The Social Media Follower: Following Communication

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a6438-followers2b2It was surprising to me that I love using social media. Social media is communication. Its about technology and integrating it with your message, to transmit feelings and points in a manner which can be as interactive as the tools used. That’s my definition.

Merriam Webster says it this way, “ Social Media are forms of communication (as websites for social networking and microblogging)through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages and other content as videos.”

I never thought I would ‘get it’ so quickly (many years), because I was actually concerned about privacy, security of websites and the destructive capabilities of the unknown. Awareness of safety measures made it easier to jump in and enjoy the experience.

There are somethings we forget about humans when we are caught up in the latest technology blitz or hype. Not many people like to ask questions. They don’t like asking for several reasons which include the fear of sounding ignorant, dumb or stupid. Communication tools and social media channels are things which demand questions to be asked, because they change so frequently. Here are some examples of the words which ‘tripped me up’, before I asked questions and investigated their meanings;

  1. Algorithm — This sounded like math or algebra, and I was convinced it would be hard to understand because I’m awful at math!

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary its, “a step by step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end, especially by a computer.” Thus, its like baking a cake and knowing what proportions are needed so it won’t flop! If my teachers taught math as food I’d be a grade A student.

2. SEO — This one took a while for me to figure out, but my first impression was it had to be a verb in whatever content you wrote online. (LOL)

Webopedia states, “SEO is short for search engine optimization. SEO is a methodology of strategies techniques and tactics, used to increase the number of visitors to a website by obtaining a high-ranking placement in the search results page of a search engine.” eg. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. Let me say it this way – if you want someone to find your location you would give directions, sometimes referring to a map or drawing a sketch of the area. SEO is the map/sketch with general directions. As you get more specific with the details, its easier for someone to find you. That’s why SEO is important. It makes information easier to be found when searching online.

3. Followers — This one should have been as easy as the generally understood meaning, which was what I assumed it to be. It is not.

Merriam-Webster states, “ one in the service of another. Fan, devotee.” Social media followers are different from followers whom you lead, and are doing as requested or observed. No way. Social media followers are thinkers who use access to you and your network to expand their own. For many its a one-way relationship without reciprocity. Ideally, it should be a two-way flow of support and sharing.

Having 10K or 100K followers will not guarantee you supporters. You have to build a relationship. This is like having a customer who follows the activities of your company because you sell the Toyota brand of vehicle, and they like cars. Many followers may check out your cars but its the one who engages with you , who may become a customer or refer you to others in his network. Increased engagement, will grow the value to each other in the relationship.

4. Bots — got this one right because I thought it had to be something with robotic features. Bots help with automation which is a process of sharing information and giving feedback , through the use of software, designed to help improve service virtually. I’ve seen them in action and though I’m not keen on talking/writing to anything which is not human, they do generate responses which are quite relatable. Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and any other bot are all here to stay, so we might as well make them welcome into our world!

Experience it

Social media makes it possible for strangers from worldwide locations to meet virtually, through various channels with speed and efficiency. Its easy to have face to face communication with folks because there are so many options, and they are constantly being upgraded. Building quality relationships are easier through the use of ‘real-time’ interaction via Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Twitter, Snap Chat, and a host of other computer and mobile apps.

Your followers can eventually become your close friends / business associates. Gamers interact and share as they engage in their online sport with those they follow and others. Even with all this access, the traditional emotional barriers ( human qualities) are there to be overcome. Trust still has to be established with followers and the site where you meet, for the relationships to mature into more than a collection of addresses.

Am I a social media follower?

Yes I am. I’m following many folks I will probably never physically touch, but the potential for a planned meet-up is also possible. Through blogging and sharing my words you will learn about me and my interests. I’m inspired daily by the writings of many of my followers. Our humanness and diversity keeps us engaged socially online. Maybe one day we will meet. Until then, I’ll see you when I power up on my blogs, medium, twitter, beBee, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Goggle+, tumblr, and others.

Does my experience mirror your understanding? Maybe I’m wrong, what do you think?

If this resonates with you, let me know.  Please share your thoughts via comments. Thanks for being awesome!

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© Donna-Luisa Eversley and D-WORDSLAYER, 2017. All Rights Reserved

Originally published  at The Marketing and Growth Hacking Publication on April 6th, 2017

Welcome to “Bee Social” Hive

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To”beBee” or To beBee  that is the question?

Well friends, I’m sure by now you may have heard about a new social media platform called beBee. This social media site originates from Spain and has buzzed its way to the Top of my social media listing. In fact, when you like something a lot you want to see it grow. Like an adopted child I’ve embraced this website and its ‘affinity style’ of being social. The owners have made it their business to be around, and they are quite good at being present.

