Chapter 25: Social Media Blogging by Leslie A. Fischman
Took me three years to write cohesive Blog Posts, three years writing online on Twitter practicing writing as a form of therapy and entertainment. Three years to write comfortably online no panic attacks due to stage fright or insecurities.
One the most difficult tasks in life is to keep your head in the game focused achieving, while also being a good listener and attentive to the needs of others without allowing time spent with others to interfere with your ability to accomplish your goals in life and be focused when required to be focused to complete tasks required to achieve those goals in life and still be able to make time to maintain relationships with others and not go into isolation. Im the type of person who can only focus on one thing at a time, have difficulty taking care of others and putting their needs before my own and be able to focus achieve in life.
Im not in an experimental phase in life risk taker or gambler gives me anxiety doesnt excite me makes me nervous not confident paranoid not cool. (Get Lucky (feat Pharrell Williams) by Daft Punk) -That song explains the dangers of carefree people in your company. Always best to be serious and if anyone tries to criticize you or encourage you to lighten up let loose, then they dont take you seriously and not a positive influence in your life a distraction.
2008 Blog Online I Read That Caused Me Concern
In 2008, I read a blog online that caused me concern. Threatening my family to speak and if not grave consequences would occur. Here is my website. I hope this finds you.
(A) How to Start a Blog and Maintain an Audience
By: Leslie Fischman
Although we like to think we are perfect writers not everything we write is going to be a masterpiece. It’s important to cite and make reference to Professional sources throughout your Blog to maintain a certain level of Professionalism. If you don’t have a Blog, try citing to other people’s Blogs. When I first started blogging I relied heavily on those sources for material everyday on my Blog (i.e. Bloglovin, Tumblr). However, eventually you must incorporate your own work too. One of the first places I went to upload my work to was Weebly. Weebly is a great, easy to use website, for beginners with no coding experience. There you can build a website and show case your work and writing via the various formats and tools they have to offer. Once you build and create a website then you can post from your website and blogs to your other newsfeeds on Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin, Pinterest, etc. -When you post to your newsfeeds make sure you use links, links that come with boxes, if there are no boxes, find and upload a photo to accompany your post and link, to help make everything look complete. Links with photos not only look more Professional but it also captures the attention of your followers and potential followers via hashtags you incorporate, on a newsfeed. When you post don’t forget to include a “via” indicating the source, if not your own, to give credit to the original source of the post. -All of these skills are important to maintaining an audience: Professionalism, organization, citation, knowledge, and adequate use of the various social media platforms to promote your blog.
(B) How to Maintain a Successful Blog by Leslie Fischman
According to Entrepreneur Magazine there are “6 Strategies for Maintaining a Successful Blog.” Those strategies include:
Pick a Target Audience: “Focusing on a niche audience and developing appropriate content specifically for those people helps to ensure there will be strong interest in your blog's content.”
Be Unique: “your primary and ongoing goal should be to continuously develop innovative content and put a truly unique spin on whatever topic you're blogging about.” Its your responsibility to, “incorporate your knowledge, voice and personality into your blog … to set it apart from your competition.” It’s important therefore to create content that isn’t already readily available on the web.
Update Your Blog Regularly: “To build and maintain a steady audience, regularly add new content to your blog. Every new blog entry should cater to your blog's target audience, offer content that's perceived as valuable, and build upon previously published content.” This requires to stay on point with your target audience, and know your audience well. Sometimes this requires you to adapt and change based upon what your audiences needs are.
Be an Interactive Online Community: “Encourage your audience to post feedback and comments, interact with each other, share their ideas, and enhance your content by adding their own information.” This can be done, via Share buttons to the various other Social Media Websites.
Promote Your Blog Continuously: “Many of the world's most successful bloggers have relied on the mainstream media to generate publicity for their blog to help build an audience.” Therefore it is important that you promote your blog “on an ongoing basis [they say] is as important as regularly adding new content.”
Keep it Professional: “Always convey a professional image, regardless of the subject matter or your audience. The look and overall design of your blog should be professional, and easy to read and understand.”
(C) What is Blahgging?
Blogging is very taboo. And often times, people discourage blogging as a form of therapy or self-help. Blogging to me is an outlet from which I can support myself and support others, as I grow and learn from my troubles in life. I don’t think that blogging is a waste of time. While some may see it as blahgging, I think that blogging has a great deal of value. It really helps you to get to know yourself and helps others get to know you better. Not on an intimate level, not on a personal level, but for me, on a Professional level. Blogging has been a way for me to demonstrate my work ethic, my dedication, and my interests in writing and being a professional writer (a Paralegal). -I have enjoyed writing my blogs and hope that they have been helpful similarly to my readers on their journeys in life.
