SEO Content Writer Onboarding

This guide is intended for those thinking about writing and editing with _fiicient, but you might find it interesting for other reasons too. …Or not. Every search engine optimization minion knows content is king. I’ve been doing this SEO thing for others since 2004; time for an article about starting a relationship with a new writer.

Ned Beatty Interview

In May 2001 I interviewed Ned Beatty - "Visiting Film-Pimp" at the 28th Athens (OH) International Film Festival. Ned passed away a few days ago. This interview, originally published in the Athens News, was read by many hundreds of or perhaps a few thousand people. Buried on one of my crusty, dusty websites for decades, … Continue reading Ned Beatty Interview

I’m paying you to ‘do SEO’ …What else can we do?

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File this one under: Things SEO clients ask often enough to warrant a blog-post answer. Wow! Dan's hooking you up with the SEO secret sauce? Lucky you! Can we do anything else to make his job easier improve your organic Google visibility? Yes. Me: "What picture should I use?" Wife: "Lucy in glasses; he looks … Continue reading I’m paying you to ‘do SEO’ …What else can we do?

Top 10 Talking Hands YouTube Channels

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They're handsy. And talky. But not facey. And they're occasionally sleepy. Sometimes I fall asleep to these channels. …More on that later. To be considered for this list, a YouTube creator must primarily film toward their own hands, and seldom if ever show their face. Oh yeah, and they need to talk, too. So how … Continue reading Top 10 Talking Hands YouTube Channels

Hamburger Menu Breakpoint Best Practices

This concerns neither food nor hamburgers. Sorry. Hit the food category of this blog for that sort of stuff. Even if you're not familiar with the term "hamburger menu" you've seen one. Three horizontal lines, like in the image below, but much smaller, on a mobile webpage, usually up in a corner. Hamburger menu on … Continue reading Hamburger Menu Breakpoint Best Practices

TMNT Comic Knockoffs

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Knockoffs

I shed a collection of comics before a cross-country move the better part of a decade ago. I kept one long box of some favorites. This is a short blog post about one subset of that box: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT) comic book knockoffs. It's July in San Diego, and that's usually when we … Continue reading TMNT Comic Knockoffs

Kids COVID-19 Coin Curriculum?

Or: How I learned about EVERYTHING from a coin. I like to collect money. Who doesn’t? But I’m talking about weird money. If you travel, it’s actually not strange to see different sorts of money, but 35+ years ago when I first stumbled across a coin bearing non-Latin characters, it seemed a magical treasure. A … Continue reading Kids COVID-19 Coin Curriculum?

Me Writing About Me Writing About Me Writing

Or: I used to write a weekly column. I've got a big piece about coins and COVID in the works, but it's been stuck at the 88% done mark for a few weeks. Maybe this'll help to break the blog content logjam? (It did!) Well, I actually have drafts of several mundane blog posts gathering … Continue reading Me Writing About Me Writing About Me Writing

Late Night Pizza Grilled Cheese Pizza Recipe

A pizza story in three acts: The Recipe, The Interview, Lessons Learned. Act I: The Pizza Recipe There’s an online recipe trend wherein chef-writers write endlessly before giving you the recipe. That sucks. Those people deserve your ire and scorn. So, without ado, here’s one of my favorite pizza recipes, from Late Night Pizza’s Michael … Continue reading Late Night Pizza Grilled Cheese Pizza Recipe

Hiring and Firing in the Time of Coronavirus

(Or: How I Learned to Hire Smarter) These are special times. Because of Covid-19, there’s more furloughing and firing than ever. Does it not then stand to reason that there are or will soon be more people looking to get hired? If so, HR hiring managers will be overwhelmed with applicants. Well, more overwhelmed. Case … Continue reading Hiring and Firing in the Time of Coronavirus