How many friends do you have on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.? Do you ever compare your numbers with those of your friends – only to find that they have many more AND seem to be having a lot more fun that you? What’s wrong with your (or me) that makes us less than our friends? How do they get to have so much fun? OR…maybe, it’s all just a big ‘ol paradox. Read more
Category Archives: Social Media
We are our logos. The images we choose to use are a representation of ourselves – our brands – to everyone we come in contact with online. And, should we choose to use them in print, they come in contact with even more people. They are a representation of our personal brand. Read more
Should I Call This an Article or a Blog Post?
Sometimes – maybe even often times – I have a habit of over-thinking things. This is especially true when editing my own writing. Did I say this right or have I said that incorrectly. Do I place a comma here or do I place a comma there? And the questions go on-and-on-and-on-etc., etc., etc. One recently recurring question has been what I should call what you’re reading right now. Is this an article? Is it a post? Not sure? Should I call this an article or a post? Read more
As much as I may sometimes not want to use it, Google Chrome consistently serves as my usual-and-almost-constant “default” browser. I noticed a few updates to the user interface (UI) recently as it relates to the user logins. (Note: Screenshots shown are on a Mac – machines using Windows may differ.)
Have you noticed the recent changes?
Do you find yourself sometimes overwhelmed by social media? Are you getting ever closer to the moment when you scream “Calgon, take me away!” (Yes, I’m a child of the 80s!) Do you have trouble keeping up with all aspects of the constant stream of information?? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these..know this. You are not alone! I’m right there with you. Maybe you feel like social media has taken over your life? Has it? Do you need to discover what matters to YOU?
It’s a fact: Writing a blog can be hard work. For me, finding the right topic can sometimes be difficult and I am certain I am not alone. It could be said that the post will write itself, but this may only be true IF the topic is right. It’s a feeling – a gut instinct – when we know that our topic and our inner voice are aligned. This post’s purpose is to share a tool I sometimes use – Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator.
Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator
Need an idea for a blog post? Hubspot offers help via their Blog Topic Generator. Simply enter three terms (nouns are suggested) and voila – topics.
As an example, I’ll use the following:
- Science Fiction
Did it return Doctor Who related topics? No, but it DID give five solid leads (see images).
Hubspot is known for being a great tool – actually an assortment of tools and services – for websites. Their About Us page states:
RAISE YOUR HAND if you know a business that would like more visitors to its website, more leads for its sales team — and more customers to fuel growth. Chances are your hand is up. We all know businesses that want to grow. There are millions of them.
The site continues by offering insight into how they created the first integrated Internet marketing platform:
People have transformed how they consume information, research products and services, make purchasing decisions and share their views and experiences. The customer is more in control than ever — and tunes out traditional sales and marketing messages more than ever. Yet businesses still rely on the same sales and marketing playbook they have used for more than a decade. This mismatch in buyer behavior and company tactics is what led Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah to start HubSpot in 2006 and create the vision for the inbound experience.
It is appropriate to state that I have never used Hubspot as a paid customer and am not receiving any form of payment for this post. As stated above, my goal is to share this tool with you, the reader.
What method do you use when drafting blog post ideas?
Google Drive was released in April 2012 and has seen little-to-no cosmetic changes since. The web interface offered few features and, in my opinion, used a design that appeared outdated the day it was released. Now, after two years, I can finally say: Thank You, Google, for Giving Google Drive a Facelift! Read more
Social Media provides the means of discovering our past. We can connect with friends and relatives in vastly different ways than we did years ago. Things that were impossible are now possible. More than possible, they are commonplace. In fact, some things have become so commonplace that we can easily rediscover our past via social media. Read more
In 2013 I began the search to find Human Resource bloggers in the state of Mississippi. While that search has not uncovered any fellow bloggers, a session at the 19th Annual Mississippi Human Resource Conference & Expo revealed many who want to learn more and take part in the writing process. Yes, there are Mississippi writers and bloggers! I’ve created something that may serve as a central online meeting place of those individuals – and anyone else who is interested in writing or blogging.
10 Steps to Creating a Blog Post
Creating a blog post is difficult. Yes, it can be fun. It can be rewarding. It can be frustrating. It can be quite a few more things, I am sure, for different people. What it is not is sitting down and writing the perfect first draft. Creating a blog post takes practice and it takes time to find what works for you. The information that follows is my 10 Steps to Creating a Blog Post. Read more