Ari Herzog

How GDPR Impacts Your World

Ari Herzog

If you haven’t seen or heard the acronym, the General Data Protection Regulation is a new law that enables citizens and residents of the European Union to control their online data. It is enforceable on May 25, 2018.

Why LinkedIn Throttles My Searches

Ari Herzog

[Image from Esther Vargas] LinkedIn’s mission is to “connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.”

Blogging Every Day

Ari Herzog

I miss blogging. I used to write a lot. May 2017: 3 posts. May 2016: 0 posts. May 2015: 3 posts. May 2014: 8 posts. May 2013: 6 posts. May 2012: 1 post. May 2011: 18 posts. May 2010: 21 posts. May 2009: 33 posts. May 2008: 66 posts. May 2007: 26 posts. I look at those early years and wonder why I can’t (or don’t) maintain a similar posting schedule today. I think if I don’t restrict myself to a topic then I might be more inspired.

Did You See My New Blog Layout?

Ari Herzog

I updated the layout today — and I like the minimalism. It’s not ironic that the name of the theme is Minimum Pro. I bought the theme a few years ago when I initially used it, but the most recent look I installed in 2016. If you forget the old look , it included a front page with featured photos atop every post. I thought it was cumbersome to find pictures for posts.

Social Media Automation 101

A beginner's guide to social media automation tools and getting automation right.

Do You Read Blogs in 2018?

Ari Herzog

This is my first blog post of 2018. Are you still reading blogs? If so, who writes them and what are they about? I started blogging in 2004; and I launched this blog in 2007. Here’s a look back at why I did it. During the years, I strived to publish articles several times a week.

No Thanks to Digital Book Reading

Ari Herzog

“I can’t fathom reading a book without tactile sensations of turning pages and smelling paper,” I wrote six years ago about the newish fad of digital book reading.

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How to Submit a Guest Blog Post

Ari Herzog

While these guidelines are specific to my blog, they should probably be followed for other blogs too. When in doubt, contact the individual blogger. Step 1: Review prior guest posts. Step 2: Comprehend the difference between guest blogging and article marketing. Step 3: Scroll through the archive and see what I write about. Step 4: Contact me with your idea. Be specific. Thanks for reading. Please sign up to receive blog posts by email. Blog News

Delurk and Add a Comment in 2017

Ari Herzog

Beginning in 2009 and several more times over the years, I invited my blog readers to delurk and add a comment. Liz introduced herself. Warren thanked me for sharing a link. Bill shared a link. Debra arrived at my blog from someone else’s link. Jeff commented for the first time.

The Content Marketing Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Wilds of Social Media

Use this guide to inspire your creativity and ignite more successful and sustainable social media conversations.

Alt and Rogue Twitter Accounts are Unofficial But They Are Not Necessarily Fake

Ari Herzog

Shortly after Inauguration Day, the Trump Administration issued a gag order to federal agencies to cease online communications and other media outreach until transition teams were in place. The White House is creating national unrest on multiple fronts.

Why I Cut the Cord to Cable

Ari Herzog

My adventure began six years ago. I resisted online streaming for a long time. I liked my digital cable channel lineup. I borrowed movies from friends and checked out DVDs from the library.

Why I Am Addicted to @CSPAN

Ari Herzog

I admit it. I am addicted to CSPAN. I don’t receive cable TV and I get my news from various sources. I don’t mind reading or watching news after the fact (as it’s sometimes better then) but I also enjoy real-time and unfiltered news. CSPAN fills that void.

When a Tree Inspires You

Ari Herzog

And the boy loved the tree — very much. And the tree was happy. – Shel Silverstein. I photographed this tree on December 2, 2016. It’s easy to stare at this tree as it stands less than 200 feet in front of me. It’s easy to ask aloud, “How old are you?”

Thinking About Blog Edits

Ari Herzog

I started blogging in 2004 on a LiveJournal site when I wrote about everything under the sun. It was an online diary. A true web log of my thoughts. I’m thinking of going back to that kind of blogging, to be free of topical constraints. However, I recognize that I’ll never grow a target audience unless (most of) my writing is focused. If so, what to focus on? My 2016 concept of 3-pronged blogging is outdated.

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A World Gone Social

Learn how companies must adapt to survive.

Trump Administration Hires Official Bloggers

Ari Herzog

In response to the rising tide of fake news and misinformation, senior White House officials are approaching bloggers who may not have necessarily voted for the President to nevertheless work for the administration, counterpunch the naive, and promote verified stories.

Activism Through Blogging

Ari Herzog

Women marching in London in 1911. Activism is defined as “a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue.”

If the Media Boycotts the White House

Ari Herzog

Will life go on if the White House Press Corps boycotts the daily briefing? Yes, says David Frum , The Atlantic’s senior editor. He wrote a series of tweets on November 29, 2016 that suggest White House reporters boycott the daily briefings and focus on research-based accounting.

