Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Blogs. . . what are they good for?

Isn't it funny that only a few years ago we had never heard of a Blog, at least I know I hadn't. But now, there is a blog for everything. You can read environmental blogs, cooking blogs, lifestyle blogs, writing blogs, and you can even read your favorite musician's blog. In a way, it makes us feel like we know people that we in reality don't know at all.

Writers, musicians, and artists can use blogs to reach people and sell their books, music and art. What greater way to reach your fan base and to connect with them. Even some retail stores and corporates are blogging now.

I like blogs that share information with me. I subscribe to many blogs that share freelance writing opportunities and writing markets. I also subscribe to my favorite musician's blogs in hopes I am the lucky winner of some cool merchandise that they give away to their blog subscribers.

Some blogs teach us something. Either an actual process, or an personal emotional lesson. I receive a Bible scripture everyday from K-LOVE. It isn't actually a blog, but an email, but you get my point.

Some people make a living from blogging. With google ads, amazon ads, and with getting traffic to their blogs. One time I saw a huge blog community and couldn't figure out how so many people blogged and commented on this one site. Then I found out that many huge blog sites are that way because the bloggers are paid to blog. I think I read in the news that soon all blog sites that pay their authors to blog will have to post that they are a paid blogging site.

Some of my friends use a personal blog to stay in touch with friends and relatives. They post pictures, videos, and details of trips and events. This seems like a slower paced way of social networking to me in comparison to a facebook or myspace. I think it is a great alternative to those bigger social networking sites. This way, people come to your blog to read about you and aren't distracted by everyone's status or posts, as in facebook.

Some people believe in a cause and want to educate others on the cause. Blogs are a great tool for that as well. And they can be fun to create and update.

As a writer, artist, musician, I think I can speak for all in saying a blog is a way to get noticed and to hopefully land that huge opportunity someday! We can all dream, right? You never know who is reading your blog and what connections that person may have.

Have you updated your blog today? Why not do it now!


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I've got mail!

When you get a book contract you feel so much excitement. As you are working on that book, the excitement turns in to "work". Once that deadline is meet, it turns into relief. Today, I felt that excitement again when my book arrived on my doorstep. I was so excited to finally see my project, my baby, my ideas all in print. I have had books published for work for hire projects, but this is my first book that was all my idea.

It is my Abraham Lincoln book that is pictured on my blog.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Potty Training Story Contest!

Do you have a good potty training story? How was your and your child's experience with potty training? Tell me your story and you could WIN an autographed copy of my latest book.

I am writing an ebook for an up and coming website. It is an ebook on potty training. I am doing research and collecting stories that may be used in my book and/or on the website. If you would like to share your story or tips, please send me an email or leave it as a comment here. If you want your your first name listed and what state you live in, I can include it if your story/tip if used. Just let me know if you want that recognition.

I can't wait to read your stories and tips!! Tell your friends and family to submit a story because I will be drawing a random winner from all the submitted stories/tips and they will receive an autographed copy of my latest book, "Abraham Lincoln and His Era: Using the American Memory Project to Teach with Primary Sources" that is to be released December 31, 2009, published by Teacher Idea Pres. The book will be shipped to you as soon as I get my order, after December 31.

Please repost this on your blog, Facebook, Myspace, or Twitter page. The more stories, the better!!!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Hello December!

It's so hard to believe that this is December 1! The Thanksgiving Holiday went really fast and now we are into the Christmas Season. I had a good time spending Thanksgiving time with my family. I finished up a freelance writing project for Carson Dellosa right before Thanksgiving. It was such a fun project but I was glad to have it finished before Thanksgiving. I some exciting news, I am going to be working with someone on a Potty-Training website for parents. I am working on an e-book that will be available on the site soon. I am very excited about this new opportunity and I can't wait to share more news with you all when it's time. Until then, wish me luck on this new opportunity and I will fill you in later.