Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April Platform Challenge: Day 11

Before we get to today's task, I just want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who's been participating. Whenever I try a new crazy idea, I just never know whether it'll take off or implode, and I have to say that I'm extremely pleased with how the challenge has progressed so far. That's me; but what about you? Are you enjoying the challenge? Do you have unanswered questions?

If so, share your thoughts in the comments of this post. I have a plan for tasks to complete for the rest of the month, but I could combine, delete, and/or add different tasks depending on your feedback. Or I may just write up some extra blog posts to accommodate specific areas of interest. And again, thank you.


Look at that great article on writing.

For today's task, find a helpful article (or blog post) and share it with your social network--and by social network, I mean that you should share it on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn at a minimum. If you participate on message boards or on other social networks, share in those places as well.

Before linking to an article on fantasy baseball or celebrity news, however, make sure your article (or blog post) aligns with your author platform goals. You should have an idea of who you are and who you want to be as a writer, and your helpful article (or blog post) should line up with those values.

Need ideas for finding articles?
Here are a few lists that I use to find articles of interest for writers:
Of course, you may not want to share articles for writers if your platform is based on parenting tips or vampires or whatever. In such cases, you'll want to check out other resources online. Don't be afraid to use a search engine.

For Twitter, you may wish to use a URL shortener.

Here are five popular URL shorteners:
  1. http://bit.ly/. This is my favorite.
  2. http://goo.gl/. Google's URL shortener.
  3. http://owl.ly/. Hootsuite's URL shortener.
  4. http://deck.ly/. TweetDeck's URL shortener.
  5. http://su.pr/. StumbleUpon's URL shortener.
But wait, you may be asking if you're new to Twitter, why would I need a URL shortener? And here's the answer: Twitter only affords you 140 characters per tweet and some URLs are nearly that long on their own. So a URL shortener helps you find more space for commentary around your link.

Happy linking!

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116 comments:

Misky said...

Done and posted on Twitter. FYI my fav is http://thekitchensgarden.wordpress.com/ which is filled with cookery, excellent writing, splendid photography, and what life is like on a farm in the US midwest prairie.

Anne Kimball said...

I actually just did this yesterday with a series I've been running on attachment in adoption (every Tues, for those interested): http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com/2012/04/adoption-tuesday-attachment3.html.

But I do have a question. A couple weeks ago, I clipped a portion of another blogger's piece into my blog. I credited the author, I linked back to the site, and it was a favorable piece, praising it for its humor.

However, when I used this in a post on BlogHer, they removed it, and told me I needed the author's permission. Can you speak to this issue?

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Hey Anne,

How others have handled that issue with me is that they've just contacted me via e-mail to ask if it's all right to share all or part of an blog post. They explain what they plan to use, how they plan to use it, and with which audience. It's just good form to do it that way. I think I've almost always said yes.

As far as sharing links, you do not need to ask permission. Just link away!

Best,

Robert

Erika D. said...

Does it count if I've just shared a collection of links on Facebook and Twitter? (I do this every Wednesday--I call the offering "Wednesday's Web Browser for Writers.") And if you want to see the collection you'll find it at http://www.erikadreifus.com/2012/04/wednesdays-web-browser-for-writers/.

I don't know why I treat LinkedIn so very differently. Some of it may have to do with the fact that I consider LinkedIn to be more connected with my day job.

Btw, I think you're doing a fabulous job with this challenge, and I'm looking forward to seeing everything else you have in store for us.

Kyle Robinson said...

All Done, I'm digging this challenge and learning a lot of things and enjoying this. Thanks for the help Robert.

bolton carley said...

aloOne thing I'd love to have some guidance on is branding. I'm a "jack of all trades" writer - poetry, flash fiction, blogging - all humor mostly, but I know you're supposed to pick one thing and focus.

If you have any suggestions on how to get noticed that would be great, too. Meaning how do you get traffic to your blog? Connecting with all the great people doing this challenge helps on Twitter, but I'm horrible at self-promotion.

Robert Lee Brewer said...

That does count, Erika. Also, with LinkedIn, I don't share as much as on other sites (especially Twitter), but I do try to share a new link each day to show a couple things: first, that I'm paying attention to my account; second, to show that I'm engaged with my subject.

Thank you, Kyle and Misky, for the comments!

Donna said...

