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Blogging and writing

Where’s the Line Between Blog Promotion and Being Spammy?

We all want people to read our blogs; if we didn't, we'd probably keep them private.  A lot of bloggers will, at least at some point, look for ways to promote their blog, whether that be to grow community connections or for other reasons.  But there always seems to be a few people who really get… Continue reading Where’s the Line Between Blog Promotion and Being Spammy?

Blogging and writing, Social media

How Do You Manage Notifications?

A recent post by Rory of A Guy Called Bloke got me thinking about this.  We're constantly bombarded with a ton of information from the various different platforms we use, so how do you avoid getting overwhelmed with notifications and having your mental health negatively impacted? By default, WordPress and social media platforms want to throw… Continue reading How Do You Manage Notifications?

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Mental health, Social media, Suicide

How Should Social Media Handle Reported Suicidal Posts?

Let's say you're scrolling through your Twitter feed.  You see a tweet that makes it seem like that person intends to imminently act on suicidal thoughts.  What do you do? Unfortunately, there isn't really a good answer. I've been on the reporting side on one occasion.  Someone had posted on their blog, which was shared… Continue reading How Should Social Media Handle Reported Suicidal Posts?

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Blogging and writing, blogging community

How Do You Find New Blog Viewers?

For various reasons, most of us like it when we get brand new blog viewers.  It may be because it's great to have a new voice added to the conversation, or it may be for more business-oriented reasons, or it could be a confidence-booster. Even though, at least for most of us, numbers are not… Continue reading How Do You Find New Blog Viewers?

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Mental health

Working On Us – Week 10 – Social Media

It's week 10 of the working on us mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess.   Please visit her post for details on how to participate.  This week's topic is social media. Prompt #1 Questions:  Does social media affect your overall mental health?  If so, please describe how it does affect you? I don't think… Continue reading Working On Us – Week 10 – Social Media

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Science & research

Separating Fake News From Fact

The term fake news has been popularized by the current U.S. president, but how good are we at distinguishing fact from fiction?  The volume of information on the internet is truly astonishing.  There's quite a bit of good, but also a whole lot of crap.  Sometimes it's fairly easy to tell that a website is unreliable,… Continue reading Separating Fake News From Fact

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Mental health, Stigma

Should You Challenge or Ignore Ignorance on Social Media?

geralt on Pixabay There are certainly some good things about social media, but it also provides an opportunity for stupidity to get much greater exposure than it deserves. Some people would likely have a platform to reach large numbers of people even if it weren't for social media.  But the average science-naïve person who thinks… Continue reading Should You Challenge or Ignore Ignorance on Social Media?

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Mental health

Mirror, Mirror… Managing Body Image

It's Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year's theme is body image.  While for some people this is a more dire issue than others, such as people with eating disorders and body dysmorphia, it's something that impacts us all to some extent. Societal standards of beauty have changed over time, but what doesn't seem to… Continue reading Mirror, Mirror… Managing Body Image

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Mental health

What makes a mental health influencer?

I'm not a big social media person, so I'm still trying to figure out what exactly an influencer is.  How does one get to be an influencer?  Why does anyone come to care what a given influencer thinks or likes?  How much just comes down to dollars and cents?  There's a lot that I just… Continue reading What makes a mental health influencer?