(D) Joining a Blogging Platform
Our last article was about choosing the space in which you write and the importance of the space you choose to write and why. Now let’s talk joining a blogging platform. There are a few to choose from, depending on what your content is like, and whether you are trying to make money blogging, you may want to apply to a platform in that case to publish to in order to get paid for your pieces. But if you’re like me and choose to make money either by ads, products, and/or services then you need to join a blogging platform.
(1) First, let’s start with: “What’s a Blogging Platform?”
According to Google: “A blogging platform is the software or service that you use to publish your content onto the internet in the form of a blog. A blog platform is a specific form of a content management system.”
The Top Ten Best Blogging Sites of 2016, are as follows: http://www.websitebuildertop10.com/start-a-free-blog - You probably haven’t heard of any of them, as they are lesser known than some other popular Social Media Websites that we all know well. So let’s start with some Blogging Platforms that you know well, or probably have heard of, and then you be the judge of what the differences are and which route you prefer to go.
If you want to know more about the difference between a blogging platform and a website, please check out this article: https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-a-blogging-platform-2531835
(2) Examples of Blogging Platforms
The “Top 5 Free Blogging Platforms” according to www.thebalance.com are as follows:
Wordpress (Example: www.mymollydollblog.wordpress.com)
Blogger (Example: www.lesliefischman.blogspot.com)
Tumblr (Example: www.mymollydoll.tumblr.com)
For more information, details, and differences between these platforms, go to: https://www.thebalance.com/top-free-best-blogging-platforms-2531530
(3) Why is it Important to Blog on a Blogging Platform and NOT a Website?
Well the whole purpose of blogging is to get people to read your work. So it becomes difficult to get people to read your work if its in a separate space on its own and not within a blogging platform network of people blogging, which you can hashtag and share amongst.
But that doesn’t mean that you can’t blog on a Website. Two great places to build websites, now trending are: Weebly and Squarespace.
vs. Two great places to Blog (i.e. Blogging Platforms) are: Tumblr and Wordpress.
(4) What to Blog, What Not to Blog?
My Mom even wanted to send me to a Therapist once a week Dr. Michelle Cohen (Therapist) in order to go over the Do’s and Don’ts of Blogging, and what not to Blog. I should know by now, considering that I have been writing online for 4 years, and have over 300k+ People on my Hashtags combined, but I continue to just write from the heart. Not the best advice! I may be popular, but I’m doing my best to be a better role model. I share a lot online and I DO NOT recommend sharing a lot of personal information online, and neither does my Mom, in fact she reminds me almost everyday not to write anything too personal online, as she reads my blogs daily, I guess that makes her one of my editors, and toughest critic. She’s a Grandma now, so I feel bad that she is still monitoring her 31 year old Daughter’s Social Media Accounts, but at least it keeps her active and on her toes. A little bit of nagging goes a long way, nothing to complain about, always take all advice with a grain of salt UNLESS it’s your Parents complaining then delete delete delete hide hide hide “only me” your posts on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. This is also another good reason for hashtagging, within you posts, so that you can find your posts later, when referenced to. For easy editing and modification.
According to www.thebalance.com there is a difference between blogging for personal use and blogging for business purposes. As some sites prohibit the use of personal blogging space for business purposes. In fact, they state: “When it comes to many free blogging platforms, you are only allowed to use your blog for personal use and not allowed to use it for business purposes. If you plan on making money with your blog you'll want to be sure you're using a blog that allows commercial use or simply self-host your blog on your own hosting account as mentioned above.”
For more information about Blogging Platforms and How to Make Money Blogging Online, I suggest reading the following articles:
https://t.co/iR2Xpf3bgl - 51 Blogging and Publishing Platforms #BloggingCampaign #BloggingTips #Blogging #Bloggers #Blog #MYMOLLYDOLL
— MYMOLLYDOLL (@mymollydoll) October 31, 2016
https://t.co/T1rUb3I7uF - Make Money Writing #BloggingCampaign #BloggingTips #Blogging #Bloggers #FBloggers #Blog #Writing #MYMOLLYDOLL
— MYMOLLYDOLL (@mymollydoll) October 31, 2016
How to Choose the Best Blogging Platform for You - https://t.co/4xgbNn0AIt via the @Shareaholic blog #BloggingTips #Blogging #MYMOLLYDOLL
— MYMOLLYDOLL (@mymollydoll) October 31, 2016
The 18 best blogging sites and publishing platforms on the internet today https://t.co/dV7K8EdQS0 via @thenextweb #BloggingTips #Blogging
— MYMOLLYDOLL (@mymollydoll) October 31, 2016
(E) Why I Started Fashion Blogging
After 3 years of being a Writer on Twitter I decided to start Fashion Blogging. At first I photo’d myself daily on my way to Work and slowly developed a Following on Twitter. I only had 400 Followers at the time, but knew I wanted to make a difference and be able to help raise money and support Brady Campaign thru Fashion Blogging. How did I get started? I got started studying Affiliate Marketing Online and learning the Business. I joined Glambassadors and realized I needed to be an Influencer to run Campaigns Online. After joining Glambassadors I also joined Bloglovin Activate which similarly offers opportunities for Influencers to join Campaigns and Promote products online. That is when I opened a Shopify Website and applied to Net-a-Porter and Shopstyle. What I didn’t realize was that these Companies require Blogs in order to sign with them as an Affiliate. In order to groom myself for the position at Shopstyle and Net-a-Porter I decided to start this Fashion Blog and build a new Website mymollydoll.org to showcase my Work Online as a Fashion Database Manager, and Style Curator to Sassique. I am also an Amazon Associate and Ambassador to Zindigo and Sol Theory. I’m just getting started but I hope that by sharing my experiences will help others who are just getting started Fashion Blogging and learning the Business.
