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Kicking off a new series of posts today, called Get What You Want This Year.  Because it’s about time, isn’t it? “Only rich people actually travel,” she said. “Oh really?  Why’s that?”  I asked. “Because it’s expensive.” “Huh.  If you could go anywhere, where would you want to go?” “France.” “Okay, just for fun, let’s figure […]

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  • Dawn - This made me smile:

    “We’ve all met five-year-olds who just keep asking questions. They do this because they know if they do, something interesting will happen. (Like, maybe they’ll hear something unexpected. Or maybe Dad will explode.)”

    Gosh, you are spot on with this post, as usual. We do limit ourselves and I think a lot of it is rooted in fear. Whether we admit that to ourselves or not is another story. And sometimes I think we actually fear being successful. Because maybe a limiting belief is that if we are successful, we will be too busy to do what we want, spend time with family, etc.

    I applaud you for teaching us how to push past that so we can live a life that is more free and more fun. :)ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - That’s an interesting point you make too, Dawn. Fear of success. That we will be too busy, too “in the public eye,” that we will have fans but also detractors…there are lots of reasons to want to ‘stay small.’ An idea worth exploring, for sure. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I always find them insightful.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - This is SO weird/true/interesting/infuriating. I used to think “Afraid of success? Who on Earth would be afraid of that?!?” But now. . . . . I am!
        I totally blew my Valentine’s booking goal because I was already so busy this month (I’m still in 9-5 land, as well as running my business)I thought I’d never be able to handle even more bookings. I did all kinds of marketing and advertising, but I still didn’t meet my goal and I KNOW it’s because deep down, I was afraid that if I booked too many sessions I would get behind and I wouldn’t be able to deliver on my promises.
        It’s so disappointing to get to that point in your business where you are actually AFRAID to book more clients because if you start getting steady work (the very thing you’ve prayed for for years now), you might screw it up. Very frustrating.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Dawn – I like your comment!! Sometimes we are also afraid of becoming successful because then we still might fail (or not be able to continue with our ideas, content, momentum…) and the higher you climb the harder you fall? Jenika – can you write a post regarding the psychology in that ?ReplyCancel

  • Katharine - Wow. SPOT ON. I am so tired of making excuses for not being where I want to be. And both of these areas are where my limiting beliefs come from. Thank you for writing this and I’m looking forward to the series.ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Hope you got some info to make some changes! Thanks for writing, and hope you enjoy the next article too.ReplyCancel

  • Allison - Welp, you’re still speaking my language. 😉

    Thanks for an awesome kick in the pants!ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - I love hearing from you, Allison! So glad you enjoyed…ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - It’s like you were coming after ME on this one! So on point! And kinda good to know I’m obviously not the only one struggling with my “limiting beliefs”! Thank you for this one!ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Ha ha – definitely coming after you! 😀 You’re welcome, and thanks for reading.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - What great post! I do think you are right about everything, sometimes we just aren’t ready to be successful or un-stuck!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - SPOT ON Jenika! I’ve been delving deeper and deeper into the world of positive intentions and mindset and the power in our own heads in nothing short of phenomenal. I’m so looking forward to this series! :)ReplyCancel

  • Belinda - “…maybe dad will explode…” HA! I’ve been that kid.

    Time to tap back into that. Thanks for the reminders, I needed this one today =)ReplyCancel

  • Karen - Wow, thanks. My limiting beliefs have kept me frozen in “pretty advanced amateur who takes people’s pictures for money” land, rather than moving solidly into “professional photographer” land. I’m going to start challenging those beliefs. Starting with the belief that I’m not good enough, and people won’t pay me money to do what I do. Hello, silly, they already do!!! I can talk myself out of anything that pushes me out of my comfort zone. :)ReplyCancel

  • kerrie monti - This was a great read! And it’s so true. I am constantly finding thoughts on why I can’t do something and staying there. Not moving anymore around that thought of “no”, “not”, “can’t” or any other negative thing. I’m really going to change my thinking to asking why, then doing the math and driving forward.ReplyCancel

