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headshots_2011 003roaming freely. covering a broad array of topics. mostly health-related. the free-range communication blog is a product of context communication consulting and a space to talk about communication, HR, and the connection between business and individual health and well-being. i post three to four times per week. less when work overtakes me. subscribe to make staying current easy on yourself.

about me

i’m fran melmed. i specialize in health communication, advising and assisting companies dedicated to workplace wellness. as a part of this work, i’ve created tools to help employees avoid “sitting disease” and feel more comfortable selecting a high-deductible health plan. you can read my full, more official bio here.

i write free-range communication to expand upon my work with clients. i also manage cohealth, a virtual community for those invested in workplace wellness, speak on occasion, raise two girls with my husband…attend the theater…read voraciously…eat just about anything…dance.

what’s the deal with the lowercase?

i’ve been asked why i write in lowercase. it’s pretty simple—i prefer it. but trust me, i do know how to capitalize when required.

join in, but keep it clean

i like the exchange of ideas. and i’m good with a hearty debate. if you’re interested, intrigued or annoyed by what you’ve read here, add your perspective and experience. just be respectful and courteous.

get in touch

i started this blog to foster conversation. if you have a suggestion for a post or want to learn more about the work that i do, email me at fran [at] contextcommunication [dot] com. you can also find me on twitter or call me at 1+215.922.2525.

writing elsewhere

my writing is regularly featured on TLNT. you can also find me on boston college’s sloan work and family research network, the good company newsletter (a product of the american psychological association), virgin healthmile’s the uprising blog, jellyvision’s blog, and fistful of talent. from time to time, i’m also quoted in the media.

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Ben Eubanks June 17, 2009 at 9:51 am

Congrats on the new site, Fran! I think you will do wonderfully well! The communication field is a lucrative one, and I know that you’re going to do your blog proud. :-)

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Crystal Peterson June 17, 2009 at 11:49 am

Congrats on the site! I’m looking forward to visiting often and reading your posts!

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Chris Ferdinandi - Renegade HR July 1, 2009 at 11:24 am

I love writing in lower-case too! (though I’m now in the habit of capitalizing – boo!).

Good luck with the site!

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fran July 1, 2009 at 11:28 am

hello, all. thanks for the votes of confidence and encouragement! please share your thoughts on what would make it stronger, more useful, and so on.

chris, fight the good fight. come back to the world of lowercase!

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jennifer tower July 4, 2009 at 9:47 pm

HI Fran – I really like your blog! I’m working in communications now at a Big 4 accounting firm and i’m see that a) big organizations are not comfortable with the risk of social media and b) communicators have unreal expectations of how much time people want to spend blogging/tweeting/posting about the issues they hold near and dear to their hearts. Not a recipe for success! Anyway, best to Rob – happy 4th! Jen

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fran July 5, 2009 at 9:10 pm

hey jen, thanks for checking in and saying hi! are those the two biggest obstacles you’re seeing in your firm re: use of social media? f

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jessica lee July 10, 2009 at 12:47 pm

fran,

great to discover your blog. like you, i'm a lowercase kind of gal. it pains me that for biz comms or even on Fistful of Talent, i have to write using caps. not that anyone forces me… although now i'm wondering if i can get away with it. anyways, good stuff on here. thanks for being a part of the blogging community.

JL

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chipabernathy July 14, 2009 at 10:58 am

fran – i look forward to reading your blog. i will book mark it and check it out regularly. looks great and i appreciate the work this will save my PINKIES not having to hit the shift key! chip

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femelmed July 15, 2009 at 10:18 am

welcome, jessica and chip. thanks for reading! i had no idea there was such a bunch of lowercase devotees out there. i'm starting a facebook fan page :)

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Petunia May 26, 2010 at 7:16 pm

HI Fran – I really like your blog! I’m working in communications now at a Big 4 accounting firm and i’m see that a) big organizations are not comfortable with the risk of social media and b) communicators have unreal expectations of how much time people want to spend blogging/tweeting/posting about the issues they hold near and dear to their hearts. Not a recipe for success! Anyway, best to Rob – happy 4th! Jen
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