Thursday Thoughts: When Technology Fails

What do you do when technology fails?

When your phone has finally had enough and just shuts down never to turn back on again. Lost photos, lost numbers…lost.

When your computers fan heats up so hot that you’re worried the surface underneath may burn.

clock-474128_1280When the alarm clock doesn’t go off in the morning.

The clock stops.

When factory reset is the only solution to a dragging touchpad and limited settings options which are not doing anything different.

The same problem!!

When the restart button is your only friend.

When the mouse keeps skipping and the cursor keeps jumping.

The sound from the speakers suddenly don’t work.

When there is no explanation on Google.

When the lights just keep flashing red.

The blender makes an awful noise and my smoothie is chunky… NOT smooth.

Light bulb is out.bulb-313699_1280

Chat is not working.

Reload.

System failure.

 

What Would We do? In the Dark and Hidden from Technology

It’s amazing how many things you can miss while taking a short break from social media. After only two weeks of non-stop business learning at UVic, I’ve come back a few times to discover that some blue and black dress has blown up on the internet setting people into a frenzy because it actually looks white and gold. Just before that there was a blogging uproar and the blogosphere turned upside down after two amazing blogs set some impressive and apparently overpowering records. I feel like I’m out of loop already!

Free verse and my poetic mind. I can’t believe the speed of these times… there’s no rewind.

A blackout?

Numbers pile up as statistics run wild and technology rapidly increases faster than babies are born and all the while I sit here in a little corner of the interwebs and wonder to myself…

What would happen if it all just disappeared?

What would we do??

We would be in the dark and hidden from technology.

Maybe it’s because I’m really upset that Revolution was cancelled, but I have dreams of the power going out for good and finally being “off-grid” officially and forever.

If it actually happened we could totally bring back those tin can string telephones and have to walk miles speak-238488_1280just to say hello to people and friends in the same town. We would never know where anyone was anymore so we would have to come together once again and send telegrams and bring back horse carriages and forget about cars…

*Day Dreamers*

Unfortunately there would be no heat in winter. That would suck… but that’s OK because we would just burn our furniture and cars. We could live in huts in the forest and let all the plant life take over the cities and we would no longer see the concrete jungle…

The stars would be brighter.

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Would time melt away?

Sometimes my mind goes crazy.

 

Guest Post by: All Curves West – Tiny Curves too!! :-)

~It is always a daunting idea to start-up a new business. Often it is not the business idea but the business practices that “fail”. Marketing, and for me, social media marketing, is one of the crucial aspects of winning the business game. One of my side projects, All Curves West, depends almost solely upon social media to grow or “succeed”.

In my opinion “social media” includes; blog networking using platforms like WordPress or Tumblr, social networking via Facebook & Twitter, business networking through Google Plus and Linkdin, and the more recent trend of photo networking using applications such as Instagram and Pintrest. Having a solid “online presence” can seem complicated when you see that big list of sites and applications. It comes down to having a plan, and being efficient. Social media can steal your entire life if you let it! But it doesn’t have to. I could spend a lot of time talking about exactly how to do that but for the purposes of this article I will leave it at that.

All Curves West is a little blog I have, these days my ability to keep it as up to date as I would like is struggling. But one way I keep it alive without too much time is by having my WordPress blog linked to my Facebook business page of the same name. It isn’t the same and I still deserve a good slap on the wrist for not practicing what I preach but it is still a great way to help grow your blog following.
To me the best part about having a Facebook page in addition to your blog is growing your “personality”.

Blogging is limited in that you can only present your own writing or the writing of your fellow bloggers. It doesn’t allow for the quick “shares” and “likes” that can let you show people what you are all about. My blog, All Curves West, is a fashion forward, body positive, journey sharing type of blog. Writing is great for me to share my journey with people in detail, but sharing pictures of fashion, or other pages allows a much more visual presentation of my interests and message. It is also a great way to save time in a busy week! A decent amount of social media might take three 2o minute sessions a week, whereas writing a solid post could take ALL week!

Getting followers to your blog is also a lot easier when you can get them to “like” your page and THEN get them to follow the blog by connecting the two. Don’t be afraid to ask people to like or share or follow you, not all the time, obviously, but once a month is certainly reasonable! Confidence is attractive to people whether it be in marketing or dating, so let people know you have a great thing happening over here and ask them to come take a look! Once they have liked or followed you, it is your job to keep them there! Maybe next time I can talk about that!

