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Here’s An Email Template For You To Use!

Wow. My first video is closing in on 1000 views. I just sent out this email.

You could do this yourself – maybe make a video about your book or website.

Then send an email like mine to friends or to a list.

Of course, I recommend using Twitter, too! And Pinterest. And Facebook.

I’m sure this will work for you!

Hello All!

I found a very useful tool yesterday. I’m using it for free and so can you if you choose.

I made this in about 20 minutes.

The URL that I posted in the video is not the important thing (Though you’re welcome to check it out if you wish).

http://animoto.com/play/KXRhDBc7p1AvC98ili8oyQ

The thing is this – if it’s your business or your CAUSE or whatever you want to get the word out about (someone’s birthday?) – this is powerful.

I am closing in on 1000 views of this video in under 21 hours.

It’s not earth-shattering, but it’s very, very useful.

And it’s free to try. That’s what I did last night!

http://animoto.com/play/KXRhDBc7p1AvC98ili8oyQ

Take care,

Charlie


Charlie Hicks-Moore
(Dr. Network Is Back!)

P.S. Are You Growing Your Business Fast Enough? Here’s my new blog!
http://wp.me/p2rR0y-c

Writers Might Benefit From This Strategy

I know a lot of writers read about the craft of writing. This post is not about that. It’s about getting legitimate eyeballs to see your website or blog or video.

Read the previous three posts.

Here’s my current update…

Some of you know that I have an alien friend who speaks through me on Twitter. (Pause.)

You read that right.

Now I’m only going to say this once in print and here it is. I’m not crazy.

I understand that this character is a character. OK?

On with the show.

You can read his Twitter feed at http://Twitter.com/TweetGeistGuy

When people follow Tweet Geist Guy on Twitter he sends them a Thank You Tweet aimed at them as in: @hotrichgirlauthor

(An alien stuck out in space can dream, can’t he?)

Included in the thank you is a link to a video we made this morning for free. This video is titled Welcome & Thank You! Which Are You? 😉 and now I can actually track how fast it gets more visitors relative to the Thank Yous that are sent.

I will keep you updated, but it had 84 views and after 10 more Thank You Tweets it had 104 views. Will this remain constant? I don’t know, but by my count that’s 20 views for 10 Thank Yous. I may have to talk to a buddy about automating those Thank Yous.

This buddy is not an alien and lives in San Diego.

If You’re Impressed Then This Could Help You

I’m just about to go to bed.

This is an update for the previous two posts.

Just over 5 1/2 hours and the first video has 617 views.

The second has 399 views.

Over 1000 total views and I think that’s very good.

You could do the same to promote your blog or website.

I’m amazed that this level is free.

Just sayin…

…and here’s my other blog where I’ll explore this more in the future:

HowTo…

Reading William Gibson

Was it only two days ago that William Gibson’s Distrust That Particular Flavor arrived in the mail? I am nearly done and enjoying his wonderful wordsmithing. His new book is really a collection of old articles and other nonfiction Gibson has written over the last couple decades.

I picked up Gibson’s Spook Country a couple years ago and enjoyed it immensely. In this newly published collection he explains what his books are about.

That might sound funny (it does to me), but he makes an interesting point about novels.

Novels require some explanation or at least some prerequisite knowledge in order to fully appreciate them.

They differ significantly from film in that way.

He recounts the very first time he went to see a film and how he understood the experience within an hour.

Ease of use is what I’ll call it.

That ease of use is why multitudes will go to the movies and not bother to read a book (or the book that inspired it).

We do miss something when we don’t read.

Mark Twain said it over a century ago.

[I just added the first name “Mark” because there are a number of people who might not know of a man simply “Twain”.]

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”

We must write in such a way that more people will want to read our work.

William Gibson does that for me.

Thanks to WordPress for reminding me:

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Writing For EzineArticles

Recently I decided to mix it up a bit with my writing. I started a new blog about making money online and today I submitted two articles to EzineArticles.com. One is titled “Use Caution Making Money Online” and the other is “College Preparation For First Generation College Students”. It takes about a week to get articles approved, so I’ll let you know when that happens. If you haven’t checked out EzineArticles.com I encourage you to do so. You may find that you like to write for them a little bit. At the very least it’s another way to practice the process of writing. With this and what I’ve written there today I’m over 2500 words. Now what about those aliens?

My Creativity Is Taking Me To New Places

I just started another blog that is not related to writing, except insofar as a writer can convince or illuminate or educate.

My new blog is about online business that you can engage in at home.

I’ve mentioned earlier that I have two new mentors.

You’re welcome to visit anytime.

You might learn something that will lead you to have the freedom to do what you’re passionate about whether that’s writing or something else.

Who knows? You might learn a guerrilla method of selling books or something.

Here it is!