Haven't done the challenge yet, but shortening the URL is pretty cool! Thanks again for the your insight into the electronic world. And I'll get right on that challenge!

SaraV said...

Robert, this has been a real eye opener for me. Also, a lot of fun. Still feeling like I'm in the training wheel phase, wobbling along--but it's fun
Thank you:-)

Donna said...

Now I'm done with the challenge...what is tumblr? A blogger I follow has a link to post to this site.

J. B. Everett said...

Done - I'd never used a url shortener before. Didn't even know I could. Great tip! Thanks.

Raychelle Muhammad said...

This is a great resource for those new to Twitter and people like me who bumped their heads a few times trying to figure it out! Posted! "What Are 10 Ways that Twitter Can Help Writers?" by Debbie Ohi http://inkygirl.com/a-writers-guide-to-twitter/how-twitter-can-help-writers/what-are-10-ways-that-twitter-can-help-writers.html My Twitter and Facebook accounts are linked.

Raychelle

Tina Cho said...

Hi! I've never commented here yet, but I've been reading the challenge daily and participating from S.Korea! I actually had an acct w/Linked In but didn't really know how to use it. And I have a Twitter acct that I rarely use. So this has been great to have "assignments" to use each program. I'm more a Facebook-aholic. I guess my question is...do u think authors need to have a personal acct AND an author fan page for Facebook? As a busy writer, keeping up with everyone's blogs and posts is time-consuming. Currently, I just manage a personal fb page along w/blogs.
Thanks so much for all your advice!
~Tina Cho

Kiril Kundurazieff said...

RE: "Find a helpful article (or blog post) and share it with your social network... and your helpful article (or blog post) should line up with those values."

Does it count if it's my Cats who are doing this task, and not me? :-D

Over a week ago I was invited to attend a conference in Toronto, but can't, so on their blog the Cats began a series, yesterday, that will spend more than a week covering the issues related to the conference this weekend, with links galore. :-D

http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2012/04/fnn-special-repurrt-the-no-kill-animal-shelter-revolution-1-.html

I'm learning a lot from this challenge, and having fun.

Don't know where it will all lead, but believe it was the right thing for me, at this moment.

Rowanwolf said...

I shared some info from Writers Digest in fact. but i never knew how to do shorten URLs before so that was cool. Thanks.

Nin Andrews said...

Thanks Robert! There's so much information in this April series, I will be coming back for some time to figure it out. It's so informative. I'm giving a reading in southern Ohio--and I am actually thinking--Oh no, I will get even more behind in following Robert's blog.

This weekend I will be poking around on Twitter, as you suggest, and maybe asking you and others questions. It's fun to see that others have the same questions and issues.

Fred Shrum, III said...

I sent this to all my social media using HootSuite.

http://ow.ly/acYiU

Some big-six publishers refuse to sign new contracts with Amazon.com!

That ought to get a conversation going with the polarizing presence of Amazon among the writing community.

Joe O. said...

Hi, I have found this challenge to be an excellent resource and a great introduction to fellow writers. Thank you.

As far as challenge requests go, I vote for a writing prompt. Give us something to get us started to give us all an opportunity to strut our stuff in our blogs and comment about.

My recommended read is Anne R. Allen's Blog: WHY NOT TRY SLOW BLOGGING? The advice runs contrary to the A to Z Challenge I'm participating in, but as I don't plan to blog everyday after the challenge, it helped me keep things in a realistic prospective and not feel guilty about it.

Twitter: @js_orozco

Kasie Whitener said...

Done.

Mary Bauer said...

I'm glad the last few challenges include using the accounts we have subscribed to. My input is do more of these types of activities.

I finished my challenge today. I found an encouraging article on teaching art in the public schools.

Andrew Kreider said...

Done! Great to learn about the url shorteners. I chose bitly and it was really easy to set up.

Rhonda Parrish said...

Done.

In case it hasn't been noted (I haven't been reading all the comments LOL) it is possible to have what you post to Twitter get automatically posted to your Facebook account. It's what I do to save myself multiple browser visits.

Dana Dampier said...

Done! I chose a short article, but it was insightful for me in many ways. It helps me realize that to be a poet, I don't have to follow the norm.

http://articles.poetryx.com/9/

Lynn said...

Done. This is probably a really stupid question, but does that shortening of URLs only work on Twitter or do they work on FB, LinkedIn and other social sites? Also, I had no idea you could send a message on LinkedIn. Your challenge has been just that, but I'm learning so much, so thank you.