Erin 2Since I am here I am going to take a little minute and tell you about All Curves West (ACW)! It has taken a long time to figure out my message in a really tangible way. In a word, All Curves West is about inclusion. My journey of self love has jumped forward since I found the power of inclusion. I feel like the very best way to teach love is through love. I had to truly find the ability to let go of comparison. I discovered that very few of us, whether our curves be big or small, possess true self-love. I learned that so many of the people who possessed the body I so desired, did not possess the confidence or self worth that I had spent my whole life assuming came with it! And that is what pushed me to start writing and create All Curves West.

My message is acceptance: all the curves, all the love, all the time. My motto is: Present Choice: Happiness – because you have to be present, it IS always a choice, and ALWAYS choose happiness.

I have a serious love for fashion, fashion art, modeling & photography. My Facebook page allows me to showcase that aspect of ACW as well as draw attention to artists/designers/businesses/events/people who fall in line with my message. My blog gives me a place explore my journey through words.
There is so much more to All Curves West and I could spend so much more time on everything I said above but for now I leave you with this thought courtesy of a very special tarot card that I pulled almost every single week for two years at the beginning of my yoga-for-curvy-ladies practice…(paraphrased)!

~Is the bamboo less mighty than the oak? Is the oak less beautiful than the bamboo? Comparison is not the answer. We all have our strengths and our beauty.~

All Curves West!

Erin

Building an online presence to BOOST your SEO

ball-142738_1280~This week I’ve really been focusing on building an online presence and let me tell you, it’s a job!

I have spent countless hours following pages on Twitter and Facebook, reading a ton of great material, connecting with a lot of talented writers and entrepreneurs… and of course, commenting on posts and having discussions with people about writing.

Here is my new confession: I am a bit obsessed with social media right now!!

It really sucks you in once you get momentum going on multiple social networking sites, but it is definitely an essential tool when building your business. It’s also incredibly exciting hearing feedback, gathering followers and gaining knowledge on many subjects. I’ve met some really interesting people and they are all on their own journeys, which is a wonderful way to learn the ins and outs of networking. You must follow and connect with like-minded people to grow, and the experience is really fun once you really dive into it.

Sharing is caring ❤

Now, this is just my own opinion as I am diving into a few different writing outlets including novel-writing, copy writing and freelance journalism. In all the research I’ve done, I’ve found that most agents will look for a strong online presence when working with writers. It’s the best way to promote ones self when your publishing a book, building your portfolio or for any kind of web writing. Social media sites are a fabulous source for finding publications and clients.

Some people don’t agree though and it’s really up to you how far you want to take it. It can be overwhelming and time-consuming which some people don’t like. I’ve had a few friends say, “I could never do something like that….” and that’s fair enough. This magical world of social media is not for everyone. I have to step away sometimes and remember that there is a real world out there that needs to be cherished and loved. The best way to do that is make a social media schedule.

social-media-400854_1280Greg Pratt, my instructor at Uvic, doesn’t really use social media to build his freelance business. In Freelance Journalism it’s not always necessary to have a huge following online because most of the time freelancers are communicating with specific editors and using the perfect pitch to land a publication. Also, Greg works as an Editor himself so he has an actual “day job” taking up a lot of his time. He’s been quite successful without using a large amount of social media.

It really depends on what you want to do with your writing.

Do you want to publish ebooks?
Would you like to build a travel blog?
Will it benefit your website to link it to another social networking site like Twitter?

I have answered YES to these questions so now it’s time to take my SEO to the next level. Following the most popular trends, I’ve learned that Twitter and Linkedin are the two major social networking sites most people use to connect. Link ’em all together and BAM!!

SEO at full throttle! 🙂

Here are some great links I’ve found that cover SEO information quite extensively:

http://www.acronym.com/bebrilliant/seo/5-ways-you-need-to-use-social-media-to-boost-your-seo/

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/social-media-seo/

http://blog.sumall.com/journal/8-ways-social-media-affects-seo.html

and if you work with WordPress.org and use plugins you can really optimize your site:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-social-seo-booster/

Thanks Google!

Certain plugins aren’t available for WordPress.com users apparently, which I just found out through… you guessed it, Social Networking 🙂

Thank you to my fellow bloggers who have helped me out with optimizing my website. I am very much enjoying this whole process.

The internet is a wonderful thing isn’t it?

How about you? Is their anything about SEO I’ve missed that you have learned about in your journey?

What are your thoughts on Social Media?

I would love to hear from you! I am just learning all of this myself so any feedback would be great. Let’s connect!

Happy writing xo