Creating and Writing a Blog – notes

These are some of the notes from my blog writing class:

#selfieWhether you wanted it or not you guys are going to get a terrific example of internet marketing and promotion.

I mentioned in one of my blog posts about my daughters’ goal to snap a selfie with all of the presidential candidates. Being social media savvy, I created a hashtag for them on Twitter (#Presidentialselfiegirls) and then had them create an account @PrezSelfieGirls

I thought that they would have fun sharing this challenge with their friends and family.

The story got picked up by a local newspaper and then it BLEW open. I have been fielding interview requests for the girls all day (just today they have done 3 interviews and have requests for several more.) Note: Since I wrote this the girls have had several more.

National news has picked this up and CBS This Morning wants to do a segment on them. CNN ran an article. Two news crews will be filming them at the Trump event to see if they will get their Trump-selfie.

It’s absolutely CRAZY.

But let’s take a step back and see what’s really going on. Why is this even news?

First, my daughters had a great idea. They created a challenge to try and see if they could “snap them all.”

Second, because my husband and I know the internet, we set up a hashtag, an account and a website. The word got out and it got out quickly.

Third – did I mention my daughters had a great idea? More importantly, they hit a nerve (much like Obama did in his first run when he showed that he knew how to use a blackberry.) If you don’t know about selfies, you’re not speaking the language of the youth.

How does this relate to you and your blogs?

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again and again. EVERYONE loves a challenge. I’ve heard that people ar actually betting on whether the girls can get a selfie with Trump or not.

Be nice. I’ve warned my girls to not say anything negative. People like a happy story AND THEY ADORE A HAPPY CHALLENGE.

Be ready if you hit something that goes wide. Get on social media, get your ducks lined up in a row, and promote it, promote it, promote it.



Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.

Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). ( She writes about her chickens for GRIT, Backyard Poultry, Chicken Community, and Mother Earth News.

11 thoughts on “Creating and Writing a Blog – notes

  1. Very topical post — in terms of the current political climate and in terms of blog writing. “Everyone loves a challenge.” You’re absolutely right. Did the selfie project incite your daughter to ask questions about the candidates? Will there be guest posts from your human chicks on your Simple Thrift blog?

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