"Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road." -Stewart Brand

How To Quit Your Cellular Carrier and Stay Connected

You might be surprised to know that smartphones do not require a cellular plan or a data plan to make calls or surf the ‘net. The setup I describe in this article isn’t suitable for everyone, but with telecom bills rising at three times the inflation rate, there’s no way I could hold back from sharing my experience.

Each of the suggestions that follow can be implemented on their own to save you a few bucks — or put them all together like I did and pocket 100% of what you’re currently paying your cell carrier in monthly charges. Continue reading

Plugged In is pleased to present this fun personality quiz: Which Office Type Are You?

Free Personality Quiz

Are you the diligent perfectionist who double checks every detail, or are you the passionate creative person who comes up with the big ideas? This simple quiz allows you to describe your work ethic, and identifies your office personality using the answers you provide.

That’s how Richard Madison, marketing executive for the Brighton School of Business & Management, described the quiz he sent me last week.

What Is Your Office Personality will ask you questions about how you solve problems, what you do in your free time, and how you handle decisions and criticism. It only takes a few minutes to complete. Sharing the results would make a fun way to start a team meeting.


Ask your dad this one question to gain new insight

This Father’s Day, Ask The One Question That Will Help You Understand Your Dad

I was a five-year old in pigtails, standing on an elm-lined sidewalk with my grandfather, staring at what I thought was the most marvelous toy on the planet. Grandpa had just pulled a kid-sized pedal car out of his basement and had placed it on the sidewalk — for me! I was beside myself. Continue reading

Plugged In: Social Media, Career, Workplace, Recruitment


When I started this site six years ago, I never imagined how many great people I would meet or how much I would learn by becoming a blogger. Writing for Plugged In has turned out to be one of my better decisions.

As nice as that is, it’s not enough. I want it to be good for you, too.

So instead of guessing which topics I should work on over the next year, I’m asking you to tell me what you’d like to see.

The reader poll directly below is ready to collect your input.

I can’t wait to see what you pick!

In case you’re curious to know which articles have been the most popular, here they are in random order:

Thanks for reading today.

Did I mention how much I’d love it if you took a minute for the poll directly below? :)


Social media images: Planning improves ROI

Social Media Image Sizes — 2015

Images improve social media engagement on every platform — but beware the temptation to apply a “one size fits all” approach.

If you’ve ever seen a picture quote on Facebook where some of the words were cut off, you know what can happen when a graphic isn’t sized properly before posting. That’s a dead giveaway that it was designed for a different social platform. You can be sure there’s a photographer or graphic artist writhing in pain when this happens.  Continue reading