New Year and Spring! 2015 is going fast!

My friend Xenia Bakran-Sunic, a contemporary poet, took this picture. The Primroses bloomed gorgeously this Spring in Croatia.

My friend Xenia Bakran-Sunic, a contemporary poet, took this picture. The Primroses bloomed gorgeously this Spring in Croatia.

My loyal visitors, I would like to thank you for continuing to read my author’s blog, plus continue to check the pages so you do not miss any new content or revisions. In January and April 2015, I went through each of the pages and updated them. Added and deleted content to ensure the evergreen aspect of this website.

I sincerely apologize for not writing a blog post since June 2014. A lot had to do with keeping Alicia’s Bookstore and more updated, adding new content (still have more to add) plus maintaining the website as the patrons except. Another aspect for lack of blogging on WordPress was working on Undermining Alex. I place publishing the sequel to Just Alex as top priority. It is not easy to write a book series compared to individual books. I am learning a lot about writing and editing a Science Fiction book series. There is much to maintain consistent per each book. Writing a book series takes more time than I expected, but it is sorting itself out as perseverance produces a quality sequel.

In the interim, I also published new articles on HubPages and as the Oklahoma City Health and Happiness Examiner

. It is very rewarding having loyal readers with the same topical diversified tastes. They have been very encouraging and inspirational. I am very appreciative, and enjoy feedback very much.

2015 has begun at the speed of light for me. Yes, as we all have, real life things off line has kept me from blogging with you as well. Unfortunately, real life issues, concerns, family time, etc. must come first.

There are many things I have planned for my official blog; much I would like to share with you in 2015. Goals have been set (annual, monthly and weekly). I look forward to checking them off as each are completed. May you be successful in completing your 2015 goals, or keeping your New Year’s Resolutions (or both).

Thank you very much for visiting. All visits are immensely appreciated. Best Spring 2015 wishes for you and your family!

Alicia Rose

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Tips and more plus a great summer!

American Flag with fireworks

Happy Independence Day!

Hard to believe this year is half over! Where did 2014 go? Wow! Firstly, I want to thank my loyal followers and readers on WordPress for realizing this official author’s blog of mine is secondary to my writing and publishing (on and off line). Even though I had every intention of keeping it monthly, that has gone by the wayside due to working diligently on my next book to be published (book 2 of a book series) as well as real life stuff (My husband, sons, grandsons and Dachshund remind me they need time with me too).

February 2014, the online only bookstore’s anniversary month, I was very busy completely revamping this site plus gave it a domain name change. I did this in order to have a shorter domain name, plus it was time to have the same provider for website and domain name (found out it was more cost efficient). The new name I chose was Alicia’s Bookstore and more. I also had to change its business email address twice due to the first chosen had a symbol that caused problems (&) in being used by other email providers (Gmail, Yahoo, Comcast, etc). They would not accept it as a valid email address because of the symbol used; very odd (my opinion). All in all February gifted many online learning experiences. Note: This experience taught me it is best to refrain from changing a domain name and initially begin with the same provider for both domain name and website.

Throughout the rest of the interim (March through June), I updated much at Alicia’s Bookstore and more, wrote and published articles on Examiner and HubPages, plus diligently kept up with my entrepreneur projects (shared on Alicia’s tips and money making opportunities for people on a budget – updated June 26, 2014).

The latest for this blog is the following pages were also updated in June 2014:

a) Sharing with you things I like or recommend

b) No Charge to You (truly FREE)

The sharing with you… page is now more multi-topical. I plan to expand this page into sharing a whole lot about many diverse topics from A to Z that cannot be covered in the No Charge to You (truly FREE) page. I am looking forward to sharing much with you.

I am weekly active on my social networking pages, but I need to update my bookstore’s YouTube videos; have it on my “To Do” list. Thank goodness for being organized!

Have a wonderful holiday (July 4th – enjoy the fireworks, I love them!) and stupendous summer!

Alicia Rose

 

Having a positive Internet Presence matters!

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern ideas

These are some creative jack-o-lantern ideas for this All Hallows’ Eve!
Source: Google Images/Reuse/fotopedia.com/flickr

September and October have been very fast paced months for me. Things are really rocking, rolling and cooking in my personal universe! Not a whole lot of time to catch my breath, but I am accomplishing much online and off. What a wonderful autumn!