John Morris Benson said...

I am using this for a family history project.
Were your predecessors really where they said they were? http://1940census.archives.gov could be interesting to some but certainly not all.

Kevin DeRossett said...

Robert, as a full-time teacher, parent of two small kids, husband, current musical director, and writer, I can hardly find time to breathe. I've participated as much in this challenge as I can, but I wanted to say thanks for doing this. My blog (read mostly by my friends and family) has been receiving a wide variety of hits after I commented on some of your posts. I think this is a great thing, bringing writers together. Just wanted to say thanks!

Romelle Broas said...

Done! You'll see it on #MNINB from @herstory2, on LinkedIn and Facebook. Now off to the happiest place in the world...

De said...

Done.

The url shortener is genius. Thank you!
de

Kiril Kundurazieff said...

Just wanted to say something about adding the buttons to our posts, and sidebar.

Since adding an extended version of what I'd had before, I've noticed more attention being paid to them, especially Twitter, & Google +.

The post I listed earlier, for example, only was posted yesteday afternoon, and when I went to bed there had been no attention, but this morning 3 readers appeared to use the Google + button for that post. :-D

Lynn Daue said...

I shared "How Do You Write a Book?" from Kevin Hanrahan. I think the big take away is that you CAN find time to write a book! (Even if you're deployed and traveling around Afghanistan.)

http://khanrahan.com/2012/02/27/how-do-you-write-a-book/

F.S. (Sharon) Vander Meer said...

The platform challenge has improved my understanding of social networking, given me confidence to step in to that arena with enthusiasm and bumped my Klout score (before now I didn't know there was such a thing) and gave me reasons to work outside my comfort zone. I confess SEO and Keywords continue to be my stumbling block. I sort of write and pray someone reads it! I'm working on it, but as with most worthwhile things in life, it isn't easy (at least for me) to figure out. Sigh... I'm very much enjoying this journey.

I've been linking through twitter and through my blogs to sites of interest to writers and have already done a couple today.

Melanie Cole said...

done!!

Joy Weese Moll said...

I shared an article from Lifehacker today that dovetails nicely with a weekly event I've started on my blog -- Readers' Workouts. Readers' Workouts is a way for those of us who think of ourselves as more bookish than athletic to encourage each other's exercise goals.

Today, Lifehacker posted a short piece arguing that the best motivation for exercise is often the immediate mental and emotional benefits--just the sort of thing readers can get into. The Lifehacker piece is here: http://lifehacker.com/5900956/focus-on-the-mental-and-emotional-benefits-of-exercise-to-help-you-stick-to-your-workouts

Lifehacker made sharing easy with a share button -- Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn were the top three choices so I did all three. I think I'll pin it to Pinterest, too.

Sarah Negovetich said...

I'm about to start the query process so I've been reading lots of related articles lately.

I'm glad to hear you are going to talk about SEO later.

I'd also love to hear more about management tools like Hootsuite and especially Triberr.

Thanks for this great series!

Brooke Ryter said...

I am sharing a blog post I found on BookDaily.com by Donna Brown. She talks about e-book pricing.

Post title: The Real Cost of the 99-Cent eBook.

I found it very interesting.

http://www.bookdaily.com/authorresource/blog/post/1127590

Currently working through the thought process regarding how to price my book, so this article was right in line with where my concerns are.

Thanks!!

And, as for suggestions...I believe SEO is an important part of this, so glad you are planning on walking us through that strategy.

If you have time, you could discuss book pricing. I think (hope) I am not the only one finding this to be a tough decision.

Claudine Jaboro said...

DONE!! Absolutely loved this piece on writing a query letter! http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2010/10/05/the-pitch-is-a-bitch-but-dont-fear-the-query/

Susan Craig said...

Finally I am all caught up... until tomorrow.
This series of challenges has been immensely useful to me, beginning from ground zero as I am.
Thank you, Robert. What good things will you have us do next?
I'm looking forward to it, and to SEO, and to more about linking to one's own posts (not that I have that many yet...):)

Brooke Ryter said...

