We were asked to pick a social media site to focus on and then create a game plan on how to increase traffic to our blog from there.
I know several people who picked Facebook and Twitter for their social media site to focus on. I thought about choosing one of those, but then it occurred to me, why? Why would I do that when there are others out there that might work out better?
By now, you are wondering, which one did you pick? I choose Google+.
Why? Because, I wanna! Okay, but really there are a few great reasons to use Google+.
Space isn’t temporary or limited to 140 characters. As a writer, I struggle with only writing 140 characters! (But it does help with really focusing on which words used and getting the meaning across with only a few words!) But I am a lover of words I hate not being able to use all the words I want causes me an internal struggle.
It is immediately indexed by Google. This is a bit of a now brainier. In a world where so many people are struggling to get attention from others, it helps to get indexed by one of the giants without a lot of effort. It helps save time while you are focused on other things. 🙂
No more friend request fatigue! Can I get an amen? Add follow back fatigue to that list as well! It’s so frustrating when you have people begging for follows, likes or requests and then they get mad if you don’t follow or you unfollow. This is when major reason why I like the circle idea! 🙂 Go ahead, check it out!
HANGOUTS! Okay, for me this is a big one. For a few of you out there, you know that I want to create a writing group and host virtual write ins in the near future! So, for me, Google Hangout are a great idea. If you already have a Google login (who doesn’t?) you can join in or you don’t need a Google login to watch. (I’m still learning all about Hangouts!) On top of that, the hangout then becomes a YouTube video. What is not to love?
It’s a popular social media site! Backed by Google, what’s not to love?
So, I have decided to take a three step process to increase my presence on Google+.
I need to share my post on the site – seems pretty straight forward but some how my settings where set for only me to see things!
I need to share with some communities on Google+ – there are so many communities out there! I think I really could find and connect with others in the communities, I just need to interact with them!
I need to engage more on there. It’s a staple. To get love, you need to share some love! 🙂
Alright, what do you guys think? Do you think Google+ is the way to go? If you have a profile, connect with me here.
This post is supposed to be my own take on a blog post. I am struggling with this. I mean, isn’t any all blog post a personal take on things? So what am I supposed to talk about?
I could talk about my daughter and how her birthday is coming up, but I don’t want to expose her in depth to a world that may or may not be ready for her. And I don’t know if she would want to be out in the world just yet. I don’t want to force her into anything she’s not ready for, ever! I want her to decide what she wants in life. But I am going to instill manners, respect and other important things in her. My goal is not to force her to become a Barbie if she wants to be a G.I. Joe. But that is a work in progress! She will be a year this Friday (9/25)! Time has gone by so fast. I barely believe it. But enough about her. Let’s find something else to talk about. (Not that I don’t want to talk about her, but I could do like a 500 page report on her and I think I will wait until she is old to do something like that!)
I could talk about me, but I would rather not. I come from a sad beginning and I would rather move away from that. I really hate to think any child went through what I went through so I try to think of the future! That is where the possibility of change is located! So that what I aim to look at! So, maybe that will be what I talk about?
I will admit, I share some of my goals but now all of them. I feel like I will keep a few private and share others. And it depends on what I am feeling at that time in my life which ones I share. I know that it’s odd, but I promise to go into more detail about some of this stuff at a later date. For the moment I will leave this taste in your mouth and see what you guys comment! J And I will talk more about goals since I am really into goals and working on achieving them!
Well, that’s my personal blog post, what do you guys think? Is this a personal take on a blog post or did I wind up over in left field? You could say goals are a personal thing but did I get personal enough? Tell me what you think!
This week had been nice. I have enjoyed it! 🙂 I hope you guys had a great week and I hope that next week will be even better!
This past week
So, like I said before, this week has bee kind to me. I was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award twice this week! Here are the posts: this and this. Enjoy!
Also, on my current project front, I have increased my word count goal to 65,000 words, since I had hit my word count goal on the 13th. This week I wrote 3,984 words and only missed two days of writing. I’m aiming to increase this count by next week! I hope!
On the blog front I hit my goal of 50 followers! That is exciting! 🙂 I am hoping to hit 60 by the end of the month! Do you think I can do it? I hope so! 🙂 Share this with your friends!
This week I might not be around as often as I would like, but that is because it is my daughter’s first birthday this Friday ! (I wrote her a letter here.) But this isn’t going to stop me! It just might take a little while to get back to all the wonderful comments I have been receiving! 🙂
Also this week:
My first interview posting Monday!
A piece of writing advice
More Blogging 101 & Blogging 201 improvements!
More Writing 101 inspired posts!
My daughter’s first birthday!
I am hoping for a great (and busy) week!
