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Whats Important About You?

In blogging, telecommuting on January 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Do you have a blog? Are you thinking about it? What about a website for your business or services?

One of the most important pages on your website or blog is the About Us or About Me (as the case may be).

What you put on that page can make or cost you money everytime someone looks at it.

Here is a fantastic article I found about crafting the very best About page you can.

a guy walks into a bar…

In blogging, freelance writing, Wahm, work at home, writing, writing mom on January 8, 2010 at 6:58 am

Ive been reading Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz.

Ive seen her other book, Writer Mama but Im already doing fairly well as a writer raising a family (I do an inordinate amount of screaming and yelling and ordering people out of the room but Im paying the bills…lol) so I didnt see the need to buy that book.  Of course that might change.
But I saw a tweet of hers about the Get Known book and thought… What the hell…
I write about crime, inmates, and women on death row. Its important to me for many personal reasons but also because the death penalty is just plain wrong. Ive been doing it for over five years. I planned to write a book about my experiences with the women on death row but then three things happened to me that stopped me dead in the water-

My mother died of lung cancer and I sat and watched it. Its a heartbreaking, earth shattering thing. Not long afterthat  I had a person I thought of as a dear friend try to ruin my life after she used me incessantly for years and then my father died of lung cancer.

I was emotionally drained and it was all I could do to just make enough money to pay my living expenses. It seemed life kept firmly sticking its celestial finger in my solar plexus and giving it a good jab just for the hell of it.

Any way- back to Christina. My book was a dream I let go a long time ago. Life had taught me the lesson that I was no one to have any dreams. Just give it up Kelly and do the 9-5 thing and realize your just another writer out there. No one special. I bought Get Known Before the Book Deal because I wondered if my work Id done so long ago could be revised at all. If it was still valid platform building work. I wondered if it had been working for me all the while I was giving up on it.

I read the first few chapters and realized I did have a platform for my book. I have the website that gets 1000 hits or more a day, my blog gets several hundred a day and my articles at Ehow and Associated Content on the subject are hit on every single day. Hmmmm…

In Chapter 6 Christina talks about crafting your niche. I almost skipped over that part. I have my niche crafted for me. Its the women on death row right? Wrong. I read on and discovered I didnt REALLY have a niche. While women on death row is a fairly small area of capital punishment it isnt a real niche. I went back and made a few changes to my blog. On page 38 she talks about condensing things to make yourself more accessible to the public. I took that advice (or I have started to.I think this will be a process) and then I updated my contact information and changed things around a little.

The very next day I received an email from a lady in Australia who said shed found me through my Ehow articles and then my site and blog. She had questions about how to find an inmate she was interested in writing about and how to go about it. I thought, Holy Shit. I think I have a platform. I think I have the beginnings of a platform, at the very least I am doing on or two things right.

So just for shits and giggles, why dont you follow me while I follow her advice and see if this thing really works out for me! Oh, and wishing me a little luck would be cool too.

Congrats!

In blogging, give away, writing mom on January 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Many heart felt kudo’s to Parenting Pink’s Elizabeth.

She is the winner of the Pink Paperclip Blog Award. This quarters prize is a label maker donated by Dymo. Enjoy it Elizabeth and congrats!

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Blogs: The Real Deal vs Ego-Fest

In blogging, Getting started wah, home business overview on September 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm

I remember being a newbie in the WAH world and desperate for information. Searching madly for some tid bit of knowledge that would help propel me to where I wanted to be:

A successful WAHM ( hear birds chirping and a chorus of cherubs stringing and striking hand bells while a beam of sunlight shines down upon me as I sit at the keyboard)

When I discovered blogs I thought I had stumbled upon the holy grail of wahm tomes. Why, here were words from actual WAHM’s doing what I want to do. Sharing with me all their trials and tribulations and all I have to do is take in this information and learn from it! Ah, joy!

I quickly learned, however that you cant believe everything you read in these little wonders (WHAT! GASP!)

You’d think that to qualify oneself as an expert in some field you would have to have some practical experience in the industry. But not so! Expert blogs the world over are written by folks with very limited or no experience in the very trade they are trying to brag to you about.

Ever see one of those writers blogs where they rave about their selves and their accomplishments? How many clients they have and how wonderful their writing life is. Do a little digging and you’ll find many of them have only two or three years experience writing for local papers and some web content. Sigh…  

BUT- if you dig deep enough you’ll find the true blue pros somewhere in the slush. They are easy to spot because they will have a lot less bravado and a lot more links to their work in actual magazines and print venues that pay.

Yes, sadly it is true. You have to wade through the b.s. ego -fest blogs to find the truly helpful, real-deal stuff. You’ll find these so called experts in every field, holding conference calls and chats to spew forth their limited knowledge to eager, naive newbs when the year before they were begging for help just like the next guy.

The good news is  you can still pull nuggets of gold out of those crapfest blogs. Chances are those types of bloggers have culled some limited knowledge from their wee bit of time at the trade. If they seem to be honest in their experience and up front about their knowledge learn from what they have to say. If they’ve been in the business 2 years and your just starting then they have at least two years of knowledge to impart. Not the seasoned pro we’d all love to be mentored by, but something.

If your a brand-new newbie (as opposed to a seasoned newbie I guess! LOL!) these blogs are a good starting place. You should first read the “About Me” sections of the blog. Is it full of talk and no links? Look for links to real jobs they have held. If your reading a blog from a wahm daycare owner ask about their licensing requirements and state obligations. If your trying to break into the industry and have been following a blog by a call center operator take a close look at her posts. Do they all point to an affiliate link? Is her blog a paid blog?

Before you take what you read for gospel get to know the person behind the blog.