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26 Words That People Use to Describe Donald Trump

Ari Herzog

Donald Trump was inaugurated four days ago — and my friends and family members continue to talk about our new President with mostly negative words. Authoritarian. Bully. Charlatan. Disturbing. Egomaniacal. Frightening. Gross. Hateful. Idiotic. Kleptocrat. Loudmouth. Megalomaniacal. Nepotist.

Social Media Marketing GPS

SMGPS will tell you the why & how to use social media for marketing, 1 tweet at a time. You'll learn essentials in digestible little spoonfuls.

Fact-Checking and Spinning Trump on Twitter

Ari Herzog

I recently created a Twitter list all about President-elect Donald Trump. The list comprises three accounts: Trump himself who writes about everything under the sun, The Washington Post fact-checking team that provides true/false accuracy, and an anonymous third-party that provides humorous spin.

Meet 7 Twitter Influencers Who Follow Millions

Ari Herzog

How do you know if you are following one too many people on Twitter? How do you manage the relationships between the people you follow and the tweets they write? Do you feel guilty that you won’t see everyone’s tweets?

Get Back Up and Do It Again

Ari Herzog

Paleo eating includes fruits and vegetables, nuts, and anything that had a heartbeat. No dairy. No grains. No refined or pasteurized foods. No additives. In other words, eat what the caveman would eat. Be a modern hunter-gatherer , not a later agriculturist. I joined the paleo revolution in July 2014 to lose belly fat and tone my abs. Exercise alone didn’t work. My kitchen was 99% organic at the time, and it was a natural evolution for my diet to go back in time.

Happy Belated 9th Birthday to My Blog

Ari Herzog

May 2016 marked the ninth birthday of my blog! It’s seen three URLs and numerous designs. You can visit the archive and read my initial blog posts about apartment life, later posts about digital marketing, and ultimately about minimalism and productivity.

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How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

Learn the 10 worst social media marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.

You and Your Online Friends

Ari Herzog

If you think about your friends — not the Facebook ones but the real offline friends who you talk to and see on a regular basis — they’re all the same. They mirror you socially, geographically, demographically, vocationally, politically, and intellectually.

Here’s the Thing About Superheroes

Ari Herzog

With the exception of The Incredibles aka Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl aka Bob and Helen Parr, it’s unheard of for superheroes to marry each other. The hero would be distracted and lose focus from preserving justice. Think about it.

Why I Blog – and Happy 10th Birthday

Ari Herzog

May 2017 marks the 10th birthday of my blog! It’s seen four URLs and numerous layouts. You can visit the archive and read my initial blog posts about apartment life, later posts about digital marketing, and ultimately about minimalism and productivity.

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Why I Blog – and Happy 10th Birthday

Ari Herzog

May 2017 marks the 10th birthday of my blog! It’s seen four URLs and numerous layouts. You can visit the archive and read my initial blog posts about apartment life, later posts about digital marketing, and ultimately about minimalism and productivity.

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8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

Discover just how easy it is to boost SEO with social media.

Thoughts on Simple Living

Ari Herzog

Here are some thoughts on simple living: Buy less and give more. Malcolm Forbes said, “He who dies with the most toys wins,” but he was wrong. Consumption and accumulation create clutter but not happiness. Decide what you don’t use anymore and give it away.

Why I Cut the Cord to Cable

Ari Herzog

My adventure began six years ago. I resisted online streaming for a long time. I liked my digital cable channel lineup. I borrowed movies from friends and checked out DVDs from the library.

Why You Should Clean Your Social Connections

Ari Herzog

The purpose of LinkedIn , according to the company, is “to connect the world’s professionals to allow them to be more productive and successful.

7 Days of Presidential Candidate Emails

Ari Herzog

A week after after giving my email address to the Democratic and Republican candidates for U.S. President, I shared screenshots from their welcoming responses. Campaign staffers for Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz wrote me hello.

Maximizing LinkedIn for Business

Get started on truly maximizing your LinkedIn presence with this informative eBook.

Presidential Candidate Welcome Emails

Ari Herzog

Super Tuesday (the day when the most U.S. states hold primaries and caucuses) approaches on March 1. I live in Massachusetts which votes on that day.

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Why Minimalism and My Blog Lack Copyright

Ari Herzog

In the fashion industry, there is trademark protection but no copyright protection. You can copy any clothing or accessories and sell it as your own design. You can’t copy the trademark label. It’s the same in the food industry. You cannot copyright a recipe.

Trump Administration Hires Official Bloggers

Ari Herzog

In response to the rising tide of fake news and misinformation, senior White House officials are approaching bloggers who may not have necessarily voted for the President to nevertheless work for the administration, counterpunch the naive, and promote verified stories.

Alt and Rogue Twitter Accounts are Unofficial But They Are Not Necessarily Fake

Ari Herzog

Shortly after Inauguration Day, the Trump Administration issued a gag order to federal agencies to cease online communications and other media outreach until transition teams were in place. The White House is creating national unrest on multiple fronts.