Myths of editing: since vs. because

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Being an editor is a satisfying job. It feels good to catch a typo, spot an inconsistency, or unpack garbled prose. But sometimes, we make certain fixes because … well, because that’s what we’ve always done. And we don’t stop to notice that language trends might have changed, Or that what we always thought was a rule was really a superstition. Here’s …

Not afraid of the dark: Dragonfly’s Jason Bovberg

Cloud storage solutions. Home entertainment gadgets. Strange, blood-thirsty, zombie-like aliens? For Dragonfly editor Jason Bovberg, these topics are all in a day’s work. Jason worked for tech magazine Windows IT Pro for 17 years, starting out as a copyeditor and moving up the ranks to become senior editor. Now, he’s a freelancer who writes e-books and blog posts on everything …

Why you should care about readability.

We live in the digital age. More and more companies are going paperless, and our readers’ attention spans are getting smaller. It’s apparent that creating readable content is important for attracting customers. What is readability? According to Merriam-Webster, readability is the ability to read a text easily. The Center for Plain Language published an article on readability and explained why …

Four Fake Rules of Proposal Writing

Writing a proposal is hard work. And getting all the details of spelling, grammar, and punctuation right can be even harder. So why burden yourself with following rules of grammar … that aren’t even rules? Here are five “fake rules of writing” that you hereby have permission to disregard. You may have heard these from your fifth-grade English teacher or …

Does Buffer support alt text? Not yet, but there is a workaround.

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of talk about alternative text (alt text) in the Twitterverse. What is alt text, you ask? It’s an HTML description added to an image or GIF that’s uploaded to the internet. Why add alt tags to images? Well, those who are blind browse the web too. They use a screen reader that reads text to …

APMP Bid & Proposal Con 2017

Last week, Magi and I went to the APMP conference in New Orleans. The time was packed with lots of great sessions! Here’s my summary.

Editing conferences for 2017

I know that 2017 is halfway through at this point. And many of the best editing conferences, like ACES 2017 and EAC 2017, have come and gone. But there are still so many great editorial training events happening between now and the end of the year. Are you planning on attending any of these? Date Place Name June 22-25 Phoenix Investigative Reporters and …

Using an MVP approach for prioritizing website content

Just read a fantastic article by Sparkbox on prioritizing content updates for a website relaunch. They suggest taking a minimum viable product (MVP) approach for planning a website launch. If you’ve ever found a launch endlessly delayed while you struggle to get each page “perfect,” the simple solution that Sparkbox suggests will seem like a godsend. Like most brilliant ideas, once you …

Fact-Checking 101

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We don’t do a lot of fact-checking per se here at Dragonfly. Only one of our clients asks for it by name. But in a sense, good copy editors are always fact-checking, whether they call it that or not. That’s because we take a highly skeptical approach to the material we review. Factual inconsistencies make us flinch — until we query them. …

Are one-sentence paragraphs OK?

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Recently, a colleague wrote me with a concern from one of her clients. Here’s what she said: He seems happy but commented that I use a lot of one-sentence paragraphs. I never noticed this, but it’s probably a holdover from reporting work. Is there a rule against this? He wasn’t really complaining but sort of musing about it because he says writing …