Next few weeks
As many of you guys know, I am a lover of all things NaNoWriMo! As it gets closer, I am going to be sharing lots of helpful things and stuff that my region is going to be doing! Also, I am going to putting a lot of NaNoWriMo stuff on my blog! It’s coming up in November, are you ready? If not, I am going to try you help you get ready! Be on the look out for those posts! 🙂
Other than that, I think things are going well… Like last post, I am going to share a social media site of mine, I hope you guys will take a look and follow me! 🙂 This week I am going to share my Twitter page. So give me a follow. I like to share writing advice and funny things I find on the Twitter world! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!
Hello! So this is two days late! My husband had a rare day off and we decided to do a lot of house cleaning! Oh, the joys of adulthood!
Okay, so like I said is my last post, I told you that I was nominated twice in the same day! This is the second nomination. I was nominated by Daisy in the Willows from this post of hers! 🙂
So without more words, here are her questions for me!
What is your guilty food pleasure? Chocolate… Pretty much an form of it will work… But It can’t have strawberries! (I’m highly allergic to them!)
what was your favourite child hood game (doesn’t have to be a board game) My favorite game was Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
If you could rename yourself what would you call yourself and why? I don’t think I would change me name. I’ve grown to like my name. I will admit, sometimes I thought about changing my name to Samantha, people seem to think that is my name already!
What was the last lie you told? “No, it wasn’t me that ate all the chocolate.” I told my husband this last night. Then we both laughed.
What is the best compliment you have ever received? ‘Your writing has encouraged me to work on my own writing.
What historic event would you like to have been present at? Oh, man; as a history buff there are so many events I would love to been at, overall, I think I would want to be at Stonehenge while it was being built! I could answer so many questions for people! 🙂
How would you start a conversation with a stranger? To be honest, nope. I am not a small talk kind of person. I don’t often start the conversation with people and if I do, it tends to a conversation about something they don’t understand and then they slowly walk away…
What is the strangest thing you have eaten? Chocolate covered grasshoppers… So, I’ll eat anything that has chocolate!
what quality/qualities make a friend a keeper? For the most part, the most important quality for a friend for me is compassion. I can’t stand someone who lacks this basic quality. I might be apathetic about somethings but when it comes to starving children and how easy we could give them food, I struggle when someone tells me that their parents should just get a job. Like, they are humans, show some love!
Is there a word that you love using all the time or/and a word you hate hearing or using? I don’t know. I am a lover of more words and I really don’t have a word that I hate hearing. I don’t like hearing people being called names or being abused. That is about it, I think.
If money was no option what would you do for your next birthday ? For me? My birthday? I would love to pay off my in-laws debts. They have done so much for my husband and me and I would love to pay them back somehow.
Now, my question to the people tagged:
What is your favorite color?
What is one room in your dream house you would love to have right now?
What are you currently reading?
Where do you get the ideas for your blog posts?
What is the best advice you can give your fellow bloggers about how to get new subscribers?
Do you belong to any writers’ or bloggers’ associations and, if so, which ones?
Who is your favorite musician?
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Who is your dream dinner party guest?
Where do you see yourself in 50 years?
What does a normal day in your life look like?
Okay now for the eleven people to do these questions! 🙂
I was nominated twice today with in hours of each other… I must be so popular! 😛
The first time I was nominated by Francesca from this post. So go check it out! 🙂
The rules :
Okay, so I will get started with the questions!
What inspires you as a blogger?
I love to write, so for me, my writing inspires me as a blogger. 🙂
Who do you blog for?
I blog for myself first and foremost. I write the way I like to read. I also blog for all the people trying to balance out life and the call of writing. I feel that there is an opening in the blogging wold for people in this boat. 🙂
Who or what is your favourite book/ tv/ film character?
Oh man, you are asking to pick one? Or one of each?
Book – Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Tv – Star Trek: The Next Generation and Firefly
Film Character : Jack the Pumpkin King.
If you could choose to have a super power, what would it be and why?
I would choose the ability to live off of an hour of sleep. I can get like 100% more done a day. And I could get more writing done as well!
What was the last book you read?
Well, this going to be complicated. Since high school, I can’t just read one book at a time. But the most finished book was 30 Minute Social Media Marketing by Susan Gunelius. (If you look over to the side, you can see what I am currently reading form Goodreads. 😀
What was the last film you watched?
Does the baby channel count? lol Actually it was Nightmare Before Christmas.
What was your childhood fear? Has it changed?
My childhood fear? Well, I had a few my biggest was being unloved or forgotten. Sadly it’s still a fear of mine but I know that I am loved. Even if I don’t always believe it.
Recommend a song to me
Gah, I have so many I could suggest for you! But right off hand, https://open.spotify.com/track/38bvPJSOyo5fQ1ARnLp8II
My Imagination by John Legend
Tell me an inspirational quote.
Right here. It’s one of my favorites! 🙂 Words to live by!
