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Summary: The mission of Declare is to equip women to walk in their callings as Christian communicators. We do this through an annual conference, online webinars, local connect meet-ups and the podcast. Find out more about how Declare can help you reach your goals at wearedeclare.com

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 Should You Have a Newsletter? :: Amy Lynn Andrews {Ep 24} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:39

She’s been blogging for over a decade. Yep, since 2004. Today’s podcast guest, Amy Lynn Andrews, has seen blogging grow and change. And she has some predictions about where it is headed. In our conversation, we chat about why she decided to write a weekly “useletter” instead of on her blog. She helps me understand better the difference between various email subscription options. And we discuss whether having a newsletter is for everyone. Amy has been coming to speak at Declare since 2012. This year she is blessing us by teaching a lab on the newsletter topic. If you haven’t yet signed up for a lab, don’t miss your chance. Here’s a list of the option and where to sign up: Thursday Labs. What we talk about: * Why Amy should get a trophy * How she switched from writing about being a pastor’s wife to blogging tips * The gold mine of secrets which can land in your email box each Saturday morning * To Gramble or not to Gramble * How Amy is our blogging grandmother–with her decade long perspective * What motivated Amy to start her newsletter * What exactly is a newsletter * What is the difference between an email subscriber to my blogposts vs email subscribers to my newsletter * What is the benefit of having a newsletter “With email subscribers, you have permission by readers to approach them. But on your blog you have to wait for them to approach you.” * Would your readers benefit from you sending a newsletter * How Amy’s “Useletter” replaced her blog * What you will learn from Amy’s lab Connect with Amy: http://amylynnandrews.com/ Links Mentioned: * “Innovators Dilemma”  by Clayton Cristensen * SEO definition * Newsletter services–Mad Mimi, Mail Chimp, or Feedburner * Sign up for Amy Lynn’s Useletter –> Here! Have you considered sending out a newsletter? Why or why not? How to Listen to the Declare Conference Podcast: 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .doesn’t work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. 3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (click he...

 Making Pretty Graphics :: Crystal Stine {Ep 23} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:31

‘Crystal, Crystal, she’s our gal. If she can’t do it, no one can!’ We are so thankful to be welcoming back Crystal Stine to the Declare Conference. Y’all raved about her lab and session last year. (And I know you loved the podcast episode where she shared 3 Community Building Tips for Twitter) Lucky you, she’s leading another lab this year. 1 to 4 pm on Thursday. On graphics and social media. If you are interested, sign up for her lab (or any of the labs) by clicking here. Over the next few weeks I’ll be interviewing the other lab speakers to help you decide which labs best fits your needs and goals. In this episode, we talk about the importance of graphics in an info-drenched culture, how to make pretty graphics, and one free way you can learn more about social media art. . .before you come to Declare in July. What we chat about: * Hurkies and glow sticks * Naming Crystal’s computer * The only hard choice you have to make at Declare this year * The importance of using social media to direct people to your content * Using free tools to create graphics. * The minimal experience required to join her lab * The benefit of using a quote graphic with your blog post * Three of Crystal’s aesthetic tips for creating graphics * Crystal’s answer to my Facebook question. . .not letting FB pick your blog post image * Why Crystal won’t waste time on graphic design * What’s different about her lab this year compared to last year * Crystal’s exciting new *free* 30-day online social media course–launching in April * Heather’s favorite swim wear * Crystal’s favorite beverages * Constant access to ask Crystal questions throughout the conference Connect with Crystal: Crystal’s Site Links Mentioned: * Llamas on the Loose-the Musical * Creative Basics: 30 days to awesome social media art What’s your favorite social media platform? How to Listen to the Declare Conference Podcast: 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .doesn’t work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. 3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (click here).

