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Depression

Depression and My Cooling Relationship with Social Media

I've never been a big social media person. Before I started blogging, I briefly had a Facebook account, but that didn't last long. Once I started blogging, I created accounts on Pinterest and Twitter. I started a new Facebook account, but deleted that pretty quickly because I just don't like Facebook. Last year, I created… Continue reading Depression and My Cooling Relationship with Social Media

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Blogging

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

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, 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

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, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Separating Fake News From Fact

Image by pixel2013 from Pixabay 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… Continue reading Separating Fake News From Fact