Portfolio: Writing

Below are some examples of my writing (both the less structured and more thoughtful and the more structured), an account of how I came to be the writer that I am, and even a list of my scholarly publications (probably, the hottest item!)

Articles Written

Although perhaps not as much as I would like to, at Wonderful Machine I’ve been able to do some writing that requires thinking and composition (and lots of other more structured writing). Here are a few:

Screenshot of the "Expert Advice: SEO for Photographers," an article published on Wonderful Machine.com

Expert Advice: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Photographers
June 21, 2021

A refresh of an older site article providing guidance for photographers confronting SEO.

Screenshot of the "SEO Audit: Kristin Teig," an article published on Wonderful Machine.com

SEO Audit: Kristin Teig
May 26, 2021

The case study of an SEO audit for the bicoastal food photographer Kristin Teig.

Expert Advice: How to Write Alt Text
March 17, 2020

Originally written for photographers during the spring 2020 COVID lockdown, the article explains why and how photographers should write the alt text for the images on their websites.

SEO Audit: Sonya Revell
May 18, 2020

A case study of an SEO Audit performed for Sonya Revell, a Miami-based photographer who asked us to assess her site’s present SEO strategy and to provide recommendations to improve that strategy.

Alistair Tutton Solves the Studio Problem
March 13, 2019

A spotlight article on Wonderful Machine member photographer Alistair Tutton, as he moved from an external studio into a studio that is part of his home.

More structured writings

Analytics Reports. Each month Wonderful Machine publishes a summary and brief analysis of the site traffic and trends relating thereto, drawing on numbers and graphs from Google Analytics and others.

Summaries of Outreach efforts.

Reports of the monthly emailers we’ve sent to clients.

All publications on WonderfulMachine.com’s Intel Blog

All publications on WonderfulMachine.com’s Published Blog

On Medium

For a short while I published some articles on Medium.

Only Boredom Can Save Photography Now

A critique of the dangers wrought by the smartphone for photography and the solution offered by, yes, boredom.

Man at desk writing by hand with a pen and paper.

Writing Background

I have learned a lot about writing from

  1. completing the requirements for two different Master’s degrees in English and Philosophy;
  2. writing a 300-page dissertation to complete my Ph.D.;
  3. teaching composition and rhetoric courses at Syracuse University;
  4. teaching philosophy and liberal arts courses at various universities, which requires directing and then grading student writing;
  5. reading widely both in the primary and secondary texts of literature and philosophy;
  6. and tutoring students for the verbal portions of the ACT and SAT examination.

Honestly, test prep tutoring has taught me the most about all of the rules of grammar. Before that, I would probably use the em-dash and commas interchangeably to set off modifying phrases. Before that, I hadn’t even seriously considered why the Oxford comma is the only civilized way to write.

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Scholarly Publications

I know this is what you were really after. Yes, I wrote my dissertation on the effects of the Dutch philosopher Baruch (or Benedict, depending on your allegiances) Spinoza on modern German philosophy (i.e. 1650–1850), up to and specifically on the German Idealist philosopher F.W.J. Schelling.

My AOS (area of specialization) was German Idealism, even thought I started philosophy by reading Derrida, Heidegger, Foucault, Deleuze, and the usual suspects. I literally cut my philosophical teeth on Being and Time. It sounds nerdy (and is), but I’m really proud of that.

Immanence and Freedom in Schelling’s Freiheitsschrift”, in Philosophie. Theologie. Littérature. Etudes offertes en hommage au quartre-vingt-dixième anniversaire de Xavier Tilliette, S.J., Antonio Russo and Miklos Vetö, eds. (Peeters, France: Éditions de L’Institut Supérieur de Philosophie, 2011), 319-336.

Pantheism and Atheism in Schelling’s Freiheitsschrift”, in After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in the Continental Philosophy of Religion, Anthony Paul Smith and Daniel Whistler, eds. (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge Scholar’s Press, 2010), 64-80.

When Time Preceded Eternity: Schelling’s Conversion to History”, Pli: the Warwick Journal of Philosophy, 21(2010): 26-41.