Since this is Cyber Monday, I’ll start my mashup with a link for all you Christmas shopaholics. This site pulls together lots of bargain shopping so you don’t have to go surfing for sales!
And now, on to my writerly mashup:
Do you have Klout? No, not clout, but Klout. Have you heard of it yet? Klout measures a user’s influence across the social network. I’m not sure if I should admit my score any more than I should tell you my age, weight or bra size, especially since none are anything to brag about. But I will say that since tracking it in October, and reading Kristen Lamb‘s book, We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media, it has gone up almost ten points! Here’s a link to Social Media Today, which gives a good overview of Klout scores, and why many consider it important today:
However! My next mashup link is posted on Jane Friedman’s website. Guest blogger, Christina Katz, cautions us not to spend so much time on branding that we lose the “expressive, evolving pleasure of our natural dynamic.”
So, the challenge is to balance our creative branding with our creative writing. As writers, we need to remember where our emphasis should be and write. In the last two weeks, my Klout score has gone up, but don’t ask me how many new pages I’ve written.
Therefore, my last mashup for the week is full of prompts to get your creative juices flowing, posted on a blog by Marelisa Fabrega. It’s a mashup within a mashup, with eighteen links to stimulate you to write:
I hope these links are helpful. Now all you need to do is decide whether to shop, brand yourself, or create a written masterpiece.