Most people who have a blog update their blog because they want to share their thoughts with the world. Why would anyone want to create a blog that no one is going to read? Isn’t a lack of readership why most people give up blogging? And isn’t the promise of a readership why many people start?
Starting the first of July, Starbucks Coffee will give you reason to buy a latte or Frap. All stores will have wi-fi. Guess what? It’s free! Yuppies can surf the web and eat a wrap. Visit your local ‘Bucks to send a tweet or download music from the iTunes store.
I love to read new and emerging fiction, and I get particularly excited when I read a great story by a peer. Below are the 15 writers under 40 who make me really giddy. I probably could have chosen 20 with some more thought, but 15 came to mind very easily. I included both fiction writers and poets.
The real work on those stories happened offline, during long hours of solitude and intense concentration. Sure, I realize that my manuscript is not yet complete and could stand many more revisions, but I was happy to share what I had, to come out of the “darkness” and see the light.
New mediums mean that we need new ways to describe and talk about them. I take five common idioms related to communication and translate them for the Internet age: “spread like wildfire”; “put in a nutshell”; “be on the same wavelength”; “bite your tongue”; and “keep you posted”.
The time I first found out about Facebook, I was eighteen years old, in spring, oh-four. How could I know this site would be a hook distracting me from papers, tests galore? Six years later, I found myself with plus or minus seven-hundred friends, a news feed full of pics.
Have you been dreaming about Farmville again? You go to the bathroom to wash your face and brush your teeth, but you’re distracted by a strange noise coming from your computer in the other room. Are you hearing things? You shut off the faucet and listen closely. “Mooooo.” Did you really just hear a cow?
Ward provides numerous examples to support his claim; both code and poetry have purpose, meaning, and structure, and they work efficiently. His post made me think more generally about the ways that writers and programmers are alike. As a writer, I feel like I can understand and articulate the programming process.
On the Twitter homepage, users can see Twitter’s 10 trending topics. These can include the most popular hashtags or the most widely-tweeted words and phrases. The top 10 trending topics are constantly changing, and they can be organized by specific location or worldwide. I decided to write two 10-line poems to honor the topics.
Twitter spam is so special that it should be honored with poetry. Spam includes: barely-legal webcam girls, social media gurus, people that promise I can become rich in just one month, people who follow then unfollow me, weight-loss and fitness programs, and accounts promising free merchandise.