My Experience with LinkedIn

A few weeks ago, I shared my struggles with social media and my new plan going forward. I decided that I was going to spend a month focused on LinkedIn.

Image by PeteLinforth (2016) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Image by PeteLinforth (2016) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Well, a month has passed and I can say that the experience was successful, albeit, not perfect. Here are a few things about my experience:

1. I way underestimated the time I would have. As some of you may know, I home school my son and he started 6th grade this year. He has the most work he has had so far and it is demanding a lot more time from me than I expected.

Still, on average, I was able to sign into LinkedIn about 3-4 times a week for about 10 minutes so so. That’s not too bad given the fact that I wasn’t on LinkedIn at all for a very long time!

2. I made a few unexpected connections. I only have 59 connections so far but this is about 15 more than I had before this experiment. 🙂 I took a chance and invited a few well-known people to connect and they all said yes. This may date me but one cool connection I made is with Anson Williams. If you are familiar with the long running TV series Happy Days, Williams played Potsie. He is now also a noted director and businessman.

3. The groups are better I expected. There are a lot of groups to choose from but rather than join one a day, I decided just to join four new ones. I wasn’t expecting much engagement but I figured I’d give it a try. Well, I discovered that I enjoy the groups a lot. The ones I’ve joined aren’t crazy active but they are steady and useful. I do need to get more personally active with posting and I am hoping to start doing that soon.

4. I have more to learn about LinkedIn. One of the things I learned this month is that you can post articles directly into LinkedIn. It is like a built-in blog system. I want to experiment with it and write a few blog posts there. It will be interesting to see how it compares with my blog here.

As I spend more time there, I’m sure I will discover new ways of using LinkedIn. By the way, feel free to send me an invite to connect!

VERDICT: Success! I will definitely continue my presence on LinkedIn and hopefully be valuable, contributing member of this social platform.

Now, I have to decide on the next social media platform where I will spend some time. Part of me thinks it should be Facebook but I shiver at the thought. I do spend some time there for personally connecting with family and friends, and I have a neglected page for my personal blog; however, the thought of using Facebook for business purposes make me shiver. Silly, I know. It is one of the most popular social networking sites and I feel like I SHOULD be on Facebook rather than WANT to be on Facebook.

Another social media website I am considering is Goodreads. I have heard a lot of good things about Goodreads and it is definitely up my alley. 🙂 Additionally, because it is a social media site for book lovers, I will absolutely have the chance to connect with other authors. So, in the end, I will sign up with Goodreads. I will let you know how it goes next month.

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Awesome Authors: Catherine Francis

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Awesome Authors: Catherine Francis

I have to preface this post with a disclaimer. Catherine Francis is one of my best friends and I helped her edit several of her writings, including Love’s Enduring Gift. And, even though I may be a *little* biased 🙂 , it doesn’t take away from the fact that Catherine is truly a gifted writer.

Catherine Francis’ novel, Love’s Enduring Gift, is a long book; however, it is engaging and keeps the reader engrossed from the very beginning. In addition, it is impossible not to love the characters and be envious of the family dynamics of the Eaton family. If you read her novel, there is no doubt that you will agree with me that Catherine Francis definitely belongs on this list of awesome authors.

P.S. I happen to be in the know that Catherine Francis is in the process of the first edits for her next novel which is a mystery. I’ve only read two chapters so far and I have to tell ya, it is already looking good!

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Awesome Authors: Nicholas Sparks

Awesome Authors: Nicholas Sparks*This is part of the Write 31 Days writing challenge.

There was no way I could not include Nicholas Sparks in this series. His books have been a guilty pleasure of mine for a long time! I have read all of his books (including his non-fiction book) except for the last two which I plan to read real soon. I’ve also seen all of the corresponding movies; however, I have to admit that I didn’t like most of the movies as much of the books.

Of course, this is no offense to the movie makers. Whenever I read a book and then watch the  movie, I rarely like the movie as much as the book. Weirdly, on the flip side, if I watch a movie first, I don’t always like the book as much. LOL!

Getting back on track, Sparks has such a gift for creating compelling characters, descriptive landscapes, and engaging plot lines. I’ve yet to read one of his books that haven’t caused me to experience so many emotions at once. In fact, I have to make sure I block out a chunk of time before picking up his books because I know that once I start I won’t be able to turn it down! (Hence the fact that I haven’t read his last two books – I haven’t been able to block out the time!)

So, yes, Nicholas Sparks is definitely one of my Awesome Authors!

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