Sensational Saturday – Better Blogging and Better Business

Sensational Saturday it is sensational to read interesting things and improve your skills as a blogger and as an entrepreneur. 

 
Each Saturday, I post a list of articles that I came across over the past week that I think will be helpful and interesting to the bloggers and entrepreneurs among my readers. Whether you are a blogger or an entrepreneur, be sure to check out both lists. Often information useful to one group is
 
 also beneficial to the other.
 
For Bloggers
 
1.     One thing most bloggers have in common, no matter what their niche, is tehdesireto increase readership.  This interesting article talks abou thow finding just ten new readers can explode traffic to your blog.  
http://www.blogworld.com/2012/09/17/how-finding-ten-new-readers-can-lead-to-a-blog-traffic-explosion/
 
2.     Another thing bloggers seem to have in common is the love of attending conventions. For some people, attending a blogging convention is a scary process. This article from the SIT Girls is full of conference success secrets that may help make your next conference the best one ever.
http://www.thesitsgirls.com/blogging/blog-conference-secrets-to-success/
 
3.    A few weeks ago, Shades of Social Media, my favorite Facebook group, had a Twitter party all about content for bloggers. One of the things that was discussed was the need to create an editorial calendar.  So this article from Steph, may help you create an editorial calendar you can use and make blogging more efficient and organized.
http://agrandelife.net/2012/09/18/how-to-make-an-editorial-calendar-free-template/ 
 
4.     Bloggers, like entrepreneurs, often talk about their “brand” and their special and unique place in the universe. This article gives some intersteing tips on how to create your own unique brand and communicate it with the world.
http://rozkwalker.com/building-your-brand-101-your-unique-marketing-position
 
5.     Many bloggers have heard that using various forms of social media may increase attention that is given to their blog and help them increase readership and help them reach their blogging goals. One social media outlet that is used by bloggers is Twitter. This article has tips and ideas for drafting tweets that encourage connection and thus help build a loyal audience.
http://kimgarst.com/10-types-tweets-encourage-real-connection
 
 
 
 
 
For Entrepreneurs
 
1.     Many entrepreneurs enjoy the ability to pick and chose tasks rather than work with a static employer or client base. For those entrepreneurs, also known as freelancers, this article on increasing your worth as a freelancer may be particularly beneficial.
http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2012/08/14/3-clever-ways-to-increase-your-worth-as-a-freelancer/
 
2.     I was speaking with a few active and intelligent entrepreneurs recently who were discussing social media and how they just were not where they should be with using social media to benefit their businesses. This article may help some entrepreneurs learn the ins and outs of the correct use of social media.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2012/08/20/10-reasons-why-your-social-media-marketing-efforts-arent-working-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/
 
3.     This article about what top employees get done before noon, is full of ideas that may help entrepreneurs be more productive and more efficient.
http://www.businessinsider.com/12-things-killer-employees-do-before-noon-2012-8
 
4.     Many entrepreneurs are developing webinars in order to position themselves as experts, drive business to their companies and share knowledge. This article gives some ideas that can help an entrepreneur not create a boring, unsuccessful webinar.
http://socialmediatoday.com/feldmancreative/726036/whats-wrong-your-webinarzzzzzz?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Social+Media+Today+%28all+posts%29
 
5.     Most entrepreneurs know that reputation, what others think of you is a crucial component of business success. This article discusses things entrepreneurs can do in order to protect their reputations online.
http://www.youngupstarts.com/2012/04/09/sponsored-reputationwatch-monitoring-online-conversations-about-your-business-part-iii/
 
 
If you come across an interesting article for bloggers or business people you would like me to highlight here, please email it to me at: janeanedavis@janeane’s world.com
 
Sensational Saturday – it is sensational to get better at what you do. So, the question for you this sensational Saturday is what steps are you taking to make your blog and business better? 
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Sensational Saturday – Lessons From Movies – No Way Out

Sensational Saturday – it is sensational to learn life lessons from the movies, here is what I learned from “No Way Out.”

