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Kids Classics-my favorite childhood books.

by Kerry L Daley, in response to seededbuzz member Jane Fordham’s   Seed entitled Memories….books I read as a child.
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Favorite Kids Books

What a delightful and welcomed invitation: What childhood books got you through your childhood and early adolescence?

Well, I still have ALL of my childhood books and was happy to take these two off the shelf , dust them off, and display them for this post.

It’s not just the story inside that I cherish but the actual books themselves. The way they smell and feel. The childish pencil marks inside the cover that, although fading, read ‘Kerry Lynn Daley my Best Book’. 

Charlotte’s  Webb, written by E.B. White , illustrated by Garth Williams, copyright 1952 and originally published by Harper & Row.

It’s still being printed 60 years later.

I must have read this book 50 times during my childhood and early adolescent. I could not get enough of the love, sympathy, compassion, and determination that each page brings.  I see now that Charlotte shows the same kind of concern and compassion for Wilbur that I feel for the people of whom I advocate everyday. I am one of those people who ‘always votes for the underdog’ simply because they are the underdog. 

The Doll Of Lilac Valley, written by Cora Cheney and illustrated by Carol Beech, was first published in 1958  by Alfred A Knopf.

It is a delightful story about a little girl who goes to visit relatives for the summer. She takes along her trusted companion, a doll named Kathleen, and during the long bus ride, they get separated.

Oh how I related to loneliness and the pain of separation. The agony of  having to face the world with a great big hole in my heart, missing so deeply those whom I loved and cried for.  I would read the chapters and study the illustrations and feel deep empathy for little Laurie all the while looking forward to the profoundly happy reunion at the end.

These are the books that came to mind as I read Jane’s post. I am grateful for the opportunity to remember and acknowledge why these particular books were my favorites and to share what they meant to me as a child and as an adult.

Here is another buzz on the same topic seed. It’s written by Wealie’s World entitled My Favourite Childrens Books.  Wealie describes her top ten favorite childrens books and provides links to buy them. 

And finally, here are links to related articles as recommended by WordPress.com.

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Do you have blogs and articles saved to your favorites because they have something worth mentioning or linking to in your own blog?  

I learned how important content management is when I realized I had tons of favorites, bookmarks, newsletters, and feeds … and no way of  knowing which ones might be useful in upcoming posts.

Not only was my email folder bombarded with subscriptions but my two browsers ‘favorites’ and ‘bookmarks‘ were completely different, with no content management whatsoever except automatic alphebitizing…maybe.

The first thing I did was Import all my bookmarks from one browser into the other.

Then, using my browsers content management abilities, I organized my links into topic based categories.

Now I am able to instantly read and review sites according to the topic I’m writing about making it easier to find blogs and websites with helpful and noteworthy content.

I also organized my email account so that my new subscriptions each have their own file which helps in keeping my Inbox clean.

When an email subscription has a cool article that I might want to use, I go to the articles URL and add it to my favorites.

As to content management websites, I enjoy using Pearls at www.Pearltrees.com which is user-friendly, graphically pleasing, and borderline game like fun.

But the quickest, most efficient, and most probable system for me is good old Internet Explorer organized favorites. 

 Here is a cool site with instructions on how to do content management within your Internet Explorer browser. 

Here is another cool content management site called tidyfavorites.com .

Happy Organizing and Cheers to Content Management!

…………………..Honorable Mentions………………………

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Thanks for reading and please leave a comment, click some stars, subscribe via email, link to your own blog, Like and Share, save to your favorites, etc. etc.

Kerry L Daley, songbirdgold on Twitter.

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Lesson Learned #3 – Branding Strategy

Social Networking is about making connections for the purpose of gaining knowledge, sharing knowledge, promoting products & talents, advocating, and more.

When I began my social network experience I learned that I needed a blog or a website to showcase what I have to offer.

I needed to link my blog or site to social network platforms (facebook and twitter) so that my blog entries automatically post to those accounts, and I needed to join some social bookmarking sites to see what others are blogging and selling, etc.

My branding strategy took careful consideration. I decided early on that all my interests and strengths could not be displayed on one blog site because I wanted my readers to choose which of my topics to explore because they were interested, not because it was pushed upon them.  So I created a separate blog for each of my topics.

Less is Best.

