Interview and Top Ten Social Media Tips with Holly Jahangiri


Holly Johangiri profile-backyard-instagram2-100315sm

Holly Jahangiri, Author and Social Media Guru

“Interview and Top Ten Social Media Tips with Holly Jahangiri” by Joan Y. Edwards

Today I am very excited to share Holly Jahangiri’s Top Ten Social Media Tips. I met her at the Oklahoma Writers  Federation Incorporated conference in May, 2016 where I celebrated the release of Joan’s Elder Care Guide. She is also a published author with 4RV Publishing. She presented a workshop on Social Media. I was amazed at her clever ways of using Social Media and asked if she would be a guest on my blog.

Thank you, Holly for being a guest on my blog. My readers are going to be amazed!

You’re welcome, Joan. It’s wonderful to be here. I’m ready for your questions. Let’s get started.

By the way, Holly is giving away an autographed copy of A New Leaf for Lyle for one lucky person. GIVEAWAY CONTEST Details on how to win at the end.

About Holly Jahangiri

  1. Where were you born?

I was born across the street from the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. You see? I come by my “lead foot” naturally!

  1. Where was your favorite place to live as a child? Why?

Silver Lake, Ohio. It was the town my mom grew up in, and she knew it was a great place to raise a child. Many of her friends had stayed or moved back, and had children my age. We lived right around the corner – or two back yards and a couple of hedges – away from the elementary school. There was a little lake with a tiny island where we could swim in summer and ice skate in winter. There were no fences; good manners were the only fences we needed as we played in the neighbors’ yards, careful not to trample their flower beds or break their hedges or peer into their windows. Only one or two older people in the whole neighborhood were the “Get off my lawn!” types. The rest looked out for us and called our parents if we got into trouble or did something they considered dangerous.

  1. Where is your favorite place to live now? Why?

Right now, I call Houston, Texas, home. And it’s a very good place to live and work and raise a family. It’s cosmopolitan and diverse, with top-notch schools and universities, parks, theaters, a symphony, a ballet, an opera house – and it’s very near the Johnson Space Center and Galveston Beach. The most surprising thing to people who visit Houston for the first time is that it isn’t dry, brown, and full of tumbleweeds. Houston is in the tropics – we have seven-story-tall pine trees next to magnolias and palm trees and hibiscus. It’s hot, but it’s also quite humid. You may have heard we had some flooding, a while back? I now understand what my grandmother meant when she’d say things like, “See you next year, God willin’ an’ the creek don’t rise.”

  1. Did you ever want to hide when you were a child?

From what? Seriously, my favorite game was “Hide and Seek.” I was a master at it. My favorite places were the closets under the stairs, the top of my grandparents’ “Climbing Tree” (who ever thinks to look UP during a game of “Hide and Seek”?), and the third attic in my grandparents’ house. You got to it through a walk-in closet. Along one wall of the closet, there was a bookshelf, and behind that, a hidden door. Enter the door, then turn around – to the left of that door, there was another door. Their house was just made for hiding!

  1. What are your 3 favorite places to read a book?

In a tree. On a window seat. In bed. But really, a book transports me to so many places – by the time I’m immersed in reading one, I can imagine that I am anywhere I want to be.

  1. What is your favorite ride at an amusement park? Why?

The roller-coaster! Why? Like life, it has its ups and downs. There’s the delicious anticipation – that sense of adventure mixed with excitement and dread in almost equal measure – that moment as the car crests the first incline, when you think to yourself, “Oh, dear God, what have I done?” followed by that sense of joyful flying as it races downhill and turns sideways or rises for a loop-de-loop. It’s over too fast, but you can always do it again!

  1. What ride do you avoid at all costs?

The Viking Ship. Nothing is more guaranteed to make me toss my cookies than The Viking Ship or its variations, especially if it’s a hot day. I used to love rides like The Octopus, but there came a point where that was more nausea- and headache-inducing than it was fun. When I was a kid, I loved all rides – the wilder, the better. I may have been the only child disappointed in Disney World, because it was more “theme” than ride. Cedar Point rules! I haven’t been there since I was a tween, but I can still remember being turned loose with the all-you-can-ride wristband, a watch, and a list of times and places to “check in” with the grown-ups. Those were the days!

