In case I have never mentioned this before, I will say it now: I come from a large hispanic family… aunts, uncles and cousins galore. Seriously! ! It never felt like there were THAT many of us -but based on the reaction’s of Disneyland employees when seating a party of 32 on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride- I guess there are THAT many of us. These days it’s difficult to get together, but when we do get the chance to see each other it is complete chaos…. and I love it! This past weekend was one of those times and while talking with my older cousin (who would like for me to clarify that she was NOT the babysitter who let my brothers & I jump on the couches of the forbidden family room ) she inspired me to give everyone a tour of the blog and explain exactly how it works.
Talk To Me: I love talking. Talking is my favorite! Just ask my coworkers who have the pleasure of hearing me speak all day, non-stop, at 97 mph and at a volume that should only be used in a stadium during a football game. Blogging, however, is basically having a one-sided conversation… which can sometimes be torture to my social-loving heart. Luckily everyone has the opportunity to change this by responding to each post. Do you have a tiny dog who has you wrapped around their paw as mine does? Tell me about them! Do you have a completely normal obsession with high heels? Tell me where you shop… and remember that I’m a size 8 and gladly welcome donations. Do you share in my hopes that one day Chipotle and In-N-Out would be considered healthy? Do tell! I know I can’t be the only one I want to know if you are in the same boat as I am in trying something new, or have been there and can relate… or even what you thought of last week’s episode of the OC Housewives on Bravo. Questions are more than welcomed as well, I read every comment so let me know you’re out there!
** How To Add A Reply: The reply box is located at the end of every post (click on the thought bubble to the right of the post title if it is not visible) Add in your comment, question, etc. It’s that easy, for real!
Join Team Crystal: If you’ve followed along for a few posts and decide that we are probably twins separated at birth and just have too much in common to stop reading, then there is an easier way to stay in the loop. Receive instant email notifications of new posts. I get that everyone has a million and one things to do and reading my blog posts is probably around #8 on your list… and sometimes we just don’t make it past item #7. Since the posts are directly included in the email, reading is at your own convenience. See? Now you have something to read while you’re in line at Starbucks. You’re welcome
**To Receive Email Notifications: Click the BLOG tab at the top of the page (Middle tab) which will direct you to the main blog page. On the upper right corner you will see an option to FOLLOW BLOG VIA EMAIL. Type in your email address and hit follow…. Welcome to the club! WOOT!
Spread The Word: You know the funny emails or website links that you send to your friends or post on Facebook, because they are that awesome? Well you can do that with blog posts also! In fact, I’ll let you in on a secret and say that this is how a blog builds an audience…. with the help of awesome readers who share it with their friends. So consider yourselves a part of the Crystal Nicole Marketing and Advertising Department because it is through all of your referrals that I am able to get my name out their. Thank you in advance, your cupcakes are in the mail
** How To Share A Blog Post: There are sharing buttons at the bottom of every post (share via Facebook, Twitter or Email) Choose one or all and type in a brief description that you would like to include along with the link. I would love to hear of any sharing being done so feel free to sport your “TEAM CRYSTAL” t-shirts and let me know!
Include Me In Your Social Circle: Now I know there are plenty of social media sites out there but I like to keep it simple so I only use Facebook & Twitter. I try to cover as much as I can on the blog, but if you’re interested in seeing a picture of the “shoes of the day” or what I do on the weekends then we definitely need to socialize.
** How to Follow Me on Facebook & Twitter: Go the main Blog Page (Click the Blog tab) and off the right side you will see the options to LIKE my Facebook page or to add me on twitter. Both link directly to my pages.
Now that you’ve had a tour and know how everything works, let’s get the party started! Believe me, even though I enjoy writing it is still a difficult thing to do. Kind of like jumping on stage and performing at the Grammy’s…. I’m going to give it my all, but I’ll need all of you to reassure me that my mic is on