September 2012, I learned more about Internet Presence, the pros of having one. I found out there is still a whole lot to learn. At any time, one can improve one’s Internet Presence. It is never too late to do this and best not to be lackadaisical if you already have a business, blog or official website you are becoming known through. Improving or creating an excellent Internet Presence does take effort, time management and dedication. There are numerous ways to accomplish a great Internet Presence. In this blog, I have decided to share some of the methods I chose for this purpose.

Social Networking ads through social networking sights like LinkedIn and Facebook are a quick way to gain Internet Presence. The whole idea behind Internet Presence is for people to know about you and what you do as positively as can be generated. Social Networking sites who offer ads make certain their ads are excellent for they want to look good at the same time you do as a way of convincing others to use their ads. This method has ad costs; same with Google AdWords. I do not recommend paying for online ads of any kind if one has a small or tight budget. Ads can get expensive.

Another great way to gain Internet Presence is to get involved with a Traffic Exchange program like Profit Clicking offers where one gets paid for advertising by purchasing ad packages and having one’s website listed at no additional charge in the Traffic Exchange aspect. Increasing one’s Internet Presence can further be achieved through an affordable online advertising method like the one offered by Eimimo. These two as examples have worked for me, and generated more traffic to my online bookstore’s website which of course is the goal behind using these.

A unique avenue toward gaining better Internet Presence is to join something like STIFORP that for the price of membership has excellent online business tools. STIFORP’s online business tools include fantastic customizable landing pages that one can use to professionally direct traffic to one’s websites. These landing pages are very useful for Traffic Exchanges, blogging, online advertising and Social Network sites where you wish to give an introduction about your website before directing others to it.

Generating videos on sites like YouTube and blogging on websites like WordPress are common methods to gain Internet Presence. If you have a business website, getting your site listed on key sites like Alexa.com is also highly recommend for a superior Internet Presence. If an author, creating an author’s page on Amazon, Google Books, Goodreads and like sites is a super method to increase one’s Internet Presence. Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore has available a Featured Selections page to ensure free Internet exposure for participating authors.

Many freelance writers, including myself, write for sites like HubPages, Examiner, KnowABit and Yahoo!Voices in order to increase one’s Internet Presence. The nice thing about websites like these is they have a way to pay their participants for writing articles. There are quite a few sites looking for online freelance writers that have a pay-per-view payment method. Some pay better than others. In my experience, it is best to write for only four like these to avoid negative time management issues. You want to choose sites you plan to write many quality articles; the more you write, the greater your pay-per-view payment received.

The key is to become positively noticed on numerous websites without spoiling your brand. Your official, blog or business website content and how your site looks overall matters in the Internet world. Visitors will ignore something seemingly shoddy or has questionable content. You want your online appearance on any site to be professionally outstanding – be something someone would tell others.

One’s positive Internet Presence depends upon on how one’s website initially looks the minute a person clicks onto your site (does not matter what kind) – the first seconds of viewing are crucial. Having an exceptional landing, home, profile or welcome page is extremely vital for a successful Internet Presence as well as official, blog or business website. Your online appearance can make or break the level of Internet success accomplished. There are advantages of having a strong professional positive Internet Presence.

Happy All Hallows’ Eve on October 31st and enjoy today!

Alicia Rose

A Happy Summer and 4th of July!

Independence Day

A Happy July 4th, Independence Day, to everyone!
Source: Google Images/Reuse/blogspot.com

Since I last posted on WordPress, my life took a turn for the busier. My organizational skills were taxed to the maximum as well as my time management ones. I actually had to re-organize my daily duties since I had taken on a few more projects. The fun thing is that these new projects turned out better than planned which is wonderful; made my May and June.

Undermining Alex will probably be published sometime in 2013 instead of as originally planned for autumn/winter 2012. Just Alex is currently generating steady sales and it is in my publisher’s best interest to wait on publishing its sequel. This is an author‘s dream come true for a first book published – steady sales!

May 2012, Aya Katz author of Vacuum County and four other books were added to Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore. The write-up about Dr. Katz is in our Featured Selections as #9. It was a great honor to include Aya Katz as a featured author.

June 2012, a new good read published in May 2012 titled Financial Revolution by Matthew A. Easterbrook was added as a Featured Selection in Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore. It was an honor to feature this author who is publishing his work through my publisher, Infinity Publishing.

