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From The Wall Street Journal: Borrowers Hit Social-Media Hurdles by Stephanie Armour

What you share about yourself in the cyber world has far-reaching effects into the real world.

Back in 2010, I wrote an article entitled, “NO! It’s not just Twitter,” and some people scoffed at the idea that what they were tweeting would be of any concern in their “real” lives.

Well, for those who didn’t take that article seriously, maybe they’ll be convinced by an Continue Reading →

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UK Blogger: Jackie Swift

Blogger: Jackie Swift

Blog: Jactherat – Ephemera, lies & chocolate

Jackie Swift’s blog is on WordPress.com.

DC Social Media Examiner (DCSME): What is your blog about?

Jackie Swift (JS): I blog about writing and books, lifestyle and education; I include poetry, recipes and short stories. It is a wide ranging blog covering the many areas of life I am interested in. There’s (almost) something for everyone!

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Jactherat – Ephemera, lies & chocolate?

JS: I’ve been called Jac the Rat for a few years, as I was born in the Chinese Year of the Rat. It was also the label I used for dress making. I love the word Ephemera, it covers a wide range of sins, which I think links well to the range of topics I cover in my blog. We all love chocolate and we all lie. I am exploring lies and secrets as part of my PhD studies in Literature.

DCSME: How is Jactherat – Ephemera, lies & chocolate different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

JS: My blog is wide ranging, and deliberately so. I would feel too constrained by one area. There are other such blogs around, but I think my advantage is that I write from both the heart and experience. I try to be positive and life affirming, as well as using humour, which I think sets me apart.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

JS: I love the freedom to write what I am passionate about. I like responses from my readers and that my audience is growing all the time. I love writing and this is a great way to explore different topics, as well as refine and develop my writing skills. I love that you know you are being read.

DCSME: How often do you update Jactherat – Ephemera, lies & chocolate?

JS: I try to up-date twice a week – Saturday and mid-week. When I’m on holidays I blog more – my head is freer and I have more time, obviously.

DCSME: What else would you like to share with readers of your profile?

JS: I’m completing a novel for my PhD, called Ophelia, watch out for it! I’m finalising a travel e-book for an English publisher. I currently have a collection of short stories available as e-book – entitled Life Happens

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MD Blogger: Curtez Riggs

Blogger: Curtez Riggs

Blog: Life After The Army

Curtez Riggs’s blog is self-hosted on WordPress.

DC Social Media Examiner (DCSME): What is your blog about?

Curtez Riggs (CDR): Life After The Army, introduces the concepts of personal branding to Service Members preparing to transition from the Military. We’re helping them to take baby steps, while translating their experiences into a format that’s relevant to today’s job market.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Life After The Army?

CDR: Over the years, I’ve watched several of my peers leave the military totally unprepared for the civilian sector. Of course, they’ve been through ACAP, and all of the other mandatory transition programs; understand how to write a resume, and can sit at attention during a potential interview. They’re just as prepared as the rest of the unemployed veterans actively seeking employment… The problem is that because they were unable to stand out, their resumes got lost in the shuffle.

DCSME: How is Life After The Army different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

CDR: Most of the other Personal Branding Blogs offer assistance to the general public. We’re providing needed information to Service Members and Veterans in a language that they understand, without a pitch… We’re finding that our content is better received because we’re walking in the shoes of other Service Members.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

CDR: Knowing that there’s someone out there taking notes and applying the lessons learned from my blog. I enjoy receiving emails; more so emails from readers who are interested in learning more. It helps validate our work at Life After The Army.

DCSME: How often do you update Life After The Army?

CDR: We will be updating the blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. We like to give our followers something relevant to read before they begin their day.

DCSME: What else would you like to share with readers of your profile?

CDR: I’ve been serving in the US Army since 1997. Currently I work out of Fort Meade, MD serving as a Master Trainer for the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion.

Curtez Riggs’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Inbound Marketing University

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FL Blogger: Felice Gerwtiz

Blogger: Felice Gerwtiz

Blog: Information in a Nutshell: Writing and Publishing

Felice Gerwtiz’s blog is on Blogspot.

DC Social Media Examiner (DCSME): What is your blog about?

Felice Gerwtiz (FG): For aspiring authors, veteran authors, and anyone interested in writing, marketing and getting their book published.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Information in a Nutshell: Writing and Publishing?

