Kiss and edit: It’s all about word choice this Valentine’s Day

One of the joys of being a copyeditor is feeling like you’ve helped a writer substantially improve their copy. Fixing punctuation errors, catching spelling mistakes—those are satisfying in their own right. But when you feel like you’ve helped a writer more successfully express their intended meaning—that’s really something. One of the ways we do this is by helping writers with …

Social media shift: What Facebook’s News Feed changes mean for your visibility

Although it’s not been around for all that long, it is difficult to remember life pre-Facebook. Like it or not, the social media platform has become an inextricable part of our daily lives. For many, logging into Facebook has become as mundane as checking the mailbox, reading the newspaper, and even brushing one’s teeth. The platform is where we share …

Meet Melissa, Dragonfly’s newest copywriter

Newest Dragonfly has a history of personalizing job descriptions You can only tell so much about a person by looking at their resume. Take, for example, writer and sometimes editor Melissa Blevins, the newest Dragonfly. She has an impressive list of career accomplishments at workplaces ranging from a college to a hospital, with large and small marketing firms in between. …

Don’t pass on the second pass

Most professional editors make at least two passes through any document they’re reviewing. In most cases, the first pass consists of slowly, carefully scrubbing the text to enhance readability and to ensure correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style. The second pass is usually done at a “reader’s pace” rather than an “editor’s pace,” and it consists of catching any snafus, …

My writing habitat

All animals exist in a habitat of some sort: a set of environmental qualities and characteristics that allows them to thrive. I think that humans are the same. Don’t get me wrong. We humans are adaptable to an extent, and we can live and work in a wide range of climates and situations. A cubicle in Arizona; a corner office …

Farewell, old friend: HuffPost Contributor Platform is no more

The early days of the social media-driven internet were a Wild West of sorts. Or, at least it seems that way to me, a late-ish adopter of these networking, and sometimes oversharing, technologies. Heck, I didn’t so much as own a smartphone until the tail end of 2013. It was a simpler time, before everyone’s great aunt found their way …

Rebranding: Why? When? How?

2017 was a busy year for Dragonfly. But what year isn’t, really? Amid our many projects and deadlines, we somehow managed to pull off a rebrand. We now have a new logo, trade-show booth set-up, stickers, and handouts, among other things. But company rebrands are always a bit of an enigma. How do you know when it’s time to rebrand? …

New Year’s writing resolutions

No, it’s not Groundhog Day, but each January we mechanically trot out the same tired trope: “New year, new you!” And like clockwork, each January 1, an endless number of articles pop up around self-improvement: “How to be your best you in 2018!” or “How to have it all in the new year!” Though one can argue that our means …

2017 words of the year

When December arrives, some look forward to Christmas, others to the new year. But word nerds everywhere anticipate learning the newest words of the year. Dictionaries from around the world select a word that encapsulates our culture at that particular moment in time. It’s a new year, and our friends over at Copyediting rounded up these words from 2017 in this list. …

Writing in the age of tweets and status updates

When I tell people that I’m a writer, I receive a smorgasbord of responses and questions. The first assumption being, more often than not, that I’m working on a book. (I’m not…yet.) I feel that many have been conditioned to think of writing in a one-dimensional kind of way. As though writing must be, and can only be, something worthy …