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Birth of ‘the baby’


Ahhhh.

That’s the sound of relief from the ‘birthing’ my new ebook, “YOU Can Become a Freelance Writer in 60 Days,” which was loaded onto Smashwords’ website just yesterday.

It was a grueling task but, like any birth, well worth it.

I’m thrilled with my ebook! I know there are several other books and ebooks on the topic but none of them have my particular story, my wit, my past – and that makes mine unique. It’s one of the things I talk about in the ebook: We all have our own story to tell, our own way of telling it – so in essence that qualified us to become writers in our own right.

I’ve had people ask me how I did it, how I broke through and became a writer (as if it’s some magic bullet). And I tell them the same thing I’m going to tell you: I made up my mind to write. I don’t mean to minimize it, but that’s pretty much how it began.

Sure, there are other things I had to implement: a structured plan, tenacity, determination  and (I think this is the most important part) humility to realize that I didn’t have all the answers (or none at all quite frankly).

To put it simply: it took some doing..but not much more of ‘a doing’ than working for someone else and making their dreams and goals a reality.

So there you have it: how I became a freelance writer – and it took FAR longer than 60 days – and that’s why I was determined to write this ebook…so that others (like you) can dodge the missteps that I took and propel to writing success much quicker than it took me.

If you’d like a glimpse of what my ebook has to offer, just download it here and read how YOU Can Become a Freelance Writer in 60 Days and start making your life over.

I did…and it was well worth it.

All the best,

JBlair Brown / Freelance Writer, PR/Marketing Consultant
Author, “YOU Can Become a Freelance Writer in 60 Days

Tweet On / Tweet Off


…so here’s the thing…

I read a post where the writer was ranting about ‘someone’ (who was not me) had un-followed him. He was quite vocal about it…almost as if his lifeblood was pouring out as the un-follow was solidified. He was truly upset that he wasn’t ‘notified’ by the person that he was no longer in their ‘line’ (my word, not his).

So I got to thinking, What if I DID un-follow him? What’s it to him? Would he win/lose a distinct amount of brownie points for the un-follow? Is there some kind of tweeting contest that I am not privy to (and there just might be)? But, seriously…is it really that serious? What?! Are we breaking tweet laws by un-following? And quite honestly, why on earth would anyone notify you that they’re un-following you? Wouldn’t that be counterproductive? The very antithesis of the un-follow? Just plain ol’ stupid?

…and when I finished thinking it through, I realized that the jerk who wrote the piece and I had absolutely nothing in common. He wasn’t a vested interest of some kind (as I was not of his)…so I un-followed him.

…and no, I didn’t tell him before I did it.

Tweet on / Tweet off.

10 Things NEVER to Post on Social Networks – That means NOT EVER!


After just reading a story on the firing of a waitress – who complained of a a $5 tip left by customers who ran her for nearly 3 hours – I’ve decided to re-post, re-edit and re-Tweet/FB this baby as a reminder to the (obvious) Mensa candidates who just might stumble upon it.

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This comes from the “they said what?!” archives. I’m constantly amazed at the stupid stuff people post on social networks so I’ve decided to write my own list of things NEVER to post on social networks…

#1) “Going on vacation – be back in a week!” – This is a no-brainer for obvious reasons (why not just open those blinds, leave the door unlocked and post a “Come in and rob me!” sign?). And yet…people do it all the time. Messages like “Hey guys, we’ll be in Mexico for 10 days,” or “Check out this photo we just took on vaca in Miami!” – are a sure invitation for trouble.

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#2) “It’s just me and the little ones here for the weekend.” This one makes me cringe. Think about it: you don’t even want your neighbors knowing you’re all alone, why on earth would you put your life, and worse yet, the lives of your kids, at risk by posting this one? Think, people. Think!

#3) “My boss is a real jerk!” (or other such rants) – It goes without saying since most people listed as our “friends” or “followers” are co-workers, but these types of raves are the norm on social networks…and then we wonder why the pink slips are flying like…oh, whatever. Point is social networks are NOT confidential – no matter how many security tools you might download, purchase or create. Somebody somewhere is reading something that you don’t want seen. User beware!jerk
#4) “Just bought the new Wii! Dude, it’s awesome!” or “Just bought the new iPhone! Wait’ll you see what it can do!” – You might be the proud owner of the best technology money can buy…but telling thousands of strangers of your purchase only translates to “Yeah, I got toys…and maybe some money…and possibly both. Rob me blind. Please.” Smart move, Sherlock.

#5) “Wanna buy a kid?” – It might be a joke to YOU, but in today’s market, children are a hot commodity, so that type of innocent “prank” just might lead the FBI, DEA, County Children Services or other such organizations directly to your door…or worse: to your JOB where you’ll undoubtedly be the most unpopular “ex” employee at the site.

#6) “I’ll do anything for my Vicodin!” (or other type of drugs – prescription or not). Oh yeah, you’re a riot. We’re rolling in the aisles. Just don’t be crushed when HR comes around demanding a urine sample…especially before you take the wheel of the school bus. Poor kids. (You should be ashamed.)

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#7) “My 15-year-old neighbor is HOT!” – If you’re an adult, whether you’re a man or woman, married or single, gay or straight – THIS IS NOT COOL! Stop. NOW.

#8) “Just had the best job interview EVER” – To be clear, this sort of statement in and of itself is quite innocent…unless you’re still employed and your “friends” or “followers” get wind of it. And they will. They always do.

#9) “How do I off my spouse?” Seriously. Do you think THAT ONE won’t make the rounds? ‘Nuff said.

#10) “I think I married the wrong sibling.” – Are you TRYING to get killed??? I’m not even going to address this one. You’re hopeless. And pathetic. And probably deserve everything your spouse takes from you. What an imbecile.

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