Social Media Filter
  1. I finally took a social media break

    “I deserve to have a healthy relationship with social media. And I’m working on it.” Writer, producer, and director Nida Chowdhry shares insights on her social media use after deactivating her Instagram account.

    Internet
  2. Eight Tiny Stories, Translated From the Emoji

    James Hannaham and John W. Bateman play a game: one of them texts five random emoji to the other, and the recipient then creates a micro-story. Read some of their collaborations at Electric Literature

    Fiction
  3. On Making Your Business Better, Not Bigger

    “I think we just have to be honest and get over our penchant towards not wanting to brag a little.” In an interview with Paul Jun as part of the Own Your Content campaign, Paul Jarvis discusses About pages, keeping your business small, and the importance of an online space that we own.

    Business
  4. Goodbye Facebook, it’s (not really) been real

    “Mostly I am going to sit in silence for long periods, seeing where my thoughts take me, learning (I hope) to accept them as I go. . . . I might even get a cat. If I do, you’ll be the last to know.” Anthony Wilson writes a goodbye letter to Facebook.

    Internet
  5. There Is So Much Power in Giving Back to People

    “I want people to smile. I know that’s simple, but there is so much power in doing something uplifting.” International street artist Kelsey Montague creates large-scale murals that are meant to be interacted with and shared.

    Art
  6. How Shivya Nath Turned Her Travel Blog into a Book

    The Shooting Star blogger talks about nomadic life, building a readership that cares, and avoiding the pitfalls of overtourism.

    Authors
    Images courtesy of Shivya Nath
  7. How Soprano Charlotte Hoather Took Her Singing — and Blogging — to New Heights

    The up-and-coming singer shares insight on building community, using social media, and finding time to blog even on busy weeks.

    Culture
    Images courtesy of Charlotte Hoather, with kind permission of Waterperry Opera Festival.
  8. You Don’t Have to Live in Public

    Austin Kleon on the need to gain a sense of ownership over our online lives: “Back [in 2013], the worst I felt social media did was waste your time. Now, the worst social media does is cripple democracy and ruin your soul.”

    Commentary
  9. Why Emily Contois Is Still Blogging After Six Years

    A recent episode of online trolling hasn’t stopped this food and media scholar from making her voice heard.

    Academia
  10. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

    Cristian Mihai has been a prolific blogger for years; in this post, he shares his hard-earned insight into the things that can help people build — and maintain — a blogging rhythm and an audience.

    Inspiration
    Image by Cheri Lucas Rowlands
  11. What Is the Most Nostalgic Song of All Time?

    “A simple question, posed at eight o’clock on a Saturday night. I got 5,000 comments back.” At the Village Voice, Mikel Jollett writes on music’s power to evoke memory and a sense of loss.

    Commentary
  12. How to Use Instagram to Promote Your Site and Extend Your Reach

    Still haven’t tapped into Instagram? Here are quick tips to get the most out of the photo-sharing app.

    Inspiration
  13. Ten WordPress.com Bloggers to Follow on Instagram

    Love Instagram? Here are 10 fellow WordPressers to follow on the world’s largest photo-sharing platform.

    Inspiration
  14. Journalist Natalia Antonova on writing about abuse: “Being vulnerable is not just about opening up to other people — it’s about opening up to yourself. Knowing yourself. Knowing what you are actually capable of.”

    Abuse
  15. 365 Days of Inspiration: Our Readers’ Favorite Stories on Writing and Building Community

    From writing advice to hands-on blogging tips, these are 2017’s community favorites.

    Inspiration
    Art by Zach Ramey, from Two Way Tree, his and Jennifer Ramey's art blog.