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The Busy Creator Podcast is a discussion program where creative professionals from across the spectrum share tools, techniques, and habits they use in their practice. Listeners are introduced to strategies and pro tips to be their most creative, productive selves.

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Sep 14, 2015

Mignon Fogarty (@MignonFogarty) is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips, the multi-faceted publishing website that produces dozens of topic-specific podcasts based on several characters, the most famous of which is Grammar Girl.

Since creating the Grammar Girl Podcast, Mignon has authored 7 books, collected a host of podcasting awards, and recently assumed the Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Media Entrepreneurship at the University of Nevada Reno.

Our conversation follows Mignon's origins in online business, how she leveraged her early podcast success and existing personal relationships to create a broader network, and how she still prefers to do certain production elements herself.

 

Show Notes & Links

  • Mignon Fogarty is a professor — not a doctor — but her students call her by her first name
  • Britons will call Professors as such, whereas the Americans favour Doctor, when that's available. e.g. Professor Alice Roberts (@DrAliceRoberts), a medical doctor and professor at the University of Birmingham

"There's a lot of power in networks"

—Mignon Fogarty

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"People write in different ways for different media."

—Mignon Fogarty

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"What texting is, despite the fact that it involves the brute mechanics of something that we call writing, is fingered speech."

—John McWhorter

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"The Internet is [still] mostly a written medium."

—Prescott Perez-Fox

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  • The link between language & design: language → grammar → punctuation → typography → design
  • The Oxford Comma
  • "Visual Language" or "Brand Voice" are types of designer personifications
  • Professor Fogarty Mignon teaches Media Entrepreneurship & Social Journalism 

  • Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty on Amazon and on Audible
    Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

 

  • Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips to Clean Up Your Writing by Mignon Fogarty on Audible
    Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips to Clean Up Your Writing by Mignon Fogarty

 

 

  • 101 Words to Sound Smart by Mignon Fogarty on Amazon
    101 Words to Sound Smart by Mignon Fogarty

 

  • 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No Time by Mignon Fogarty on Amazon
    101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No Time by Mignon Fogarty

 

  • Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know by Mignon Fogarty on Amazon
    Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know by Mignon Fogarty

 

Mignon Fogarty tells her story to Leo Laporte on Triangulation, episode 117
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Tools

Techniques

  • Use the script from your podcast as a blog post
  • Use guest writers for narrow subject matters, especially if they have a PhD in that topic
  • Assign content and schedule shows about 6-7 weeks in advance
  • Edit your script for pronunciation — some things are hard to say out loud
  • Use Pinterest to promote a podcast
  • Set deadlines for yourself
  • Hire help to manage you (especially for writing)
  • Keep two separate phones for your separate social media accounts

Habits

  • Delegate, especially social media
  • Uses content from her books and newsletter for podcast content
  • Workout every morning, before lunch rather than first thing
  • Make sure to drink caffeine with lunch

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