In Blog We Trust: Affiliate Disclosure and Community

I think that affiliate links are a great way for bloggers to do business across social media platforms. Yet, they’re not always disclosed as such, and that’s a problem. Our success depends on the integrity of this community. A blogosphere built on trust and authenticity. ...more
I know I'm proud to use the #ad hashtag because it means I'm getting paid to blog. It means I'm ...more

Your Personal DNA Mask: Are You Ready for the Big Reveal?

The level of “masking” in the information age is multi-dimensional.  While personal banking was historically done in person, masks of account numbers and use...more
I believe there are so many ethical questions that exist around this that   I cannot proceed to ...more

Number Games: The Problem With Twitter, Klout, and Social Media Rank

Social media was abuzz this week over news about people buying Twitter followers. I thought this was common knowledge, but from the reactions I saw, I realized many were unaware. I'm happy to see that it’s being acknowledged and discussed. Sure, followers can be bought, but at what cost? ...more
The way to grow a legitimate following on twitter is not to look for those who  worship you but ...more

Vegan For Life: Dietary to Ethical

A few weeks ago I shared my “vegan conversion” story  on James McWilliams’s Eating Plants blog.  Since then, I have been thinking a lot about my transition from a dietary vegan to an ethical one. Image: Tambako the Jaguar via Flickr I always give credit to the big three:...more

How Do You Know if Something Counts as Fair Use?

From blogs to Pinterest to Facebook and YouTube, the words "fair use" are thrown around quite a bit. In theory, fair use is a great concept. Unfortunately, 9 times out 10, I find bloggers I speak with aren’t applying it correctly when they think they are. I’m not an attorney, but in writing about social media netiquette and ethics, I’ve become aware of how misunderstood certain legal basics can be. So, let’s talk about the myths, the misconceptions and the meaning of fair use from the layman’s perspective....more
Hi. This post is over a year old. I haven't started my blog yet. I was actually just writing the ...more

nerd alert

The other day I read a tweet that referenced a "second day."  It seemed to be talking about something refreshing and restorative, and because I like all things refreshing and restorative, I decided to click over to see what it was all about.  You can read the post here, but my paraphrase is as follows: ...more

Women in the Catholic Church: We'll Have Nun of That

I am never surprised by what medical science learns about nuns. That they are latently afflicted with dementia, if at all. That they enjoy better health in later years compared to cohorts. That they live longer. That they write well and think clearly into old age.I am now no longer surprised by what the Catholic Church heirarchy selectively chooses to investigate. Today, it is nuns....more
Thank you so much for this positive and balanced view.  This has been my experience too.more

Why is it ethical to eat meat?

The New York Times recently held an essay contest entitled “Why is it ethical to eat meat?”.  A judges panel made up of gentlemen that are either vegetarian or “minimalist” meat eaters was selected to choose the winning essay/essays which will be published in the NY Times.  The essay was required to be less than 600 words and to focus on the “ethics” of meat eating....more

My Thoughts on Pinterest's New Terms

Once upon a time, I referred to my Pinterest conundrum as Bob. In the last week as people have asked me what I thought of the new Terms of Service going live April 6, I sat frustrated, looking at my new, play-by-the-rules pin boards beginning to take shape. What about Bob? ...more
I'm really scared, because I honestly had no idea about any of these rules.  I have 50 boards ...more

I am NOT a Number!

…. Soooo something interesting is going on in this brain of mine… I work in social media… for the greatest company in the world… and we started judging our online strategies and parteners based on how many followers they had… and how many views something had… and spending money based on that… but then we got a negative mention on a blog.. .and sure enough… she had 60,000 followers… panic ensued…....more
Me too!! LOLmore