5 Tips

to Becoming a Better Blogger

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It’s Blogtober! The DC Ladies have put together blog prompts and other ways to engage the DC Ladies blogging community. I haven’t really been keeping up, but I am now! Monday’s Blogtober prompt  wants us to share tips with fellow bloggers.

1. Engage

It doesn’t matter if it’s on social media, email or otherwise. It’s nice to engage with other people and to have them engage with you. Be proud of your work and share it with others.

2. Share and Comment

Share and comment on other people’s work. If you expect them to engage with you, you need to do the same. Blogging is far from a one way street. Just like social media you need to share content and comment to get results.

3. Ask for ideas

This is one of my favorites! Whenever I need brainstorming I turn to my boyfriend and friends and ask them what I should be blogging about. It’s really helpful and it gets my brain to work in a different way. Sometimes the suggestions I get are out of this world, but it’s fun to look at things in a new light.

4. Be Realistic

When setting goals about your blog be realistic. Your blog should be an outlet for whatever you want it to be RE, creativity, a journal, telling people about your journey or showing people your talents. When I started blogging my goal was INSANE, but after all the hard work I accomplished it.

5. Be Creative

It’s a blog! It’s supposed to be fun! The best part is, too, that it’s your blog. If you want the colors to be purple and goal, or there to be girly polka dots everywhere, awesome! Make that happen. Whatever you want, do it.

I love omg it’s kendal ann, and I hope you love your blog! Remember, don’t be afraid to write a post that doesn’t follow popular trends. Take chances, get out there and try something new.


equals social networks, what?

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As many of you know, my current employer blocks ALL websites that could be considered “fun” and “unproductive.” Anything from Facebook to Hootsuite to CNN videos, they’re all blocked. I understand the logic behind blocking social networking, but not the news, especially when people have TVs in their offices to watch the news. Isn’t it our job and civic duty to stay informed? I digress.

After complaining about our blocked sites to a co-worker the other day, she showed me this article from Forbes, Want To Be A More Productive Employee? Get on Social Networks. The article talks about not feeling guilty if you Tweet, Pin, Facebook or even use LinkedIn while you are on the clock because it will actually make you a more productive employee. Now only if I can get my company to unblock those websites…  Anyways, it’s a pretty interesting read, take a look.

The article poses these two questions, “Does your company use social media internally? Has your company tracked impact on employee productivity?” These are two very interesting questions, and I would love to know the answers to them. Forbes, can you create a poll on this? Personally, I would have no problem if my company tracks my level of productivity, but at least allow me to use some social media or my phone in the office.

the internet

yeah, I have it

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THIS JUST IN: I HAVE THE INTERNET. That’s right, you can officially welcome me into the 21st Century! In September someone told me to write a post about living sans Internet, I accepted and did so. You can read the post “i’m not with the 21’st century: the interwebs” here.  If you don’t want to read the post, that’s cool. Here are the highlights to get you on board.


Life without the internet is one of the most surreal things
Most people think I am absolutely bat-shit crazy
It’s rejuvenating and I love it
It was my decision: I’m not asking you to live in my house

But now, as I do have the Internet, I figured it would be most appropriate to tell you how I am coping (yes coping) with that monstrosity.

the update

NOTHING HAS CHANGED. Honestly, nothing has really changed. I still don’t have a working computer and I hardly ever use my iPad for something more than reading when I’m at home. I still rely on my phone to provide me with simple every day things like social media, but 95% of the time I don’t have my phone even connected to WiFi. I will tell you it is nice to have the option to use the internet for other things if I would like, but the opportunity for has not presented it self yet.

to JFK

fifty years after his assassination

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November 22 will never be the same for America. Fifty years ago on November 22 we lost President John F. Kennedy. November of 1963 marks when the stunned nation grieved and  millions conspiracy theories were born.

It was just after noon local time on Nov. 22, 1963, when the limousine carrying Kennedy entered Dealey Plaza in Dallas, its bubble top down so a smiling president, riding in the back seat with First lady Jackie Kennedy, could wave to an adoring crowd. A a World War II Navy hero and former U.S. senator from Massachusetts, was only 46 and not just three years into his first term as President.

Today, I was reading an interesting article from the USA Today about how the Assassination would have been different if it were to happen now, in the era of social media. During 1963 they had live around-the-clock TV coverage of big news. Take a peak to see how it would have played out on social media.

Today, we remember what a great man we lost. It was only fifty years ago, and our Nation grieved as we do again today.

Take a look at this as well. It’s an interesting take on how magazines flood newsstands with difference approaches to JFK, the assassination, the fifty year anniversary and how Americans are taking it.

in the time being

just crack some jokes

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The Social Media Club- DC (organization of Social Media Professionals, we reach leading influencers and social media enthusiasts) holds a monthly panel discussion/networking event. Typically, we try to hold this event at a new venue, with a new sponsor and a different topic for the discussion. Wednesday night was originally going to be a panel where some of the funniest voices in DC were brought together in one room. The panel discussion: how do you use humor with digital media to build a personal and professional brand, attract fans and fill seats venues, all while remaining current and funny? From podcast, to Youtube, to Twitter and more, our panels of comedic voices will discuss the ins and outs of what works, and what falls flat.

