#weekendcoffeeshare: Social Media Pandemonium

Remember last month I stated how the #weekendcoffeeshare at Part-Time Monster wasn’t active anymore? I found where it is active, The Daily Post. If this is something you’d like to do, whether it be weekly like it’s supposed to be or the way I do it once a month, you can get the lowdown about it at the link above. From what I read, I do mine a little differently but no one seems to mind enough to approach me about it.

Additionally, the hashtag of #weekendcoffeeshare is used lavishly on Twitter and Facebook. This might get more readers to your blog. 😉

#weekendcoffeeshare: Social Media Pandemonia
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If we were to have coffee…

I’ve requested to have our coffee-share at McDonald’s just north of the interstate. Since they got rid of the playground area and have revamped the play for actual adults, it’s become a favorite of mine. We drape our jackets over that backs of the chairs that are with a clean table along the front window. No one is waiting in line so getting our large flavored coffees is a snap today.

[Your dialogue is in purple. My dialogue is in teal.]

“Several of the writing blogs I follow are telling me I need to have an online platform, a brand, a presence, whatever they’re calling it this week. I know they’re probably right but this is the one thing I’m not fond of in the twenty-first century of writing.” I carefully take the lid off my container so the coffee will cool down a smidgen.

“It’s the price we pay for the freedoms we have now. I wonder how authors did it before the internet.” You sip your coffee cautiously.

“Maybe they hired publicists. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to afford one of those. Besides, I can’t see myself attending many book signings at bookstores. Most of the sales are at online outlets these days.”

I give out a yip. I’ve burned my tongue.

“Are you okay?” I nod and lean against the back of the plastic chair. “Have you joined and participated in any of the social media sites?”

“Oh yes, I’ve been on Twitter for a few years now. I also have an account at Google+ and belong to three groups there. I even went back to Facebook, as much as I hate it, and made myself a page.”  Delicately, I take a sip of the caramel coffee blend.

“Why don’t you like Facebook?”

“Things are written there that probably shouldn’t be written anywhere. It often gets rude and cruel.”

We sit in silence for a few moments watching the cars on the road.

You turn to me and say, “Do you know that Facebook has filters now so you can target your crowd a little?”

I smile at your attempt to sway me. “Yeah, I saw that just the other day. I need to investigate that more. Part of my problem is when I read what people write on my timelines and my one page, I’m wondering what they’re really after. So much of it looks like boring dribble to me. Is it a case of me not knowing how to be sociable on the internet?”

You let out a guffaw. “Haven’t you ever been to a cocktail party?” I shake my head. “Not ever?”

“Nope. I have been to some bars, though.”

“I didn’t realize you were the type.” You give me a sideways stare.

“Neighborhood bars with friends. No, I’ve never been a ‘pick-up’ at a bar.” I briefly give you a look of reprimand.

“Okay, think of social media sites as bars of different types. You’re still going to get a lot of the dribble you were talking about but if you scout around, you’ll find some interesting conversations.”

I raise my eyebrows and give a sigh. “So I have to spend more time with it, right?”

You take a swig of coffee before answering. “Yes, but you can do other things while you waiting for intelligence to arrive. Work on your WiP. Visit some blogs. Just peek in on the social media site every so often.” I peer at you with concern. “You’re an introvert so this takes a little more practice is all.”

People are starting to breeze in for lunch. We watch some of the characters who waltz in, making funny comments about them. Soon our coffee is gone and we leave to continue on with our day.

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What’s your take on social media sites?

Our conscience is not the vessel of eternal verities. It grows with our social life, and a new social condition means a radical change in conscience. ~Walter Lippma

 

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Regifted

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Regifted
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Mike Licht @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/notionscapital/

Suzanne owns the blog, It Goes On. She started the blog as a kind of self-giving therapy. When I came across her posts, I was drawn in by her upbeat attitude and how she gives it so willingly to others.

Not even a month ago, I nominated her for this award. Yes, I was a little ruthless seeing that it was right in the middle of the holiday season. It took her a few weeks to get to writing a post for her award but she did get it done just as she told me she would. However, I didn’t have a clue to the fact that she was regifting the award to me again.

Suzanne, you’re as ruthless as I am.

The Sisterhood of the World Blog Award

Rules

  1. Provide a link to and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
  2. Answer ten questions.
  3. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read.
  4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know they have been nominated.
  5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

The Ten Questions

  1. Your favorite colorCranberry Red
  2. Your favorite animal … Tiger
  3. Your favorite non-alcoholic drink … Coffee (Of course, I’m a western gal.)
  4. Facebook or TwitterTwitter (all the way)
  5. Your favorite pattern … ?? If this is about clothes, I’m partial to solids actually.
  6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents?… Giving. It’s just more fun.
  7. Your favorite number … 5
  8. Your favorite day of the week … Wednesday or Thursday. (I don’t have a clue as to why though.)
  9. Your favorite flower … Aster

What is your passion? … Writing, of course.

Ten Nominees

 

Do you have questions or a comment? Please use the comment section below.

 

The Blog of the Year 2013 Award

The Blog of the Year 2013

Right before Christmas hit, I was going through my emails to see if anyone had commented on my last post, Disenchantment at Christmas. I came across a comment made by by another blogger, Irene. However it wasn’t on my last post and, instead, was on my About page. She was nominating me for The Blog of the Year 2013 Award. I had seen others get this award and had seen some of the blogs who had gotten the one for 2012. I had been wanting this award for a while so when I read the email of Irene’s comment, as you would expect, I was ecstatic. Although the other awards mean a lot to me too, this one covers such a large variety of types of blogs. This is a milestone for me.

