How to merge your Professional page and Newsfeed

Okay, I’ve confessed before to making tons of mistakes in writing, publishing and social media. But, I keep on moving forward.

Although I sometimes feel as if I’m navigating an Internet minefield blindfolded.

  • Set up too many email accounts.
    • Yahoo, MSN, Gmail and I even found a couple on each site. Sigh…
  • Opened 2 Facebook accounts.
    • Thought I needed a personal one and one for writing platform. Not…
    • Plus a professional page attached to one of them. Ugh…
  • Twitter
    • Set up not one, not two but three tweet managing programs.
      • At last, I settled on Tweetdeck, but I’m sure the other accounts are still floating around in the great big worldwide web.

So why am I telling you all of this?

Because I’ve discovered as with most things less is more. And I’m starting with Facebook. So here goes.

  • First, I’m deleting my “personal” Facebook account.
  • Second, I’ll post on my Writer’s page and let it link to my “News Feed” home page.
    • How? I’ve discovered a little tip. (Now don’t rain on my parade if you discovered this years ago.)

See here is the thing, if you write something on your Home/News Feed it doesn’t necessarily show up on your “Writers or Professional” page.

But here’s the good news. You can change your settings on Facebook so that whatever you write on your “professional” page and then the post will show up on both. That way no matter which one your readers click on they can see your comments.

Why would you want to do this?

Because by posting on your “Page” first instead of on Newsfeed/Home, you can schedule comments!

Yay, another tool to make life a bit calmer and easier.

As you can see, both look different.

Jean’s Writing “Page.”
My “Timeline, Newsfeed, home” Page

Want to give it a try?

Click on the link for step by step instructions.

How to adjust NewsFeed Preferences.

Okay, now you can tell me. Is this old news?

Have you already synced your Facebook page with NewsFeed?

If not, are you ready to give it a try?

Leave a comment or click the “write me” tab or look for me on Twitter @jeancogdell, Facebook at jeanswriting and, stop by and say hey! The lights are on, and I’m waiting.

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May the lights of Paris forever shine bright!

This morning I’m filled with mixed emotions.

Joy, that my daughter and granddaughters were safe when the madness of cowards struck Paris, but sadness for those in Paris who weren’t.

Joy, to see lights all over the world shining in support of Paris, but sadness that for a brief moment in time the lights of Paris flickered. However, most proud that the lights never went out.

Je suis Paris!

lights around the world 2
San Francisco, CA USA
Sydney Opera House
Shanghai, China


This famous City of Lights holds a special place in my heart. Not just because my family lives there, but because there is no other place that is like Paris.

eiffel tower at-night

As my daughter reminded me last night, Paris did not break in WWII and these cowards will not break the city now.

To all my friends in France, stay safe – Paris is resilient and strong.

Je suis Paris!

eiffel tower TLC

Is your website easy to read on a mobile device?

Is your blog mobile ready?

Whether, a book review, cooking, breaking news, mommy & me, or cute kitties blog, you need to make sure it passes the mobile ready test.

Shocker! I just found out mine wasn’t. Guess what I’m doing later today?

Mobile use has skyrocketed over the past years. People are on the go and using their smart phones to connect. Make sure they can read your blog in the doctors waiting room, the hairdressers chair or pool side catching a few rays.

How do you find out if your blog is mobile readable?

Google has a Mobile-Friendly Test page. Here you can put in your website and Google will let you know if your blog is mobile ready.

Follow the steps and get smart phone ready so people on the go can keep up with you and your blog.

Want to know how many people read your blog on their smart phones?

Go to Google Analytics click on the “Audience” section. Then select “Mobile > Overview.” Here you should find information on the amount of traffic your blog receives from a mobile device. 

Whew! That’s done!

Can you read it now?

I love comments, almost as much as I love clicks, so after you pass my post on to your Facebook and Twitter pals let me what you think. If you’re not already, please follow me @jeancogdell on Twitter and jean.cogdell on Facebook!

Put fear in your writing


To deliberately arouse fear, awe or alarm.

Think of your story as a news broadcast. A news anchor peppers each story with fearmongering. Why? To get and keep you tuned in and watching. And let’s not forget the politicians or their ads.

Look at your WIP and find places to interject fear words.

Fear is a powerful emotion used to grab your reader’s attention. Go for the jugular.

Fearmongering keeps the pace tight and moving.

Below are just a few fear words. Listen to the news tonight and see how many you count in tonight’s breaking news.

English: Words associated with Fear
Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Agony, Assault, Backlash, Beating, Beware, Blood, Bomb, Catastrophe, Caution, Corpse, Crazy, Danger, dead, Devastating, Embarrass, Fail, Fired, Fool, Frantic, Hazardous, Horrific, Invasion, IRS, Jail, Lawsuit, Looming, Lurking, Meltdown, Mistake, Murder, Nightmare, Painful, Panic, Plague, Poison, Revenge, Risky, Scary, Scream, Shatter, Suck, Tailspin, Terror, Trap, Victim, Volatile, Warning, Wounded