The Reasons I Love Twitter

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I love Twitter. It’s like the New York City of social media. It’s fast-paced. there’s always something happening, and it never sleeps. For any business, Twitter can be vital to your marketing and social media plan. On the flipside, for personal use Twitter can be entertaining and a way for regular people to engage with celebrities and other notable figures. I must admit that it did take some time for Twitter to grow on me, but like New York City, it is home to millions.

Here are the reasons I love Twitter, in no particularly order.

  1. It makes me a better writer. The 140-character minimum in Twitter posts require tweets to be succinct and clearly stated. When I was taking journalism classes in college, we would do assignments that focused on writing clearly and concisely. Today, I get to practice those skills everyday when I write copy and interact with others on Twitter.
  2. When I’m asleep, it continues to drive people to my blog. Until recently. I was only interacting on Twitter from about 8 am until 6 pm. It wasn’t until my blog analytics showed that someone from New Zealand visited my blog one night when I was asleep when I decided that my Twitter feed could do a better job of relating to my blog audience overseas. When I wake up each day, I do a quick preliminary glance at my blog stats and I am still amazed that people are so active on the internet when I’m asleep. I think I secretly wish I was up with them.
  3. It delivers the most recent up-to-date information from a variety of sources. Twitter is my go-source for the latest and greatest news events, and it gives me all sides of a story. I love it for it’s unbiased nature in transmitting important information.
  4. It is friendly to third-party apps. If you use a third-party app (like a post scheduler) with Facebook, your audience may or may not see the posts. With Twitter, everything is visible to your followers.
  5. It is the parent company of Periscope. Periscope has taken the social media world by storm in the past six months. If you haven’t heard of it, it is a live video streaming platform for anyone who wants to have a show with a mobile device. Scopes can be as long or as short as you’d like them to be, and it is very interactive for the participants.

Those are the biggest reasons I love Twitter. What are your reasons for loving it?


Are you up for a challenge?

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Apparently I am. And apparently I love them. So much so, we can call October the month of Toni participating in a whole bunch of on-line challenges. Just for fun.

Sigh. Something tells me that I may have overextended myself in the on-line world. However, these challenges are really good and I know I am going to learn a lot from participating.

So…if your ready, I am going to share them with you in case you’d like to participate. If you do, tweet me and let me know which one you participate in.

Women Living Well. Courtney hosts this challenge every fall. It’s focus is on Making Your Home a Haven. I need this challenge — like yesterday. I will admit to you that sometimes my home is anything but a haven. Instead of a haven, it can be filled with negative energy, sibling rivalry, dirty laundry, and dishes in the sink. It’s not a house cleaning challenge, but it is a way to get a simple reminder that small things can have a big impact on our daily lives. And the challenge assignments are given weekly, not daily. How convenient is that?

Write 31 Days. Bloggers from all over the world are joining together to write about one topic everyday this month. I am writing about social media, because at the end of the challenge I am hoping to combine all of my blog posts into an e-book for my on-line business.

Content Creation Challenge. In the past 6 weeks, I have successfully transitioned from being a recreational blogger to a full-time blogger. While scary to say the least, I have been able to utilize the services of a blogging coach who really helps me in crafting my message. If you are a blogger, head over to the content creation site and learn how step your own blogging game up. And because I know you’re wondering, yes…there is money to be made in blogging.

The Finance Bar Mental Money Cleanse. I actually stumbled upon this site while designing my own blog. My blogging coach has a background in graphic design and web development, and I learn a lot from her about those things in addition to the business of blogging. She actually designed the Finance Bar website and as I was looking at it from a design perspective, I discovered that the site has really great information. The Finance Bar is a non-profit mobile hub personalized for women seeking to make smarter financial decisions in order to live a financially confident lifestyle.

And if that wasn’t enough, I decided to create my own #blingyourblog challenge with some blogging friends. If you are a beginning blogger, or think you may want to start a blog, then this challenge is for you. You can sign up for it here.

In case you missed any other recent blog posts, click on one of the images below.

A single mom embraces the term.


A Mom's Review of the 2015 Buick Enclave.

