Saturday I attended WordCamp 2012 and learned all kinds of new things about WordPress, search engine optimization, social media marketing, copyright, entrepreneurship, keywords, Google Analytics . . . is your brain about to explode yet? It was a lot of information to take in. I loved what marketing maven and organizer of the event, Angela Belford, said about the amount of information presented: “It’s like trying to take a drink of water from a fire hydrant.”
But, I’ve already made a few changes to my mashup as a result. Can you pick them out?
- I’m using bullets
- I’m using headers with keywords people might search for
- I’ve added those keywords to my tags
- I’ve added links to my own blogs
- I’ll post this link to my Facebook Author Page first, and will “share” it to my Facebook Personal Page from there. (Side Note: I couldn’t get this to work. It reposted to my Author Page and I ended up having to manually post to my personal page, not share from my Author Page. Any ideas?)
As I continue to absorb the eight pages of notes I took on Saturday, (take sips from the hydrant) I’ll continue to learn more.
Watch for future posts as I share what I learned with you.
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MASHUP WRITING TIP:
On the blog, Write Anything, Jacqui Murray posts “21 Tips About Writing From Twitter.” A list! Followers of my blog know how I love lists. Like Jacqui, I also am a writing tip junkie. Here are my top three from the list of twenty-one:
- Although I write on a laptop, I like to tuck a pencil behind my ear. That way I can stab people who interrupt me. – Since reading this, I write with a pencil behind my ear. It’s an effective weapon.
- If you’re a hammer, everything in the world looks like a nail. If you’re a writer, everything looks like a plot. – So very true. Every writer knows this, and anyone who loves a writer needs to know it.
- Always be willing to change… repair mistakes, change your cover, change your blurb, change your marketing, and change your idea of what it means to be an indie author. We are living in a malleable time. – Yes, it is a malleable time, but that keeps it interesting. I try to maintain the philosophy, “What will be, will be.”
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MASHUP BLOGGING TIP:
Since posting Roni Loren’s blog on copyright in my mashup last week, I’ve heard and read a variety of commentary, much of it fears of being sued for unauthorized use of others’ works. Rather than dwell in that fear, Keli Wright researched and posted the article, “Keli Wright on Copyright” on her blog, Keli Wright’s Open-Faced Sandwich. Keli lists several useful links for photography and clarification of definitions.
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MASHUP SOCIAL MEDIA TIP:
On the blog, Search Engine Journal, Saj Patel posts “10 SEO Techniques All Startups Should Be Using.” This post is for businesses in general, but most of it applies to writers, also. I learned several of these items at Saturday’s WordCamp. In fact, in my bullet list above, I referenced Technique #1: Identify Keywords.
Thanks for the summary, Jan. I’m still a little groggy from the fire-hose battering.
Baby steps, Ned. 🙂
Very good post. I’m looking forward to more information on marketing books and SEO. Will also try to do a better job linking to help build traffic to you.
Thanks, Denton. I’ll be looking for some blog posts from you. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, too!
Thanks for these links Jan. I love your pencil behind the ear. No concealed weapon permit needed! I am always forgetting to make my headers from good keywords, and the same with my blog post title. Always forget to pay attention to that, too. So much to remember!
Thanks, Madison. One day, maybe my pencil behind the ear will symbolize “leave me alone.” 🙂
Thanks for the helpful hints, Jan. I sure hope all of you had a great time and learned a lot at WordCamp 2012. Looking forward to hearing more about all the neat stuff you learned. I did a rain dance on Saturday, but so far nothing.
Jack, you might need to take dance lessons. 🙂 Maybe that’s what we should all do on Thursday instead of critique.
So THAT’s what you’all were talking about. Sorry I missed WordCamp. I’m still trying to figure out how to change the font size on my blog! That’s what I get for being late to class. Maybe I can get a copy of your notes?
I’m honored to be included in your mashup. I don’t like the looks of that picture, though. If I didn’t hate being photographed so intensely, I might be motivated to get something other than a “self portrait.” Btw, do you have permission to use that photo? 😉
Uh-oh, Keli. I thought about asking for permission to use your photo, but I wanted to surprise you. 🙂 Besides, I think that’s a great photo! Anyway, I sent you my notes in exchange for permission.
Woohoo! Best payment I’ll ever get for one of my snapshots! Thanks!
Reblogged this on Sisterhood of the Traveling Pen.
Help! Your post is so timely for me. For some reason my photo won’t show up anymore in wordpress, though when I go into my account and into my gravatar- there are photos there. What am I doing wrong? I would so love a class on wordpress. I’m tired of the “try it and maybe” method.
I’m not sure, Linda. Are you logged into your WordPress account? I’m still trying to figure out some of this WordPress stuff. I bought “WordPress for Dummies” yesterday. Yep, that should do it. 🙂