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Twitter Etiquette

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By Laurie Epps

Twitter has a lot more rules compared to other social media outlets, especially in regards to composition. All users have an 140 character limit per Tweet on Twitter. If you plan to re-tweet, you've got to keep it under 120 characters.

Not only is Twitter restrictive on how many characters you can use, there's lots of subtleties that make people mad. As a conscientious blogger, I just know you don't want your Tweets to undermine all the hard work you're doing on your blog.

In Edie Melson's book, Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers she gets down to the nuts and bolts of the fundamental unwritten rules of Tweeting.

Making Every Tweet Count

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By Laurie Epps

Twitter has become more and more popular. This is both good and bad. Here to guide us through the gauntlet is my mentor in her book, 
Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers


The popularity of Twitter is:

good, because it's easier than ever to connect with other people.bad, because it keeps getting increasingly harder to stand out.

A Tourist in Your Own Town

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By Laurie Epps

We all have that moment in middle age where we realize that our kids are growing up, that our time with them is limited. This is the case for me and my 17 year old daughter, Ellen. I'm proud of my daughter, but I know my time with her has changed drastically, and will continue to do so. I've got anywhere from one to four years of her clanking around the house in her gym T-shirts and pajama bottoms.

Naturally, being a college senior, my Spring Break doesn't line up with my kids. Mine was the second week of March, Ellen's the third, and my youngest's is the week before Easter in April. Since my middle daughter needed her haircut, I seized the opportunity to turn it into a mother & daughter day date. It also gave us a chance to get out into the beautiful sunshine after a pretty dreary winter for us. I know, it's nothing compared to other parts of the country, but for around here, it was pretty bad.

Happy Spring Ya'll

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Intro By Laurie Epps

The first day of spring brings to us many promises of hope and rebirth. My poem selection for today is from Oscar Wilde. I wrote a paper on Oscar Wilde in my Victorian Literature class, and he's definitely one of my favorites of this era.

Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He lived to be 46 years of age, and I celebrated my 46th birthday yesterday. His mother, Lady Jane Francesca Wilde was also a poetess, and wrote under the male pen name Sperenza before Oscar was born. His father, Sir William Wilde was a specialist of the ear and eye. His mom was active in the women's rights movement, and is said to have ignored his dad's affairs. The affairs increased after he was promoted to be the Oculist in Ordinary to the Queen.

Using Twitter in the Marketing Triad

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By Laurie Epps

Happy St. Patricks Day everyone!

Last week, we started talking about Twitter, but how does it fit into the Marketing Triad of Facebook, Twitter, and your blog? Here to guide our way is my mentor, Edie Melson.

We're still working from Edie's book, Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers. In this book, Edie teaches us set-by-step how to reach our captive audience through the Internet.

We're starting today with a Superbowl analogy. We all love the ads during the Superbowl, but what can advertisers do to encourage us to take the next step? That's what we're talking about today, our readers being prompted to take the next step with us.

Serendipity with Artist Toni Scott

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By Laurie Epps

I usually don't include a story so personal, but I feel this story should be told even though it's still unfolding. This fall, I was taking an Advanced Poetry class in college, but I really wanted to write in response to art. Living in a college town gives some limitations, so my first line of defense in such an endeavor was to peruse my campus' various galleries.

Outside the Vandiver Gallery was my art history teacher from the previous semester. She greeted me in the same warm way that she always does, and asked me if I wanted to look around. Of course I did! Although my time was extremely limited since they weren't officially open yet, I snapped a photo of the painting that spoke to me. It also gave me a chance to meet the visionary artist herself.

That night, I went home and took pen to paper, noting the decoupaged messages off the sides of the canvas. I was nervous because I was partially afraid to not do the painting I saw earlier in the evening justic…

Irish Love Poetry

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Intro by Laurie Epps Today's poet is American born, but she really hits my theme for March and is a good introduction to "Irish" poetry. Born in Pennsylvania, and raised in New Jersey, Widdemer is most known for her novels, and lived out her adult life largely in New York City. Margaret Widdemer (1884-1978) is a U.S. born poet who wrote volumes of poetry throughout her life, but focused on social issues of her day. Margaret won many prizes for her poetry including the Lyric Prize, the Trimmed Lamp Prize, and the Literary Review Prize for Satire. Widdemer served as the Vice President of the Poetry Society of America. Her highest honor is winning the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1919.

How Twitter Can Be Your New Social Media BFF

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By Laurie Epps

Social media can be intimidating enough for those of us who didn't grow up with computers, and it was a leap for us to want to be on Facebook. Now that we're acquainted with Facebook, we're going to get familiar with it's younger sibling, Twitter.

Here to guide us through the ropes is social media expert, Edie Melson, with her fabulous book, Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers

What trips a lot of us up is the 140 character max for a "Tweet." But if you can learn creative ways of working within this requirement, Twitter packs a social media punch that has attracted more attention to my blog than any other medium. When combined with Facebook, the power duo will reach 95% of your viewers. Now that's something to sing about!

The Isle of Innisfree

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By Laurie Epps

For the next few months, I'd like to try something a bit different for this column. While this will remain a column that is directly dedicated to the fine art of poetry, we're going to begin to talk about the masters of poetry. Who are they? What made their poetry so lasting? These questions and more will be covered by this column.

In light of St. Patricks Day occurring in March, we'll begin with some very classic, and timeless Irish poets. Feel free to nominate a poet in the comments section below, if there is a poet that you'd like to see specifically, for Thoughtful Thursdays own version of Dead Poets Society.

Creating Dialogue on the Internet

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By Laurie Epps

A lot of people complain that a professional page is just a promotional page. That the only purpose it serves is bold, unfiltered marketing. Well, it can be, but it's not a requirement.

Edie Melson walks us through the nuts & bolts on creating those vital relationships online, without shoving it in your readers face. To follow along, consult your copy of Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers.

Scout Sunday

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Scout Sunday, February 23, 2014
Every two weeks, kids from all over the upstate descend upon the little Presbyterian church on Whitner Street in Anderson. On behalf of Troop #724, I'd like to thank the First Presbyterian Church of Anderson, SC for use of their facilities for our children. As a former Girl Scout myself, I know they are making a sacrifice for the betterment of today's youth. They are the future generation, and learning skills that will not only help prepare them for the future, but also train these children to be better citizens in society.
Also, it's Girl Scout cookie time again. If you live in the Anderson, SC area, you can visit our booths at Bi-Lo across from the Anderson Mall on Saturday, or in front of WalMart off Liberty on Sunday to purchase cookies. If you don't live here locally, you can simply go to the Girl Scout website to find Girl Scout cookie vendors near you.