Thought this may interest some people…

Thanks Dawn Allen for the original.

Dawn Allen

The Intro: Who has fun spending hours creating that perfect 140-character pitch? Then bouncing that sentence or two off others to see if it’s fantastic? And finally having to create a couple more so you’re not posting the same one every few hours?

The Why: Kristin and Ann know what you’re going through. In fact, they both did quite a few Twitter Pitch Parties so they know your pain. Kristin remembers what it was like to see that little colored star and then checking and re-checking email to confirm that someone did in fact click on the pitch and favorite it. And Ann’s recalls her heart pounding and her palms sweaty, all the while hoping and praying that it wasn’t made by accident from a friend or some complete stranger who marked it and not re-tweeted it by mistake. They both trolled the feed all day long and didn’t work…

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What are you revealing online? Much more than you think

Very interesting this one. Thanks, Ted, for the original.



What can be guessed about you from your online behavior? Two computer privacy experts — economist Alessandro Acquisti and computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck — on how little we know about how much others know.

The best indicator of high intelligence on Facebook is apparently liking a page for curly fries. At least, that’s according to computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck (TED Talk: The curly fry conundrum), whose job is to figure out what we reveal about ourselves through what we say — and don’t say — online. Of course, the lines between online and “real” are increasingly blurred, but as Golbeck and privacy economist Alessandro Acquisti (TED Talk: Why privacy matters) both agree, that’s no reason to stop paying attention. TED got the two together to discuss what the web knows about you, and what we can do about the things we’d rather it forgot. An edited version of the conversation follows.


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Do I really have to do all of it? What… everything?

Welcome, friends, to my new blog – I begin this way because, originally, I penned this with the intention of it being the first post; but then life happened and it’s now the third fourth post. Never mind.

To be honest, I don’t even know if I’m doing the write thing by staring to blog again (see what I did there?). My reasons for throwing myself back into the blogoshpere are because I recently watched a great Creative Live course on getting published and came away feeling hugely motivated. So, whilst still in that upbeat frame of mind, I created this blog, started a new Twitter account, revamped my email, created a new facebook page, looked into getting a website running, &c, &c. I felt confident that all this would go towards me connecting with others and maybe even selling a few copies of my book. (Eventually. When it’s ready).

Just the very next day though, after diving into my new-found pool of internet motivation and activism, I came crashing back down with a splat and began to question my newly found path to literary nirvana. The digital mire started to thicken like soup and it slowly became apparent that maybe I should be getting myself into writers’ forums; start producing some short stories to gain recognition and win awards ; write a poem; do some reviews; offer proof reading services; read, follow and comment on every single blog post by fellow writers; take a short course, take a long course, take an intermediate course and take an online course; and, of course, keep writing my second book; editing the first book; contacting agents; pestering publishers; considering self-publishing…  Arrrrrggggh.

I can’t do all of this. It’s impossible. But then I feel if I miss out just one aspect, that could be my downfall. Therefore, the only people to ever read my book will be my dad and my father-in-law (and perhaps a few polite friends).

It also seems that everybody else is managing to do all of this, so why can’t I?

So, if anyone reading this has experience of any of the above, then some honest advice would be most appreciated. Thanks.

Oh yes, and I’ve been told to always finish with a question. Ok then: does anybody out there actually partake in every form of publicity/connection/media, &c? And, if they do, when do they find time to actually write anything? Answers on a postcard please…

Thanks for reading.