The life and words of Ashley, Erin, and Michelle

Facebook Fan Pages March 9, 2010

Filed under: Writing — michellehuegel @ 5:21 pm
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I’m quite proud of my most recent technological accomplishment – publishing a Facebook fan page! The page is for published author Patricia Strefling, who I’ve been working with lately on some editing projects as well as computer projects, such as setting up this Facebook fan page and her Etsy shop (she makes and sells beautiful crocheted baby afghans).

Creating the fan page took me back to my days at Davenport U as a marketing major, as we discussed ways to drive traffic to the page, links to other authors and sites, and choosing photos and blurbs for different areas of the page. The fan page is really all about marketing, but on a “grass roots” level – focused on connecting personally with your target market (your “fans”). The end goal, however, is still to drive sales/traffic/readership/etc. I think it’s a great idea and I’m excited to build my editing business to the point where I need a fan page!

I wish Facebook would build more customization capabilities into their fan pages. For example, I’d love to put up a sidebar box with all of Pat’s favorite links – to fellow authors, her publisher, etc. The link box available now will only show 2-3 links and I don’t think there’s a way to choose which ones are displayed (although I could be wrong).

I think the Discussion board area has great potential especially for the creative arts people like Pat. She can create a post for each of her books, and hopefully get some thoughtful discussions going and ideas for future stories! Check her out – her inspirational romance books Edwina and Cecilia are available now!

If you have any sort of business I encourage you to create a Facebook fan page. Seems like everyone is on Facebook nowadays, and it’s a great way to touch base with your friends and clients, and hopefully reach new ones! If you have a page already, would you mind sharing it with us in the comments? I’d love to see how you’re using this great feature!

So now I have a question for our LifeInk readers – do you think LifeInk needs a Facebook fan page? Would you be our fan? If we do launch a page in the future, what would you like to see on it? Besides, of course, blog post updates (because I know you never want to miss an episode :))!! How about additional links and info about posts? Updates on past posts? We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

PS – Of course, you can always find the three of us on Facebook! We are all on pretty frequently posting insightful and witty status updates (HAH!) and we love to chat!


“I wish I could write…” Writing Exercise August 21, 2009

Filed under: Writing — michellehuegel @ 8:56 pm
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A Twitter friend posted this 250-word-goal writing prompt, and it hit a chord with me. So I pulled up Word and started writing. Here’s what I came up with.

I wish I could write funny, witty blog posts like Creative Junkie. She makes me laugh out loud, shake my head, and feel like I know just what she means. I want to write things that relate to people’s lives, make them chuckle and think a little deeper sometimes. I wish I could write imaginative fantasy stories and create fresh new magical systems and mythology for my worlds. More importantly, I wish I could come up with a sparkling plot and multidimensional characters, ones that no one has ever read before in another incarnation. Sometimes I wish I could get all the stories I’ve ever read out of my head so I could actually think of something new and different instead of all these used ideas crowding my brain. But come to think of it, “repurposed” items are pretty hot nowadays, and maybe I can turn some of those “used” ideas into jumping-off points, or recombine elements in a fresh way. Should I use the same adjective twice in one paragraph (“fresh”)? Perhaps I analyze my writing too much—even before it leaves my fingers I’m analyzing the words. Funny enough? Too cliché? Trying too hard? I question my every word and phrase, and when I get that far, I question the paragraphs and pages too. This tendency makes for a good editor, but not always a good writer. Which is why I enjoy the freedom of these writing exercises—freedom from inventing an original idea of my own and psychoanalyzing the life out of it. And looky there, I’ve written 250-plus words!

Now it’s your turn. I’d love to see what you wish you could write!

Michelle Huegel