Thursday, August 2, 2012

Presentation of My Online Presence

As you've probably noticed, if this is not your first time visiting my blog, the appearance has changed. And if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you'll have seen that my online presence has recently become more coordinated and interconnected. Much of this was inspired by advice received from instructors and classmates over the past six weeks at Clarion West Writers Workshop. My efforts got a big boost yesterday, however, when I participated in a workshop for writers that focused on establishing an effective online presence.

Taught via Google+ Hangouts by author and editor Cat Rambo, the course covered basics of blogging and social networks, including their various strengths and vulnerabilities. Content and style decisions, conventions and etiquette, and emerging strategies for maximizing traffic were all discussed, as were several methods for tracking and analyzing performance.

I left the workshop with a full brain and many pages of notes. It will be some time before I manage to implement all (or even much) of what I learned, but you can expect to see ongoing changes—improvements, I hope (if not, let me know).

Cat will be teaching this workshop again in November, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone interested in building or improving an online presence. I have taken several writing workshops from her, both online and in person, and she is a phenomenal teacher—knowledgeable, organized, efficient, and always lots of fun.

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