Facebook Stickers: Cutest Thing Ever or Gag Me With a Spoon?

Are Facebook stickers a testament to our extreme laziness or an embodiment of our squee?  I recently saw a new mother post a picture of her baby, updating her friends on the arrival of her child.  There were a few written "congratulations" but many many more stickers dotting the comment thread.  Part of me wanted to scream, "this woman just squeezed 8 pounds of human out of her body, and you can't even muster typing 15 characters on the screen?"  But the other part of me wanted to coo that the stickers were pretty damn cute.  I mean, the baby is too, but have you seen Bigs and Yeti? ...more
I just noticed them the other Melissa Ford and enjoyed playing with them. The operative word ...more

Surprise! Your Instagram Photos are Being Used for Marketing

Another day, another story in the Wall Street Journal of how the photos we post to our social media accounts are being used without our knowledge.  That picture of your first Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte of the season, your kid eating Pringles, that Diet Coke can in your hand at the neighbourhood picnic: they're all being rounded up by companies such as Ditto Labs and used to know more about you so companies can best target ads or conduct research. ...more
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8 Years of Blogging Taught Me Something About Getting Through Blogger Burnout

Yes, blogger burnout was recently an article in the New York Times, but before it hit mainstream media, I was already seeing post after post about people who had hit a wall with blogging. Capricious Reader asked how we solve a problem like blogger burnout. Estella's Revenge explained that she's not just in a reading slump; she's bored with book blogging. And Bookfoolery not only talked about the future of her blog, but pointed out others who are talking about this very same thing: blogger burnout. ...more
Oh my GOODNESS!  I'm nodding, agreeing, thinking, and applauding!  I've been a blogger for over ...more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your October 2014 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
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No, Seriously, Please Don't Participate in That Facebook Breast Cancer Meme This Year

Today is the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness month, which means that the cryptic Facebook posts can't be far behind.  You know what I'm talking about: your friend posts "I am going to London for 8 months!" or "hot pink!" or "damn diarrhea!" on Facebook, and suddenly, we are magically supposed to all think about breast cancer. I've been told that I'm no fun at all when it comes to this yearly meme, and those people are right.  But that's because I don't think that health is a particularly fun topic, especially when it comes to life or death illnesses such as breast cancer. ...more
Or if we do play those games, include a link where you can donate to women's health ...more

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
Their manifesto doesn't say they're sharing your info with advertisers, it explains that ...more

NaBloPoMo October 2014 Blogroll

The theme for October is CRUNCH. ...more
Melissa Ford jules.maas oops, sorry for the confusion. I meant I had one blog post listed twice ...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