 Beautiful Deep :: Eryn Hall {Ep 22} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:14

Ready or not, here comes the first podcast episode of 2015! In this episode I’m lucky enough to chat with co-founder of the Declare Conference, Eryn Hall. If you’re wondering what’s going on at this year’s conference, why the smaller size, and new location, then tune it and get your answers. Listen as Eryn shares her heart for going back to the roots of the original conference, Mamas Write. She believes (and I agree) by going smaller we have the ability to go deeper, spiritually and relationally. Together we’ll discover the beautiful deep. What we chat about: * The Declare Conference’s start as Mamas Write. * Why Eryn may be doing an (overdue) cartwheel opening night this year. * The transition from a 20 person conference at a church to an LLC & hotel event. * Why you saw us crying (a lot) at the 2013 Declare Conference * How God spoke about “wild obedience” and the calling for 2015’s theme * Why the pull to go smaller and deeper * What we love about the new facility–the Cooper Center * How the schedule is a bit different * The opportunity for learning labs on Thursday before conference * Why there won’t be breakout sessions this year * What’s new with the meals * How we are handling sponsors * The chance to get to know speakers well * Why pallets matter to us (& you may have seen Eryn throw one in the back of her car) Connect with Eryn: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram :: Pinterest Links Mentioned: Pray also for me,that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6:19-20 * The Cooper Center * Learning Labs * Kris Camealy * Janelle Knox * Speakers How to Listen to the Declare Conference Podcast: 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .doesn’t work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. 3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (click here). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed ab...

 How Obedience Changes Your Life :: Kristen Welch {Ep 21} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:20

Well. Here it is, the last speaker interview before we all gather in Dallas. Just can’t believe it. Thank you for listening to the podcast and welcoming our speakers. They have been praying for this weekend, seeking God for the message He wants you to hear. Continue to pray for their safety in traveling and protection over their families as they are away. Okay. Now on to today’s fabulous podcast guest, Kristen Welch. If you’ve never heard Kristen’s story, you are in for a treat. She shares little glimpses of her obedience journey. But I think you will hear her humble heart of service. And be amazed at all God can do when we simply say “yes”.  “God asks us all to say “yes” to something. He chooses the people who are least qualified and most inadequate because then He is the most glorified.” -Kristen Welch What we chat about: * How they were (are) “that family” with lots of ER visits, which is what started her online writing back in 2007. * How a Compassion International Blogging trip wrecked her and required a response. * How she said “yes” to Jesus in a bold way. . .starting maternity homes in Kenya for orphaned and oppressed girls living in poverty (writing about her journey in a new book, “Rhinestone Jesus”). * Her new idea to provide employment for impoverished women, single moms, & widows . . .with the gospel as her core–Fair Trade Friday. * How obedience is risky and unfamiliar, but not unsafe because God is faithful. * How after writing the book, she ended up saying “yes” to training refugees in Houston how to crochet/knit (crafting products that will be part of Fair Trade Fridays). * How she overcame fear when traveling to back to the maternity homes in Kenya by focusing on Truth. Connect with Kristen: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest Show Notes: * Compassion International * “Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith is No Longer Enough” book * Mercy House Kenya * Fair Trade Fridays Club When you stop and consider God calling you to say “yes”, what fears come to mind? How to Listen to the Declare Conference Podcast: 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .doesn’t work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows,

 Tips from a Secret (Literary) Agent :: Jessica Kirkland {Ep 20} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:07

You’ve read lots of books. You love books. You have even consider writing a book of your own. But what is the process of going from book idea to book store? Fortunately, we have an publication “insider” who is willing to share her knowledge with our Declare community. Jessica Kirkland (aka “Jessie”), is a literary agent with the Blythe Daniel Agency. She will be speaking at two sessions and on the publication panel. In addition, she is offering several 15 minute one-on-one sessions with her where you can pitch your book idea (wowzers!) (oh, and see show notes below for more great opportunities to work with Jessie). In today’s podcast episode, Jessie shares how she became a literary agent (a story of wild obedience, actually). She gives us some insider tips on what publishers and agents are looking for when they visit your blog. And you’ll also find out why we refer to Jessie as a “secret” agent (wink wink). Connect with Jessie: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest :: Instagram Show Notes: * Kristin Lemus * CBA–Association for Christian Retailers * Christian Apps for Kids by Jessica Kirkland– The Sounds of Night and The Lonely Stable * The Blythe Daniel Agency * One-on-one sessions with Jessie (no book proposal required)…sign-up here (only 4 left on Thurs, 3 on Friday, & 3 on Saturday). * For the next week (ending July 6th), Jessie is available for blog critiques (5 pg doc) & phone consults (conversation about your blog), each for $40. Just email her: jessica@theblythedanielagency.com. Write in the subject heading: “blog critique” or “phone consults” (more info click here). How to Listen to the Declare Conference Podcast: 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .doesn’t work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. 3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in 

