• Community

    How I Found Writing Community by Jennifer Senhaji

    Author Jennifer Senhaji sees the value in community for authors. She describes the groups she found through social media. Relatively new to the writing community, I had no idea there were so many people out there in the world that I could connect with online. Open minded, wonderful writers, published and not yet published, who support each other. I have stumbled upon a few writing groups that have become so important to me, I don’t know how I have done without them until now.  Twitter is my favorite platform for making new connections. Through Twitter, I found the first group I joined called 10 Minute Novelists that commune on Facebook and…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Blogging,  Social Media,  Time Management

    How Top 10 Lists On Your Blog Can Feed Your Content Monster

    When you create a blog, it’s like you create a little monster. You have to feed it content. You have to maintain it. You have to disinfect it against spam. You have to bring your friends to come and see it. You have to think about SEO and tags and categories. You have to decorate it with pinnable art. You have to broadcast it to the world with Twitter and hashtags and other things no one thought about ten years ago. And it never ends! The little monster is never satisfied!  A blog is a little beast sometimes. And it’s slobberly appetite can be intimidating. A happy blog (and one that…

  • #RunWrite5K Challenge,  Community,  Discipline,  Motivation

    Top 10 Reasons To Run Walk Write 5K

    It was there, on my calendar, a Saturday in October, I would be running my first 5K. I had written in big red letters 5K But in writing circles a 5K is not a road race. 5K means 5000 words. That’s a lot in one day for anyone to write. I average 1000 fresh words a day and sometimes it’s a challenge to get it in. And because I’m a writer and not a math major, I’m guessing that 5000 words is a whole lot more. What if these two great tastes tasted great together? Could I run a 5K and write 5K in the same day? What a challenge…

  • Cultural Relevance,  Social Media,  Twitter

    How A Box of Knock-Off Grape Nuts Taught Me About Relevance (And The Internet!)

    “Can Your Breakfast Cereal Teach You Anything?” We are a single income family of seven, so it is no wonder that we buy the cheap stuff. One purchase, a box of store brand Grape Nuts, not only was good for our budget, but it also, proved to be very educational.  The back of it said, “The Internet and How It Works.” It went on to explain such unfamiliar terms as “email” and “emoticons” and “HTML”.  My children and I read every word (and I totally regret in the telling of this story that I didn’t get a good enough photograph so you could see all of its glory.) We mocked this. We…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Blogging,  Twitter

    How to Maximize #MondayBlogs To Gain Readers! (Or, Welcome To The Weekly Twitter Cocktail Party!)

    How Can I Get More Attention On Twitter? (Author’s note. I posted this a year ago. In that time, my Twitter presence has gone from 3,000+ followers to 16,000+ plus followers, I’ve established a newsletter, started a Facebook group and committed to lead two chats weekly. #MondayBlogs helped me to do all those things. Monday Blogs didn’t do ALL the work for me, believe me, I worked my butt off, but it was a key ingredient to my success. I’m posting this again for bloggers who want to get in on #MondayBlogs and don’t know what the fuss is about or could stand a few pointers. YAY MONDAY BLOGS!)  Over…