How much does this nomination mean to you?
It’s a very nice gesture! I appreciate that people read my blog and like what I am saying! Thank you! 🙂
What would you do if you won £1,000,000?
Well, for me, that would translate to about $1,550,375. First and foremost, I would buy a house for my husband and I and pay for like five years worth of taxes! Then I will pay off all of our bills and then all his parent’s bills! After that, and depending on what is left, I will use that money to live off of and continue to work on my writing! 🙂 And I might take a trip!
Okay so now it’s my turn to make up some questions… Boy, I’m gonna run out of questions soon!
Who are you in five words or less! (Can you think of just five words to describe yourself?)
What makes you smile?
If you have some spare time, what do you do?
Who is a hero in your life?
Are you a planner? Or are you spontaneous?
What is your favorite season of the year?
What is your most prized possession?
What single quality do you most appreciate in people?
Who is your favorite fictional character?
What is your favorite quote and by whom?
Any advice you would like to share with others?
Okay, so I think that’s about it for this post… Oh and I have to tag people! Okay, let me get that done! 🙂
Alright. When I get a little more time, I will fix up the URL’s but for the time being I think you know the rule! So enjoy! 🙂
Everyone has goals – no two people have the same goals. On top of that, no one has just three goals. I mean, I don’t. I have goals for thins blog, my career goals, writing goals, family goals and other goals. I really struggled with just listing three goals. But I did and I listed a few steps that I plan on taking to achieve these goals. So, without more blabbing, here they are à
One – I want to become a published author within a year time. But, I know that isn’t just going to happen so I am going to get the ball rolling and get as close as possible than I am now! The first thing I need to do is actually getting the words written EVERYDAY. You can’t have a book without first writing the words down first. It’s important that I learn all about the joys of self-editing (and looking for beta readers and editors!). After that I must learn all the ins and outs of querying. This doesn’t mean I start while I finish writing; matter of fact, I am slowing starting to learn about the topics I spoke about, but they are not front and center. My writing is. Also, I really want to get my eBook written and share it with the masses! But that is another goal for another day. 😀
Two – I want to create amazing content for my followers (I will take more about my followers in a few!) I want to create a resource for beginning writers who might me scared to take the first step. I want to achieve this in three ways.
I want to create a weekly series of interviewing other writers and blogger on how they started and how they handle balancing life and the call to write! I am hoping to get this started by the end of the month!
I am going to do a weekly wrap up of what I have done and then a monthly wrap up. In the monthly wrap up post I am going to outline what my goals are for the next month and what to look for as well.
Another series I would love to create is one all about writing tips and how to make money with your skills of writing! This I haven’t fully fleshed out but I am hoping by the beginning of next year to have this up and read for my followers!
Also, I have a few other ideas that I am thinking about adding are, virtual write-ins, video interviews, and a writing forum.
Three – I would LOVE to increase the number of followers. I want a strong sense of community for my followers. I know it will not happen overnight and I will need the help from my followers! But I am hoping to get close to 100 followers by the end of December. I am going to keep creating amazing content about writing and how to balance life and I am going to strongly follow the 80/20 rule (80% interacting and socialized and 20% self-promotion!)
Well, what do you think? Do you think I can achieve these? I have most of these written down in my goal notebook and greater detail but I didn’t want to bore you guys with all the details!
This morning has not been too kind to me. I am going to try waking up early this week to see if I can get more done before she (my daughter) wakes up and throughout the day. I am not going to lie, it’s not looking promising.
I finally got my official domain name –> www.stephwenburg.com Please save it for your nurture reference and share it with others!
It wasn’t not as easy as it sees… Since I was trying to do this in the morning (and that is the worst time of day for me!) it did not got well. I spent over two hours trying to get my domain mapped over to WordPress. I was getting no where fast. I often have a lot of patience but when it comes to mornings, I am not a happy camper.
So after trying and trying, I just gave up and cancelled everything. And just when I did, everything decided to work. So then I had to call up and undo my cancellation. Thank goodness that I was able to speak to who understands the struggle of not being a morning person.
Once I got everything going, it has worked beautifully! I just need to remember that in the mornings I shouldn’t try to do much that needs brain power! (lol)
So, how do you like it? Please let me know! Thanks!
Hello all! Thank you for coming and joining me on this rambling journey called my blog!
Okay, so this is a ‘wrap-up’ post for the week. I decided to share this with others to hold my accountable to you guys and share what has been going on in life!
This past week
Most of this week I have been very busy with Writing 101 and Blogging 101. It has been great fun and I have been meeting all sorts of new people! (Thank you new people!) On top of all that blogging fun, I have continued to work on my work-in -progress science fiction project! (If you look over to my side bar right next to this paragraph you can see how far I have come and what I have left to go!) I have almost reached my word count goal but plot-wise, I am only about 3/4 of the way through! I am hoping to get this draft done by the end of the month!