 How to Overcome Writer Insecurity :: Brooke McGlothlin {Ep 19} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:35

Have you ever wondered if what you write really matters? And if you should you keep writing? I know I have. Today’s podcast guest, Brooke McGlothlin shares her story of questioning her qualifications and value as a writer. At the Declare Conference she will be encouraging attendees on the importance of Christian writers to keep writing. As a godly woman & author of several books, I know we will learn a lot from Brooke’s experiences. If you’ve never heard her heart for mothering boys or for prayer, then you are in for a treat. What we chat about: * Brooke’s journey to starting the MOB Society (Mothers of Boys Society) with Erin Mohring. * How Brooke has also partnered with Stacey Thacker (both gals met via blogging/social media). * The blessing and curse of being an idea or why person (visionary) and then need to partner with a “how” person. * Her session at Declare…encouraging us to keep writing, particularly when discouragement comes. * Brooke’s own season of questioning, rejection and then stopping writing. * Surrendering your plan with your writing and accepting God’s plan. * 3 Questions writers often grapple with in the writing journey. * How publishers may actually ask those questions. * The way God made her publishing dreams came true. Not by her striving, but through God’s provision. * Making your goal obedience and not success. Make His name great, not your own. Connect with Brooke: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest :: Instagram Show Notes: * Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change helping People in Need of Change –Paul Tripp * Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action — Simon Sinek * Start: Punch Fear in the Face — Jon Acuff Have you ever struggled with wanting to stop writing? Wondering if your words mattered? How to Listen to the Declare Conference Podcast: 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .doesn’t work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a 

 3 Common Photo Styling Mistakes :: Amy Locurto {Ep 18} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:26

Every blogger knows the value great pictures add to a post. We have learned (thanks Jessi) the importance of using well-crafted photos on social media to attract followers & build our brands. But most of us don’t want to spend hours searching for the perfect photo. And typically we haven’t taken years of photography courses to know how to properly operate a camera. Fortunately for us, today’s podcast guest, Amy Locurto, is sharing some great tips on what “not” to do when styling your photos. While sharing common mistakes, she ends up giving us some pretty great pointers. It makes sense she has such awesome advice, given her fabulous background in graphic design and photography. You should definitely check out her bio (she’s pretty talented, y’all). What we chat about: * Amy’s transition into blogging from graphic design. * The unique way Amy met her “I Heart Faces” business partner. * How Instagram (and other social media) changed their business model. * Common mistakes people make in photo styling. * Best time of day to take pictures–tips for lighting. * The effect of bringing the subject forward away from background. * The visual impact of de-cluttering your pictures. * Importance of choosing your photography style & brand.  Connect with Amy: Blog :: iheartfaces :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest ::Instagram :: Youtube :: Google+ Show Notes: * I Heart Faces * Holly Homer podcast interview on Facebook Page management * Fourth of July popsicles How to Listen to the Declare Conference Podcast: 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .doesn’t work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store,

 How to Not Miss Out :: Logan Wolfram {Ep 17} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:41