  1. What’s the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?

Gosh, I don’t remember – so many funny things have happened to me, but no big one stands out!

  1. How did you do in English in high school?

Wonderfully well! English was my favorite class – an easy A.

  1. When and why did you decide to become an author?

I think it was in 5th or 6th grade. We were learning to write essays. I got mine back – I think the grade was an A, but what I remember was all the comments in red pen up the margins. Reactions to something I wrote, plus suggestions for improvement.And that started my love of the red pen. Others see it as criticism; I see it as, “Oh! Someone really read what I wrote and thought about it!” It was the start of a conversation. I wrote more essays – unassigned, and looking back, probably dreaded by the teacher. But she read them all, and she filled them all with red ink and thoughtful suggestions for improvement. Mrs. T. created a monster.

  1. What got you interested in social media?

Boredom and curiosity. Isn’t that something all writers have in common? We all write to entertain ourselves, eventually, when we run out of books we want to read. But I’ve never written “just for me.” It was that conversation – started with my English teacher, back in middle school – that had me hooked on writing. Writing is a meeting of the minds, but blogging and social media makes it a two-way street. I’m more comfortable communicating through my writing than I am in speaking – though I did enjoy speaking at the 2016 OWFI Conference! Social media gives me a chance to read what others are thinking and to have those two-way exchanges of ideas that so hooked me on writing in the first place.

  1. Do you do “work for hire?”

I don’t. I have a full-time job and too little time for my own writing, these days, as it is! But thanks!

Holly’s Top Ten Tips for Social Media

  1. Always be aware that the Internet is forever. What you say now will still be there – to haunt you or to do you proud – in twenty years. Assume that nothing you post is truly private; it could be shared by the original recipient or it could be one server admin’s “oops!” away from being public.
  2. Claim your social media space before someone else does, and tell your story better than anyone else can. Make sure that you are the online authority on you. If you have a blog, cross-link it to and from all your social media profiles.
  3. If it’s not fun, and it’s not absolutely necessary, don’t do it. I think this applies to more than social media, doesn’t it? We tend to do well what we enjoy doing. When we try to do things we think are a chore, others can tell we’re just “phoning it in.” What’s the point? Someone says, “You have to have a Facebook Page!” and your first reaction is “Why?” then ask. Make them convince you of its value and worth to you. Set a limit for how much time you spend on social media – don’t let it keep you from living, work, and your own writing.
  4. If you try out a social media site and decide it’s not for you, close your account. Don’t leave abandoned sites all over the Internet. Someone’s likely to find them, some day, and conclude that you died five years ago when you stopped updating them.
  5. People generally prefer sincerity over whatever façade we think we have to show the world. This, of course, assumes that you are not a malicious, hateful troll.
  6. If there are two ways to interpret how something is said, assume the other person meant it the nicer way. Not everyone is a masterful communicator. Some people aren’t very good at recognizing sarcasm in writing. Sometimes, people are dealing with difficult things offline, and they take out their own hurt and frustration on the nameless, faceless “Internet.” Respond with compassion, and you may make a friend instead of an enemy.
  7. If someone harasses you, stalks you, threatens or cyberbullies you – don’t engage. You’ll often hear the advice, “Don’t feed the trolls.” We all have a little troll inside us, just itching to come out and play, some days. But there are a few – blessedly, very few – real trolls, and they can be quite malicious. Keep a careful record of it (use screenshots, document times and dates), and call the police. The motive is almost always to unsettle, intimidate, and upset you emotionally. Why give anyone that satisfaction?
  8. Record your username and password for each site in a safe place (offline, preferably in a password-protected OneNote file on your PC, or in a hardcopy notebook). Use different passwords for each site. For any accounts that link to banking, domain ownership, or that have the ability to request password resets, use very strong passwords and dual-authentication. If you write these things down, lock up the notebook or encode the information in a way that only you can read it. It’s a pain, when you forget your own password, but it makes it much harder for thieves to access your important accounts or for scam artists and identity thieves to impersonate you. Phrases like this are easier for you to remember, and are also quite “strong” passwords: I<3turnips+COFFEE!
  9. Look at your own profile the way others see it. Log out of the social media site completely, then visit your link. If you were a stranger to you, what would your first impression be?
  10. Don’t be afraid to jump in and try new things. Experiment. Have fun. The world will not explode if you press the wrong key, I promise.