Wednesday night we had a turn of events. The panel discussion turned into an improv comedy show. Having a comedy show rather than a panel discussion let our audience be more at ease. Though the outcome of the event was less than what we normally generate, it was still nice to see some new faces as well as familiar ones. 

The night was set up for success due to the team members and the comedians who were there. Due to everyone’s flexibility, the night was enjoyed by all. Throughout the room, you could hear chuckling, knee slapping and distant snorting.  Though the event was fun, it was not widely attended and it was unlike most of our events. I think this is a perfect example of how flexibility and planning are strong skills to have. Even though the event was planned, there were still glitches, but because of the flexibility and the relaxed atmosphere, people were willing to try something different and to go with the flow. Somethings just don’t as planned and we have to learn that; that’s just life and we need to roll with the punches. 

There is nothing like a little comedy show to get you through the rest of the week. A huge thanks to Pat Riley, Mike Finazzo, Jenn Tisdale, Greg Roth, and Andrew Bucket. I had a great time Wednesday night, and I hope you all did, too.

social media & finances

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A few years ago I interned for a non-profit, Mobilize.org. They believe in order to create long-term, sustainable and community based solutions to the challenges facing our generation, Millennials (young adults born between the years 1976 and 1996) must authentically engage their peers in identifying problems, proposing solutions, and most importantly, must work together to implement these solutions on their campuses and in their communities. While interning for them, I had awesome opportunities; one of them being to attend an event an write a blog about it. My boss sent me to an event at AARP, it was about finances and different age groups. Take a read and let me know what you think. a few years ago I would have been heart-set on saying it was taboo to talk about money and finances among my generation, Millennials. But now I am torn. I am starting to see a divide, because we are now understanding how important fiances are.

using social media to save money

Millennials (like myself) want to talk about everything, everywhere and especially on social media. But what I’ve realized is that one thing we don’t talk about is money. However with the financial issues facing us and the country, and with the accessibility to others via social media, we should be having constant conversation on finance that would help break down barriers on what is often too taboo, even for Twitter.

Lifetuner and AARP hosted an event Thursday during Digital Capital Week to discuss how members of all generations use social media to talk about or finances. Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool was the event moderator and the three panelists were: MP Dunleavey of Daily Worth, Melora Heavey of Feed The Pig and Kelly Whalen of The Centsible Life.

The panelists talked about how social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and blogs can impact our finances on a personal level and change the way we handle our money. We are in a world where we integrate social media in every aspect of our lives, so why not use it to help our pocketbooks? In November of 2009 Budgets are Sexy surveyed and found that 57% of young Americas consider their financial situation the biggest concern in their lives. So, how can we use social media to become more aware of our finances, from balancing a checkbook to applying for a Roth IRA or even as simple as making a budget? The answer…use it!

To bring more awareness to financial issues and to start online dialogues, we need to display concerns places where everyone is talking. For instance according to newser.com there are 600 tweets every second, totaling 50 million tweets a day, with a whopping 6 million registered users it makes sense to use social media.

Of course you’re thinking why use social media when that’s my time to relax, right? You’re saying to yourself, “that’s my outlet for de-stressing.” Well, it still can be your source for relief. Believe it or not, social media can help you save money and avoid debt – the ultimate de-stresser!

Twitter is also a great resource for savings, it serves as a customer service portal for companies and as they often post deals or coupons. You can also follow people who talk about money like @APPersonalFin, who tweets about summer fares lowering. Or you can use  Twitdom that has different applications for finance pages you can follow on Twitter like: Mint, My Mile Marker, Twinancial,TopStockTweets and Stoockr . By adding these applications to social media networks, it becomes easier to exchange ideas with more people and you can personally track your spending behavior.

Blippy.com also tracks spending behaviors, and by seeing what and how much spending you do can help you get a perspective on how much you spend and will ultimately help you get your money habits under control. Then you can use your online banking system to set up your budget.  When your target monthly spending is approaching, you’ll receive a text or an e-mail alert indicating how much money you have left for the month.

Getting information from blogs is also very helpful, though bloggers may not be experts in the field, they often share where items can be bought for lower prices – never a bad thing.

Since the Millennial Generation is active in social media but aren’t that enthused about discussing their finances, reaching them is a task in itself. If you’re writing an article to reach Millennials, remember the article should be quick, eye catching and vibrant. Use videos and bullet points and ask for instant feedback that will tell you if your message direct and captivating.

And to my fellow Millennials: let us be the generation that wants to be educated on our finances. Let us be the generation that no longer makes it taboo to talk about our money problems, because once we start seeing how many of us are dealing with the same issues, together we can start developing solutions.