Ernie Smith

I‘m the guy who made @ShortFormBlog. Now working on @readtedium. Subscribe here: http://tedium.co/


Sure, write stuff for free. But write for yourself.


It was a design so cool, it belonged on a T-shirt.

At an old paper I worked at, I created a cover which was so…


Google, Bing, and Siri Have a Paul Rand Problem

Design legend Paul Rand has seen his SEO get killed by Rand Paul — even by Apple, which once used Paul Rand in an ad.


PC LOAD LETTER: Why office-supply stores are the seventh circle of hell


Office supply stores are places that nobody feels nostalgic about. Everyone should hate them…

Publications edited by Ernie Smith

You have a lot of stuff going on, and sometimes it’s a challenge to keep everything together. Here are some ideas on how to work harder, faster and stronger.

A twice-a-week newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. Think we’ll find it?


I Wrote a Story Called “Project Management and the Dangers of Too Many Cooks”

Because I’m clearly ahead of the pop-culture curve, I wrote a piece about project…


Why “Set it and Forget It” Doesn’t Work on Social Media

New to the social media horizon are apps that automatically schedule and find content—slicing, dicing, and…


I spent six months going to an evangelical church …

… and I totally did it for the wrong reasons. But it was a necessary step for me to figure out that I was actually…


My foot in the door: Fortunately, it was paid.

When I got into the world of journalism, my first “real” job was paid. Not an internship. And I didn’t work for my…


The Future of Local News — Why We Shouldn't Settle For Ad-Covered Wire Copy


Yesterday, I ran into a story that stopped me dead in my tracks.


Minimum Viable Awesome: Simplify Your Web Writing Workflow


You’re awesome. I can’t see you through this screen, reading this document, but my analytics tell me that you’re more awesome


Sure, write stuff for free. But write for yourself.


It was a design so cool, it belonged on a T-shirt.

At an old paper I worked at, I created a cover which was so…