More Blogging 101 post and tasks
More Writing 101 posts coming up!
Increase in word count goal (look below!)
Yes you read that right, I am interviewing a fellow writer and author this week and I will have the post up soon! I won’t spill all the details but keep your eyes posted!
And I am almost boosting my word count goal up to 1,000 words a day! About two weeks ago I posted my August Wrap up and I had set down a plan on how I am going to get 2,000 words written a day! Well, I am not going into a lot of detail, but I am thinking of publishing an eBook on how to achieve this with my method, so be on the look out for that soon too! (But it won’t be done this week, maybe next month!)
Next few weeks
I am hoping that I might add a weekly interview from other writers, stay at home parents, bloggers, authors, and other people in a similar boat to show case how each person balances the call to write and the rest of their life! If this is something you are interested in, let know. You can comment below or use my Contact Me page to get a hold of me (but let me know where you are coming from and why you are contacting me! It saves on confusion!) The interviews can be done in a video, via blog post or something in between! Let me know what works for you!
On top of that, I am really wanting to start a writing group. Now, I haven’t completely worked out the all details, but I know two things. One, I really would love to host some write ins and two, I would love to connect and share tips with other writers! Sounds great? If this is something you are interested in, let me know like I have mentions before! 🙂
If you haven’t already guess it, I am a HUGE lover of all things NaNoWriMo! Check them out here! Since I already have NaNoWriMo fever, I will start to share tips and different helpful things about NaNoWriMo. If you didn’t already know, I’m a Municipal Liaison. 🙂 To start things off, I am just going to share a few links I think you might like or enjoy! 🙂
Before I go, I thought I would do a little self promotion. After debating a little bit about it, I finally broke down and created a Facebook page for this blog. Here it is! So for the love of all redheads, give it a like! It helps you so you can keep track of me and you get to see what I am sharing! It helps me by connecting with others! So I really will love you all! (And if you want to talk to me, you can message me there and I will be able to find it! lol) So if you want to be interviewed or start a writing group, let me know via Facebook (if that is your cat’s meow!). Thank you all! 🙂
Today’s assignment for Blogging 101 is to describe who your ideal audience is. I’m game. This will stretch me a little bit since I have never fully thought about who my ideal audience would be. I just always dreamed of having an audience. 🙂
Well, let me start of with what I would love (and really want) in my audience:
A writer – this may seem a little obvious, but this doesn’t quite mean the same as published (look bellow). I call myself a writer since I write everyday and I view it as my career. I would love if someone like me is in my audience right now!
A friend – Now this is a little broad but I would love if I have a friend in my audience. This is someone who can just giggle at myself and chit chat about chocolate. I love int especially if this friend is from a different walk of life. Image all the things we could learn about each other!
A parent – Since I am a stay at home mom 95% of the time, I have trouble connecting with other parents. We are all trying to balance out work and home. I would love if someone in the audience is struggling with this and would like to share tips! 🙂
Someone in the same boat – I don’t mean literally in the same boat but one very similar. Like I have said before, I am a stay at home mom to an almost one year old little girl (she will be one in 15 days!). My husband works long hours daily and works six days a week. I am a writer, creative thinker and all around quirky person. If I could find someone else trying to keep track of similar monkeys, that would be great! 😀
A redhead – Now, yes, I am a redhead and I have met a few other reds out in the world but most of them are on different paths. I am a writer – I have met reds in the military (thank you!), cooks, musicians, business owners and others. Not many of them writers or stay at home parents (which is fine – can you image if we all were writers or stay at home parents!) So having another redhead out there checking my stuff out would be awesome! 🙂
CHOCOLATE LOVER – So, if you haven’t figured out, I love myself some chocolate. There is nothing better. I will eat almost anything with chocolate (but strawberries – I’m deathly allergic!) Mhm, chocolate. 🙂
Now, the second half of this assignment is to list a new to me element to my target audience member… But you know me, I can’t just have one. 😀
I would love if there was someone in my audience was either, published, newly published or about to be published. It’s not for the reason that just popped into your head either. Even through it would be nice for them to get me published, that is not what I am after (from them!). It would be great for them to see my story and how I did all this. There are no two paths to publication and I KNOW that their path will different than mine! I would love to share information from them and from my own journey with others!
Also, I would love if there was someone out there who has a successful blog & community out there. And I don’t mean multi million dollar blogs or anything like that. I would love if someone from a successful blog was watching my blog grow and reach the masses. That would be awesome! Image all that information that person already has and might be willing to share! 🙂
Well, I think that is all. Do you fit the bill? Do you know someone who does? Why don’t you share this with them? That would be great for everyone? Now excuse me while I got stuff my face with some chocolate…