Facebook Stickers: Cutest Thing Ever or Gag Me With a Spoon?

Are Facebook stickers a testament to our extreme laziness or an embodiment of our squee?  I recently saw a new mother post a picture of her baby, updating her friends on the arrival of her child.  There were a few written "congratulations" but many many more stickers dotting the comment thread.  Part of me wanted to scream, "this woman just squeezed 8 pounds of human out of her body, and you can't even muster typing 15 characters on the screen?"  But the other part of me wanted to coo that the stickers were pretty damn cute.  I mean, the baby is too, but have you seen Bigs and Yeti? ...more
TW Well that just made me sad.  And made me want to run by AC Moore and pick you up an album and ... more

Surprise! Your Instagram Photos are Being Used for Marketing

Another day, another story in the Wall Street Journal of how the photos we post to our social media accounts are being used without our knowledge.  That picture of your first Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte of the season, your kid eating Pringles, that Diet Coke can in your hand at the neighbourhood picnic: they're all being rounded up by companies such as Ditto Labs and used to know more about you so companies can best target ads or conduct research. ...more
wegotkidz Unfortunately watermarking wouldn't help in this case, since the images are being ... more

NaBloPoMo October 2014 Blogroll

The theme for October is CRUNCH. ...more
jules.maas Sorry, I'm a little confused.  Is your blog up on the list above twice?  I could ... more

Get Hooked on 'Serial,' a Fascinating New Murder Mystery From 'This American Life'

Fans of true detective stories and public radio should be thrilled to learn that today two of the women producers of This American Lifeare kicking off a new podcast calledSerial. The show, appropropriately named, will follow one story for 10 to 20 episodes which will unfold each week. It's all super addicting and deeply mysterious: Even producer Sarah Koenig and senior producer Julie Snyder don't know how this season will end. ...more
Thanks for the heads up!  Just subscribed (and ended up finding a lot of other podcasts in the ... more

How BlogHer Took My Fizzled Out Post to 21,000+ Views

As I am writing this post, my other post is the most popular on BlogHer.com.  This is a post that had barely ignited and then fizzled on my own site, but was featured by BlogHer and took on a life of its own. This is definitely a testament to the power of BlogHer. It drives me nuts when people share stories about increased traffic, shares, or going viral with no stats, so I am going to lay it all out for you here, and you can judge for yourself. ...more
Grow It Girl Melissa Ford stirrupqueen I don't think anyone knows. It's all just conjecture ... more

How BlogHer Took My Fizzled Out Post to 21,000+ Views

As I am writing this post, my other post is the most popular on BlogHer.com.  This is a post that had barely ignited and then fizzled on my own site, but was featured by BlogHer and took on a life of its own. This is definitely a testament to the power of BlogHer. It drives me nuts when people share stories about increased traffic, shares, or going viral with no stats, so I am going to lay it all out for you here, and you can judge for yourself. ...more
Jenny Kanevsky Definitely check your spam filter if you didn't get my note because I told you in ... more

How BlogHer Took My Fizzled Out Post to 21,000+ Views

As I am writing this post, my other post is the most popular on BlogHer.com.  This is a post that had barely ignited and then fizzled on my own site, but was featured by BlogHer and took on a life of its own. This is definitely a testament to the power of BlogHer. It drives me nuts when people share stories about increased traffic, shares, or going viral with no stats, so I am going to lay it all out for you here, and you can judge for yourself. ...more
@goodgirlgonered stirrupqueen When I cross post, I cross post.  I put the whole post in both ... more

NaBloPoMo October 2014 Blogroll

The theme for October is CRUNCH. ...more
This is really good training for November.  It gets you into a routine so the routine is there ... more

NaBloPoMo October 2014 Blogroll

The theme for October is CRUNCH. ...more
ShailajaVishwanath Thank you! more

Social Media Makes Me More Creative and Less Productive

I'll admit it; the more I use social media the less productive I seem to get.  At the same time, the more I use social media, the deeper I think, the more creative I get, and the more connected I feel.  So... sort of a catch-22.  Social media both detracts and enhances my life. I work from home, on a computer, so it is too easy to keep checking email, glancing at Facebook, and peeking at my Twitter stream.  I used to spend those moments when I was trying to figure out a plot line in a book lying quietly on the sofa, thinking.  Now I am much more likely to skim some status updates while I try to work out the literary situation in my mind. ...more
Rita Arens I don't know if I have the patience to write long hand :-)  But I am thinking of ... more