Archive for: June, 2013

How Paper is Made

As promised in my last post, An Ode to Uncoated Paper, I am back to talk about the paper making process. Talking about paper, without sharing details on how it’s made, would feel too much like cheating you out of valuable knowledge! Besides, you’ll be amazed at what you’re about to learn. Let’s keep this basic shall we? The paper machine has four principal units—forming section, press section, drying section and machine calendaring. Not so complicated and I bet you’re wondering if the machine calendaring is where calendars are made. It’s not, by the way. Forming Section Here is where the paper stock, before it becomes paper, is first diluted with water to create a special pulp consistency. It is then pumped into the headbox and the pulp is spread along the width of the machine which moves the pulp onto a finely-woven plastic belt. The water is then drained […]

5 Ways to Break From Your Blog and Save Your Sanity… While Keeping Readers Interested

Let’s face it. Sometimes blogging becomes a tedious chore filled with procrastination and writer’s block. And that’s a shame, because it should be a joyful relationship between you and your audience. But no matter how passionate you are about your subject you will inevitably need a break. A breather to recoup and refill your creative reservoir. But here’s the problem—while you’re off taking a break your readers are becoming disinterested and forget about you completely. So what do you do? Should you push through it and keep writing?  Probably not… Here’s the scary truth. If you dread writing posts, your readers can always tell. They will see a clear lack in quality and your posts will be unfulfilling to them. That’s when you see your subscriber list and reader engagement tank. It’s how you turn an outstanding blog into a complete failure. But there is a way to take a […]