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Blogging Workshop w/ Shaunta + Shannon - Shared screen with speaker view
Al Nelson
14:04
Yay I made it! Hi friends
Shaunta Grimes
14:23
Hi!
Al Nelson
15:27
Resting grumpy face?
Marilyn Flower
26:11
pretty links are the boxes? please explain
Al Nelson
28:42
Hey, I have a question — I heard you say something recently about “curation jail” where they just stop looking at your posts for curation.
Al Nelson
28:52
“Our curators were not able to review this story for distribution in topics due to high volume. This story will still be shared with followers.
Al Nelson
30:36
https://medium.com/the-brave-writer/why-rest-days-are-essential-to-your-creative-success-94c0112bdae5
Jonathan Beck
30:48
workshop time :)
Marilyn Flower
39:12
excuse my ignorance, but when you say tag do you mean imbed a link? thank you!
Kelli Lynn Grey
40:00
Regarding what Al said, I received that message multiple times too. Then, I submitted a post to P.S. I Love You, which was published there & curated! I also took a lot of Shaunta's advice prior to publishing that piece & the main change I made WAS related to the photo. For anyone interested, the link to that essay is here: https://psiloveyou.xyz/what-borderline-personality-disorder-codependency-taught-me-about-loss-love-539b0bc164a6
Jonathan Beck
41:26
I feel like you could write a whole post about James Altucher’s Idea Sex thing, and refer to it at the end of “The Creative Well” section and it would work nicely. I’m not sure a whole section on what Idea Sex is about worked so well with the subject of the post, as Shaunta mentioned
Al Nelson
41:41
Makes sense Jonathan
Elizabeth Bolton
41:49
@marilyn it is a way of highlighting someones name by writing it the way I just wrote yours
Jonathan Beck
41:55
and when I say refer to it, I mean link to it ;)
Jonathan Beck
42:34
gotta keep that audience locked in
Elizabeth Bolton
44:33
Al, I had the same problem and after a couple of emails they are now looking at everything
Jonathan Beck
50:37
You went and made her excited Al
Al Nelson
50:47
lol now I gone and done it!
Jonathan Beck
54:23
Loved that post too.
Shaunta Grimes
56:28
<3
Kelli Lynn Grey
01:03:45
I have a question about fans: Many of Shannon's essays have stated the importance of fans. How exactly does one become a fan of an essay (or gain fans of essays) on Medium?
Jonathan Beck
01:05:32
Kelli, a lot of people pay attention to how many claps they get, but Fans are the amount of individual people who had clapped (regardless of how many times they have clapped) - that’s my understanding of it, anyway
Jonathan Beck
01:06:52
So say you get 200 claps, but it’s just 4 people clapping 50 times each - ie, 4 fans. I mean obviously that’s still awesome. But the importance of fans is having more people viewing and responding/clapping to your posts which will increase your traction and increase the likelihood of stuff like curation
Al Nelson
01:07:02
Jonathan — do the fans count both paying and non paying members?
Cathy Valentin
01:07:14
I would love to do medium I just fearful of not doing well being a new writer
Jonathan Beck
01:07:16
oooooh....uh.
Jonathan Beck
01:07:34
That one I’mma have to leave for Shaunta or Shannon
Al Nelson
01:07:39
Cathy everyone starts somewhere :)
Al Nelson
01:08:26
I mean honestly I prefer the human touch to ~~ the algorithm ~~ (looking at you amazon)
Al Nelson
01:14:58
Yes, I’m just saying the number of fans on the stats page — not every one of those “fans” is necessarily a paying member, right?
Kelli Lynn Grey
01:15:54
I have another question: How do you network across Medium with other Medium writers? I appreciate this opportunity right now & am curious about what else exists. Thank you all for your time!
Jonathan Beck
01:16:03
Eric has his hand up?
Shaunta Grimes
01:18:04
I see you Eric!
Jonathan Beck
01:18:37
that suspense thing again Shaunta
Cathy Valentin
01:18:41
will try soon😎
Bronwyn McIntosh
01:18:56
I struggle with that, finding my voice. I really wish I knew how to write in a totally natural voice like Shannon does...
Al Nelson
01:19:03
Shaunta is the master of suspense lol
Bronwyn McIntosh
01:19:17
I hear that natural voice in my head, but I come out sounding stilted.
Al Nelson
01:23:28
It sounded like to me that they were _required_ to clap for everyone else, which may be a little weird
Jonathan Beck
01:27:33
is Shannon typing ferociously
Jonathan Beck
01:27:41
0_o
Al Nelson
01:27:56
Honestly I like the sound
Shannon Nelson
01:28:01
no typing lol
Al Nelson
01:28:11
Someone is writing an INTERNET DIATRIBE
Jonathan Beck
01:28:31
heh
Shannon Nelson
01:28:41
I am on my phone, no actual keyboard lol
Jonathan Beck
01:29:04
okay :) I could hear typing and from your video I thought maybe it was you :D
Al Nelson
01:29:05
Shannon do we have the same last name?
Al Nelson
01:30:22
when you were talking about your anon account :P
Jonathan Beck
01:31:18
when you started saying you thought to say something about your anony account, but forgot what it was...it was like when you were telling Al the secret to why he wasn’t being curated...and then promptly disconnected :D
Al Nelson
01:31:57
She keeps ‘em guessing, that’s the real secret lol
Jonathan Beck
01:32:51
reading aloud really helps with phrasing (in my fiction, at least), especially when I’m like...hang on this all has the same rhythm and is really boring to read
Al Nelson
01:32:57
This has been incredibly helpful thank you so much
Elizabeth Bolton
01:33:17
this was an awesome session
Shannon Nelson
01:33:21
yes Al lol, my last name is Nelson
Jonathan Beck
01:34:45
oops
Marilyn Flower
01:36:15
in case i dont get to say it out loud, the workshop process makes a HUGE difference, because Shaunta gives great input that makes difference curate vs not curated...ya'll come!!!
Jonathan Beck
01:36:49
glad to hear it Marilyn :D
Maya Spikes
01:38:16
I’d like to talk about getting email subscribers via Medium.
Al Nelson
01:38:33
oh that’s a good one Maya
Anne Chisom
01:39:09
I totally agree with Marilyn. The workshops are great.
Jonathan Beck
01:40:41
my reluctance with the workshops, is that t’s workshopping written material, right? and that assumes we have written something to workshop -hides face in shame-
Jonathan Beck
01:41:53
I’ll work my way up to thinking I can take one of those on next time round
Jonathan Beck
01:42:24
Thanks Al for sharing, by the way
Elizabeth Bolton
01:42:33
ok, got run....thanks everyone
Jonathan Beck
01:44:40
Shaunta, Shannon, everybody, thanks so much. This was cool.
Marilyn Flower
01:45:21
ditto i always get something rich from these!!!! I look forward to seeing ya'll on Medium!
Kelli Lynn Grey
01:45:23
Talking about email next week would be great. I am really interested in talking more about how to network across Medium next week. Thank you for this time tonight!
Maya Spikes
01:45:29
that’s cool
Jonathan Beck
01:45:49
I have 139 followers and I’ve never posted on Medium.
Jonathan Beck
01:45:51
woo
Al Nelson
01:45:56
Thank you!!
Jonathan Beck
01:45:57
heh