Kathy Temean today


Today it’s my pleasure to bring you Kathy Temean.

Kathy’s advice about blogging will help anyone who is in the “business” or ever wanted to be.

Read on!

I don’t offer any advice on writing here, today. Anyone who is interested in writing related tips, can visit my
writing and illustrating blog at http://www.kathytemean.wordpress.com

What I do offer is some advice on marketing yourself. You don’t have to be a published author, illustrator or a known personality to start building a reputation and begin connecting with people on the Internet. Just the fact you are here reading David’s blog, means you are someone who should consider joining the social media explosion.

If you write, illustrate, dabble in photography, have something to show off or just have something to say, then you should think about promoting yourself with a blog.
Two years ago, I would have said, why would you want to torture yourself with a blog? But now with Twitter, I have changed my mind. Twitter has changed everything. By spending only a few minutes a day on Twitter you can drive people to your blog, that would never have found
you before.

You might ask why I didn’t start off by directing you towards having a website? Well, I started with blogs, because they are free, easy to use and you don’t need a web designer to have one. If you don’t have something to sell or promote, then starting out with a blog is an easy way to get your name out there and a quick entry into Social Media.

Here are some things to consider:

1. Decide what you can blog about and how often you will blog. Don’t start blogging unless you are committed to blogging on a schedule.

2. Pick a topic. You may be good at knitting, skiing, rock climbing, raising children, training pets – the list goes on and on. Now decide who you see as your target audience – kids, parents, seniors, women, men, etc. What ever you do, just don’t make it about what you did during the day, because no one cares – unless you are a celebrity.

3. Once you have decided on how many times a week you want to blog, stick to it. The worst thing you can do is start blogging, build an audience and then lose them by dropping the ball.

4. Once you have decided on the what, the when, and the look, then you need to set up an RSS Feed and give your visitors the option to sign up for automatic e-mails.

5. Encourage visitors to respond to your posts by asking questions.

6. Always respond to a person when they leave you a comment.

7. Visit other blogs and leave comments. This will help build traffic.

8. Twitter three or four times a week about something on your blog. Since you can only use 140 characters, counting spaces, it should only take you a minute to do this.

9. The other three or four times a week when you are not tweeting, go to Twitter and re-tweet something you find from someone else. This will help get your name out there. Re-tweeting is only a matter of hitting a button.

10. Always use tags when you blog. Tags help search engines and feeds pick up your blog and distribute your posts around the Internet (You can find them on your blog’s dashboard).

Tip:  Remember to put a limit on your social media writing.  You still want your creative writing to be part of your plan.

Kathy, thank you for this and for everything else you do for me.


While we have everyone’s attention, I’m reprinting here some good advice to writers that Kathy recently added under comments. I think these tips are well worth sharing here. DH


I love these mini lessons on how to approach a new poem or story – keep them coming.

Since I do not know how many people on this blog are published, I thought I should point out to the group, you do not have to apply for a formal copyright for the poems you write. As soon as you write something, it is automatically copyrighted.If you do spend the money to copyright your work, it will only hinder a publisher when they want to publish your writing. Most new writers don’t know that, so it is kind of a “newbie red flag” if they tell a publisher they have a copyright on their work. 

Will you run into poems or stories that sound similar to your writing?  Yes, but that probably will happen even if you never put your writing out for the public to read.

If you see something someone else has written that you think is good and would like to post on your blog, then send them a note letting them know and ask if you can post it.  If they are smart, they will say, “Yes.”

Marketing is a very important thing and getting your name out there and associated with good writing is a great marketing plan. 


BULLETIN: Tomorrow I hope everyone will join us in a discussion of children’s poetry. The whole day is dedicated to the subject so share your thoughts and read what others have to say.


20 comments on “Kathy Temean today

  1. This is great stuff, especially since I’m working my way into setting up a blog and website. I’m not a novice with the internet, and have created a couple of basic websites, but I want the website I create for my writing/illustrating work to be much better and I know what a pro Kathy is. I trust everything she has to say. Thanks, David!

  2. That’s really great blogging advice from top to bottom. So many folks dive in without having given enough thought to the hows and whys… and blogging ends up being a waste of time and energy instead of a valuable tool (and fun, too!).

    I’ll be traveling tomorrow, but know that I’ll be talking children’s poetry with you all in spirit!

    • Thanks, Greg,

      I hope you’ll chime in on the conversation when you get back. I have a feeling that people will return to tomorrow’s blog to reread and add comments for some time to come.


    • Greg,

      Thanks for reading. I visited you blog and I love the poem.

      Icy toes.
      Bright red nose.
      Got 10 fingers –
      Can’t feel those.
      Frozen hair.
      I don’t care!
      What? Hot chocolate?
      Be right there!

      Does this type of poem with 3 beats for all except the third lines have a name? I’m new with poetry.

      Keep up the good writing,


      • I was at an SCBWI event over the weekend so didn’t answer… but I really wish someone else had since I have no name for the form to share. I’d suspect there isn’t a well-known 3-3-4-3/AABA form, as it seems like a variant on so many others (I could easily combine lines and turn this into a couplet with internal rhyme, for instance), but this is surely a blog where someone might chime in knowing.

        And thanks for the kind words!

      • Kathy and Greg,

        There are at least eight recognized forms of the four-line stanza, including the ballad, short ballad, and long ballad. Rhyme schemes generally fall into abab, aabb or aaba patterns and most have three or four iambic beats per line in various arrangements. The Rubaiyat Stanza might serve as a pattern for Greg’s poem except for the change from four iambic beats in all four lines to his three per line.

        Does anyone have a different response?


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  4. Great information. This is a very reasonable list to follow, and still leaves you plenty of time to write.
    Thanks for passing it on.


  5. Hi Kathy, thanks to you and David for all the helpful information. Blogging has been great for me. I have made many special connects in selling my book. I will have a short piece, “Blogging is an Important Writer’s Tool” on the Feb issue of “Kids Magazine Writers” emagazine, Jan Fields, Editor. http://kidsmagwriters.com

  6. I simply want to mention I’m all new to blogging and site-building and absolutely enjoyed this page. Very likely I’m want to bookmark your blog post . You certainly have superb stories. Cheers for sharing with us your webpage.

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