This beBee affinity social media network embraces its followers, and bloggers. To grow they’ve been letting the people who are using the site promote the site – and have appointed Ambassadors over the months from their international blogging community. Yes, we love this so much we are helping folks we have only met online grow this community – so this is international integration and affinity!

As the world continues to build international communities barriers are being crossed and languages learnt. Now you can practice your languages and learn about cultures and people by simply clicking – wonderful!

Groups are called ‘Hives’ and they can be specialized for almost any topic. My first ‘Hive’ is called ‘Bee Social’, and is intended to be the go to place to read almost anything, and to just be social. The description is below….  

An Online Social Life.

As a social bee, I hope you will be social with me

Engage and share your posts

Comment and make the most –

Of Experiences, and Knowledge

Things you learnt from Life & College

Share the things of which you care

Share your words, even your fears

Be alive, feel happy, and real

Share how your world can make you feel

Tag your friends, remember that game

When you touched and called someone’s  name

It was not  long ago when you were a child

When Being Social made you Smile

So this is a Hive from me to you

Be Social. Make dreams. Be You!

The door is open – New Hive … lets Bee Social!

 

*** Click Here to connect with Bee Social  HIVE

 

….and some sweet relaxing steel pan music like you’ve never imagined… I believe we can fly!!!

Welcome to "Bee Social" HiveI’m your proud beBee Ambassador from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad & Tobago and Dwordslayer!

I’m a mom, daughter, friend, businesswoman, lover of people, lover of places, lover of life, lover of God. Dwordslayer is who I am when I write, because I’m a lover of words and sharing their meaning. Thank you for reading and hope you will share with someone. Words can increase in value as they are shared – we may never know who may need the meaning, so lets give!

Bebee Me!

 

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The Blogging Society

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The Blogging Society

Today marks the first day in a collaboration between Laura Mikolaitis and myself. We have embarked on a connection between the USA and Trinidad, cold and hot weather with our personalities and pen as our armor. We met online, and our words have been speaking to each other. Laura M (as I will fondly call her) shares some comments which blow me away and send me into deep thought and emotion most times. She is daring, witty and a ‘marketing savant’, and great blog supporter.

Before I heard her voice, I knew she would sound as she did. She sounds all girly and strong with a bit of laughter in her tone. I’ve discovered over the past months we share a passion for ‘humanitarian advocacy’ in the workplace and have a shared compassion for taking care of those who need a voice. We now share our voices and perspectives on some questions on blogging!

Can blogging be considered ‘news’ or opinions?

Donna-Luisa:  Well initially I thought blogging was more about promotion and advertising for commercial purposes. This was propelled to the position of ‘news’ if it related to Google, Apple, USA politics ( haha), and anything which appeared to be of public interest – not simply commercial gain. That thinking got shot, as I started reading more and more on LinkedIn and Twitter. ‘Opinions’ came through more than information. Thus, I’m going to say – blogging is sharing your opinions on fact or fiction and has the power to influence. What are your thoughts Laura? Have I strayed too far from the question?

Laura: I don’t think that you have strayed too far at all Donna-Luisa. But I have to say that as a lead in question you really have my wheels turning.

When I look at where blogging started to where it is today, wow, what a metamorphosis it has undergone! Bloggers have been very adept at trekking along with the rise in social media – and now we find it integrated into our professional worlds too. In thinking about it, there’s a tremendous amount of thought leadership and perspective happening in blogs – opinions about news that brings newness to it.

Blogging is a gateway in my opinion – ah see I just connected the two – unintentionally of course! Think about the doors that have been opened and how it’s exposed us to a new age of media. As I see it, blogging spans the gamut from tips and tricks, to inspiration, to product reviews, and more. It takes branding and engagement to a new level. It’s no longer a haven for online journaling – well at least not in the way it was originally conceived. It seems for every corner of our lives, there is a blog to cover it.

We’ve definitely transformed the way we utilize blogging with one of those ways being a conduit to share, disseminate, and discuss news. But in the end, it still seems to me that the blogosphere remains rooted in ‘opinion’. Can that change, will it change? Time will tell.

Donna-Luisa:  Well I think it is news – just ‘news’ from your perspective based on the reader, and maybe some validation on their own thoughts.  By sharing your thoughts with information an invitation to discuss is sent out, thereby encouraging further discussion- in my opinion!

Do bloggers symbolize a culture and society of the writer?

Donna-Luisa:  On the surface many bloggers appear to be united by thoughts and words -a quasi-society type group. There are so many different nationalities, but we ‘trade’ in the English language with deviations based on cultural slang and sayings for illustrative purposes. The nationality does not factor initially unless the opinions expressed are radical / offensive in nature. As we discuss, and share comments the nationality can jump out, this does not appear to have any significant bearing on the post.  What do you think Laura?

