Tag: social media

Board Games, Reading, Social Media

Consumption vs. Reading in the Age of Social Media

Book consumption

Ever since I joined Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, I’ve been fascinated by the book-related hashtags. There are glorious pictures of books and gigantic personal libraries. But what I wonder is: Are any of these books being read, or are they simply decoration for some sort of idealized reading life? (Which, ironically, is probably cannibalized by …

Personal, Productivity, Writing

Back to School: “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

Years ago, there was a hilarious Staples ad for back to school shopping. Set to the Christmas carol, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” it featured a dad frolicking joyfully through the aisles as the kids looked on in misery. That commercial still tickles me to this day. Since I don’t have kids, you …

Productivity, Publishing, Writing

Don’t Do What’s Right. Do What’s Right for You.

What's Right

There’s a lot of writing/publishing/marketing advice out there. (Including what I post here so, yeah, I’m contributing to the problem.) And every site, book, guru, and column purports to know the “right” things that you “must do” in order to succeed as a novelist, freelancer, or non-fiction author. “Oh, you must have a newsletter.” “You …

Marketing, Publishing, Writing

Crab Mentality and Writers

Crab Mentality

Long ago, when I studied psychology in school, we learned about behavior¬†called “Crab Mentality.” The gist is this: A bunch of crabs are in a bucket, trap, or stew pot. They could easily escape by working together (and every now and then one manages it, even without help). They’re pretty smart and agile and have …

Marketing, Platform Building, Social Media

Getting Controversial: Good Idea or Not?

Controversial fight

Today I want to expand on something that I’ve touched on in prior posts and which is a hot-button issue given the current political climate: The issue of authors using their platforms to discuss controversial subjects. I’ve seen many authors posting political rants and opinions (on both sides) on their blogs and social media. It …