Blogging

Make Facebook great again with Facebook Groups

June 24, 2017

I’m rarely ahead of the curve, particularly when it comes to social media. However, when Mark Zuckerberg shared his 10-year plan for Facebook, it didn’t sound like science fiction. I was nodding along. Excited even. He wants to transform Facebook Groups into a meaningful platform for connecting people with shared values. The word “community” was used a lot.

In real life, I’m a pathologically introverted person. In Facebook Groups, the anxiety and inhibitions tied to social interaction diminish. I’m able to connect with people I never would have met otherwise. New people with fascinating stories, some of whom are nearly are crazy as I am. It’s miraculous when you stop to think about it.

 

Facebook Groups is not a new thing.

Approximately 1 billion people have tried FB groups. However, according to Zuckerberg, only 10% are in what he calls “meaningful” groups. The other 90% rely primary on personal newsfeeds to stay connected with friends and family. After discovering the magic of several “meaningful” Facebook Groups, my personal newsfeed feels like the muggle version of social media. I can still get my social media fix, but it’s unlikely to help me summon my Patronus when the Death Eaters come calling.

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(almost) funny, Tales from the Trail

Celebrate International Yoga Day AND Hike Naked Day #multitasking

June 21, 2017
Hike Naked Day

June 21 marks the first day of summer. Words like scorching, sweating, sweltering, and sunburn are part of our daily conversations. It’s time to get away, preferably someplace quiet and cool. Maybe a short hike through the woods to a secluded spot. You’re not picky, but a nearby waterfall spilling into a refreshing pool would be nice.   

 

If you’re heading outdoors to get away from the craziness and chaos and heat, you might be in for a surprise. June 21 is International Yoga Day AND Hike Naked Day.

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Guest Post, social commentary

Where have all the good men gone?

June 17, 2017
wonder woman quotes

Movies inspired by Marvel and DC Comics characters create a series of 2.5-hour immersions into worlds of fantasy. Through our 3-D glasses, we connect with Iron Man. When he shrugs off explosions to thwart the evil intentions of the villain de jour, we feel the jolt. Even when we don the cape of the tragically flawed (but well-intentioned) Batman, we feel the exhilarating rush of having just enough superhuman ability to win the day. For 2.5hrs (not including trailers), the answer to the “where have all the good men gone” question is satisfyingly obvious.

 

WE are the “good men;” and we’re going wherever we’re needed most.  

 

DC Comics just turned this “where have all the good men gone question” on its head in a wonderfully satisfying twist with the release of Wonder Woman. I would love to extol the virtues of a woman who transcends the stereotypical damsel in distress, is a compassionate yet powerful role model, and manages to captivate us with charisma rather than witty one-liners. Instead, I have to turn the soapbox over to Steelcharmer. He won’t give us exclusive access to his lunch with President Trump next week if I don’t share his letter about the dangers of movies like Wonder Woman first.

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(almost) funny, Blogging

7777 SEO Tips sure to Supercharge your Site

June 8, 2017
funny SEO Tips for blogging beginners

Sorry about that.

Way too much alliteration and enthusiasm for a title, but apparently, words and energy are big turn-ons for search engines. And most of us bloggers know that we’ve gotta show a little skin if we want to snag the biggies like Google and Ask Jeeves.

Before we go any farther, I’m not one of the 10,700,000 Search Engine Optimization (SEO) experts waiting to share the secret to making your blog the #1 hit on search engines. I don’t have a degree in coding, I don’t offer a limited-time-only webinar guaranteed to skyrocket your blog traffic into the stratosphere. I don’t even have pop-ups. I’m just a guy with a few theories about how Order is achieved in the Internet.  

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, you’ll be happy to hear that I haven’t made up researched 7,777 tips designed to dazzle you with my brilliance. There will be no scrolling-related injuries on my watch. No Ma’am. This is a safe place.

However, I would like to share a few tested strategies that will get your latest and greatest in front of future fans. Some may even make blogging a fun experience again. (Remember when blogging was fun?)

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Sketches

I wanna believe in magic again

June 3, 2017
believe magic again

Do you remember knowing that green was your favorite color because it’s what made the grass grow?

Do you remember when the 3-eyed, orange-fanged monster lurking under your bed was real (and smelly), waiting to pounce as soon as your toes touched the floor?

Do you remember how powerful and brave Dad was when he banished these beasts with a chanted command: “Go away, Go away! Nobody here wants to play!”

Do you remember when coloring outside the lines just meant you had more space to fill with brilliant colors?

 

Do you remember when ANYTHING was possible if you tried hard enough (especially if Dad was there to help during the hard parts)?

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