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Relocation Expenses

Regular Blog readers – and by that I mean the people who subscribe to this blog – I’m moving. Not physically (this time), but virtually. My blog has been transferred from here to http://www.booksbyjason.com/wordpress. It looks a tiny bit different but other than that it’s the same stuff. I’ve hooked the new blog up to Facebook and Twitter and did a back up and restore of everything I could – heck, maybe you’ll already get updates. I’m not super savvy on the blogging technology, I confess.

I still have to hook up the new blog to Goodreads, but hopefully I can resolve that today. In the meantime, this is the old blog signing off! Thanks for your interest and attention, I hope to keep it lively and fun on the new one (which is more or less the same, just at a different address).

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Too Much of a Good Thing

October 28, 2012 7 comments

The day before my Twitter debacle a couple of weeks ago (I was banned for 12 days due to a misunderstanding, but I’m back now), I joined a new Triberr tribe called Power Sharers. For those of you scratching you chins wondering what the heck Triberr is, it’s a new website that allows bloggers to come together with like minded bloggers and use social media to amplify their presence. Huh? Okay, let me try again.

Let’s say I write a blog post (like this one!). It’s then loaded into the tribes I’m a member of on Triberr. A tribe is nothing more than a group of people that are (hopefully) like minded and willing to share each others posts. So I’ve written this blog article and it’s loaded into the available queues for everyone on Triberr that is a tribemate of mine. Each of them then has the opportunity to decide which social media networks they’re members of that they want to share the blog on (if any). In my experience the most used social media stream is Twitter.

There’s more than just sharing others blog posts though, it also provides a handy and useful tool for me to find other blogs worth reading. It shows me the title, author, and a snippet of the blog article. If I like it, I can read the entire thing. So in this way I’m not (personally) just blindly sharing content, I’m making sure it’s interesting first. Interesting to me, at least.

Now back to my Triberr experience. I was in a few groups that were focused on writing and writers, primarily. Then I got the invite to join Power Sharers. It seemed look a good opportunity to expand my reach so I jumped on it. Now I’m wondering if I jumped in over my head! Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of potential with this group, but there are also several serious bloggers in here. Serious as in multiple posts a day. That means when I log into Triberr to check out my stream of available posts to share, It’s not an easy task anymore! What used to be 5 – 10 minutes is now 20 – 30, and that’s if I do it twice a day!

Furthermore I feel kind of bad. The vast majority of posts I do not share. It’s not that they don’t have value, in most cases, it’s that they aren’t things that would be of benefit to me or to the presence I’ve established via my social presence. I don’t write or tweet about how to make money blogging, for example, nor do I focus on sharing how to properly engage and motivate employees. Good topics worthy of reading up on, but they’re not my niche. My followers share similar interests with me, and while there may be a few that like to see those blogs, the majority do not. I’m more concerned about spamming out unwanted information and losing people (or getting banned again, though I have no reason to believe I would be). And so I carefully wade through the list of would-be blog posts and trim each daily list of a hundred or so down to three to five.

Ultimately I’m here to help my followers by giving them something I think is valuable and to help myself by reading these blogs and expanding my own reach. I’m happy to do some quid pro quo where it’s appropriate with another blogger, but I also understand if what I blog about has nothing to do with their social presence. Bummer for me, perhaps, but it’s a two way street and I’m okay with it. Exposing myself (legally and in a non-age restricted fashion) is not as important as keeping the faith of the people I’ve already got. My readers and followers come first, but having said that if I’m making any presumptions on their benefit I can just as easily stop – all I need is a friendly bit of feedback.

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Sometimes the Puppy Gets It

October 18, 2012 4 comments

My wife is a Real Housewives fan. In particular the Real Housewives of New Jersey and the Beverly Hills. Oh, she likes the won with the blond lady that wears wigs all the time too (Atlanta? Orange County? I have no idea). I admit that openly and also confess that while I sit on the couch trying to write, I’m occasionally drawn into the train wreck.

The New Jersey season just ended (THANK GOODNESS!). During the reunion shows that they dragged out a question was posed about whether it’s bad to be opportunistic. I suppose there’s a line there, but short of being obnoxious or harmful I don’t think being opportunistic is bad at all. The particular instance they referred to had something to do with a blond lady who seems deserving of things I best not mention on this venue plotting to harass a regular cast member (Melissa, maybe?). All with another cast members implicit assistance (Theresa?). If Theresa is the one I’m thinking of (everybody hates her right now), I have to say she’s also deserving of actions I dare not mention…

But I’m digressing. Ultimately my life would be a better place without any of those shows because then I wouldn’t be sidetracked by their self-destructive behavior and staged drama. This post is actually about my successful return to Twitter! The reason I was kicked off had to do with aggressive following practices. I thought I was being opportunistic – e.g. following people who had similar interests and unfollowing people who showed no interest (after several days) of following me back. Isn’t that how friends and social networks are formed?

Well it turns out Twitter doesn’t care much for that sort of behavior, especially if it’s automated or if you hover over your Twitter account and show obsessive / compulsive tendencies. So to get back I had to request reinstatement and wait twelve days, then when they reacted to me I had to promise to behave myself and never try to make a new friend. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating slightly, but you get the idea.

Or maybe the folks at Twitter thought tweets sent to new people were too aggressive: “Follow back or the puppy gets it!”.

