If you currently do not utilize the free social media services I would encourage you to rethink your strategy. It’s not only a great way to connect, but search engines give your page more credibility-SEO. So here are mine, just click on the link in red and it will take you straight off to my pages:
This week’s writer is one I am really happy to introduce. Firstly, he helped me set up my web page (no, not true, he set it up for me – I’m clueless) and we read each other’s books way, way back when I was still new to social media. He held my hand every step of the way.
The book Tom’s chosen to showcase in this guest blog is one I’ve read and I liked it so much that I bought the second in the series as well. Having been married twice to men who have also served in the forces, it was like getting a peep into what really goes on behind the scenes ‘among the boys’. Girls get curious about these things you know.
A Life of Choice West Germany April 1992
“Thanks, mate,” I said, accepting a bottle of beer from one of my soldiers.
Oh good grief! When I started this little A-Z challenge I don’t think I really thought it through well. I’m laughing at myself now because it’s only day 4 and who wants to admit these damn words?
Delusional: having false or unrealistic beliefs or opinions –Yep, I had false and unrealistic beliefs of my life. I believed my life was good for the most part. I believed I was truly helping people who needed me. I believed someone loved me when they told me they loved me. I believed I was put here to help others regardless of what it did to me. I believed my needs, wants, hurts, disappointments, even successes were not as important as yours. Oh good Lord was I delusional!
Denial:disbelief in the existence or reality of a thing – Yep, I lived in denial. I did not believe how…
I am going to recycle this post from day-to-day and allow readers to leave links to their post in the comments. I’ll be using this in 2 ways: 1. create link share posts, and 2. each day I’ll randomly pick one blog and reblog it to my readers.
Here are the basic rules:
Leave a link in the comments
The time stamp on the comment MUST be for that day. So you have to leave a comment each day!
It’s that easy!
I’ll pick each day based on the time stamp with the daily winner reblogged the following day. Be sure to check back and leave a link daily!
***Please no sexual content, profane language or graphic content.
Have you ever wondered why so many people blog? I ponder the world of blogging daily as I answer emails and comments and the online world intrigues me. Why do we participate in this activity. What is it about publishing posts and interacting with others virtually that is so appealing?
As I sat this morning staring at the ocean and drinking my coffee I can’t help but wonder if it is some combination of safety, release and escape.
By safety I am referencing how difficult it is these days to truly know you can trust people in the real world. I could be wrong, but in this age it is becoming increasingly more difficult to know if people can be trusted.
By release I mean having the freedom to purge the soul with complete freedom; free of the chains of reservation.
And, lastly, by escape I am referring to getting away from the “real” world and entering the virtual world of blogging. The blogosphere seems to be much more accepting of different, flawed, wounded, injured, etc. than the offline world.
Personally, I like having the freedom to purge my brain and controlling exactly what I say exactly how I want to say it. I don’t get this freedom in the real world where I constantly think before I speak, hesitate and hedge my thoughts.
You voted for the writing prompt “it was the first time I killed a man”so Didi and I responded. This is OVER 18 READING! The prompt was both of our favourite, so thank you! We’ve had a ball, remember we never discuss the way the story should go. Author A writes her part and hands it to author B to finish. I just wanna say, I personally am so happy my path has crossed with Didi. I enjoyed her novel Aggravated Momentum and she is an excellent thriller and suspense writer. I hope we are life long practice writing buddies to perfect our craft in our genre no matter where our careers take us. What caught our attention over each other’s suspense novels? The writing style! LOL. Can you guess who wrote what? Comments and feedback welcome!
One of the toughest things for bloggers to accept is the fact that no one is obligated to like your page. This is tough because most bloggers believe they produce good stuff. Most bloggers want people to interact with their page. Most bloggers desire comments, views and LIKEs. When all is said and done people have a lot of options: television, books, other blogs, Netflix, Yahoo, etc. In today’s age there are a lot of distractions and even more options.
I have always said getting people to my page is the easy part; getting them to return to my page is the true challenge. With that said I still understand people do not have to read my page, therefore I must give them a reason to want to return. I have to add value to the lives of my readers. The same applies to all bloggers.
Most visitors to my page are silent readers which means they might give me a LIKE, but probably will not leave a comment. I am perfectly fine with this fact as I myself practice being a silent reader. I will comment on a page if I feel prompted to do so which happens infrequently.
The biggest key to getting someone to comment is to be “remarkable”; your post must be worthy of someone making a remark. If the post is not worthy of a remark, people will not remark. This pattern is evident in the volume of views I receive daily compared to the number of comments daily. I’m not exactly sure what the trick is to producing remarkable content, although I am able to recognize it when I see it. I guess it has to do with the topic, bold opinions or maybe the article is well-researched. Whatever the case I know the post cannot be ordinary.