Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Meanderings

First Meandering ...

The effectiveness of blogs anymore is being questioned a lot. I know many bloggers who've just given up on it and moved on to other forms of social media to connect with their readers. I understand that, as I've been feeling a bit of blog fatigue myself as I try to decide on blog post topics.

This week, someone mentioned something called ThunderClap as a marketing tool. There's a great article here by Derek Murphy about how to use it. Wikipedia defines it as:
"crowdspeaking" platform that lets individuals and companies rally people together to spread a message. The site uses an "all-or-nothing" model similar to crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, in that if the campaign does not meet its desired number of supporters in the given time frame, the organizer receives none of the donations.
On Thunderclap, backers donate tweets and social media posts rather than money.
Sounds like it could be a great tool. Have any of you used it? If so, were you happy with the results?


Second Meandering ...

I'm not looking forward to going in to work today. In my day job, the county (which handles voter registration) was supposed to get all the names of registered voters to the company that sent our all-vote-by-mail ballots. It appears he forgot to include the names of the people on our permanent absentee list--the people who've always received ballots by mail. All last week my office was inundated with phone calls from these people wondering why everyone else in their homes have received their ballots but not them.

The last of the ballots should have been delivered this weekend. Should have been. I've already heard from one woman who's militantly against all vote by mail and she hasn't received her ballot yet. Ugh.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Cover Reveal - Hot Pink in the City by Medeia Sharif

Look who's got a new book coming out next month? The awesome Medeia Sharif, of course. Isn't it fun? So retro and fits a main character who's into '80s music.


Asma Bashir wants two things: a summer fling and her favorite '80s songs. During a trip to New York City to stay with relatives, she messes up in her pursuit of both. She loses track of the hunk she met on her airplane ride, and she does the most terrible thing she could possibly do to her strict uncle…ruin his most prized possession, a rare cassette tape. A wild goose chase around Manhattan and Brooklyn to find a replacement tape yields many adventures—blackmail, theft, a chance to be a TV star, and so much more. Amid all this turmoil, Asma just might be able to find her crush in the busiest, most exciting city in the world.


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