Do you ever look around at all the amazing things bloggers are doing and feel like you just can’t keep up? Or feel like you just keep missing out on all the cool opportunities? Today’s podcast guest, Logan Wolfram, Executive Director of the Allume Conference, has a good word for you today. A word of encouragement and hope, with a glimpse into her journey. I’m a big fan of this gal. Her joy for life and people is contagious. What we chat about: * Logan’s cute boys kayaking & her giant (zoo-like animal) dog. * Her accidental entrance into the blogging world, by doing what she loves. * All the ‘God-planned’ steps to placing her in as executive director of the Allume Conference. * How we should be faithful and say ‘yes’ to the little things along the way to get to where God wants us to be. * Perhaps wild obedience isn’t doing big, platform things, but small acts of faith. * Giving God your best with what you have. * Not focusing on the end result but trusting God in the journey. “The reality is if you are following the Lord and being obedient to things He’s asking you to do. You’re actually never going to miss out on the things He has for you.”–Logan Wolfram Connect with Logan: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest :: Instagram Show Notes: * Allume * Sarah Mae and “31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way“ * The Nester * Erin Ulrich * Matt Chandler–“Motivation for Obedience” podcast How to Listen to the Declare Conference Podcast: 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .doesn’t work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. 3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (click here). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.

 3 Community Building Tips for Twitter :: Crystal Stine {Ep 16} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:14

Do you feel like a twit when it comes to Twitter? I remember first getting on Twitter, struggling to connect with other people. It seemed a tweet was synonymous with yelling 140 characters into a crowded room and getting no response. Then I had an online friend walk me through a couple steps/tips to help me get connected. It’s amazing how many friendships started on Twitter (what an odd concept I know).  Today’s podcast guest, Crystal Stine, is a Twitter community guru. She is sweet enough to help walk us through some tips on how to develop authentic community in our online spaces. (FYI. . .she is also teaching lab on graphics. Informing attendees on where to find images, what online tools to use to edit those images, etc.) With Crystal’s full time job at (in)courage as their Editorial and Marketing Manager, this gal has lots of great experience to share with us on how to best present our information. What we chat about: * The cuteness of Crystal’s toddler, how I might steal her and how traveling doesn’t bring out her best side. * Crystal’s search for the perfect Cowboy boots (and possibly a hat). * How having a self-named blog has allowed her freedom to write on a variety of topics & grow with her. * What she is planning to share with those who sign up for the graphics lab (on the Thurs afternoon before conference officially begins). * The need to share things that are true AND pretty. * How to build authentic community online. * Crystal shares her 3 tips for creating community on Twitter * How to appropriately respond to other’s tweets which include your handle. * Great apps/sites for joining Twitter parties–slowing down the speed, etc. * Crystal offers to answer questions on Twitter, just ask her @CrystalStine

 Talking vs. Typing :: Shaun Groves {Ep 15} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:48

If you are a blogger who would much rather keep your fingers on a keyboard than wrapped around a mic, then do we have a treat for you. Today’s podcast guest, Shaun Groves, will be speaking to those who’d rather type than talk. His goal is to help us all be brave and better verbal communicators. In this episode we also spend some time chatting about how he became a Compassion International Ambassador. And he shares a few tips on how to invite others along on your journey (whatever it may be), to offer messages of hope instead of guilt. Oh, and be prepared to cry (kleenex alert) and laugh (bathroom alert). What we chat about: * Shaun’s family, including the adoption of his son from India and the additional motivation to care for the poor. * How Shaun got involved with Compassion International and how many cities he visits a year. * How he accidentally started blogging in 2005, and was perhaps the first Christian artist to do so, against his labels wishes. * How blogging allows a writer to bring a reader along on a journey–whatever it may be. * Writing about a cause without losing readers, allowing it to naturally intersect your life. * How return trips to underdeveloped countries allows you to see slow positive change. * Cynicism & guilt do not motivate us. Our God has wired us to hope. Hope motivates and inspires us to join. * How to turn the written word into the spoken word–help for those who would rather type then talk. * Writers are trying to persuade through speaking–how to do so effectively * Most importantly, we answer the question: Will you be force to do a spontaneous speech if you attend his session? Connect with Shaun: Blog :: Twitter  ::  Facebook  ::  Instagram Show Notes: * Compassion International * Compassion Bloggers * Allume How to Listen to the Declare Conference Podcast: 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .doesn’t work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. 3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (click here). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.

