Will Ello Kill Facebook, or Is It Just a Lot of Hype?

I joined Ello because everyone else was joining Ello. (And yes, if all the kids jumped off the bridge, I would jump off the bridge, too!) And now we're all milling about at Ello, and it feels like the awkward start of a party. You know what I'm talking about? That moment when you first get there, when the hostess is still running around, cleaning up by tucking her clothes underneath her blanket. It's that moment before all the other people arrive, and you're just sort of standing about, making small talk with people while you wait for everything to... begin. Except... what if this is it? What if this is Ello? What if this social media party turns out to be a dud because the hosts didn't count on the mass Exodus from Facebook this week when Facebook stuck to their "you need to use your real name" guns that brought everyone over Ello's threshold? Or what if it turns into a social media revolution that forces the larger sites to change the way they interact with users? ...more
People are leaving Facebook in droves? Mass exodus? I must have missed it. These days, Facebook ...more

NaBloPoMo October 2014 Blogroll

The theme for October is CRUNCH. ...more
This is really good training for November.  It gets you into a routine so the routine is there ...more

NaBloPoMo October 2014 Badges

The official badge for October. ...more

NaBloPoMo October 2014 Prompts

The theme for October's NaBloPoMo is CRUNCH. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in October -- 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

Crunch Your Way Through October's NaBloPoMo

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

Social Media Makes Me More Creative and Less Productive

I'll admit it; the more I use social media the less productive I seem to get.  At the same time, the more I use social media, the deeper I think, the more creative I get, and the more connected I feel.  So... sort of a catch-22.  Social media both detracts and enhances my life. I work from home, on a computer, so it is too easy to keep checking email, glancing at Facebook, and peeking at my Twitter stream.  I used to spend those moments when I was trying to figure out a plot line in a book lying quietly on the sofa, thinking.  Now I am much more likely to skim some status updates while I try to work out the literary situation in my mind. ...more
This is very interesting, thank you for sharing it with us.  I agree, social media can stimulate ...more

Everything You Need to Know about the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch

Despite a fairly disastrous livestream of today's Apple event (broken video and lots of time staring at colourful bars), we're here to tell you about the new Apple products coming out this fall.  The new iPhone will launch on September 19th (with preorders starting on the 12th), and with it comes a new operating system, iOS8. Here's everything you need to know about the new iPhones... yes, plural... as well as the new product, the Apple Watch. ...more
I sure will be!! I love apple and cannot wait for a new phone. I've had my 4s for awhile now and ...more

I'm Grateful My Book is a Kindle Daily Deal Today (and I Wish Everyone's Book Could Be)

My latest book, Apart at the Seams, is being offered up for the next 24 hours as the Kindle Daily Deal. (Get it while it's only $1.99!) I am so grateful to Amazon for the opportunity because I know it makes a huge difference in getting the book into readers' hands. I published all four of my books through traditional publishers, so you may not think there is anything I could possibly say about self-publishing. But I've thought about the world of self-publishing a lot, and about how it relates to traditional publishing, for a long time. There are a few reasons why traditional publishing still has an edge over self-publishing, but there is one very simple thing self-publishing could do to turn the tide. ...more
Thank you, Melissa Ford!  I've been researching this same topic, so I'll be saving this piece. :-)more

Thank the Friends You've Met Online for #InternetFriendDay

Do you know why #InternetFriendDay is trending on Twitter?  Because today is the day that we give a huge verbal hug to the friends we've met online.  Those people that you met through your blog.  Or the ones that you started following on Twitter just because they were funny, but that connection bloomed into a friendship.  The people you waited all year to see at the annual BlogHer conference, and then stayed up all night talking to in your hotel room. Those people. ...more
Melissa Ford Likewise, my dear Real Life friend whom I stalked -- er found -- on the Internet. ...more

#IfMyPhoneGotHacked and Jennifer Lawrence: Let's Admit We Care about Privacy

Despite Biz Stone's optimism about the good things Twitter can accomplish in his new book Things a Little Bird Told Me, the reality of the site is that if you start a hashtag, you have a 50/50 chance of it being misused and abused, as is the case with #IfMyPhoneGotHacked.  Let me take that back... it's more like 20/80.  For a small number of people, that hashtag is a statement about their desire for privacy.  For many many others, it's a chance to share the dick pics they've been dying for someone to find on their phone, missing the point completely. ...more