Tuesday, August 13

Social Media Kaboom!

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Alrighty, everyone. If you previously recall on this blog, I had a nasty shock of finding a website pretending very hard to be me...I'm still trying to figure out how to take care of this issue and trust me, I've contacted many groups and consulted the ICANN site for digital domain dispute info...my situation's kinda weird so I don't know how much non-legal (aka FREE) help I can get.

In the meantime, it was a call to arms for me to protect my online identity and author persona, so I joined as many social media sites as possible before the fake me could try to be the real me.

I also decided to try out Brand Yourself, a less-expensive option for online reputation management. To help pull attention away from the false website, Brand Yourself will promote links that I provide to them to help boost my search engine results, essentially (and hopefully) burying the problematic website. They've also generated a handy-dandy new online profile that gathers all my online social media together in one spot.

Now that I'm on...uh...TEN (!) social media sites (and will likely join more), another thing occurred to me: the more people who find me on the web, the more I have to do to ensure that I'm promoting positivity, professionalism, and all-around awesomeness. Which means I have to put forth much more effort into this website and all of my other online profiles.

I decided to do something a little crazy...I created a second website that's currently under construction, called Writerlicious, that will provide information and tips for writers--mostly the site will be craft-focused for a while, until I'm published or have an agent. Then I'll expand the site's focus to incorporate publishing, marketing, and the business side of writing.

This website (the one you're reading right now!) has a lovely "Writing" topic tab, but there just isn't a lot I can do with it. It's a single page, so I can only post little tidbits here and there and not full articles, posts, and archives, which is what I'd like to do. Hence Writerlicious ...my mission to share writing insights will be better-fulfilled with this second website...and I used WordPress to create it this time just so I can have my foot in more than one blog platform (and hopefully that'll boost my SEO in some weird fashion).

Thinking about all of this makes me a little crazy, but I hope my decision to spread my presence further around the web will pay off, and that Writerlicious will become a helpful resource to the public.

As always, I'll keep you posted with website and social media news! Thanks, all!

WRITERLICIOUS is up and running!
Click the pic and enjoy!