The question usually goes something like this: Would you rather have lots of power, lots of money, or lots of fame? The assumption is that these things tickle our fancy and – on our worst days – motivate our selfish side.

Although my answer is the least practical and I wish I could change it to “money,” it sings out from my inner celebrity: I’d rather have fame. Truly. I would love for everyone to know me and adore me. (Maybe it has something to do with my love language: I’ve got a sweet tooth for words of affirmation that asks, “Do you like me? Do you like me? Do you like me?”)

Sometimes I feel like my desire to be “popular” drives my Social Media decisions.

Read the rest at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee…

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Get Ready for a Great Week!

Beginning Monday, Sarah Mae is opening her blog (Like a Warm Cup of Coffee) to me for a whole week to talk about how to find freedom in Social Media! The reason I’ll be doing the series over there is that she has hundreds and hundreds of readers: when it comes to figuring out how to do Social Media well, we need everyone’s input. The more the merrier. :)

I hope you’ll join us as we explore how to make social media behave so we can love life.

Hop on over today and check it out! Then you’ll be ready to roll on Monday.

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Blogger Behave Launch!

Today’s the day!

Download Blogger Behave for 50% off all day long. That’s a mere $2.50. Unless you feel like that’s highway-robbery-in-reverse and you’re determined to pay full price tomorrow for what promises to be at least $4.99 worth of wisdom and entertainment, this is the day to jump in on the sale!

I am terribly inept at social media, so I’d love your help getting the word out about the book. Would you be so kind to consider something like…

* Buying Blogger Behave.

* Blogging about Blogger Behave. What’s your link? I’d love to read it!

* Liking it. Tell all your friends to like it, too!

* Tweeting it. Try: “I’m loving the eBook “Blogger Behave”. Blog with integrity and without regret. #bloggerbehave”

* Emailing it out to your loved ones, coworkers, and local service workers.

* Buying a copy for your favorite blogger.

* Smiling and taking the day off.

Here’s the button if you want to post it all about town: Just add the link:

Whew. Okay. All of this blog talk will die down soon and we’ll resume our regular programming. I must say, it’s been pretty exciting on the other side of the computer screen, though. Thanks for being such troopers. Your support really means the world to me.

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While I’m At Relevant…

…I’m looking forward to launching my eBook in just a few short days! I hope you are getting excited, too. I would love for you to tell your friends, family, and local service workers all about the book. As I said before, though it is about blogging, I really think that non-bloggers could read it and get a lot out of it. Just replace “blogging” with the thing in you want to do with integrity and without regrets.

As for those of us writing in blog-land:

“Every day, we travel into a realm that has very few boundaries. The
territory is vast and uncharted. There is unlimited space for darkness and
just as much space for light. With our finite minds and vulnerable hearts,
there is so much that we don’t know. There are both dangers and blessings
that we cannot foresee. We desperately need…”

…well, your just going to have to find out what we desperately need when you read Blogger Behave  on 11.1.11!

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When Not to Multi-Task

The reason I love the spin-brush is because I can brush my teeth, open the blinds, put a load of laundry in, and straighten the nursery at the same time. It’s two minutes of fantastic multi-tasking. Everyone should use a spin-brush and contribute more to society. (Apparently there are also hygienic benefits.)

As I’ve been trying to use twitter and facebook a bit more (yes, I’m back on facebook), I discovered a time when I absolutely cannot multi-task. When I’m driving.

When I got my smart phone, I actually had the thought, “Oh good! I can save some time by checking my email and driving at the same time.” Terrible, I know. But, I just want to be honest with you. So there were a couple of times when I took a furtive glance at my email as I was driving – just long enough to delete a facebook update or something. Hey, I’m a busy mom and things like this save me a lot of time and effort at home. But THEN I saw other women doing it. I’d watch out my window as a young mother bounded along the highway in her mini-van, with her eyes glued to her phone. I was ticked. She had some nerve to put me and my children in harm’s way because she couldn’t stay off of her cell phone. I even honked my horn at a couple of phone-lookers, hoping that they would think about what they were doing. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I was holding a double-standard. The truth is, I was a phone-looker. And it was not safe.

So, I’ve made the hard and fast rule for myself that I will not look at my phone when I am driving. If I need to dial, I can wait until a red light. I will not check email. The first few days, it was a conscious effort. I had to grip the steering wheel and keep my eyes on the road. It felt kinda like when I refuse to say a really mean joke that pops into my head. There it is, just bubbling beneath the surface, but I slam the door and say, “NO. I refuse to say you out loud!” But after a few days, the discipline felt good. And it’s obviously the best and safest decision.

At this point, you are either thinking, “I can’t believe she ever did that!” (To which I’m glad because that means you don’t look at your phone while you’re driving! Hooray! Please keep doing that!) OR you are feeling a smidgen guilty for all of the phone-looking you’ve been doing lately. If you’re in the latter group, stop feeling guilty and stop looking at your phone.  Join me and the other great road-lookers out there! We are having a blast!


(Interested in more insight about blogging? Check out my new eBook, Blogger Behave: Make blogging benefit your life so you can love both“.)

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Blogger Behave: Make your blog benefit your life so you can love both

I am thrilled to announce that my eBook is finished, edited, and ready to be loved!

Ryan and I have had a blast creating this finished product. (As a mommy, “finished products” are few and far between. I must admit, they feel marvelous!)

So, just click on the image above so you can download your free sample chapter and watch the trailer!

Read the sample chapter, tell all of your friends and relations about it, and come on back November 1, 2011 when we launch the full eBook in all of its glory.

Even if you don’t blog, I think you’ll really love this book. I’m nuts about it.

(By the way, I’m looking for a few readers/ social-media-ninjas to review the book and spread-the-word. Want to? Contact me: laura(at)10millionmiles(dot)com.)

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