 

Social Media Tips

for Those with Published Books!

  • Blog. Your blog should be the hub of all your social media activities. Link from your blog, outward, to all your active social media profiles. Link inward, from all your active social media profiles, to your blog.
  • Follow the 90/10 rule: 90% of what you post should be for others – entertaining, informative, fun, and engaging. 10-20% can be “shamelessly self-promotional.” After all, people appreciate your making it easy for them to find and buy your books, once you’ve given them a reason to be interested. But 100 tweets of your book cover with the words “buy my book!” won’t accomplish anything good! See #9, above – look at your own profiles, all of them, the way a stranger would.
  • Read this post for more: http://jahangiri.us/2013/author-blog-holodeck-for-the-authors-brain/

 

Social Media Tips

for Those Hoping to Get a Book Contract!

Your blog and your social media profiles serve two important purposes:

  • They are an online portfolio – a sample of your writing.
  • They serve as “social proof” and give a publisher an idea of whether you will be an active and engaging participant in any marketing activities for your books.

Keeping that in mind, you want to carefully proofread your posts and build a solid network of followers – not 10,000 followers for just $14.97, but real people. Readers, librarians, indie bookstore owners, friends, fellow authors, experts in the field you’re writing about (if you’re writing non-fiction), and interesting people who are actively engaging with other interesting people in social media. That takes a bit of time and effort, so it’s never too early to start. I’d suggest building the blog and the social media profiles first – make sure there’s some interesting content there that makes clear who you are and why anyone might want to follow you – then start finding followers.

 

Vanity Surfing – Google Alerts and TalkWalker Alerts

You should search for your own name – and all its variants – periodically, to see what the first three to five pages of search results contain. Most people never really look past the first three pages of results, but you want to be sure those three are a good reflection of you and what you’re all about. It’s also a good idea to set up alerts on Google and on Talkwalker – think of this as the lazy man’s way of vanity surfing.

First, go to www.google.com/alerts.

In the box where it says “Create an alert about” type your name in quotation marks. You can also type something like this:

“ann smith” OR “anne smith” OR “anne w. smith” OR “anne wilson smith” OR “annie the cat whisperer” – listing all common permutations of your name and pseudonyms.

Click Show options.

Choose how often you want to receive alerts; from which sources (hold CTRL while clicking to select multiple sources, or choose Automatic for all); language; region; all or “only the best”; and enter the email address to send them to.

Click Create Alert.

Next, go to http://www.talkwalker.com/alerts. Fill in the blanks as described above (they are essentially the same as Google Alerts). Preview and Create Alert.

The results are similar, but there are some differences between the two and it may be worth monitoring both. Create alerts for your book titles, as well.

Social media should be fun. It can also be an excellent marketing tool for writers. If you follow my tips, you can avoid headaches, heartaches, and undue stress. You’ll find more tips on my blog: It’s All a Matter of Perspective. I also wrote a number of posts specifically on social media strategy for writers. Come on over and don’t be shy – I love comments!

For more, read: http://jahangiri.us/2013/category/no-niche/social-media/social-strategy-for-writers/

 

Biography

Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; and A New Leaf for Lyle. She draws inspiration from her family, from her own childhood adventures (some of which only happened in her overactive imagination), and from readers both young and young at heart. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, J.J., whose love and encouragement make writing books twice the fun.

