Welcome to My Writer’s Sketchpad

Ruminations is where I share works in progress. Please follow the pointers below to learn more about me and the stories you’ll find on these pages. Thank you for visiting. Please return and tell a friend.

Who is Tom Abate and what does he write about?

Eclectic notions arising from my experiences and observations.

Stories and commentary based on research, interviews, and observations.

Satire, fiction, humor, and advice from the Dead Blogger’s Society.

Experiences and events that formed my character and inform my work and beliefs.

What is ‘Ruminations’ About?

Essays, Journalism, Whimsy, and Reflections from a writer just thinking out loud.

I’m Tom Abate. I hope you’ll find my Ruminations useful, informative and, at times, entertaining. The site is a work in progress. I have organized it around four content pages. These I plan to fill with eclectic notions arising from my working class, small business, and white-collar experiences, including more than 30 years of writing about Silicon Valley.

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I have an old-timer’s familiarity with the principles underlying the internet and the web, but out of touch with the culture and technologies. Still, I imagine making contributions in the realm of business models for independent content creators. I’ll approach this as a former beat reporter for a newspaper – learn from those who are active and successful; help synthesize and popularize their work; and connect the dots or people and/or add ideas of my own, should these seem useful.

I derived the organizing principle of this site from Steve Krug’s web usability book, “Don’t Make Me Think.” He maintained that every page is a front page because most viewers will discover you via a search engine, friend referral, or social media hit. Hence, I every page of Ruminations has the same look and feel and navigation. We’ll see how that works.

Thank you for visiting. To share an idea, make a comment, or ask a question, please use the contact box to the left. Thanks for your attention!

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