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The first step in building your platform is to decide what your want your platform to say about who you are and what you have to offer.

Are you and author?

Do you have a product?

Are you a web designer?

Are you a copywriter?

Are you a publicist?

Are you a freelance writer?

Are you a marketer?

This is by no means a complete list of possibilities for platforms that showcase what you have to offer people who visit your online platform.

Consider how you will tell your story online. Is a website with a blog, a solo blog, and then what about social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and others best for getting your story online and in front of people to start creating relationships.

It’s hard to sell to people without them trusting you. You build trust through relationships and engagement with visitors to your platform.

Just like in life, it takes time to build relationships and trust. It takes patience and perseverance to make it online the right way. There are no shortcuts to building trust, you must prove your trust worthiness.

If you’re like me, long on ideas but short on cash, not wanting to go into debt to create your plat form, there are ways to create your platform using free sites.

You will have to choose which free platform resource(s) is right for you. Yes there is a learning curve since most will be Do-It-Yourself (DIY).

You’re probably thinking free means using the same templet as someone else, which is true, but it is about what you have to say on your platform that counts.

It is your content that will score your position on search engines and drive traffic to your platform if you are willing to put in the work required to get your platform into the online world call the Internet.

Your age or when you started doesn’t make a difference, you just need to start and work at it and learn even if you can afford to pay some one to build your platform for you. You should learn bout your platform even if you aren’t the one who built it. Learn some coding and learn about the host of your platform so you you can modify it if you have to.

Not knowing what’s going on in your platform can cause you problems with search engines.

Your content and frequency of fresh content is what rates with search engines and drives traffic with relevant content to what people are searching for.

How often you update your platform with fresh content is up to you but the more often.

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Robert Medak

Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, Reviewer learning marketing.

One-third of a year gone as of April 27, 2015 bm-4

This year is the year of change. I have lived in two centuries, eight different decades, cease being a sexagenarian and become a septuagenarian.

I have been a reader, learner, and driver for over half a century.

After retiring in December 2013, I began writing reviews and web content in February 2006.

It is definitely time, to begin thinking about what I want to be when I grow up, and quit being my own worst enemy.

Why did I want to be a writer?

  • I have always thought different than other people
  • I feel as though I have something to impart to readers
  • I wrote How-Tos while working and edited notes written by one of my supervisors (Pacific Telephone and Telegraph, PacBell, SBC, which is now ATT)
  • While acting as Parliamentarian for Crestline Senior Citizens Club, rewrote the bylaws
  • Wrote the job description manuals for Serenity Haven Animal Rescue and Sanctuary
  • I have edited manuscripts
  • Written Poems and Prose while taking courses online at Writers’ Village University
  • Created a writing workshop at WVU
  • Facilitated courses at WVU
  • Created a course at WVU
  • Critiqued poems and prose
  • Read from Asimov to Zola
  • Worked as an Intern copy editor for Celebrity Café
  • Built an online presence for Allbook Reviews International
  • Written and edited press releases
  • While living in Osborne, Kansas, helped a High School writing prodigy with her stories after meeting her in an authors’ group and asked to help her.
  • Wrote a letter of recommendation for a young writer for a position at a local press
  • A local magazine, Osborne Joy contacted me for a short story to be included in an upcoming issue while living in Kansas.

The question remains, what have I accomplished.

  • I began earning money at the age of around nine and a half as a paperboy delivering the News Pilot.
  • Next was working at San Pedro Marine through High School into college
  • I spent from 1965 until 1971 as an ARMY Reservist working my way to E6 and acting First Sargent over two platoons of forty troops each in Psychological Warfare Company.
  • From September 1966 until December of 2003 worked from PacBell on everything from POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) to Fiber Optic equipment as the technology changed and updated.
  • Created a trouble shooting guide for M1C equipment

What have I accomplished or learned?

Over the years, I learned much, which a good deal is of no use since I retired from PacBell.