Laura:  Interesting take on the question Donna-Luisa. My interpretation of it is slightly different. In today’s world, you can pretty much find a blog for any topic you are interested in. As I mentioned previously, blogging spans the gamut and it’s all at our fingertips – and it traverses the world.

Within the overall hierarchy of writing, I do think that bloggers symbolize a culture and society of the writer. Bloggers are a melting pot of voices, and as diverse as our voices are so are the topics that we write about. In my opinion, it is a transformative culture. Bloggers continue to enhance and change the way information is delivered – offering thought leadership, mentorship, and subject matter expertise on any number of things. Changing times combined with digital evolution has changed the course of blogging, and it has found a broader niche to reside in.

With technology at our fingertips, blogging can be done from virtually anywhere. How do you think this has affected the blogging stratosphere and where do you think it can go from here?

Donna-Luisa: Blogging seems to be a hobby or profession which can come alive anywhere. You just need access to the internet and your host platform. I think mobility with technology has given ‘blogs’ wings to fly. This also means you really need some knowledge of basic formatting, editing, design, social media and a reliable device.

I remember when I first started posting on pulse, it was cool, until one day pulse froze and I lost an article because I had to shut down and restart. Now I always write on a word document and copy to blog pages. WordPress and Blogger do have this challenge sometimes to a limited extent. Safer to use word! The blogging stratosphere will continue to transform how we share information and conduct business, ultimately holding its own influencer position. Many companies, such as Coca Cola, Starbucks, have already accessed the potential of blogs to build communities of customers. There is strength in advocacy for branding!

Laura:  I learned the hard way too Donna-Luisa. Pulse also froze on me, and I sweated it out. Eventually it resolved itself, but lesson learned! You bring up some good points about mobility with technology. I admit that on occasion I take technology for granted, and I shouldn’t. I can’t help but wonder how many voices remain dormant because of the digital divide? Granted some people choose not to walk hand in hand with technology, but there are people and places without adequate – or any – access to it. But that’s a whole other conversation. Nonetheless it does make my wheels turn again.

Pen and paper does seem like something of the past. Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy the tranquility of my journal, but the ease of use of our mobile devices makes it easier to capture our thoughts. It’s given us accessibility from virtually anywhere. And because of that, it has made it easier for people to enter the blogging world.

Seeing blogging infused into the corporate world, accompanied by video blogging, photo blogging, and its integration into news media certainly is a testament to its value. Let’s face it, people like to be heard and people love to share their opinions. Blogging has taken this formula and expanded it exponentially.

Going forward, it’s likely that blogging will become fully mobile as more and more people turn to the conveniences of their mobile devices. And I think it’s possible that we will see a shift in how blogging is perceived. As bloggers continue to share their voice in an effort to influence readers with regard to subject matters of various weight, this society of bloggers may morph yet again into a society of thought collaborators.

Building a brand is important; albeit personal or professional. Blogs are a way to enhance this marketing effort. What advice would you give to someone just starting out, particularly in this day and age where there are so many digital road maps to choose from?

Donna-Luisa: Blogging can be used to enhance your ‘footprint’ online. It’s like being able to say who you are – an extension of that CV or resume. Having a blog gives you a voice, one which can say a lot about who you are and your values, ability and capabilities. Some advice to share;

  1. Remember who you are and where you are.
  2. Your words tell a story which crafts an identity – be true to yourself and add some wisdom!
  3. Buy real estate. Your blog is your real estate, invest in yourself. You can acquire good land to build your property at no cost right now. You can find me on WordPress Blvd or BlogSpot Avenue. I have other properties but building seriously on these! My most current acquisition is bebee Heights, and this looks like an investment which will increase in value at a steady pace!
  4. Get to know social media by trying out the platforms. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, beBee, Medium, Pinterest, are all sources of traffic. Select your highways based on your target markets.
  5. Engagement, relationships, attitude matters!
  6. Respect the opinions of others, even if they seem far left from your own. Either decline to comment or get creative with a response. Don’t be mean, it’s not cool. Also remember, even if it feels good, do not bait a negative response, it can bite you!

Most important when you start blogging; read, and share your thoughts. I recall sharing my thoughts and perspectives for a long time before I started blogging. This helped in how I view my prospective readers, and made me very conscious of appreciation & acknowledgement. If it was not written and out there I would have nothing to read. Appreciate words and writers and comments from reader.

