Are You Ready to Visit NOLA?

by Molly Jo Realy (@MollyJoRealy)

Are You Ready to Visit NOLA?
(Or, How I’m Celebrating the Best Decisions I’ve Ever Made in My Life)

This is typically the pre-post point wherein I give you an update on NOLA. You know, something witty, adorably personal, maybe with a touch of Bohemian humor.

Well, I hate to disappoint y’all, but there will be no pre-post update.

Awww, don’t cry! It’s okay. No, really. It is.

Wanna know why?

Well, I’ll tell ya:


How do you like them beignets?

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Social Media Saturday: The Day the Internet Broke

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

Earlier this week, the unthinkable happened. I couldn’t get into Facebook. Or Instagram. Not terribly heart-attack inducing, until my cohort Irene messaged me “Please tell me your Facebook account wasn’t deleted!” So of course, I did the only thing I could: I panicked.

I Googled “Facebook broke” and whoa-hoh. The ensuing disaster happened before my internet eyes. There in digital black and white was confirmation that both sites were down, and had been for a few hours, worldwide.

Now, my peeps are often scaring warning preparing me for the apocalyptic EMP that will someday … read the rest. . .

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Edie Melson: Top 10 Ways to Make Yourself Miserable with Social Media

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

(Originally published on The Write Conversation. Reprinted/updated here with permission.)

Everywhere we turn we’re hit with the message of how great social media is. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media. But I didn’t start out loving it. I began my relationship with this new paradigm by hating it.

I don’t have a background in computers or marketing or anything that might make social media look interesting. Add to that fact that I’m a natural introvert, and you have a recipe for a disaster. Truthfully, that was how my relationship with social media began—as … read the rest. . .

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Book Launch: Lindsey Brackett’s Still Waters

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

So. This author? Lindsey? We kissed frogs together. #truestory.

She has completely hunted me down threatened encouraged me to embrace my inner Southern Belle and pushed me toward being the person I am today. Yeah, I’m sorry. Wait. What?

No, seriously. Since I met her a few years ago, she’s been nagging me. “When are you gonna write for Splickety?” “How can I pray for you?” “Are you working on NOLA this week?” “When do we get to have coffee?” I mean, the girl is just . . . such an encourager. Sigh.

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Edie Melson: How to Craft a Perfect Facebook Post Using Headline Techniques

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

(republished with permission. And be sure to check out my post today on Edie’s blog, The Write Conversation. ~Molly Jo)

With a compelling headline, a browser becomes a reader. In the same way, a compelling Facebook post gives the web surfer the impetus to visit your blog or buy your book. But what makes a great headline?

The best posts contain your entire message in one memorable bite…without spoiling the ending.

Here are some of the basic types of headlines:

  • Direct Headlines go straight to the heart of the matter, without any attempt at
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