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FU A/S/L: I'm starting to care a little bit less about labels

It's something unique to computer-goers of the Internet era: It's important, we reasoned, when you're taking to a stranger on the Internet that they know some important things about you in a succinct manner. A/S/L — age, sex, location. What religion we are. What our political leanings are. Our sexual orientation or gender presentation. Our favorite quotations or song lyrics. Things about us that are symbolic of our personalities, our likes and dislikes; our whole self. It's a form of branding, and for years we were proud of it. It happened while I was on Facebook: I noticed that I was the only one going through a labeling crisis.

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Get shopping discount codes that actually work from BluePromoCode

By now I'm sure a lot of you know how much I love internet shopping. The only thing that makes shopping in my underwear even more thrilling is using a special coupon code. That's why our newest sponsor BluePromoCode.com is going to be my new ShoppingBestFriend.com! Unlike other janky coupon code sites, BluePromoCode's site is clean and minimalist, and the coupons are actually functional — go figure! Let's go deal shopping, y'all…

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The 5 secrets to my awesome Craigslist-fu

I have found so many deals before on Craigslist. My future husband and I have bought downhill skis, our big-ass TV, and furniture off the site, and paid WAY less than we would at any store. I find the best deals on Craigslist. Because of Craigslist's bad/weird reputation, my friends are always curious and a bit amazed at how I find these things. So I am going to let you in on some of the secrets to my Craigslist-Fu…

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Online dating: some reviews, some tips, some little green ghouls

My ex and I started dating when I was 19, and we were together for seven years. That's a lot of Formative Time in a monogamous relationship. Now I'm single. And being single is awesome. Dating is also awesome. …Kind of. Sometimes? Well, it's definitely a thing, and it's new to me. So, I decided to try out some dating sites. What a trip.

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How to feel safe participating in online communities

Active participating in online communities certainly isn't for everyone, and it's definitely important to take care of yourself and do what's comfortable for you. But I'm going to share my lil' story, since I noticed a lot of "Long Time Reader, First Time Commenter" comments on that post about the reader survey. This may not be helpful for anybody, but I thought I'd put it out there in case somebody needed to hear it.

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Social Media Diet: Two years later, it's still hard

Ok, it's been two years since I committed Facebook social suicide, and a year since I bailed on Instagram. There was a while there where it was getting easier and easier to socially ignore Facebook. Yes, I have to be there for work, but I just didn't miss it, socially.

Over the past few months though, I've started missing it. Part of it is realizing that even my husband uses Facebook constantly. My staff, my friends, my readers, my own spouse: all use Facebook all day, every day. My friends in LA? Facebook. My friends in Seattle? Facebook. My friends from Seattle who move away? Facebook.

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Social Media Diet: Recognizing Instagram as a rat lever

I committed Facebook social suicide last year, and now I've decided to officially make the switch from Instagram back to Flickr. I have very strong feels about Flickr, and have a sense of needing to give it one last chance. And if I'm going to abandon it, it's NOT going to be for Instagram. I'm also embarrassed at how shitty my photography has gotten over the six months I've been using Instagram. I'm also trying to recognize and remove the "rat levers" in my digital life…