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What I Learned From Blogging Everyday for a Month

29 May

During the month of May, I decided to participate in the 2011 WordCount Blogathon, which required posting once a day to ‘A Journey of Words’. For a busy freelance web copy writer, this was no easy task. First of all, I had to dedicate at least 30 minutes daily to writing a blog post. Secondly, I had to come up with topics that would be of interest to my readers. Lastly, I had to stick with something for an entire month, something I have struggled with in the past. But here I am, at the end of this challenge and I did it!

During this time, here’s what I learned:

1. Blogging can be a great way to connect with readers and meet new contacts. Throughout the month, I had the honor of getting comments from a huge audience of fellow bloggers, writers and business owners around the world. A few even agreed to be guest bloggers, which was such a treat. I have to say that the rewards of blogging are many.

2. Blogging teaches discipline as a freelancer. One of the biggest fears I had going into the Blogathon was that I would not have the time to blog daily. Instead, I found that the time I spent blogging taught me a lot about being committed to something bigger than myself. I became more disciplined and stopped letting things distract me from my purpose as a writer.

3. Blogging daily is a great source of free advertising. Over the entire month, I used Google alerts to track my success as a blogger, specifically to see if my name came up often through web searches. You may have noticed that there were specific keywords highlighted in most posts (but not all). These keywords helped my website to rank higher and I got a lot of Google hits on my name and my blog feeds.

Spending time on your blog daily, or at least a few times a week, can be a great way to build a steady following of people, make new friends and build awareness about your business or passions. I fully intend to use my blog as a tool to reach more people and share information in a big way this year.

Now it’s your turn to share – How do you benefit from blogging?

Word Count Blogathon 2011 – Tess C Taylor, Charleston Web Copy Writer Participating!

1 May

Hey all!

During the month of May, I’ve decided to inject my blog “A Journey of Words” with some energy by participating in the Word Count 2011 Blogathon! This fun event is the brainchild of Michelle Rafter, the founder of “Wordcount: Freelancing in the Digital Age“, which happens to be one my favorite blogs that’s jammed packed with information about web content and copy writing! The reason I chose to get involved in this are many, including:

  • My blog really needs more interesting content to get people engaged.
  • I LOVE sharing information about being a Copy Writer in Charleston.
  • I’d like to introduce some of the wonderful entrepreneurs I work with.
  • Would like to get to know many more people in the online marketing industry.
  • The topics for the Blogathon look fun to write about.
  • The 2011 Wordcount Blogathon offers some sweet prizes and a party!

The entire Blogathon requires that bloggers write at least a post per day, write on specific topics, get other bloggers involved and join in on a network of others who are doing this fun activity. The first thing I was concerned with was “Will I have enough things to talk about on my blog?”, closely followed by “How will I find time to post daily?”. Naturally, as a busy freelance web copy writer, I have a lot on my plate. Clients depend on me to get their projects done. I’m continually trying to meet more people who can utilize my services. Plus, I have a fairly active personal life as Mom to a college student. The To-Do list in my life is ever growing.

Still, I accept this challenge to grow my blog, meet new people, and get myself out there instead of being a hermit, buried under work! So, look for some informational, educational, funny, and sometimes off the wall posts in the coming weeks. I’m using my Google calendar to set reminders of the topics and to make sure I don’t forget a day. From your favorite Charleston copy writer to you – here’s to the start of something wonderful!

Want more information about how you can join the 2011 Word Count Blogathon? Register here : http://michellerafter.com/the-2011-wordcount-blogathon/

Tess’ List of the Top Technology Tools for Small Businesses

31 Mar

Hello and welcome back to “A Journey of Words” where you can find resources and inspiration to take your business to the next level with smart content marketing!

This week, I would like to share what I believe to be the Top Technology Tools (say that ten times fast!) that every small business needs to get ahead in today’s global economy. These are free and low cost tools that you can get started with anytime to make your business more efficient this year.

So, grab a pen and let’s dive right in!

