Today it is my great pleasure to introduce Donna K. Fitch, Technology Guru to the Technologically challenged – that would be me among many thousands of others who looking for a way to express and share their experiences and thoughts on the internet. Many of the chapters in Boldly Bald Women were based on past blog posts. If you are looking for help setting up a professional looking WordPress blog, Donna is your go to person.
Donna transferred my website from a previous provider to WordPress. My husband was very grateful to her. Why? Because before Donna, my technological sanity was teetering on the edge. My little Greek was certain the rest of me would follow into Lala Land and he’d never see the real me again.
Donna K. Fitch, Master of Library Science, Master’s Certificate in Web Design and Development, is the founder and CEO of Maximum Author Impact, creating beautiful WordPress websites, training webinars and other resources for indie authors. She is the independent author of Second Death, The Source of Lightning, and The Color of Darkness and Other Stories, and a long-time member of the Horror Writers Association. In her day job, she is the digital communication specialist in the office of marketing and communication at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
Your hair loss may come from disease, chemotherapy, stress, or any number of other reasons, but as I’ve learned from Pam, sharing your story and expressing your feelings is a better approach for your mental health than hiding in a dark room. Today’s online technology makes it easier than ever before to share your experiences with a wider audience. The idea may sound overwhelming, but it’s really not as bad as you think. Here are some suggestions online venues for talking about your hair loss, and how to get started with them.
So many people use Facebook on a daily basis that this is the least scary option for sharing your hair loss experiences. Either use your personal page, or create a business or interest page as a way of consolidating your writing and making it easier for people to find. Another Facebook option is creating a group. A group creates a space where you can discuss your experiences with other members. We hear so much about how technology creates isolation, but the Facebook group can become a close-knit community of support and reassurance.
How do you share your experiences in messages of only 140 characters? Granted, constructing messages for Twitter is more challenging than Facebook, but it can be done. Be creative; write out your message before you post it, and condense it to the absolute heart of what you want to say. Leave a few characters so anyone retweeting (RT) your post has room to include their request to RT. As you pick up followers, be sure to respond to them and welcome them. You can create a community, even with such short messages.
Pinterest is all about images. People love images, so take advantage of this by posting pictures of visual interest—textured scarves, unusual wigs, whole-head tattoos, funky earrings. Beautiful landscapes with inspiring quotations allow people to participate by sharing. Use your imagination to help others understand how hair loss makes you feel. Hate itchy wigs? Visualize how to convey that to others. Thinking of dyeing what’s left of your hair? Photograph your head and doctor the photo using a photo-editing service to experiment with boldly fun colors!
Keeping up a blog does require a commitment to yourself and your readers, but it isn’t all that difficult. WordPress.com is just one of the place you can create a blog for free. A step-by-step wizard walks you through what to do, and help is just a click away. Not only do blogs allow you to share with others, but readers can comment on your post to create an ongoing dialogue. If you want to reach a wide variety of people, a blog is the best way to do it.
5. Guest blog post
If you don’t feel up to creating your own blog, guest blogging is the next best thing. Find a blog that contains content you like and that is appropriate to your message, and ask the blog owner if she accepts guest posts. The only responsibility you have is to write up your post in MS Word and send it to the owner. She will take care of posting it for you. Once the post is up, be sure to visit the page and comment if anyone has questions. Guest blogging is a great way to develop relationships with others who share your experiences.
Podcasting takes a little bit more effort in setup, but is a wonderful way to share your stories with others. Blog Talk Radio is just one of the sites where you can easily set up a podcast. Name your podcast series, make sure you have a microphone, and talk to your audience. Yes, it’s that easy!
These places are just a few ways you can communicate with others. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to share, whether it’s social media, blogging or podcasting. Share your favorite tools in the comments below!
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