Media Literacy Checklist: Read This Before You ‘Share’

This carrot is an abstract illustration of clickbait.

photo by: nist6dh

Tell me if you’ve done this before:

You see an article come up in your Facebook feed. The headline resonates with you. It pulls at your heartstrings. It solidifies your worldview and supports an argument you stand behind. You click ‘share’ after a light skim of the article. Maybe you didn’t even read it at all. Or maybe you disagree with the headline or don’t like the picture attached, so you make a comment hastily disparaging the whole thing without even reading it.

This needs to STOP.

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A New Blogging Medium

Medium

I have been blogging for a long time. Nine years, to be exact. I will even shamelessly share one of my very first posts: an in-depth review of a Snoop Doggy Dogg concert in May 2005. (Full disclosure: many of the posts on that blog are crap and full of mistakes and immature opinions, but I’m not ashamed of where I came from and we all gotta start somewhere.) Since those days I’ve started and killed many a blog, and several companies have even paid me to blog for them. Imagine that!

Just like my blogging skills, the act of blogging itself has come a long way. What began as not much more than angsty teen rants has morphed into a viable way for writers and wannabes to build influence, drive business and even make money by publishing their words on their weblogs.

Medium: a new kind of blogging platform

Many blogging platforms have emerged over the years, from the one I first used (Blogspot) to WordPress to a brand new one I discovered just the other day called Medium (thanks to this post that appeared in my Facebook feed).

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Tidings of Comfort Food and Joy E-Book

Tidings of Comfort Food and Joy by Jenny BoyleAs one of my friends put it so accurately the other day, this time of year is basically “just a steady stream of eating and drinking from the moment I get up until I pass out.” This can be fun at first, until you start feeling the negative physical and emotional effects of overindulgence. That’s the premise behind my good pal Jenny Boyle’s first e-book, “Tidings of Comfort Food and Joy: How to NOT Stuff Yourself Silly this Holiday Season“.

In the book, which I edited before it was released last week, Jenny explains how you CAN enjoy the indulgences of the holidays without going overboard and then subsequently beating yourself up about it. It all starts with giving yourself a little more credit.

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