A Review of “You Should Be Using TweetDeck” on Wired.com

Android or iPhone. Pen or Pencil. Dell or Apple. Twitter or TweetDeck. These age old “tech” questions still plague us in 2021, but who’s to say which is actually better or more useful? Today I explore Twitter vs. TweetDeck. Have a read!

Comparing Three Web-Based Graphics Programs

Canva. Ribbet. BeFunky. PicMonkey. Pixlr. Design Wizard. Snappa. I’m absolutely positive you’ve heard of at least two of those web-based graphic design programs. While one can do a lot with these without spending the money for more features, sometimes a little extra oomph is needed to help a design pop. And, in turn, your website…

Why Maintaining a Website is Worth the Effort

Guess what? It’s a new year. Loosen up, give yourself a break, and recognize that you’re totally worth it. Not just as a person, but as an individual entity within the great big writing community. Whatever it is you’re doing – editing, mentoring, writing, publicizing, agenting, etc. – do it to the best of your…

The Top TenS of 2020 // Stats Edition

It’s Monday, December 28th. Four days from the start of a New Year. Four days until I can start writing “2021” in the date line of my checkbook. I just aged myself with that checkbook line, didn’t I? And four days to wrap things up on this blog for 2020. It’s the time of year…

The Social Media Conundrum

Social media slowly came into existence in the early 2000s. The first to enter the online world was MySpace in 2003. Facebook: 2004. Reddit: 2005. Tumblr: 2007. Pinterest came about in 2009 and Instagram in 2010. Message boards predated all of those. I have fond memories of my days discussing the franchise on the Star…

I Unplugged the Television For A Month. Here’s What Happened.

We humans make choices every day. Sometimes collectively, but mostly individually. We are creatures of habit and prefer sticking to our routines like flies on poo. Unless something dramatic happens and our simple pleasures suddenly disappear, we’ll follow that path indefinitely. I’m one of those creatures with a terrible case of procrastination. Procrastination has truly…

Why Now is A Great Time to Start a Blog

Blogs are to the Internet as quills and ink are to writing. Blogs have been around for a long time, but with the introduction of new tools, plug-ins, and easier access to web hosts, they’re easier than ever before to build, maintain and analyze. Is that the only reason why I say now is the…

Three Blog Ideas That Worked

Last week I shared a companion post to this one, Three Blog Ideas that Failed. In it I stressed that blogging is subjective. What’s worked for one site may not have the same reception on another. Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers. Brian Clark,…

How To Maintain a Writer’s Website

After building up anotherhartmanauthor.com since 2016, there’s a few things I’d like to share about what’s worked for my site’s style, or even “brand.” That’s exactly what your website is – a visual representation of who you are as a writer. The only prior experience I had with such things is my church’s website. For…

From Fan Fiction to Novels

There seems to be this stigma that comes with writing fan fiction. A stigma of, “Those people are dorks who spend way too much time involved in a fandom for something that isn’t real.” That’s only partially true. And the same can be said for novel writers. The other truth is that those who write…