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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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Germany Blogger: Carol Grayson

Blogger: Carol Grayson

Blog: Carol Grayson Dark Romance

Carol Grayson ‘s blog is on Blogspot.

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

Carol Grayson (CG): I review and introduce books, film and music, mostly in the gothic and mystery genre. But I’m also a published author in Germany. I write under the pen-name Carol Grayson.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Carol Grayson Dark Romance?

CG: Because of the stories and novels I’m writing (gothic novels, mystery and dark fantasy stories).

DCSME: How is Carol Grayson Dark Romance different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

CG: I guess it’s the diversity. I cover plenty of themes including writing tips, events and interviews with other authors as well.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

CG: Introducing new books and artists apart from the mainstream.

DCSME: How often do you update Carol Grayson Dark Romance?

CG: 2-3 times a week, sometimes even daily when I got some interesting news.

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

CG: Most of my posts are in German, but I´ll try to post more in English, too. I would love to introduce more English books and writers to German readers as well.

Carol Grayson ‘s other blog(s)/website(s):

Jason Dawn – A Vampire Saga

Carol Grayson ‘s Social Media Sites:

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Goodreads

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GA Blogger: Miss Mae

Blogger: Miss Mae

Blog: The Miss Mae Site

Miss Mae’s blog is on Blogspot.

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

Miss Mae (MM): It is my author blog/site which showcases my books. Not only that but since I created my own covers, and create for other authors and for Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery, I use it as a vehicle for designing income. Plus, I love animals and dedicate a whole page to “Doggy Tales”, stories submitted by readers/pet owners.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for The Miss Mae Site?

MM: Since it’s to showcase my work, it was easy. 🙂

DCSME: How is The Miss Mae Site different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

MM: It’s quite personal, I think, as I designed my header banner and chose a background/theme to highlight the genre I write. (Romantic mystery) Think “it was a dark and stormy night…” type of atmosphere. 🙂

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

MM: I love the Doggy Tales feature as this draws in all kinds of unique readers. Hearing about the different stories of how we came to be pet owners is heartwarming and rewarding.

DCSME: How often do you update The Miss Mae Site?

MM: Doggy Tales is weekly, each Monday.

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

MM: That Miss Mae also has a quirky, fun side as seen in my other two blogs! 🙂

Miss Mae’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Feeling Nosey?

Mishaps of Gumdrop Island

The Independent Author Network

Miss Mae’s Social Media Sites:

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Be proactive to make your tweets more re-tweetable

There’s nothing conceited about proactive consideration.

Let me start by saying that.

Many of you make it incredibly difficult to retweet your tweets. Please consider a possible retweet when you’re constructing your original tweet.

This is what I do…

I start my tweet construction with RT @faydra_deon: (yes, I include the colon) in front of my tweet and then add the content, eventually modifying the way the tweet is phrased so it all fits.

Anyone who tweets with me knows I don’t use shortcodes (e.g, luv, tombout, kaythxby, etc.), acronyms (e.g., SMH, OMG, BTW, etc.) or any other text-type (e.g., b4, u2, oomf, etc.), and I always try to use the correct punctuation, which means I sometimes have to pull on all my grammar, spelling and punctuation skills to tweet what I want within the 140-character limit. 🙂

Anyway…

I start my tweet construction with RT @faydra_deon: in front of my tweet and then add the content.

Tweet before modification...

 

Once I have everything I want to say, then I modify the way the tweet is phrased so it all fits and includes the retweet information that will be attached to the tweet if/when someone retweets the tweet.

Tweet after modication...

Tweet after modication...

 

Then before I tweet it, I remove RT @faydra_deon: and send it out.

Final tweet...

Final tweet...

 

I’m not so conceited that I think everything I tweet will get retweeted, but I make room for the possibility that someone may find value in one of my tweets and will want to retweet it for others to see, and that’s why I try to be proactive to help the process along.

