The Most Interesting Thing I Learned This Week

Learning When Words Became Words Thanks to the Merriam-Webster “Time Traveler”

When did a word officially become a word? Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveler tool lets you learn about an era based on the words it added to the dictionary.

iPhone screen showing Bedtime feature

My iPhone Alarm Has Been Unnecessarily Bad for Years

Apple’s user interface for iPhone alarms may have stuck you with unpleasant wake-up sounds. The Bedtime feature provides a better way—if you find it.

Lost Engagement Rings and Found Memories

I may have lost my mother’s would-be engagement ring years ago, but what I found this week were very pleasant memories of my mother.

Spark email app

How the Spark Email Client Won My Heart

When it comes to email clients (the apps you use to read, send and organize your emails) my guess would be that most individuals pick one and stick with it—or, for work, they use what the job demands. Believe it or not, there are some great alternative email clients out there. Many of these apps are free…

Traveler Writing Tool

Traveler: A Distraction-Free Writing Tool for a Distraction-Filled World

We live in a world filled with distractions. More and more, companies are elbowing each other in an attempt to vie for your attention. This results in a cacophony of, well… things: ads, posts, videos, etc. This can make writing more difficult than it needs to be because it means there’s always something else to see…

shot from the movie Free Solo

Free Solo is a Free Lesson in Persuasion

This week I learned about the movie Free Solo, the National Geographic documentary film about the famous climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to and climbs the 3,000-foot El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park – without ropes. I had never heard of Alex Honnold nor thought much about free solo climbing until someone…

What is Your Marketing Really Signaling to Prospects and Customers?

Your brand has an identity. You’ve got logos, taglines, brand colors—the works. There are people—possibly YOU—whose job it is to be on top of your brand’s marketing. Despite all these things, it’s possible your marketing is sending out signals you don’t intend.

Sorry, But You May Not Have Really Appeared in 10 LinkedIn Searches This Week

If you’re like me, you often receive emails from LinkedIn with a subject line that says you appeared in X number of searches this week. If you’re also like me, you never looked too closely at those emails, but did appreciate knowing people were seeking you out directly or looking for someone with your skillset.

Could Twitter Actually Be Improving?

Could It Be? Could Twitter Actually Be Improving?

In terms of popular opinion, Twitter has been trending downward for awhile now. For the past few years, the giant tech company has been embroiled in no shortage of challenges: parsing through Russian bots, stamping out terrorism recruitment, and being the center of debate surrounding what free speech means.

Desktop is Dead (Sort Of): What Google’s Mobile-First Index Means for Your Web Design

Google’s new mobile-first index will look at the mobile version of your site before the desktop version. What does that mean for your site design?