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I was reflecting today on how the line between social media and Real Life has become increasingly blurred over the last few years. [caption id="attachment_276" align="alignleft" width="186" caption="Anyone remember this image?"][/caption] When I first started blogging, back in 2004, I was intent on keeping my blog separate from my life. I made sure I didn't use my full name - just my first name, or sometimes Alda Kalda. (That was my own little private joke, and I remember having a GAH! moment when someone actually referred to me by that name, thinking it was real.) Neither did I show my face on the profile photo - only the back of my head. Only my closest relatives and friends knew about my blog,...

In my enthusiastic quest to understand the emerging world of digital publishing I have been discovering some amazing blogs and resources. It is steadily becoming more clear to me that publishing has changed irrevocably, much as some people want to resist and pretend it's still the good old days (such as they were). I say "steadily becoming more clear" because I live in a country where eBook publishing is still a pretty novel thing and where eReaders haven't reached the level of distribution that they have elsewhere, particularly in the US. In fact, the more I read, the more amazed I am at the acceleration of ePublishing over the last couple of years and how unaware I have been of...

Once upon a time, it was virtually impossible to get a publishing deal without an agent (in English speaking markets, at least). And getting an agent was just as hard as getting a publisher. There were all these rules: First, you had to write a query letter, in which you humbly asked the agent to take a look at your little project. You had to send a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wanted an answer, and even if you did that, you might not get one. If the agent was intrigued by your query he or she would ask you for "a partial" - approximately the first three chapters of your book. (If you were writing a nonfiction book, they would ask for...

OK, we may as well start out with a wee confession: I'm a little bit intimidated by this new blog. Despite having written over 1,000 blog posts on my previous blog, to the point where I could write posts in my sleep, this slope here feels just a tad slippery. Maybe it's the subject matter. Or maybe it's the whole idea of finding my place in the new world order of blogging. See, the concept of BLOG has changed a lot since I started out back in the day (October 2004, to be exact). I'm sure you've noticed it - that is, if you're the kind of person who pays attention to blogs at all. Back then, it was all the rage to...

.. And welcome to the first post of this new blog! Some of you may remember my previous blog, which I wrote dutifully for six years. When I quit that, about a year and a half ago, I did not want to look at another WordPress dashboard ever again. (For those of you who don't know, that's the "backstage" portion of the blog, where the actual writing and designing of the blog happens.) Indeed, the very sight of a WordPress dashboard was enough to give me instant hives and send me bolting for the hills. Yep. It was that bad. I had overdosed on blogging. And yet ...