Natasha McNeely's Author Blog

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Rising to The Occasion: Social Media

As the title proclaims, I will discuss social media in this post.

In this past half of the year, I’ve begun building my platform on the internet. It started with Facebook and this blog and has grown ever since. Recently, I joined StumbleUpon and as of today, you can now find me in one more place on the internet.

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That’s right. After weeks of deliberating and seeking out pros and cons and various opinions from people who use Twitter, I finally bit the bullet and decided to give it a try. Instead of trying to wonder if I should or shouldn’t, I simply did and that’s what counts. From now on, I will tweet and link and do all the fun stuff you can with Twitter.

I’ve gotten the hang of most of the basics now; it’s easy to use, so that makes my life a lot simpler.

This means that from now on, you can follow my endeavors on Twitter! Expect at least a few posts every day, depending on how each day progresses and if there is much worth mentioning on Twitter. Let’s connect!

How long have you had a Twitter and what do you think of it? If you don’t have a Twitter, do you intend to make one?


Blogging Schedule: Once or Thrice?

With the first week of my new blogging schedule behind me, I’m curious about what the preferred planning is. I know they say curiosity killed the cat, but I’m going to ask anyways. I’m more afraid of my cat than curiosity, anyways. She is evil and will kill me in my sleep one day.

Before, I wrote a blog every week on a random day when I felt like blogging. This past week, I switched to posting three times a week on set days, namely Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. With this schedule, my posts occur more often and on a regular basis, unlike before I created this schedule.

A bonus I’ve noticed is that posting more draws more traffic and therefore, readers, to my blog. Granted, I’ve taken care to comment more as well, so that obviously is also a contributing factor. So far, only positive results have come from this change and I’m glad for it and happy to keep it this way.

My Stats Page

It’s amazing how much posting more and in an actual schedule and commenting on other blogs can help. I knew both of those things would change my page, but I never considered just how much difference it would make. Aside from that, it gives me a sense of inner peace. I know when to blog and don’t have to rush when I realized, “Oh, it’s been eight days since I blogged!”

That sense of calmness helps me in day-to-day life and I am grateful for it.

Still, this brings up my question to all of you dear people – thank you for enduring the changes I’ve made in recent times – namely:

What do you prefer: One post per week, or three as I did this past week?