There have been times I wanted to retweet several of the people I follow and who follow me, but having to remove 20 or more characters to make it happen is simply too much work. I start out trying to cut it down, and then I realize that it just takes too much time to “doctor” the tweet for retweeting and still maintain the original meaning the tweeter was trying to convey.

The following are things that I find make it very difficult to retweet other people’s tweets:

  • A Twitter handle that maxes out the number of characters you’re allowed to have (e.g., @C_TownsendRocks, @Im_from_Jamaica, @iGetMoreFollows).
  • A plethora of hashtags (e.g., @iGetMoreFollows I found this great, new #gym to #workout with my #personaltrainer, and it’s close to my house! #winning #gettingfit #bikini)
  • Too much repeat information (e.g., @C_TownsendRocks Please check out my author interview with Author Vanessa Vanderbilt on my site AuthorInterviews at http://authorinterviews.com)
  • Several links and Twitter handles that can’t be removed or the tweet won’t be viable (e.g., @Im_from_Jamaica Me & @C_TownsendRocks went 2 http://t.co/Cxfe43Dd for the annual @CherryBlossom festival. We had dinner at @TheGarden! #yum)

These are just a few examples and not really note-worthy for retweeting, but I’m sure most of you understand what I’m getting at.

If you think you should be getting retweeted more, and you’re at a loss as to why people aren’t sharing your great tweets with other Tweeters, consider being proactive to make your tweets more re-tweetable.

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CA Blogger: Perry MacNeil

Location: CA

Blogger: Perry MacNeil

Blog: Kitchen Table Politics with Momma Politico: Politics for The Rest of Us

Perry MacNeil’s blog is self-hosted on WordPress.

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

Perry MacNeil (PM): Kitchen Table Politics looks at the “kitchen table” issues we all deal with, and what the politicians are doing to help the middle/working class and the 99%. I sort through how the actions of politicians affect us all while we try to make ends meet, keep our job and home, and try to find a way to send our kids to college.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Kitchen Table Politics with Momma Politico: Politics for The Rest of Us?

PM: My blog has evolved over the years, from mommy blog to political opinion, and now to analysis of what the politicos are doing that affects families that’s kind of an extension of my segments on A World of Progress Radio. The longer I blogged, the more I saw that no one was taking national politics and talking about how it affects my family and our kitchen table issues. So I thought it was about time for someone to make sense of it all for the rest of us.

DCSME: How is Kitchen Table Politics with Momma Politico: Politics for The Rest of Us different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

PM: I’m a teacher and a mom of two kids. We’re struggling with a home that’s upside-down, my husband’s industry is downsizing, and we have two kids soon to be ready for college. I know about the struggles of working class folks like us. We’ve had those conversations about how to pay for everything and still have grocery money, and hoping that the kids don’t outgrow their school clothes until the end of the month. I have family in Afghanistan, and my sister was just laid off, and friends have had to walk away from their homes. These issues are real to me, and I want to hold accountable the folks who are squeezing the middle class.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

PM: I love the interaction with my readers, sharing experiences, frustrations and joys. I like knowing that my ideas extend farther than my own kitchen table, and maybe will have an influence on the kitchen table of other families. I truly enjoy rallying folks around a cause and knowing that someone’s clearer on what’s being done to us, or in our name by corporations, the rich, or the politicos in their pockets. And maybe, just maybe, it’ll motivate others to fight the good fight as well. Together there is nothing we can’t accomplish.

DCSME: How often do you update Kitchen Table Politics with Momma Politico: Politics for The Rest of Us?

PM: I aim for a weekly post, although with work and family, it’s about one post for every 1 1/2 weeks.

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

PM: I welcome your voice – the comments section is where the fun begins! Hearing the responses and experiences of my readers is one of the main reasons I blog.

Perry MacNeil’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Co-Host, A World of Progress Radio

Perry MacNeil’s Social Media Sites:

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NC Blogger: Kim G.

Location: NC

Blogger: Kim G.

Blog: A World of Progress

Kim G.’s blog is self-hosted on WordPress.

