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NC Blogger: Joey Pinkney

Blogger: Joey Pinkney

Blog: JoeyPinkney.com

Joey Pinkney’s blog is self-hosted on WordPress.

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

Joey Pinkney (JP): I use my blog as a platform to promote the author interviews I conduct and the book reviews I write. I have been blogging about the book industry since the end of August ’08. Since that time, this blog has taken a life of its own.

I have featured authors from various genres and levels of notoriety. I have won awards for my book reviews and also been pulled into the realm of author, for which I’ve also won an award.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for JoeyPinkney.com?

JP: My love of books naturally lead me to my current focus. At first, I was all over the place. I would one week write about acne, which was a winner. Another week, I would write about weight loss. Too much, way too much…

I eventually came back around to what I’m obsessed with – books. At first, I had to beg authors to be a part of what has become known as the “JoeyPinkney.com 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Author Interview Series”. It has grown to be a nationally recognized promotional tool for authors, primarily black authors.

DCSME: How is JoeyPinkney.com different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

JP: One thing that makes my blog different is the execution. My author interviews have a certain layout and style that’s totally it’s own that’s developed over time.

Also, the fact that its a one-man-operation. I do extensive social media networking for the different author interviews that are posted on JoeyPinkney.com. Most of the work is done solely by myself.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

JP: It’s a release. It is such a great feeling to get an author interview posted. I also like the fact that I have created an access point for authors and readers that allows them to come into contact with each other.

My main goal with JoeyPinkney.com is to promote authors and books that wouldn’t normally get the time of day. I do that as much as time will allow.

When I get an email or a comment or recognition of my author interviews on other websites, I feel like my free time is well spent.

DCSME: How often do you update JoeyPinkney.com?

JP: I update in spurts. Sometimes, I post everyday or even multiple times a day. Other times, a week will pass before I post a new entry.

This is because I do much more than post author interviews and book reviews. I manage the processing of advertising monies, the placement of ads on my website and even the creation of ads. I update my social media website profiles, the auto-posts and the read and write books.

Oh… I also have a day job and a family.

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

JP: Award Winning Author – “Like Father, Like Son”, a short story featured in The Soul of a Man Anthology (2009 Best Short Stories/Best Anthology – African American Literary Awards Show)

Award Winning Book Reviewer – JoeyPinkney.com (2010 Book Reviewer of the Year – AAMBC)

Ron Knight’s Top 50 Facebook Authors

Joey Pinkney’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Joey Is In It

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MD Blogger: Rick Garner

Blogger: Rick Garner

Blog: Mr. Garner Goes To Washington

Rick Garner’s blog is on Blogspot.

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

Rick Garner (RG): The blog’s genesis was a means of keeping family and friends informed of my family’s move to the Washington, DC area from Jackson, Mississippi. In June 2004, I was using a Yahoo group to communicate this information but soon converted those group posts into blog posts. The rest, as they say, is history.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Mr. Garner Goes To Washington?

RG: My original intent was to post only stories about DC life. Having lived in MS for over 30 years, I felt my writings would be a unique take on DC life. Yet, over the months and years, my posts have drifted into other musings more focused on politics, religion, and culture. My posts reflect whatever inspires me at the moment.

DCSME: How is Mr. Garner Goes To Washington different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

RG: I feel that my blog is different because of the width of content and that I enjoy responding to comments made on my posts. Comments, I feel, should be an extended conversation about the post. Not just tossed-in comments from visitors or discussions between visitors but also a conversation between me and them.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

RG: Blogging offers a chance to not only know a person better but it also provides a chance to dialog about an issue. While some of my posts might be considered controversial due to my faith or political views, the posts can expand into comments by further defining my thoughts on a subject. It’s often difficult to fully articulate complex cultural subjects in a blog post. Comments allow for that discussion to breathe and ideally everyone learns from the experience.

DCSME: How often do you update Mr. Garner Goes To Washington?

RG: While I’d love to update it at least weekly, I’ve fallen short of that goal often. However, that’s my plan for 2011. At least 1 new post weekly.

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

RG: I never thought the opportunity would present itself to me as a chance to live and work in this area. Underestimating God’s plan is something all of us with faith do sometimes. Learning and growing from our missperceptions are what help set us free.

Rick Garner’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Unexplained Files –  is an archive blog documenting my experiences and cases with paranormal situations in the South.

Jon And Kate Prayers – has also become an archive blog and was launched to combat the negative press the Gosselins received during their divorce.

Obama Prayers – is likely to become another archive blog merely due to my not having time to update it. It’s original purpose was to provide not only a conservative viewpoint on some of the Obama Administration’s policies but more often on how we as a people should stop complaining and pray.

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New Zealand Blogger: Paul Callaghan

Blogger: Paul Callaghan

Blog: Freelance Writer Nz

Paul Callaghan’s blog is on Blogspot.

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

Paul Callaghan (PC): Documenting my efforts to make a living from freelance writing, it also includes writing site reviews, book reviews and writing tips.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Freelance Writer Nz?

PC: I write about what I do. It’s one of the things that I’m passionate about.

DCSME: How is Freelance Writer Nz different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

PC: It’s written from the perspective of someone who is geographically isolated but still living in a developed country. Being in NZ gives a different outlook to many things as they seem so far away.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

PC: The interaction with my readers, I’ve made some great new friends. And because I read a lot of blogs too, I just love the way I keep learning and being entertained by some very talented writers.

DCSME: How often do you update Freelance Writer Nz?

PC: 2-3 times a week.

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

PC: I have a slightly offbeat sense of humour and can usually be counted on to give a different approach to writing.

