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 well under 140 characters, or [...]

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 if you thought those were [...]

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 like it. — Andy Why [...]

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, but I have a set [...]

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 beautifully and so seductively that [...]

February Holidays on Frugal Guidance 2

Celebrate February Our monthly holiday list is a new feature on Frugal Guidance 2. It can be used for: Writing prompts for writers and bloggers, Travellers, Meeting planners, Businesspeople, Partiers (who want an excuse for a party), and People who [...]

January Holidays on Frugal Guidance 2

Our monthly holiday list is a new feature on Frugal Guidance 2. It can be used for: Writing prompts for writers and bloggers, Travellers, Meeting planners, Businesspeople, Partiers (who need an excuse for a party, or not), and People who [...]

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 in 2006, later packaging Writer [...]

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 software field. Since its word [...]

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 importing and exporting information in [...]

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 Google Writer, or other similar [...]

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 know the project best. The [...]