  • I have been blogging about writing and freelancing.
  • I share what I consider interesting items
  • I try to answer question that people online may have
  • I have been working on a manuscript “Taming the Freelance Market”.
  • I have stories and poems, written or started, and some still in my head.
  • I am a freelancer who because of finances must wear many hats while trying to learn marking and converting visitors to my blog and social media accounts despite a litany of medical conditions that require daily medications. I say this not for pity but as one ages things begin to happen from a medical perspective. For some, “the golden years” are more like trips to doctors, specialists, and the hospital.
  • I enjoy reading and love editing
  • When working DIY, getting clients is difficult when competing with others from around the world.

Following some of my own advice

It is time for me to change my daily routine and make more time for writing and devote less time to that which is a time waster like Email, social media, and complete some courses I have waiting for me.

It is finally time to inhibit the procrastination bug from invading my life and work on what makes me fulfilled. Back to learning, reading, and writing is the mantra I should be living.

It is time to cull things that are not as important as what I should be doing, writing because writers write. I do consider myself a writer, 2015 is the year I should prove it.

Since money for traditional publishing is nonexistent unless I win the LOTTO, I must work on getting my ducks in a row, dot all Is and cross all Ts to get my manuscript turned into a finished book.

If I want to write, I must prove that to myself by writing and finishing my first book while continuing to hone the craft into readable content for any potential readers.

Has Nathaniel Hawthorne said, “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” I believe it.

It will take me months to whittle down the stealers of time so that I can devote more time to education and putting words on my computer’s monitor.

Be well!

Author

Robert Medak

  • Freelance writer
  • Blogger
  • Editor
  • Proofreader
  • Reviewer learning marketing, and much more

“Every day is an opportunity to learn something new”. ©RJM

Easy reading is damn hard writing.”  — Nathaniel Hawthorne

There are numerous writing style guides, which writers must follow for specific writing assignments.

What type of writing assignment are you working on?

  • Article
  • Blog
  • Book
  • Business
  • Ghost
  • Medical
  • News
  • Scientific
  • Speech
  • Technical
  • Term Paper

These are only a few assignments freelance writer might be working on. Each has their own unique writing style.

Most journalists use the Associated Press and Briefing on Media Law (AP) style guide, but some newspapers have their own in-house style.

Book authors lean toward The Chicago Manual of Style.

Business and speechwriters would follow the American Management Association (AMA) style guide.

Most magazines have a style that can be determined by reading the specific magazine.

Style guides also have a preferred dictionary.

  • Associated Press Style Guide uses the Webster’s New World College Dictionary as its reference.
  • Council of Science Editors in Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers for sciences.
  • The Chicago Manual of Style uses the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary as its reference.
  • Academic style uses the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers and does not specify a reference dictionary.
  • Science style uses the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary as its reference, also use the CSE.
  • Technical writing would also use the APA style guide.

Today, there are almost as many style guides as there are disciplines:

  •  Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • English and the Humanities (MLA)
  • Geology
  • Government Documents
  • History (Chicago)
  • In-House Style
  • Journalism (AP)
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology and other Social Sciences (APA)
  • Science and Technical Writing
  • Social Work
  • Web Writing (Google has a style it prefers.)

Can you think of others?

As you can see, depending on the writing assignment, a trip to the local library or bookstore might be in your future to obtain the proper style guide, or some search engine time finding style guides to assist you with your assignment.

If you are working with a client, what do they want could be something completely different.

If you have the bookcase shelf space, how many style guides do you need to write?

For most of what I do as a freelance writer, I use the Chicago style because it is the one I trained with. All writers are welcome to use any style guide, but will your writing work for specific purposes.

Author
Robert Medak
Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning ethical Marketing
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English: A Sandisk-brand USB thumb drive, SanD...

English: A Sandisk-brand USB thumb drive, SanDisk Cruzer Micro, 4GB. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saving your posts on your hard drive is good, but what happens if your computer crashes?

What do you do when you finally upgrade to a new computer, or upgrade because of a crashed and destroyed hard drive with unrecoverable data?

There are many ways to keep copies of your work off the computer. You can use a USB Flash Drive, and online cloud based host, a removable or external hard drive, burn it to a CD is you have the capability, and there are probably more ways to backup your work.