Laura:  Great advice, Donna-Luisa. It seems we have similar opinions on this. My advice (and mind you I’m still a novice at blogging) is this:

  1. Observe, engage, and communicate.
  2. Understand your voice and what you want to say. Remember that what you do does not define you – who you are defines you. Let that shine through.
  3. Take a chance, research and weigh your options, and don’t be afraid to ask for insight. Ultimately, choose the forums that suit you best and will meet your goals.
  4. Don’t get discouraged by the trolls. Remember people will always have something to say – and not everyone is going to agree with you. There are lovers and there are haters. How you react to them is within your control – how they react to you is not. Constructive banter can open doors, destructive banter closes them.
  5. Whatever your endeavors are remember that with each key stroke, picture and video you are leaving your digital footprint on this world. So make it a great one.

Based on our discussion it seems blogging is more than meets the eye, but less complicated than I first imagined. This is an era of social-influence and online communication. Texting, messaging and video-chatting are normal aspects of daily conversations. How we receive information is instantaneous, mobile, and visual. Emoji’s are frequently used referencing feelings and opinions emotively. The blogging society has influenced and shaped its own journalistic delivery. It is a time of opinions, and good or bad, positive or negative, someone reads what they are thinking, and will comment in interaction!

Special thanks to Laura Mikolaitis for agreeing to participate in this first blogging discussion!

Thank you for reading and engaging! We look forward to your feedback, comments, and engagement. I encourage you to check Laura Mikolaitis and her posting of this article on her blogs. There are some differences we both give. Share your feedback and enjoy two discussions!

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DWordslayer

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Who are the Bloggers -Cheerleaders Part3

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The Past

From the days of  William Shakespeare, writers have longed to cultivate an audience willing to listen. In fact, from the beginning of time there have been writers of words, documenting cultural and social issues. Histories have been told illustrating the wonder of storytelling, imagination and society. Things have simply evolved, with bloggers taking the mantle of “social speech”. This is a historic occasion, a time when documenting life has become three dimensional, embracing reality, perceptions, possibilities!

Technology and the present

‘Big data'( a collection of  data sets aka information ) is mined for ease of access,to ensure speed and reliability of information available on almost any conceivable topic. Does this affect the blogging community – it sure does. Everything we write is collected, curated, pooled through the various social media sites, making anonymity virtually impossible. By whatever name you wish to be called you are known. If you can be accessed you can be found by your unsuspecting audience. The world has moved on from word of mouth to fingertip access. Its absolutely amazing!

Writers want to be found by their audience and technology has made it possible to create a blog to access an international market. A market ready and willing to engage, comment and interact with storytellers.

Access & The Cheerleaders

Now you know you can be found, its time to find your cheerleaders! Who will read your words, respond and acknowledge your presence. If we can borrow some lines from the play  ‘As You Like It’ by William Shakespeare “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players”. Reality shows have come full circle if related to this play from the 1600’s. Everyone is eager to be seen and heard. Bloggers are the scriptwriters, relating words, storytelling and information easily.

The Cheerleaders log on and avidly search for the blogs they follow, or anything which captures interest. They are happy ‘liking’ sometimes giving an occasional comment. They stroke the bloggers ego, and make the days beautiful with this activity!

There is something special about having cheerleaders who support your words and read. These cheerleaders will share and talk sometimes referring to your work and be inspired or motivated to feel something. For many, they cheer-on preferring to watch from the sidelines. Over a period of time one can have cheerleaders from the site of origin and social media – beBee,Twitter, Facebook,LinkedIn, Medium, Tumblr, Google+ and any other site where blog posts are shared. It’s a wonderful feeling of accomplishment knowing your words, thoughts and opinions are out there in this world!

The screen moves, drawing me closer… it is 1942

We are headed to the studio for a tour. Uncle Humphrey is moving fast as the crowds on the street recognize him and swarm. He places his arm around my shoulders as the paparazzi run to catch some snaps of him. Finally we reach the front of the studio and run towards the door which is opening. We are in. As I turn around the doorway is locked by security but the sounds indicate a mob like group of fans. His fans…

Humphrey Bogart: “Hey we made it baby girl! I’m sorry, you had to experience this. Are you okay?” he asks, as I lean over to catch my breath.
Donna-Luisa: “Wow Uncle Humphrey, everyone needs cheerleaders but that was some kind of crazy. Running from the very people you hope show you some interest!” My voice gasps as I’m really out of condition, and my heart is refusing to slow its frantic pace.
Humphrey Bogart: “Imagine, this is a small crowd. I love them but can they cheer in the theater and let me walk with my favorite niece.” He looks at me with some concern, then states “You need to spend some time getting fit, thirty seconds and you are done…” he drawls.As I lean over to catch my breath I start laughing..
Donna-Luisa: “Wow, is this what it means to be famous? That’s hard work. No wonder stars have to keep in shape.” as I stand fully, I’m smiling. “So what’s next?” I ask in anticipation.
Humphrey Bogart:” Now we go to meet a beautiful lady. My friend Lauren Bacall was happy to hear you were visiting. We are reading for a new film, ‘To Have and Have Not’, but it’s early days.” He pauses, “maybe you can try for a part in this movie?”
Donna-Luisa: “That would be great, can I really uncle?” my excitement could not be hidden!
Humphrey Bogart: “Why of course my child. I’ve always told your mum, you’ve got Bette Davis eyes, so why not.” He looks at me smiling and I am thrilled. 

