Today’s April Platform Challenge exercise is to attempt to connect with at least three new people on one of our social networks. Seems easy enough. I choose Twitter, mainly because that’s the network I’m most comfortable with.
For Robert’s April Platform Challenge today we create a Google+ profile. Or do we?
As it turns out, we don’t. I’ve had a Google+ profile for awhile. Come visit me here.
For today’s April Platform Challenge, I’m to find a helpful article (or blog post) and share it with my social network(s). Robert did go on to say that the post should be relevant to my writing goals and shared as widely as I trod. I made the last part up. He actually said share in on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, at a minimum. Kinda makes you wonder if he had that in mind when he had the newbs set up their accounts earlier. I’m cheating on this assignment. I’m linking back to my blogpost, that links to the “helpful” article. See, increasing my online presence already!
Standard Caveats Apply
I chose one of my favorite sites, terribleminds. Chuck Wendig, proprietor and razor sharp, straight shooter has offered up many salty and earthy commentaries on the subject of writing. A word of warning, if you are easily offended (or have a shoulder surfer who you don’t care to have exposed to adult language), this isn’t the site for you. Chuck is direct, pointed, and hysterically funny. He has also been known to swear like a sailor from time-to-time.
In one of his recent posts (I had to double check and make sure it was recent), Chuck gives a list of “25 Reasons I Hate Your Main Character.” It’s an author’s guide to the reason their characters may fail. Some of these are intuitively obvious to the most casual observer (#’s 3 through 6) and some are not (8 & 9). Your mileage make vary. While you’re there, check out some of his other posts (A Long Look At “Show, Don’t Tell” & How to Be a Full Time Writer, for starters) for more colorful insights.
The assignment for today’s April Platform Challenge is to add a “Sharing” button to my blog. As it turns out, it’s going to be harder than than I thought. I had “Share on Twitter”, “Facebook”, and “Google+” buttons on my blog. All of a sudden, they started pointing towards”nullblog.” I don’t even write on a site called “nullblog”.
The template I’m using was originally a WordPress template that got ported to the Blogger format. I’ve modified it since and it no longer plays well with the new and improved Blogger admin console. If I want to successfully add Share buttons, I’ve going to have to use a newer template, which will mean porting the graphics and style sheets to the new engine. This may not happen in April. Stay tuned.