This was difficult because what I really want is to make money, which is done by selling a product or service.  But on the internet, products and services are everywhere. The competition is global, literally.

When I look at my motive in terms of money, I deflate quickly because I don’t have a tangible product and even if I did, there is no guarantee I will make enough sales to sing about.

But when I look at it with the intent to share my passions and offer something of value to others I get optimistic.

Internet Entrepreneurs need a branding strategy that  showcases and promotes.  We must build a following, develop a reputation, make friends, share information, do some good for some one, reach out and show ourselves, upstage ourselves with our own abilities.

In my face to face relationships, people want to hear more. There is no reason it can’t happen online with my internet relationships.

So I now have three WordPress blogs.  One that is for sharing useful information ( this one), one that showcases my poetry, and one that is moving in a spiritual and perhaps political direction.

Next, I have a Podbean site in which I display, share, and promote my vocal talent.  Plans for this site include the reading of novels and poetry that have entered the Public Domain. I have a few books and publications from before 1924 plus I’ve researched various sites for more exciting titles.  I want to read them aloud and audio post online for free.

My branding strategy includes:

  • Giving a separate blog site and title to each topic.
  • Creating on each blog a sidebar item promoting and linking to “My Other Sites”.
  • Having one handle or brand name that is all-inclusive: songbirdgold.

Now that I have my branding strategy in place, all the accounts set up, links displayed, widgets working, etc.  I am dealing with my next lesson learned (#4) which is how to stay focused on updating my blogs.

I need a best practice for organizing upcoming blogs and the content that I want to share, like a one page, fill-in style, checklist that includes keywords, links, attributes, quotes, and other noteworthy items.

I belief such a tool will help immensely because it has all the important blog details on one page. All I have to do is start writing without stopping to search articles and other content ideas.

Before closing I want to mention a valuable blog article that I read on SeededBuzz. The writer is Tara Gentile and the article is called ‘the art and business of crafting your online self.   Her article is an inspiration to me and was especially helpful in the drafting of this post. Thank you Tara. Market your blog at SeededBuzz

I hope this post has something usable for you and your online brand building strategy. I would really like to receive feedback so please Leave A Reply or better yet, subscribe to The Social Network Mind-Boggle.

In closing, here are some articles written by WordPress bloggers that offer good information and food for thought on the topic,  brand strategy.

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STOP! BREATHE! Don’t panic. Slow down to go faster. Regroup. Stop procrastinating. Fear not. Have faith. Relax. Breathe…

I spend hours reading and bookmarking other people’s blogs and websites so that I can share the benefits and processes of effective Social Bookmarking but all I’ve gained is a big giant feeling of inadequacy. 

Whew! OK.  Thank you for listening. I needed to put that out there because I suspect that I am not alone. 

Having said all that I remember a lesson about the root of all anger (such as throwing in the towel on this blog due to anger/frustration at myself):

Anger is really fear in disguise. 

Fear of LOSING SOMETHING I ALREADY HAVE 

OR

Fear of NOT GETTING SOMETHING I WANT.

I’m frustrated because I don’t want to lose the Followers I have on Twitter.

So I get back to basics. I review my mission statement for this blog and see that my intent is to share my journey into Social Networking. I did not promise to give tips for search engine optimization or how to write content. I did not attempt to make money online or develop quick tools for social bookmarking.  I simply want to get on board the Social Network buzz and invite the world to watch my progress.

Here goes: I  discovered a social network site called The Seeded Buzz and it encourages bloggers to interact with each other and promises increased traffic to your site.

Like any good networker, I signed up and now begin the process of  buzzing my fellow bloggers. What’s the point of signing up if I’m not going to partake and benefit somehow?

  Pavarti – Overwhelmed: 8 Ways to Handle the Chaos.

The author provides valuable tools and insight into solving the overwhelming chaos that incoming Social Networkers must wade through as they learn the ways and means of managing the buzz.

Thank you Pavarati for giving me permission to feel overwhelmed.

Thank you Seeded Buzz for accepting me into your club and helping me find something to write about.

Thank you readers (or should I say writers) for viewing my blog. I hope that you find something helpful in my content.

Thank you to all the contributors whose content I have included in Related Articles, below.

Thank you WordPress for offering Free blogsites. Without your gracious hosting I would not be writing and publishing this blog.

Thank you to my mom and dad………enough already!

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