  • msn - Holy cow. Nailed it to the wall, Jenika. Always appreciate your incredible insights. Girl, you are so in my head. *Thank you.*ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Crap. Now this just makes sense. It’s like you were writing this specifically for me! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Hmmmmm! Disturbing to think that you have been sitting behind me listening to me run through the reasons I can’t / won’t do something; in particular, print or share my images. I concur with Dawn, that fear, in particular fear of failure or rejection is at the heart of our self-imposed limits. But, more, the willingness to just accept and be with the discomfort as you approach and push through the limits is particularly challenging. I’m constantly trying to remind myself that discomfort doesn’t necessarily equate with harm. So, feel the fear …ReplyCancel

  • Mike - This is a fantastic article! I think most creative types really have an issue with creating limiting beliefs, especially when it comes to marketing and sales. I look forward to the next one.ReplyCancel

  • Cattie - Very thought provoking. I have so many things I want to happen this year that I don’t even know which one to begin with (Move to a different part of the country? End relationships that are no longer working? Launch a new line of prints?). I’m going to read this again at home and really think about what needs to come first. Thanks for an awesome blog!ReplyCancel

    • Theresa - I think social anxiety would be rooted in/ be a limiting belief. And then there’s always feeling like I need to see one more video about posing or read one more thing about lighting before I can do anything. Would love to figure out the rootsReplyCancel

  • Rick - Already I can see that my fear of success (how will I handle all those clients) is what’s keeping me from going forward. Now I can start asking the questions to drill down to what the core limiting belief is. Thanks for the insight. I am currently doing the steps in the Irresistible Website course and finding it to be very enlightening.ReplyCancel

  • Christina @ Martha, Martha - Oh my gosh! This is just what I was writing about yesterday, though I believe you said it more scientifically! Always excellent!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Sheehan - Jenika, this is so speaking my language. At the beginning of January I decided I was going to plan the year and my goals and have a sensational year. I write my goals out every morning. I’m trying to work on myself and change my limiting beliefs using auto suggestion, it’s extremely hard! but it’s working! This article is so great and I’m so excited for the series. I hope everyone takes your advice seriously because it could really change their lives for the better!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Thanks for breaking down the seemingly impossible to bite-sized, manageable chunks! I’m curious by nature and often ask a lot of questions. Apparently, I haven’t been asking the right ones when it comes to limiting beliefs. I look forward to your next post! (I hope you tackle procrastination somewhere along the way – that’s another toughie that holds me back.)ReplyCancel

  • Jenni - Can you please come be my cheerleader every day – I truly hear everything you said above, but definitely struggle with changing! <3ReplyCancel

  • Claire - Gosh! Such a good post and totally relevant for me as I’m in the process of taking a good long hard look at myself and my career. Your post really made clear so many of the fears and things I do to limit myself, which is madness! Why do we want to limit ourselves! So looking forward to your year of kick up the backside posts, they help me so much to take stock, think about things and understand better. When I read your posts I always feel like I’ve been picked up, brushed down and then pushed gently back out into the world to try again.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - What a FANTASTIC article (once again)!!!ReplyCancel

  • amy - What a truly fantastic post. I’ve shared this on my Facebook business page And Then She Was Mighty because its so on point.

    thank you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli - Such a great post and fantastic reminder to be curious. A word that keeps popping up for me at the moment so I need to allow myself to be more curious. Love the tips on where my limiting beliefs might be lurking. Thanks again xReplyCancel

  • Martina - Jenika, You are really so on-point! I love reading your blog – it’s always encouraging and I always learn something new. Thank you for this super helpful nugget of advice!! AWESOME!ReplyCancel

  • Antonio Espino - My goals for the year, just like my New Year’s resolutions – go out the window on the second/third week of January. You have made some good points in this article. I guess, I will have to retrieve that piece of paper with all my goals written on it, and continue to pursue my goals and dreams!

  • Tatiana Rodriguez - Jenika, how timely! Ive been thinking a lot lately about my limiting beliefs and am so glad after 4.5 years you are still blogging bc your content is so rich. You always make so much sense to me… Not in the “yes yes I know” way but in the “yes yes excellent point and well said” way. ?

    “You might find your brain inventing new limiting beliefs when an old one gets challenged.” – that part made laugh out loud.