This is an article worth reading for authors and readers alike. Is a book a better read if it costs more? Is a 99-cent e-book crap just because of the perceived value? Does pricing a book lower diminish the writing? Does your food taste better at a restaurant at $18.00 a plate then it does if you buy it and make it yourself at home? Something I am currently struggling with...how to price the book and to date, my biggest dilemma. Please read the article and Robert, maybe you could give us (me) some insight on book pricing. I hope I am not the only one concerned about this. Besides...book pricing should not be my biggest dilemma!!

Thanks!

http://www.bookdaily.com/authorresource/blog/post/1127590

Lauren Miller said...

I shared and discussed a blog post over at Unlacing the Victorians on caged graves.

In my response, I discuss grave matters (pun intended) of the Regency/Victorian eras including grave robberies, a famous murder case, and a popular book of the time.

Lauren Miller said...

Sorry, I should clarify my earlier comment.

The original post is at Unlacing the Victorians. I shared a link to that post on my website, then discussed the topic further.

Apologies for any confusion!

caryl said...

Done!

Kirra said...

Done!

Gerry said...

Today's challenge is done! I posted from WRITER UNBOXED (maybe my favorite go-to site for writing advice and encouragement) to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. I don't usually post to LinkedIn, so that was new. I keep up with Facebook, and I'm somewhat grudgingly trying Twitter (that's taken some doing!). I've loved the challenge so far and hope to hang in to the end.

I have a couple of questions. One concerns the time it takes to stay abreast of the social media. It seems like I've spent the morning doing that instead of writing. Shouldn't we also be protecting our writing time, especially if we're not "there" yet in terms of publishing?

The second question is one several of us raised in response to the name search challenge. My name comes up on most search engines, but there are lots of other folks with the same name. My online presence needs to be better defined. I wish you would address that issue before the month is out.

Thanks so much, Robert, for walking us through the platform maze! I might never have done these tasks if I hadn't found your challenge.

Gail Kushner said...

A couple of things:

1) I don't know how to use the url shortener. How do you do it?

2) Just so you know, the challenges don't show up on my computer as e-mails until very late in the evening on the day we are supposed to complete them. I can find them by clicking on your blog, but if I wait for the e-mail, I miss the day. Anyone else running into this?

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Gail,

I would suggest not waiting for the e-mail notifications (for this challenge), because it does tend to just send a day's worth of posts at one time. Normally, the e-mail notifications are helpful if the information is not time sensitive.

As far as using the URL shortener, you'll want to copy the URL to which you plan on linking. Then, paste the URL into the field at the URL shortener site of your choice (one of the five mentioned above).

Veronica Roth said...

So far I’ve enjoyed these challenges but I’m really stuck here. It’s not so much finding a helpful article, there are hundreds out there, it’s more trying to decide and judge the alignment with my platform. Not even sure if I have a “platform”, especially since I tend to write, paint, photograph etc for the joy of it and am not trying to sell anything on line. Also, I don’t want to endorse something which I don’t fully understand or fully believe in and put it out there as though I do. I could link a post from my site but that’s done already thru the link buttons and seems so narcissistic to push again. Also, it’s all so done over and over, seems like there’s nothing new to say. Hmm, I’ll have a think on this one.

Beth Stilborn said...

I already do this daily on my Facebook, my Facebook page (which automatically tweets it), and in a Facebook Group which I co-administer. Now I will work in Linked In to that rotation.

Today I shared an excellent article on 10 reasons to advocate for the arts (that's part of my "brand" -- arts and literacy advocate, and writer that includes the arts in many projects).

I would like to learn more about optimizing Linked In and Twitter, and especially as someone has already said in the comments, how to do this in a way that it does not take over one's writing life.

April Galloway said...

So, for the Day 11 task: I offer help for those of us who are finding it difficult to make time for all the networking tasks, with the link shortened through the bitly Sidebar: http://bit.ly/Hxy1fF.

It offers a way of organizing your time that had never occurred to me. I think it applies to all of us, whatever our main focus. Hope others find it helpful. Now, if only I can find time to follow it...:~D

Julia Tomiak said...

Done! I shared a post about finding beta readers to Twitter using Hoot Suite (love the scheduling feature), and, you'll like this Robert, a link about National Poetry Month to my Facebook and Pinterest accounts! I know in a recent post you said that you don't have a Pinterest account yet, but that it does refer a lot of traffic. I just started... would you dare to explore Pinterest during this challenge?

Paul Ellis said...

In a fit of cross promotion, I posted the link and MY blog, then shared my blogpost with my social sphere. And, now you have it too!

