Category Archives: Social Media Tips

How to Blog without Annoying Your Friends and Family

"Balance" by D. Sharon Pruitt via Flickr Creative Commons

I’ve said it before, but it merits repeating: Your blog’s main audience cannot be your family and friends. Why am I back on this issue? I recently had a significant increase in traffic on a post I wrote in May 2010 called “Blogging Tips: What I Know Now,” and most of the new comments focused…

Mixed Blessings of the Internet

MIxed Blessings of the Internet by Nina Badzin

Hello blog readers! I’m back! Of course I didn’t go anywhere. I took a brief blogging break so that I could in theory use the time to churn out more fiction than usual. It was a cute theory. What went wrong? For starters, I didn’t take a Twitter break. Yes, I’m known to sing Twitter’s…

The Twitter Thanking Crisis

Badzin Twitter Thanking Crisis

YOU’VE LANDED ON PART IV OF MY TWITTER TIPS. SEE A LIST OF PREVIOUS TWITTER POSTS. I love Twitter. And I’m big on proper manners. With that said, I am focusing my fourth Twitter tips post on the constant thanking of people on Twitter. In my opinion, our good manners have gone too far, and…

Blogging Tips: What I Know Now

What I've Learned After One Year of Blogging

This week I’m celebrating the sixth-month mark of ninabadzin.com by sharing “what I thought” about blogging at first vs. “what I know now.” #1. WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THE BLOG’S NAME: I needed a cute or catchy one. What I know now: You don’t. My first name was “A Mom in the Middle.” For writers,…

Twitter Tips Part Three: Professionalism & Best Practices

Lego Fail Whale by tveskov via Flickr

The theme of Part Three is professionalism and best practices (mostly for writers and bloggers, but the tips are applicable to any tweeter.) As I discussed in the previous two posts, Twitter is a powerful tool. So powerful, in fact, you’re making impressions in ways you might not realize–sometimes for the better and sometimes for…

Twitter Tips Part Two: Making Lists

How to make Twitter Lists

  If you haven’t read My first Twitter How-To, please do so before reading this post. Today I’m focusing on 3 tips. The overall theme is CONNECTION. #1. TWITTER IS COMPRISED OF REAL PEOPLE Twitter works best if you participate. Lurking is fine on Facebook, but Twitter requires interaction. Even if you’re more reserved in…

Twitter Tips Part One: Essential Basics

Twitter bio example

My Twitter tips go beyond a simple “how-to.” I want to help the Twitter newbies and those who aren’t using the site effectively. Why? Because  I love Twitter and when you’re in love, you want to share it. I’m Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah’s couch. I’m Star Jones planning her wedding on The View. And…

In Defense of Facebook Lurkers

In Defense of Facebook Lurkers by Nina Badzin

Aren’t all members of Facebook, in some respect, lurkers and voyeurs? Yes, but some people are less noble about it than others. A loose definition of the official Facebook Lurker: one who spends time on Facebook, but avoids making his/her presence known with comments or status updates.  TO GO ONE STEP FURTHER, the official Facebook…