    THANK YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie - Well, this couldn’t have come at a better time. I am a lot like the others who have commented on this post. I know I have limiting beliefs, I know they are blocks I need to remove because every year at this time I say: this is going to be the year I pull my head out of the sand, man up and get my business where I want it to be. Every. Year.

    I always take the easy road and say “Fear is blocking me” and stop there without going further, I don’t question the comment or the fear, fear of what?

    Today, I am going to find out what that fear is, and also answer the questions in the last part of your blog, about envy, and write down those answers. I am going to be truthful too, because sometimes you can lie to yourself.ReplyCancel

Know what the best words are, sometimes? None at all. Last week, we talked about how to take a paragraph from your site and slim it down.  That was largely about removing non-contributing words and replacing them with livelier ones. But sometimes I see a wall of words on a business website and think – they […]

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  • Carol - Great article, as usual, Jenika.

    Just wanted to add that many photographers actually install their clients’ prints, thus providing the perfect opportunity to photograph their images onsite.ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Yes! Absolutely true – you could make it a standard part of delivery (just asking permission beforehand) :-)ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - Gosh, Jenika, you always make me think! I don’t know why this never occurred to me that an image is so much more powerful than words.

    Follow up question, though. Some think that we need the words for SEO. Do you agree with that? How do you balance both?

    Thanks so much for your insight!


    • Jenika - It’s a good question you ask, and balance is a good word, since there are so many factors that play into SEO I think it’s not good strategy to overly focus on any one. My answer has a couple layers. First, I’m not an SEO expert, but every time I’ve looked into the length issue, the only consensus seems to be that you should not fill a site with fluff to hit a perceived word count (the magic number estimate ranges from 300-1800 words anyway, and no one I know would suggest that you have 1000+ words on your home page). Nearly everyone says to optimize user experience. Most photographers end up with a lot of words on their site anyway, more than the average user will read, so this tip is to help get rid of the words you don’t need so that the words you DO use are read and appreciated. Cutting a single paragraph of 100 words on a site where there are already a few thousand seems unlikely to dramatically affect SEO but can dramatically affect reader experience. And since reader experience determines a lot of other aspects of SEO, I don’t really see this as an SEO tradeoff personally. At the very least, if you have 100 words that you don’t need, it’s STILL better to cut them and replace them with a more powerful 100 words, if you really do need/want them for SEO. So you can still cut the paragraph describing all your products and write instead about how a past client feels about having them in their home. The latter will sell more anyway.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - Brilliant! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Hope you can use it for something good, Vicki!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - I love the idea of using BF sales to incentivize the client help with photos. That’s brilliant, and got my wheels turning.

    Also, “I volunteer as tribute.” ???ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - It’s a convenient season to do if you really need someone to buy something, I think…just a thought. Hope it helps someone!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - The question marks are actually laughing emoticons. Talk about miscommunication.ReplyCancel

  • nancy center - Your posts are always unique and informative. Thank you so much for sharing such great info!! I shared this on the Rising Tide Society Facebook page.ReplyCancel

I had a mean biology professor once. Okay, fine.  He wasn’t mean, he just made life terrifically inconvenient.  He assigned an 18-page paper.  Then, once we’d finished, he demanded that we turn in the same paper in only 12 pages. As in, cut the length by a third.  Still delivering the same paper. WHAT. So […]

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  • Mike - Like!

    (After pages and pages of verbal diarrhea [an idiom my Microbiology teacher loved to use to make the point of what not to hand in], I whittled it down, and this is really all I wanted and needed to say) :)ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Bravo on the brevity!! :-) Haha.