Each Sensational Saturday throughout the month of September I will be sharing lessons I learned from my favorite movies. By sharing my favorite movies, I will be sharing with you a little about me and the way I think. Perhaps you can spend this time exploring yourself and how you think and maybe even learn something new.

Product DetailsOne of the first movies I ever saw with my husband, then boyfriend, was “No Way Out.” The movie detailed the adventures of a Russian mole in high levels of United States intelligence who was trying not to get caught. The movie was a spy thriller, which  is one of my favorite kinds of books to read. There was adventure and excitement. I watched the movie again a few years ago and the movie did not stand the test of time. Perhaps I liked the movie and have good memories of it because of what was going on in my life at the time.

When I saw the movie I was on a date having a silly time. I remember throwing popcorn at Darren and  him asking me to stop. After one handful of popcorn he told me that if I threw any more popcorn at him he would kiss me. Of course, I proceeded to throw two more handfuls of popcorn. More than 20 years of marriage and four kids later, I am sure you can guess how Darren responded to the additional handfuls of popcorn.

As you read this you are probably wondering why this movie is in my list of all time favorites since it has not stood the test of time like the other movies I have talked about the past few Sensational Saturdays. It is in the list because it always makes me think of happy, silly, young and moving towards grown up that my relationship with Darren was at the time. In 1987 when we saw the movie, our relationship was new and young. We were learning about ourselves and each other. We were figuring out how we could fit into each others’ lives. It was a sweet time in my life.

 

Perhaps the lesson I learned from the movie wasn’t actually from the movie, but from my date at the movie. I learned, love is sweet and fun and sometimes involves throwing food. So, the question for you this Sensational Saturday is what is the most memorable thing you ever learned from a movie.

Fantastic Friday – Use It – Friends Lost at Work

Fantastic Friday – it is fantastic to find the good in the end of a friendship at work.

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This is the fourth of four Fantastic Friday posts dealing with using what seems to be a bad thing for a good purpose. This post is about  finding the good in losing a friend at work. Most people spend more time at work than with their families. The relationships we develop with friends at work are important and precious. In many cases, the fact that we are at work five or more days each week means that we do not lose touch with our work friends like we do with friends made outside the workplace.

By this point, almost everyone has heard the expression, “friends come for a reason, a season or a lifetime.” It is a cute expression to talk about with our friends when everything is going well. However, it is hard to remember these words when a friendship is lost.   Putting on our big girl panties and dealing with stuff means we have to realize some friends are ones we stick with for life and some are not.  I met my husband at work when I was a pretty, young, nineteen year old. We developed a friendship and knew that no matter what,we would see each other four days a week at the community college where we both worked.  Twenty-six years have gone by and I am now a 45 year old cutie with a few gray hairs. Darren is still hanging in here. I think it is safe to qualify him as one of those lifetime friends. He is a friend that I never would have made outside the workplace and ours is a happy ending sort of friend.

 

However, there are other friends, we make at work that become lost to us after a time. I had a friend who I worked with for several years. We met at work and never would have met outside the workplace. She helped me build my law practice and I helped her build hers. We shared good times and bad times. At one point I looked at her like a sister. Then suddenly and without warning, she turned on me, betrayed me in a horrible way and destroyed our friendship. Her betrayal caused me grave and serious professional consequences. This is an example of the fact that when friendships are created at work, when the friendship ends, sometimes the work gets effected.

If you lose a friend at work and still have to work together it can be difficult. If you discover your former friend is a liar or a thief, it will be difficult for you to work together productively. It will be natural for you to second guess everything she says. You will not be able to believe her estimations of abilities to meet deadlines. The possibility exists that you will not trust her assessment of people and situations. If the friend becomes your supervisor or someone you must report to, resentment may build up that makes it impossible for you to do your job or to even keep your job. Should you become her supervisor or someone she must report to, you may be harsher on her than situations require.

