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What is Your Blog About?

What is your blog about? What do you talk about, when you talk about blogging? What’s your niche? Your brand? Why would people read you? Someone I know and respect asked me these questions last week, and I was stumped. My blog is a bit of everything: author interviews,  my writing life, travel, issues of…

social media

How much time do you spend on Social Media ?

I’ve recently read a few articles of social media and the writing life, and this has affected the way I think about both. One of them is  ‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia : There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward…

scifi nightmare

Would You Rate Your Friends and Family on a Social Grading System?

Scifi is often predictive: a lot of the gadgets shown in Star Trek, for example, now exist. This is a good thing. But recently I read an article that scared me: Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens. The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020.…

Blogging break

What have You Written Recently? #writing

When life intervenes, my blog suffers, because blogging is a passion, but it is also a distraction. For the last few weeks I’ve had personal challenges, as well as a stint in the revision trenches. But more than that, I think it was a period of gathering into myself, of unplugging almost totally from blogging…