      Verbal diarrhea is one of the grossest yet most apt phrases for this phenomenon…ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Reeves - THIS! “Words, like air, are not a scarce resource. Attention is the scarce resource. Cut words to increase attention.” That is pure gold! Great article Jenika, inspirational!ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Oh Charlotte, your comments always make me happy. But most importantly, I’m glad the article was useful. Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • Terri - That was a fun exercise!ReplyCancel

  • Dave - When I got my first job after college, I did a write up for my boss and he gave me a blood red paper and a valuable guideline. “Treat it like you’ll give yourself a dollar for every word you can take out”

    Brevity is a good thing.ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Excellent, vivid way to express the point! Thank you for sharing that!!!ReplyCancel

  • Gail - The best advice you ever gave me was to keep things as brief as they need to be. I’m still surprised how many words I can pack into almost anything. Thanks for the reminder. You are pure gold!ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Thank you Gail! I’m a fan of yours. 😀ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - I rarely comment online. I’m more an observer and absorber of information, but you’re posts are so interesting and well written that I had to comment. Excellent work and I look forward to reading your next one!ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Well thank you, Cheryl! I appreciate you leaving me this note. Happy you find the posts helpful.ReplyCancel

  • Angela McConnell - I definitely needed this so thank you! I have spent the morning editing down all of my overly verbose information :)ReplyCancel

  • Luis Almeida - Cool article. :)ReplyCancel

Today is more of a personal post – for me and for you. Let’s have a chat. When I was a child, I had some really cool friends at school.  They lived in newer houses, took vacations to Yellowstone, Disneyland, and Hawaii (the “cool” destinations when you grow up in Idaho).  They even had brand new […]

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  • Erika Janine - Well said and SO TRUE!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - I think you are wise and totally “right on.” It takes a bit of maturity to understand this, but it is so true. Thanks for this article. I am sending to my son who is not a pro photographer but who thinks everyone but him has red marbles. He is a wonderful person in every way and he has been through the school of hard knocks…. still the light shines. Thanks for this. It was well written and empathetic.

    • Jenika - Thank you for these kind words, Kathleen. I hope everyone who needs this message finds it…I think it’s true!ReplyCancel

  • Nik - Great post!

    “If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.”
    – Regina BrettReplyCancel

  • Maggie - Love this post! I have been trying to be conscious of the comparison trap, and this does a great job of explaining it. Thanks for sharing! I have always enjoyed your posts.

    I live in Idaho now (but I didn’t grow up here), so I especially love that connection.ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Yeah Idaho!! It’s a beautiful state. I love so many places in it. Wave to the mountains for me, will you?ReplyCancel

  • Steve - From the vantage point of being 62, a nice twist on “the grass isnt always greener”.
    I look around at friends and health issueas are all over the place bar me and mine, though Inhave just been prescibed Statins.
    Where a relative works, a University town, everyone appears to live a very good life , but then the drink problems many have, creeps out.
    My camera keeps me sane, a pocket of “outside it all”.

    I dont run a business but do enjoy your articles.


    • Jenika - Thanks for your note, Steve! And you are most welcome here, business or no business. You keep using that camera. It IS a wonderful way to step back and be “outside” of things, isn’t it? I see that too. I hope you have a wonderful week.ReplyCancel

  • Jerry - Recently saw a list of 20 people who made serious money playing football . These 20 all lost their wealth in bad business deals, drug and alcohol abuse, and just bad decisions.
    One was even touted as the worst draft bust EVER! Would I want to be in their shoes? NO! Remember, Elvis and Michael Jackson had wealth and fame, both died at an early age.ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - It’s amazing how even the wealthiest are not necessarily in enviable positions! The amazing thing is, truly, everyone has difficulties that are worthy of empathy, including the very people in one’s FB feed. Thanks for your thoughts.ReplyCancel

  • Rina-Bodil - So true and important to remember and re-read often! Thank you, I really needed this!!ReplyCancel

  • John - So, where are the pictures from? They are great.ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Thank you, John! They’re from King and Queen Seat in Maryland!ReplyCancel

  • kate callahan - This is fabulous. Thank you for it! : )ReplyCancel

  • Red41 - Jenika,
    Thanks for bringing me up when I’m down. SAHM-wouldn’t trade it, EXCEPT,I have 2 degrees in arts I’ll never use. Spent yrs looking for a job & failing at other jobs. Lots of nice temp jobs, so I got my MM thinking I’ll get a dream gig. Immediately upon getting 3 jobs/reinventing myself, I got pregnant. Dream job fell plummeted (no fault of mine),difficult pregnancy, now no job. Lost 1/2 my family, & spouse has addictions/denial.I feel like a loser for not accomplishing my goals. Everyone else has a better marriage/house/more $. I’d be screwed if I had to take care of myself & kid. However, you remind me of what I tell myself daily. Vacations=debt. Glamorous frienemy’s pics are of flowers she bought herself, & not from her hubby. I’ve had MANY flowers, & have a great provider/parent for a spouse. My perfect baby is a miracle who makes me smile every day. I can teach him everything I know bc I’m educated. :)