Then the moment is gone, and I’m back in 2016, the present!

Cheerleaders

The Bloggers are a great team wherever they reside. Many nations, different people, and one connecting thread, a common bond – posts / articles. We exist, we live, we share, and we cheer.

Raising my flag to some Cheerleaders on my blog;

Eshita Chakrabarti, Fadli Muhammed,Siraj Shaik, Thomas Trang, Jennifer James, John Marrett, Mark M-G, Kul Bhushan Uppal, Rony Ravriya, Barry G Wallis, Joe Kolaczewski, Secnethia Henley,Stephen Sullivan, Andy Hawkins,Girish Tank,Douglas W Palmer, Aura Alex, Sofia Herrera- Pilato,Janine Osborne, Jay Kansara, Bill (Crane) Newman, Odri Seva, Franci Hoffman, Akella Gourisankar, Eileen Ellrott, Rakesh Kumar Singh, Richard Magnus, Paul Kearley, S Vincent Shin, Delmino Donizete Simoes, David Hubbard, Robert Avsec, Fitzroy Glasgow, Enrico Berti, Phillipe Haelters, Richard M Kiernicki, Laurent Boscherini,Jenny Braswell, Jeremy Garrett,Kaylaa T Blackwell,Osama Aly Ahmed, Robert Belt, Ella De Jong, Giselle Joseph,Nisar Ahmed, Waguih Boutros,Naomi Davidson, Flairra Hunte,Marielle De Natris, Gladys Marie Clancy, Kzat Kagarmanov,Lothar Bongtraz, Helene St-Pierre-Leclerc, Laurence Cox,Lee Dill, Bill Barnes,Girish Tank,Maria Antonieta Becerra Vargas,Pam Russ, Samuel Aytenfisu,Nisha Mithal,Jonghee Park, Dr A Tierno, Chuck Garcia,Kaye Yagasaki,SrinivasReddy Pamireddy,Patrick Gorrell,Slim Land, Blue Sky, Andysliving2, and much more!

…and some more Engagers ( Casting hat in progress)

Doug Ales, Sarah Elkins,Melissa Shull, Qamar Ali Khan, Jeffrey Strickland,Marietta Gentles Crawford, Lorena Mena Camare, John Marrett, Michael Durcan, John Whitehead, Richard Ciach, Mayu Kanamori, Brian McKenzie, Prakashan BV, JC Cruz, Steve Brady, Ravi Bhogaraju, Martin Wright, Chas Wyatt, Thessauron, Amanpan, Abbie Lu, and more!

These names are just a small sample of a bigger picture.  The blogging community is a mixture of activity overlapping and engaging!  As ‘Who Are The Bloggers’ unfolds I hope to share my supporters with the world and their importance in our culture on the internet and my blogs. Evolution is constant, as are storytellers!

IMG_20160327_155543Thank you for reading and engaging! I appreciate your presence! You can check out Who Are The Bloggers Part 1 and Who are the Bloggers..Red-Carders Part 2 for an interesting list – some of my supporting team!

You can also share with me on Facebook and Twitter. I like hearing from you!

DWordslayer

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Who Are The Bloggers … Red-carders Part 2

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Who are The Bloggers…holding red?

The blogging community is very much like civil society. Expressions of interest will be voiced and swords aka pens aka keypads will be drawn. There is much adrenaline when words flare at fever pitch, masked in cryptic messages. The hosting post then resembles a WWE ( World Wrestling Entertainment) match without a prize for the winner. I find this fascinating to watch and wonder at the excitement raised. A heated discussion can flesh out points and raise real concerns and solutions.

