My Social Media Links

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:











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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.

tom bensonThe 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.

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Danny’s World: Are You Confused About Social Media?

This past week I had a couple conversations about blogging and social media.  The question I want to address is why someone should link their page to social media.   There is so much misinformation about social media, blogging and SEO so I am going to clarify things for you.  Here are a few of my thoughts…

Danny's iphone 022Why should I focus on social media when I don’t get a lot of views from Facebook or Twitter?

I hear this argument/question a lot.  The truth is social media doesn’t have as much to do with getting views directly to your page as it has to do with helping your page to show up in Google searches. Google considers pages with social media to be more relevant than pages without; especially Google+ and YouTube.  Therefore, having your page linked to all the available social media pages will help your SEO.

Social media is one of easiest, FREE ways to expand your influence.

IT’S FREE!  Why wouldn’t you utilize a tool that is absolutely free?  I’m not sure what else to say.

Social media gives you an opportunity to go viral.

This might be the weakest of the reasons, but there are people who have created a video on Facebook who are now in business because of going viral.  Chewbacca mom, Candace Payne, comes to mind.  She’s now writing books and signing endorsement deals because of one video!  It’s like hitting the social media lottery, but it does happen.

Videos are the wave of the future so you should be utilizing YouTube.  

I think we all know the #1 search engine is Google.  But do you know which engine is #1 among millennials?  Anyone?  Bueller?   If you said YouTube you are correct.  When young adults need to search they most often go to YouTube, not Google.  So if you are not on YouTube you are missing out on exposure to a HUGE group of people.

Baby-boomers read newspapers, millennials read social media.

This is a generalization, but it is also accurate.  For the most part millennials (75 million by population) follow their favorite people, blogs, news through social media.  Once again when you are not connected to social media you are greatly limiting yourself.

Social media will bring people to your page 

If you still don’t believe social media will bring people to your page, then this post probably isn’t for you.  The truth is it does.  Tom Slatin has over 200,000 people who follow him via Twitter and it brings thousands of people to his page every year!   I have nearly 10,000 Twitter followers who could potentially visit my page every single day, which results in approximately 10% of my daily views.

I’m not trying to convince anyone as much as I’m trying to provide a clearer perspective.  Do you have your page connected to social media?  If not I’d love to read your reasons for not connecting.  Hope this helps.


Something Huge Has Happened and How It Could Benefit You!

Something huge has happened!!  Did humankind develop a cure for the common cold? NO!  Has someone finally found an efficient way to organize pots and pans in the cupboard?  NO!

My Twitter page broke 9,000 followers!  And to celebrate I am going to feature one lucky person on my page by writing a post with links to that person’s blog page!

9000TwitterHere is how you can get featured:

  1. Follow me on Twitter.  Not on Twitter??  It’s easy and free so register now!
  2. Like and retweet my latest vlog pinned at the top of my page titled “Why Take Action When You Can Just Complain?”
  3. Then leave a comment and link to your Twitter page in the thread on this post explaining to me why you think your blog would be a good feature.

I will then randomly select one lucky blogger to receive a full-length feature on my page to be published on Friday morning!  It’s that easy, but you MUST do all 3 above.  Good luck!

The Blogger Q&A Tag

I would like you to meet MSnubutterflies!!


First of all thank you to Jen from Tripping Through Treacle for nominating me. Like Jen I think these are fun because it gives us a chance to get to know each other better.

Jen also writes about her journey with MS. She is among one of the many chronic illness blogs I enjoy. Please stop by and visit her.

As much as I enjoy participating in these types of post I feel I should apologize in advance that my answers may be short or may seem not to be well thought through. I’m in a bit of a fog today and finding it difficult to find words and put thoughts together. It would seem smart to wait for a better day right! Honestly I don’t know when that will be and knowing me I would forget about the post all together. Lol. So it is what it is. I’ll…

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Grow Your Blog By Connecting With Others On Social Media


Hand holding a Social Media 3d Sphere

Connecting via social media is a great way to grow you blog.

Many don’t utilize social media and in my opinion that is a mistake.  Take a few minutes and research the effectiveness of social media!  Social media benefits your blog in several ways:

  1. Adds legitimacy to your page in the eyes of search engines (SEO best practices).
  2. Expands the reach of your voice.
  3. Helps to grow you statistics (i.e. followers, views, comments, etc.)
  4. Allows for a deeper connection with your readership.
  5. IT IS FREE!!  

Leave me your social media links in the comments and I and others will LIKE, FOLLOW, PIN and CONNECT!

Here are mine:



Twitter @BigDreamer0323

Facebook: Dream Big, Dream Often

Google +: Danny Ray

The Dream Big Channel



Why You Should Never Ever Listen to Naysayers

Do you believe anything you have desire for can come to fruition in your life?  I ask this because I know there are millions of people who do not believe this principle.  I have said over and over that if you can believe it in your soul, envision it in your mind, then you can make your desire a tangible thing in the real world.  The issue is many don’t have true desire and most don’t have the mental fortitude to see things through to the end.

I want to share an impossible story with you I found on USA Today which demonstrates why you should never ever listen to naysayers:

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credit: Fox Sports


Joe Thomas Sr, 55, became the oldest Division I football player to take the field when he took a hand-off and ran for three yards on Saturday afternoon.

Joe Thomas Sr. made college football history by appearing as a running back for South Carolina State.

Thomas at the age of 55 is believed to be the oldest player to participate in a Division I football game. The father of Green Bay Packers linebacker Joe Thomas Jr.,  practiced with the team with his son and then stayed on the past two seasons with the hope of find his way into a game.

His dream was realized in the first quarter on senior day against Savannah State when he carried for three yards.

Do you think Thomas Sr. had people in his life, in his own family, telling him this was a crazy idea?  Of course he did, but he listened to himself and ignored those who told him his dream was “impossible.”  You should stop listening to naysayers as well; they are holding you back.

Don’t tell me dreams can’t come true.