NaBloPoMo December 2014 Prompts

The theme for December's NaBloPoMo is JOY. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in December -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more
As cheesy as it sounds, when I'm feeling down I make myself a pot of tea using a special set ...more

Make December a Little More Joyous With NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more

NaBloPoMo December 2014 Badges

The official badge for December 2014 NaBloPoMo is here! Grab it to place on your blog and show your readers you're posting every day this month. ...more

NaBloPoMo December 2014 Blogroll

The theme for December is JOY. ...more
Write it out! https://authormcaldwell.wordpress.com/  This November is my first NaBloPoMo and ...more

What Do You Think of Facebook's Thank You Videos?

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Facebook has unrolled a new video algorithm which culls moments out of your timeline and allows you to say thank you to someone on your Friends list. Unlike last December's year-in-review video, which culled out the best moments from your year, Facebook's "Say Thanks" campaign tries to find the overlap between two accounts, sometimes with very touching results and sometimes in ways that make coffee shoot out your nose. ...more
I LOVED THIS!! But I wouldn't have known about the campaign if not for you. FB didn't alert me ...more

Jimmy Kimmel Warns That You're Totally About to be Unfriended

Thinking about posting a political rant or throwing up a cute baby picture on your Facebook feed today? Think again because it's National Unfriend Day, and being yourself online is the number one reason why people will unfriend you. Don't you know that the whole point of social media is not to post what YOU want to post, but instead to only consider what other people want to read? Duh! Don't take it from me. Jimmy Kimmel said so. And he's famous, which means that he's correct. ...more
I regularly go through my friends list, as my friends list is just friends and family. People ...more

How to Write Well About Controversial Topics

Some people can write about controversial topics such as circumcision, breastfeeding, or spankings and host a thoughtful discussion in their comment section, and other people write about those very same topics and end up with what amounts to a bar brawl on their blog. Image: Barbed wire, Shutterstock Are there specific things those first bloggers know that allow them to tackle controversial topics without raising their readership's collective blood pressure? Why... yes. And these are the steps you also can take if you want to write well about controversial topics. ...more
This is timely for me. I've been "writing" a TWO controversial pieces for weeks. I've written ...more

NaBloPoMo November 2014 Prompts

Welcome to the November 2014 NaBloPoMo writing prompts! As with all NaBlo prompts, Saturday and Sunday are for free writing. And as usual in November, there is no theme this month … but many of these prompts are inspired by the BlogHer PRO '14 Conference in December and the upcoming BlogHer PRO School writing lessons in November. (More on PRO School later this week!) ...more
"When the Microwave Broke."  One appliance I can't live ...more

Woohoo! Taking Classes in My Pajamas With Canva's Design School

Do you know what I love? My pajamas. Do you know what I don't love? Putting on real clothes and schlepping across the city to take a class. ...more

Raise Your Hand: Are You Still Using the Social Media Site, Ello?

It's been a little over a month since the Ello surge, when people started signing up for the social media site in droves, declaring that they were so over Facebook. A month since people were selling Ello invites on eBay. A month since Ello became a topic on @Midnight: ...more
Yeah, hand raised. :ello:more