Write for the screen

Writing on a windowAttention spans are pretty short these days. Getting people to read – and absorb – almost anything is damn near impossible. And it happens on a screen more than on paper (generally speaking).

If you ever took a class called Writing for the Web, it’s gotta be reconsidered. We have to be Writing for the Screen. People are also scanning less. Conventional thinking has been that people scan content as opposed to reading it.

Users (ahem, humans) are now glancing more so we have to be thinking about keeping up with our ever-increasing ADD world when it comes to content and screens and people.

A handful of thoughts…

Focus: have an objective, know it, live it, don’t stray.

Less: it is necessary. Period.

Fewer words: eliminate redundancies.

Simplify: sentences, words, syllables, etc.

Chunk: hit enter, break up your text. Add space.

Hierarchy: headings, subheads – carefully – to create visuals using text.

Read: before you click or tap to send, post, etc., read it. Bigger stuff, proofreader.

Check: spell check – always – in email too. Turn it on as a default.

New Product: Miggo – another Kickstarter Campaign

I’ve invested in more than a few Kickstarter campaign’s over the past few years. Some have worked out amazingly. Others, not so much.

Redpop: a cool, useful item that makes an iPhone feel more like an ‘old school’ camera with it’s big red button. I don’t have one, I’ve using my Watershot a lot lately (not Kickstarter funded but a great product).

I’m waiting for my Tile. They’re going full speed ahead, taking pre-orders. Kickstarter funded or not, definitely worth watching.

I also had to support one of my all-time favorite bands, Toad The Wet Sprocket. So glad I did.

The new album is worth every dollar I invested. Listen to some of the new album.

Today, Miggo’s the thing that got a few bucks out of me.

It looks perfect for people like me who end up carrying too much stuff while tromping about the world leaving nothing behind, taking only photos with us.

Maybe I’ll get the dust off my old DSLR when Miggo’s ready for field testing.

Make it count

cupcake shirtMake what count? What a crap headline. Make “it” count.

Here’s the point: lots of sites still have words on them that don’t mean anything. Kill your welcome statement already.

Every word counts.

People don’t scan anymore, they glance.

Get rid of as many words as possible. You’ll be glad. Just ask the people you build stuff for.

If you want to another POV Google: writing for the web—which I actually refer to now as writing for the screen but that’s a separate topic.