 How to Benefit from a Conference Writing Session :: Denise Hughes {Ep 14} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:37

If reading via email click here (blog) or here (iTunes) to listen to this podcast episode. Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to a writing session at a conference and hoped you would walk away a better writer? Wishing that perhaps the speaker would hand you the elusive rainbow unicorn you have been in search of? That you would finally figure out what is meant by “find your writing voice”? Well, today’s podcast guest, Denise Hughes, a professor of Freshman composition at Azusa Pacific University and Declare Conference speaker, is offering her words of advice to conference attendees. Her goal is to help us benefit from her writing session offered at Declare. Thank goodness. More specifically, we chat about: * Denise’s first blog–like stones of remembrance; the journey to calling herself a ‘blogger’ * What Denise loves about blogging conferences * How to get the most out of a writing session at a conference * The fallacy of feedback & writing to your strengths * Aristotle & Plato’s thoughts and how they apply to writing quality content * Story Telling based on John 1:14  (“Jesus came from the Father full of grace and truth”) * Denise’s practical tips for writing out your story, without offending others. * Comparing an autobiography to a memoir and how it directs your content. * The biggest challenge every storyteller faces * Comparison of early 20th century novels and today’s generation of readers * What makes good literature timeless, and the danger of pop culture references One of my favorite quotes from the show: “A properly placed comma never transformed anyone’s life.”-Denise Hughes Connect with Denise: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest :: Instagram Show Notes: * Azusa Pacific University * Ann Voskamp * John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  What do you hope to learn about writing in Denise’s session? How to Listen to the Declare Conference Podcast: 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .doesn’t work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. 3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in 

 Writing from the Overflow :: Lara Williams {Ep 13} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:42

*if you are reading via email, click here (iTunes) or here (blog) to listen to the podcast. Our words have power. And online those words travel far and into busy lives. With that power comes responsibility. The responsibility to be succinct and to share Truth. Today’s podcast guest, Lara Williams chats about both. Lara is a master word crafter. (She may even do a little slam poetry in this episode. . . ). (There may also be a little blooper/outtake portion you don’t want to miss. I’m mean my 6 & 8 year old were entertained. . .). What we chat about: * Lara’s blog-naming advice * Lara’s blog writing schedule in the midst of homeschooling and with a fire fighter husband. * Lara’s Declare session–guiding us on how to write succinctly, to give the reader one thing for the day. * Lara’s word magician skills. . . as a rapper, aka “slam poet” . . .yes, she shares one on the podcast. * Rediscovering your “why” of writing. * Writing from the overflow of what God is doing in us and through us–time with God in the morning or locked in the bathroom escaping your children–using it all in your writing. * The transition from blog writing to book writing. . .lengthy process of continual heart checks, staying connected with God. * Having a prayer/review team in place while writing a book. * Before posting/writing anything read it and ask God to show you anything that doesn’t align with Truth. * Lara’s favorite parts of Declare Conference last year. * The outtakes. . .hee hee. Connect with Lara: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram Show Notes: * Get the 2013 Declare Conference session recordings–$20 for the Keynotes (Bonus: 16 breakout sessions for free!). * LaraWilliams.org * Lara’s books . . .including “To Walk or Stay” * Million Praying Women * Kat Lee & Hellomornings * Stacy Buck How to Listen to the Declare Conference Podcast: 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .doesn’t work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called 

 Facebook Doesn’t Hate You :: Holly Homer {Ep. 12} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:29

