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Every Communicator Needs a Real Photographer

Leica M9 and prosecco

This recent post by Vocus – Every Communicator Needs a Real Camera – highlights how important photography is for business. We depend on photos for blogs, web sites, brochures, tweets, Facebook posts and other kinds of marketing collateral.

Photos are a kind of shorthand, selling…

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Added by Joe Flood on April 15, 2014 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Friday Photo: Finally, Spring

Cherry blossoms blooming on the Tidal Basin.

Cherry blossoms blooming on the Tidal Basin.

This was the winter without end, days and weeks worth of single-digit temperatures that made me want to curl up with a bottle of bourbon and stay inside forever. I’ve never had to wear so many layers. It was a real winter, the kind I thought that DC never got with its mild Mid-Atlantic…

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Added by Joe Flood on April 11, 2014 at 3:18pm — 1 Comment

Friday Photo: Capitol Snowglobe Edition

Two men walk toward the Capitol in a snowstorm.

Two men walk toward the Capitol in a snowstorm.

If I have learned anything from this winter, it’s the importance of taking pictures while the snow is still fresh. It’s when the white stuff is at its prettiest. After a few hours, it starts to melt, get shoveled and become begrimed with city filth.

Monday was (hopefully) the…

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Added by Joe Flood on March 7, 2014 at 10:07am — No Comments

Defeat Writer’s Block the WordPress Way

If you’re a writer, that first blank page can be daunting. The blinking cursor awaits. What do you have to say? Do you really have what it takes to write a whole book?

Yet, the same writer, when put in front of a friendly blog interface, will immediately start writing. After all, it’s just a blog. It’s not serious. Blogs are for cat photos,…

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Added by Joe Flood on March 4, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

The 21st Century is a Really Bad Time for Control Freaks

The 21st Century is a really bad time for control freaks.

- Alec Ross, former Senior Advisor for Innovation to the U.S. Secretary of State

The State Department trusts its employees to tweet – why doesn’t yours?

The above quote was mentioned by Graham Lampa, State Department Office of Public Diplomacy, at the SocialGov Summit, a workshop on how…

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Added by Joe Flood on February 27, 2014 at 12:04pm — 2 Comments

Friday Photo: Construction Crane Edition

construction crane

14th Street NW in Washington is one of the hottest corridors in the country. This once beat-up strip lined with auto repair joints is being transformed into blocks of condos, micro-apartments, restaurants and high-end retail. Very high-end.

This is one of the construction cranes that Mayor Gray touts as proof of the city’s growth. He’s right – this crane is building a set of $500,000 condos on the site…

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Added by Joe Flood on February 7, 2014 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Photos n’ Boots at the Frye Company Popup Gallery

Frye boots

Those are some expensive boots, pardner.

How  can I get you into a pair of $398 boots?

Perhaps an evening of beautiful people, interesting photos and delicious cocktails?

On Thursday night, I attended the Frye Company Popup Gallery in Georgetown. It’s a beautiful store, a virtual temple to leather on Wisconsin Avenue. The evening,…

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Added by Joe Flood on January 31, 2014 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Mentoring at DC Shorts

writers at DC Shorts Mentors

For the second year, I’m going to be a screenwriting mentor at DC Shorts Mentors. I’ve been a judge for the DC Shorts Screenwriting Competition, won the Film DC screenplay competition and interviewed filmmakers for…

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Added by Joe Flood on January 24, 2014 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Books, Blogs and Biking: The Year in Writing

While I did all sort of fascinating freelance work in 2012, I couldn’t survive another year like that. Thankfully, 2013 was different as I settled into a job as  Communications Manager for government. This meant regular paychecks, but less…

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Added by Joe Flood on January 1, 2014 at 11:46am — 2 Comments

Friday Photo: Flickr Embed Edition

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Added by Joe Flood on December 18, 2013 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Ten Films from Ten Years of DC Shorts

In the audience for DC Shorts at the Navy Memorial #dcshorts

The DC Shorts Film Festival has a special holiday gift for cinephiles everywhere – ten years worth of short films from the festival are now online and free to view. Watch more than 330…

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Added by Joe Flood on December 17, 2013 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Friday Photo: WABA Edition

I'm a WABA member because...

DC is a land of tribes. “Where do you work?” is the first question that you hear at a Washington party. It’s an attempt to discover your tribal affiliation – are you Government, Lawyer, Liberal, Nonprofit, Corporate or Something Else? The purpose is to determine whether you are friend or foe, superior or inferior.

It’s a silly practice based…

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Added by Joe Flood on December 13, 2013 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Storytelling: The Most Powerful Communications Tool in History

We are storytelling animals. It’s what differentiates us from our primate cousins. We are literally Homo narrativus. We use stories to assign meaning to our lives, transmit vital information and communicate with future generations. Without our storytelling ability, we would never have evolved out of the jungles of Africa.

Human history begins with stories, like The Bible, the Odyssey and the epics of India. These stories were so important that they were memorized and passed…

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Added by Joe Flood on December 9, 2013 at 3:05pm — 5 Comments

Seven Coffeeneuring Trips in Washington, DC

Cappuccino at Peregrine on Capitol Hill #coffeeneuring

Perfect cappuccino at Peregrine Espresso on Capitol Hill.

When I first looked into the Coffeeneuring Challenge, I…

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Added by Joe Flood on November 19, 2013 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Coffeeneuring #7: Washington Navy Yard

Destination: Buzz Bakery, Navy Yard, Washington, DC

Total distance: 11 miles

The great thing about biking around a city is the surprises you see along the way. Being on a bike allows you to cover large amounts of ground quickly – but it also lets you stop and check things out, in ways that you couldn’t if you were trapped in  a car.

I was on my way to the Navy Yard for my final…

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Added by Joe Flood on November 18, 2013 at 11:51am — No Comments

The Wallace Line: Now Online

My short story “The Wallace Line” was a finalist for the Nelson Algren Short Story Award. Given annually for over twenty years, the Nelson Algren Award is named for the iconic Chicago writer best known for his novel The Man With the Golden Arm.

“The Wallace Line” is about a trip to Indonesia that goes horribly wrong. Read the whole thing.

The post…

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Added by Joe Flood on November 14, 2013 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Coffeeneuring #5: Peregrine and the Perils of Grad School

Cappuccino at Peregrine on Capitol Hill

Cappuccino at Peregrine on Capitol Hill #perfection

After last week’s episode of bad coffee in Bethesda, for this week’s…

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Added by Joe Flood on November 10, 2013 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Friday Photo: FotoNOMA Edition

InstantDC at FotoNOMA

InstantDC at FotoNOMA.

I have a confession.

I live in DC, take photos in DC, know lots of DC photographers, even won a FotoWeekDC contest but…

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Added by Joe Flood on November 8, 2013 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Coffeeneuring #4: Capital Crescent Trail

“The journey is its own reward” should be the slogan of the Coffeeneuring Challenge. It’s not the coffee you drink, but how you get there.

That was my consolation after drinking this.…

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Added by Joe Flood on November 4, 2013 at 4:41pm — No Comments

This is Not a Bike Lane

15th St cycletrack under construction

15th St Cycletrack under construction.

Progress in this city is as rutted and uneven as the bike lane pictured above. This is the 15th St Cycletrack. It’s supposed to be a bike lane running along the curb, protected from traffic by white, reflective bollards and a line of…

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Added by Joe Flood on October 24, 2013 at 2:06pm — No Comments

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