    • Jenika - That’s a lot to manage! But congratulations on your beautiful baby and keep looking up. Wishing you many bright days ahead.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Reeves - You’ve done it again Jenika, with a beautifully written, insightful article. The marble analogy is very powerful and instantly relatable. A timely reminder! Also – the beautiful photos you’ve selected for this post are perfect. :)ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Oh Charlotte, always so kind and encouraging. I appreciate your words. The photos are from a Halloween day hike I took with my family. Fall is so wonderful. Hope you have a brilliant day!ReplyCancel

  • Eric Beck - I love the photographs!!!ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Thank you!! Nature is quite photogenic, especially in Maryland at the end of October.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - Love this! So well stated. We all need to be reminded of this every now and again.ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Thanks Kristi. Glad you stopped by.ReplyCancel

  • KarahC - So True!! Everyone just posts the things they want to share and most of us don’t want to share our yellow marbles with the whole wide world. I know I don’t.ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Yes. We don’t share them, and I’m not entirely sure we need to, either. I think it’s okay if we do, but at some point I think we can all agree it becomes less interesting to hear about someone’s day-to-day irritations – so what does that mean about social sharing? It’s purpose, what we really want out of it? A certain level of validity that others experience the same things as us, but mostly uplifting inspiration? It’s an interesting question…ReplyCancel

  • Tony - Great article, Jenika. Don’t know which color marble a sick day is, but that is one most people can mostly eliminate through a healthy diet, exercise, and the right supplements. I went from getting sick 4 times a year plus flu, bronchitis, etc, etc. Then changed my diet, eliminated junk food, processed food, sugar, chemicals, etc (using a lot of “etc’s” here) and eating more organic whole foods, added some supplements, and now almost never get sick and no more flu. Remember, the better you feel, not only will you enjoy everything more, and because of that, you’ll take better photos. Somewhere I read this quote, “He who has health, has hope. And who has hope, has everything.” Wishing everyone the best of health.ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Hi Tony! For sure, changing one’s diet and lifestyle improves health immensely! I heard once that health is easier to maintain than it is to regain, so it’s best to keep yourself functioning well and not neglect it. I like that.
      Unfortunately, some of the fittest and healthiest people I know have still experienced illness, there are so many kinds of causes (and not all can be addressed by one’s own immune system), and I think it’s important to make sure we explicitly acknowledge that not all illness is someone’s own “fault.” However I’ll happily join you in encouraging everyone to eat well and move their bodies…it certainly has improved my own life, too!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Absolutely loved this post! It hit an issue I deal with right on the head. Plus your style of writing is really funny and entertaining! The white sock thing is so true too! What is it about super white socks that just seems to scream “success” to certain (us) people? 😉 Lol!ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Oh my gosh, right? The socks. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just that they buy them more often? Or that they can afford to walk on the ground with pristine white socks? Like some kind of secret wealth indicator? No clue. Hahaha. Thanks for the kind note. Glad you visited!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - Wise words. This owner of multi-colored dented marbles thanks you for sharing. Aw man, my marble bag just ripped…where is that tape!ReplyCancel

  • Lizz Riley - As always, a great post. And one that I’m guilty of. Guilty of thinking everyone has it together and guilty of trying to give that image too!ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - So in other words, you’re a human being? :-) Haha. It’s ok that it happens, it’s awesome if we can remind our automatic thought processes that we have the power to override them. Because you do! Go, you!ReplyCancel

