Commonly Misused Words and Phrases, Part Deux

Commonly Misused Words and Phrases Part Deux - Brass Tack Thinking

A couple weeks ago, I wrote this post on commonly misused words and phrases in English. You all seemed to dig it, so drawing from the comments and a few other candidates that have surfaced since then, I bring you Part Deux of grammar-ish screw ups (with a lot less Charlie Sheen).

Critical Thought Is Endangered

Brass Tack Thinking - Critical Thought is Endangered

I could have told you there were 42 reasons. Or 13. Or 6 steps. There aren’t. Or there may be, but I’m not going to list them out here. But headlines like that are just one contributing factor to a big problem: the continued erosion of critical thought and deliberate consumption and the hive-mind sharing [...]

Better Business English: 16 Confusing Words and Phrases Clarified

Brass Tack Thinking - Better Business English

Ah, English. That pesky language that trips us all up from time to time. The emergence of short form communication like texts and tweets isn’t helping our cause here. Neither is a decline in reading and reading comprehension. Truly, how you speak and write leaves an impression, even if you’re only using 140 characters. No [...]

Setting Comments Adrift: Impact Can Be Silent

Brass Tack Thinking - Setting Comments Adrift

The web changes. The way people behave on the web changes, the way it affects them and motivates them changes too. That includes the writing we do on blogs. The holy grail of blog success was often thought to be comments. In fact, once upon a time, that input and conversation was part of my [...]

How I Blog at Brass Tack Thinking

How I Blog at Brass Tack Thinking

So my friend Mitch Joel wrote a post a week or so ago about how he blogs, and he tagged a few of us misfits in hopes that we’d write one of our own. So because I’d hate to do anything to let Mitch down — he is charming, after all — here’s a post [...]

8 Lessons Learned from The Long Blogging Road

Brass Tack Thinking - 8 Lessons Learned from the Long Blogging Road

I’ve been blogging in some form or another for about 6 or 7 years. Most of that stuff is long defunct, but my current blog at Brass Tack Thinking has been around since 2008 (it was previously called Altitude Branding). Sifting through the archives the other day, I was reflecting a bit on how far [...]