Paul Callaghan’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Ergofiction

Back to Basics by Paul

Paul Callaghan’s Social Media Sites:

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Red Gage

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Ezine Articles

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OH Blogger: Rebecca McKinsey

Blogger: Rebecca McKinsey

Blog: The Legible Bits

Rebecca McKinsey’s blog is on WordPress.com.

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

Rebecca McKinsey (RM): As a student journalist, I have heard many times the importance of blogging. Although I do like to blog on the topics of journalism and media, I also write about experiences, things I’ve read and things I want to do. I also blog more in-depth about articles and pieces I’ve written elsewhere. As my interest in photography grows, my blog will also include more photos I have taken.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for The Legible Bits?

RM: Despite warnings from others that I’ll suffer from ink poisoning, if such a thing exists, I always write reminders for myself on my hand. At the end of the day, if there is something I want to blog about, it’s very likely I wrote about it on my hand. No matter what I write about, the topics usually have that in common — although sometimes the challenge is finding something still legibly written at the end of the day. Thus the title of, and the basis for, my blog — The Legible Bits.

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

RM: I see many student journalists — and seasoned journalists — writing mainly about media-related topics. Although that is one of my main interests and I do like to touch on journalistic subjects in my blog, I also write about things I see, experience and want to change, relying on my journalism background to help me produce insightful and enjoyable pieces. I believe this distinction makes my blog unique.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

RM: As a journalist, I often hear how important it is to stay objective. My blog provides relief from that rigidity — it’s a place where I can share my opinion, interact with others and have fun.

DCSME: How often do you update The Legible Bits?

RM: This blog is still a work in progress, but my goal right now is to update at least once or twice a week, and the frequency may grow in the future.

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

RM: I love God, sunflowers and tapirs. I’m planning a trip to Sri Lanka just so I can play with baby elephants. I’m learning to love photography. And I love feedback. I never think my opinion is the only one, and it’s so important to me to respect the beliefs of others. I would hope that the people who read my blog would respect my opinion but also feel free to share theirs.

I have recently started another blog, Hear the Distance Calling, for my upcoming study-abroad trip to Spain; that one will be updated as well in the next few months, and perhaps further into the upcoming years if I continue traveling.

Rebecca McKinsey’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Hear the Distance Calling

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WA Blogger: Laurinda Bellinger

Blogger: Laurinda Bellinger

Blog: Laurinda On Leadership

Blog Link: laurindaonleadership.com

Laurinda Bellinger’s blog is on WordPress.org.

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

Laurinda Bellinger (LB): This is my personal blog where I share from my past and present life experiences. I discuss all the mistakes I made and lessons learned as a black woman in Corporate America. I blog about Leadership, social media, productivity, and anything else I believe helps people lead a better life. It’s is my desire to see people “re-engineer” their thoughts and become more tomorrow than they are today.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Laurinda On Leadership?

LB: Leadership is a passion of mine. Working on my leadership skills has help navigate through all the politics that a black woman encounters Corporate America. I’m an engineer by trade. I learned some fierce lessons about leading men when I first entered Corporate America in my twenties. I couldn’t lead myself let alone anyone else. This is a topic that I speak on regularly. So when I decided to start a blog to help my speaking career, it was a natural choice topic.

DCSME: How is Laurinda On Leadership different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

LB: I read books and blogs on leadership daily. There are too few women (and even fewer black women) who are talking about the subject.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

LB: I love teaching and blogging allows to teach without having a classroom.

DCSME: How often do you update Laurinda On Leadership?

LB: When I first started, I committed to posting 5 days a week. That lasted 2 weeks. I still have my day job. So now I update weekly. Occasionally I update twice a week.

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

LB: I am one of a four Sr. Project Managers in the Customer Service – Airports Division of Alaska Airlines. I have worked as a test engineer and process engineer for 3M and Motorola respectively. I maintain the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

I work hard, fly a lot and love to write & teach.

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NY Blogger: Penguin Hall Monitor

Blogger: Penguin Hall Monitor

Blog: Penguin Hall Monitor

Penguin Hall Monitor’s blog is on Blogspot.

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

Penguin Hall Monitor (PHM): The Penguin Hall Monitor reports on all the activities at Penguin Hall, its inhabitants and its visitors.

Come in, sit down, have a cup of coffee and stay awhile!

We cover mostly those events happening at the Hall, but sometimes the editors’ minds wander a bit and then all bets are off.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Penguin Hall Monitor?

PHM: The Penguin Hall Monitor was originally a printed edition, published four times a year, for the benefit of the family get-togethers. Interest became so great, the editors decided to put it out online so everyone could enjoy all the antics.

DCSME: How is Penguin Hall Monitor different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

PHM: Outside of indulging in a cocktail or two perhaps more frequently than most, being seen in formalwear nearly all the time, traveling around the country in our spare time and offering offbeat opinions on the state of Mr. Hall’s occupation (funeral director)- well, we’re practically like everyone else.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

PHM: The immediate nature of the platform. We could be in Chicago one day, Denver the next and winging our way to Las Vegas after that. With blogging (and other attendant social media, i.e. Twitter) we can bring everyone along with us for the ride.

DCSME: How often do you update Penguin Hall Monitor?

PHM: Depends. When we’re on the road, it’s more frequent. Usually though, an update appears once a week. We try not to go any longer than that; too many things pile up and then the editors have to go and lie down for awhile and we take turns visiting and holding their hands.

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

PHM: Mr. and Mrs. Hall would like to thank Faydra Deon for offering us an opportunity to talk about the Penguin Hall Monitor here, and we’d like to invite everyone to stop by and say Hi! if they are in the area. (We are particularly fond of English gin and French vermouth, if you are struggling with that hospitality gift bugaboo.)

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DC Blogger: James S. Walker

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