5 Reasons Why I’m Ending The Artist’s Road Blog

I'm asked a lot of questions in the blogging classes I teach for The Loft Literary Center, but one I'm rarely asked is, "How do I know when it's time to shut down my blog?" It is perhaps the toughest question to answer. It's also critical. If you just go by software registrations, there are …

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Social Media Dystopia: A Review of Dave Eggers’ The Circle

It's somewhat odd, sharing my thoughts on a novel via social media when that novel highlights the dark fate that can befall us when we become too enamored with sharing our thoughts online. That's how I opened my Goodreads review of Dave Eggers' The Circle. That review was automatically posted to my Facebook and Twitter …

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Internet Companies Don’t Serve Us; They Sell Us

Repeat after me: We are not Facebook's customers; we are their product. This sentence has been in my head ever since first noticing the kerfuffle surrounding Facebook in the wake of the publication of an article documenting how--prepare to be shocked--the company conducted experiments on how they presented our news feeds to see if they …

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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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A One-Week Social Media Withdrawal

Consider this post a "closed for business" sign for one week. I have before learned the value to my creative process of occasionally going off-grid. A week ago I received my memoir manuscript back from the accomplished memoirist and editor I hired to give it a final read. Her suggested revisions were dead-on, answering the …

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How I Came to Embrace Goodreads

I can barely keep up with Twitter and Facebook, so when I accepted a friend's invitation to join Goodreads--a social media network dedicated to books--I did so with reluctance. For months I allowed my account to remain idle. Then I searched Audible for a good audiobook to download for the long drive to Montpelier, Vermont, …

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Where Do You Fall on the Blogging Spectrum?

It's a question to which any blogger should have a short and simple answer: At what point on the blogging spectrum is your blog? The problem is that only people who have taken my blogging class are familiar with this map of web content that I created a couple of years ago. Now I'm sharing …

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Allowing Your Blogging Voice to Evolve

The art and craft of blogging is on my mind as I prepare to teach my next six-week workshop, "Writing Compelling Blog Posts." I'll be teaching on Capitol Hill in D.C. this time, starting on Monday, September 24th. If you're local, I'd love to have you in the class. If not, then I'd welcome your …

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Visit These Six Blogs. Now.

I have just concluded teaching a six-week class--"Writing Compelling Blog Posts" at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland--and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about blogging and writing myself, as we spent six Tuesday nights workshopping each other's potential blog posts. We were a bit large for a workshop--eighteen strong, when everyone could make it--but we found …

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Blog

Today I'm giving you a sneak peek at some of the curriculum of "Writing Compelling Blog Posts," a six-week workshop I'm leading at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, starting next Tuesday, April 17th. Unlike most classes on blogging, we won't be discussing SEO optimization or social-media promotion. The course is, instead, a true writing …

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