To Facebook: A Strongly Worded Diatribe

 Being a progressive humanist in a religiously fundamental and politically conservative community I have learned to expect and live with a fair amount of ignorance from my neighbors and my own family. For many years, to keep the peace, I mostly remained silent. I don't recall a defining, pivotal moment when that changed, but over time it did.Being "different" from most of the people I know, or that I am related to, has kept me deliberately distant and I've tried, sometimes with great difficulty, to keep my opinions to myself. And then along came Facebook....more

Method or Madness? Facebook’s Emotional Manipulation of Users

I opened my Facebook page last weekend to find a story that was trending all over social media: Facebook had published a study at the University of California, that claimed that they manipulated users’ emotions by inserting posts into a user’s news feed that would elicit a “contagious” positive or negative emotion. The published study states that they changed the news feeds delivered to almost 700,000 people for a week. None of which gave their consent to be part of this study. Facebook’s excuse and I quote: “We do research to improve our services…”...more

If I Ran A Funny Facebook Page

The 5 Places to Share Your Posts

We all know that getting a post written and posted on your blog each day is half the battle, but what happens after it's up there for all the world to see?  How do you make sure that all the world does see it?  Today, I've got six places that you can start each day with sharing your posts to make sure as many people as possible see them....more
Great post! I've been doing all of the above, and am slowly seeing the stats grow. It's ...more

FIVE Secret Tips for Better Facebook Engagement

Social media is alwys important to keep growing as a blogger.  Facebook is one of the big ones that we always need to improve. Click here to keep reading and find out the biggest secret to increasing followers. I've gained 2000 followers in the last 3 weeks alone!!...more

The Internet Boobs Aren't the Problem

Hey Lauren,Hi, there.I'm Darlena.As I'm sure you're well aware by now, your post about internet boobies ruining your marriage made quite a stir.Don't worry, I'm not here to judge you, and I don't hate you, and you didn't make me mad.What I really want to say to you is this:Do you know how beautiful you are?Let me be the first (or millionth) to tell you: You are freaking gorgeous....more

I'm Snooping on My Neighbors! What's Wrong with Me?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I work at home and have developed a very strange problem: I can't stop spying on my neighbors. The houses in my neighborhood are all very close to each other, so I can see people in their backyards, front yards and sometimes I can even see into my next-door-neighbor's living room. It's not like I'm watching them do anything that exciting, really, but I still can't help myself. I'm even tempted to invest in a pair of binoculars. Why am I so snoopy?Sneaky Sue...more
There is nothing wrong with being curious and looking out the window to checkout the neighbors ...more

What Makes You Retweet?

So what makes us hit retweet and send someone's words into our stream, sharing them with all of our followers?  Is it the brilliance of the comment?  The fact that they tweeted a link that we want to pass along too?  Because we want to help out the tweeter?  Because we want to help out our followers?  Because it's a lazy way to bookmark a tweet to find again in the future? ...more
If something is interesting to me and I think others might enjoy it as well or may want to be ...more