Virginia DeBolt

I've enjoyed a number of parallel or serial careers. Teaching, writing, and web designing have all combined to create a mixed bag of web design writer and educator, tech writer, and blogger. I blog about that mix of topics at Web Teacher. I teach various web design topics in UNM's Continuing Education department. I've written several books about HTML, CSS, web standards, and Dreamweaver. I served several years as Tech section editor for BlogHer.com. I wrote 4 books for teachers about the writing process. I create a daily writing prompt at First 50 Words. This blog was named one of the 101 best blogs for writers by Writers' Digest for the last two years. I'm interested in pop culture and blog about it at Old Ain't Dead.

My Blogs

3 Reasons to Catch Up on 'Continuum'

Are you a fan of Continuum? If not, I'm here to convert you. First, check out this extended preview of season 3, episode 1. It's from Showcase, the Canadian source of the show. The series is set in Vancouver. It appears on SyFy in the U.S, where season 3 just began airing. ...more
captiv8ed  Glad you enjoyed it!more

Send in the Clones and Binge Watch Orphan Black

Season 2 of Orphan Black airs April 19th and you may be asking yourself, “Self, should I binge watch the first season so that I'm ready to tune in to Season 2, or should I let this series pass me by like I did (insert series everyone tells you to watch but you’re too far behind now to ever catch up)?” Well, we watched all 10 episodes of the first season in a couple of days last week and we have some thoughts. ...more
I'm loving the reviews the two of you are doing. You're hilarious.  Regarding the clones, I'm ...more

3 Reasons to Catch Up on 'Continuum'

Are you a fan of Continuum? If not, I'm here to convert you. First, check out this extended preview of season 3, episode 1. It's from Showcase, the Canadian source of the show. The series is set in Vancouver. It appears on SyFy in the U.S, where season 3 just began airing. ...more
TheBlackTortoise  Yes, you do have to pay attention. This week's episode took us to 2067, where ...more

3 Reasons to Catch Up on 'Continuum'

Are you a fan of Continuum? If not, I'm here to convert you. First, check out this extended preview of season 3, episode 1. It's from Showcase, the Canadian source of the show. The series is set in Vancouver. It appears on SyFy in the U.S, where season 3 just began airing. ...more
Nordette Adams They seemed to want to start the new season off with a lot of drama last week. ...more

What's the Ideal Length of a Tweet? Shorter Than You Thought.

Buffer posted a roundup of the ideal length of anything you may write online: from headlines to blog posts.  Ideal length of a tweet? 100 characters. I know -- they want you to waste the other 40?  You can take those words over to Facebook where the ideal length is only 40 characters.  Luckily, the ideal blog post can take up to 7 minutes to read.  Wheeeeew, at least I can be wordy over in my personal space. ...more
I think the problem with using the entire 140 characters is lack of whitespace, which equals ...more

Jem and the Holograms Producers Want Suggestions? Get Women Involved!

Three men have asked for input in bringing the truly outrageous and badass Jem to the big screen. Jon Chu, Jason Blum and Scooter Braun don't want to steal your childhood, they say. They want to reinvent the 80s classic and cult favorite chick rock series for the digital age. They published an announcement this week soliciting input for casting and creative direction of the film, sort of like a Kickstarter for social media support and fan involvement instead of cash.  ...more
There's only one word for what those guys need: WOMEN!more

New Facebook Gender Settings and How to Change Yours

Your body. Your definition. Now on Facebook. Facebook added the ability to set your gender outside the binary male/female choices just in time for Valentine's Day. Now you can define yourself with a choice more reflective of who you really are if the binary choices don't cover it. Facebook on phone, Image Credit: Shutterstock ...more
GatheringRoses  I don't think anyone thinks there's something wrong with being a female or a ...more

New Facebook Gender Settings and How to Change Yours

Your body. Your definition. Now on Facebook. Facebook added the ability to set your gender outside the binary male/female choices just in time for Valentine's Day. Now you can define yourself with a choice more reflective of who you really are if the binary choices don't cover it. Facebook on phone, Image Credit: Shutterstock ...more
SueCat Elan Morgan  I didn't see anything that would suggest the changes were only going to ...more

New Facebook Gender Settings and How to Change Yours

Your body. Your definition. Now on Facebook. Facebook added the ability to set your gender outside the binary male/female choices just in time for Valentine's Day. Now you can define yourself with a choice more reflective of who you really are if the binary choices don't cover it. Facebook on phone, Image Credit: Shutterstock ...more
NicoleFroio I'm not sure if you're asking where to find this option in Facebook, or if you're ...more

New Facebook Gender Settings and How to Change Yours

Your body. Your definition. Now on Facebook. Facebook added the ability to set your gender outside the binary male/female choices just in time for Valentine's Day. Now you can define yourself with a choice more reflective of who you really are if the binary choices don't cover it. Facebook on phone, Image Credit: Shutterstock ...more
Elan Morgan Keep checking, because sometimes Facebook rollouts take a few days.more