You Need Kibbles for Your Pet Peeves?

Telling others they’re doing it wrong must be the world’s oldest hobby. Bloggers have raised it to an art form, “Liked,” shared, and re-tweeted around the world a hundred times. I’m not about to quibble with Mitch Mitchell’s “9 Things People Do Wrong On Social Media” – I agree with most of them! – but Read More …

Content Curation with Klout

Still interested in “content curation”? How about in “discovering good, relevant things to share with friends who share your interests”? You don’t want to bore or alienate your readers by sharing only your own posts, right? Content curation – choosing the right posts for the right audience at the right times, is a great idea. Read More …

Breaking “Rule 31”: Blogging About Co-workers

I’ve already broken the cardinal rule of social media – the one that says, “Do not Friend your coworkers on Facebook, and for the love of all that’s holy, never Friend your boss or blog about work.” No one wants to be dooced, even if Heather A. swears she never was. And yet, if you can’t be friends Read More …

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 …

Ash Wednesday: Observing Lent from a Secular Perspective

Why Observe Lent at All? I’m neither atheist nor religious. Growing up Protestant, I never really “gave up” anything for Lent – maybe chocolate or candy for the first three days of Lent, but not with any mindful, spiritual intent. During a year at Catholic school, I “gave up” meat on Fridays, opting instead to Read More …

There is No Historical Point of Perfection for Human Civilization

We can wail about human flaws and foibles all we want – you know, “People are stupid.” Or, “How can people be so horrible to one another?” Or, “OMG, when will humans be extinct, once and for all, and save the planet?” But personally, I am a human and I don’t want us to be Read More …

Facebook Creativity Challenge

Originally posted in July 2015, I think it’s time we resurrect this idea and try again – who’s in? This morning, I proposed a week-long Facebook Creativity Challenge, to begin Monday. Part of the challenge is to estimate, up-front and honestly, how long you’ll last. I’m guessing I can make it three days! At the Read More …

How to Introduce Yourself to Strangers (Hint: No, That’s NOT the Way)

My mother used to say I was a “weirdo magnet.” She also gave me a key ring, once, that said, “I like you – you’re weird.” I like to think that most of the “weird” people we meet in life are likeable (like me!) but now and then, even nice weirdos need a little coaching Read More …