Warning: this is a wayward rant about a writing conference practice that intersects with another favorite topic: business. Lately I’ve been thinking about what ails our world, and my thoughts have centered on the role of predatory capitalism— an approach to business that maximizes the delivery of wealth to investors and executives at the cost … Continue reading Resist: The Tyranny of Photo Releases
I’ve debated whether I should add to the “me-too” lists enumerating the atrocities women have experienced from the Harvey Weinstein-type men of the world. I’ve tried to sort through my feelings on the topic. I have my own lengthy list of bad experiences, but I don’t feel outrage, even though it’s justified. Instead, I feel … Continue reading Me Too
It happened unintentionally. I followed a series of internet links that carried me into a blind alley. I was perusing social media on a Sunday morning and encountered a post about The Timberline Review. It’s a new literary journal, cooked up by Oregon writers, good people committed to fostering the art and craft of writing. … Continue reading Down the Rabbit Hole: Writer or Performer?
I'm losing my interest in social media as it increasingly gravitates toward revenue-generating posts. Real voices and real people are harder to find. Linked-In seems like some bloated scroll of billboards, rather than the personal updates it once featured. Facebook has also moved toward advertising, granting the greatest presence to those who pay. Ever wondered … Continue reading Another perspective on self-promotion
Designer Jane Pellicciotto recently commented on “The Third-Person Bio Problem.” She wasn’t referring to biographical books, but the short blurbs we post to our web sites for the purpose of self-promotion. Jane suggests that it’s pretentious. I had to wince because, yes, I’ve done it too. But I think there’s more. I’ve been asked to … Continue reading The Burdens of Self-Promotion: the Bio Problem
I’m a LinkedIn misfit. When I signed on eons ago it seemed a professional necessity. More recently I’ve gravitated to Facebook for the density of interesting posts. On Facebook people are snarky. They reveal their wit. They’re outspoken, often intelligent, and unafraid of judgment. To move between LinkedIn and Facebook is like late-night channel surfing, … Continue reading Snoring Our Way to Success: A LinkedIn Review
I’ve never been very good at networking. Write it off to my introverted personality. While I’ve always been responsive to others who call on me for professional assistance, I’ve never felt comfortable doing the same. I still cringe at the prospect of requesting a letter of recommendation. The dilemma of networking resides in the challenge … Continue reading The Networking Dilemma