Silent Night, Blogging Night: an Open Thread For a Quiet Internet

If you have places to go and people to see, the slowing down of the Internet near Christmas is a godsend because, for once, there is no chance for FOMO. You can't fear missing out when there is nothing to miss out on. For a few days around the holiday, the Internet gets strangely quiet. Twitter is pretty much whispers. Facebook is just a lot of cursing about the difficulty of putting together toys. Instagram is photographs of people's trees or Christmas table. Blogs aren't updated. And Ello... well... Ello pretty much stays the same. ...more
Elisa Camahort Oy... was it hard to find someone to fix the furnace this time of year?  Were a ...more

Silent Night

This is always the quietest time in the blogosphere....more

#MicroblogMondays 17: First Date Selfie

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* Apparently, first date selfies are a “thing.”...more

Explaining Santa and His Mysterious Ways

So I saw an interesting photo on a friend’s Facebook wall: Which is an interesting point and one I never thought about before; mostly because the gifts my kids receive (with the exception of money from the tooth fairy) comes from humans they know....more

What Was Your Best Tweet in 2014?

I once went to a party where the photographer was streaming images directly to a screen as she took them. So people paused in the middle of dancing to admire themselves dancing. Or paused from eating to watch themselves taking a bite a few minutes earlier. And we got to relive the whole party as we lived the party. That's sort of what Twitter's Year in Review feels like. ...more

525th Friday Blog Roundup

It’s Chanukkah. I’m actually really not a fan of Chanukkah in general. It’s sort of a nothing holiday that has been given inflated importance because it falls on the calendar near Christmas ....more

Expect to Live the Life You Choose

There was one other thing about Me Before You that struck me (beyond it being an exact copy of another book), and that was a line that came on page 260: “Everything takes time… and that’s something that your generation find it a lot harder to adjust to. You have all grown up expecting things […] ...more

5 Creative Apps Writers Will Love

So you need to buy a gift for that special writer in your life (doesn't everyone have one?), but you know she already has all the common ones such as Editorial or Dictionary. What you really want to get her are apps that will support her craft and turn her into a better writer, but... well... you want something off the beaten path; things she may not have thought of before. Look no further than this gift guide. I've rounded up 5 apps you can gift to a writer as well as explain how they will help your friend hone her craft. (Feel free to buy these for yourself as well! Everyone needs a gift now and then.) ...more
kaseykakes Some are free. Or you can get the free version and try it before you get the paid ...more

Me Before You and Dying Young

This post contained spoilers for Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and Dying Young by Marti Leimbach....more

#MicroblogMondays 16: Give or Receive?

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* An interesting breakdown in holiday commercials is how many show a person receiving something they want (I’ve been good all year and now I get a car!) and how many show someone giving the perfect […] ...more