3 Reasons to Join Me at Platform University

When I began my new venture into writing about three years ago, I knew very little about writing or publishing. As I researched and studied the industry, my heart began to sink. I read over and over that I needed to have or build a “platform”. I had no idea what that meant or entailed.

Not long after that, a good friend recommended Michael Hyatt’s book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. What a blessing! The timing was perfect.

You need to understand something else. Not only did I not know much about the writing industry, I knew very little about social media. Don’t chuckle too loudly—I didn’t have a single social media account to my name. No Facebook. No Twitter. No Instagram. Nothing.

I bought Michael Hyatt’s book and read it cover to cover  immediately able to apply effective principles to building a successful platform.

I used his book and his website—MichaelHyatt.com—as resources to walk me through this new journey.

Then Hyatt introduced Platform University.

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7 Warning Signs that Social Media Is Ruining Your Life

I might be biting the hand that feeds me…but after one year of being on social media I see some major warning signs.

I had a thought the other day as I watched the person in the car next to me attempt to drive and navigate their smart phone.

My thought—they probably aren’t “texting”. They are updating their Facebook status, tweeting, instagraming, snap chatting (or whatever the latest new thing teenagers are doing). In their mind none of that is texting!

If you didn’t already know, just a little over one year ago I was not on any social media. Not Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, NOTHING. I know, how did I survive without knowing what the world was doing. How did anyone keep up with me?

I had successfully avoided all social media.

Why am I now submerged in this world?

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Review of Adopting the Father’s Heart / Kindle Drawing

Linda Attaway is an avid book reader and reviewer. She blogs her reviews on her site, Mocha with Linda. Follow the link to read her review of Adopting the Father’s Heart. Thank you Linda!

Below is a video of our drawing for a new Kindle reader! Eligible winners were subscribers to my blog by July 11th. You have to watch the video to find out the winner!

 

 

Tools I Am Using to Build My Platform

When I decided to become an author, I had no idea what a “platform” was. I soon learned that the experts suggest to build one first before writing a book. I was writing for six months before I knew about building a platform.

 

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I learned that even if you go the traditional route and get a literary agent who then finds a publisher, the marketing will fall heavily on you, the writer. In fact, if you don’t have a large amount of people already following you, a platform, you might not get a publisher even if your content is excellent.

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Which New Theme Do You Like Best?

Have you ever visited a website, then immediately left? What causes you to do that? You don’t like the way the website looks? Can’t find what you are looking for? Or is it simply you don’t like the content?

I have gone to websites where I wanted to read the content or buy an item, but quickly left for various reasons. I could not read the type because of the colors or font. Or I could not figure out how to navigate to the shopping cart.

Now that I have submitted my manuscript to Westbow Press, I am focusing my efforts on improving my website before I begin my next book. I have researched many options for the site, and I thought I would let you in on the fun. Isn’t that kind of me?

When I launched this website in January, I knew very little about designing a website or blogging for that matter. The learning curve has been steep, yet enjoyable.

My website is a WordPress.org site hosted by HostGator. The current theme that I am using is Twenty Eleven which is a free WordPress theme. It has served me well, but I need more flexibility and options. So I am researching different WordPress themes.

This is where you enter the picture. Since you are my readers, I want to know what you think and like.

Here are three that I am strongly considering:

  1. Lucid by ElegantThemes
  2. Standard Theme
  3. Canvas by WooThemes

Each theme has its pros and cons. The following features are important to me:

  • Clean look. I like a site that is not cluttered, uses simple color schemes, and the font is not too busy. It makes it easier to read and find what I am looking for.
  • Inviting. This dovetails with the clean look. I want the site to encourage or invite me to look around, read multiple blog posts, stay awhile.
  • Comments and Sharing done easily. It is imperative that commenting and sharing  is easy and understandable. On my site, I want readers to interact with me and each other about the topic.
  • Responsive. This is a buzz word now for websites. Since so many people access the web via a mobile device, the site needs to respond and resize.
  • Ecommerce. I want to offer my books and any other future products on my site. So, it needs this function.

I realize that most of you might not look at these three themes to give me feedback, so how about sharing with me what is important or appealing to you when you visit a website? You can take pride in the fact that you helped me decide on my new design.