All posts by Gary Grimes



Serif vs. Sans: What’s your type(face)?

Serif vs. sans-serif—the battle continues. Or does it?

Some writers prefer a comfortable, warm serif. It's what they know. It's what they love. It's nostalgic. And they like that.

Meanwhile, other writers—particularly of the younger generations—say screw that ish! San-serif is the font of Apple, Google, Reddit. Pretty much the whole damn Internet. Need we say more?

So when one of our writer pals, Rachel Marie, sent in this infographic from and told a little story to go with it, we had to share ...

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And the #1 and #2 Social Networks Around the World Are …

"While Facebook is the most widely used social network in most countries, it’s not the biggest in every country, including China and Russia," reports MarketWatch.

Facebook is the clear global leader, but in China and Iran, where Facebook is blocked, other approved networks have emerged. Facebook is not blocked in Russia, but users there prefer V Kontakte and Odnoklossniki.

The map of the #2 networks shows a different story -- one where Instagram's popularity (Instagram is owned by Facebook) is growing fast worldwide, while their primary competitor, Twitter, retains a strong foothold in Europe.

Now compare to the same map of most popular social networks in 2009. That was before Facebook went public and back when networks like Zing, Mixi and Friendster were still popular around the world.

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How important are deadlines? Ask George R.R. Martin, author of the books behind HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’

If you are the type who likes to read the book before it becomes a motion picture, there is one famous author right now who just broke your cardinal rule: He won’t finish his new A Song of Ice and Fire book before Game of Thrones airs its next season—just as readers have long feared. (The Atlantic)

George R.R. Martin, author of the A Song of Fire and Ice series, which inspires the hit HBO TV show Game of Thrones, just announced the sixth installment in his fantasy series will not be finished before its on-air version plays on HBO.

This from Yahoo TV ...

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Learn How to Spell Without Spellcheck (infographic)

I remember it well: I was sitting in a 6th-grade science class when the teacher asked me to read a selection from the book, so I began ...

All was going well until I reached a word I did not know. It sputtered from my lips with all the confidence of a terrified mouse cornered by a coiled-up cat preparing to pounce.


The classroom erupted with laughter. "Hahahahahahahaha!"

I knew I had made a mistake. "Oh... nu-mo-ne-a," I corrected myself slowly as the classroom gasped for a second breath to continue its collective gut-busting. "Hahahahahahahaha!"

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Reading Statistics that Will Make You Think (infographic)

We all know reading is important, right? After all, you are reading this—unless you have delegated it to an app on your phone ... ahem, you know who you are! So with the voice of an old journalism school professor skipping through my skull–"If your mama tells you she loves you, check it out."—I set out to quantify just how important reading really is.

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Yogi Berra’s wordplay wisdom for writers: “It ain’t over till it’s over” and more

Yogi Berra was a professional baseball player, not a professional writer. He would have told you as much. Yet his …

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