Blogging is YOU in Words – Three Steps to Help People Know You Better

RESOLVED in 2015:  Update my blog.  I spent two days cleaning up my three year-old blog and incorporating what I’ve learned over the years.

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  1. Create Pages That Work
    1. Only use a few (3-7) Main Pages, and create sub pages if you have lots of information. Examples might be: About, Start Here, Resources, (I had about 10 pages showing.)
    2. Main Pages are short, but highlight your purpose.
    3. Spend the most time refining your About page because people will go there first to see if they want to spend any time with you.
    4. Don’t be afraid to borrow ideas from other people’s pages YOU liked, and revise them to make them your ideas.  Did someone mention their dog, and you adore yours?  Reinvent and include.20130915_0618171R
    5. Invite viewers to your social media on your About page
    6. Include contact information for readers to fill out, if your purpose is to build readership and/or sell products.

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      I got sucked into SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Twitter, Path, Pinterest, Instagram. I’ve been through it all!  Anything to get my face out there!
  2. Publish with Social Media
    1. Social media, even if you don’t understand it, builds statistics, and may build long-term readers. Establish social media accounts, such as Facebook Google +, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and invite your email contacts to build each platform. Set WordPress to link automatically to social media.
    2. To build readership and relationships check your social media often and learn how to use it.
    3. Join social media groups so you can send posts and pages to specific groups who would be interested in those topics.Manny's Trip to Spain
  3. Revise and Repost
    1. After a few months, or years depending on how much you blog, reorganize your blog.
    2. Update information on pages. Refer readers to search specific categories. Include lists of helpful blogs, books, and posts.
    3. Revise your writing based on what you have learned about that skill from blogging. For example eliminate passive verbs and pointless adverbs like quite or really.
    4. Copy the link of your revision and repost them on social media.  Assuming that your social media presence has grown, it’s amazing how many people didn’t see it the first time, but now know you, and will visit it now.

Most of the photos above are compliments of my blogging friend, Ralph who entertained my teddy bear Manny for a month in Spain.  Manny knows more about blogging than I do!

I'm going in again!
But her blog still need some cleaning up. I’m up for it! 🙂 Manny 🙂

What are your plans for your blog this year?

 

Sad Ohio Star

I took my Ohio Star to Barbara Graham, the quilting lady, to have it quilted.  I had it all pinned ready to go.  She said, “I should have it back in a week.”  I was ecstatic.

Ohio Star Batted Down, Ready to Go

Quilting is like writing.  You get your story or post written.  It sounds good.  You go to publish it and the WP editor says, “I have changes.”  You make the changes.  You publish.  Your husband calls and say, “Listen to this, Blah blah blah,” and he reads you a sentence or two out of your post.  It makes no sense whatsoever, and it’s out there for cyberspace friends to see!  You rush back, open it up, and correct it.  Now it is better. 

Sewing is the same way.  In my case the border was too puckery.  There was too much on one side, so the quilt wasn’t square.  “There is ONLY ONE remedy,” Barbara told me.  “Rip off the border and press the quilt in half, then remeasure.”  Apparently I can expect the measurement to be different down the middle along the fold than along the side.

Rip Van Historygal

So last night I ripped until 1:30.  Even with eye surgery, this is hair-splitting, tedious work.  It would not have been so bad if I could see as well as the camera does, but those stitches look invisible to me.  And, of course, my sewing machine sews a pretty tiny stitch especially across the heavier chenille fabric.

Slow down on the corner, Speedy!

Ripping is a little like car racing.  through the thick fabric, it rips like going around a corner.  Carefully.  Down the straight-away.  Zoom.

Rip a few and pull.

I measured down the middle 80″, down the edge, 81″ – not good, but now I average, and cut my border 80.5″, and squeeze that along the edges of the fairly square quilt.  The other two edges measure 80″.  This precise tape measuring reminds me when my first husband went in for a hip replacement at age 27.  They measured the length of his leg with a frayed tape measure three times and took the middle measurement, and that’s how long his finished leg came out.  Very scientific.

All done ripping.

It’s not so painful if you put something away for several years, then have to go back and rip it out.  I hope Ohio Star makes the grade this time!!!  I don’t know if I could bear to rip it out AGAIN!!!  I might be advertising one of my quilts on Ebay if it doesn’t work this time!