Telling your story: Is that niche enough?

Photo by Flickr user Jill Clardy

Photo by Flickr user Jill Clardy

How do you tell your story? How do you use your story to connect with others?

A few weeks back I attended a #MozTalk with some of my work peeps on Digital Storytelling. (If you want the official break down you can find it on Please Advise.) This experience was cool because I got to thinking about how people connect through stories. And how stories can connect people. And then, how I tell my own. Continue reading

Do you follow anyone’s blog? Do you engage with your community?

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I’m pretty sure they’re all glued to my blog post!

A key component to blogging is reaching an audience. Ideally, this audience would be the one you’ve chosen. It would consist of the community you wish to exist in. Knowing your community and listening to ongoing online discussions allows you to join the conversation. You can engage with the people and topics you are interested in.

Who you follow can help shape how you participate in the online world. I personally, follow more folks on Facebook than anywhere else with blogs and Twitter coming in afterwards. However, the following blogs are ones that I read almost religiously. They are in my feedly, they are in my inbox & if they are on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, I follow them there to. This is my community currently and like the rest of me, it’s a collection of randomness.  Continue reading

What’s in an audience? How do you target your dream reader?

Now that I have you all in one place...

Now that I have you all in one place…

I  have been blessed with a pretty active imagination. As a kid, it didn’t take much for me to be transported away into a world that I imagined for myself. As anyone in my family can tell you, I used that imagination to do some pretty adorable (ridiculous) things. I used to hold my feet together in my grandma’s pool, flap my legs, sing out loud and pretend I was Ariel from the Little Mermaid.

I would look out over my cousins and siblings and pretend they were my audience listening to my nearly perfect rendition of Part of Your World. Turns out, my siblings and about half of my cousins weren’t into it. (Thanks to the cool cousins who thought I was hilarious.) So how do you pick your dream audience? And more importantly, once you know who they are, how do you speak to them directly? Continue reading

How valuable is a tagline?

The sign said no one over 95lbs. Whoops.

The sign said no one over 95lbs. Whoops.

Today’s Blogging 101 challenge is to write your tagline. Dang. Taglines aren’t really my sweet spot. Neither are titles. I’m not witty and I don’t know how to create catchy one liners. A tagline doesn’t have to be either of those things but that’s what I would prefer.

Now my mother, she can write a tagline. She’s a punster. A master of spontaneous creativity and humor. But that is neither here nor there because my mother will not be writing my tagline. (I texted her but she hasn’t responded.) Continue reading

I’m Audrea and I’m here to learn

This is me!

This is me!

I recently signed up for Blogging 101 and 201 courses through the Daily Post. I’m not new to blogging (I’ve got posts on Joy’s Teaspoon and Please Advise plus I work at a legal blogging firm) but I’ve never managed my own blog or my own site. In part, because I was a little gun shy and also because I wasn’t sure what to talk about.

I’m still struggling with what to talk about.  Continue reading