Taking Blog Images to 11

We’ve become an image-driven audience. Take a look at these stats compiled by Business2Community: Instagram, with it’s photo-driven focus, rules over other social media platforms in terms of engagement (58 times more per follower than Facebook, 120 times more than Twitter) Tweets with images received 150 percent more retweets Photo posts account for 87 percent… Continue reading Taking Blog Images to 11

#BlogathonATX Has Tips, Tools for All

Going to BlogathonATX was like the first day of school — I had my pens all ready, a brand new book for notes, laptop juiced up, phone with social media contact info at hand, and my own “What would you do if you could not fail?” mug ready for extreme coffee action. The day flew by.… Continue reading #BlogathonATX Has Tips, Tools for All

Loving the Work but Loathing the Laptop

There’s a fresh cup of coffee, ready and steaming. My work station is full of natural light. Notes are neatly arranged for easy reference, pens and scratch paper within reach. The house is clean, yard work done, to-do list organized. All conditions are go for my work session. And yet… I stare out the window, the… Continue reading Loving the Work but Loathing the Laptop

Sloppy Work, Sensational Titles–What’s Wrong with Fitness Articles

Cue eye rolling. These are actual titles from a daily blog digest I subscribe to. Google them if they grab you, because I’m not linking. “Top 10 Things You Worry About When Working Out” “18 Moves to Terrifically Toned Inner Thighs” “Don’t Waste Calories at a Bar: 5 Low-Calorie Cocktails to Order at Happy Hour” “This… Continue reading Sloppy Work, Sensational Titles–What’s Wrong with Fitness Articles

Listen To Your Mother–13 Sisters and the Gift of Being Heard

I grew up with two brothers, so I have no experience with sisters. I don’t know what it’s like to share secrets, fight over closet space, do each other’s nails, play on the same team, gang up on a sibling. My roommate in college didn’t have a sister either, and, like me, had never shared… Continue reading Listen To Your Mother–13 Sisters and the Gift of Being Heard

4 Tips for Editor, Writer Working Success

I grew up with my nose in a book, rereading my favorites over and over again. As a kid, I practically lived in the public library, methodically working my way through the Dewey Decimal System and summer reading lists. My allowance was spent in the mall, not at boutiques but at B. Dalton Bookseller. A black and… Continue reading 4 Tips for Editor, Writer Working Success

That One Thing Needed for Success

Last week, I attended the February Women Communicators of Austin (WCA) meeting. Bethany Andell, president of Savage Brands, spoke to the group about the importance of purpose in business. If you aren’t clear on what that purpose is, the “why” of what the business does, then how do others build trust with that brand? If… Continue reading That One Thing Needed for Success

Future Authors at Austin’s Baranoff Elementary School

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in the Baranoff Elementary School Young Authors Conference. This was my third year, and as always, it was magical. Whoever came up with the original concept is a genius. Third and fourth graders at the South Austin school spend a day attending a “conference” that features adults… Continue reading Future Authors at Austin’s Baranoff Elementary School