  • Tara Eveland - Oh wow I LOVE THIS POST! Thank you for thisReplyCancel

  • kelly - this is something I have been ruminating on for a while now…how to stay true to my creative vision but to also be as genuine and authentic as possible. such a great post with great insight! thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Jeni - Amazing amazing amazing post. So much of what I’ve felt or experienced over the past year or two, but in much more encompassing eloquent words. I’ve always gotten a bit annoyed at people that harp on the fb posters who only post good. To me, that’s not me hiding the bad, it’s just paying more attention to the good, however small it may be. I’m also of the mind that “just because it’s happening doesn’t mean it should be on Facebook, and just because it’s not on Facebook doesn’t mean it’s not happening”. I only post negative/sad things if I can make them funny or if I think there’s a valuable lesson/call to action, or if I need prayers for someone. So THANK YOU for writing such a spot-on post and reminder. Everyone on fb should read this.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Allen - Thank you! Fantastic and I’m so grateful for my marbles! I was thinking I’m even grateful for my yellow, grey, purple, and blue ones too. They make the red ones so much nicer.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - I love this Jenika, thanks so much for sharing. As posters, it can be hard to achieve that balance between over-curated and over-sharing, but as consumers it’s our responsibility to ourselves to be aware that the words and images in front of you don’t reflect the whole truth.ReplyCancel

  • Moira - Hi Jenika
    I was going to write a comment and then I saw that you had so many already I thought to myself that you didn’t need mine and then I remembered how much I enjoy people giving me feedback on my blogposts and just knowing that somewhere out there in the big wide internet world at least somebody is reading my stuff and looking at my images and enjoying them. I enjoy reading your posts, I love your images and you have a tremendous gift for imparting wisdom without sounding condescending or preachyfied. Have a fab weekend xxxxxxReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Thanks for the kind words Moira :-) I really appreciate it!! Hope everyone can look at these suggestions and find something that helps them too.ReplyCancel

  • Tara - This is sooo true! I just last month had a ‘friend’ of 17 years tell me I was an awful person before blocking me out of her life simply because what she saw on Facebook led her to believe I was lying when I said I couldn’t afford to travel to her town to visit her all the time.ReplyCancel

  • D'alex Photography - Marvellous post!!! Really comes at the right time :) We are fully booked and enjoying Christmas Lights Photo-Sessions, but still feeling the blues. I guess because of lots of insecurities. We should just forget about them and carry on with our work and ideas of making it even greater!
    Thank you for all your support and for all your great blog posts!!!

    D’Alex PhotographyReplyCancel

  • Gabriel Craft - Thank you so much for this lovely personal perspective. I really enjoyed this article. Kindest regards, GabrielReplyCancel

  • Bari Baskin - What an excellent article with a perfect analogy. So on point. A great read for everyone, not just photographers. Just because I don’t share my woes with the world on social media (or even in every day life) and choose to only share those kinds of things with my closest and best friends when I need them, does not mean I’m trying to create the impression I have a perfect life. Not by far. I just choose to share the positives – things people might find funny or learn from or simply enjoy- and not put my greatest struggles out there for the world to see. I love that you said we didn’t do this before social media either. So true! And, I LOVE your writing and sense of humor. Thank you for this great article!ReplyCancel

  • Felix - Interrsting article. The use of facebook as scan for intetesting news, things that other share given that my involvement in activities with interaction real human, not virtual on a daily basis.ReplyCancel

  • earljules - Why isn’t anything you post dated…?

    I’m a librarian and have a strong desire for copyright,
    research period, and age of opinions and conclusions…

    Why the secrecy…?

    I want to know the age of things to put your terms, language, and overall notions into the context of the time they were written.

    Not permitted…?

    Until that time. . .ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Ha ha, secrecy. Not much secrecy around here. I’ve found that not featuring dates often encourages people to keep reading past posts; or if I re-share a still-valid post from 2013 it gets more people reading if they don’t automatically think I’m bringing up old posts for no reason, or because I’m too lazy to write new ones. Of course, dates are helpful for some things, sure. I’ve considered adding them back in. Still might. Will think about it.ReplyCancel

  • Christina @ Martha, Martha - I saved the email newsletter with this in it all this time. Finally cleaning out the inbox and I thought, “I need to read that post right now.” I am so glad I did. As usual, you have excellent advice. I would love to share this with my readers. Mind if I pull some inspiration for my own post and link to yours?ReplyCancel

    • Jenika - Hey Christina! Thanks so much! I emailed you re: sharing further. Have a great week!ReplyCancel