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So Chill Media

Look out, Internet: I’m trying something new with social media! Clicks! Engagement! Brand identity!


Eugh … Sorry about that.

Anyway, the main change you will see is the introduction of my Tumblr into the regular rotation. I’ve had a Tumblr for a few years, but I’ve never really figured out what to do with it. Is it a blog? Is it another Twitter? I’m still not entirely sure I get what it’s for, but I do know people love it. More to the point, I think I’ve finally figured out how I will use it. Continue Reading

Name-My-Blog Contest Winners

The time has come to announce the winners of the contest to rename my blog!

I was impressed with the quality of the entries you guys submitted, but especially with the winner and two runners-up. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Let’s get right to it, shall we? Our winning entry is beautiful in its simplicity, truly capturing the je-ne-sais-quoi of my blogification. This is probably because the crafty contestant lifted the text directly from the contest rules themselves. Hard to argue with that line of thinking.

Congratulations, Todd. You win a $25 Amazon gift card, and a copy of Winterwakers Part 1.

EDIT: It was brought to my attention that someone else had exactly the same suggestion in my Facebook comments. This is pretty amazing. If two people came up with it independently, it must be a great idea. As such, I’m going to award a co-winner. Contratulations, Julie. You also win a $25 Amazon gift card, and a copy of Winterwakers Part 1.

The runners-up are both creative, delightfully geeky entries from creative, delightfully geeky people:

Congratulations, Arlue and Glen. You both win a $10 Amazon gift card, and a copy of Winterwakers Part 1.

Additionally, two random entrants will be receiving copies of the book. I will contact you directly if you’re one of those winners.

That was fun, wasn’t it? Thanks again to all contestants for participating. I will definitely do more contests in the future, so check back here often.

Contest: Name My Blog, Win Prizes

UPDATE, December 1, 2014: Contest is over! Winners announced!

I like blogs. The best blogs almost always have a good name, even if the blog itself is a promotional tool or “side business” for the person who writes it. A good blog name puts things in context. It sets the tone. Blog names can be descriptive, funny, clever, bizarre, or stupid. Quite often, they are two or more of those things.

John Scalzi’s blog is named “Whatever.” Patton Oswalt’s is called “Spew.” Both names are perfect for their respective creators. I’m disappointed that my blog doesn’t have a name. Right now the title is “Matt Perkins Blog,” which is super boring. Super, duper boring, perhaps. Especially compared to “Spew.” I may as well have left the title blank.

I wish I could think up an excellent title, but for some reason I’m coming up empty. Thus, I’ve decided to do a contest to let you guys choose the title of my blog. Hopefully you can do better than I did, or at least have some fun trying.

Speaking of fun, what fun would a contest be without fabulous prizes? Here’s what I’m offering:

  • For the winning entry: a $25 (US) gift certificate
  • For two runners-up: a $10 (US) gift certificate

In addition, the winner, runners-up, and two other random contestants (i.e. five contestants in total) will receive a free copy of Winterwakers Part 1: Cold Hands for Kindle. Yay!

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First Posts Are Always Shitty

Okay, perhaps the title is a wee bit cynical, but it’s not far from the truth.  I’ve been blogging on and off (mostly off) since around 2000 – you know, back when the Internet was still a crazy, mysterious, alien goddess nobody seemed to know what to do with.  I thought about providing you with some links as evidence of these earlier attempts at being clever, but nope, that’s not happening.  No one needs to see that.

Seriously, it would be best for everyone if we just pretended this is my first ever blog.

Anyway, trust me: first posts suck.  The standard reason for this is that the excited blogger usually feels that he/she/it needs to go on and on about the divine purpose of their new blog.  Literally no one needs to know that shit; this is even more true in 2014 than it was when I was a smiling, doe-eyed, newbie blogger.  We’ve all been Internetting (seriously, spell check? I think that should be a word) long enough to know what a blog is for.  We know that businesses and professionals use them to “expand their online presence” or “engage with customers” or some such bullshit, which is all just a polite way of saying “our SEO consultant said to blog if we want a higher ranking on Google, and we paid him a fuck-ton of money, so he must be right.” Continue Reading