May and June this year has been two months filled with helping others. I feel that these good deeds accomplished, even though they lowered my blogging/posting, were well worth all effort even though these things were not newsworthy, just important to those involved. Sometimes being there does matter; especially to those closest to you.

To share a little bit more about my helping others: I thoroughly enjoyed assisting the two authors mentioned above with promoting their books by having them as a Featured Author. I helped several friends receive their very own private perfect internet home page for “free forever.” My husband and I were there as best as we could for two close friends who lost their spouses. I helped a dear lady friend who is not computer savvy begin an opportunity online. She was grateful; was something she found very interesting.

I also took the time to visit cousins I had not seen in four months and was introduced to Chick-Fil-A. We cousins had a great time! Visiting with them reminded me how great Summer Family Reunions can be.

Some of my new projects in June took me out of my house. I actually received more organic Vitamin D from sunshine because I went outdoors more. Recently I learned that there are chronic health conditions that are caused by Vitamin D deficiency and that one’s Vitamin D levels should be checked regularly.

On Examiner, I wrote articles that are family and health related. The latest article written shares delicious recipes children would enjoy. These were fun to research and share with everyone.

Thank you for visiting and may your Independence Day on Wednesday July 4th be grand!

Alicia Rose

Alicia added a new page!

Spring flowers blooming

Spring flowers blooming in the countryside.

Hi and welcome everyone! Thank you for stopping by. Hope March has been treating you well. I have added the Alicia Harrell’s Bookstore page. Doing my best to add content that is of interest.

Spring this year lands on March 20th. Where have the days gone? They do go by fast when busy.

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think of this informational blog domain. Would love to hear from you.

Happy March and National Nutrition Month to everyone,

Alicia Rose

Winter arrived February 1st in Southern Oklahoma

Icles hanging from roses

Greetings,

Thank you for visiting my WordPress blog domain. It is appreciated. I have in the past two weeks added or altered some content throughout its web pages. This blog domain has become my monthly project instead of the planned weekly or bi-weekly one. I sincerely apologize to those who prefer weekly or bi-weekly updates or added content. 

My time currently is 95% dedicated to writing Science Fiction novels and Freelance Writing on the websites listed under the tab “Published by Alicia Rose.” The other 5% includes family time, walking my dachshund, cleaning our home, emailing, shopping for groceries and incidentals, plus other very ordinary aspects of living as well as keeping this domain updated.

Today, February 1, 2011, Southern Oklahoma received its first real snow and ice for the winter. According to my yardstick, we received about 3 to 4 inches. The method I used is not the most accurate. I went to six different spots in my front and backyard to determine the average snow in inches with the use of my yardstick. My husband teased me about acting like a meteorologist when I came indoors after sticking the yardstick into the snow to determine snowfall.

Due to the amount of snow and ice received, I will not be driving my car today. My mailbox is iced shut. I am uncertain how my mail will be delivered. The screen door to my front door’s threshold is snowed closed; will not budge when I attempt to open it.  According to my Weather Channel dashboard, it is 11 degrees Fahrenheit (freezing is 32 degrees Fahrenheit) where I live. A good day to stay warm indoors, eat soup and drink hot beverages.

Wishing all a fabulous February,

Alicia Rose

Welcome and Happy Holidays!

Snowman

Merry yule-tide picture of joyful snowman.

Thank you for visiting my personal blog via WordPress. Visitors thirteen years of age and older are most welcome. Parental guidance is recommended for minors 12 years of age and younger due to the 8th grade through collegiate level content within this site’s pages.

Parents and grandparents are welcome to preview my blog domain before allowing their teenagers to browse the multi topical content and links. Parents and grandparents for their own peace of mind are encouraged to browse this website with their teenagers. As a mother and grandmother, I am an advocate for consistently recommending parental guidance; especially on the Internet.

I am  striving for this website’s content to be informative including about what this author is professionally doing, what I have written that has been published, and cover a wide variety of topics I find interesting enough to share with others.

Currently I am in the creative phase; adding content and updating the pages. I only have time to work on this bi-weekly, my sincerest apologies. There is much I plan to add and time willing, you will see it.

Thank you for supporting this site by browsing and reading its content. A pleasure to share information, non-fiction and fiction, with others who have similar interests.

Happy Holidays and may the yule-tide bring you and your family much joy!

Alicia Rose