My Quest To Teach

September 28, 2018

Supporting Local Authors, Bloggers, Poets and Spoken Word Artist

Authors' RoundTable

Authors’ RoundTable

Supporting Local Authors, Bloggers, Poets and Spoken Word Artist
by William Jackson and Aida Correa
My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach and LoveBuilt Life #LoveBuiltLife

Supporting local authors in Jacksonville and surrounding counties
is not just purchasing their books, although that is a great way
to keep them writing. There are other ways to encourage and keep
them inspired. The Authors’ RoundTable is a gathering of authors
that are published, seeking to be published and not quite there yet.

The discussions at the roundtable range from the serious issues of
publishing challenges, when you don’t have the money how to make
things work for you, graphic design, text formatting, copyright
violations, ISBN numbers, Branding, Marketing strategies and more.

The fellowship and camaraderie is infectious and the knowledge being
shared will help novice to professional writers and authors improve
their skills, talents and expand their Brands. Knowing your audience
is important to growing and expanding the writing craft.

Bloggers, Microbloggers, Podcasters and others will gain valuable
information as well because without technology no one will be able
to find you. The diverse web hosting companies from Blue Host,
Siteground and GoDaddy each offers tools, but authors each need their
personal tool set.

Authors of diverse genres, ages, subject areas and generational pasts
share openly and honestly to help others not to repeat their mistakes.
The Authors’ RoundTable is guided by Regina Edwards
authorsroundtable@gmail.com to be the ultimate learning experience
where many points of literary development and engagement are discussed.
Mrs. Edwards, a respected author herself shares the passion of being a
published author and the opportunities to change lives through literature.
Each meeting provides authors to share who they are, what they write
and their motivations for writing.

Authors are encouraged to share experiences so those of less experience
will learn from veteran authors and not repeat experiences with finances,
publishing, writing, traveling to book signings and even attending
conferences.

Past meeting have featured local artists, bloggers, social media
experts and artists as guest speakers.
William Jackson, a blogger that is nationally and internationally
respected shared the value of Social Media postings, finding your Niche
and why authors should attend technology conferences in a past workshop.
The ability to reach a wider audience through Twitter and Instagram
to share an authors words and passion with “microblogging” and
“photoblogging.”

Valerie Pruitt, a poet and Podcaster shared with the audience in
another workshop what poetry is in the ears, eyes and even feelings of
those that experience poetry on various formats and platforms.
The interpretation of the spoken word using text, photos and even music.
She is the author of “I Fit In Nowhere,” (2018).

The Authors’ RoundTable is held at Highlands Library on the third
Tuesday of the month from 6pm to 8pm. Will have
William Jackson, Digital Innovator of My Quest To Teach and Aida Correa,
LoveBuiltLife.

They will speak on using Social Media and Branding, share your Niche
and connect with others of like minds. Providing resources and tools
to assist in growing faster and smarter as a writer and content  creator.
Speaking on digital tools to promote authors, tips and  tricks of web
development and marketing. Being authentically you and engagement
of your audience. Being seen and active in the community is
important also.

The workshops are fun, informative and engaging. Students in high school
and higher education are welcomed to attend and parents must attend
with their children.

Additional information can be requested from
authorsroundtable@gmail.com

Resources:
Authors Should Understand the Value of Their Brands
https://www.metrojacksonville.com/forum/index.php/topic,34964.0.html

 

