Thea’s 3 Mashup. :Take advice from Kristen Lamb and get er done

June 10, 2011

In honor of finishing Kristen Lamb’s book We are Not Alone I’m using her as a theme for my mashup this week. If you haven’t visited her blog and you are a writer trying to find ways to make sense of this whole social media thang, you really should subscribe. You should buy the book, in fact. (Just don’t take the advice of creating a MYSpace profile. She will tell you that after the book released MYSpace went ballistic.)

Speaking of Kristen Lamb, I’ve been working on advice from her blog to create posts that invite comment. Not working for me yet as I haven’t managed it successfully, but Vivienne Tuffnell’s blog is rich with comments. Each post she writes is full of people writing back to her and to each other. How does she do it? It’s worth the visit for investigation.

Mark Williams and Saffina desForges admittedly used Kristen’s (hope the first name’s ok, hun) advice to move into the top 10 – and one of them will correct me on the numbers I’m sure if it’s higher, and I think it is. They read Kristen’s book and applied the advice. They took off. I’m sure it has something to do with the writing, but readers have to find a writer first before it can become a sensation. These two even received mention on Kristen’s advice blog. I’m sending you to Mark Williams International because it’s wonderfully picture heavy and comment laden.

So how many of you have read and employed the advice in the book? Tell us about your successes and your failures. I’m listening.


Thea Atkinson is a writer of character driven fiction.

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5 comments on “Thea’s 3 Mashup. :Take advice from Kristen Lamb and get er done
  1. Thanks again, Thea. Just RT’d.

    I love using the images to break up the text and keep the blog looking fresh and breezy.

    Reading is a visual medium and it seems crazy to waste the opportunity a blog gives you to illustrate your text and give it aestheic as well as cerebral appeal.

    Your pending guest spot on flash fiction and blog streaking obviously lets my imagination go into overtime when it comes to images. Be warned! 🙂

  2. Viv says:

    I’ve actually no idea of why people comment so much on my blog, seriously. I’m quite a chatty person in real life, but the funny thing about the blog posts that invite most comments is they’re usually the serious ones that you’d expect a deafening silence for. Ones about suicide and addiction and deep dark depression, you get the picture. I don’t usually find that I get many comments when I post fiction, except when it is fiction that delves deeper. Poetry, well, it varies a lot. Some have a few, the one I recall having the most comments was a silly poem about bagders I posted in a fit of unusual levity.
    So no answers from me, I’m afraid. The only thing I can think of is that I ask questions, perhaps not explicitly but implicit in the text and people want to answer them with their thoughts.

    • theaatkinson says:


      so glad you dropped in and attempted to explain why it’s working for you. I do see that you write in an open style that invites thought; maybe that’s it. whatever it is, you got it. I love checking into your blog. It’s full of a variety of meanderings.

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