Marcie Writes is Up and Running – Follow Me There!

30 Jan

I am pleased to announce that my self-hosted Marcie Writes site is  up and running. I will no longer be updating posts on this site after January 31, 2012. I will, however, continue to respond to comments.

Also, check out my other sites and social networks:

The Write Design Company – This is my business site where I highlight corporate writing, blogging and social media training and services as well as content creation.

Shorty: Your Chicago South Side Resource – Find about culture, education, employment, health and youth programs and activities on the South Side of Chicago.

Real Skate Stories – This is your chance to share your roller skating memories in text or video.

Twitter: marcie_hill

Facebook: The Write Design Company and South Side Shorty
Thank you for your support!

Happy Update: My Self-Hosted Marcie Writes Site is Almost Done

28 Jan

Marcie Writes

 

Only a few more adjustments and I’ll be done. I hope to be sending you to my site by Sunday. Yes, two days from now. The fun will really begin then. I just wanted to share.  Woo-hoo!

 

Brian Hanington is the Greatest!

26 Jan
Brian Hanington

Brian Hanington, President of Stiff Sentences

While conducting research for my writing trainings, I found a white paper titled, “Ending the Writing Crisis: The Corporate Perspective”, written by Brian Hanington, President of Stiff Sentences Inc. I reached out to Brian for advice and he gave me 20 minutes of his time, which was a great blessing.

I was concerned he wouldn’t respond because I was some random person trying to pick his brain. Brian was very friendly with a giving spirit. He gave me excellent advice even though, as he pointed out, I am his competition. On a small scale. However, there are great opportunities to partner; and I’m looking forward to them.

 

 

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I Will Be Answering Your Blogging Questions on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

25 Jan

Writing for Your Blog

Are you curious about what a blog is and how it works?

Do you want to know the difference between a website & a blog?

What else would you like to know about blogging?

Get all of your questions answered at my Blogging Q & A Session on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  at Woodson Library at the corner of 95th & Halsted.

See you there!!

Book Review: But Wait…There’s More!

24 Jan

But Wait...There's More

I was advised to “watch informercials to learn how to market your business,” by my friend who wants me to start making real money. I was more than happy to read a book to expand my knowledge.

However, I really wasn’t prepared for the first book I decided to read, “But Wait…There’s More! Tighten Your Abs, Make Millions, and Learn How the $100 Billion Informercial Industry Sold Us Everything but the Kitchen Sink” by Remy Stern. This is a great book!

The only real expectations I had were: 1) a chronological history of the industry and 2) the strategies and words used to get people to buy obvious crap. What I got was an entertaining, in-depth view of the “pitch” business.  Stern provided more detail than I ever imaged. Did you know that the pitch began at carnivals and street festivals?  Some of the industry pioneers sold things on Chicago’s famous Maxwell Street.

Other interesting facts divulged include:

  1. How it was determined to sell to people at night
  2. The lack of integrity and questionable backgrounds of the people behind many of the products we see. Many of these people have served jail time, lost their professional licenses and make crappy products on purpose
  3. One informercial writer charges $15,000 for a half-hour segment
  4. The network’s roles in the longevity of the industry
  5. How much industry makes annually

What I really enjoyed about the book, though, was the way Stern intertwined information about how the industry works with the people of the industry. Instead of separating historical facts, the people, the networks, etc. by individual chapters, he just made it a well-organized story that was amazingly entertaining and easy to follow.

This book is an accidental blessing and highly recommended. Have you read, “But Wait…There’s More”? What are your thoughts?

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Want to Learn WordPress? Attend the 1-Day Workshop

23 Jan

Chicago WordPress Meetup

Presented by Dante Hamilton, Founder, Chicago WordPress Meetup Group and Scott Winterroth, Pro Blogger and Chicago WordPress Consultant, this hands-on workshop is guaranteed to give you a full-fledged WordPress education in just one day on January 28, 2012.

Lessons attendees will learn include

  • WordPress 3.3 and the WP Dashboard
  • Web hosting
  • Selecting Themes
  • Uploading Content
  • Social Media for WordPress
  • Ecommerce
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • And much more…

In addition to this full-day education, you will get a boxed lunch, beverages and individual coaching.  The workshop will be held at  the University Center Conference Chicago, 525 South State Street, 2nd Floor in Chicago.

Visit the Chicago WordPress Meetup page for more details and to register for the WordPress 1-Day Workshop.

How Much Would You Spend on a Pen?

22 Jan

Hi All,

I was cleaning out my drawer and found a Mont Blanc pen that was given to me as a gift. At that time it was given to me, the luxury pen was running for $100. Would I had bought it then? I was right out of college with no job. Probably not. Would I pay that much for a pen today? Most definitely.

As a writer, the tool I use to create is as important to me as my creation. I know some people are thinking, “$100 for a pen? That’s crazy!” As with anything, people spend money on things that are important to them. While a pen may not be important to most; to me, it is an investment in my craft. And you can best believe that you will only find MY fingerprints on that luxury investment!

What about you? How much would you spend on a pen?

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