Blogging

How to sustain a social media presence in 3 hours a week

When it rains on a weekend, I don’t bemoan my decision to live in the Pacific Northwest: I just know it’s time to queue up my blog posts and tweets for the week. That’s what I try to do in about two hours every weekend, and since folks often ask me...
Silence the voice of your inner blogging critic

Silence the voice of your inner blogging critic

On especially bad days this is what the voice in my head says: [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/9856414″ params=”show_comments=true&auto_play=false&color=ff7700″ width=”100%” height=”81″ ] But...
Blogging hubris

Blogging hubris

Yesterday I made the mistake of bragging about how well I’ve been doing with my daily blogging practice. And tonight I thought I’d knock off a quick blog post that would keep me in my groove. Instead I found myself learning the ins and outs of last.fm,...
“Since I started blogging…”

“Since I started blogging…”

I overhear more and more conversations about how people cope with their lives online. We talk about our day-to-day strategies for coping with e-mail overload. We gossip about our friends’ Facebook profiles and worry about whether we should be joining the latest...

Talking about grown-up love online

One of the great miracles of my life is the affection between our two kids. As an only child myself, I always feared the prospective challenge of playing referee among multiple offspring. From what I could see of multi-child families, parenting siblings looked not...
Social media is the jar my brain sits in

Social media is the jar my brain sits in

Brain-in-a-jar images of the future are usually presented as dystopian. But for many years, I found the brain-in-a-jar lifestyle nothing short of enviable: what could be better than eternal life, or even just regular old life, than dispensing with the annoyances of...
5 ways to get authentically naked

5 ways to get authentically naked

Sarah Wilson has busted me. In her blog post about the meaning of authenticity in an age of over-disclosure, she asks: Blurting stuff out, warts and all, can certainly look and smell and feel real. But it’s often a seductive guise for the truth. We can carefully...

How to use Thesis to customize your teasers by page and category

I use the Thesis theme for my WordPress blog. Thesis is much beloved in the WordPress community because it allows a high degree of customization using its two pages of configuration menus, so even if you know nothing about PHP or CSS you can do a lot to customize your...
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