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So everyone is an Author now?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 31st, 2009

With blogs, twitter, social networking sites, is everyone a writer or better yet, an author now? No, but according to Pelli & Bigelow in A Writing Revolution , everyone will be an author in 2013. Yes, in just four short years everyone will be an author. Get ready to read! A lot! The idea behind […]

Screen Space: Announcement & Invitation for Scholarly Writing (or other) Month

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 30th, 2009

This is a special edition announcement episode of Screen Space your podcast about creating usable, accessible, effective, and efficient web, blog, and new media design for the everyday (and non-expert) designer.

I invite those of you in academia to join me for something I am trying in November: Scholarly Writing Month (or ScoWriMo). For those of you who are not academics, sick around and consider joining this adventure in your own way.

 
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World Usability Day 2009 Nov 12: Designing for a Sustainable World

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 30th, 2009

How do products and services impact your world? Have you had problems opening a door, using a new program, or finding a link on a website? If so, you’ve used a product or service with usability problems. Join me for World Usability Day! Usability is one area I focus on with this blog and podcast. […]

NaNoWriMo for the Rest of Us: Scholarly Writing & More Month

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 30th, 2009

Your are cordially invited to join me for SchoWriMo! As many may know, November is the “National Novel Writing Month” where participants try to write a novel (defined as 175-pages/50,000-words) during this month (see What is NaNoWriMo? for more details). As an academic, this concept always intrigued me, but didn’t work for me for three […]

FTC Testimonial Rules for Bloggers & “Word of Mouth” Marketers

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 12th, 2009

If you blog, podcast, or otherwise provide endorsements or testimonials of free products you received for this word of mouth marketing, you could be sued $11,00 for not disclosing this connection. According to a 10/05 Press Release by the Federal Trade Commission, the rules for bloggers and others who use “word of mouth” marketing have […]

Usability Salaries 2009 (Or I am not making enough!)

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 8th, 2009

The Usability Professionals’ Association surveys the salaries and other career facts of usability professionalse every so often. The findings for 2009 are up and interesting. The quick summary is: most of people are making far more than us pre-tenure folks who teach usability. But then, I knew that. Here are some other interesting facts: The […]

Why do people listen to podcasts?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 7th, 2009

In my second to last post, I discussed who listenes to podcasts, thanks to research by Edison. In the same study, the researchers also studies the reasons people listen. Reasons people listen/watch podcasts: 35% because they can listen/watch whenever (time-shifted) 15% because the content not available elsewhere 13% because they can listen/watch wherever (location-shifted) 13% […]