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This page includes articles on a variety of topics: blogging and writing, organizing and notebooks, and using creativity tools, like mind-mapping. The list goes back several years, so feel free to browse back in time.

 

The Mysteries of Microblogging

Everything You Wanted to Know About Microblogs, But Didn’t Know to Ask Putting Microblogging Under the Microscope Explaining microblogging is difficult because so many people do it in different ways. A microblog post can be [...]

The Five Alternate Blog Types Every Blogger Should Know

More Bloggers, More Ways to Blog Blogging 101, Part 3 In our last post on Blogging 101, we discussed three media alternatives to the traditional written blog: video, audio (or podcasting), and image blogging. But [...]

Blogging Alternatives: Vlogs, Podcasts & Images

Alternatives to a Written Blog How to Use Non-Writing Forms of Blogging Video Blogging, or Vlogging In our first class on blogging, Why Blog?, we focused on writing for blogs. Today, class, let’s look at three [...]

Why Blog? – Blogging 101 Part 1

This post is the beginning of a new series, a newish topic, several new personas, and a new style of telling stories for me. Wish me a little bit of luck and I hope you [...]

My Fave Frugal Writing Tools

Every writer has a personal way of writing and a specific set of tools he or she feels more comfortable with. Since I often blog about writing and creativity, I probably experiment more than most, [...]

The Siren Song of OneNote Reaches Evernote Users’ Ears

  Can Evernote Still Compete with OneNote? The Seductive Myth The Sirens, as you may remember, were beautiful, feminine, mythological creatures who lived on a rocky island somewhere near Greece. They sang. They sang so [...]

A New Look for Frugal Guidance 2

Welcome to the new and improved FG2. Dear Frugal Guidance 2 Reader, I’ve been working on other projects lately (more later). I’ve neglected you, but I’m back and I've made some significant changes in this [...]

Bloggers: Live Writer Returns as Open Source

Open Live Writer Replaces Windows Live Writer WINDOWS LIVE WRITER (WLW) was one of the most popular tools for beginning and intermediate-level bloggers over the past ten years. Originally Onfolio Writer, Microsoft bought Onfolio back [...]

The New LibreOffice 5.0 – a Writer’s Perspective

A Personal Evaluation As The Document Foundation approaches its fifth birthday, it has released version 5.0 of its LibreOffice office suite, continuing its march to become an improved, flexible, and relevant resource in the office [...]

The Writer’s Guide to Word Processing File Formats

The Essential Exchange Formats for Writers Plus How to Rescue Old Files & Preserve Your Writing In our previous post, we explored a variety of writing and creativity tools. All of them are capable of [...]

Word Processing without a Word Processor

A Writer's Guide to Alternate Writing Tools When we think of word processing today, most people think of Microsoft Word, or one of the full-featured alternatives, say LibreOffice Writer (or the Apache OpenOffice equivalent), or [...]

Does Apache OpenOffice Need a Superhero Rescue?

The “Official & True” OpenOffice May be Dying There have been rumblings about the Apache OpenOffice project struggling to accomplish anything of late, and some of those rumblings have been coming from the people who [...]