When a friendship at work is over, we can cry about it and mourn it, but we will have to move on. You must do as I say, put on your big girl panties, sit at your desk and get the work done. This is not to say  you pretend the loss did not occur, but you must find a way not to be debilitated by the loss. Work has to be done and if you want to continue to earn your paycheck, you must find a way to get the work done.   The loss of my friend at work those many years ago freed up some hours that I was able to spend on new friends at work. They have not taken the place of that lost friend yet, but I am spending time, getting to know them and am enjoying getting to know them better. For me, the loss of a friend who committed a horrible professional betrayal against me, has given me the opportunity to make new friendships. So, the question for you this Fantastic Friday is how do you find something good in the loss of a friend at work?

Thrilling Thursday – Permission to be in Bed with Good Books

Thrilling Thursday – today I am thrilled to give myself permission to spend the day in bed with a good book.

 
Each Thrilling Thursday throughout the month of September has been dedicated to giving myself permission to do some wonderful things. I have taken a break from my children, followed a dream and taken a bubble bath. Today, I am going to spend the day in bed with a good book. When I was a young girl of nineteen, husband free and child free, I spent many Saturday’s in bed with a pile of good books. It was wonderful. A two liter diet Pepsi, a turkey and cheese hoagie and some chips and I could get up at 8 am and stay in bed with my books until 9 pm or 10 pm that night and be happy.

I have not spent a day like that in more years than I can remember. I remember doing it as a young married woman, but not since I have become a mama. Today, I am giving myself permission to spend the day in bed with a few good books, noise cancelling headphones and some good gangsta gospel music. (For those who do not know,there is a big gangsta gospel music scene on the west coast of the United States.)  I am going to get out my party tray: fresh tuna salad, raw string beans, baby carrots, three cans of diet Pepsi, two bottles of Fiji water and some artisan chocolates. I am taking to my bed after I give the children breakfast and I am not emerging until after dinner. I am so excited.  Here are the fist three books my Kindle 3G and I are going to enjoy.

                                                  

My family has been warned, two months ago I planned this day and told them all about it. The little twin is threatening to bring me food and snacks all day. I don’t think she quite gets the “Mommy likes to be alone sometime” idea. I have to find a way to make her understand that part of the fun of this day is being left alone. I am thanking my husband in advance because this day would not be possible without him standing between the children and me. I am excited about my mini staycation.  I have already fluffed the pillows in my mind. I have  special sweet smelling sheets set aside for the occasion. The chocolates I will be eating are divine to the taste, beautiful to the eye and fragrant to the nose.This Thrilling Thursday I am spending the day in bed with good snacks and good books. So, the question for you this Thrilling Thursday is if you spent the day in bed with a good book, what would it be?

Wonderful Wednesday – Unexpected Kindness at the State Fair

Wonderful Wednesday – witnessing someone you love do an unexpected kindness for another is a wonderful thing.

Each Wonderful  Wednesday throughout the month of September I am going to celebrate unexpected kindnesses I have been blessed to receive. I invite you to both celebrate unexpected kindnesses and to provide unexpected kindnesses to others. This Wonderful Wednesday I am going to share with you an unexpected act of kindness I witnessed my husband perform at a state fair many years ago.

Before the teenie bopper was on the way, Darren and I went to the Pennsylvania State Fair. We looked at chickens, roosters and I laughed at a buffalo that growled at Darren. Later we went looking at all the carnival games and rides. We saw a father and his young son. The son asked his father if they could go to the movies after the fair. The father was trying to explain that they could not do both today, but maybe next week they could go to the movies. It was obvious the father did not have the money to pay for the movie after treating his son to all the state fair activities, but  he was trying to explain the lack of movie to his son in a different way.

Without saying anything to me, Darren bent down on the ground, acted like he picked up a twenty dollar bill and said to the father, “Excuse me sir, I think you dropped this.” The man tried to explain that he did not. Darren insisted, that the man did drop the money and that he would hate for the man not to be able to take his son to the movies because he dropped it. The man finally took the money, thanked Darren and went off with his son. It was a beautiful thing. The little boy was going to get to see a movie. The father was able to save face and do something nice for his son. The father allowed someone to do something nice for him. I got a beautiful memory. While it is nice to do an unexpected kindness for someone else, it is also nice to witness an unexpected act of kindness. So, the question for you this Wonderful Wednesday is what is your favorite memory of an unexpected act of kindness you witnessed?

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