Khara House said...

Done--posted to my Facebook profile and page, my Twitter account, and LinkedIn (easy since I have my LinkedIn updates linked to my Twitter account). I shared a 2011 NPR interview with Nikky Finney, who I am absolutely in love with right now.

I also discovered that on her website, she has an email address to write her directly ... my challenge to myself is to work up the nerve to actually do it!

Cecilia Gunther said...

Well, as I have gone from Wo to Go in one day (thank you Misky fro introducing me to this) my mind is awhirl, I don't want to say that I am scatterbrained or anything but I really need to sit down with all that you have introduced me to and practice, after I have put everything into some kind of order in my Paddington Bear brain. However I am really looking forward to tomorrow. Also I would like to thank you for keeping each of your challenges short, to the point and DO-ABLE! celi

the whatnot shop said...

I'm a little late to the party today thanks to the adventure of rainy-day car problems and my forgotten cell phone! Searching for an article now . . . :-D

the whatnot shop said...

Hey Robert, you posted a great article recently about how to plan for a conference. This goes along with it (and it's what I shared for the challenge):

http://writersweekly.com/this_weeks_article/007294_04112012.html

Diana said...

Well, that was much easier than anticipated! I have twitter connected to my facebook so when I publish to twitter, it publishes automatically to facebook. Then I went to Linked-In and published, only to discover I could have clicked the "twitter" box and published to all three from there. It's great that you get us to do these things, Robert, because otherwise, I would never know that I could!! Thank you!

Laura Diane said...

Day 11 DONE! I like learning this new stuff and was wondering how to use the link shortening tools. Now I know. Thanks for these daily challenges--they've helped me grow and expand my knowledge much faster than I would have otherwise.

beatrix said...

Done...and apparently so is my brain this morning. Still morning; I'm on Hawaiian Time.

Pat Walsh said...

Done with today's task, and just want to chime in on how much the Challenge has helped me so far - I feel like I've done more to build my platform and broaden my online connections in the past 10 days than I have in several years! Thank you, Robert, and thank you to everyone who is participating. I feel like I have learned a tremendous amount!

For today's sharing exercise, I tweeted and Facebooked and LinkedIn a really helpful book review from my friend Beverly's "Open Road Writing" blog, at:

http://www.openroadwriting.com/2012/04/attract-feed-a-hungry-crowd-review-and-give-away/

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Don't overthink the process of linking to content, Veronica. If you don't endorse (or fully understand a piece), just link to it with a comment like, "I found this interesting, though I'm not sure if I agree (or understand)."

Julia, I would be daring enough to explore Pinterest at the same time as everyone else. After all, I have to lead (and learn) by example.

Do it, Khara. Contact her.

Stephanie Puckett said...

Done!

Gail Kushner said...

Done. This was eye-opening. I updated my own blog today then I clicked on the "Blue Bird" from AddThis and I was able to send a Tweet with my blog link. So easy!

Robert, thanks for answering my earlier question, now I have another one (perhaps one day of the challenge should be you just answering our questions!). When I am on Twitter I can find the group MNINB, but I don't know how to save it or interact with it. I'm sure you have an easy answer, but I'm new to this! Thanks in advance for your help.

Elizabeth Saunders said...

Done. Busy day. Can't wait to read your time management post and catch up on comments when I get back from a meeting.

Had to write a special post for my blogiversary - three years old, today!

Susan P said...

Done. I particularly liked your post today on how you manage your social media time. I had a very strict regime going with my novel writing and I've been letting it fall by the wayside as I take longer and longer 'breaks' to check social media. I think for me, I will have to try and save my social media work for later in the day - AFTER I've done my day's writing. Otherwise, just like chocolate, the temptation to do anything but work on my novel is too great.

hcfbutton said...

I left a website with the winners to a hospital design competition (since my passion is healthcare architecture). I also gave myself a deadline to comment on the winning proposals this weekend.

I'm really excited about the SEO post, since its still something I'm trying to grasp.

might i also say that everyone is posting some fascinating articles. I can see my social media time will be occupied reading most of these posts, since I now follow you all on twitter. (I'm quirkycity)

TheDaughter said...

Love the challenge, and I am hoping you have something else up your sleeve for May!

One question: I originally started blogging in February, and the name associated with the blog is "The Daughter". I set it up that way because I was not sure I wanted my mother to know it was me blogging. Since then, she has read the blog and knows it is me, so that is not a concern. Is it best for me to change the name to my real name now?

