Head On Over to My New Home!

3 Jan

Hey there guys! I’ve been busy over the past few months, working to bring you something new. Today I’m pleased to announce that my new website is live, and here are the details.

The address

Go on over to The Connected Writer and pay me a visit.

What’s in it for you?

Six launch posts are already up, featuring the advice of some amazing people. They’re listed below, just as a heads-up.

  • Danny Iny, from Firepole Marketing
  • James Clear, from Passive Panda
  • Chris Brogan, from Human Business Works
  • Sean Platt, from The Digital Writer
  • Benjamin Yoskovitz, from Instigator Blog
  • Paul Rega, featured here on Amazon

The concept

The Connected Writer approaches writing from the outside in. Hence, writing lessons will be brought to you from other fields, including business, technology and creativity. I’ll also curate noteworthy content designed to make you think, create and live much better than before. Last, I’ll also help you get a handle on technology, by touching on new apps, programs and services designed to make you a better, more productive writer.

What’s coming next

Over the next few weeks, I’ll slowly move my content from this blog to there. What I can’t move will remain here, but I expect that ninety percent will move house, as we all like to say. I hope you’ll join me, and here’s to our continued relationship this year and beyond. Thanks for sticking with me here at Writing Off the Rails, and I hope to bring you even better content over at The Connected Writer.

Review : Lean Analytics

30 Oct

Lean Analytics Cover

Book Facts

Lean Analytics : Use  Data to Build a Better Startup Faster
By Benjamin Yoskovitz and Alistair Croll
O’Reilly Media


I understand this is an early release, and is not yet the final version of the book.

Hence, I can’t really say that it lacks content, because I have no clear idea how much content the final version will have. That said, I did like what I read from the early release itself, and I’ve contacted the authors, so I suppose I know a bit more than most reviewers would in other circumstances.

The bottom line is, the information already has value in its present form. You can just think of it as a primer for the final version, or a handier guide just in case you don’t have much time.

The content of the final version is still to be seen, and I do await it with some excitement. For those wanting a bit more meat, as one would say, I’d advise you to just wait for the final version of the book.

It’s unfair to judge this early version with the same standards as a final book, and I for one am already thankful for the fact that I was able to read the early release. Of course, I’m also thankful for the more personal interaction I’ve had with one of the authors, Benjamin Yoskovitz, but that’s beside the point for this post.

Where to Buy

O’Reilly Media Catalog for Lean Analytics


In the interest of Federal Trade Commission guidelines and covering my legal bases, I got this book free of charge via my involvement in the O’Reilly Media Blogger Review Program. That said, this review is entirely my opinion, after my reading of the book. I would also like to assure everyone that I was not paid to give any particular rating to the work, and that my rating is my personal choice.

Review : Ethics of Big Data

18 Oct

Ethics of Big Data Cover

Book Facts

Ethics of Big Data : Balancing Risk and Innovation
By Kord Davis
O’Reilly Media


I have yet to find a person who actually reads the privacy policies across various sites. I don’t know if it’s because of the legal language, if people just don’t care about how data is handled, or if it’s because we don’t think we’ll be abused by the companies we sign up for.

Even so, the very existence of a privacy policy suggests how things have really changed around the world, especially considering the pervasiveness of the Internet.

Now, I could tell you all about these varied changes, but that would take too many posts. So for this review, I’d like to focus on big data, one of the more significant reasons for why privacy policies abound.  Continue reading