- "Social media interactions: How not to be an asshole" from This is Worthwhile: Your online space is your personal space. Everyone else can back off already. This was written to apply to Facebook, but I keep thinking of how it also applies to blogs and Twitter and so on as well. Jessica's saying, and I have to agree: If you don't like what someone's saying, why are you reading it? Don't get up in their face; just go away. What do you think about this perspective? (See also: The highly entertaining "post where I alienate people once again" at Scary Mommy. Assuming you don't mind the f-bomb used to hilarious effect.)
- "Blogging Basics: Where to Find Ad Buyers" from 3 Boys And A Dog: I thought looking to Facebook ads & other blogs' ads was such a clever idea for finding potential advertisers.
- "What Should Fiction Writers Blog About?" from There Are No Rules: On blogging topics as a novelist.
- "Manifesto: I Am Not a Brand" from MaureenJohnson on BlogHer: Be real.
- "The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers" from Annabel Candy on BlogHer: Yup.
- "Apostrophe's are for contraction's and possessive noun's, not plural's" from #!/usr/bin/mom: "Many people seem to find the proper use of apostrophes scary and confusing, but the concept is really quite simple: Apostrophes are for contractions and possessive nouns, not plurals. Remember that, and you'll likely use apostrophes correctly 99% of the time." My mother would love this article. She routinely writes letters and emails to the newspaper and advertisers about incorrect apostrophe usage, threatening to take away their apostrophe license.
- "My purse was stolen #bestthingthateverhappenedtome" from Dating After 40, Okay Hoping to Date After 40: Hilarious description of CSI overkill, and a clever way blogging can help promote a mystery (or any) novel.
- "How to Write a Query" from Agent Query, via Her Bad Mother on StumbleUpon: Thorough, step-by-step, and (thank goodness) encouraging list of exactly how to write a fiction query letter to an agent. I will be coming back to this when it's time to write mine!
Leave any recommended posts in the comments (yes, even your own — I'd love to take a look). Thanks for the great articles, all of the above, & happy reading!