requesting a letter of recommendation. The dilemma of networking resides in the challenge … Continue reading The Networking Dilemma