Thanks, Robert!

Kirk said...

Done. On to tomorrow...

Monique Liddle said...

Done. I posted a Copyblogger post that I think would be helpful for anyone working with people in general. However, it's perfect for bloggers: http://www.copyblogger.com/the-two-most-important-words-in-blogging/

Posted to twitter, FB, G+, and LinkedIN.

ROBERT -
I REALLY WOULD LOVE SOME INFO/HELP IN UNDERSTANDING HOW TO WRITE MY POSTS THAT WOULD RANK WELL W/SEARCH ENGINES W/OUT COMPROMISING MY CONTENT GOALS. PLEASE?!?!
Thanks -
Monique

JRWoodward said...

First time I finished the Challenge before 9PM! I did a Mike Wells article on writing a synopsis to my Facebook, Twitter, Kindleboards Writer's Cafe and Goodreads Writer's discussion group,

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/65828.Writers_Worth

and George Orwell's tips to Twitter and Facebook.

http://on.fb.me/HImYDy

Blyth McManus said...

Finally - the mysterious shortened URLs are clarified. DONE! Yes indeedy.

Kendra Merritt said...

Done.

Elissa Field said...

I just did this with a fun article from McSweeneys.

I have a question, which I also posted in your blog about limiting time on twitter: Do you have recommendation of the best way to control twitter feeds? I tried TweetDeck and it was too slow & bulky, without really helping. I use Social Oomph for scheduling tweets, but it's too awkward to use for everyday. Is Hootsuite better, or would you recommend another? I'm looking for one to help me read my feed more efficiently, and have the ability to shift more readily between multiple twitter accounts.

Thanks, and see you all tomorrow!

Sheila Deeth said...

Coincidentally I had several requests to share links to free kindle books today.

I'm enjoying this series and have recommended it to people in our local writers' group.

Silvia said...

Done, finally caught up with it all:)
Twitter handle is here: @Sil_ontwit
and blog is: http://deadmachinery.wordpress.com

Thank you for organizing this challenge, it's really helping me. And yes, planning the time dedicated to social media is a very good idea, it tends to consume a LOT more time than one thinks, otherwise.
Again, thanks :D

Elizabeth Saunders said...

Elissa, I love Hootsuite, but I'm not familiar with most of the other programs. I can switch between Twitter accounts (I also tweet for a nonprofit), and you can add facebook, too. I have separate timelines for my favorite hashtags. I also like that you can program your tweets for future posting.

Sabrina said...

Caught up for now - thanks & loving this!

Cerece Rennie Murphy said...

Done. I have to say that I have a love-hate relationship with this challenge. I need it. You are a blessing and I thank you for it, but I don't want to do ANY of it. I find twitter overwhelming (and facebook only slightly less so). The "little" links you have to create are confusing. I still don't know or understand what a hash tag is and I had to log into 3 separate sites to do this assignment. Whine...whine..whine.

Did I mention that I appreciate cha?

There is a reason my blog is called kicking-n-screaming...

Beth said...

OK, done.

Nicole said...

Hey Nicole here. I read a really good blog titled "The Ten Most Common Fiction Writing Errors and How to Avoid Them." Here's the site:

http://view.writers-community.com
Until tomorrow.

Lara Schiffbauer said...

All done. I have to say, I appreciate the other post for today about time management! I'm loving all the interactions, but I'm not getting much else done beyond social media!

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan said...

Done... Thank you for this challenge.

Rebecca Barray said...

This challenge has been a really fun learning experience! You're doing a great job!! The only thing I can think of that I'd like to learn more about is: how to come up with ideas for blogs. It seems like everything has already been said, multiple times. How do you put a fresh spin on an already overdone topic?

Sharing a post on Facebook and Twitter is pretty easy. There are almost always buttons readily available. LinkedIn is a little tougher, but I got it. Thanks for the great April Platform Challenge!!

Done. ;)

E. B. Pike said...

This has been a great learning experience, Robert! I know so many of us (writers seeking agents/publication) are new to building a platform. Between you and Kristen Lamb, I feel like I'm getting a crash course in "Selling Myself 101." A much needed crash course, I might add.

I love the posts. I have no doubt that I'll be in a much better position at the end of this challenge than when it began.

