Ric Dragon to Co-Host #Blogchat on Sunday Plus Pilot Pen is August’s Sponsor!

by Mack Collier

I have two BIG #Blogchat announcements for y’all!  The first is that Ric Dragon will be co-hosting #Blogchat this Sunday!  Ric’s topic will be Blogging Time Management, and we’ll be discussing how to manage our time as bloggers and creating a productivity and work flow schedule.  Here’s how the chat will go:

1 – 8:00-8:30 Central – How do we create a schedule for our blog?  Should we spend 30 minutes a day on our blog?  An hour every other day?  How do we decide what to spend our time on?  Writing?  Researching?  How much time should you spend on blogging and what should you spend that time on?

2 – 8:30-9:00 Central – How do we repurpose existing content for our blog?  We’ll chat about how to take content like whitepapers etc already on our website and turn it into a blog post, or creating new blog posts from existing ones, etc.  I think this is an area that many of us (whether we are blogging for ourselves or an employer) do NOT think enough about!  There are many opportunities to create new blog posts from existing content, and Ric will help us figure out how to do that.


I’m super-excited about this as time management is a common problem that #Blogchat participants have, plus I’ve been wanting to have Ric co-host for a while now!  Please make sure you are following Ric on Twitter, plus check out his new book, Social Marketology, which is published by the good people at McGraw-Hill, who are also publishing Think Like a Rock Star!

Now the SECOND big #Blogchat announcement is that Pilot Pen is the official #Blogchat sponsor for August!  And it’s just in time as next week Pilot Pen will launch a pretty interesting campaign that I think many bloggers will be interested in.  It’s the Power of The Pen campaign, and I’ll be participating here next week as well.  Here’s the details:

Monday, 8/6 is when Pilot Pen will commence “Think in Ink Week/#ThinkinInk Week” which roots in the importance of using pens — particularly Pilot pens — to write, draw, create, inspire, etc.

Here’s the guidelines:

  • Only post handwritten blog posts during the entirety or for a portion of the week of August 6th (using photos of your handwritten posts, of course
  • Allot one post next week to either: A. Focus on either giving advice to the youth of today (about writing, creativity, doing what you love, etc.) or B. Craft an open letter to your younger self. For example…What would you do differently if you could redo your youth? What was the most  valuable lesson you learned? What are you most proud of? Who was influential to you?

So instead of writing out a blog post as usual, if you’re involved in this campaign, you’ll write out your post with a pen, and then take a picture of it and post it!  I think it’s pretty creative and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!  Does that mean I have to draw a picture for my written post?  Oops….I guess it does 😉

If you’d like to be involved in the Power of the Pen campaign, check it out at their site, and learn how you can join in next week.

So thanks so much to Ric for co-hosting Sunday (starting at 8pm Central!)  and for Pilot Pen sponsoring #Blogchat in August, I’m super excited about both!

Lisa Cash Hanson August 3, 2012 at 11:30 pm

I love creative and unusual ideas. I think the handwritten post is brilliant.

Mack Collier August 5, 2012 at 11:20 am

Lisa I agree, the #PowerToThePen idea is unique, it will be interesting to see what everyone comes up with. I’m not sure I can remember how to write in cursive 😉

Bruce Sallan (@BruceSallan) August 4, 2012 at 11:05 am

LOVE all that you’re doing Mack…and I love Ric Dragon AND his hats!

Mack Collier August 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

Thanks Bruce, excited about having Ric join us!

J.T Dabbagian August 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Drat. Looks like I won’t be able to participate in this one. You’d need a forensic expert and an archaeologist to read my handwriting.

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