Even though we have clearly established my non-expertise, I still want to share fantastic advice and resources with fellow writers and dreamers. That’s why I’ve added regular guest posts, interviews, and now, once a month, a collection of links to the best stories, articles, and resources I can find online. In case you missed them, here are 43 things I loved in May (and a little bit of April):
7 Ideas about Writing and Publishing
- J. Steve Miller explains why he gave up trying to build a big social media following and started focusing on other methods of book marketing, in this guest post at the Creative Penn.
- How do you select the publishing method that’s right for you? C. Hope Clark offers an overview of your publishing options to help you answer that question.
- Seth Godin explains why you need not worry about your writing being pirated. (Julie Anne Lindsey expressed a similar sentiment last month about plagiarism.)
- Author Roger Rosenblatt wrote this poignant essay for the New York Times about what’s it’s like to be “the writer in the family”.
- Seth Godin says promoting ebooks through ebooks is a far more sound plan than it might sound.
- Julie Anne Lindsey passionately confesses her love for people watching — I can totally sympathize, Julie!
- C Hope Clark shares her struggle to find an agent who understood the particular Southern ambiance of her first novel — and why you can never write to please everybody.
3 Tips for Blogging
- After 6 years of blogging, Jeff Goins shared this list of 25 blogging tips that work for newbies or veterans.
- Tom from Leaving Work Behind offered a comprehensive list of tips to help you increase Twitter followers and filter the list of tweeps you’re following.
- Mashable explains how to stay focused and maintain mindfulness in a world of online distractions.
3 Articles about Comedy
- Adrian Nicole LeBlanc wrote this poignant feature about the late Patrice O’Neal, “the comedian comedians were afraid of.”
- My friend, comedian, and fellow blogger Ian John explains how the endless comedy of life gives him the go-ahead to get on stage.
- From packing to flying to rental cars to hotels, by.dana.sitar resident comic Stefan Davis shared his tips for comics on the road.
- Johnny Carson: King of Late Night | This edition of PBS’s American Masters series looks back at the life of the legendary late-night host.
- Watch Stephen Colbert’s 2-part interview with Maurice Sendak, just months before the beloved author’s death earlier this month.
- Marc Maron discussed his theories behind the origins of auto-erotic asphyxiation on Conan May 16, prompting Conan to ask repeatedly, “What’s wrong with this show?”
- 21-year-old Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland discussed her life-long struggle with kidney disease earlier this month and revealed her recent transplant to ABC.
3 Bits of Life Advice
- Alexis Grant explained how reading Chris Guillebeau’s new book helped her find the kick in the butt she needed to finish her latest projects.
- Check out this efficiency hack from Alan Chatfield to help you consume information more quickly.
- Chris Guillebeau says you can figure out what skills of yours are in demand if you just start listening to people.
4 Ways to Boost Your Career
- Thank you, thank you to Kelly Gurnett for sharing these tax tips for the first time freelancer!
- Alexis Grant is the one who convinced me that experimenting with my career is not only okay, but probably necessary, especially if I think of my career as a start-up.
- What do you have in common with Hollywood celebrities? Specialization, says Jessica Stillman.
- LOVE THIS! Pete Leibman busts the five biggest myths about networking, plus shares some tips for doing it right.
6 Things I wrote
For SF Weekly
My weekly column Awkward Silence covers local comedy in San Francisco, plus:
- I was tasked with explaining How to Be a Stand-up Comic in 500 words for SF Weekly’s Best of San Francisco issue this year.
- I also contributed 6 categories to the Best of issue to showcase the best of San Francisco comedy.
See all of my Laughspin articles here. Here are some of my favorites this month:
- Review of Tenacious D’s ‘Rize of the Fenix’ – Why The D’s newest comedy rock album is better than most “real” rock bands.
- How Larry David Was Bribed into Joining Twitter – The breaking news behind the Seinfeld creator’s 140-character leap.
See all of my SevenPonds articles here. Here are some of my favorites this month:
- Taking Control of the End-of-Life – The importance of advance care directives
- Beyond Goodbye – Coping After the Loss of a Loved One - A filmmaker and photographer offers a space for others to grieve and heal after his son’s death.
12 People to Follow on Twitter
I’m always minutes away from tasting my own leg accidentally. — T.J. Miller (@nottjmiller) May 20, 2012
Crazy thoughts for the day: Adele’s not that fat, Justin Bieber is a bitch, ColdPlay’s overrated, & Vampire Weekend’s 2nd album WASN’T GOOD. — Erikka Innes (@nerdgirlcomedy) May 20, 2012
signs that things aren’t going well- 1) you stir soup with a crucifix. 2) your dog meditates, you bark. 3) you google puncture wounds. — eddie pepitone (@eddiepepitone) May 20, 2012
for Blogging and Writing Tips
for Career Advice
If you’re not embarrassed by work you did years ago, you probably haven’t evolved or developed much. — Chris Guillebeau (@chrisguillebeau) May 14, 2012
And One Great Quote
Clarity + optimism = a perfect time to make a crazy decision. – Eric Lunsford, Why Successful People Are Crazy – and You Should Be, Too
To get resources like these throughout the month, as well as an endless slew of clever quips and my desperate attempts for retweets and @mentions from people who are funnier and more successful than I am, follow me on Twitter @danasitar.
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