(F) Blogging Tips
21 Tips for Getting Started on Twitter as an Influencer
By: Leslie Fischman
Tips for Writing on Twitter and Maintaining a Following
Blogging Tip #1: Keep a journal to Record your Progress and Set Daily Goals
Blogging Tip #2: Keep Track of all your Used Material & Don’t Re-Blog anything more than 3 times.
Blogging Tip #3: Never count your Followers per day just sign up for Sprout Social – what matters most is that you have a Schedule to stick to.
Blogging Tip #4: Don’t over Mention your Favorites, once in awhile is okay but not too much. Remember your Twitter Etiquette.
Blogging Tip #5: For every Follower I lose, I edit, delete, and change Tempo.
Blogging Tip #6: Retweet Sparingly, to maintain a Following don’t overwhelm them with Retweets they are Following you because they want to hear from you.
Blogging Tip #7: Be careful what you write on Twitter because it shows up in your Google Search. Represent yourself well at all times.
Blogging Tip #8: Its important to keep a Journal to track your progress so you can #blog about it later once you find success!
Blogging Tip #9: Twitter is a very specialized kind of Blogging you are the traffic controller of people short on patience, be contentious.
Blogging Tip #10: The easier you can navigate the Web the easier your viewer can navigate, don’t share crap only the best research, be thoughtful.
Blogging Tip #11: The Quality of your content determines your success as a Blogger. Know your sources, be mindful of your Audiences needs.
Blogging Tip #12: Handwriting is a good way to slow things down and focus on your writing itself. Its easy to get carried away at the computer being too wordy. To put your best foot forward, write sharp, clear, and concise, online it is especially necessary to do so. -Handwriting forces me to do everything twice. For Publishing Online that’s a great trait! -Handwrite, type, then Post!
Blogging Tip #13: If you can, you should always condense your material to one Tweet if possible, avoid series Tweets, helps to stay organized.
(G) Becoming a Brand Ambassador
Blogging Tip #14: Prior to registering for any Influencer Campaigns make sure you are first Registered as an Ambassador with an Organization. (Example: Glambassadors).
Blogging Tip #15: Once you are registered with an Organization (i.e. Glambassadors, Bloglovin Activate) make sure you apply with your Website (i.e. Wordpress, Weebly, Tumblr, Twitter) not an Affiliate Marketing Website (i.e. Shopify unless it is complete with a Blog and appears as any of your other Websites demonstrates your work ethic as a Writer and Love for Fashion). To be an Influencer you must have a Blog, that can be viewed at the time of Application. This is a requirement for places like (Example: ShopStyle, RewardStyle).
Blogging Tip #16: Image is everything. Make sure you are put together and well organized have a clear vision on paper before you apply, so they know you’re ready.
Blogging Tip #17: Make sure your contact email on your website is different from all your other emails to keep track of Inquiries, and know from which Websites they are inquiring from.
Blogging Tip #18: It’s okay to have multiple identities Online, so long as you are organized have a cohesive vision (i.e. School, Personal, and Fashion).
Blogging Tip #19: myshopify is a New Platform -you need to razzel dazzle them if you’re trying anything new out of the ordinary.
Blogging Tip #20: When a Company asks for an Influencer they want you as a Brand be put together not an empty Storefront.
Blogging Tip #21: Nothing is obvious about Affiliate Marketing it sounds simple but very complicated hard to get into, don’t give up, and regroup.
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Please Note: I have finished writing the first draft of my first book, still editing Ch 5-25, my goal is to publish my book 2020 after I graduate, working on myself right now.