Day 66: Conquering Wi-Fi

Well, shoot! THAT was easier than I thought!

Well, shoot! THAT was easier than I thought!

Wi-fi, oh what fun!
My very first connection has been done.
Going live, I felt no dread.
I found logging online easy, let it be said.
I didn’t expect to get all damn emotional about it, for cryin’ out loud!

There I was, this morning, sitting in a local McDonald’s, venturing forth to make a Wi-Fi connection to the internet for the very first time. The minute I successfully signed on I felt my heart skip a beat, my throat tighten, and my eyes start to well up. It was another one of those firsts on my creative and technology learning journey that made me happy and gave me a sense of accomplishment.

I know, silly, huh?

I have had my laptop since October, but had never used it beyond the confines of my apartment until now. I was not sure how it worked, but knew I wanted to learn how before my trip to the Blog Paws Conference so I could take the laptop with me.

I did a google to find free wi-fi hotspots near where I lived and found a location and the instructions for logging on to that network. I wrote the instructions down, packed up my laptop, extension cord, cordless mouse and a notepad in the case I’d bought, and sallied forth

As a writer, with or without a blog, knowing how and where you can use your laptop, away from home, is a handy skill to have. Whether you want to do some writing in the atmosphere of a bookstore, library, restaurant, bar, cafe, or just from your hotel on a trip the chance to blog in different environments can be a spur to creativity and inspiration.

When I turned on my computer and went to my Network & Sharing Center I clicked on the network name my instructions said to, made sure my advanced share settings were on “Public”, for maximum security, then clicked on the explorer icon in my toolbar to go to online. I was immediately taken to a McDonald’s welcome page, clicked on “free connection”, accepted the terms of service, clicked continue, and went online.

It was as simple as that.


Day 65: How Many Social Media Accounts are Too Many?

How many years have you been wandering around the internet?

How many websites have you joined?

How many have you forgot you joined and haven’t gone near in months or years?

If you are like me the idea was to somehow use some of these places to compliment your blogging, but for various reasons things never panned out.

The purpose of this blog is to explore social media as a pet blogger looking to use some of what’s out there to help build a platform, but there is no rule that says you have to join everything out there, or stay a member if a site turns out not to be what you hoped.

I’ve been doing some reading that is making me re-think how best to engage through social media.

I realize there is only so much time in a given day and if I spend too much of it on too many social media sites, when will I have time to write?

Choices have to be made, accounts dropped, so you can learn to better use those you stay on to the best of your ability.

If you are like me then you have all your accounts on index cards, or maybe in a notebook, or word file.

Spend some times weeding out what you no longer use or care about and move on from there.

I have 23 index cards, for sites going back a decade, that I have no longer any need for. Yeah, I know, surprised me, too.

Over at Social Media Today, there is an article you may want to read as food for thought:

Is It Time for a Social Media Spring Clean? by Adrian Snood

Day 64: Quote “Inspired, Are We?” Un-Quote


I was reading an article on Social Media Today that talks about using the inspired words of others to inspire oneself to further creativity.

The article lists 51 quotes by the familiar and famous, and these 6 are just a taste:

1. “Above all, you want to create something you’re proud of.” Richard Branson

2. “It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” George Eliot

3. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” Steve Martin

4. “Give them quality. That’s the best kind of advertising.” Milton Hershey

5. “The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.” Wallace Wattles

6. “When it gets difficult is often right before you succeed.” Chris Garrett

There is much here for pet bloggers to chew on.

51 Inspirational Quotes for Being Successful Content Creators


I have a suggestion of my own that you might want to try:

Frame yourself!

Better yet, get your pets to help you do it!

Take a few photos, print out some of your best work, and maybe a favorite comment on your writing, and the images of awards someone gave your for blogging, put them in a frame, or two, then hang on the wall above your desk so you see it every day.

Inspire Me Monday

Day 63: Social Media Today Chock Full of Interesting Reading

The website Social Media Today began on 2007 as a site that brings together knowledgeable people to discuss business and public policy issues as related to social media,platform building and related topics.

“As traditional media went digital, and the Internet went social, we realized the huge potential for social media platforms to facilitate direct communication among customers, their employees, and experts from academia, corporations and government.”

Via blogs, webinars, e-books, moderated Tweet chats and other forms of digital content they engage readers with each other and contributors in an ongoing discussion about the ever evolving tools of social media.

I wanted to see what I could find relevant to the focus of this blog and worth sharing and discussing, and have seen interesting articles in 3 of the 5 main topics (Marketing, Social Media and Practices) and several of the subcategories of each. Social Media Today’s Best Thinkers webinar series also appears to offer registered members of the website community free interviews and panel discussions about topics such as building online influence, effectively curating content, best ethical practices in corporate blogging and much more.

I’m looking forward to browsing around this site for interesting articles. Social Media Today’s Best Thinkers webinar series brings together the world’s best thinkers and practitioners on social media and networked business. Best Thinkers webinars offer lively interviews and panel discussions with opportunities to brainstorm, ask questions and connect with other professionals around important topics such as building online influence, effectively curating content, best ethical practices in corporate blogging and much more.

Social Media Today =

Day 62: Social Media Engagement and You

So far on this blog I’ve discussed social media engagement fears:

”Dude, what were you afraid of all these years?”

Overcoming the Fear of Trying Something Different.

Is Social Media Engagemengt a “Chore”?

Have you ever sat down and thought through what your own definition of social media engagement is?

Your own opinion, not someone else’s, or based on hours of research?

Have you ever sat down and reflected on how you engage people on social media?

Are there differences in the type of social media engagement you do from one social media site you are on to another, your blogs, compared to Facebook and Twitter?

I was asked this the other day and am thinking about how to answer.

I am also curious how readers of this blog would respond.

Leave a comment or a link to a blog post discussing these questions.


Day 61: Should a Pet Blogger Join HuffPo, The Blaze, and Similar Sites?

It’s been a long day of writing on my other blogs, today, but I want to address a question asked of me the other day:

Are you registered with as a member? Why or why not? What are your reasons for registering or not registering?

HuffPo, The Blaze and other similar sites cover a variety of topics but are also well known for their political affiliations: Democrat/Liberal vs Republican/Conservative and have communities of registered members who comment up an often combative storm.

Depending on your politics, or even inspite of your politics, you may be tempted to engage HuffPo and other sites that make a point to cover a lot of animal themed news stories and issues.

Personally, I’ve chosen not to register because I’d rather not attract the class of disagreeable trolls who register and comment on sites  they disagree with or attract the venom of commentors from these sites who may disagree with me and do so in less than constructive ways, simply because of a difference in political views.

On my cat blog, over the years, I’ve linked to and commented on, stories posted on those sites, finding much to like in the reporting.

When I tweet my story I’ll include the Twitter handle of the site and/or story writer, willing to see where that might lead, but that’s it.

What are your thoughts?

Day 60: An Experiment in Social Media Engagement

My friend Amanda Socci brought to my attention a new month long creative challenge going on at the blog of Marian Allen and at the Story a Day website: it is a story a day challenge. The idea is to write a short story every day for 31 days and live to tell about it.

There are two websites, I know of, encouraging their readers to participate so I will share a link to my story on that day’s story on each blog, visit and comment on the stories of others, discovering new blogs, and maybe attracting others to come read my own stories and blog.

Next month I’ll post an update about what might, or might, not happen.

You can learn more, follow along and comment, day to day, starting here:

The Opinionated Pussycat = A 100 Word Cat Story 9: Aubrey