We’ve all felt the frustration. After working hard to gather a few Facebook fans, we discovered only a fraction of those fans saw posts we just shared or questions we asked. Pretty soon “some” people quit posting on Facebook all together. Today’s podcast guest, Holly Homer, offers a word of hope for our attendees. Since October of 2013, her Facebook page has grown from 13,000 to 500,000 fans. Incredible. Holly shares 3 tips for growing your Facebook presence. Do. not. miss. this. episode. What we chat about: * How Holly purchased another blog and re-branded it as Kids Activities Blog. * How her Facebook page grew from 13,000 fans in Oct. 2013 to 500,000 this week when most people had given up on this platform * How to move from being angry at Facebook to learning to play the game by Facebook’s rules. * How bloggers are in a unique position to deliver viral content to Facebook’s users (which in turn helps FB compete against Pinterest and Twitter). * How you can learn from Holly about social media for hours at her Lab, August 7th–bring your computer and your questions. * Holly’s tips for growing your social media platform: 1) Focus on one project or platform at a time  2) Look at the available analytics (FB Insights) –post accordingly 3) There is no downside to being generous–share other blogger’s content on your pae 4) Don’t do this by yourself — no reason for you not to join forces, a friend to support you * How you should approach other bloggers you meet at Declare, looking for like minded bloggers, a potential support group * How Holly is an open book and is willing to share all she has learned through 7 years of blogging. Connect with Holly: Blog :: Business2Blogger :: Google+ :: Twitter Show Notes: * 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever * Business 2 Blogger –matching businesses to bloggers * Declare Labs–$75 for 3 hours in a small group with Holly learning about social media * The Humbled Homemaker–Erin Odom * Voxer How to Listen to the Declare Conference Podcast: 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .doesn’t work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a 

 The Making of an Affiliate Marketer :: Erin Mohring {Ep 11} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:18

What happens when a blogger discovers she was made to share what she loves? She becomes an affiliate marketer. That’s what! In today’s podcast episode, listen to Declare Conference Speaker, Erin Mohring‘s story of becoming an affiliate marketer. She’s been blogging for 6 years and her knowledge base is super helpful for any attendees looking to use their blog to help support their family. Or even to fund a ministry of some kind (adoption/mission trip/child sponsorship program). She also shares great tips about being sponsored to attend a conference (that means all-expenses paid. aka, “free”) and how to promote that company (creatively & appropriately) during the conference. What we chat about: * How Erin loves to share what she loves with others. * Her boldness in connecting with companies to promote them. * How she used an affiliate connection to go to a conference for free. * Creative ways to promote a company during the conference, knowing a conference’s sponsorship guidelines, & honoring the conference’s sponsors. * How Erin learned her strengths (strength finder) and it helped define how she moved from ads to affiliate marketing. * How affiliate marketing works and which company she started with. * How to notify your readers that you are affiliate and why. * How an online connection led to starting a contributor site for boy moms * Lastly. . .a disclaimer about hearing Erin’s voice in the Marriott hotel hallways from the ballroom.

 Make the Most of Waiting :: Rachel Anne Ridge {Episode 10} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:23

30 years of marriage. 27 years of motherhood. 15 years of boot-strapping. 8 years blogging. Today’s podcast guest & Declare Conference speaker, Rachel Anne Ridge, has been waiting for her book writing dream to come true. This spring of 2015, her first book, “Flash the Donkey” will be published by Tyndale.  I love the message Rachel has for our Declare Community. A message of hope and encouragement during the season of “waiting”. God is not as big a hurry as I think He should be. . . but since waiting is part of God’s plan, then in the waiting, I am in the center of His will. -Rachel Anne Ridge Good stuff. Rachel also shares 3 tips with our home-based business attendees, how to use blogging & social media to promote your business.   During this podcast we chat about: * Rachel’s story of patience and faith in the waiting. * Her newest book project. . .”Flash the Donkey” (and why I’m not interested in owning a donkey at this time). * Reasons why God had her wait for her book dream to come true * How  “you can wish away your days for better ones ahead. But you should look for the good things while waiting. God is there.” * 3 tips for using blogging & social media to support your home-based business * Realizing people buy from people they like and they know. * Finding the platform you feel most comfortable connecting with others. * Share your life not just your art/product. * Decorating a gigantic hotel conference space with well-placed vignettes. * Lastly, will Flash the Donkey make an appearance at Declare? (hee hee) Connect with Rachel: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest :: Instagram Show Notes: * One of Rachel’s viral posts: “Dear Lonely Mom of Older Kids”  * Flash the Donkey’s Twitter Account How to Listen to the Declare Conference Podcast: 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .doesn’t work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. 3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (click here). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.

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