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At the recent Banana2 bloggers event – “The Second Annual Gathering of Asian/Pacific Islander Bloggers,” it was reinforced that everyone who has a common, online presence, like facebook, is essentially a blogger, whether you self-identify as such.

Here’s some “tips” from the conference about maximizing time and social media space and growing your community.

- Choose a topic you’re passionate about;
- Create a distinguished voice;
- Join other communities, make allies, build coalitions;
- Leverage your network;
- Motivate people to action;
- Share, not sell information;
- Optimize with Meta Tags tagging, hyper linking sites within blog posts;
- Start responding on other sites to develop followers;
- Ask your followers and readers to comment about your blogs;
- Ask companies to do reviews, or giveaways.
- The most effective time to post on facebook is 10 AM Thur & Fri mornings;
- Stay away from flash. That is not readable on Apple mobile devices;
- Consider incorporating multimedia like photos, audio & video.

Probably encouragement we can all use…
- Don’t be afraid to hit “publish.”

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“Objective” Journalism?

Something to consider, but not a reality in multimedia. There’s too many important messages that need a voice. Instead, a more acceptable term would be, “advocacy journalism.”

Working on a recent piece timed with September – Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, my colleague and I wanted to highlight three important pieces of information (1) The inspiration of personal, community contribution. (2) The power of imagination and positive thinking in healing. (3) The severe lack of funding and need for donations to pediatric cancer research.

According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children one to 14 years old. On average, one to two children develop the disease each year for every 10,000 children in the United States. In the 2007, approximately 10,400 children living in the U.S., under age 15 were diagnosed with cancer and about 1,545 children will die from the disease. Please view Superhero Capes Provide Hope & Inspiration for Sick Children. This heartwarming story is about how an “ordinary” person– in this case, a housewife in the Midwest- can use their skills and powers to help and inspire others to do the same.

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