Hootsuite – Social Media Management. For those of you on social media channels like facebook, twitter and LinkedIn, finding time to write engaging posts on these places can get time consuming and tedious. Hootsuite allows you to take a block of time once a week and schedule your posts ahead of time! Plus you can monitor how popular your posts are with their neat analytical tools. This service is absolutely free to try so check it out.

Word Press – Blogging. I cannot say enough nice things about Word Press and all the excellent resources they offer to small business owners who want to build relationships. Word Press offers a huge range of blogging formats, fully customizable templates and headers, media management, and innovative plug-in’s like membership software, email marketing and more to make running a business online much easier. And it’s all free!

Constant Contact – Email Marketing. Thinking about using that massive email listing you have gathered over the course of a few years in business? Why not! Constant Contact is a great way to share helpful information with your email list and gather continual interest in your business. Use it to promote new products, enhanced services and keep in touch with the people who care about you the most – your clients. Use this link to get 60 days of Constant Contact newsletters free!

VistaPrint – Marketing Materials.  Gosh I love being a creative person! Whenever I get a notion to promote my business (which is often) and I need some fresh new marketing materials, I head on over to Vista Print for some great values in business cards, postcards, labels and more! Keep an eye on your email since Vista Print announces their free specials and gives out coupon codes for free shipping too.

Skype – Internet Phone.  I just can’t say enough nice things about my Skype account. I have been using this for well over 3 years now to accept business calls, track my contact phone numbers, and give my customers a place to leave a voicemail or send me an instant message any time of the day or night. It’s very low cost at only $30 a year if you pay a year in advance.

So there you have it folks! This is my list of the top technology tools that any small business can use to get ahead ( and save money ) this year. Hope you enjoyed and can get some use out of it.

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About the Author: Tess C. Taylor is a web copy writer and owner of Taylor Resources Writing. She has written for well over 5 years now and her client list includes many small businesses and large media firms like Yahoo & US News. You can find out more at www.TRWRITING.com

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Testing the waters of social media networking

5 Apr

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If you are “testing the waters” by using blogs or social media networks to promote your ideas and connect with more people, then you know that it can be a challenge sometimes to navigate the multiple streams of social media available today.

Fortunately, there are a wide range of personal and business networks that are all designed to bring people of diverse backgrounds together all over the world. So whether you are trying to meet new friends, share your expertise, form new partnersips or just get in front of more consumers – social media networks can provide an open channel to the right people at the right time.

Here are some reasons why you need to start dipping your toes into the big pond of social media networks now!

Social Networking helps more people find out about you. Have you ever pondered how some of the world’s greatest entreprenuers got discovered? Many of the pioneers of industry stepped outside of their small communities and reached out to the greater population by using social media channels. By taking a chance and connecting with others who believed in their ideas, the greatest entreprenuers like Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Mary Kay Ash, Oprah Winfrey and many others have used their social connections to get the word out about their ideas and ended up becomming wildly successful as a result!

Social Media offers a readily available network to anyone, anywhere, anytime. If you are like many entreprenuers, you live, breath and dream your ideas 24/7! Social media offers the great opportunity to share your ideas at any time of the day or night; whether you are sitting in front of your laptop computer or on the road using mobile devices. It costs nothing to participate in social media and it’s often a better way to reach more people. How can it get any more convenient than that?

Social Media offers opportunities for virtual partnerships to form. For the busy entreprenuer or small business owner, being able to attend local networking events or join associations can be difficult if not impossible due to project responsibilities and lack of time. By getting involved with social media networks, connecting with colleagues is a breeze and takes just minutes each day. You can even form partnerships with others around the globe who share your vision and you are not limited to geography, time or distance.

The best part – Social Media is FREE! Perhaps the most appealing feature of social media networks is that it’s absolutely free for anyone to use. Instead of worrying about expensive advertising campaigns where you may be wondering if you are even reaching the right people, you can benefit more by promoting your ideas and your business via social networks. Develop a following online, promote specials and get more people interested in what you are offering by getting involved in social media networks now.

Need support with your social media campaigns? Call on the services of a social media professional – Tess C. Taylor of Taylor Resources Writing has been providing blog and social media support to clients for over 3 years and has personally built over 60 blogs and managed multiple social media profiles.