Why Bloggers Are Prone to Depression

You might be wondering why bloggers get depressed – and if there’s any connection between blogging and depression. Yes, the connection does exist. More importantly, now that we know why one leads to the other, we are more empowered to help each other.But before we dwell on that, let me tell you why I take extra effort to make sure my blogging life doesn’t adversely affect my emotional one. Blogging and writing have become such an important part of my daily routine that when I don’t have access to my computer for one whole day, I get anxious.I also use my mobile phone to access my social networks, such as Twitter and Instagram, and I feel like I’m not doing a good job engaging with potential readers if I don’t have my phone with me. There’s actually a medical term for that – nomophobia, which I wrote about in the past – and it’s quite common among bloggers who, just like me, also do their own social media management.Bloggers and DepressionEmotions may run high when we blog and engage with readers, especially when readers leave hate comments or fellow bloggers argue with us. Be honest: How many times have you felt annoyed, angry, belittled, anxious, bewildered, or depressed just because someone on Facebook pushed your buttons?...more

Sasha Obama is Not Ready for Facebook. Are Your Kids?

It may not be the most erudite periodical on the market, but every once in a while People magazine has an article that gives me pause. Recently it was a quote by the President and First Lady saying that Sasha is too young for Facebook. ...more
I guess the author should have asked 'is your child old enough for social media,' because a lot ...more

7 Tips to avoid ‘deadly’ social media

The vacant 5,000 square foot house next door to this kicking victim was on sale, and he had agreed with the realtor to keep an eye on it. Some kids got wind of this vacancy and put out a Facebook invitation to a Halloween rave party there.He called 9-1-1 and the police broke up the party. However, kids kept arriving because the Facebook notice was still up. A mob of perhaps 60 kids was brewing at the end of the street....more

Sharing Is Caring: Tips to Make Your Brand Social Media “Friendly”!

How do you make a brand  social media “friendly”? What a strange question. If I suggested this to a client a few years ago, I would have been laughed out of his office. In the social media world, however, we all are aware that we have to “humanize” a brand.  This is probably one of the most difficult tasks a brand is faced with, especially if it is B2B or has to show a very professional image. In this article I will show you some techniques we use for making our clients’ brands more “friendly”.People will be people in how they react...more

The month of me, and you, and everybody else

A month ago, I embarked on this thing called NaBloPoMo, which was a commitment to daily bloggin...more

Pain, Social Media, Lies & Perfect Lives {A Thanksgiving Post}

From the outside looking in, the lives of more than a few people you can think of may seem a bit too good to be true. Be honest, you've thought it. I mean, just spend five minutes on Pinterest and you'll start to hyperventilate a little inside at the sickening amount of beauty, talent and creativity that apparently belongs to millions of other women in the world….except for you.The picture we paint of our lives to the outside world is an issue I've pondered lately....more

I'm tired of social media

I really am tired of social media, but I don’t think I can stop. I’m too addicted to those little red flags that appear on Facebook when someone makes a comment or likes something I post. I get too much pleasure from hearing my cell phone buzz when one of tweets gets retweeted.Even still, here are some recent observations about life in our all-too-digital world from a social media-weary 20-something....more

Social Media Gives Back to the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

It’s that time of the year when we all give thanks. We also take the time to remember the less fortunate like the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan. When a tragedy of this magnitude occurs, we must always be thankful for what we have. I would like to share some the social media platforms that are offering to give back on this day of thanks… and remember… sharing is caring....more

All hail the cult of the self!

In 2004, Facebook happened, and everyone suddenly became interesting. Around the world, lives were turned upside down with the revelation that anyone could have fans and earn kudos simply by posting a picture of their new haircut.Mankind fell head over heels in love with itself....more

Shy Girl Creates Facebook Page

I finally made a Facebook page for my blog. It’s about time. I’ve only been blogging since 2010. This is where you ask, “Well, what took you so long?” Well, I’ll tell you why — because I hate putting myself out there.  Oh, why do I blog if I’m such a chicken shit about these things?I dont KNOW. I just do. I’m an introvert and a fraidy cat. I tend to just cower in the corner and wait for people to notice me. Yeah, I know. But whatever....more