HowToMakeMoneyAtHomeUS.wordpress.com

Taking A Little Break!

Right now I’m excited because of what I’m learning from my online mentors. Yes. I said mentors! As in, more than one.

I will continue to write my fiction and nonfiction books and still have my goal of December 30, 2012 for the publication of two books.

I will definitely continue my 30 days in a row when I can, but I may or may not achieve it in the run up to our vacation.

That is not to say that I won’t be working.

I’m learning some things that I want to take advantage of NOW!

BEFORE my family and I go to North Carolina and Nevada.

The thing is that while you want to have your own discipline to reach your goals, whether writing or something else, you don’t want to make a law of it that prevents you from doing something else that’s truly productive.

I’m not watching television – except when I’m on the exercise bike.

I’m learning about how to create a different kind of written product, for lack of a better word.

My new blog will be up soon, but even that is taking a back seat to this new information I’m taking in.

Have a great rest of the week! Stay on track with your goals!

Tired Again

It was a good night at Reality Changers tonight. We’re getting near to the end of the school year and all the students who are going to four year schools have gotten their offers from those schools. I did see one guy who is not who seemed disappointed, but it’s hard to tell. He doesn’t seem like the happiest guy anyway.

Lots of smiling faces though. One guy is deciding where he’ll transfer after Cal State San Marcos. He wants to be a writer. He’s good and he knows it. Not in an arrogant way. He is simply confident that he has some skills and he’s confident that writing is what he wants to do. That’s so great. And somewhat unusual. Many of them know where they want to go, but what they want to do is different.

I’m glad to be a part of the program.

Tonight I was thinking about the possibility that I could use Kickstarter to fundraise to benefit Reality Changers. Here’s the website:
RealityChangers.org.

Maybe I could make an album (I can actually sing) and get people to donate to benefit our public speakers group within RC.

I know some local musicians who are actually professionals and this would allow me to kill two birds with one stone. I would like to be recorded before I get so old that my voice has changed.

Though I guess that’s not for sure. I saw Donovan on the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame special the other night and he sounds the same even though he looks like Donovan’s grandfather.

I haven’t been this tired while writing for a while. Maybe not since high school. LOL

I remember staying up late a couple times. Once I only got about an hour’s sleep and decided that if I had to do that again it would be better to stay up all night. I remember laying my head on the pillow and then it was time to get up. What a weird sensation.

But some of these RC students stay up until 3 am or later on a regular basis. There’s that much work if they are in Advanced Placement classes. I really didn’t know what it took in high school like some of these students. Of course, it is worse today than back then. Even in middle school they do a lot more work than we did in the 70s.

I think that some things are being lost.

What they really need is the ability to think.

That’s not always being taught.

And they need more voices telling them how hard they need to work if they want to go to college. I think too many look at their peers or friends to see what they’re doing and that only helps if you’re around the really hard workers.

Some of them need to understand that some people they go to school with are going to be working in fast food or at least something much less demanding than being a lawyer, doctor, marine biologist, what have you…

That’s what happens when you are a first generation college student. Or candidate for college. There’s no one in your family to show you the way. There’s not enough in the budget for individual attention for all students from the counselors.

I don’t think they realize how pro-active they need to be.

Reality Changers are fortunate in that regard. The culture is about doing things differently. CHANGING their reality – the world that surrounds them.

So we will have the great graduation ceremony at USD on Sunday. There will still be RC meetings to keep them on track, but this early will make it possible for perhaps 2,000 people to attend.

Last year I couldn’t attend because my nephew was graduating on the same day as RC’s ceremony.

I’ve only been to one of these before. This is the whole shebang.

What do you know…spellcheck was ok with shebang.

We also have a graduation at each location and I’m sure that will be in a couple weeks here in Solana Beach.

There’s a girl graduating this year who has an older sister and an older brother who are both graduates of Reality Changers.

That’s cool. I remember when she was a freshman.

Now she’s been one of the big leaders of the group.

She even interviewed (is that the word?) at Harvard. She was nervous and postponed, but she eventually went.

She didn’t get in, but I’m sure she’s proud to have had the chance.

She has a lot of other schools to choose from.

That’s the ticket!

Momentum Is A Fickle Thing

I have learned this lesson before and hopefully won’t have to learn it again. I was rolling along with my writing and then took a break that was longer than I expected. I just have to get back to it here (and on my private blog) with the same discipline I had a couple weeks ago. I did remember that my alien using technology to look like magic. At least he did in centuries past…

This Break Has Gone On Long Enough

Sometimes time gets away from us. The buddhists would say that you notice it and forgive yourself if necessary and then move on. At least, I think that’s what they would say. I remembered just today about a third science fiction story that I had originally thought of because of a dream I had last summer. I guess I’ll go write about it on my other blog.

Have a Happy Mother’s Day!