I have not posted in a while but I did want to share with you some of my success stories in the last few months. I have posted before about the power of writing, blogging, and journaling. (By the way, the name of this networking group is Real Success and Profits for Writers, let's start more success stories more.) I cannot stress enough the importance of being consistent. I have seen many posts about writers block and needing inspiration or motivation to write. It comes down to a simple statement, 'just do it". Start anywhere, about anything, just do it.
I write in the mornings in my journal as part of my quite time every morning. I spend an hour blogging and a take a 3 x 5 note card with me to pen any thoughts of inspiration that may hit during the day. I started this routine about several years ago but my game stepped up when I read last summer, “Write it Down and Make it Happen” by Henrietta Klauser. I am now a huge fan of hers and have read all of her books.
After reading Ms. Klauser's book, I applied several tips she suggests about making goals become reality. My ultimate goal was to build my brand, Genmaspeaks, and increase my speaking engagements back to the level prior to a family crisis. That crisis led me to writing for therapy and venting. My stories about dealing with the difficulty of raising teens in today’s society resonated with many who would ask me to post my stories on different sites. One of my stories caught the eye of www.parentalwisdom.com
and I was asked to be an adviser on their parenting website. As I became more aware of the power of the internet and realized that magazines were declining due to advertising revenue, I became more engaged on the web and blogging.
Ironically, my blogging, tweeting, Face booking, and whatever else is out there, have led me to more print editors and writers. Who knew? I have spoken to best editors and writers in the country and appreciate their critiques and love their encouragement. What I have learned through the process is my strong point is being unpredictable. Blogging about politics, my children, my pets, my perspective on race relations, my love of my grandfather legacy, the non-profits boards I sit on, my pest control company, my marketing clients, networking, you name the subject, I have written about it. It keeps me from being “post cast” and gives me a broader audience. It also helps me pitched my marketing clients and pushed the sale of their books or products. Two for one is a deal maker any day.
All of the above has led to more speaking engagements, which was one of my goals from the beginning. My engagements have given me free publicity and helped raise money for my favorite charities. I even have a column in several newspapers. That was the ultimate grab and a huge boost to my branding efforts. Without having a resume’ of ongoing projects, this opportunity would not have been possible. It is funny how God gives you more than you would have hoped or imagined. I never imagined a column in newspapers when everything you hear about the newspaper industry is gloom and doom. I teamed up with the former editor of the Jewish Advocate, one of the largest newspapers in the country, and she handles editing on larger projects. Julie and I serve on a non-profit together and have many common interests. (Sorry, she was not available for this posting.)
A few weeks ago, I was tweeting with several media outlets on the hot topic of the day. My twitter responses were appearing all over the place. CNN repeated my name and responses several times in one day. This caught the attention of Jon Stewart of the Daily Show. He wanted to know why news correspondents were giving a hoot about what I was thinking. The next day, I was contacted by media outlets around the country who wanted to know why anyone would care about what I was thinking. I was asked to appear on radio and talk shows and stretched my 10 minutes of fame into 11. I put a call in to the Daily show and several conversations have ensued about an appearance on the show.
The New York Times called shortly after to do a story on me and they are sending a photographer to spend the day with me next week. Black Enterprise called out of the blue on Friday wanting a story on business owners triumphing over personal setbacks. I asked the writer where did she hear about my story and she replied, “I follow your blog”. God is good.
I hope this post prompts us to have a genuine dialogue about ways to grow and help each other. Please ask me anything.
Genma daily show shout out http://genmaspeaks.blogspot.com/2009/06/bugsact-finally-makes-it-on...
If you move the dial to the four minute mark, you will not have to listen all of it
Ongoing Wells Fargo story that got my blog a nomination for blog of the year award http://genmaspeaks.blogspot.com/2009/06/bugsact-finally-makes-it-on...
Post that me a call from the governor's office, who knew they read my blog
Post about Steve McNair that appeared in several newspapers around the south and will be ESPN magazine next month.