FG: It was the natural outgrowth of my book on the topic, Information in a Nutshell Series: Writing and Publishing.

DCSME: How is Information in a Nutshell: Writing and Publishing different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

FG: The uniqueness of my blog is the tie-in to the weekly podcast I host. I interview everyone from authors to printers and write posts relating to these interviews as well as questions sent in from my listeners. This audio dimension brings a personal “real time” response to my readers most pressing questions.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

FG: As an author a blog is a micro-book that allows me the creativity to write without the time involved in writing an entire book. I enjoy the thought that others might benefit from my information.

DCSME: How often do you update Information in a Nutshell: Writing and Publishing?

FG: I attempt to update my blog weekly or host guest bloggers that are guests from my weekly podcast, Information in a Nutshell Radio Show for Authors.

DCSME: What else would you like to share with readers of your profile?

FG: I want to empower those who want to write a book with the information they need to avoid costly mistakes, to learn and to obtain the tools they need to become successful and to join me on my radio show.

Felice Gerwtiz’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Blog Talk Radio – Information In A Nutshell Radio Show

Information In A Nutshell

Media Angels

Ultimate Women’s Expo

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NC Blogger: Mark Bailey

Blogger: Mark Bailey

Blog: The Dogg Blogg

Mark’s Blog is self-hosted on WordPress.

DC Social Media Examiner (DCSME): What is your blog about?

Mark Bailey (MB): My blog features news, information and tips in the areas of small business, technology, social media, web/graphic design and branding.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for The Dogg Blogg?

MB: I wanted topics that were inclusive to not only what I specialized in (which is web/graphic design) but also something that all small business owners, entrepreneurs and “soloproneures” can relate to and gain knowledge from.

DCSME: How is The Dogg Blogg different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

MB: My blog breaks it down for the novice. Even for the most technical subjects, my blog makes it simple enough to apply or use. While there is a need for highly technical blogs, mine provides information that appeals to a more general audience.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

MB: I like the fact that I have a medium to share. Blogging provides me a platform to give back ideas and information that has been given to me; a way to pay it forward, so to speak.

DCSME: How often do you update The Dogg Blogg?

MB: I update anywhere from 3-5 times a week.

DCSME: What else would you like to share with readers of your profile?

MB: I would like to share how important blogging is to expanding your brand. It brings a personal face to your small business while providing a small bit of your knowledge.

Mark Bailey’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Yellow Dogg Designs

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MI Blogger: Adraly’s Blog

Blogger: Author Educator & Artist Advocate

Blog: Adraly’s Blog

Author Educator & Artist Advocate’s blog is on WordPress.com.

DC Social Media Examiner (DCSME): What is your blog about?

Author Educator & Artist Advocate (AY): My blog is about the issues tweens,young adults face and endure at home and at school.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Adraly’s Blog?

AY: I picked the topic for my blog simply because I have a passion and desire to reach today’s youth as well as their parents.

DCSME: How is Adraly’s Blog different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

AY: The difference between my blog is that I have direct contact with today’s youth on the regular basis due to the fact that I am a teacher.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

AY: What I like most about blogging is that it allows individuals to provide information and assistance on topics that the reader prior to reading the blog was totally clueless about.

DCSME: How often do you update Adraly’s Blog?

AY: I update my blog once a week.

DCSME: What else would you like to share with readers of your profile?

AY: If you would like advice on how to deal or address the tween or young adult of the 21st century, feel free to read my suggestions and tips on my weekly blog.

Author Educator & Artist Advocate’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Literary and Artistic Cafe of Live Lady of Literature, Ms. Adra Young

Live Ladies of Literature

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AuthorsDen.com

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PA Blogger: Vanessa Irvin Morris

Blogger: Vanessa Irvin Morris

Blog: Street Literature

Vanessa Irvin Morris’s blog is on Blogspot.

DC Social Media Examiner (DCSME): What is your blog about?

Vanessa Irvin Morris (VIM): Tagline: A Black Librarian Pounds the Pavement to Bring You the Word on Street Lit || This is a blog where I explore the literary genre of Street Literature for educators (teachers and librarians)

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Street Literature?

VIM: I have been researching Street Literature for over 10 years. I am a librarian educator in higher ed. and before that I was a public librarian for a major city library system, in the hood. I’ve worked extensively with inner-city teens and their reading and research interests/needs. The popularity of Street Lit in public libraries for the past 10 years continues to be a phenomenon that needs to be explored, discussed, and understood.