Human behavior transcends technological mediums. People desire respect,courtesy and fairness wherever they congregate. I like the ‘Red-carders’. They are the voices which stand up for something, and are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Who are these paragons of criticism,compliments and fearless writing? These are the ones I favor in the category ‘Red-carder’ of the Blogger Society…

Itai Leshem the Avenger of bloggers & master tactician, Reena Saxena bold and fearless Chief of opinions and objections. Pascal Derrien is the Commodore of Humanitarian Relief and strategy. Paul Drury is the Chief Justice Blogger Awareness Awards. Ramesh Sood is Commander Communication battles.Thomas Jackson Major Red-carder Extraordinaire. Bruce Johnston is Chief Policy Designer & Communication Strategist. Raising fire and ire are Phil FriedmanJim Murray Justice League Duo (2nd portfolio). Lisa Roche is Chief whip Commentator. Christian Farber is Chief Authenticator. Trent Selbrede is Chief Underdog Supporter. Paul Croubalian is Chief Technology expediter / Twitter guru.

What I find distinctive about ‘Red-carders’ is they take a stand and will walk alone if need be. They can hold their own, are good human beings, and that’s something to brag about. I know these folks online. I read their words and comments. These are shakers and communication movers.Unafraid, bold and sometimes brazen!

According to empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com – “red is a color of energy, passion and action.” This meaning embodies my perspective on my ‘red-carders’!

The screen shakes on my laptop and I’m swept in….it’s 1942.

Uncle Humphrey Bogart is sitting looking out the window of his office. He turns to me….

Humphrey Bogart: “Honey, how is it going with your beBee ?” He laughs as he looks up…”Have a seat, you look special today. Did you close a big deal or snag a good bloke” He stands and slowly walks over to the chair, pulling it out for me to sit.
Donna-Luisa: “Uncle Humphrey, wow what are you drinking… Too much scotch today!” A playful chuckle escapes as I respond, “ beBee is great. It is simple and today I will set you up. You will find it easy to use and you have access to great information, storytelling and all my articles.”
Humphrey Bogart: “Actually baby girl, I set myself up already. Did you see that great post from David Grinberg – ‘beBee Ready to Swarm North America with Affinity Social Networking’, fantastic!”
Donna-Luisa: “But I thought you did not understand the internet. It is that easy to get started. Please give me a heads up if you decide to publish anything.” This world is not like it was before, when you were first here! There are some marketing tricks I want to share with you, and before I forget, Pascal Derrien says hello!
Humphrey Bogart: Pascal Derrien, he is the Irish/French chap I read about -the one to lead the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You know some famous people Donna-Luisa.” He drawls as he stands up, leaning close to the window sill.
Humphrey Bogart: “Okay baby girl, will do. I met John White and Jim Cody while on beBee yesterday. I’m also in a few hives and the insights shared are good. Will let you know when I’m ready.” He looks out the window and into the sky…
  My thoughts return to 2016…

Social Media and the blogger

Online sharing can attract mass attention or no attention. Your choice!

  1. Twitter is your friend. Facebook is your friend. LinkedIn is your friend. These are sources of reading traffic. Keep posting your posts!
  2. Engagement with other bloggers is good for building relationships and reviews.
  3. Engagement is necessary for strategic distribution.
  4. Twitter is your ally.
  5. Get creative with main image on post.
  6. Encourage, explore and excite with words. Stimulate an action and feelings.
  7. Do not be afraid to try a different platform/ social media outlet. Multiple outlets can help to drive awareness to customer friendly locations.
  8. Be consistent in distributing your work. Share daily on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn. Respond to as many comments as possible!
  9.  Remember, the reflection of your effort will return to you. Encourage, engage other bloggers. You can disagree respectfully and passionately!
  10. This one is big- Automation is not your friend when you are building relationships.Quality, value, substance is needed. Engage as frequently as you can.

There is another group of ‘Red-carders’ and they are ‘Engagers.’ Deb HelfrichChief Human Relations strategist. Sergio Urea Chief Data Strategist. Debasish Majumber Chief Storyteller. Sue Chien Lee Chief Health Strategist. Willemijn Heideman Vice President Environmental Care. Donna Brewster Chief Commentary Support. Rasagna Pulapaka Chief Commentary Supporter. Dr Shashi Kant Chief Medical Supporter Humanitarian. Shelley Brown Chief Creative Innovation Wordslayer. Samira Akpan Major Project Planning and Storytelling.

It is with pride and honor I present my ‘Red-Carders’ and ‘Engagers’ they hold the Blogging Society in our internet space together. They overlap in their ‘responses’ and engagement. They all bring energy and vibrancy, without which we would all be left with meaningless humdrum rhetoric!

Can you handle a different opinion? Publishing means anyone who has access can read, and not everyone will share your sentiments!

My perception and your reality may differ, and this is our blogger’s prerogative! Stay tuned as each society has a lot more than a couple blogs can offer. Next, a new society filled with cheer-leading bloggers. Citizen Blogger signing off.

Red Blogger picThank you for reading and engaging! I appreciate your presence!

You can also share with me on Facebook and Twitter. I like hearing from you!

