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Travel Blogging: Keeping it Real

As I write this, I am sitting in a little house in a small mountain village in Cyprus. It's made of concrete, has curtains from the Seventies but it's cozy and there's something magical about being so far away from everything. There is no concierge, gourmet buffet or olympic swimming pool framed with palms. There will be no hot dog leg shots to induce envy among my various social media followers. Because I didn't come here to recreate ...

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Social Media in Perspective

With social media the hot button topic it is today, it's funny to think how new the concept of virtual communities actually is. In a search to understand the origins of the interactive online world, I stumbled across this fantastic infographic from the ever-relevant archives of Copyblogger. I thought it would be a fun way to trace the early beginnings of social media pioneers like Usenet and Classmates to see just how far we've come with ...

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Is the 40 Hour Work Week on Its Way Out?

Posted on February 3, 2014

To say that I am currently going through a transition period would be a grand understatement. Instead of boring you with all the Hows and Whys, I'd much prefer to focus on the What Ifs? Any change in scenery opens up a host of new possibilities that were otherwise out of sight. My deck has recently been reshuffled and I am stepping out with a totally new hand. It's really got me thinking about the alternatives to the traditional career as ...

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Why You Can’t Afford to be Late for the Cyber Revolution

Posted on January 9, 2014

My husband is convinced that in the next five years – ten years tops – we are all going to be living online. Work, shopping, leisure activities, everything will be conducted remotely through some sort of online interface. While it’s easy to negate his little sci-fi fantasy, the reality is that real life is rapidly merging with cyberspace. The cons of this particular arrangement certainly receive a fair bit of media attention, however ...

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The Danger of Online Consumption

Shopping online is a relatively new concept for me. I moved to Canada just over a year ago and found the sheer availability of online retail opportunities astounding. Now it may not look like much from the vantage point of those south of the border, but compared to New Zealand, it was incredible what you could buy without so much as setting foot in a store. Throw in free shipping, a wider range of styles and one click payment options, and ...

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Is Social Media Making You Even More Lonely?

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? This was the question Sherry Turkle raised last year in her fantastic TED Talk that delved into the complexities of building our emotional lives around technology. Turkle argued that the editing and overall put togetherness of social media posts, texts and other online communication robs us of the skills to conduct spontaneous, engaging conversations with others in real ...

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Today’s Technology Roundup

Posted on November 10, 2013

A rundown of today's top technology stories from around the web.

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Confessions of a Wannabe Novelist

Posted on October 28, 2013

Is anyone really good at writing? I mean, is it something that comes naturally or a well-honed skill that needs to be developed over time? I used to believe writing was an innate craft of mine simply because I surrounded myself with the written word from a young age.

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Being Thankful for the Little Things

Posted on October 14, 2013

We’re always talking about how to expand your audience, grow your social media presence and generate more traffic. Bigger is better and more is more. And if you’re not improving, you’re not successful.

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Why Being a Jack of All Trades is No Longer a Choice But a Necessity

Posted on September 30, 2013
Jack-of-all-trades

In my first year of journalism school, we were all taught a sobering lesson: traditional journalism as we knew it was dead. TV stations could no longer equip everybody with their own cameraman, boom operator or assistant. International publications were cutting back on all those sought-after foreign correspondent jobs. If you wanted to make news, you had to go out there with your notebook, camera and mic and get it yourself.

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