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Bullying: It Hurts

Today I watched a show where a sweet, quiet high school girl committed suicide because of constant, mean, nasty bullying and harassment by a group of girls. They did this because this girl started dating a boy one of the other girls liked. They called her slut, bitch, whore, and other horrible names. And now that the internet and social media are part of everyday life, they were able to post cruel memes, offensive photoshopped pictures, and senseless videos all over the internet to ridicule and shame her. And thanks to phones and computers these days, the kids in their school and thousands on the internet saw these posts and laughed at them. They got enjoyment from her pain and heartache! These horrid girls did everything they could to drive her completely over the edge, and they succeeded.

When I was a junior in high school, a group of girls began to viscously bully and attack me, because a boy one of the girls liked, liked me instead. I was constantly called bitch, slut, whore, and other horrible names by these girls. When I walked down the halls at school, I was shoved against lockers and pushed into walls. I was kicked, punched, tripped, and spit on. They would savagely yank my hair from behind. If more than one of them caught me in a hallway or a restroom by myself…well, let’s just say, it was scary.

One night, while I was walking down my street after visiting my friend, I was attacked and beaten up by one of the most malicious of these girls. She was taller than me and out-weighed me by at least 70 pounds, so it was kind of hard to fight back while she held me down and pounded my head into the sidewalk. I cried a lot that night.

These girls would wait for me after school and then they’d block the way so I couldn’t get past them. They would threaten, taunt, ridicule, and shove me around. If they were in a car and they saw me walking or riding my bike, they would pull up next to me and yell obscenities and throw things out the windows at me. It got to the point where I couldn’t go anywhere around town by myself. And the longer the bullying went on, the worse it got. My mom and dad began to fear for my life. So, we finally packed up and moved.

The one thing I am just SO thankful for, is that the internet and cell phones didn’t exist at that time, because what those horrid, HORRID girls put me through would’ve been a thousand times worse if they would’ve had today’s technology and social media at their fingertips. Maybe they would’ve sent me completely over the edge, and I wouldn’t be here, writing about this dreadful and painful experience that even now, when I think about it, upsets me so very much.

So if you know of any kid or teenager who is being bullied and/or cyber-bullied, please don’t ignore it. It could mean saving a life.

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Google SEO Is The Solution As Social Media Use Drops Away – by Derek Haines…

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on Just Publishing Advice:

Do you need to change your digital marketing strategy?

Social media has a big problem.

Facebook is losing users due to data privacy concerns. Google+ is closing down. Twitter is becoming more political than social.

All these negative factors have and will make social media marketing far less effective.

Apart from the current issues that are concerning people about privacy and personal data use, there is a more fundamental problem with social media marketing.

If you are trying to promote your books, blog, services or you are affiliate marketing; there is an issue of intent.

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Tips & Tricks to Get More From Your Facebook Advertising Budget

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may remember Ilan Nass of Taktical Digital from his recent post, The Essential Facebook Metrics for Authors. This post, also by Ilan, can be considered as part two. It was first published on Istomedia’s blog.

Tips & Tricks to Get More From Your Facebook Advertising Budget

Facebook mobile | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookFacebook is the world’s largest social media network, and that means that it offers some of the best online marketing opportunities available. While this large potential audience is great, you have to consider the fact that your advertising content is in competition with the more than 5 million advertisers on Facebook.

It’s not enough to simply have a Facebook page and post some ads; you have to find ways to make your ads attractive and make the most of the opportunities that are available. One option is to partner with an experienced Facebook advertising firm that knows the ins and outs…

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Personal Branding Is The Best Promotion Tool For Authors – by Derek Haines…

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Every author should think about their online reputation and personal branding.

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So You Think Social Media Won’t Sell Your Books? – by Frances Caballo…

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on Social Media Just for Writers:

Every indie author hears the message, “You have to use social media to sell your books.”

But is it true?

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Social Media for Authors: Quick Tips to Get It Right – by Kimberley Grabas…

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on Your Writer Platform:

No matter how difficult it proves to be to get your ideas and stories down on paper, it’s more often the promotional aspects of “being a writer” that become the biggest obstacles for today’s author.

In the following post, professional writer, Jessica Fender, shares a bit of her struggle in “getting the book out there”, as well as her suggestions on how to effectively use social media channels to engage readers and build relationships you’ll leverage for this, and every book you write.

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Hare and Tortoise – Online Marketing vs Social Media Marketing – by Derek Haines…

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 on Just Publishing Advice:

Online Marketing vs Social Media Marketing.

Which one works best to promote your books or services?

Every author or blogger knows that both forms of digital marketing are useful in attracting readers and book buyers.

In fact, because blogging and selling books are such hand in hand activities now, the line between them can often get blurred.

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