Mission Possible! Resurrect the Zombie Blog

It’s official. I’ve killed my blog. But no pity parties – I do this every few years. I must have a Messianic complex, because I have so much fun resurrecting the thing. Sometimes, of course, I do it just by pushing the wrong button.  Hence, the “2013” in the URL – I very creatively named Read More …

Add-to-Any WordPress Plug-in: Sharing Made Easy

Writers have been learning the importance of “shameless self-promotion” for over a decade, but it’s still more comfortable for many of us to promote other people than to toot our own horns. Oh, we’re learning – but that doesn’t make it “comfortable.” It’s not really our “happy place.” Most authors would prefer to have a small Read More …

If You Like It, Better Put a Share on It

Facebook discourages creativity. In fact, I’d say that the Facebook has conditioned us all to chase the affirmation of a “Like,” which has a deleterious effect on our courage in speaking out on unpopular topics – our courage in going against the herd or writing on topics that are less “popular.” There are studies on “what Read More …

Facebook Gets It Right: Keep Original Post

One of the frustrating things about sharing a post on Facebook is thinking that you are sharing a friend’s commentary about a link they shared to their page, only to find that all your version of the shared post contains is the link itself, without your friend’s commentary on it. It appears that Facebook has finally Read More …

How Posting and Sharing Work on Facebook

The Basic Facebook Post Types and Your Privacy Control your privacy on Facebook and have more fun posting and sharing. Understanding how settings work is key to avoiding unintended results! There are three basic types of posts you can make on Facebook. First, and most simply, you can answer Facebook’s “What’s on Your Mind?” by Read More …

Facebook Friends Unable to Share Posts

Since April or May, my Facebook friends have reported being unable to share posts from my personal profile to theirs.  At first glance, it makes sense: My default privacy setting is Friends of Friends. My Public posts – if I remember to change them to Public, after posting – are shareable. But when I visit Read More …

Do You Like Your Own Stuff?

At first, it seemed to me that promoting my own work was like being seven or eight, again, standing at the end of the diving board and screaming, “Lookit! Lookit! Watch this!” over every unremarkable dive. Read More …