Oh, and I've already shared a blog post today with my Twitter peeps. Cheers!

Lori Degman said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us - your posts have been extremely helpful! If you could just come up with a way to add a few more hours in the day, that would be great!

Claudia Karabaic Sargent said...

I wrote a blogpost around a link to Sandra Tsing Loh's article in the Atlantic Monthly earlier this year, "Daddy Issues". The project I'm building my platform for is my family memoir which centers on the last months of my dad's life and how my family pulled together.
I was going for contrast, with a small dose of Catholic grade school wisdom thrown in for seasoning.
http://ckswarriorqueen.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/the-fourth-commandment/

Michael Grove said...

All Done. Yes Robert, I am enjoying this challenge. It really is a discipline. I am kinda forcing myself out of my comfort zone and into areas of "other" social media where I have previously chosen not to venture.

PaulaJHowell said...

Done. I posted a link to an article geared towards writers on my writing FB page and I even shared another post by an author on my personal FB because it was a great post on how to stay safe in the digital world.

I am enjoying the challenge myself and look forward to all we can learn by the end of the month!

Meena Rose said...

I live and die by the GTD (Getting Things Done) method both professionally as a high tech consultant and as a creative writer.

Here is a link to how one writer tweaked GTD to make it work for him:

http://antonyjohnston.com/articles/gtw.php

Charley said...

Shared a good interview with Jane Friedman on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Appreciated her reminder that we not get consumed by the "tempest in a teapot" syndrome, as we prioritize what activities are important for us as writers.

http://goo.gl/Ju3oO
There, now I've used a link shortener, too.

So far, I've had experience with every challenge before. I am, however, thankful for the exercises in pulling it all together. Love your links, and lists, Bob (er, Robert).

Diane said...

Posted a TED Talk on FB and sent it out to contacts not on FB. Will also Tweet it. Thanks.

Meg Miller said...

Done. I tweeted my link for Carol Tice's www.makealivingwriting.com. A favorite of yours, and now mine as well.

I appreciate the daily assignments, because I need to practice my social media skills and you offer a great path to follow. Plus if I make a mistake, I get to chalk it up to learning and that makes it a fun journey instead of a stressful sea of exasperation. Thank you.

Muddy said...

Done! But late... This was hard for me! I'd search for an article, & read it, and then follow a link to somewhere is, and read that, and then follow a link to somewhere else...and pretty soon it's 10:00pm and I got nothing done! I chose an article from a fave blog WOW Women On Writing: Open Letter To Friends of Authors. I thought it was funny.

Day 12, here I come!

Joseph Lalonde said...

I consistently share articles on my twitter account @JosephLalonde

I need to work more on my Facebook and LinkedIn ( http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=74833574&authType=name&authToken=UK94&trk=mp_view_prf_l ) accounts but that'll come with time.

You've really helped me grow my blog (http://www.jmlalonde.com ) and social media efforts. I'm seeing new traffic and follows. Keep it up!

Jennifer said...

Today is done. I share lots of science articles with Facebook, today was the first day I shared something on twitter. Thanks for the web shortener sites. I signed up for one. Great challenges. One suggestion I might have is making us do a guest blog. I really want to do some, but am nervous. If you make it a challenge than I would have no choice.

Claudette Young said...

I managed to do two articles yesterday with links to FB, Google+, and Twitter. For some unknown reason I couldn't get either to post on LinkedIn, and I didn't have the extra time to fiddle with it.

The first article was about the fate and controversy of the "Penny" in our currency. I added a challenge, considering the articles questions, etc. I asked the reader to exchange the words "Big Six Publishers" for the word "Penny" and to then contemplate the results.

The second article was one on Writer Residencies and the application process. That one is already generating interest.

So I'd say this challenge task was a good one. Thanks, Robert, for the push.

Marian O'Brien Paul said...

I think I have done the task. There is so much new to absorb, I could be mistaken : )
At least I know I shared a link to the article on Facebook, and I think I did on Twitter and Linked In.

The more I do, the confuseder I become!

Lauri Meyers said...

Done

Michelle said...

How funny - I posted some great articles yesterday and didn't even know it was part of the challenge. Ha! So here are the links I posted to FB/Twitter/LinkedIn:

The shy Author’s Guide to book promoting: http://bit.ly/HWnhbh

World Book Night - April 23, 2012: http://bit.ly/IG6tHH

Article about how author Beverly Lewis has found success with small-town book tours: http://bit.ly/HAU6gL

Steven King working on new Horror novel: http://bit.ly/IQ5CRm

Evelyn said...