More about Holly: http://jahangiri.us/2013/holly-jahangiri/

Where to Connect with her online: http://jahangiri.us/2013/holly-jahangiri/where-to-find-me/

Buy Trockle: https://www.amazon.com/Trockle-Holly-Jahangiri/dp/0979751322/ref

Buy A Puppy, Not a Guppy: https://www.amazon.com/Puppy-Not-Guppy-Holly-Jahangiri/dp/0984070850/ref

 

Buy A New Leaf for Lyle: https://www.amazon.com/New-Leaf-Lyle-Holly-Jahangiri-ebook/dp/B00K1TW6DY/ref

Where to buy her books

  1. Amazon Smile where a portion of sales goes to charity: http://jahangiri.us/amazon
  2. Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Holly-Jahangiri/e/B002BMEYUC/

Thank you for sharing your tips about social media and about your life, Holly. 

If you’d like to ask Holly a question or leave a message for her, please click comment below and scroll to the bottom of the page.

GIVEAWAY CONTEST: Everyone who leaves a comment between now and midnight on Monday, August 15, 2016 will have his/her name put in a hat. Random.org will choose the winner. I will announce the winner in a new post that day.

COMMENT

Never Give Up
Live with Enthusiasm
Celebrate Each Step You Take

Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

*********************************************************

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


Join over 360 Valued Subscribers and receive entertaining, encouraging posts PLUS 3 free gifts:

1. Never Give Up image
2. 20 Affirmations for Writers
3. Ten Time Savers for Writers and Illustrators

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Advertisements

31 Responses

  1. These were great tips. I never thought about closing down social media sites I joined but an not active in. And the one about passwords—very good ideas. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Glad you found them helpful!

      Like

    • Dear Carol,
      Thanks for writing. There are a few sites I signed up for and haven’t been active, too. Some I don’t even know what they were. I was experimenting. I’m not worried about them. There aren’t many. But we can remember this if we sign up for new sites that we don’t like as well as others.

      Believe in you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

      Like

      • Make a list of all the major sites you can think of and any smaller ones that pop into your mind. Then search: sitename yourname

        Sometimes that will unearth those old, forgotten accounts. I found one that was so old, I had to get their support folks to switch over from an email address I hadn’t even had access to in 15+ years! They were very nice about it (I did have to remember which defunct email address it was, and approximately when I lost access to it). You can search “top 100 social media sites” and “blogging platforms” and maybe that will jog your memory, too.

        Like

        • Dear Holly,
          That’s a great idea. Thanks.

          Like

  2. Great tips, very thoughtful.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Thanks, Kristen.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Kristen Duisky,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you thought Holly’s tips were great and very thoughtful. I hope you’ll visit my blog again. Good luck with using social media to your advantage in publishing and marketing your work.

      Believe in you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

      Like

  3. Holly’s TeN Tips gave me a great deal to think about. Thanks for posting this.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Thank you, Sandra.

      Like

    • Dear Sandra,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad that Holly’s tips gave you a great deal to think about. You’re welcome for my posting it. Holly impressed me at the OWFI conference. I wanted to share her wisdom on my blog. Luckily for all of us, she agreed.

      Believe in you
      Never Give Up
      Joan

      Like

  4. Holly and Joan, I enjoyed the interview and tips very much. Lots of helpful information. I especially liked the tip about looking at our blogs like a reader would. Thanks! Holly, I appreciated your sense of humor about where you were born, etc.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Thanks, Linda. That one goes well with my mom’s advice to remember to look at your back side in the mirror, too, before leaving the house. Everyone looks at the front. It’s funny how many people look like they forgot they HAD hair at the back of their heads, let alone brushed it!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Linda,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview and tips. Holly did give lots of helpful information. You’re right, looking at our blogs as readers do, is great advice.

      Believe in You
      Never Give Up
      Joan

      Like

  5. Dear Holly,
    Thank you very much for being a guest on my blog and willing to share a little about your personal life as well as your top ten tips for social media. I admire your wisdom and skills in this area.

