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The Best Reason to Blog – Part 4

November 28, 2013 Random Musings
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Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. The day we eat too much food, roll our eyes at the antics of our extended family, and think about all the things we’re grateful for. Or in my case, see if I can resist seconds of mashed potatoes so I can justify another dessert. This Thanksgiving post is […]

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Branding 101: What Is Your Brand?

September 24, 2013 Writing Stuff
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Yeah, yeah, I can hear it now. “Ugh. Not more branding stuff. What if I don’t want to be a brand?” I hate to break it to you, but you already have a brand. So does your kid’s soccer coach, your next-door neighbor, and possibly your pet. *smile* How is that possible? It’s because our brand […]

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Google’s Fickleness: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

August 15, 2013 Random Musings
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If one thing is constant with Google, it’s that they always change. Over the past couple of years, they phased out most of Google Friend Connect and stopped supporting Feedburner. However, I realized recently that I hadn’t talked about their latest changes. Some of their recent changes have been good (Google Authorship), others bad (Gmail’s Tabbed Inbox), […]

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When Should We Start Building Our Platform?

August 6, 2013 Writing Stuff
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In my post about book pirates and plagiarism, I mentioned that book bloggers and reviewers are now more wary of debut authors, especially those who are self-published. I don’t blame them. Some people out there are willing to do an insane amount of work to fake legitimacy. A book blogger exposed one author who created fake […]

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Are You Sharing Your Gifts?

July 16, 2013 Writing Stuff
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I’ve been thinking lately about what it means to have gifts. We all have some sort of gift, some talent or skill we’re better at than most. More importantly, I’ve also been thinking about what we should do with our gifts. In most schools, kids at the top of the class are labeled “gifted.” Dictionary.com defines […]

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Should We Use a Blog Commenting System?

July 2, 2013 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
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I’ve mentioned before that I wish I could change how comments work on my blog. I’d love for readers to easily see when someone replies to their comments here or provide the ability to subscribe to comments for a post. A system like that often encourages more interaction on a blog by enabling back-and-forth conversations. […]

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3rd Annual Blogiversary Contest — Prize: Me! Wait…er, What?

June 27, 2013 News
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It’s that time of year again. My three-year blogiversary is coming up on July 12th.  And I’m once again amazed by the fact that I’ve been writing this blog for three years. How can something feel like yesterday and forever at the same time? Mostly, I’m amazed that I found that much to blog about, […]

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Writers: What Would the Government Uncover?

June 20, 2013 Random Musings
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Writers have a long history of joking about what government agencies would find if they investigated us. We’re known for researching the bizarre and the suspicious in the pursuit of accuracy for our books. Recent news about the PRISM program and others like it across the globe have made this long-running joke more real than before. […]

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When To-Do Lists Fail

May 30, 2013 Random Musings
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Ever have one of those days where nothing on your to-do list gets checked off? When life has other plans for you? That happens to me more often than I care to admit. Despite my writing-by-the-seat-of-my-pants method to drafting, I’m a planner in the rest of my life. Or at least, I try to be […]

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How Success Raises the Stakes…in Our Life

May 16, 2013 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
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In writing, we always want the stakes to increase over the course of a story. The problems get bigger, the risks get bigger, and the reasons the characters need to succeed get bigger. The same concept can apply to real life. When we first start a blog, it doesn’t matter if we fall flat on our […]

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