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Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #13 and Recap of Day 12

Ning … when you’ve just got to create your OWN social network!

Uh-oh… We’ve pushed some participants to their breaking points today. Not our intention at all, but I get that all this talk of social media can leave one’s head swimming. Believe me, I was introduced to the early ones slowly. Then it felt for a time like another new one was popping up every day. Trust me, I regularly sit in on teleseminars or network with Internet savants only to find them talking about networks I’ve never even heard of, let alone have had a chance to try them out to see what they’re all about.

That said, yesterday’s prompt was about social bookmarking:

A social bookmarking site is a “centralized online service” that gives its social bookmarksusers the ability to add, annotate, edit, and share links to web documents. Bookmarking, also known as “tagging” is a significant feature of social bookmarking systems, enabling users to organize their bookmarks in flexible ways and develop shared vocabularies known as folksonomies. Popular social bookmarking sites include Delicious, StumbleUpon, Reddit, and Digg. Do you regularly use any social bookmarking sites? Why do you use the ones you use? What are the benefits of social bookmarking? What are the specific benefits of social bookamarking to authors? If you’re not using a social bookmarking site, you’re missing out on a key aspect of social media: referrals by the users. Is social bookmarking something you should consider incorporating into your online book marketing strategy? Give us links to your profiles, if you have them.


SARAH BENSON. I am actually learning that there are quite a few social media platforms that I know little to nothing about. Sure I’ve heard them mentioned around but I just shrugged it off as “just another time killer” and while they very well may be time killers, if used efficiently they can all increase your exposure and in relation your sales and profit.

I guess it all boils down to the type of exposure you want, your target audience, and how much you want to sell. For a hand-crafting industry, there definitely is such a thing as too many sells. Too many sells would be when you are getting more demand than your single pair of hands and limited time can keep up with. So, which social media platform is the best for your business? READ MORE HERE.

Very nice recap, Sarah! I hope your readers get lots out of it. LO

MERLENE FAWDRY. Squidoo I left alone and I have decided today is the day I draw the line across social networking, to be content with what I do and leave rainbow chasing to those with more time and higher energy levels. I have heard of Delicious, StumbleUpon, Reddit, and Digg, have even wandered in and had a look on occasion, but I’m afraid if I am to miss out on bookmarking even though it is seen as a key aspect of social media, then I will have more time to do other things – like write perhaps. READ MORE HERE.

I love, Merlene, that you know your limits. Please don’t think you’re in any way “less than” for saying ENOUGH! The goal of the Challenge was to bring new social media platforms to the participants’ attention – not to get you to join all of them! We all have limits – I admire you for sharing yours with us today. LO

RUNDY PURDY. I have not participated in social bookmarking, but I have been the beneficial recepient of it, to a small degree. Once or twice an article of mine has been “Stumbled Upon.” This gave me a momentary modest boost in my website traffic and a brief warm and fuzzy feeling that my writing had actually been noticed. (Yes, my life has meaning!) Sadly, I have never (yet) been slashdotted, reddited or any other major event presaging a surging influx of traffic. Maybe someday. The world hasn’t ended yet. READ MORE HERE.

Always wise, Rundy. I learn so much from your thoughtful posts! LO


Revisit the Mister Linky site to see links to ALL of DAY 12 posts.


Congratulations to Toni Nelson, winner of the drawing for Day 12 of the Winter Author Blog Challenge. Toni has won a gift from Justine Dunn. It is a copy of her book, Beach Lanes. Set in Ventura, California, where days are filled with sunshine and surf, but life isn’t quite so laid back and carefree for all residents. Kenzie’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers he is slipping into a parallel universe. In his efforts to protect girlfriend, Ali, he finds himself caught further and further into his own web of lies as he tries to work out what is causing it. The dubious actions of his other-self in both worlds force him to make some heartbreaking sacrifices as he attempts to regain control of his life. Can he get their lives back on track before Ali finds out, or has their relationship already crumbled beyond repair?

Thanks to Justine for this donation! We’ll email Toni with info about claiming her prize.


Just a few more posts to go. Onward, with the Day 13 writing prompt for the Winter Author Blog Challenge…

What if you could create your very own Facebook? A social networking site that you run, based on your interests and whose Ningmembers must abide by your vision, goals, and rules? Guess what, WABCers – you can do just that through Ning.com! I know – it’s crazy. Here we’ve spent the last 12 days talking about other social media platforms, and now your kooky leader is bringing up the idea of hosting your own network. There are drawbacks to be sure. T-I-M-E being chief among them. But if you have a special interest and haven’t found the perfect social site yet, Ning offers you the mechanism by which to create your very own social network. Ning has other benefits, though – chief among them being numerous sites on all sorts of topics that may attract your target readers. Are there any circumstances under which you could see yourself creating your own social network? Take a spin around the Ning Directory just to see what else is out there. Much like blogs, you’ll find half-abandoned Ning sites (ahem … I have one of those) and thriving sites. Are you inspired? Could you find time to visit one or two in your genre just to see if hanging out might be worthwhile? And by all means, if you already have a Ning site, share the link with us!


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.

As we near the WABC finish line, we continue to encourage you to read each others’ blogs. 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. Explore each others’ social bookmarking sites – they may be sharing cool stuff!

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie


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.