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Who are the bloggers…Part 1

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Blogging

It’s a different world when you enter social media blogging. It’s a world of writers who write what they feel, love and share. It’s interactive and engaging enabling conversations, opinions and sometimes energetic debate on social and global issues. This world exists via the internet. Technology allows us to get close and personal, forging relationships without the need for physical interaction.

Many years ago, before the internet, writers were restricted in the avenues of sharing their words. Publishers and bookstores were a major part of distribution. This has changed, with technology making publishers and bookstore-owners of anyone desiring to create their masterpiece. Who determines a ‘best seller’ largely rests with marketing savvy, distribution and networking.

Websites with blogging platforms have made writing and sharing easier. Bloggers can choose from a wide selection of  social media sites and everyone is looking to host ‘content’. Value and quality are mixed with varying levels of experience and purpose. The audience gives credit through ‘likes’, ‘comments’ and the golden ‘share’ an indication of satisfaction or interest.

The value of the ‘host’ can be the deal breaker. Bloggers must be or engage in the skills of marketers to help share their blog of words, thus possibly becoming ‘Blogging Entrepreneurs’ along the way.Writers, authors, bloggers all write to share their words, and advertisers need this forum to show their ‘wares’. It has become a very influential business in consumerism.

The New Age Market

Blogging provides an opportunity for engagement, and this creates an opportunity for showing ‘relate-able goods and services’. The airlines may be interested in a travel blog, and supermarkets may gel with food blogs, the choices are all out there. Have you thought about how to make your blogging a source of income? As readers engage you can be the catalyst for so much more!

Just some more thoughts looking at my laptop, and thinking about ‘the bloggers’ in my life. As I gaze at the screen I’m holding back a smile and a chuckle. Who are these bloggers? The ones that jumped into my Dell stratosphere and gave my words the urging to come out…

The Scene is set

Time changes… it is 1942 and I’m speaking to my famous ‘Uncle Humphrey’. We are in his office based in Hollywood. ‘As time goes by’ is playing in the background..
HB and DL a blogger’s fantasy…

Humphrey Bogart: “So Donna-Luisa, I see you made it to the ‘bloggers world’. What ya gonna do now?” He exhales as he slumps his body into the chair behind the desk, looking directly into my eyes, knowingly.
Donna-Luisa: “I love it all!” The words gush from my mouth as I walk around the room. “It’s thrilling when my words have their stage. It’s like seeing you perform. The way you make the audience feel, and want more is addictive Uncle Humphrey.” Looking across at him I stop, pausing to blink more than once.
Donna-Luisa: “You sure look like Jim Murray, Uncle Humphrey. Maybe he looks like you…hmm” a smile flickers across his face as I sit on the chair facing him.
Humphrey Bogart: “Can there ever be another me in this world? Well my dear, he must be really something special.” His chair shifts as he leans over the table bringing the glass in front of him to his lips. He pauses and smells the liquid, inhaling the scent of whiskey on the rocks before it gets to the depths of his throat.
Humphrey Bogart: “Hope you will stay a while. I need you to read this script, someone wants my services. What do you think baby girl?” he asks as he hands me a script. “Do you like suspense and drama? Maybe I should pass this to Phil Friedman, the crowds loved him in Casablanca?
The music stops, and my reverie ends…Its 2016

The Bloggers

The bloggers have personas created based on their writing and engagement style.Phil Friedman is the Mighty Fighter/ Marketer /teacher of all that is fair and right.Jim Murray is the  Chief Editor Marketing mentor / teacher. Aly B. Moreno is the Innovative Leader (moonlighting as weekend party A&RG Mania) encouraging growth with soft skills leadership. David B Grinberg is the Political- civil rights strategist. Shubhanshu Garg is the Chief Wordslayer supporter / business software Sales leader. Dr Gary Sharpe & Deb Helfrich are team Innovative solutions for Parkinson’s disease and communication. Milos Djukic is the Engineering scientist who will discover metals which do not corrode at all. Steve Karlik is the Creative social media technology genius.  Lisa Gallagher is the passionate Head nurse and mental health strategist. Laura Mikolaitis is the Chief supporter of blogging citizens, Ibukun Adebayo is the Chief financial and humanitarian Advocate. Stephanie Loraly Moreno Mena is the Chief Supporter of likes and words. John White is the Leader Social Media Solutions / bebee.com Ambassador. Alan Geller is the After Dark Music Media party Guru. Shenoy UK is the Chief Humanitarian example. Karthnik Rajan is the voice of Research/ data and writing. Marcelle Hinkson is Chief Spiritual encourager / motivator. Susan Rooks is Chief Grammar Educator. Rod Loader is the Philosophy storyteller.Micheal Clarke is the Ambassador of Family Love. Benjamin Pinto is Major Business analytics & marketer!

