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Left Thumb Blogger to Attend Blog World Expo

Filed under: Blogging — by at 11:52 pm on Thursday, September 13, 2007

Join Me at Blog World Expo

Yes! Today Darrell and I booked flights and hotel, and registered for the BlogWorld & New Media Expo. I’m going to Las Vegas for my birthday after all! (Well, close enough.)

The event is billed as:

The first and only industry-wide tradeshow, conference, and media event dedicated to promoting the dynamic industry of blogging and new media. In addition to the only industry-wide exhibition, BlogWorld will feature the largest blogging conference in the world including more than 50 seminars, panel discussions and keynotes from iconic personalities on the leading-edge of online technology and internet-savvy business. If

I am really excited about going – not only about going to Vegas, which Darrell and I have talked about doing for a few years, but also about the conference and putting “real people” to names. They will no longer be my imaginary colleagues and friends. I’m thinking it’ll also legitimize and “make real” this thing that I do to which many people respond, “Oh, that’s nice, dear,” as they dismiss me. And, to think one employment counsellor said blogging was a passing fad. Ha!

So, if you’re also going to BlogWorld and would like to hook-up with the Left Thumb Blogger, let me know.

I’m off to strategize how to sell a ton of ebooks to pay for the trip.

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The Left Thumb Blogger Celebrates the Magical W-List

Filed under: Blogging — by at 1:53 pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Several weeks ago Valeria Maltoni from Conversation Agent put together a list of powerful PR and marketing professional women bloggers. Liz Strauss at Successful and Outstanding Blogs added to the list, including moi for which I’m honoured.

Since then, the list has been circulating the blogoshpere and has taken on a life of its own: that’s the magical of the blogoshpere and the power of women! The W-List “is a way for women bloggers to celebrate each other .. a way for women to support women .. a way for women to be ourselves.”

I feel privileged to continue the recognition and celebration of women bloggers by presenting the list with my additions in bold:

Read, share and celebrate women!

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Sharing Lessons Learned for Conducting Successful Virtual Book Tours

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by at 2:47 pm on Monday, September 10, 2007

With two virtual book tours under my belt in promoting my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself, I’m now have a better sense of what contributes to the success of this kind of book promotion.

My first virtual book tour “40 Blogs in 40 (Business) Days” was way too long, particularly for my first attempt at this kind of marketing. My new blog still had “Wet Paint” signs and I had only 10% of the appearances confirmed when I headed out, which added to the excitement of the experience in that I literally didn’t know where I was headed next. It meant I was scrambling to find bloggers while I was answering interview questions, which meant many late nights. No wonder I ended up with bronchitis for a month at the tour’s end, losing the momentum I had built over the eight weeks.

The second tour “Summer Sojourn” was only two weeks and was much more enjoyable. Because my blog is more established, finding willing hosts within my target market was significantly easier. This time I headed out with 80% of the appearances confirmed; the other two dates were easily filled thanks to the networking I’d been doing. Book sales also dramatically increased.

On the “Summer Sojourn” tour, a theme unexpectedly arose that most of the hosts continued. Seeing where my Ferrari 360 Spyder would take me next added another dimension to the experience for the readers, encouraging them to follow the tour more closely. Amazing! I couldn’t have planned that magic better if I had tried!

From my experience, the key to successful virtual book tours is short, targeted and themed. I’ll keep this in mind while I plan my British tour. Watch for details in a few weeks!

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Readers Café: Times Are Changing

Filed under: Readers Cafe — by at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Oceanside café
(Photo credit: Niels Rameckers)

Hi and welcome to the Readers’ Café – a place to gather and to share. Tonight we’re at a café in Meemu Atoll, Maldives. (I’m hanging onto the last bit of summer as long as I can!)

Please join us and help yourself to a beverage of your choice. Then sit back, enjoy the lingering summer evening and join in the conversation by posting comments below. Hit your internet browser’s REFRESH button to see new comments as others join in the conversation. All that I ask is that you respect others and keep it relatively family-friendly. Also, keep in mind that this is a public space, so share what you feel comfortable sharing publicly.

With autumn unofficially here (in the northern hemisphere), kids are going back to school and parents are attempting to establish a normal routine. This means new teachers, new classmates or even new schools, and perhaps even new jobs, which can cause new stresses or challenges. Transition seems the appropriate topic for today’s discussion.

My husband Darrell’s first podcast provides a few suggestions for easing kids back into the school routine. (A transcript is also available.)

What are some of the challenges or stresses you (or your child) faces when transitioning? (This might be to a new grade, a new school, a new home, a new job or whatever.) How have you handled it? What strategies do you use?

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The Power of the Smile

Filed under: Motivation — by at 12:10 pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Glenda Watson Hyatt, Author of I’ll Do It Myself

City girls just seem to find out early
How to open doors with just a smile

~The Eagles, “Lyin’ Eyes”

A smile is quite handy, literally, when there isn’t an automatic door opener!

Besides opening doors, smiling has numerous physical and psychological benefits:

  • Research indicates that optimistic, smiling people have stronger immune systems and are actually able to fight off illness better than pessimists.
  • The British Dental Health Foundation found a smile gives the same level of stimulation as eating 2,000 chocolate bars. The same result without the calories: that is definitely something to smile about!
  • Smiling is contagious. Psychologist Dr. David Lewis says, “Seeing a smile creates what is termed as a ‘halo’ effect, helping us to remember other happy events more vividly, feel more optimistic, more positive and more motivated.” One bug that is okay to pass on.
  • Smiling people are more attractive. Frowns, scowls and grimaces push people away. Smiles draw people in.
  • Smiling reduces your blood pressure. Dr. Mark Stibich offers this suggestion, “Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?”
  • Less muscles are used to smile than to frown. Conserve your energy!
  • Smiling and laughing is good medicine. Life coach Lisa Branigan writes, “Some doctors are using laughter therapy to replace anti-depressants and to reduce the use of painkillers. According to researchers faking laughter will also produce the same health and wellbeing results as real laughter.”

Yet, look around you. How many people are smiling? A smile costs nothing to give, but can mean the world to receive.

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.”
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Smile, it’s Tuesday and you are alive!

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