Of course I’m kidding, no such tweets were ever sent nor were any puppies harmed in the process. You have to admit, it’d be kind of funny to get that tweet…even if it did freak you out a little.

To learn more about Jason Halstead, visit his website to learn about him, his books, sign up for his newsletter, or check out some free samples of his books at http://www.booksbyjason.com.

What the Heck is #IAN1?

April 26, 2012 1 comment

I know the answer, don’t worry. #IAN1 is a Twitter hashtag. If you’re reading my blog and you’re not sure what Twitter is or what a hashtag is then I’m surprised. It’s not that I consider it common knowledge, it’s just that a large portion of my blog readers are pulled in from Twitter. For those of you that aren’t, let me see if I can sum it up.

A hashtag is a way to organize related tweets. Think of it as a category or even a genre. If you want to look up horror books you’d sort through a list of horror books, right? If you want to find out about tweets related to the TV show The Voice, you’d want to look up any tweets that use the hashtag #thevoice somewhere in them. Twitter was built with this in mind so people can read streams of tweets with this in mind. It’s called “trending.” Thus ends the Twitter lesson.

So back to #IAN1. That happens to be the hashtag set up for the Independent Author Network. It’s a website I joined a while back for a nominal fee to help host my books. I was searching for as many reliable and cost-effective ways to expose myself. Er, expose myself without any police involvement. Anyhow, the Independent Author Network is a resource for independent writers that are looking for fellow writers to talk shop with or just a place to put up our books and let people see them. It’s a huge benefit to readers as well, they can view (by genre) books and authors without any pressure as to whether they’re going to buy them or where they’re going to buy them at (each book has links to where it’s available at). I’ve got nineteen books on there, which is far and away one of the larger profiles.

To my fellow writers: has it helped me to have a page on the Independent Author Network? I think so. I don’t have any empirical data, you see, but I do know that my page was getting hundreds if not thousands of hits each month for a while (I haven’t seen any stats in a while but I imagine it’s gone up, not down). That doesn’t necessarily convert to a sale, but every opportunity to put my book in front of somebody increases the possibility of them buying it.

It’s not an instant guarantee of success either. As with anything, if people don’t know it exists then there’s little to no chance of them ever visiting it. That means I have to share the knowledge. I have to let people know that I have an IAN page and give them the address to it. It helps if I toss in a “please check it out,” while I’m at it.

IAN also offers up additional promo opportunities for writers from time to time. Some cost nominal fees and others are free. For example I’m involved in a “Spring Fever Promotion” that cost me nothing, it just required that I offer up a few books for display that are under $5. That’s easy for me – all my books are under $5.00! At least all of my ebooks are. Here’s the link to that page, I recommend checking it out and seeing if you can find a great price on a new favorite author (other than me, of course): http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/kindle-under-5.html.

And in case you wondered nobody asked me to write this, nor am I receiving anything for it. Sure, I hope you’ll check the page out and find some use (such as buying one or more of my books), but if that’s not your thing that’s fine too. It’s also a public service message for struggling writers that are trying to find ways to get more exposure. I’m giving the place two thumbs up, I recommend you check it out.

To learn more about Jason Halstead, visit his website to learn about him, his books, sign up for his newsletter, or check out some free samples of his books at http://www.booksbyjason.com.

Triberr – Blog Reach Multiplier and how I use it

February 10, 2012 2 comments

If you’re reading this, the odds are good that you stumbled across it thanks to Triberr. Triberr allows people with similar interests to get together and use Twitter to retweet each others blog postings. I’m a member of a couple of great groups and that really helps to get exposure out there. My blog has grown to perhaps four or five times the following of what it was before Triberr in the span of a a few months.

It’s not just that simple though. Each member of each Triberr group gets to choose whether they send out a tweet about a blog post or not. That, I find, is crucial. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t tweet about every blog that comes across my desk. More often than not I do, but that’s because the people I work with have similar interests.

I’m not being a prick, at least not intentionally, I’m trying to protect my own credibility with my Twitter followers and I’m hoping to prove to them that I value them. I often have conversations with people on Twitter, in fact, and at times I’ll scroll through the stream of tweets looking for something and someone new to talk to just because I want them to know I am interested and I do appreciate them. Thus I don’t necessarily send out a tweet about somebody’s blog on how to bake some gluten free blueberry muffins, but I will tweet on a blog about writing tips or a book review. I usually won’t tweet about diet and exercise tips because I find them gimmicky. I’ve spent years developing my own nutritional plans and exercise routines that work great but I don’t like people trying to make a buck off of such things. And then there’s the free iPad offers – nope, you’ll never get one of those outta me either. :)

So to my Triberr friends – if I don’t tweet about your blog it’s nothing personal, it’s just me trying to maintain my credibility with my Twitter clan. I’ve attracted them because we share interests and while a few of them might be interested in learning how to use dental floss to detail hubcabs, the majority are not. I do weigh each blog individually though – who it comes from is irrelevant as far as my determination to tweet it out or not.

To my Twitter followers – well what I just said applies to you guys and girls as well. And yes, even the occasional Twitter-bot (who else is going to post an avatar wearing a skimpy bikini and offering free stuff ?).

To learn more about Jason Halstead, visit his website to learn about him, his books, sign up for his newsletter, or check out some free samples of his books at http://www.booksbyjason.com.

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