Okay, I posted on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn the link to Miss Snark's blog about quitting.

http://tinyurl.com/7j7edff

I used tiny URL because it doesn't require registering. Any reason not to use that source?

Yes, I have lots of questions. Especially about Twitter.

You're doing a fantastic job with this challenge. Robert, and I'm learning a lot. But I feel like I'm being dragged into social media kicking and screaming.

GoingVeggie said...

Done... for today. I shared a great free offer for a digital version of Vegetarian Times. Now, if only I had written one of the articles. :) Maybe soon! I posted on Twitter, FB and my brand new, totally nekkid Linked-In page.

Yes, I'm enjoying this challenge and even though I'm an old hand at Twitter (HootSuite & TweetDeck are Godsends!), and Facebook, I'm just not feeling the love ♥ about Linked-In. Like the last commentor, I'm kicking and screaming, but I'm doing it! -Veggie Val

Ivy said...

I am loving the challenge so far! I can't wait to see what you have coming next!

Done and done on this one!

Barbara Morrison said...

Done. Discovered that all the posts I've been making to Facebook from Hootsuite have been set to be visible to me only. When I post within FB they are visible to all my friends. Can't find a place to change this yet.
Ugh!

Madeline Sharples said...

Thanks Robert. This is a great exercise. Day 11 is now finished.

Mary said...

Your URL shorteners confirmed that I chose a good one and am doing it right. Thank you. I posted a blog to FB immediately before looking at this challenge
http://bit.ly/ID1uu5

My problem: I feel uncertain about my platform--or is it my branding? I say I blog about "recharging⎯not retiring; savoring⎯not surviving, . . . meandering onto occasional side roads" But I really like the blog I posted (above) and felt like he wrote what I would like to have written, if I had only thought of it first. Does that show who I am?

Ivy said...

Done! And here is my most recent post: http://bit.ly/HH6rxR

Madeline Sharples said...

I shared Seth Godin all around. He always has something interesting to say in a very few words.

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/

Janann Giles said...

Done - but for some reason that was a hard one for me to get started doing - don't know why I fought linking so much

Penny said...

I am enjoying this. Inspite of my ineptness at alot of this website stuff. I am learning new stuff.

Kerry said...

My blog is linked to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. I subscribe to Seth Godin's blog and one of his posts prompted a further thought I included in my last blog post. It was about criticism. I linked to his blog in the post. I hope this is what you wanted.
I would like to know how to include a link in a blog comment. Like what does it mean below the comment box "You can use some HTML tags, such as...."
Trying to catch up and finding it very challenging, but also very helpful.

Sheila Good said...

Better late than never. Completed. Tweeted article from NPR on cracking the code of bestselling books. http://www.npr.org/2012/04/13/150582219/on-writing-a-bestseller-theres-a-formula-shhh?sc=tw&ft=1&f=1032

Denise Stanley said...

Shared a blogpost on Linkedin, Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.

http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2012/04/20/genre-jumping-and-author-branding/

Penny said...

How can I get help with 6,7,9. I got stuck on these but have gotten done a few more. Time.It does take time.

Carol A Stephen said...

Rather than go back to find something from Day 11, I used this which I had posted on FB and tweeted it.
Yusef Komunyakaa nominated for the International prize
http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/poppies/

tellymcgaha.com said...

I guess my big thing with Facebook is how to juggle it being, for so many years, a place to "promote" me and stay connected with "real world" friends while sharing things that interest in me (social justice, politics, etc.). More and more, it has become a place to connect with other writers and, yes, even a few fans of my writing. It's tough for me to decide in what direction I should take it. I start think Tumblr is the place for randomness.

Rena J. Traxel said...

Done. If any of you write for children or YA author Janice Hardy's blog "The Other Side of the Story" is an amazing resource.

Monica Miller said...

Done. This platform challenge is terrific! I'm seeing results and feeling myself come out of my cocoon, exploring this new discovery of wings. Thank you, Robert, for this platform challenge, and for taking the time to read my comments even though you were done with this challenge months ago. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Pennie De Witt said...

Did it! A bit tricky trying to figure out how to link all these social network accounts but I'm slowly learning the ropes.