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

Kim G. (KG): Our mission is to amplify the voices of people of good conscience who write and speak with honesty and clarity on the issues of our time. We focus on politics, society, culture both international and domestic. We wholeheartedly support the 99% and Occupy movements across the globe.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for A World of Progress?

KG: I watched Fahrenheit 9/11 and I was a changed person. I had to scramble to educate myself on all that I had missed while I wasn’t paying attention and then talk about it. I found some friends who also have a lot to say about the state of our world today.

DCSME: How is A World of Progress different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?

KG: I think we have a nice variety of topics that span the width and breadth of what it means to be Progressive, to live the idea of truth seeking and taking action to elevate our own consciousness and offer our assistance and insights to those who seek community instead of divisiveness.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

KG: Being the Publisher and not having to do all the writing anymore. Blogging has become a way to join forces with people all across the globe, to network with them to effect change and that is very exciting for me.

DCSME: How often do you update A World of Progress?

KG: We usually have at least three new posts per day and we currently have a 2 hour and 30 minute live ustream show Sundays from 6:30 to 9:00 pm Eastern time.

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

KG: Dream up a way to help someone and then share your ideas with others and ask them to help. Great things will happen if you keep doing that long enough.

Kim G.’s other blog(s)/website(s):

A World of Progress

Kim G.’s Social Media Sites:

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MA Blogger: Gess Louis

Location: MA

Blogger: Gess Louis

Blog: Gess Life

Blog Link: gesslife.blogspot.com

Gess Louis’s blog is on Blogspot.

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

Gess Louis (G.L): Where’s theres fashion, celebrities, music and popular culture you’ll probably find me.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Gess Life?

G.L: I keep myself informed in all media outlets.

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

G.L: I’m very random. Besides my twitter interviews, I talk about anything.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

G.L: Freedom of the press!

DCSME: How often do you update Gess Life?

G.L: I used to write whenever I wanted (which means a month would go by and I may or may not add something new) but now I’ve decided to post daily.

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

G.L: I’m no Perez or YBF or Media Take Out but I’m not trying to be. I’d rather be me.

Gess Louis’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Susie’s Fashion & Bridal

Day & Nite Photopgraphy

Gess Louis’s Social Media Sites:

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If you hate the new TweetDeck by Twitter, you’ll love this post

Let me make this post short and sweet.

Twitter got it all wrong with their version of TweetDeck. Yuck!

If you feel the same way, and you’d like to use the last version of TweetDeck before Twitter ruined it…

DOWNLOAD IT HERE!

You’ll need Adobe Air installed on your computer.

Make sure you don’t have any other versions of TweetDeck installed when you install this one. You’ll get an error message.

Many thanks to @ChelaBK for sharing this with me, and many thanks to David Amador for sharing this with the world!

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Old Twitter or New Twitter?


Just in case you’re wondering where I stand in this debate, read by January post on the subject.

Feel free to leave a comment, also, if you have more to add to the question!

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NY Blogger: Iris M. Kirkwood

Blogger: Iris M. Kirkwood

Blog: imkirkwood

imkirkwood’s blog is on webs.com.

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

Iris M. Kirkwood (IMK): How though I live an ordinary life I am able to create interesting visual art.

DCSME: How did you pick the topic for imkirkwood?

IMK: I am a visual artist and I wanted to talk about how some of the ordinary things in my life inspire extraordinary visual art.

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

imk: It involves my ordinary life.

DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?

IMK: Seeing some of my own process to creating written down sometimes clarifies for me the feelings I have placed in the work.

DCSME: How often do you update imkirkwood?

IMK: Varies-but at least once a month.

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

IMK: I’m like a kid whose drawn something that never existed before-I want to show the drawing to everyone-‘Look.Look what I made! What does it say to you?’

Iris M. Kirkwood’s other blog(s)/website(s):

Alloamora on Zazzle

IMKirkwood on Spoonflower

imkirkwood’s Social Media Sites:

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