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What the Heck Are You Reading? | Episode 3

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Each of these books rocks my world for a different reason. I share in my latest video not only what I am reading, but why I like them!

  • Everybody Writes by Anne Handley http://amzn.to/1Qi89qJ
  • You Grow Girl by Gayla Trail http://amzn.to/1LUeJ5z
  • How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead http://amzn.to/1JffdnO

What the Heck Are You Reading | Episode 2

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I love books and I read a LOT of them. The past few years, I have enjoyed listening to fiction audiobooks. There is nothing like a really good narrator reading a story and making you feel like you are there.

Today, I share three books that have had an impact in my life. I hope you check them out and enjoy.

Caffeine for the Creative Mind by Stefan Mumaw and Wendy Lee Oldfield
How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success by Frank Bettger
The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna

Origami: It’s What I’m Into

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I love paper.

I love it a lot.

I mean, it is almost an obsession.

I figure I can’t keep collecting pretty paper when I really don’t have anywhere to put it. So, I decided to get back into doing something I used to love doing years ago. Origami. I admit, I have crushed a few paper cranes that did not turn out quite the way I wanted them to, but I find the whole process of paper-folding pretty relaxing when I come home from work. It’s a nice way to ease into the evening before spending quality time with may family.

In this video, I share with you a few things I have been folding. It’s what I’m into.

On the Road with SoFabU – Cincinnati

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We don’t have a lot of social media conferences in Cincinnati, so when one comes to town, I know I have to go. I love connecting with my friends and meeting new people from the area. This year, Social Fabric University is hosting events around the country providing Social Fabric and Collective Bias members with online influencer educational opportunities. The events are sponsored by Johnny RocketsMüllerKraft and iBlog and from what I have heard, SoFabU has been great so far! April 25, they will be in Cincinnati at Ahalogy.

One of the speakers, Joe Robb and I spoke on a panel a few years ago. He is the Digital Marketing Director at SparkPeople.com and a dynamic speaker. His keynote will focus on growing blog traffic with less effort. Attendees will walk away with a solid understanding of how to pair analytics data (Google, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook) with common, free publishing tools to grow their audience with data-driven processes. I am looking forward to learning how I can increase my site traffic without increasing the amount of time I dedicate to social media.

Nate Engels will lead attendees on an adventure of creating a custom recipe around a brand’s product and how he tells a story around a recipe that draws readers into his blog post. Nate runs a beautiful food blog called Wannabite. I heard Nate speak last year about how he grew his readership quickly in less than a year. The knowledge he dropped that day was invaluable and I implemented many of his techniques on my own blogs. During The Afternoon Adventures, Nate will show how he takes beautiful photos with and without natural light and manipulates the images to spotlight the food. He will also share how to make so-so photos into WOW!

If one of the Social Fabric University events is coming to your city, consider attending. The best thing about social media is the social aspect of it. Meeting people in person and learning for brand experts is the best way to grow your online presence. If you are in the Cincinnati area, I hope to see you there!

 Disclaimer: I am writing this post in exchange for a discounted conference ticket; however, all opinions are mine and mine alone.