The creative writing, observations, experiences, and opinions, on life, and the world around him, by Kiril Kundurazieff; taking one step at a time on the Journey of Discovery, and Enlightenment, that every individual must take from the cradle to the grave.
How many years have you been wandering around the internet?
How many websites have you joined?
How many have you forgot you joined and haven’t gone near in months or years?
If you are like me the idea was to somehow use some of these places to compliment your blogging, but for various reasons things never panned out.
The purpose of this blog is to explore social media as a pet blogger looking to use some of what’s out there to help build a platform, but there is no rule that says you have to join everything out there, or stay a member if a site turns out not to be what you hoped.
The website Social Media Today began on 2007 as a site that brings together knowledgeable people to discuss business and public policy issues as related to social media,platform building and related topics.
“As traditional media went digital, and the Internet went social, we realized the huge potential for social media platforms to facilitate direct communication among customers, their employees, and experts from academia, corporations and government.”
Via blogs, webinars, e-books, moderated Tweet chats and other forms of digital content they engage readers with each other and contributors in an ongoing discussion about the ever evolving tools of social media.
It’s been a long day of writing on my other blogs, today, but I want to address a question asked of me the other day:
Are you registered with HuffingtonPost.com as a member? Why or why not? What are your reasons for registering or not registering?
HuffPo, The Blaze and other similar sites cover a variety of topics but are also well known for their political affiliations: Democrat/Liberal vs Republican/Conservative and have communities of registered members who comment up an often combative storm.
Depending on your politics, or even inspite of your politics, you may be tempted to engage HuffPo and other sites that make a point to cover a lot of animal themed news stories and issues.
Personally, I’ve chosen not to register because I’d rather not attract the class of disagreeable trolls who register and comment on sites they disagree with or attract the venom of commentors from these sites who may disagree with me and do so in less than constructive ways, simply because of a difference in political views.
On my cat blog, over the years, I’ve linked to and commented on, stories posted on those sites, finding much to like in the reporting.
When I tweet my story I’ll include the Twitter handle of the site and/or story writer, willing to see where that might lead, but that’s it.
My friend Amanda Socci brought to my attention a new month long creative challenge going on at the blog of Marian Allen and at the Story a Day website: it is a story a day challenge. The idea is to write a short story every day for 31 days and live to tell about it.
There are two websites, I know of, encouraging their readers to participate so I will share a link to my story on that day’s story on each blog, visit and comment on the stories of others, discovering new blogs, and maybe attracting others to come read my own stories and blog.
You can learn more, follow along and comment, day to day, starting here:
I’ve begun reading We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media by Kristen Lamb, and one of the things she discusses, right off the bat, is proper branding:
“As a writer, your big goal should be to link your name interminably with your content…The absolute only acceptable username (brand) is the name you desire to publish under…The internet has valuable real estate that you will want to command. How you claim tghat digital real estate is by using your name.”
All of my social sites use my full name, first name with last initial, or first and middle initial with last name (due to space limitations), except for my Facebook writer’s page that I set up last December.
This evening I chose to bring my FB in line with the others by changing A Mad Macedonian and 2 Opinionated Pussycats to…
The Mad Macedonian, The Mad Houstonian, The Cycling Dude, and Opinionated Pussycats (Nikita and Elvira Mistress of Felinity) are all creative sides of me, the writer and by keeping my name at the front of my social media efforts people will learn to associate me with those personas on my blogs.
You have 4, 5-shelve bookshelves full of books on subjects that interest you and that you often write about on your blog, in one fashion or another, but can sharing what’s in your collection, in an organized way, with a wider audience, bring social media benefits to you?
I think so. LibraryThing joins Goodreads on my list of book sites to consider in this regard.
LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers; a community of people, world-wide, with shared interests, who work together, via the detailed info they provide on their books, to catalog their collections, and share information.
There are member forums and an Early Reviewers program.
LibraryThing gets its book data from Amazon.com and over 700 libraries around the world, including the Library of Congress. That number of resources, alone, boggled my mind.
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