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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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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Celebrating an Escape into Fiction

News flash: A compelling novel can magically transport you to another world. Apparently this lifelong reader needed that reminder this past weekend. I've been feeling creatively underpowered, as I've written, but I've also been physically unwell and busier than usual at my day job. So this weekend I traveled to a dystopian future world called …

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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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What I Learned from Being Freshly Pressed

When I tweeted one of my loyal readers yesterday--a memoir guru and creativity instructor--that my post on avoiding "truthiness" when writing about yourself had been featured on WordPress' Freshly Pressed, she tweeted back that she already knew. She was subscribed to comments on that post, and her inbox was filling up with a tsunami (her …

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When a Blog Post Goes Viral

I received a bit of a jolt yesterday morning when visiting my WordPress dashboard. The vertical blue bars showing daily page views were all but nonexistent. Then I realized it was because the scale had changed. The bar on the far right, showing that day's views, was climbing right off of my screen. My latest …

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