Sunday, December 10, 2017

Learning Google+

I have a confession: I don’t post on Google+ anymore. It is my blog that has automatically posted this to my Google+ profile. The last time I posted on Google+ was when I was promoting my movie reviews from Bubblews in early 2015.

I do not spend time on Google+ because it is hard to load on my computer and I do not understand it. I never comprehended the idea of Circles, Hangouts, and Google’s version of Facebook Pages until I had to meet some of my friends on Google+.

Google+ has some special features that make it different from other social media websites. Join me as I learn to write my first post that’s especially for Google+.

Write a Whole Paragraph

Write a whole paragraph for your Google+ posts. Ask yourself why you are sharing a link and write your answer in the paragraph. Include what you want people to do for you in connection with your post, too. Google+ demands a lot more words than Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. This makes Google+ perfect for times when you want to write way more than one sentence or one hundred forty characters.

You can express so many of your thoughts on Google+ without standing out like a sore thumb. You don’t have to omit sentences just to fit your post into a required word count.

Create a Title

Now, write the title of your Google+ post. Google+ post titles have to start with an asterisk and end with an asterisk. Here’s an example:

*Charlene Learns Google+*

Your title must be catchy and must be relevant to your post.

Never write catchy titles that have no connection to your posts. People may pay attention to your deceivingly catchy title, but the disappointment over the disconnected content will keep them from paying attention to your posts ever again. Online marketing may be controlled by technology, but technology can’t control readers’ emotions.

Add a Subheading

After writing your title, write a subheading below your title. Google+ subheadings must begin with an underscore and end with an underscore to italicize it. Here’s another example:

_And Makes Her First Google+ Mistake_

I usually don’t write subheadings because, in graphic design, they tend to distract the eyes from the title.

According to marketing experts, though, Google+ posts that contain subheadings are way more successful than Google+ posts with only titles. So add a subheading to your post, one that expands your title further to give your readers a clearer idea of your post.

Include an Image

Add an image to your post to make your post “pop.” If the link you are sharing on Google+ leads to an article that has an image, Google+ will automatically fetch its image for you and include it in your post.

People love visuals. A post with an image will get their attention better than a post that has only text. Outside of the lives of writers and readers, nobody really likes to read. Having an image on your post guarantees that several eyes will find it, and maybe they’ll check out the link you shared.

It will also make your post look beautiful. Lots of texts look good.

Google+ may seem extremely confusing because of too much content that is divided into too many sections that have too many colors, but with a little bit of reading, it can be understood. Using Google+ the right way is actually easy. Creating a great Google+ post is so simple.

Photo credit: Pixabay

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Is Writing Really for You?

“You were meant to be a graphic artist, not a writer,” my sister liked to say.

I do sometimes wonder if writing is truly for me. What if I were meant to do something else? What if writing was actually not for me? Maybe I just had no other choice when I started working as a writer in 2009.

The Myers Briggs personality test says my personality type is more for business, but it did suggest writing novels as an alternative.

You will know that writing is truly for you if you possess these four traits of a writer.

An Absent-minded Wish

You have been daydreaming about writing since as far as you can remember. As a child, you daydreamed about writing articles and having people read them. You wanted to inspire people through your words.

Whenever you were writing for a school project, you daydreamed that the whole world would be admiring your writing. Whenever something exciting happened, you planned on your mind how you would write it down and how sharing the story with the world will inspire people to change their lives.

You wanted to be known as a writer. You wanted to change the whole world with your works of literature.

The Endless Perfectionism

You make your writing as perfect as possible. You organize your paragraphs according to their topics. You capitalize wherever there should be capital letters. You put proper punctuation. You remove the words that do not contribute to the overall ideas. You can’t keep yourself from reading again and again to check that there are no wrong commas, no typographical errors, no missing words, etc. Google becomes your constant companion as you research to double check the facts in your writing and also to check which word should be used before which word.

You feel a painful feeling inside you whenever you see bad writing.

Too Much Self-Doubt

You believe you can’t be a writer. You make unattainable measurements to determine whether or not you are a writer, like becoming someone who is way better than you or living in a fairytale kingdom. As long as you don’t have those things, you tell yourself you are not a legitimate writer.

What people see as your published works are less than 1% of your actual works because you have locked most of them up in some hidden archive due to the inner belief that they are all just crap.

When you are given the opportunity to share your writing, you feel dread and absolute fear.

A Need to Just Write

You can’t live without writing. Whenever you have been away from writing for quite some time, you start to feel like something important is missing. You become upset, weird, and miserable. All you want is to write.

Once you get back to writing, you can feel your upset starting to lessen with each word. You end up writing long articles until your upset is gone.

You write to live. Your life is based on writing. Sometimes, you can’t do something without writing about doing it first. There are also simple things you understand only after you write about them. You are alive in your world of words and oblivious to your real world.

Becoming a writer is hard and we have a reason to wonder if we truly were meant to be writers. There are certain traits that make a writer, though. I may be a little bit of a graphic designer or a businesswoman, but I’m still a writer.

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