Denise Shelton writes on a variety of topics and in several different genres. Frequent subjects include history, politics, and opinion. She gleefully writes poetry The New Yorker wouldn't dare publish.
Why Buy the Course When You Can Get the Milk for Free?
Humblebrag alert! I'm about to hit 1,600 followers on Medium and now have 1,275 on Twitter. I did not reach these milestones because I’m a marketing whiz. It’s because I know how to use Google, and I can read. The only other mad skill I possess is how to avoid getting ripped off. Oh, yeah, and I can type.
Take My Advice: Be Careful Whose Advice You Take About Medium
Why are you reading this? Is this not yet another in an endless parade of personal stories about how someone got started on Medium and achieved some modicum of success in a relatively short time? Do you honestly think reading about my experience is going to be of any help to you whatsoever? If so, you may be right. Then again, you may not because...
Why I’m Never Asking You To Buy Me a Cup of Coffee
There’s a website you may know that encourages writers to open a free account, allowing them to put a call-to-action button at the end of their posts, on their websites, newsletters, etc. The CTO button allows their grateful readers to buy them cups of coffee. I won’t name it because you can find it yourself if you must and because I have no desire to promote the concept.
The Truth About King Richard and His Devoted Minstrel
King Richard I, also known as Richard the Lionheart, was one of England’s most popular monarchs, so it’s not surprising that much of what people write about him is absolute nonsense. He may or may not have been gay. The body of his father Henry II most assuredly did not begin to bleed when he approached it (indicating that Richard was his murderer). He was not best buddies with Robin Hood since Robin Hood probably never existed in the first place.
Use This One Simple Trick to Attract Millions of Readers
As I was browsing on the Internet the other day, trying to figure out what trendy piece of drek I could grind out to boost my meager online earnings as a writer, I noticed that a particular title has been paying off handsomely for the writers who used it, or some variation of it, for the past several years.
4 Ways Games Apps Gaslight Us Into Thinking We're Better Players Than We Are
There’s no crime in killing a little time playing games on your phone. The apps are generally free if you’re willing to expose yourself to a few ads. They can be addicting though, and there’s an excellent reason for that: the game companies design them to be, and in more ways than may you realize
How You Can Be So Right and So Wrong at the Same Time
I’m in the midst of a painful “ah-ha” moment. It’s one of those times when I’m forced to admit that I’m not always as nice as I should be. The good thing about this is that I can change. The bad thing is, I’m not sure I will, but I intend to try. Here’s what’s going on.
The Top 4 Obstacles to Effective Communication and How to Overcome Them
Communications 101: The sender’s message travels to the receiver through a specific channel (radio signal, internet, handwritten note, spoken word, etc.), and the receiver interprets the message. Simple enough, but what happens when something interferes, distorting the message you’re trying to send? The result is that your communication is either flawed or fails.