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Attention Newbies: Learn more about social blogging. There are experts on this site....

I'm feeling really jazzed up today after a few posts in a discussion right here:

This is what I like about this site. You've got some experienced people here who have done the work with blogs, writing for article sites and with social media blogging. These topics can be difficult for the newbie to grasp.

I think that there are many newbies on this site who may feel sort of lost as to what they are suppose to be doing on sites like this. I know it's easy to many of you with lots of experience; but what about new people who come and their frame of reference is writing for, only, article and content sites. There is a difference.

Some people can really explain the nuances between the two.

I didn't realize the intricacies of how people are working social media into their campaigns to engage discussion across many platforms. And I imagine some come to the site, without a solid connection on other social media platforms and wonder if there is a place for them. I can only speak of my experience or lack thereof. When you are a newbie on the block it can feel sort of intimidating to jump into discussions with people who appear to have a lot in common. There needs to be more ebooks and courses on these type of issues.

After all, this is a developing field. And even for those who manage the site, I'm sure they want to know how to address these issues so that they don't lose people who are coming from the search engines.

If you're new to the site and the concept of interacting with others, go over and read from those who have responded thus far. And if you can help a newbie out, comment and give your input. And if you're newbie, ask questions. I think that you can get many of your questions answered. Thus far, the people commenting(and I hope more) are interacting with each other.

I'm off to find an image for this post. I just had to get this up while my neurons were fired up.

Well, obviously, I found an image. it's fire. I just noticed that it had a heart in it. How fitting for this post. I really enjoy finding images to go with posts. Morguefile didn't disappoint this time.

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paigea wrote on August 12, 2014, 12:52 PM

That is a great image for your post. Good tips for newbies.

vserrao1 wrote on August 12, 2014, 3:41 PM

The newbies will get used to this kind of site.

Feisty56 wrote on August 12, 2014, 4:49 PM

It is intimidating to be the new kid on the block when all around you seem to have their acts together. What I've so often found to be true, though, is if you can find the courage to ask for assistance and advice from those more experienced, you're likely to find people more than willing to lend a hand. Between that and reading all you can on the various topics, you'll be up to speed in a fair amount of time.

BarbRad wrote on August 12, 2014, 8:12 PM

I will try to get a post up on the difference between blogging and social blogging soon. I'm putting the finishing touches on something completely different right now.

sandyresearch wrote on August 12, 2014, 8:17 PM

Thanks BarbRad I think you're on to something with this.

sandyresearch wrote on August 12, 2014, 8:21 PM

Feisty56 I agree; it's like life. You're the newbie so be patient and ask. Sometimes you just want to get started. And if you're the shy type you'll either jump right in or sit to long on the sidelines. That all said, I learned that it is better to sit, observe, get to know people, read and ask questions. Thanks for commenting. Now I'm just learning that the site is not split up yet; see, I thought it was so didn't know to ask. I'm learning more already.

sandyresearch wrote on August 12, 2014, 8:22 PM

Yeah I think so, especially, once you get the hang of where you best fit in as far as the type of posts: blogging or informational. Thanks for commenting.

sandyresearch wrote on August 12, 2014, 8:23 PM

Thank you. At first I was going for fire. After making changes in size, I noticed the heart. I'd love to have a tee shirt like this; but of course, you can't use these images for commercialism.

AbbyBiha wrote on August 12, 2014, 9:39 PM

Hopefully newbies, including myself will get used to this kind of site. Thanks for the tips.

suffolkjason wrote on August 13, 2014, 7:47 AM

Thanks for the link, I'll check it out. I agree, there are certainly a number of experienced writers here already.

paigea wrote on August 13, 2014, 10:32 AM

I will be interested in reading that. I have no idea about it.