The point is that your work needs to be backed up on a regular basis so eliminate your work being lost and available to you from anywhere at any time including when you upgrade to a new computer or if you have a home computer and a laptop, tablet, or something else that you use for mobile connectivity.

Your work should be available to you for editing, a presentation to a client, or for any business purpose that may arise.

How often you choose to backup your work is up to you, but at a minimum of once a week is a good recommendation to avoid cataclysms from data loss.

Imagine you have a new computer, you tell it to restart, and from that point forward it will not boot at all, your data is gone. With no backup your data is gone forever if you cannot get the computer to boot correctly.

Think this is farfetched; think again, this has happened.

Without backup copies of your work, you may have to start from scratch to rebuild all of your work. Save your work often, and back it up to somewhere other than your computer for safety of the work you’ve completed, and working on.

Author
Robert Medak
Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning Marketing
Follow the author: http://xeeme.com/RobertMedak

Decision Making Skills When it Comes to Outsou...

Decision Making Skills When it Comes to Outsourcing Methodologies (Photo credit: FreelancersElite Graphics)

Working as a solo-preneur isn’t easy and takes compartmentalization of many tasks

Unless you can afford to outsource many of the tasks needed to run a business, especially an online business, you will need to set a schedule and work long hours even though you may think the working from home is preferable to working for someone else.

A short list of tasks that the entrepreneur must handle, unless they have the money to outsource the tasks; many people wishing to start a business are on a limited budget, and can’t afford to outsource are listed below:

How much of this can the average want-to-be entrepreneur working for a living can afford to outsource from their paycheck from their present job?

Chances are, not much, which leaves little to none for outsourcing. This leaves the tasks list to the want-to-be businessperson to do it themselves, this is what an entrepreneur is, and has to be if they wish to have a successful business.

You may think you don’t need to schedule tasks for your business. You’ll find out just how important it is to set a time frame for each task or you’ll be so encumbered that you will become frustrated and want to walk away.

Keep track of your time and don’t let any single task overtake the time from another task. It is easy to work on Email and not have time for marketing or blogging, or any other task that needs its own time.

This is called overwhelm and procrastination.

Create a daily schedule and To-Do list the night before.

Just some of the items you will learn along the way unless you plan ahead so your business runs smoothly and efficiently.

Be careful what you outsource when it comes to quality. Lesser quality reflects on you, not the outsourcing company. It’s your business that will suffer from using outsourcing that is not up to par.

Author

Robert Medak

Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning Marketing

Follow the author: http://xeeme.com/RobertMedak

The ultimate blogging challenge is over.

By writing a blog post daily for the month of October 2013, this blog has gained new followers and more comments.

Seems that the more often you post the more organic traffic received, and if visitors like what you’ve written, they will respond with likes, comments, and even follow your blog as they have on this blog.

Although posting daily is great for traffic, there are other parts of the business that have to take a back seat unless you write posts and schedule them to post at different times and dates, which is easy on WordPress and Blogger, two blogging platforms that seem to be popular, and also free.

With the challenge completed, posting fewer times per week and setting up a monthly newsletter are the next challenges for the author of this blog, also posting more often on the other blogs, and article posting sites writing about various subjects.

Working on a subscription form for the newsletter is not as easy as it should be. After obtaining code that appears fine, is not so fine on the blog page.

Once the subscription form bugs are resolved, readers can find the form on the contact page of this blog, and the other blogs. There are books to read for review that need attention.

There will be a minimum of two to three posts per week, writing daily is not an option, when doing everything solo.

Working as a freelance writer and editor for hire takes work at marketing and branding services to find clients takes time during the day. Writing must be done off hours.

Entrepreneurship can stink at times, but it is something one chooses, and must work through the times when one feels like walking away because the challenges of entrepreneurship.

Anyone wanting to be an entrepreneur has much to learn and much to work through unless they have deep pockets for outsourcing things they don’t want to do.

Think long and hard before you jump into entrepreneurship.

Author

Robert Medak

Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning Marketing

Follow the author: http://xeeme.com/RobertMedak

 

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