There's so much going on right now it's a bit overwhelming. I have a cold. I have a tooth infection which said tooth will require extraction (a pulling, if you will) and then grafting and a fake tooth installed later on. I am home from work sick. Then there's the women's retreat, which happened last… Continue reading what’s on my mind
I had just started a job at a manufacturing company in their marketing department as a writer. Newsletters, website copy, that sort of thing, was what I was going to be doing. It had the shiny new job smell. So, after my first week, my boss, Garret (not his real name), took me out to… Continue reading The IHOP Novel
I want to thank Ted Schmidt for graciously agreeing to be the first interviewee for my new series, Five Questions for Entrepreneurs. He has a wealth of information and insight about how businesses grow and become profitable. Pre-interview snippet: Anna: “You have the cleanest desk I think I’ve ever seen.” Ted: “When I… Continue reading Five Questions for Entrepreneurs – Ted Schmidt, ActionCOACH
One thing I value greatly is listening to people’s stories. People have a wealth of information and insight. Creating opportunities to be seen and heard in our noise-filled culture is valuable work. One thing that I’ve noticed as an entrepreneur, is that it can be difficult to develop relationships with other entrepreneurs – isolation can… Continue reading Five Questions for Entrepreneurs – The Series
There is a lot of great material out there about writing a content strategy for your business, but let's make it simple, shall we? As a small business owner, you’re pressed for time, and so here is a rundown of the essential elements of a content strategy. Keyword research: If you have a Google AdWords… Continue reading 6 Elements of a Written Content Strategy
So I was talking to a friend of mine. I said, "My kid is in soccer. Does that make me a soccer mom?" (I was sort of afraid of her answer!) She replied, "Yes. Absolutely yes! It's like a Venn diagram: Are you a mom? Is your kid in soccer? If the answers to those questions… Continue reading soccer mom / mother’s day proclamation
If you are a small business owner, you should use your email signature to promote your business. Email signatures are a great way to tell people about your business. Since you email people you’ve met in real life, or who have signed up from your website, it’s a great way to promote your brand. If… Continue reading Email Signatures
Once again, Dilbert nails it!
In general, you want a blog that accomplishes several things: attracts new customers, generates links, establishes you as an expert in your field, and grows your brand. In this Whiteboard Friday, Rand Fishkin explains why it's a bad idea to have a narrow focus on your specific target audience. https://fast.wistia.com/embed/iframe/na5yh2c1h5
Did Steinbeck have a blog? Did Hemingway have a blog? Did Anais Nin have a blog? They were all writers, of course, and I think what they kept were journals. The difference between a journal and a blog is that a journal would be considered "private," whereas a blog is something that is out in the… Continue reading can you be a writer without a blog?