Social Media Filter
  1. One Does Not Simply Add Ethics to Technology

    L. M. Sacasas’s essay reminds us that the tension between technology and ethics isn’t new — we’re just coming back to it these days with new questions and new challenges.

    Commentary
  2. “We are superficially more connected than ever before but we don’t feel any better […]. It is up to us to realise self-love doesn’t stem from a selfie and emojis will never qualify as real emotions.”

    Commentary
  3. A Veteran Blogger’s Advice on Growing Traffic and Finding Community

    Six years into her blogging adventure, Susie Lindau has many solid insights to share.

    Inspiration
  4. “Little things — things that used to be simple and all my own — became packaged and delivered out into the world. My life was ready to be consumed.”

    Commentary
  5. On Anonymous Blogging

    “Everywhere you look now people are creating glossy narratives about their lives on myriad social media accounts, and the kind of unfiltered ramblings that were the norm on sites like LiveJournal are just a dim memory.” The writer at Tiny Rubies recalls journaling at LiveJournal and how writing online used to be.

    Internet
  6. Who Are You Online? (My Travel Writing Reality)

    “I sometimes feel like we collect different versions of ourselves — and in an effort to fit amongst a particular crowd we pull one of those selves from the pack, like a magician mid-card trick.” Flora at Flora the Explorer contemplates her blogging and social media presence.

    Exploration
  7. Art
  8. “I Want to Read about People”: On Why We Follow Blogs

    Jeff Cann reflects on what “following” means to him.

    Commentary
  9. Pretty Girls Don’t Get Less Than A Hundred Likes On Their Selfie

    The writer at Scattered Scripturient on the social media generation: “I define my worth by how many likes I get on a picture or a post, and the realization of that fact actually causes my stomach to flop.”

    Culture
  10. Who Are You Writing For? Blogger Val Boyko Looks Beyond the “Like” Button

    A long-time blogger offers advice to more recent arrivals on the scene.

    Inspiration
  11. Interaction and Community: How a Lifestyle Blogger Doubled Her Weekly Views

    Kaylee Marie Huey shares insights on the importance of making connections with other, like-minded bloggers.

    Inspiration
    Image by Kaylee Marie Huey.
  12. “Why is sentimentality considered such a ‘sweet fear’? It can portray an overly saccharine and false portrait of the world, for one. And as many have declared, that sentiment has no place in climbing.”

    Commentary
  13. Sorry I’ve Been A Sh*tty Friend: A Multiple Choice Form Letter

    “Someone asked me, “Hey, how’s (fill in name of friend here)? (He’s/She’s) got to be almost (ready to move/ready to have a baby/done with school), right? And it really drove home how long it’s been since I (emailed/tweeted/tagged you in a photo)!” Dina Honour creates a handy letter template.

    Humor
  14. Exploring #Vanlife and Writing About Social Media Celebrities

    A Q&A with Rachel Monroe, who wrote about nomads in a vintage Volkswagen: “The idea of incorporating longer stints of rootlessness, even if there is a home base to come back to, is something that appeals to both professional vanlifers and people who are watching the trend from afar.”

    Culture
  15. Your Digital Diet in 2017: On Blogging, Reading, and Social Media

    Writers comment on consumption, social media routines, blogging, and reading.

    Internet
    Illustration by Michael Byers