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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
http://genmaspeaks.blogspot.com/2009/04/redundacy-of-goverment-and-...

Post about Steve McNair that appeared in several newspapers around the south and will be ESPN magazine next month.
http://genmaspeaks.blogspot.com/2009/07/gentle-giant-rembering-stev...

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www.facebook.com/genmastringerholmes
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What a wonderful post. I wish I could do what you are doing.
How can I do this?
Sincerely,
Glen Averill
913-768-0756 or 593-1850
www.thesourceofjoy.org
I really believe it is finding a key desire that you want to achieve and using your writing to help drive you there.

I remember stating that I wanted to make more money and be successful. Well life is more detailed than that. Now, when I say I wanted to make money, so that I can give more to my favorite charity to help more young people become productive citizens. That takes one deeper and connects me with far more people who will be willing to help me make more money.
GREAT JOB!

I esp. think the idea of carrying that 3x5 card is brilliant. It's the simply stuff that really makes a difference.

What kind of speaking gigs are you getting? I'd be interested in talking more about that.

Okay, I'm off to a speaking gig in Myrtle Beach (Life is good :-)

Wishing you REAL Success...

Live It Forward,
Kent Julian
www.liveitforward.com
I am thankful that I am getting to pick and chose, let's talk more

Kent Julian said:
GREAT JOB!

I esp. think the idea of carrying that 3x5 card is brilliant. It's the simply stuff that really makes a difference.

What kind of speaking gigs are you getting? I'd be interested in talking more about that.

Okay, I'm off to a speaking gig in Myrtle Beach (Life is good :-)

Wishing you REAL Success...

Live It Forward,
Kent Julian
www.liveitforward.com
Congratulations!
What a great story. I am going to follow your career since I am just getting started in a similar fashion.
Hello!

I'm new to the site, but I ran across this post and found it to be inspiring. I've been writing for years but I haven't really reached my goals and expectations... I just started a blog. Seeing this post shows how valuable my blog really is. I hope things continue to go well for you!

Stephanie
This is so cool! Awesome and inspiring! The advice on "just do it" is spot on. I'm guilty of not "doing it" nearly as much as I need to and thought that if I started a blog where I committed myself to posting regularly about topics that I was passionate about, it would help stop the inertia. Wait a sec. . . "stop inertia". . . silly term that means "stop being stopped". Would it be more correct to call it "starting ertia" or "start starting"? I digress.

Thank you again for the success story! You are right that we need to hear more from those like you!
I have started a blog, but not sure how to take to the next level. Any help would be great.
Teri S. Fox
760-712-8979
thbear59@hotmail.com
I posted this last year..but it is amazing how much has taken place since that time. I am now in 237 markets and I am in talks about a radio show. I strongly believe if you are passionate about what you do and being consistient about your blogging/writing....you name it, results will show. Networking is the key as well! Effective networking..don't waste your time with large groups that unproductive!
Genma Holmes
http://genmaspeaks.blogspot.com

Steph Malson said:
Hello!

I'm new to the site, but I ran across this post and found it to be inspiring. I've been writing for years but I haven't really reached my goals and expectations... I just started a blog. Seeing this post shows how valuable my blog really is. I hope things continue to go well for you!

Stephanie
Thank you Brian please feel free to contact me if there is anything I can help you will. I am a twitter addict and you can usually find me there..www.twitter.com/bugsact

Brian Wetter said:
This is so cool! Awesome and inspiring! The advice on "just do it" is spot on. I'm guilty of not "doing it" nearly as much as I need to and thought that if I started a blog where I committed myself to posting regularly about topics that I was passionate about, it would help stop the inertia. Wait a sec. . . "stop inertia". . . silly term that means "stop being stopped". Would it be more correct to call it "starting ertia" or "start starting"? I digress.

Thank you again for the success story! You are right that we need to hear more from those like you!
Gemma:

I head the Nashville Writers Meetup, a group of over 690 writers.

Your post speaks so well to marketing is changing, and how writers can now influence and motivate by being themselves.

I mentioned you in an email I sent out to my group, and I also posted the email on our message board. Here is the post: http://bit.ly/9qLPhu

Your success is very inspiring.

Mike

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