    Thanks for responding to the comments. It helps readers feel connected to you.

    Believe in You
    Never Give Up
    Joan

    Like

    • Oh, did I forget to mention I used to be the reigning Queen of Blog Comments? 🙂 I love having conversations on a blog (otherwise, it might as well be a magazine, right?) Look at the numbers of comments on these posts, Joan: http://www.blogengage.com/blogger/author/holly-jahangiri/ LOL I’m glad it’s no longer a competitive sport, to be honest, but it’s always been my pleasure to feel connected to readers, too.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Dear Holly,
        I understand, Oh Queen of Comments of former times. No competition here. That makes it nice. Just natural and heartfelt thoughts from readers. That’s what you’ll get here! Love your sense of humor.

        Liked by 1 person

        • So much more fun this way! The other was fun, too – and all the comments were heartfelt (if not entirely natural and organic). But 700+ comments is a bit hard to keep up with!

          Liked by 1 person

          • Dear Holly, I don’t know how you did it! Responding to 700 plus comments. You are amazing in many ways!

            Never Give Up
            Joan

            Liked by 2 people

            • I told you, it was fun for me. But I don’t know where I found the energy. If I had it, that drained the last of it. 🙂

              Liked by 1 person

              • :):):)

                Liked by 1 person

  6. Great tips! I enjoyed the interview, too! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you, Ann. I’m so glad!

      Like

    • Dear Ann,
      How great to hear from you! Thanks for writing. I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview!

      Believe in you
      Never Give Up
      Joan

      Like

  7. Super helpful hints about social media. Especially appreciate giving myself permission to disengage with any social media I do not enjoy ad deleting thr account. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Oh, definitely – do not get on somebody else’s hamster wheel! 🙂 You can only do so much in a day, and the Internet is FULL of shiny new toys and things to do. Focus on what you enjoy AND what gets you the best results for your business, and let go/disengage from the rest, or you’ll drive yourself to exhaustion. Thanks!

      Like

    • Dear Cat,
      Thanks for taking time from your busy schedule to read this blog post and leaving us a comment.

      Believe in you
      Never Give Up
      Joan

      Like

  8. Close social media accounts you don’t use? Never even thought of it. Passwords? (I could improve just a little). All great tips but the best ones are a tie between “don’t engage” and “the Internet is forever”. Although it probably isn’t, you should treat the Internet like it is internal. Sharing this one!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Alana, have you ever used The Wayback Machine? I’ve found 20+ year old usenet posts there. You can find a copy of my very first ever website there. Don’t assume that it’s not “forever,” even though it MAY not be. I used to think nothing I posted could POSSIBLY be worth the bits to store it on. But to put that in perspective, my first internal PC hard drive was 10MB and cost between $300-500. Let THAT sink in for a minute…

      Like

    • In fact, let me dig one up and throw it out there – from 1993: http://cd.textfiles.com/geminiatari/FILES/GENIE/LIVEWIRE.TXT (Search for my name.)

      Like

  9. Thank you to the seven people who left a comment. I appreciate you very much. You make my blog come to life.
    1. Carol Baldwin
    2. Kristen Duisky
    3. Sandra Warren
    4. Linda Andersen
    5. Ann Eisenstein
    6. Cat Michaels
    7. Alana Mautone

    It is with pleasure that I announce that Random.org chose number 7 as the winner.

    Alana Mautone, you won a free autographed paperback copy of Holly Jahangiri’s book, New Leaf for Lyle. Please send me your snail mail address so that Holly can send it to you (joanyedwards1@gmail.com)

    Thank you, Holly Jahangiri for being a guest on my blog, giving away a free copy of your book, and for sharing your social media expertise.

    I’ll announce this in a new post. You can respond there.

    Sincerely
    Believe in you
    Never Give Up
    Joan

    Liked by 1 person

I love hearing from you. To subscribe to comments, check the box below. Children 14 & older may comment (COPPA Law).

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: