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By Brett McKay

Is Social Media Killing Authenticity?

Every social media rulebook hails authenticity as the bastion of success in the world of digital interdigitation. Yet, I have to confess something… I wonder if the more ubiquitous social media becomes, the harder is to bear the burden of being authentic IRL (in real life)? Because, with increasing frequency, you’re not the only person reporting on your every move anymore.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: June 5, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Should You Offer Referral Fees?

There’s much to be said about building your business through referrals. For one thing, it’s a lot cheaper than advertising and less time-consuming than cold calling.

Save space with half a keyboard

The Matias company makes a computer keyboard that works well for single-arm amputees, people who suffer from carpel tunnel in one arm, and those looking for a completely unconventional way to save desktop space — The Half Keyboard: Try out the demo software to get an idea of how it works.

Vocation and Avocation

Editor’s note: In conjunction with the series we’re doing on vocation and calling, we will be publishing excerpts from Self-Culture Through the Vocation by Edward Howard Griggs (1914). Vocation and Avocation Even when one succeeds in avoiding the dangers of the specific calling, in any vocation one may discover, after a time, that one has used up much of the opportunity for culture and, someti

The Problem with Static Pages on Posterous

Posterous announced the addition of static pages to it’s blogging platform earlier today. I know that when I was using the service more regularly, this was something that I really wished was part of their core offering. This feature is also one of the biggest reasons why I ended up moving my blogging activities to Tumblr.

Enjoy the Fun of Failure.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

Summer Meal Series #1: Honey Mustard Chicken Strips

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. I have a four year old and a two year old at home.

Are You The Hardest Working Person in America?

I’m always on the lookout for innovative marketing campaigns that leverage user-generated content to build a compelling story that not only engages, but inspires people to share the content, the campaign and, often riding along, the brand.

Side table redux

Materials: EINA nightstand Description: Prior to HACK it was in our daughters room. We wanted something to keep her stuff in and neat! The door is 1/8" Acrylic. I used the L shaped hinges for the door. I screwed them into the table and on the door I used a 2 part epoxy. I also used the epoxy to fix the handle and the metal piece for the magnetic door latch. The magnetic part is screwed in.

Ask Unclutterer: Feeling guilty about parting with sentimental items

Reader Laura submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: While helping my sister unclutter for her move, I came across some dolls in dresses she’d worn as a baby and a huge (unfortunately not her style) afghan a great aunt had crocheted.

Getting Things Done: The Five Stages of Mastering Workflow

This is the second entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. Last time, we talked about why an effective time management system is useful and also the basic ideas behind what a successful one would be.

The end of busy

“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” ~Lao Tzu Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter or identica. Stop being busy and your job is half done. Think about how busy we are, and how it has become a way of bragging: I’m so busy, I must be important. “I have a million things to do! I never have time for anything!

8 Legal Issues for Bloggers: Part 2

Editor’s Note: Yesterday, we learned about the most common legal issues you can encounter when running a blog. As part of their trade, many freelancers maintain their own industry blog or contribute to other publications. Read 8 Legal Issues for Bloggers: Part 1 for a discussion on basic blogging concerns.

Workspace of the Week: A warm and welcoming office

This week’s Workspace of the Week is C. Monsees’ comfortable home office: I chose this office because it has so many wonderful things going for it — a vast amount of clear workspace, convenient storage, wonderful cable control, and it really looks like someone could be productive in this space. The office’s owner, C.