The Conversational Blog

In these posts we explore conversational writing as
a powerful way to communicate and sell online.

Instead of getting depressed, get creative.

Child with building blcoks

I’m not saying those are the only choices.

But these are the choices I face. Pretty much.

An event like the spread of Covid-19 has the capacity to beat me into a major depression.

Which is why, when bad things happen, I look for ways to step up and get creative.

Preferably at speed.

Read moreInstead of getting depressed, get creative.

How smartphones are changing the way we write…

All ages using smartphone

Oh my goodness, the web changed everything!”

Oh wow, social media changed everything!”

“Yikes, text messaging changed everything!”

All true.

But it’s not just new services that change everything. It’s not just about the software.

It’s also about the devices we use.

Read moreHow smartphones are changing the way we write…

Moments of silence are an essential part of every good conversation.

Take your pick. I cover the same ground in both the video and the text on this page.

Some people prefer video. Others prefer reading.

Still reading?

OK then. Let’s start with a real-life conversation.

There are a couple of reasons why we pause when talking.

One reason is to place emphasis on what we just said.

The second reason, and the most common one, is that we pause as a signal that it’s the other person’s turn to start talking.

Read moreMoments of silence are an essential part of every good conversation.

If you want to be told the truth, read more ads.

Relaxing by the sea

Well, that sounds crazy.

Ads on TV are honest? Junk mail? Popups on my computer screen?

Pretty much.

That’s one of the roles of the Federal Trade Commission in the USA. To make sure advertisers don’t lie about their products or services. And they’re pretty strict about it too.

Most western countries have equivalent organizations.

As marketers we’re not allowed to spread lies.

Read moreIf you want to be told the truth, read more ads.

5 New Year’s Resolutions for online copywriters and marketers.

I don’t know about you, but I like to use the end of each year as a time to reframe my business in one way or another.

It’s a time when I try to step back, see what I’ve been doing, and make a few changes.

I dump a few of the things that are no longer working well for me.

And I step forward into new ideas or approaches that I think will serve me better over the year to come.

That’s where my resolutions come in.

Read more5 New Year’s Resolutions for online copywriters and marketers.