Photos from Authors’ RoundTable September 2018

April 27, 2018

2018 A Time To Blog In Africa – Develop Your Brand Part 2

Africa

2018 A Time To Blog In Africa – Develop Your Brand Part 2
Bloggers must ask certain questions to help them align their content to obtain readers.
Listed are a few guidelines to help develop content and keep on track during creation of
content.
1. Why Do You Blog – any blogger must have a reason to do what they do.
There should be some passion, excitement and commitment when you put fingers to
keyboard. Why is a very important question and should have a definite answer. During the
blogging process it may change just as the content changes, but every Blogger should have
an answer as to Why Do You Blog.
2. What Is Your Audience – an important element to go along with Why is What is your
audience?  Is there an age group, gender, nationality, culture or specific group you want
to connect with? People enjoy having a connection with their Bloggers. Any successful
Blogger knows who their audience is and tries to give them what they need and to
keep coming back for more.
3. What Type of Content Do You Share – sharing is very important.
You want your audience to understand that you are sharing a part of yourself with them.
You’re not thrusting things down their throat, but providing something that they need or
as you grow in your writing giving your readers something they think they need. Create
the atmosphere of sharing which helps in receiving feedback from the reader. Don’t
make it a give/take relationship, but a sharing and beneficial one.
4. How Do You Support Your Brand and Content
Do you have a domain name, are you using a free site, is there a lot of advertising, is there
adult content, video, audio, and multimedia? Supporting your content requires some
research on your part to validate what you are stating. In the educational, political, and
business environments you have to backup what you have stated with links, quotes,
As I Blog I try as much as possible to obtain valid and trustworthy resources to backup
my comments/statements. I’m at times competing with traditional media
so I have to go that extra step to help my readers understand where I’m coming from,
how it can help them and where else they can go for additional help.
5. Do You Use Photos, Video, Graphics – The power of a picture, video or multimedia can
never be under estimated. If there is a video that can be used or you create your own do it.
This provides an extra element to attract and keep readers to your content. Search Engine
Optimization (SEO) does need help with text (words), but additional elements that provide
audio (podcasting), video (Youtube) and multimedia to create an engaged platform.
Never be scared to branch off into new areas to help engage and excite your readers.
6. Do You Offer A Service – What can you provide your audience?
Do you sell something, what type of services do you have? The popular Blogs
of relationship building, natural hair, nails (hands and feet) provide a service that can be
seen. There is a service that results can be seen. Think hard on what service
you can provide. Be sure that you can keep your customers happy.
7. Do You Evolve – One of the important things about Blogging is keeping your audience
No Blog stays the same, there is an evolution process that writers go through.
Just as age and maturity happens so should Bloggers content evolve
because their readers evolve. What you wrote 3 years ago may not be
of the same interest for your readers now. Their lives have evolved (changed)
so as a Blogger your content must evolve also.
8. Do You Have a Brand – Can you Brand yourself to the public?
What are you known for, what does your title of your Blog site bring thoughts and
feelings of? Branding is important because of the interest it generates in readership.
Creating a Brand allows for Marketability especially if you are trying to make money with
your Blogs. Branding makes you who you are so the public will make that connection.
9. Can You Be Marketable – to make money is only one important aspects of Blogging.
Eventually a Blogger considers how can they make money so must be wise in how they
Market their content. Who do they market too? Basically selling yourself to the world so
they can pay for your content. This may take a team to get the word out about you and
promote what you are doing. Using Social Media tools is another way, but this must be
strategic and planned.
These nine elements are worth considering and using as a guide to blogging.
Blogging content, goals, designs, planning and objectives will change the more you Blog
so be ready to make adjustments and evolve to keep pace and stay important enough
to be read.

April 25, 2018

2018 A Time To Blog In Africa – Develop Your Brand Part 1

Africa

2018 A Time To Blog In Africa – Develop Your Brand Part 1
by Prof. William Jackson  @wmjackson

Digital content creation is prevalent on the web, an increase in
blogging, microblogging, podcasting and other forms of digital
media is expanding across the Internet. Africa is no longer a
developing continent, this great continent is made up of 54
nations is making a presence that is being felt globally.
The evolution of technology has opened opportunities for
Africans to tell their stories, spreading their entrepreneurial
wings and expand their networks from local to global.
Bill Gates, 1996 “Content Is King” The evolution of Blogging
can be seen in the increase of content that has a wide range
of subject matter and relevancy to life experiences
of the writer.
The importance of Blogging and use of Social Media can be
seen in the engagement,  connectivity and networking,
individuals are becoming forces that are rivaling traditional
news media. Because there is growing content that easily
crosses time zones and international borders the effects of
blogging is seen in education, business, finance,
commerce, and development in political arenas.
There are no barriers that would delay the posting of content
even by age or gender.
Students of all levels are creating content based on their
learning experiences and developing their Brands. This
explosion of digital content has created a challenge in
determining what is important to read and what to discard.
The “Elements of Blogging” and the “Significance of Content
Creation” is an area that must be addressed. Workshops,
seminars and conferences are available now
to help people and businesses create worthwhile content
to market their services and products. No matter the
purpose of Blogging the ultimate goal is to have people
“View or Hear” what is written or broadcast.
Certain criteria must be thought of and used as a gauge
to help Bloggers in their quest to develop content that
pleads to be read and interacted upon. In education
you have Objectives, in business you have Agendas, and
other areas have their own design.
Part 2 9 Strategies to consider in your blogging journey

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