Do Authors Need Two Facebook Pages?

It should come as no surprise that since signing a publishing contract for Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road, my mind has turned to marketing. It also isn't a secret to longtime readers of this blog that while I find Twitter somewhat intuitive, the secrets of Facebook elude me. So I'm pleased to have …

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The Fundamentals of Middle-School Blogging

On what topics would an eighth grader blog? Anything and everything, I've learned. During an all-day creative writing workshop I conducted with about forty students at Henrico County Public Schools' Elko Middle School, I read student writings on everything from football to indie music, from wrestling to baking. I also read a powerful "open letter" …

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Envy, Narcissism, Depression and Creativity

Two weeks ago Facebook celebrated 10 years of making us depressed and envious by creating for each user a personalized video not unlike what you see in an Oscars "in memoriam" telecast. It was a wise move by Facebook's corporate brass to create a video starring ourselves, because academic studies show Facebook encourages narcissism; feeding the …

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What To Expect from the Artist’s Road in 2014

Perhaps a 2014 resolution for me should be to gain readers in Africa and South America. I say that because among the dozens of responses to my survey requesting feedback on what to write about in 2014 were readers from the other four occupied continents. I also suppose the time of day I make posts …

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What Do You Want to See on The Artist’s Road?

Happy holidays, readers! I'm now about two months into my fourth year with The Artist's Road--it's true, I launched in October of 2010--and I must say the third was pretty fun. I was blessed to have two posts featured on WordPress' Freshly Pressed in 2013, and I brought to a conclusion my MFA Nugget series. Now …

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Two Steps to Being the Top Google Search Result

A headline like that is sure to draw traffic, right? I do actually list two steps to being the top Google search result below, but will then emphasize how what a blogger really wants is not a high click-through rate for a single post but a vibrant community of readers who keep coming back. But you …

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Building a (Supportive) Community Online

News alert: Online comment fields can get a little scary. There's nothing new there--I can remember in 1991 getting called a Nazi on a Usenet chat board about the "X-Files" (kids, ask Siri what Usenet is, and "X-Files" while you're at it) because someone didn't like my theory of The Smoking Man's motivation. But as …

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