Alison Garwood Jones

Blogging’s bad rap

Originally published in August 2015 in Blog

Social media has scattered blog communities and pretty much killed engagement in blog comment boxes. I’ve seen it on my own site. I average about one comment every six months. Those two facts alone, some say, are proof that maintaining a blog is (1) old school and (2) pointless. Those same folks say that blogging peaked […]

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Why I didn’t work it

Originally published in February 2015 in Blog

I don’t normally take requests on my blog. But a good friend of mine who has been watching me play at this piano for the last six years, and who has more than once thrown encouragement in my tip cup, says he wants me to write about beauty. My beauty. “I keep talking about beauty […]

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Failures, I’ve had a few

Originally published in January 2015 in Blog

“Lost and Found at Uni” series, by Alison Garwood-Jones When I met Stewart,* he was standing outside the coffee shop I’d suggested with his hands pushed deep inside his pant pockets. “It’s closed, isn’t it?” I said, walking up to him. “Yup,” he said, and we gave each other an awkward hug. “Sorry about that,” […]

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Upcoming Workshop: 2 weeks today!

Originally published in June 2014 in Blog

My next Digital Strategy Workshop is exactly two weeks today: Wednesday, June 18, from 1-4 pm. If you are an independent business owner, like me, I think you’ll find the tips and discussions very helpful. Email me at alison.garwoodjones@gmail.com for the location details. *I plan to be at the beach and other people’s cottages over […]

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Blogger’s dilemma

Originally published in November 2013 in Blog

 

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Flipboard

Originally published in November 2013 in Blog

Tag clouds are passé. Today I started organizing four years worth of blog posts into digital magazines using Flipboard. I created specialty magazines on music, sleep, freelance writing and technology. A fifth title covering my feminist wrestling matches is on its way. Moving forward, this will be a great archival tool for my posts. To read my […]

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Journalism: Still A Love Story

Originally published in November 2013 in Blog

It’s the spring of ’62 and Nora Ephron is at the wheel of a rental car crossing the George Washington Bridge into downtown Manhattan. Her mission: to find a job before she graduates from Wellesley College in a few weeks. At an employment agency on West 42nd St., Ephron tells the worker assigned to her, […]

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WTF?

Originally published in October 2013 in Blog

I don’t have any hard stats on this, but unresponsive editors appear to have reached epidemic proportions of late. I know so many writers — newbies and veterans — whose pitches are being met with deafening silence. Everyone’s talking about it on the writing listservs I subscribe to. Editors, they say, aren’t even sending them […]

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Industry news

Originally published in August 2013 in Blog

Two quotes about media stood out for me last week. Here’s the first: “We’re not ever going to return to a stable status quo where editors know where their audience is and publishers know where their revenue stream is. We’re in an era of non-stop innovation and constant turmoil. [Don’t expect] any kind of settled […]

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Future shock

Originally published in May 2013 in Blog

Shitty things can happen when good people do nothing. This is my interview with Story Board, the blog for the Canadian Media Guild and the Canadian Writers Group. The internet spreads stories, voices and awareness, when we use it well. The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #8 – Alison Garwood-Jones In this regular feature, Story Board asks Canadian writers […]

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