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!)
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:
A refresh of an older site article providing guidance for photographers confronting SEO.
“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.
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.
- “Analytics: April 2021,” May 12, 2021
- “Social Media: December 2020,” January 13, 2021
- “Analytics: August 2020,” September 15, 2020
- “Analytics: July 2020,” August 14, 2020
Summaries of Outreach efforts.
- “Client Outreach & Research: August 2020,” September 4, 2020
- “Client Outreach & Research: July 2020,” August 4, 2020
- “Portfolio Events: Discovery, Claire Brown, Domino, and Money,” February 24, 2020
- “Portfolio Events: Design Army, Reingold, Marriott, Virtual Farm Creative,” February 10, 2020
Reports of the monthly emailers we’ve sent to clients.
- “Creative In Place: Mental Health,” October 8, 2020
- “Creative In Place: Back to School,” August 27, 2020
- “Creative In Place: Self-Portrait,” April 9, 2020
For a short while I published some articles on Medium.
A critique of the dangers wrought by the smartphone for photography and the solution offered by, yes, boredom.
I have learned a lot about writing from
- completing the requirements for two different Master’s degrees in English and Philosophy;
- writing a 300-page dissertation to complete my Ph.D.;
- teaching composition and rhetoric courses at Syracuse University;
- teaching philosophy and liberal arts courses at various universities, which requires directing and then grading student writing;
- reading widely both in the primary and secondary texts of literature and philosophy;
- 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.
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.