The Home Row Blog

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December 8, 2013 is my new favorite tool! This fun-to-explore application allows you to create custom word clouds. The tool, available at, is simple to use and has an impressive number of  fonts, colors, and shapes. For a non-designer like me it’s a bit of fun, sort of like walking into a bookstore and being told […]

Hurricane Hayan and How Content Makes the World A Smaller Place

November 14, 2013

News related to natural disasters like hurricane Hayan make the world smaller. We can get instant updates but sadly can not provide instant relief. Content connects us and we should seek out ways to use content to help each other.

Godwin’s Law

January 2, 2013

Godwin’s Law says that the longer an online conversation goes, no matter the subject or intent of the original thread that someone eventually will evoke Hitler or Nazis. Have we not learned anything about history and peace?

Top whatever lists for 2011

December 21, 2011

by Sharon Ritchey don’t know if it’s possible to categorize awesomeness but somehow we try. In our land of plenty of everything we try to discern the good from the bad and great from the just o.k. Enter the top whatever list. It could be top 10, top 100, pick a number. I love these […]

Feeding America Fouls Up Fundraising

December 15, 2011

Feeding America sent me 40 meals worth of marketing. Multiply that by the thousands on their list and you get the idea of how many people they could have provided meals to. Non profits need to look at their fund raising efforts and consider how those at the receiving end view them.

Dunbar’s 150 Number and Why I Won’t Connect with You on Facebook

June 11, 2011

Evolutionary anthropologist Robin Dunbar theorizes that humans can only make 150 meaningful connections. This may explain why I’m adverse to “friending” and linking to to everyone who sends me a request.

Local Newspapers Are Hitting the Content Sweet Spot

April 16, 2011

April 16, 2011 by Sharon J. Ritchey I won’t add my thoughts to the decline of newspaper readership. There are plenty of pundits who follow this issue more closely than I care. But I have to say that over the past six months I have started to pay more attention to my local newspapers, the […]

The Call to Action of Breakfast

March 9, 2011

March 9, 2011 Posted by Sharon Ritchey I’ve been writing a lot of ads lately and I have recently finished an online copy writing course through Writer’s University. And as most people realize, when you begin to pay attention to something you become hyper focused on it. For example, if you have ever gone car […]

Does your company need a facebook page?

February 23, 2011

January 23, 2011 posted by Sharon Ritchey – Bashing Lemming Suicide Myths since 2000 My clients rely on me to help them develop messaging and content to reach their customers.  One of the most frequent questions I answer is: Does my company need a facebook page? I admit I have a cautious relationship with facebook. […]

How to Write Merry Anything This Season

December 6, 2010

Here are some shortcuts and hints to getting your holiday cards out the door.

What is the home row?

The home row is the center row of keys on the keyboard "A,S,D,F,J,K,L,;" When students are taught how to become touch typists (typing without looking at the keys) they begin with their hands resting on the home row. The left hand rests on the "A,S,D,F" keys and the right hand on the "J,K,L,;" keys. From this position the other keys can be reached.