You're Doing It Wrong: Your workout routine does not merit a Twitter update

Everybody's a marathon runner these days. It seems that as we all get further away from our college days, many people double down on their fitness efforts. CrossFit is a huge, seemingly masochistic craze; I can't go a day without a daily deal email offering me personal training; and black leggings and bright colored sweatshirts are clearly the new powersuit....more
Karen Ballum  I also care about my friends' training updates, to a certain extent. But I also ...more

Stop Misusing Social Media by Following These Easy Steps

Do you ever feel like you're spinning your wheels on social media? You publish a post and then think that it's time to get to work sharing it all over Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +? We hope that the traffic comes in and our numbers go up and our audience is engaged.  But we also feel tired and more often than not as if we're talking to a wall. It's time to rethink social media. ...more
I was moving on from this article to do just the things you pointed out were wrong, and why they ...more

Building A Platform Without Personal Pain

As writers, we are all encouraged to develop a platform—an online presence to help us market our work. But there can be a dark side to platform building that the experts rarely address....more

The 4 Dangers You Face When Using Social Media to Find a Lover

Social media has helped bring people together in an entirely new way. It has also helped reshape the way that many people develop romantic relationships. Before you start an online relationship with someone, though, you should pay attention to these four dangers. Knowing the potential disadvantages of using social media to find a lover should help you avoid some of the biggest mistakes that people make....more

How to Organize Pinterest Boards

I reached a point of having so many pins and not enough boards and I could never, and I mean never, find what I was looking for on my own boards. And since I really try to use Pinterest, at least a fair amount of the time, to collect ideas for recipes I will actually cook, crafts I will actually create, and DIY projects I will actually do, I needed a better system. ...more
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Privacy issues - offline and online

As my son grows older, we have lots of reasons to celebrate: His growing sense of responsibility, the way he is able to write and almost read, and the way he is gaining control over his emotional and physical being....more

Why I Think Twitter Is Better Than Facebook

When I began blogging five years ago, I went full force with the blog reading and commenting. I had a Facebook fan page and a Twitter handle, but there really wasn't enough time to build a following everywhere. I focused on the just the blog. Also I am not a very social person, so my involvement in social media is ironic at best. ...more

Why am I doing this anyway

Everything I have read about promoting your you tube channel says the most important things are to upload videos on a regular schedule and comment on other people's videos. I upload videos regularly, two times a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but the commenting I am not as good at.  But, getting subscribers and views had been slow, slow, slow to almost non-existant. I was going to give it my ALL.  I started watching lots of videos and commenting.  Then I realized, I was not having fun.  I felt like I was trying to be in a world where I really didn't fit....more

First Time Twitter Users Beware These Tweeting Blunders!

If you’re new to the world of entrepreneurship, or you’re an old business wanting to learn some new tricks, getting a handle on all things social media should be on the top of your priority list. I don’t need to tell you that social media is the best free marketing option available to you and your business, but I do need to tell you what not to do when it comes to Twitter....more

7 Small Business Social Media Risks

Many executives are concerned about social media related risks (e.g., data security and ID theft), but far fewer actually have any social media training.A recent survey of executives puts the concerns into four categories: disclosure of confidential information; damaged brand reputation; ID theft; and legal and compliance violations....more