The list goes on (with a lot of surprises), as does my conversation with ‘uncle Humphrey Bogart’. As I share my bloggers to this world, these are relationships being built. These are beautiful people who engage with me and others. I appreciate this new world which became known to me. As Citizen Blogger, who am I, and who are we to each other?

These thoughts are playing with me, as my words continue building stories, and many can be discovered via ‘hives’ on bebee.com . My blogs are being built word by word  D-Wordslayer and donnaluisawordslayer have been a learning experience to date and this has been good. The future looks beautiful.

LinkedIn was and is a great place to start blogging. It is a great source of traffic for any blog. However, like flying a plane, you need a landing place to set up your base and refuel while passengers get on board!

In part two, I will be sharing even more bloggers from this world and some thoughts on marketing your blog. Citizen Blogger signing off!

IMG_20160317_174538-2Thank you for reading and engaging! I appreciate your presence! Feel free to thank Jim Murray for his great blog and sharing a ‘picture’ at the end of his work! I was trying to get creative and follow his lead, he just raises the bar soo high !

You can also share with me on Facebook and Twitter. I like hearing from you!
DWordslayer
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An Invitation..to follow!

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The Exploration

Life is interesting. It can even be amazing, and that’s the way 2016 has been so far for me. This year has brought a newness which is quite adventurous in outlook. It is me in a different way. I can be all things I choose to be even in a state of physical repair.

As I find the me from before the new me present, I discovered….a big discovery…wait for it… wow.. I’m me. I’m still an overachieving  business woman / entrepreneur, who loves to make everyone happy. I’m thrilled with seeing smiles, and I am passionate about people and life.

Mentally, the flashbacks and memories of the horrible accident will remind me of a happening, I wish to forget. Physically my body says, “wait, you are broken.” I’m still here still standing ( or lying down most times), and I’m okay. I’m at the best place I can be today – and so are you! Thus my exploration into blogger’s universe has been like going to the moon – and I like it out there!

The Findings

Exploration will turn up new things, and new ways of seeing the same thing! I’ve discovered the following;

  • My posts  can be seen on as many platforms as I choose, and as often as I wish to share – I have control of this.
  • My audience is really wide, but mainly in the USA , Germany and Spain presently, but its growing – Over 20 countries consistently!
  • My followers like being notified when my posts are published – They are looking forward from many platforms
  • My blogging community is growing and the diversity is great – Wide range of reading – professional, social, business, fiction and so on.
  • Generating ‘traffick’ (my spelling!) is great with Google, Bebee, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and LinkedIn – Its been a three hose race between Google,Twitter and Bebee so far! I’m hoping an outsider can enter to keep the challenge up!
  • Blogging is much more than writing – Its interfacing and engaging with others who you hope will read. It’s sharing something you feel and hope will matter to someone!
  • You can make money with your personal blog – after six months of activity you can have adsense advertisements on your blog! That’s cool!
  • I like designing my look, even when there are no fees, I can personalize.

The Now

This is the world I live in now, and expecting my past to be my present will not move me forward. I love engaging with everyone, and it will take maybe a few months to build that rapport on my own site. I’m okay with change, but will you read me here and comment elsewhere sometimes? I will soon find out!

There is less available time for me now, but I’m ‘gung ho’!

My hand still swells with typing, my back and shoulder will spasm if I do more than 2 hrs at a time now, but this is me. This is my present time and I intend to enjoy every moment. What comes next I’m not sure, but I am D-Wordslayer and that will not change!

You will see my posts originating from these alternative sources, and I hope you will read and engage as you see them! My channel on Itai Lesham’s group will have all my post links henceforth!

I will continue to read, I love reading. Drop me a line, but please be patient. I’m here, just differently!

Drum roll – here is a special invitation to connect with me on Dwordslayer blogger or Donnaluisawordslayer Wordpress! I can also be contacted via emaildwordslayer@gmail.com

Jim Murray suggested posting a picture of myself at the end of every post, so he can take the credit for this crime 🙂 I went to the beach a few days ago and this shot I thought was good! Well there is another, so here is my bonus shot, and please blame someone else!

Now this is my favorite picture of all time. Taken when I was trying to get ready! Seems the fun things happen when we are not looking! I could only stay a short while, but it was worth it!

Thank you for engaging with me. Life is so beautiful. Live, live, live! This is my journey.

You can also share with me on Facebook and Twitter. I like hearing from you!

DWordslayer 

© Donna-Luisa Eversley and D-WORDSLAYER, 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Donna-Luisa Eversley and D-WORDSLAYER with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.