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.
Facebook: The Write Design Company and South Side Shorty
Thank you for your support!
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!!
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:
- How it was determined to sell to people at night
- 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
- One informercial writer charges $15,000 for a half-hour segment
- The network’s roles in the longevity of the industry
- 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?
While perusing the aisles of Barnes & Noble this past weekend, I was intrigued by ALL the Black History books they were promoting. I stopped to read many of the titles and felt a little jolt. I got the feeling that my roller skating book should be on that stand next year; the main attraction on top of the display.
For this to happen, I will need your prayers for favor, focus, direction and divine connections. A little assistance with researching, interviewing and transcribing would help, too. 🙂 Can I count on your support?
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!
I am pleased to announce that my roller skating site, Real Skate Stories, is up and running.
This is not the most exciting roller skating site you will find online. However, it is one of the most interesting – well to me. While all of the other sites provide information and share memories, I am collecting people’s roller skating stories and memories. Allow me to elaborate.
After returning to roller skating in 2008, I started researching roller skating in Chicago and Black roller skating in Chicago and found very little information. Even the The National Museum of Roller Skating in Lincoln, Nebraska didn’t have much on either topic. I smelled opportunity.
Long story short, to make this opportunity work, I’m going to need the stories, images and anything else people are willing to share. Although my focus is on Chicago and Black roller skating in Chicago right now, stories are welcomed from people all over the world. There is one caveat: I am only interested in the stories of people who used quad skates, not inline or ice skates. If you don’t know what quads are, check out the image above. Ok, those are old, but you get the picture.
And it doesn’t matter how well of a skater you were/are (or not). If you skated, your story will help me. Wow, I can’t wait to learn of other people’s roller skating memories. Visit Real Skate Stories to share your story now or share the link with others.