Welcome to Following the Whispers blog

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Internet Marketing Musings

I must say I had severe misgivings when I was told I needed to learn to market my book on the internet. It has taken me months to understand and learn the various social networking sites, take a book blog class, learn to search for compatible websites and create an effective blog. I am still working on all of these things.

Today, however, seeds planted several months ago bore some fruit. A website posted a guest blog I wrote: http://healmyptsd.com/2009/07/survivors-speak-the-importance-of-paying-attention.html. Then I received an email from the Catharsis Foundation in Calgary, asking permission to list "Following the Whispers" as a resource for their website visitors, who are survivors of childhood abuse.

Slowly but surely, I am getting the hang of all this new technology. It feels wonderful to know that the pain I endured growing up and the journey I took towards healing myself is somehow making a difference in peoples' lives today. Writing our life stories is so powerful.

Speaking of memoir, Alexis Grant is hosting a chat for writers on Twitter tomorrow night, July 8 at 8 pm EST, #memoirchat is the hashtag. Check it out.



Joanne said...

The internet is a wonderful resource, isn't it? We just have to remember to give those seeds time to grow! I clicked over to your guest post, what a wonderful piece you wrote. It's amazing how our simple words, so complicated beneath, can move and help others. I like your thought that inner peace comes in moments, it seems an important thing to remember, and to appreciate when it happens.

Helen Ginger said...

Congratulations, Karen, on being added to the resource list. That's great for you, but even better for those needing help. It'll be easier for them to find your blog now.

Learning new things is not easy, but I think the Internet is especially difficult because it's so vast and constantly changing.

Straight From Hel

The Old Silly said...

Good for you and keep working it. Internet marketing is cheap and extremely effective the more you get the hang of it. :)

The Old Silly

The Practical Preserver said...

Funny, isn't it? You work and work and work and suddenly it starts coming together. Good job, Karen, and a nice touch adding Alexis's twitter group to your post.

Patricia Stoltey said...

It's a process, isn't it? And because of rapidly changing technology and opportunities, we'll never catch up. I guess the keywords are indeed patience and perseverance.

Connie Arnold said...

Congratulations on being listed as a resource, Karen! It is wonderful that your experiences can help make a difference in others' lives!

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

That's great, Karen. I read your guest post, and thought it was excellent.

K. A. Laity said...

Excellent to see that your hard work is paying off! Sometimes it takes a while, but building a community is a slow process.

Galen Kindley--Author said...

Zounds, Karen, you are breaking through. Nice job. It's funny, isn't it you work like a dog and maybe something falls into place for you. Other times, good things find you out of the blue. Either way, I guess. It's all good.

Best regards, Galen
Imagineering Fiction Blog

Anonymous said...

Good for you for getting the hang of it! And thanks for posting about memoirchat. Great chatting with you!

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