My Writing Mojo

Sometimes I get in a quandary. I just can’t find the time to write. And then  life gets in the way and I don’t have time to write. But writing keeps me in my yellow. And I need to stay in my yellow as much as possible.

So I have to find time, or make time, and make myself write. It’s just that necessary.

One of the bloggers who I read regularly is Jeff Goins. He has a really great book out that I’m reading called, “The In-Between.” Aside from that though, he recently published a great blog post that talked about writer’s block or as I prefer to call it, “the loss of my writer’s mojo.”

I’ve also given up the notion that I will write several thousand words over the weekend. Because each weekend, I am usually tired. And my thoughts aren’t really coherent. And I take naps. A lot of naps.

But what Jeff encourages writers like me to do is write 500 words a day. It’s that easy. 500 words a day and you’re done. And that’s what I’m doing. I’m writing 500 words a day. For the most part, those 500 words are part of blog posts, but I’m excited about the fact that they can lead to something more…like an article, or a book, or anything.

And you know what? You’ll be able to see the fruits of my 500-word labor right here. Yay!

A Month of Thanks

It’s November y’all. And so much happens in November, as it should. We all know about the turkeys, the pies, the early start to holiday shopping, but this November was different for me.

I was forced to give thanks all month long. For the little things. Because on some days, that was all I had.

As you know, the seizures came back in October. We’ve established that. We visited the doctors, we took the tests, and we started the medicine. November brought on a new set of challenges….it began with the seizures increasing despite our efforts.

And one Saturday night early in the month, they became out of control.

The days to follow included four days in the hospital with not a lot of answers. It brought fear and sadness for his sisters, who were two small 10 years ago to remember what uncontrollable seizures can do. It brought two grandparents to Dallas from Chicago in shock that their eldest grandchild wasn’t doing well. And it had this mama experiencing emotions that I never felt before about a whole bunch of stuff.

But the most important emotion was that of gratitude. For friends, for family, and for my incredible son’s sweet spirit.

And I do plan to blog about it all…because there are so many bloggable stories in all of it. But for right now, I’m choosing to just be thankful for the heartwarming things that are happening this week.

My friend Cathy loves Thanksgiving and enjoys spending the whole week cooking. She posted on Facebook yesterday that she made something like 5 pies and 4 cakes in one day alone…who does that? She does, and she does with an extraordinary amount of love.

We think we figured out the trigger for the seizures and it can be controlled. The boy is doing much, much better. He even was able to return to school last week.

My house is clean. Y’all knew when I mentioned the grandparents that was coming right? This is a blog post all on its own….

So today and tomorrow, it’s just about thankfulness. I’ll  resume with my antics and quick-witted verbiage next week. But I do have a little something for this week. I’ve been blogging at the Best Southwest Moms Blog about making healthy eating choices on Thanksgiving, and surviving Black Friday shopping. If you want to see my posts, check here, here, or here.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!


Posting 31 Days?

I tried. I really did. It just didn’t work.

Life got in the way.

I was good about planning my blog calendar in October so I had posts already written and ready to go. I sat down about thought about how I could incorporate new material into the monthly theme. I scheduled time to write, and blog, and post.

Because it was going to be systematic.

A 31-day blogging machine. That’s what I going to be.

And I was blogging about smiling…and finding joy….and laughter.

I did know that things would happen that I wouldn’t want to smile or write about. I did know that I wasn’t going to be happy everyday.

But I was going to seek to find joy in it all. A systematic approach to joy.

Ummmm, yeah.

I’m thinking that instead of systematic, I should have worked on authentic.

And part of being authentic would mean that some days I just wasn’t feeling it.

No writing. No processing. No seeking (or finding) joy.

And I’m totally okay with that.

Except a lot of people enjoyed reading my 31 days of smiles series…and on October 14 it came to an abrupt halt.

So for that, I want to apologize.

But I can promise that if you keep reading, and keep subscribing this month (and every month to follow for that matter), you will get authenticity.

Maybe not 30 days worth…but at least 3-5 times per week.

Unless crap happens. Which is totally possible. And in that case, I’ll process and write as we progress through the month.

So here’s to authenticity, and gratitude, and anything else I want to write about this month.

Even if I write about listening to Christmas music this early. Don’t judge…it makes me authentically happy. 🙂