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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What’s Your Take on Pinterest?

Pinterest is the next big thing, right? Look out, Facebook. Get over yourself, Twitter. You're so 2011, Tumblr. That's the noise echoing through social media. It's so loud it reached the editor of one of my freelance clients, who asked me to write an article about how Pinterest is causing both excitement and concern among …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week — 11/28/11

Witness the triumphant return of Creativity Tweets of the Week. It's been a long week; the last such post went up November 4th. But in the meantime I've written a guest post on creativity and leadership, "Leading Through Storytelling," for Deborah Connolly's Creative Leadership Coaching blog, and a personal essay on returning to a creative …

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When I Unplugged from the Grid

I just spent a week "off the grid," disconnected from anyone not in my direct line of sight. I wasn't living alone in Arches National Park, the way Desert Solitaire author Edward Abbey did for a long summer in the late 1950s, but I read his tale while taking in the eerie quiet of a …

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When Should You Promote Older Posts?

Perhaps there are too many exobytes of data now for search engines to categorize. Maybe demonic SEO gurus have finally crowded out reasonable online queries. Or maybe it's because it's the end of the world is this Saturday. All I know is I spent several fruitless hours recently researching a simple social-media etiquette question, so …

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A Stylish Blogger

I've avoided having to pick my "Fave Five" friends because I've never had a phone from T-Mobile. Here in the United States, the mobile phone carrier advertises a service with free calls to five friends. Who would want to learn they are at best  my sixth favorite person? I face that dilemma now. Through the …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week — 5/13/11

It's back. The latest list contains some of the links on creativity and writing The Artist's Road tweeted this week, but also some only posted on Facebook (that's right, friends, your blogger isn't simply using Facebook to duplicate his Twitter feed, so there). Now on to the links. CREATIVITY "Author Shares the Secrets of 'Creativity,'" …

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My Fear of Facebook

A paralyzing inability to decline "friend" requests. Lots of professional colleagues able to view my personal posts. The resurfacing of an unstable individual who had stalked me in high school. These are the reasons I left Facebook three years ago. My background is in communications, and I occasionally use this blog to provide advice on …

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How To Annoy Friends and Alienate People

ALERT: This is not just another post about "How to Use Twitter." A few months before I joined Twitter I attended a panel discussion on social media. A self-described Twitter expert was filling in us novices on this magical pixie dust technology. He talked about how to schedule tweets and use tweet-management software. Yet he …

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Blogging is Such Sweet Sorrow

Tomorrow night I'm having dinner with a local author to provide her a little insight on the world of blogging and social media. Her latest memoir is coming out this summer and her publisher wants her to have a "social media platform." She's never blogged, never made a friend on Facebook, never read a tweet. …

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