Through interaction with the social medium, the real and ideal selves intersect; and the ideal self is at least partially actualized. In essence, our online selves represent our ideals and eliminate many of our other real components.
Some bloggers contribute to magazines, write books or restaurant guides, teach cooking classes and even become a local authority on food. A few lucky ones are able to get a job in a related field. But the bitter truth is 75% of food bloggers do not make any money from their blogs.
"The most important thing for bloggers to do is to get their Google authorship set up on their blog. Getting proper author rank isn't the most fun thing but it's the most important thing you can do for your blog."
Our social contract with the news business is that they hold the powerful to account. In return, we buy the products of news outlets, and give news professionals certain protections, like the U.S. First Amendment and shield laws.
Creating your own site and content may take a little bit of extra effort, but the value of creating a central platform is huge. The key here is to create an effective plan that includes content and social strategies that work together.
This wasn't why I was writing. Not for the numbers, not for the SEO links that are not in any of my 800 posts, not to buy friends on social media. When I started blogging in January 2010, my soul purpose was to have a voice.
The fact that my right hand has recently frozen up has made me a veritable damsel in distress. I can't type. I can't even sign my name on a check. (Which actually may be a very good thing for a while.) And yes, I have always been very susceptible to strong tech support and sexy software.
One wonders if recording your life in blog form is your job, are you really enjoying a moment for what it is? Without having to sell stuff? Cupcakes says, "It's not just a blog, it's an entire company." I'm disgusted and impressed at the same time.
Recently, the little tic-tac-toe of linguistics has made its way into other areas of communication, including places that don't support tagging: Facebook, text messaging, and even casual speech (out loud, one would say, "hashtag: blessed"). Why?
Recently, I ran across something that got me thinking again about the beauty of a simple kindness. And about the astonishing power and positive impact even the smallest kind word or deed can have on someone's day -- or life.
Media TakeOut is one of the most visited urban websites out there. It truly makes for a fun read about people who we love and are entertained by -- Media TakeOut shows us that just because they might be rich it doesn't mean they are above engaging in common foolery.
There are a lot of blogs on the Internet these days about parenting. Many of them come at motherhood or fatherhood from the angle of, am I a good parent? They are funny, honest and self-deprecating. I wish they had been around when I was raising kids but one thing I did have were good friends.
It's National Social Media Safety and Awareness Month. Actually, there is no such thing; yet with so many awareness campaigns for other very important issues, I think it's about time we include important emerging trends that can be both good and evil at the same time.
Some authors, begging for attention, even go overboard and live too much of their lives in social media, recording every twitch of consciousness as if the fate of publishing depended on it. Their neediness -- however disguised -- is epic and sometimes pathetic.