Category: Personal Musings.

successI made it! Yes, I did! It feels good that I was able to accomplish one thing the month of January and that was to successfully complete the Ultimate Blog Challenge. So far, I’m sticking with my one word for 2015 and that’s CONSISTENCY. So let’s see if I can stick with blogging for the rest of the year. I got a great start for January, and here comes February!

I’m not going to blog daily, but at least three times per week, I will continue to plan and write blog posts on the topics of blogging, blog content, social media marketing and all things WordPress. It’s what I do in my business, so there’s no reason to not share what I know best.

However, I will be back for the April 2015 Ultimate Blog Challenge. That will give me (and you) two months to prepare for daily blogging postings. I know I can do it. I’m already setting up the month of April with daily topics I can write on.

So what did I learn from the challenge?

  • I gained more blog followers.
  • I made some really great connections (and some reconnections too!).
  • I received some great feedback in my blog articles.
  • My website traffic greatly increased by more than half.

And this is just from the first week of the challenge! LOL

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StomachFlu_200Yep, you heard me right. This has been a week from h-e-double-hockey-sticks at the McManama house. What started as a productive week for everyone, turned into a nightmare and it was a stomach virus that took the whole house down. I kid you not! I’m not going to gross you out with the details, but I did want to impress on you to be sure and take steps to perform self-care on yourself as a business owner. 

When I was bedridden this week, for at least a couple of days, I was troubling over not having my blog posts ready and published for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. But you know what? It’s okay. I quit beating myself up because I wanted to leave the Ultimate Blog Challenge, having evidence of posting to my blog every day this month. Even if I didn’t post everyday, it’s going to be okay. What I’ve really learned from the blog challenge so far is not necessarily a race to end to see who can post the most blog articles, but it’s the connections you made, it’s the visibility you have gained from new and returning readers, and most of all, it has stretched you to your limits to place your blog in the forefront of your business. That’s what it’s all about.

Another thing I had to face this week was making sure my clients’ needs were met. Thankfully, I have some really understanding clients, so if there was anything pressing, I could work on their project when I could and take breaks if I needed to. Everything else could wait. What was important was for me to rest and heal so I can be back to my old productive self. I will say that it was hard because even though I felt like I was completely healed, it seems that the virus wasn’t finished with me. Just because people say a virus usually last about 24 hours, doesn’t mean it’s all over in 24 hours! Viruses can last up to a week, even longer if we’re looking at sicknesses like the flu virus.

Take my word of advice…like anything that has to do with threatening your good health, taking care of YOURSELF first, giving yourself ample time to heal, before you try to conquer the world, or in my case, conquering motherhood and running a business at the same time. Your well-being is important to a captive audience. Be well! 🙂

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keep-calm-and-stop-swearing-6I know I’m going to sound like a whistle-blower, but I’ve got to express my opinion on how I’ve just about had enough with the in-your-face marketing that’s riddled with profanity. Really, people? Daily, I’m bombarded with profanity in different forms, but what really irks me the most is when it’s coming from women marketers who want to make a reputation for themselves online and offline. 

Earlier this month, I wrote a post about how you can ruin your reputation on the things you post on Facebook, but I can’t seem to move away from how this same kind of activity is becoming more and more acceptable and I just want to shout out about it. I have a right to my own opinion, so keep that in mind while I continue to share my feelings here.

I wake up yesterday morning to check my inbox only to have an email from one of the LinkedIn groups (Virtual Assistant Masterminds) I belong to read something like this in the title:

“Totally a** kicking, ‘I don’t give a f***’ women who have totally revolutionalised our world.”

“Ouch!” That was my first reaction. “Really???” That was my second reaction. I immediately deleted the email and it stuck in my head the rest of the day. It just left a bad taste in my mouth. Period. I get it that we want to be aggressive and consistent on how we market ourselves as women entrepreneurs, but there is a better way to get our point across in an authentic and caring manner that will drive people to your business. It’s all about that relationship marketing that I’ve mentioned before. I could name many women who are amazing in what they do, but you won’t hear one profane word come out of their mouth and you won’t see them supporting others that use it in their marketing messages.

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What I do see in using profanity is that underlying anger that you’re tired of what the world has to offer (or the lack thereof) and you want to take it out on it. Sure, you want to have your voice heard, but have you ever thought how one “ugly” word can make a bad first impression to your audience? Oh, sure. You’re going to attract folks that carry that same attitude you do, but how long will that last for you? Do you always want to be revered as “bad-a** to your followers? (Adn if I hear the “b-a” word one more time in the media, I’m going to puke! LOL)

I know most don’t know me on a personal level, but as someone who is old-school and has been raised to be respectful of others and not to use profanity, I honestly try to live by those golden rules of etiquette that were passed down to me. I’m by no means perfect, so I’m not saying I haven’t sworn a word or two under my breathe through the years. I also teach my children not to swear as there are much better words in the English language they could be using. Why does conversations have to be riddled with profanity when I would much rather hear a conversation on a good debate on what’s the best toilet paper on the market or…okay, so that may be an issue that could turn profane! LOL Just kidding!

So am I being too critical here? I would love to hear what you think. Leave me a comment below. Let’s get the conversation going, one and all! 🙂

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admsep2014_208x275pxAs an exercise for the Ultimate Blog Challenge, I thought I would change up my blog topic and share a little bit about my personal life. If you’re a biz owner like myself, you don’t always get to connect with your audience or your clients on a personal level, especially if you work mostly virtual via internet and email.

So let me introduce myself…my name is Aletha McManama and I’m a Digital Marketing Maven! Okay, so that’s my business intro.

Let me try this again…

Hi, my name is Aletha McManama and I’m a mother of two children and a mother to three dogs and six chickens! LOL

Here is a list of 10 not-so-boring facts about me:

  1. I’ve owned my own website design and Virtual Assistant business for 10 years (as of December 4, 2014). I get to spend all of 2015 celebrating it! Yeah!
  2. I’m really a quiet and reserved person, but when it comes to protecting my two children, then I’m not so quiet anymore. They are my life and I want to do everything I can to keep them safe and loved.
  3. I am a Christian woman and have been serving God for the last 14 years. My desire is to be a soul-winner and live out God’s purpose for my life.
  4. I volunteer with Girl Scout Troop #1120 and have been a part of Girl Scouts now going on five years.
  5. I also volunteer and serve on the board of my daughter’s middle school PTO. It’s important that I’m a part of her education and seeing to it that her needs are met there.
  6. Okay, so I may be an introvert, but I really like giving speeches and presentations in person. It really prepares me for landing those big speaking gigs that I have on my vision board for 2015.
  7. I am an early bird, waking up most times before 5 AM, without the help of an alarm clock. I haven’t used an alarm in years!
  8. I really, really want to make soap! I’ve been planning on making cold process soap for two years now. This will be the year that I MAKE SOAP!
  9. I love to jog for staying in shape, but only during the fall and winter months. I hate to sweat, so jogging in the spring and summer is out.
  10. My daughter’s name is Chloe and my son’s name is Dakotah. My husband’s name is Tom. I love them all dearly!

Okay, now that I’ve shared some not-so-boring things about my personal life, feel free to share at least one cool thing about you by leaving me a comment below. I love to learn about my readers. It’s a great way to form some great relationships with those that are like-minded in business.

Until tomorrow…Day 4 of the UBC 🙂

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