Has a Cockroach Skittered Into This, My Online Home?

Hey, quick note. Sometimes I get too busy to monitor with proper asssiduousness the myriad comment threads simultaneously happening here on my blog. In some very real ways I count on my readers/commentators to keep things here reasonable, and at least reasonably polite. I’ve seen what happens when people show up here who are, shall [Read More...]

Rock-Munching Gull + Rocky the Plummeting Squirrel = ?

I’m sitting on the beach right now on my little fold-out, nylon-strapped chair, writing on my laptop. I’m feeling very Gilligan Goes Thoughtful. Very California Dreamin’. [Read more...]

Group Blog, Anyone?

Following my recent and completely unfun foray into group blogging, I received a number of suggestions that I start my own group blog. At first I dismissed the idea; but it kept returning to me, and slowly but surely grew on me. I’m now at the point of thinking that it might in fact be [Read More...]

Blogging. Flogging. What’s the Diff?

This morning a reader, “urbanruralwitness,” left the saddest comment on my post My Cup Runneth Over. “At least more than 1 person looks at your blog,” he or she wrote. “Unlike me. Let me ask: Was it tough to start this blog? How did other people notice you? My blog is now a bud. A [Read More...]

Six Tips For Making Your Blog Way More Poopular

1. Ignore other blogs. Conventional wisdom has it that reading, commenting on, and linking to other people’s blogs will bring traffic to yours. But since when do people at conventions have good advice? Why would seeing you dining at someone else’s restaurant make anyone think your restaurant must be great? Act like the only party [Read More...]

How To Make a tinyURL in a Tiny Moment

In order to transform a long and unwieldy url/website address (such as http://suddenlychristian.com/genius/ wonderful/extremelybrilliant adp p.x=300&tdork.y=75&nolife=%252b KZmeiIh6N%2 52bIgpXRP3bylMaN0 …) into the shorter tiny-urls (that look like this: http://tinyurl.com/6xy) that you often see people using in their Facebook and Twitter statuses (statisi?), all you have to do is this: Cut/save the url you want to shorten; go to www.tinyURL.com ; [Read More...]

My Bloggy Schizophrenia

Some of you were wondering why for a bit there I changed the name of this blog from “Suddenly Christian” to “JohnShore.com.” The more attentive among you may have caught the moment or two when the blog was named “Jerry Lewis’s Head Wax.” Did anyone catch when it was “Dented Gopher”? “Range Free Mutants”? “Fireballs [Read More...]

As “Writer Of The Month,” I Field The Tough Questions

Okay, they’re not so tough. But on her blog Through My Eyes, Ingrid Moore Curry — Ohioan, music fanatic, snooty people hater, Ving Rhames rebounder, proud member of The Secret Council Of American Negroes — did  ask me a few questions in the course of interviewing me as her Writer of the Month for May. [Read More...]

Death By Blogging!

I blog quite a bit, and I certainly do experience the constant stress of having to meet the demands of the Internet economy. This is mainly because, for me, participating in the Internet economy through blogging means getting paid virtual money. I like virtual money, but have trouble trading it for stuff. [Read more...]

Blogger lagger, I (and a little about book publishing)

You know how my blogs are always really funny, or really profound, or really both? Isnt’ that great? Don’t you just love that? Yeah–that won’t be happening today. In fact, this right here is the only blog I’ll be posting today. Why, you ask? (You did, too. You know you did. Don’t deny it. I [Read More...]


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