No one is “exactly the same” on social media as they are at home. I’m not even sure it’s possible. The process of writing about your life changes it.
REVEAL TO CONCEAL
As much as we reveal in our blogging, we also intentionally conceal a lot. I’m sure it’s not just me. I prefer to not expose the rusting underbody of our lives to the world at large. I do not blog… Read More ›
DON’T LET THEM NEAR A COMPUTER
From February 2015, this is a Flashback Friday post proving that nothing has changed. We are still complaining about WordPress. They still do whatever they want whether or not it has anything to do with people trying to manage their… Read More ›
STATS AND OTHER BIG NUMBERS
IN RESPONSE (IN PART) TO “VIEWS” BY FANDANGO We all want to know why some posts are popular and the rest? Not so much. Everyone wants to know the secret. I think the secret is getting Google to notice you… Read More ›
THE JOYS OF CREATIVE CLUTTER
Blogging Insights NF #57: Creative Clutter VS Neatness “I like working among ‘creative clutter.’ It gives me a sense of activity and achievement.“ — Fennel Hudson While I wholly approve of creative clutter, I’m extremely neat. I’m not neat because of… Read More ›
THE TITLE IS VITAL
Sunday Poser # 101 I don’t give it nearly as much thought as I probably should. More than none. I know it’s important, but I’ve got a lot of stuff going on these days. I don’t have time to struggle with… Read More ›
FOLLOWERS AND COMMUNITY
Blogging Insights NF # 56 “Successful blogging is not about one time hits. It’s about building a loyal following over time.“ — David Aston I don’t know who David Aston is, but that’s a pretty solid, reasonable statement. A lot… Read More ›
THE ART OF THE HEADLINE
Blogging Insights NF # 55 — Headlines “On the average five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.” — David… Read More ›
1,203,989 MESSAGES IN A BOTTLE?
Blogging Insights NF # 53, hosted by Tanya Today’s blogging quote doesn’t really make sense, at least not to me. Aside from its obvious and intentional rudeness — I don’t think any context could change its meaning — it’s snarky,… Read More ›
BLOGGING AS AN EXERCISE IN WRITING?
Blogging Insights NF # 53 — ‘Finger exercises’ In all the years I took lessons and practiced piano, my teacher never gave me finger exercises. She gave me music to play that would accomplish the same purpose. She felt “making… Read More ›
Y’GOTTA READ BEFORE Y’WRITE, RIGHT?
Blogging Insights NF # 52 — Reading “The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them.” — Jeff Jarvis I agree, although for me, it’s just reading, then reading more. I’ve always been such an insane reader…. Read More ›
GET TO THE POINT
Blogging Insights NF # 51 — “Good value for money” TODAY’S QUOTE: First, I never believe any blogger who says he or she is “only writing for him/herself.” If you are writing for yourself, why do you have a blog?… Read More ›
Blogging Insights NF # 49 – “Stick-to-it-ive-ness” ” The difference between writers who finish books and those who don’t– is that the finishers don’t stop writing until they get to : THE END.” – Brian Hutchinson, author of Writer’s Doubt…. Read More ›
THE CRUELTY AND JOY OF EDITING
Melanie left a comment on my “Paper Moon” post suggesting that I’m smart and clever and that’s why I write well. The real reason is probably my span of more than 40-years as a working writer. That’s got to be… Read More ›
Fandango’s Provocative Question #174 The long deferred “long and short” of blogging? I try to keep things short because my time is short and probably so is yours. That’s only true-ish. So much depends on if a subject grabs me. What… Read More ›
INTUITION VERSUS PLANNING
Blogging Insights # 43 —A Writer’s Intuition “Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.” — Ray Bradbury I hate to always be the one who says “both” to yes/no questions, but writing isn’t an “either/or”… Read More ›