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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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[T]he biggest reason we write unclearly is our ignorance of how others read our writing. What we write always seems clearer to us than it does to our readers, because we can read into it what we want readers to get out of it. And so instead of revising our writing to meet their needs, we send it off as soon as it meets ours.

Joseph M. Williams, Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace



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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 8/3/2015

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  11:54 AM

You want a secret to success for your latest Web venture? I can tell you in two syllables: trochee.

Can it be that simple? See for yourself. Find the most popular Web sites. Say their names out loud. Ponder the stress pattern.

YouTube
eBay
Reddit
SlashDot
Flickr
Google
Yahoo
MySpace
FaceBook
PayPal
Craigslist
Orkut
Wordpress
Blogspot
Netflix

Maybe you're not convinced. But are you willing to risk your brilliant venture with a loser name?

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