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Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #4 and Recap of Day 3

Facebook and Twitter seem to make strange bedfellows.

Day 3’s prompt was about Twitter.

Are you on Twitter? Perhaps more than any of the other social media platforms, Twitter has developed its own language. Tweets. Twitterverse. Rewteet. Are you invested in the lingo? So how do you make a statement in 140 characters? Are you following more people or are more people following you? How do you decide whom to follow? Do you reciprocate and automatically follow back everyone who follows you? What kinds of things do you post? How often do you post? What advice do you have for those who are just getting started? IF YOU’RE NOT USING Twitter, go look at it (twitter.com) and either find your favorite author or put “author” in the search field and look around. What’s your take? Which tweets interest you? What would you post if you did decide to create an account? What’s the likelihood you’ll be following @AuthorBlogChal anytime soon? Be sure to give us the link.

It definitely makes some sense that a group that met mostly as a result of our Facebook affiliations tends to lean toward Facebook as their preferred social network. However, there were some great comments about Twitter. Seems some WABC participants have embraced it much more than others.

Twitter Fail Whale

Grateful that we rarely see the Twitter Fail Whale anymore!

I realized as I was pressing “PUBLISH” on my own post that I could probably write an eBook on the things I’ve learned about Twitter over the years I’ve been using it. But even the experts need a nudge, which I definitely received from Jo Michaels, regarding the importance of hashtags. I seldom use them, but that’s something I will look to change in the coming weeks. Speaking of hashtags, thanks to Sandi Tuttle for sharing a link to a post with a great explanation of Twitter hashtags (#).

Mister Linky loves you!

Today, there were 14 posts on Mister Linky, but 17 on the ABC Facebook group wall, so we’re still not at 100% – but overall, we’re doing a better job with posting to the Mister Linky page. And it was the first day without any duplicate posts, which calls for a WOO-HOO! ¡REMEMBER: You MUST post your links to our Mister Linky page for inclusion in the day’s drawing.

SNIPPETS FROM YOUR POSTS

Fiona Strachan

I first started tweeting in 2009 as a way of raising the profile of my newly launched website and, having been sceptical at first, I started to see the benefits both in terms of letting people know about AdoptResources but, even more so, in connecting with other people and businesses, it became my virtual coffee room. I tapped into a supportive network of adopters and adoption and fostering agencies and I made some strong connections that led to collaborative ventures and good, real life friendships. Read more here.

Alana Mautone’s headline: Civil War Sunday – What if social media had existed during the Civil War?

Though I have seen the parody Twitter and Facebook feeds for various historical figures, your title, alone, made me laugh out loud. Speaking of laughing, you could probably use some levity right about now, Alana. Sending love and wishing you, your friend, her mom and her husband all the best at this difficult time of transition. LO

Read Alana’s post here.

LINKS TO ALL POSTS

Revisit the Mister Linky site to see links to ALL of yesterday’s posts.

TODAY’s WINNER

Very appropriately, Beth Kozan won the drawing for day three, a digital copy of Lisa Cherry‘s new book, The Brightness of Stars: Stories of Adults Who Came Through The British Care System… Thanks so much for the donation, Lisa! We’ll email Beth with info about claiming her prize.

WRITING PROMPTS

So we soldier on to the 4th writing prompt of the Winter Author Blog Challenge…

linkedin

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site. Launched in May 2003, it has undergone many metamorphoses – the most recent of which involved retiring two of its most popular features, LinkedIn Events and LinkedIn Answers. Are you using LinkedIn to promote yourself as an author? Does your professional profile include or feature your writing? What is the best connection you’ve made through your involvement on LinkedIn? With whom would you still like to connect? Might LinkedIn be a good vehicle for making such a connection? What is your biggest question, frustration, or suggestion regarding LinkedIn? IF YOU’RE NOT USING LinkedIn, why not? Here’s a good overview of LinkedIn’s features. After perusing it, how MIGHT you use LinkedIn to help build your author profile? Is it something you’re considering? Be sure to give us the link to your LinkedIn profile.

POST YOUR LINKS

In order to qualify for today’s drawing, you MUST post your link on our Linky. Click the image below to access it. In the field that says YOUR NAME, you write your name AND the name of your post (not the title of your blog). In the field that says YOUR URL, include your link to TODAY’s post. Your post will not count for drawings and toward overall winner if you do not add your link to the Linky page. However, we still encourage you to share your posts on the wall for the Author Blog Challenge Facebook group.

And of course we continue to encourage you to read each others’ blogs. Today, connect with your fellow bloggers on LinkedIn. You never know who they might know that could be a feather in your author cap, too! The Author Blog Challenge works because you support each other by reading, promoting, sharing, and talking up the great posts you come across from your fellow participants.

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie

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The Winter Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.

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