Thank you, Irene

Please visit her blog. She’s quite entertaining.

Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)

Section 1: Directions for you to accept the Blog of the Year 2013 Award

  1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog of the Year 2013 Award.
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.
  3. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)
  4. Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link:http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/
  5. You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page. Click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

Share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

  1. And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!

Section 2: Badges

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Section 3: I’m awarding this “The Blog of the Year 2013 Award” to:

Mary’s blog, 1950 Memories of Suburban Adventures

Mary’s blog, like mine, is about days long gone. Mary wants to leave something for her children and their descendants. What better is there than family memories and history? None I can think of. The 1950s and 1960s were magical times for those of us who were growing up during those years. Although some had more than they probably needed, along with those of us who had just enough, if that, had wonderful times. Mary tells these stories, giving us reason to ponder and smile.

Mary, I hope you will accept my nomination for this award.

Happy New Year to all of you!

The Sisterhood of the World Award

The Sisterhood of the World Blog Award

Sherri and I haven’t know each other long, and even at that, we only know each other online. Still, I feel that we are souls traveling along the same path of life. The miles between us are long and even stretch over the ocean, yet I find myself nodding my head in agreement with what she writes in her blog, A View From My Summerhouse. This last week, she nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Blog Award. I feel so honored to be accepting this award from her. Thank you so much, Sherri.

It is now my turn to pass this award to other bloggers I know.

 

Rules

  1. Provide a link to and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
  2. Answer ten questions.
  3. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read.
  4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know they have been nominated.
  5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

 

The Ten Questions

  1. Your favorite colorCranberry Red
  2. Your favorite animal … Tiger
  3. Your favorite non-alcoholic drink … Coffee (Of course, I’m a western gal.)
  4. Facebook or TwitterTwitter (all the way)
  5. Your favorite pattern … ?? If this is about clothes, I’m partial to solids actually.
  6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents?… Giving. It’s just more fun.
  7. Your favorite number … 5
  8. Your favorite day of the week … Wednesday or Thursday. (I don’t have a clue as to why though.)
  9. Your favorite flower … Aster
  10. What is your passion? … Writing, of course.

 

The Nominees

It was a little difficult for me to find bloggers who I thought would be willing to go through the rules to receive this award. Not everyone who has a personal blog wants to do this. I hesitated and stuttered long enough the first time I was nominated for one of these awards that I ended up passing it by (sorry Lorraine). When the second time finally came my way, I grabbed it. After all, this is a great way to meet bloggers I haven’t come across before and the promotional value is terrific. I hope those listed below will seriously consider following through because awards like the Sisterhood of the World Award can link every one of them to so many.

  1. Fleur de Aleta
  2. It Goes On
  3. Kelly F. Barr
  4. Lorraine Reguly’s Life
  5. Me – Who am I?
  6. Simply Me Just Be
  7. The Why About This
  8. Fibromy-Awesome
  9. highly irritable
  10. fightinghodgkinsblog

 

Do you have questions?

 

Have We Lost the Art?

Have We Lost the Art?
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Kaushik Narasimhan @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaushiknarasimhan/

Back in the dark ages before computers were born, when I was still a kid, I kept all of my writing and writing ideas in spiral notebooks. I kept them hidden under worthless school papers in the top drawer of my small desk that I had in my bedroom. Those were the days when I had hopes and dreams of being a famous writer, a musician, the perfect mom, and anything else I found exciting and new.

Soon those hopes and dreams had to be put aside. At the time, I thought that there would be little chance that I would be rekindling the flame behind those childhood ideas of my future.

Many years later, when I finally got a PC and discovered the world of the Internet, I started thinking about some of those hopes and dreams — in particular, the idea of writing. At the time, I clinged to the notion that a person must have a spiral notebook, that nothing else would do the job. I would write out my ideas in one spiral, and do the actual writing in another, copying what I had written onto a document file in the PC. It was a little tedious, to say the least.

It was several years later when I decided to entertain the thoughts of different options for writing. That’s when I got a blog at WordPress.Com. I learned how to copy and paste so that I could quote others in my articles with greater ease. I stopped using the spiral for all of my writing, and began to use Word with its spell-check and grammar-check features. Of course, these features miss things and make some generalizations that need to be considered and dealt with, but they do speed up the editing process. Still, is this really writing?

Since those days of my first blog, things have changed for me. Mobility issues prevent me from gallivanting around town as I used to do, so the spiral notebooks sit in a drawer behind my desk chair unused with the pages looking quite tawny in color. (The drawers have clear sides so that I can see what’s in there.) Sometimes I feel guilty when I look upon the contents of that drawer.

I, now, use a folder within my PC system to store all that I ‘write’. This also includes my writing ideas, which I keep on a simple text file document. All sit neatly at my fingertips. Yet, I sometimes miss the hand with pen to paper contact; the exhilaration of writing seems to get lost at times with the keyboard.

(Notice the quote marks around the word write in the paragraph above. Is it writing if you’re actually typing? I’m sure there are thousands, maybe millions who would say, “Of course, it’s writing!” Yes, I know this, but writing means putting pen to paper. It’s the act of making each character to form a word.)

Sometimes I wonder if I should go back to the old way, the spiral notebook and pen. Getting back to the core of writing using pen and paper may do me some good. As you text to your friends, email to your relatives, and converse by timeline on Facebook and Twitter, do you think that maybe you’ve lost the art of writing?