WordPress Family Award: Many Thanks to My Readers



Thank you, Brad Clark Open Eyes,  for nominating me for the WordPress Family Award. I appreciate the nomination. Family is one of my most cherished blessings. I am blessed to have a lovely brood of children. They are challenging, beautiful and sometime horrible to, but I through it all they make me a better person. As a parent, I pray every day, I am guiding them to a successful future.

Regular readers know, I usually write posts about family, peace and unity. I firmly believe the family structure and stability have a direct ripple effect on the current state of society. Parenting is the most influential role in a child’s development. It begins and ends with the family. I will continue to talk about family because it is near and dear to my heart. I blog to give hope to parents and families to encourage them to protect family values and do what is right for our country’s future.

I enjoy blogging about B4 Peace. Kozo, Everyday Gurus came up with a great idea in January; everyone spread peace one blog post at a time. The assignments are challenging, and fun to write. July’s post must be resonating with you because my blog traffic is remarkably steady this month. Thank you for visiting, I enjoy reading your comments.
My schedule last month was busier than I imagined. I spent part of June and most of July promoting The Cause: Love & War in Gettysburg and areas of Wisconsin. Although I enjoy book signing and speaking events, I miss creative writing. I can’t wait until the book publishing process becomes familiar to me. I am decidedly uncomfortable not knowing what to expect. Through it, I am enjoying the process with anticipation to settle down and finish the second book.

One of the great pleasures about the winning the WordPress Family Award is the opportunity to pay it forward. This is where I nominate ten other blogs. Some blogs inspire me; make me laugh or makes me think. I would recommend everyone, but it would take all day to link everyone’s blog. Enjoy these blogs and I hope you will follow them if you are not following already.

That’s Another Story

Kelly Kuhn-Becoming, One Breath at a Time

Life Unscripted

The Return of the Modern Philosopher

Positive Outlooks Blog

The Bucket List Publication

Breathing Space

Delightfully Different

Cindy Knoke



Time to Get The Word Out – Marketing Yourself Part One

The time is right. Everything is in its place. I am counting down to my fan page reveal on Facebook. The book will finally be revealed to my family and friends. Thanks to my blogging community, I have felt supported through this journey up to now. I am finally ready to tell my friends and family. I kept it from them because I did not want to ruin a good thing. It is hard for me to think I will hold an actual book in my hands, written by me.  There is no time for sappy thoughts, Now its time to start marketing. This post is about my Marketing to Do List. I think of it as a Bucket List before the Debut.

This month I am focusing on Getting the Word Out. The following points focus on gaining exposure for me as an author. Exposure is the key to the author’s success. Using as many avenues to expose you, the author, increases your recognition. If no one knows me, why would anyone buy my book? Preposterous idea, I know, but the truth hurts sometimes. The next four goals are simply a way for me to stay focused as I get started.

Increase Social Media Exposure: Tuesday I will debut my Facebook Fan Page. I recently read three important things to remember about having a successful Facebook. Make the page an interactive one. Three to four posts daily. Second, allow your fans to get to know you. Interacting with them through videos, polls, surveys and giveaways increases fan visits. Finally, the more genuine and transparent a fan page becomes, the more likable the fans perceive you. My publisher will create my website. As soon as the book cover and edits are complete, I will have the complete social package. I will work hard to increase my exposure on WordPress and Twitter too.

Write five guest blogs and host five guests on my blog: I found blog interaction increases blog traffic. This accomplishes goals for both guest and host. The best part about blogging is learning the similarities and differences of everyone’s writing journey.

Publish a historical article under my name: I have been working with a company as a writer, but all the articles created by me become published under the buyer’s name. This was hard to embrace at first, but I am having fun with it. I have written about a variety of subjects including Organic beekeeping and vacation properties in Miami. The experience is very educational. I am becoming a better writer.

Polish my public speaking skills: I love to talk in public. I have a long history of educating visitors at Heritage Hill. I sometimes talk to 200 people per day. It is exhilarating to me. So why do I stumble when I speak formally in front of large groups of people? Enter Toastmasters International. This group has an amazing way of training and transforming you into a confident speaker. Here, I will develop a comfort level speaking in large groups. I will also be very good at giving impromptu speeches. Did you know author’s who are comfortable speaking in public are viewed as more approachable and knowledgeable?

There you have it, the beginning game plan. Marketing yourself is a challenge.  The two things I like about marketing. One is how fast it builds confidence. The second,is the wonderful people I will meet. Writing is a hard career for a social butterfly. Writers spend hours alone with their word processors. Getting out speaking about our work is a welcomed change of pace that can be very rewarding. Please feel free to leave your comments or additions to help others and me in the marketing journey. I look forward to hearing from you.


Nominated for Seven Things About Me Award

It has been a trying Saturday. You know, one of those days that starts out great and then progressively becomes more challenging.  I am happy to report, there is a bright spot in my day. When my phone made that familiar “bing”, signaling I have mail, WordPress sent me a message I was nominated for the “Seven Things About Me” Award.

Thank you for the nomination Keli ! http://kelihasablog.wordpress.com  My day is quickly getting brighter!

Seven things about Me!

1. I am getting married in 5 weeks to the best man God ever put into my life. He patiently puts up with all of my quirks. Lovingly edits my work. Encourages my writing and most of all wants me to be myself. I am blessed!

2. I love a wide variety of music. Trained as a French Horn player through school. I played in the Youth Symphony and Drum & Bugle Corps as a young adult. I grew up with my parents influence of music which included 60’s, 70’s,  and folk music. I grew up in the 80’s. I raised all of my children to play. I am working on the beginnings of a symphony. We have violin, trumpet, oboe and guitar.  I have dabbled in fife and dulcimer too.

3. I am one of the longest running volunteers at Heritage Hill State Park. I started with the park in 1982 and have trained four volunteers from birth. My children have all interpreted at the park sometime through their lives. I love dressing in period clothing and talking with visitors from around the world.

4. I am hopelessly optimistic. I can find the positive in any situation. Sometimes I don’t want to find it, but if I certainly could if I had too. I smile and do it as often as I can!

5. My first writing mentor is Suzi Zeller. She was a family friend of ours. When I was 12 years old, she encouraged me to write a story. It was about a horse who wanted to be the fastest ever.  Thank you Suzi for encouraging me. I haven’t stopped writing since.

6. I travel throughout the country on a weekly basis. My husband drives an 18-wheeler and I write. My office has the best views, always changing. It consists of a laptop and my supplies are stowed in the glove box. We are thinking about moving in a new printer soon.

7. I am a Social Butterfly! I know it contradicts the life of a writer, but I am one of those rare people who likes public speaking. I will start conversations in the strangest places. People give me energy and I am enriched by knowing them.


1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.

2. List seven things about yourself  (Anything you would like to share)

3. Nominate seven other people.

My Nominations:

1. http://susankiernanlewis.com/2012/09/05/daily-creative-habits-of-the-rich-and-famous/

2. http://aayoung.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/saturday-is-a-form-of-heaven/

3. http://virginiaplantation.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/eyewitness-to-history/

4. http://littleboxofbooks.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/worth/

5. http://searchingforthehappiness.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/the-writer-inside-of-me/

6. http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/a-little-embarrassment-never-hurt-anyone-skydiving-video/

7. http://briansmithpld.com/2012/09/07/leadership-lessons-when-smoke-and-mirrors-just-wont-do/

Good luck to everyone ! I truly enjoy reading everyone’s work. It makes me think, smile and in general, simply makes my day better.