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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!

 

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.

I Not Only Write Blog Content, I Develop Them, Too

9 Jan

Blog

I realized during recent conversations that people think of me only as a content creator when I tell them I’m a blogger. Allow me to dispel that perception right now. Yes, content is my thing, but I also install and develop WordPress sites.

There are several aspects of blogging. For the purposes of this post, though, I will stick with the development and content. The development of sites include installing the software, selecting a design and getting the site to function properly. Once that’s done, you create content to attract and keep people returning to your site.

Please keep in mind that some people who develop and maintain blogs tend to be more technical in nature, and they may not write content. On the flip side, content creators may not be interested in the technical parts. Thus, if you want a site and have no time or interest in doing either, you will have to pay two different rates for the different functions unless you get a total blogging package that includes both.

Luckily, you have me. I provide total blogging solutions and packages. I design wordpress.com and wordpress.org sites, create content, manage your conversations and maintain your sites. Contact me at (877) 570-5228 to get started today!


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3 Considerations for Writing Content for Your Blog

1 Nov

Writing for Your BlogThere is saying that, “It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it.” Well, in blogging, that is NOT true. What you say is just as important as how you say it – literally and figuratively. There are three ways to ensure that you say what you want to say in the way you want to say: 1) write relevant content; 2) use a conversational tone; and 3) use proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Content

The content of your blog must be relevant to your audience; otherwise, they are not going to read it. If your blog is about photography, and you’re talking about microwaves, you are going to lose your audience and credibility. Unless those microwaves take pictures, all topics on your photography site should be related to photography. Relevancy of content is important. Check out Copy Blogger for tips on how to write content for your blog.

Tone

The tone of your blog should be conversational whether it is formal or informal. People read official documents and letters all the time. Make your audience want to come to your blog by speaking directly to them in a professional, yet conversational tone.

Presentation

Your spelling, grammar and punctuation need to be as close to perfect as possible. Unless you’re the most accurate editor in the world, you may not catch all your flaws. This is OK. Just don’t make it a habit. If you know these are not your strengths, hire someone to do it. If your cash is a little low, barter. Your written presentation – spelling, grammar, and punctuation – is as important as content and tone. Grammar Girl is a great resource for grammar and punctuation.

Remember, what you say is just as important as how you say it when blogging. Your content must be relevant; the tone of your blog must be conversational; and your spelling, grammar, and punctuation must on point. If you have these three things, you are on you way to a well-written and well-read blog.

These are my thoughts. Did I miss anything?

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It’s Okay NOT to Write Essays on Your Status Updates & 1,000 Word Articles on Your Blog

14 Sep

No Essays

I understand the power of social media and blogging. I love both. I also understand that we have a lot to say and these tools give us free reign to say what we want and how we want.  However, as an avid reader and writer, I need you to understand that people are NOT trying to read more than 2 paragraphs on your Facebook status update or 1,000 word articles on your blog.  We’re just not.

We are living in a society of information overload and we need you to get to the point. And if you need to write more than 2 paragraphs, add it as a note on your Facebook Page. If you HAVE to write a huge article on your blog, make it two or more posts. This will ensure that you have content and your audience is more likely to read it. Also, if you need practice on keeping your updates short and simple, keep in mind that Twitter has a 140 character limit and text messages are 160 characters; try to stay within those limits.

I’m sorry if I offended anyone, but these long messages are ridiculous.  Especially when you don’t really get the point until the third or fourth paragraph! This message is coming from a writer who reads most of the day. If anyone disagrees with the long status updates and blog posts, leave a comment below and let’s get a conversation going.

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Blogging While Brown Was a Dream Come True

14 Jul
Kim Coles, Me & Rene Syler

Kim Coles, Me & Rene Syler at BWA Awards

Blogging While Brown (BWB) was a dream come true for me on so many levels.

First, my Live Blogging 101 presentation was a success.  The only snafu was the slow internet connection at one point which didn’t impact my presentation.  That was my first presentation at a conference as well as the beginning of my speaking career (I can do it without fainting in front of crowds! Woo hoo!). I don’t mind teaching live blogging, but dang it, I need better topics.

Second, I started interviewing bloggers. That was one of the things I really wanted to do for my business blog. Although these were general overviews on blogging, many lessons were learned.

Third, I got to connect with other presenters and professionals in various fields. AND they were all cool.

Fourth, I’m one step closer to my goals based on the conversations I had with these cool peeps. I realized while I was there that I was really encouraging people to get their books written. I have really got to push my book writing coaching services.

Fifth, The Write Design Company got more exposure because it was nominated for The Best Business Blog  for the Black Weblog Awards.

And finally, I got to meet Kim Coles and Rene Syler. Two very down-to-earth ladies.

What are some things that will help make your dreams come true?

My Lessons from Blogging While Brown

13 Jul

Dr. Syb & Me at Blogging While Brown

I really enjoyed myself at the Blogging While Brown conference this weekend, and I walked away feeling like a new person. There was a good vibe in the place and everyone pretty much connected. In fact, the relationships were so strong that I almost felt like an outsider initially. The hearts and sincerity were so welcoming, people just drew you in and you no longer felt like a stranger. Anyway, following are my lessons from the conference.

1. I really need to brand myself. Working on that.

2. Black and white people use Twitter differently. Who knew that this was even a topic? And like all things Twitter – who cares?

3. Black people CAN get along contrary to the intentional negative images and stories on mainstream TV. There should have been a camera there to capture that.

4. A lot of black women bloggers have natural hair. Dr. Syb said she was going to conduct research to find out if there is a relationship between the two.

5. BWB attendees get education and relationship. I walked away from Blog World a social media guru with relationships with Naomi Trower and Blog World’s Facebook page. No one else kept in touch even though I reached out to them.

6. There really isn’t an incorrect way to use social media. You have to find the way that best fits your business, brand and purpose, and work it!

7. Social media success, like any other success, does not happen overnight.

8. BWB hooks you up! We really didn’t have to spend money on food during the conference. They had us covered from Thursday evening to Sunday morning. The event on Thursday evening was sponsored by The Capital Grille, Chrystal & Amir (The Duo Dishes) and Bren Herrera (Flanboyant Eats), but still…we didn’t have to spend any money. The price of Blog World was triple the price of BWB and we got less.

9. I got my first taste of Twitter and Hootsuite Blackberry apps. I intentionally stayed away from them on purpose. But, now I’m hooked.

10. I’m not the only person with 1,001 blogs, 999 Twitter names and 995 other places to find me online.

11. The group at BWB likes to blog and Tweet. I have found that members of The Social Media Club of Chicago like to mostly Tweet while blogging groups like to mostly blog.

12. Black and brown bloggers need more media attention because they have unique perspectives and voices in various topics. Is this opportunity for me???

13. Everyone was way helpful and didn’t mind sharing tips and advice. Great blessings!

14. I’ll be back next year!

My interviews with bloggers and BWB developments will be posted on The Write Design Company. I’ll post links at content is shared or go to the site to sign up for updates.