You Must Be On Social Media! In 2018, I attended a writing workshop where it seemed like half the sessions were about improving your presence on social media. "You've gotta be on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get people to notice you!" At the time, I was just beginning to read about the other side of social media—the dark side—and wondered if in a few years we'd be attending sessions about how to not let social media dominate your life. Maybe You Don't Need Social … [Read more...] about Living Without Social Media
Why? Why would someone stop using social media? What would cause them to walk away from 7,000 plus followers on Twitter, 1,000 plus followers on Instagram, 2,000 plus followers on Facebook, and over 700 “friends”? I would like to claim it was common sense that made me leave social media. But it was actually the realization that social media wasn't doing that much for me. I liked less and less of what those apps presented for me to see. Then I read Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused … [Read more...] about Leaving Social Media
Last Saturday, I found out via a virtual awards program that the third book in my trilogy of gardening humor, Seeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life received first place in the category of Non-Fiction Books for Adult Readers, Humor from the National Federation of Press Women. I've slapped a banner across the image of the book on the website and am working on updating descriptions here, there, and everywhere to include the award. In other book-related news, I have added my fifth … [Read more...] about Book Award!
The question of the day on Easter was what to do with all those bags of jelly beans I bought when they first hit the shelves way back before we were even talking about pandemics and self-isolating and essential workers and non-essential workers. Then I flipped the jelly bean bags over and realized they have expiration dates that go well beyond next Easter, which will be April 4, 2021. Good. They'll keep. In fact, the manufacturer even put on the package that freshness is guaranteed. Which … [Read more...] about Jelly beans and newsletters
With most of my speaking events canceled this spring, I've found myself with a bit of time on my hands so... I resurrected my old YouTube channel, Indygardener, that had been dormant for about 10 years! No longer is it a sad stash of lame videos! A few weeks ago, I deleted all those old videos and started recording and uploading new content. (Which may or may not be lame, I'll let the viewer decide.) What did I upload? How about weekly press conferences, complete with questions asked … [Read more...] about Now on YouTube!
If all goes according to plan, I will be publishing my fifth book, Creatures and Critters: Who's in My Garden, next Tuesday, March 17th. I'm excited to share this book with those who have enjoyed my trilogy of gardening humor. Whereas the essays in the trilogy are based on a lot of the material found on my blog, May Dreams Gardens, the critters book contains new essays not previously published online. As with the other books, though, you'll find some information that might be helpful if … [Read more...] about It’s almost here!