Monthly Archives: January 2007

More craft, less crap

In Wampeters Foma & Granfalloons (1974), the always playful, original and somewhat cranky, Kurt Vonnegut, says of the ‘writing trades’: ‘They allow mediocre people who are patient and industrious to revise their stupidity, to edit themselves into something like intelligence.’ Now, I’m not calling everyone in the blogosphere mediocre but let’s be honest. There’s a lot of self-indulgent, poorly-written prose out here. It should be easy to avoid. Like television, all we have to do is tune out and turn off. But yes, I admit it: I am fascinated, enthralled and somewhat click-addicted so I spend longer here than I…

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Advice to a neophyte blogger

When I was gearing up to start my blog, one of the first things I did was tell people about it, so there could be no turning back (and to build a modicum of awareness the old-fashioned way). PRWork’s David Jones offered a pre-launch tip: “I’d suggest you start leaving some comments on other PR blogs and podcasts and get your name known prior to launching your blog. It will help build readership. There are several good Canadian PR bloggers that are building a little community.” And I thought since there’s so much information out there, soliciting advice from those…

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Blogging policy

Well, I’m breaking my one post per week notion already, but I do want to list my blogging policy. I’m going to: Be honest and up-front and as creative, entertaining and insightful as I can. Always identify myself in each blogosphere post or comment. Use my best judgment before publishing/commenting by asking myself if it’s really worth it. Conserve my words (there’s way too much pollution, idea and otherwise out there already). Bla-bla-blog…

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Welcome to MyPalette

Hello out there. Welcome to MyPalette. This is an experiment – though not experimental – so long-term I’m not sure how it will turn out. Will I be here in a few months? A year? I don’t know. The bigger question is: will you? And, if so, who are you? I have a love-hate relationship with the blogosphere. As a PR guy, writer (books, comedy, TV, films, journalism) and wannabe raconteur, I instinctively feel that this is the place to be. I’ve been dazzled by some of the bloggers I’ve started to follow, their style of writing, flashes of ideas,…

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