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WELCOME BACK to my hammock, Brinda, for your 2012 Inaugural Post.

First, I MUST acknowledge that I would be so screwed floundering in the world of Social Media had Brinda Berry not stumbled onto my site and suggested a series titled PIMP MY WEB PRESENCE, wherein she evaluated my blog, Facebook and Twitter presence. Each Wednesday, her series treated us to a bite (byte?) of what I had done right, and where my web presence sucked might be improved.

A bit of history on Gloria Richard Writes…

I do not know when I posted my first blog. WordPress gobbled it when I published the second post on September 9th, 2011. There are those in the “operator error” camp on this issue.

Brinda Berry, Published YA Fantasy Author of the Whispering Woods series, techie guru, and new friend began her PIMP MY Web PRESENCE series in October. Divine Intervention? Who knows?

I know WordPress has not gobbled another post since she came on-scene. She has some serious WordPress and overall Web Presence don’t-mess-with-me moxie.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Make certain you stay with us long enough to:

  • Learn what Brinda has in store for us in 2012
  • Comment, so we know you were here
  • Take a look at the HOT cover to her published YA Fantasy, THE WAITING BOOTH
  • Access all the handy links to her sites so you can become a fellow Brinda Fan-Addict.

We decided to change the name of the series this year. Brinda feels I have moved past the beginner stage and am now ready to maximize my presence while maintaining my sanity AND preserving precious hours for writing, home, reading, craft study, and visits to Yogurtland Barnes and Noble.

THANK YOU, BRINDA! With that, I’m getting out of her way (before she knocks me out of the way) and turning the Hammock over to Brinda.

SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY WITH SANITY

by Brinda Berry

Housekeeping to Start the Year

In 2011, Gloria and I looked at blogs and websites, Facebook and Twitter. I would say these are the big three “musts” for authors and in the order I listed them. I focus on the technical side of things because that’s what I know. Gloria is building her audience and marketing network with these social media platforms. Before we move on in 2012 to other discussions, I’d like to take care of a few “housekeeping” items.

Blogs and Websites:
Gloria is currently hosted by WordPress.com. Gloria might consider moving from the hosted site to her own domain name. I looked up GloriaRichard.com and could see that someone else currently owns this name. It is not unusual to find that your name is taken. That’s why some authors immediately purchase the rights to their name and pay the annual fee even though they are not ready to use it. I also saw that the .net version is still available. It’s something to think about for the future.

Facebook:
Last month, we talked about giveaways. I’d like to mention that Facebook does have a policy about running giveaways on their site. Let me say that I’m not sure how they are policing this, but in May of 2011, they put up a list of rules. I must admit that these rules have stopped me from using them to directly advertise a contest. I do redirect to my website where the contest is being held. There’s a difference. I’d like to share the first two rules and the link for the complete list.
1. Promotions on Facebook must be administered within Apps on Facebook.com, either on a Canvas Page or an app on a Page Tab.
2. Promotions on Facebook must include the following:
a. A complete release of Facebook by each entrant or participant.
Complete list of rules: https://www.facebook.com/promotions_guidelines.php

Twitter:
When I was first on Twitter, I was hacked and my account sent out DM (direct messages) that said something along the lines of “this picture of you naked and balancing a squirrel on your head is so great” and a link. Here are my warnings:
(1) Have a good password for Twitter,
(2) beware of and check out the reputation of the third party apps that you allow to access (read AND WRITE) from your Twitter account
(3) NEVER, EVER, EVER click on a link in a DM unless you know the person and feel positive they sent you a DM. If you click, you will be the next one sending out those mysterious DMs from your account.
If you are hacked, immediately change your password.

So, these are the little things I wanted to get out of the way before we begin our bright, shiny 2012!

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The Waiting Booth LINKS: AmazonBarnes and NobleKobo BooksEtopia PressAll Romance eBooksBorders online

The Waiting Booth TRAILER: http://youtu.be/xIBrZWsJ3Ls

Me again! If you haven’t yet treated yourself to the trailer for THE WAITING BOOTH, take a few minutes to marvel at her talent.

When you visit her site, you’ll also discover the next in the WHISPERING WOODS series is due out in the coming months.

THANKS, as always, for visiting. Share any wisdom (or war stories) you have about effective use of Social Impact, tell us what you’d like to learn, or just say HI! WE LOVE COMMENTS. If you comment, you are guaranteed to win…

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