How to Use Instagram for Visual Blogging

The last thing I thought I needed when Instagram came around was another social platform. The answer to "If all of your friends download an app, does that mean you have to?" is, more often than I'd care to admit, "Yes." In this case it was a win, though, because it wasn't long before I realized that Instagram was exactly what I needed, as much as anyone can need a visually driven mobile social app.This is a nicer, more roundabout way of saying that I am addicted to Instagram....more
My best guess is that people don't like Sid because he keeps walking on their head while they ... more

Girl Scout Calls for Cookie Boycott Over Transgender Inclusion

If a 14-year-old girl named Taylor had her way, I'd have said "No thanks" yesterday when my friend suckered me into buying four boxes of Girl Scout cookies. (And by "suckered" I mean "asked." Thin mints? Twist my arm.) Taylor and Girl Scouts USA watchdog outfit HonestGirlScouts want to hit the Girl Scouts where founder Juliette Lowe likely never thought they'd live: a boycott of cookie sales. Taylor speaks at length in a YouTube video about the danger of the inclusion of a seven-year-old Colorado resident named Bobby Montoya in a local Girl Scout troop....more
This pisses me off so much. As the cookie mom in our Brownie troop I am proud that GSUSA is ... more

Can You Keep a Blog a Secret?

I still remember how I felt the first time a real-life-first friend commented on my blog. I have no idea what she wrote in her comment, but I know that when I saw her name and personal reflections on my words, I felt unexpectedly uncomfortable. ...more

A million blogging years ago (like 2005) I didn't use my last name, but I always used my my own ... more

Who Says Golf is Boring? 2011 Season’s Already Full of Drama

If you think golf is boring, you clearly weren't following the 2011 Masters.Going into the final day in Augusta, Ireland's Rory McIlroy looked like he owned it. He had a four stoke lead going into the final round, but his putting killed him on Sunday. If you want a green jacket you've got to have a long game and a short game.Then it looked like Tiger Woods was going to come up and take the championship from McIlroy. Tiger had a few beautiful shots, but he couldn't bring it home either. After six three putts, Woods ended up tying for fourth place....more

Somehow the NBA got boring an the PGA got interesting. Who would have guessed?

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Remembering Kurt Cobain: 17 Years Later

When I woke up this morning to the Internet telling me it was the 17th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, the first thing I thought was how much he would have hated retrospectives. And Twitter trending? Forget about it.Then I figured that if he had to tolerate one, he'd pick an odd, random number like 17 to riff on, instead of of the usual 5 and 0-digit important anniversary years. ...more

What still kills me is that the music kept getting better and we lost him at twenty fucking ... more

Athletes Think Faster

Can playing sports actually help focus your brain? Researchers are starting to think so. An article published in The Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine earlier this month shows research that seems to support the theory that athletes excel not only at sports, but at every day tasks. ...more

Also the need to analyze a lot of different scenarios quickly - like in a game.

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Please Don't Call Me... Maybe

I've been going on for the past few years to anyone who will listen about how much I hate the telephone. Just last week, a blog friend I'd never met and with whom I needed to communicate about something important said something like, "You're not one of those phone haters, are you? Because I attract all of you." And I had to tell her she was right. ...more

Yes. Sometimes it is very worthwhile.

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Get Off The Phone, Soccer Parents

The oldest boy is playing soccer. The kind of soccer where they actually have practices and games and as a parent you have to go. He's so excited he can't see straight. He's also not very good at it. That's fine. The boy isn't all that athletic. Maybe he'll grow into it. Maybe he won't. But he's having fun, and he thinks he's good and loves it. To me, that's what it's all about at this stage in the game. ...more

Ideally sure, but my children have practice four miles away and across major roads in a high ... more

Angry Birds is Coming to Facebook

Angry Birds is coming to Facebook. That's correct, my social media gaming friends. Achieve any extraneous life goals while you can. Pack a lunch and kiss your loved ones goodbye, because the scarily addictive little game of battling pigs and birds (who invented this and can I have some please?) is jumping off of your mobile device and onto your desktop. ...more

I have avoided the Angry Birds thus far but it would seem resistance is futile. THEY ARE ... more

Has Twitterverse Killed The Blog-Writing Star?: Blogging in the Age of Twitter

Conference:  BlogHer '11 Track:  Skills 2: The Write Brain About You Name:  Karen Green URL:  http://www.karengreen.ca Is good writing less important now that everybody is on Twitter?Whether we see Twitter as a handy companion to our blogs and a tool with which to more efficiently spread our blogging message, or as a cannibalistic time-suck that dilutes the importance of good writing, Twitter has become a relevant consideration in how we communicate and how we write.This session would explore:The good:- How Twitter can actually help bloggers become better writers- Exploring the ways Twitter teaches us to be succinct- How to draw people in, in 140 characters or lessThe bad:- Is anybody even reading blog posts anymore?- Are we cheating ourselves out of writing fabulous blog posts because we can communicate in a less formal, more instant way?And the lovely:- How Twitter inspires and predicts blog content- How our posts can now reach a larger audience instantly- How Twitter can help us up our blog-writing gamePanelists would include:Karen Green – Karen has been blogging for over five years at The Kids Are Alright while contributing to various group blogs. She thinks the best thing about Twitter is that, while it hasn’t gotten people to stop asking why the hell she needs to tell the whole internet her business, she now only has to answer in 140 characters or less.Schmutzie – (aka Elan Morgan) is the veteran blogger of eight years from Schmutzie.com, founder of the Canadian Weblog Awards and the Grace in Small Things social network, and co-founder of the creative firmNinjamatics. She has seen many things come and go on the internet, but Twitter is here to stay, changing the face of blogging as it goes. She has learned to embrace it, even if it steals all her best material....more

Remember the glory days? Everybody was writing almost daily?

I think twitter and facebook are ... more