Platform Building, Day 6: Read and Comment On a Post

Today’s task is commenting on a post. I chose to comment on a graduate classmate’s blog on WordPress by asking him what his focus as a creative writer will be in our MFA program.

I will try to do this with other relevant pages in the future.

Adam Tarr

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Platform Building, Day 5: Start a Blog

TASK

Today’s task is reformatting my blog. This should be interesting because I have to do assignments for school using this blog as well. Since the main topic is writing, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

  1. Create a Blog
  2. Write a Post for Today

TIPS FOR OPTIMIZING YOUR BLOG

  • USE IMAGES IN YOUR POSTS (I’m very infrequent myself with doing this. cropped-beterrific_header-10.jpg
  • USE HEADERS IN POSTS: Bolding little headlines in the post will make them clearer to your viewer. (Another infrequent practice for me).
  • WRITE SHORT: I read in other blogging resources to keep the length to 500 words. Unless you are writing a book.
  • ALLOW COMMENTS: This allows your readers to interact with you. Building a platform and audience requires you to step out from your comfort zone and engage with your audience.

 

References

  • Brewster, Robert Lee. Guide to Literary Agents 2020. Writers Digest, 2019.

 

Platform Building, Day 4: Join Twitter

For me, I will be updating my professional Twitter page.

  1. Use my one-sentence summary from Day 1 as my profile bio.
  2. Updated profile pic to current look.
  3. Changed profile name and Twitter handle to byline used for my books.
  4. Link blog posts to share to Twitter to be active.
  5. Retweet posts using hashtags.
  6. Updated Feed by creating lists: Animation, TV & Film, Comic Books, Video Games, and Writing Resources to stay current.

Platform Building, Day 3: Join Facebook

  1. Created a Facebook Page for networking/fans, instead of my personal page.  Bought the domain terrioajenkins.com,, since terriojenkins.com is taken. This is so that my byline is consistent across social media, blog, and books. Which means changing books to include my middle initial. Copied and pasted “Define yourself” and “Set Your Goals” to About Me section of page.
  2. Page is public
  3. Remember to keep professional page professional. Don’t post private life posts.
  4. Included a profile pic
  5. Updates will be daily, due to blog sharing. At the very least, on Fridays and Sundays.
  6. Network with friends who will be supportive and other businesses.
  7. Be selective about friends
  8. Be careful about adding apps. I added Instagram to mine.
  9. Join groups that are relevant.
  10. Follow relevant fan pages. I liked Animation Magazine, Nickelodeon since my focus as a screenwriter will mainly be animation writing.

Platform Building, Day 2: Set Your Goals

SHORT-TERM GOALS:

  • Promote rough draft editions Lust, Binary, and Genesis; second draft edition of Lust (February)
  • Write/Illustrate Bible Stories for Children Series (January)
  • Animate/Produce Secular Stories skits (February)
  • Complete my M.F.A degree in Creative Writing (November)
  • Find an agent for my novels and screenplays (December 2020)
  • Finish 4th Draft of Lust
  • Finalized Character Designs for each series (March)

LONG-TERM GOALS:

  • Buy homes to turn into rental properties
  • Get married and raise children who will be the future of technology and entertainment
  • Be better mentally, physically, spiritually than I am now
  • Win Academy Award for Best Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, or Animated Feature (or Emmy for animated series)

Platform Building, Day 1: Define Yourself

Name: Terrio Jenkins

POSITIONS: Freelance Graphic Designer (Lesoya LLC), Freelance Writer (Fiverr.com), Blogger, Camera Operator-Abundant Life Fellowship, Print Logistics Intern-Marvel Entertainment.

SKILLS: Editing, Creative Writing (fiction), Screenwriting, Blogging, creative problem solving, research,

SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tumblr.

URLs: http://www.terrioalonza.com;www.patreon.com/terriojenkins;

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Four completed novels, completed graphic novel script, Editor’s Choice Award 2004.

INTERESTS: Urban fantasy projects, animation, superhero films, faith, family, sports (basketball, soccer, Olympics, WWE), manga/anime, comic books, writing.

IN ONE SENTENCE, WHO AM I?: Terrio Jenkins is a cartoonist who writes novels and is currently pursuing a master of fine arts degree in creative writing, specializing in screenwriting.