Shiny happy people

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in The TwitFace Project | 3 comments

A big thumbs-up to Amazon and Smashwords after they introduced a Like feature recently on their book pages. Many of us are so busy greading that there’s no time any more to read reviews, let alone write them. What I like about Like is that it requires no thought or time at all. It’s an entirely involuntary reaction, like a smile or a wave. You’re out shopping or running an errand in WebLand: you can’t just stop and chat...

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14 ways to make friends with Americans

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in The TwitFace Project | 14 comments

On my lecture tours in Europe and the rest of the developing world, I constantly remind bloggers how important it is to make friends with Americans. The US, you see, is the cultural hub of the universe (- the precise epicenter is said to be just west of Hannibal, Mo). We writers, in particular, stand in awe of the achievements of our American cousins. Take the mighty Amazon, for example (- what humility, not to call it Mississippi!): over...

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Donate a family. Save a writer!

Posted by on Apr 4, 2011 in The TwitFace Project | 3 comments

A Declining Resource I’ve had my concerns about blogging of course. Who hasn’t? What is the impact on the planet, when every day millions of us use thousands of words, almost without thinking, as if the supply was never-ending? There are those who claim that the word is a re-usable resource, and that we have enough words to last the next 100 years … by then, they say, we’ll have discovered new channels of communication....

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7 Health & Safety Tips for Bloggers

Posted by on Apr 3, 2011 in The TwitFace Project | 5 comments

Is there a sextant in your blogger’s toolkit? No? Then you’d better read on. It all started with Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote: Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote …. Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages … Yes, his spelling was terrible, but what do you expect from a self-published author? Anyway, the point is that April was a time when people started making plans to...

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The TwitFace Plan

Posted by on Apr 1, 2011 in Activities, The TwitFace Project | 7 comments

I wonder if schools still teach that old W.H. Davies poem? What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. It’s a relic of another age. The words of a man who chose to spend much of his early life on the road in Britain and the USA at the turn of the 20th century, sleeping rough, hustling a living, writing. If you’d offered him an iPhone,...

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