Social Media: The Benefits of an Adblocker

Last fall, I wrote a blog series on social media. I shared about goalsetting, platforms, safeguards, time management, and etiquette.Β In my post “Embrace Safeguards”, I gave a nod to my favorite adblocker and left it at that.

Lately, I’ve come to realize just how huge of a blessing this tool is and decided there was more to say. πŸ˜€

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Adblock Plus was first recommended to me by a Goodreads friend. It’s easy to add to Chrome (or whatever browser you use) and absolutely free!

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Up in the right-hand corner, the little icon for my adblocker informs me it just blocked a total of five ads on the page. Woohoo! Without it, the top banner usually has a video ad for a movie adaptation (PG or not) and both sidebars are full of ads totally unrelated to books. (Like ads for clothing or lack thereof.)

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YouTube is one of the diciest places I go on the internet. Adblocker removes sidebar ads AND the video ads before each video. I didn’t realize it was doing this until my friends were complaining about the erotic ads on YouTube for a certain movie. I never saw any ads at all, and I’m sooo glad I missed them. πŸ˜‰

(Also, that song is super cool. Check it out. πŸ˜‰ )

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While all Facebook ads are blocked, there is a couple second delay when you first open the page which causes them to blip in and out for a second. XD Other than that, it works very well. One extra special feature I literally just discovered is the “Block Element” tool. This allowed me to get rid of the entire Facebook news sidebar in addition to the regular ads.

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No more politics and scandals, yay! Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? πŸ˜€

A couple things to keep in mind if/when you download…

  1. Read the privacy policy. I can’t vouch for everything.
  2. I’m not sure if/how it works on other social media platforms.
  3. Be aware that you are not invincible. I’ve seen dastardly articles on site sidebars before because the adblocker doesn’t extend to those. *cringes* I just automatically assumed I’d never seen anything bad again…
  4. If you are making your own ad, you will have to temporarily turn the blocker off. It’s quite easy to do just with just a couple clicks. πŸ˜‰

My adblocker has made my social media experience much cleaner and more focused. I’m very grateful that I installed it. πŸ˜‰

Do you use an adblocker?

 

So This Is What a Newsletter Is For…

I’ve bombarded you all with extra posts this week, but I promise to never do it again. (Well, at least until the next blog party.) This post has a very good reason behind it–announcements! πŸ˜€

First–HAPPY AUTUMN!!!! We celebrated it today with beautiful decorations (thanks to my younger sisters!) and chai tea. ❀ Such a happy day!

Second–that blog party I just offhandedly mentioned. Do y’all remember the Five Fall Favorites blog party I helped host last September? We’re doing it again!

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And also, in honor of my absolute favorite season ever, I’m having an ebook sale!!! πŸ˜€

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(You can find all my books here.)

Anyway, now I understand why I probably need an author newsletter. I’ll work on that. πŸ˜‰ Have a splendid day!!!

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Eeeek! Prizes will be announced tomorrow, so don’t forget to enter that giveaway! (We’ve added a third prize now!!)

Today, I’m sharing a video of my favorite writing tool–my WriteMind planner. It’s my brainstorm book, and an author’s best friend! πŸ˜‰ (Thanks for video-ing for me, Anna!)

Yup. I love it. πŸ˜€Β What is your favorite writing tool?

If you’re looking for slightly more comprehensive reviews, check out this one by K.M. Weiland and this one by Chautona Havig. (She got the Doctor Who cover. ❀ )

 

Did you get your copy of the inspiration book? Click on the cover to download it. πŸ˜‰

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Next stop on the blog party (and our main hostess)…

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words. ~Mark Twain

2 Writing Tips

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The countdown continues!

I’ve been “writing” since age seven, but these last three years of interacting with other authors and discovering helpful books and blogs from have really grown my writing skills. There is a ton of good advice out there, but today I’m picking my two favorite tips.

Here goes…

1. Everything has already been written but not by you. Or at least that’s the gist of what my friend Amanda Tero said when I was moaning to her about how cliche my book plot sounded. And it’s true! Our styles, word choices, and ideas will never be exactly the same as everyone else’s. (How many retellings of Cinderella are there again?!) πŸ˜€ And as Christians, our worldview should add a unique twist to every story that the world will never write.

2. Write every day. Everyone says this everywhere; but it sounds kind of impossible, doesn’t it? Life activities, school, and writer’s block get in the way. But writing every day doesn’t have to mean chewing away at the ancient, cringe-worthy manuscript you’ve grown to hate the sight of. Blogging, writing short stories, emailing (or letter writing ❀ ), and book journaling definitely count. They all contribute to sharpening your grammar and observation skills of new and familiar things!

Those are some of my favorite writing tips! I could go all day actually. πŸ˜€ I hope these help you as much as they’ve helped me. πŸ˜‰

Have you picked up the inspiration book? Click on the cover to download it. πŸ˜‰

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! (Especially since we just added a $10 Amazon giftcard as the second place prize!) Next stop on the blog party…

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What writing advice has encouraged you?

3 Writing Books

3-2-1 WRITE! party

Welcome to day one of this blog party!!! Are you excited?! I know I am! There is a quote hunt game thingy, a super awesome giveaway, and lots of good information all to celebrate and encourage writers in their quest to write the kind of books that bless people. Rebekah explains how everything works in her lovely introductory post here complete with the giveaway. πŸ˜€

But let’s get started. *hands out ice cream sandwiches* *cheers for no reason*

If we were to collect all the writing how-to books ever created and make a stack, it’d be taller than the Empire State Building and we’d probably die climbing down. How do I choose? πŸ˜€

Today in our countdown to writing, I’m sharing my three favorite writing books.

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1. Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink by Gail Carson Levine

I love this author’s writing voice! She is both conversational and hilarious, giving writing lessons like a friendly mentor instead of a textbook teacher. I finished this book with new ideas and fresh enthusiasm to write. (Just a note for those of us who don’t plan on including magic in our stories–there is one chapter that I skipped.) πŸ˜€ You can read my longer review here.

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2. The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White

I’m an E.B. White fangirl. With an almost blunt, down-to-earth writing style and the first name Elwyn what’s not to like? πŸ˜‰ This little book is concise, authoritative, and thorough. I often refer to it as the final word on grammatical issues.

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3. 5 Secrets of Story Structure by K.M. Weiland (happens to be FREE on Kindle right now!)

(Warning: this book does get a little technical.) It’s the “Wikipedia version” of her longer book Structuring Your NovelΒ which I also highly recommend. (Except it’s cheating to sneak a fourth book in here. πŸ˜› ) I first realized how important and doable outlining can be when I read this little gem! I reference it as I outline (and even during writing) just to make sure each part of the story is serving the right purpose. (Find my longer review here.)

Those are my favorite writing books! I hope you discover something encouraging and helpful to read. ;D

But wait–there’s more! πŸ˜€ Rebekah Morris and I have put together a short, inspiration book full of story starters, prompts, and style suggestions just for you. Click on the cover to download it. πŸ˜‰

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See you tomorrow and don’t forget to enter that awesome giveaway! Next stop on the blog party…
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