DCSME: How is Street Literature different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

VIM: To my knowledge and research, there are no other blogs solely devoted to advocating for the literary genre of Street Literature.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

VIM: I like that I can share my questions and understandings with educators so that they can better serve their students and readers. I also appreciate having a forum where I can critically make connections between what happens in the world as we live, and how that relates to the language and power of the streets.

DCSME: How often do you update Street Literature?

VIM: I update my blog at least 3 times per month.

DCSME: What else would you like to share with readers of your profile?

VIM: Street Lit a.k.a. “urban fiction” is a literary genre that has been chagrined by many in the literary field and in education. My blog is an advocate for the merits of the genre and its readers. My stance is to not judge the book by its cover and to not judge the reader by his/her book.

Vanessa Irvin Morris’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Vanessa Irvin Morris

PAALA Bookclub

Professor Morris

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Canada Blogger: Cendrine Marrouat

Blogger: Cendrine Marrouat

Blog: Creative Ramblings

Cendrine Marrouat’s blog is self-hosted on WordPress.

DC Social Media Examiner (DCSME): What is your blog about?

Cendrine Marrouat (CM): Creative Ramblings is about social media with a particular focus on independent artists and entrepreneurs, rather than big businesses.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Creative Ramblings?

CM: When I started my career as an independent artist, I quickly realized that the road to good exposure is paved with challenges. As I had no one to guide me in the right direction, I chose not to wait for success to find me.

I started doing a lot of research and actually enjoyed my finds. As I discovered Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and learnt to use other social networking sites, I realized that social media was becoming unavoidable.

When I had acquired sufficient knowledge on the topic, I started sharing through discussions with people. They advised me to start blogging, which I did. And now, I cannot live without it!

DCSME: How is Creative Ramblings different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

CM: My blog is unique in the sense that I offer a no-nonsense and honest approach based on my personal experience.

I like to create articles and tutorials that are easy for people to understand — something that I have enjoyed doing since my days as a teacher.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

CM: I love the freedom that blogging brings. There is neither deadline no contract. I can write whenever I want and share my thoughts on any topic relevant to my niche.

Most people do not realize how important blogging is when it comes to building a solid reputation online.

DCSME: How often do you update Creative Ramblings?

CM: I try to do it four or five times a week. However, I also have three other blogs. Further, I hold six titles with Examiner.com, including Canada Social Media Examiner. So juggling with everything can be quite challenging…

DCSME: What else would you like to share with readers of your profile?

CM: Apart from blogging, I am also a freelance journalist/reviewer, published author and translator.

I am always interested in spotlighting independent artists and experts in the social media field, so contact me.

Cendrine Marrouat’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Official Website

Canada Social Media Examiner

Five Years and Counting

Cendrine Marrouat on Examiner.com

Personal Blog

Our Real Love is Poetry

Cendrine Marrouat’s News

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AR Blogger: Bree

Blogger: Bree

Blog: New Beginnings

Bree’s blog is on Blogspot.

DC Social Media Examiner (DCSME): What is your blog about?

Bree (CH): My blog is about me healing from my past through poetry and spiritual writings. From time to time, I will post poetry that is written by friends and/or family members.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for New Beginnings?

CH: The topic was based on personal feelings after coming out of a bad relationship. After taking time for myself and looking back on things that have happened, I felt that the best way to heal was to write. Just as singers sing about their pain, I write poetry about mine.

DCSME: How is New Beginnings different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

CH: I feel my blog is different because I do not sugar coat anything that has happened. My blog not only has helped me heal emotionally but has also been an inspiration to other bloggers/readers who have shared similar experiences. I have actually been commended on coming forth and sharing my past experiences with the world.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

CH: I love the feedback that I get from blogging. I like the way there is a whole blogging community who supports each other in a positive way. I like the individuals that you meet while blogging.

DCSME: How often do you update New Beginnings?

CH: I try and update my blog at least once a week.

DCSME: What else would you like to share with readers of your profile?

CH: I want everyone to know that no matter what you go through in life, don’t hide. While it is not always easy to let people into your personal life, it has been a great way for me to heal emotionally.

Bree’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Above the Rest Virtual Assistance

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