One Day Without Shoes is Today

Today is TOMS One Day Without Shoes 2012.  Cheekies and I are going barefoot.  Why go barefoot?  To bring attention to the shoeless epidemic.  Is there really a shoeless epidemic?  What is so wrong about going barefoot?  Is this really that serious?

I could write an entire blog post.  Wait, I did last year.  Below you will find a repost of a post I wrote last year that will answer all those questions.  If you need more answers, go to http://www.onedaywithoutshoes.com.  Tomorrow, I’ll write about Cheekies and my experience without shoes today.

It’s not book related, but I wanted to share one of my favorite activities with you.  Every year the gang at TOMS Shoes holds “One Day Without Shoes.”  I love being involved, but thanks to a doctor who doesn’t think it’s a great idea while pregnant, I won’t be an active participant this year.  I’ll blog about last year’s great experience while on vacation, and I’ll try doing as much as possible without shoes if I’m out on the 5th of April.

Why go without shoes?  To bring to light a huge epidemic in our world.  A lack of shoes.  Yeah, I hear a lot of people questioning why this is an epidemic unless you’re a woman whose best friend is the Dillard’s Shoe Department.  If only it was that simple.

Shoes are the most important things in the world.  Imagine living in a developing country where there is no sanitation.  The ground is covered with feces, soil with diseases, mud, used medical supplies, urine (human and animal), glass, sharp metal and other bits of trash.  Rocks so sharp they can cut your feet are scattered all over the ground.  And you have to walk miles upon miles to find clean water, medical help, food, and if you’re lucky go to school.  (Oh, and you don’t have the money or means to prevent or treat any disease you get from your walk.)

Imagine walking being harmful to your health.  Podoconiosis shows up from being exposed to an irritant soil, usually volcanic soil, day after day.  Your feet and legs swell to the point they look like they belong on an elephant.  Don’t click this link if you are easily offended, but Wikipedia has pictures of people suffering from Podoconiois.  Imagine being a child and living with the disease.

The worst thing is Podoconiosis is 100% preventable!  How can you keep yourself safe and healthy?  Shoes!  I’m not kidding.  All it takes is simply wearing a pair of shoes and you can’t get this horrible disease.  It’s not the only disease one can get due to a lack of shoes, especially in developing countries.

How can you help?  Glad you asked.  First, tell everyone you know about how important shoes are in daily life.  A great way to get the message across is One Day Without Shoes.  Even if you go for just an hour without shoes people will ask you lots of questions.  Check out the website and participate in a community event with other concerned people going without shoes for children around the world.

Get online!  Spread the message to your buddies via Twitter, Facebook, and your blog.  Email your friends and families.  Blog or microblog about your day without shoes.  I’m really thinking of doing some shopping without shoes, even if the doctor is against the idea.  Pregnant women in developing countries and in parts of the US can’t afford shoes to protect them and their fetuses.  Why can’t I do a few minutes in a parking lot without a pair of shoes on my feet?

Get the kit from TOMS!  It’s free, and the graphics are really, really, really cool.  Besides, you really wanted a new graphic for your Facebook account and your Twitter account.  Oh, and there are widgets for your blog, too.

Go a day without shoes!  I thought I knew what life without shoes would be like before I participated last year.  Turns out life isn’t all that great, especially when your grandma’s yard is filled with poky plants, not nice soft grass.  If for some reason you think going without shoes makes you look crazy, go to TOMS and buy a flag.  (It’s $5 off the website.)  Buy a necklace, and TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a kiddo.  (Which means for $28 you get a necklace and that great feeling of giving the gift of a healthy life to a kiddo.)  By a t-shirt, and the gang at TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a kiddo.    Or create your own t-shirt with the stencils online.  I’ll be in my really cool Threadless t-shirt from last year.  (Assuming it still fits, or I’m going with my TOMS shirt from 2 years back.  Get your friends involved and create an event.  Heck, TOMS even created a letter for you to use.  They believe in making it easy.

And when it’s all done, and you really want to slip back into your shoes, don’t let it stop there.  Tell your friends and family and your online community what you did during your day.  Let them know how living without shoes changed your life.  Pass the word on that shoes are one of the easiest ways to stop diseases.

PS: Can you tell this is one cause that’s really close to my heart?

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One Day Without Shoes: April 5, 2011

It’s not book related, but I wanted to share one of my favorite activities with you.  Every year the gang at TOMS Shoes holds “One Day Without Shoes.”  I love being involved, but thanks to a doctor who doesn’t think it’s a great idea while pregnant, I won’t be an active participant this year.  I’ll blog about last year’s great experience while on vacation, and I’ll try doing as much as possible without shoes if I’m out on the 5th of April.

Why go without shoes?  To bring to light a huge epidemic in our world.  A lack of shoes.  Yeah, I hear a lot of people questioning why this is an epidemic unless you’re a woman whose best friend is the Dillard’s Shoe Department.  If only it was that simple.

Shoes are the most important things in the world.  Imagine living in a developing country where there is no sanitation.  The ground is covered with feces, soil with diseases, mud, used medical supplies, urine (human and animal), glass, sharp metal and other bits of trash.  Rocks so sharp they can cut your feet are scattered all over the ground.  And you have to walk miles upon miles to find clean water, medical help, food, and if you’re lucky go to school.  (Oh, and you don’t have the money or means to prevent or treat any disease you get from your walk.)

Imagine walking being harmful to your health.  Podoconiosis shows up from being exposed to an irritant soil, usually volcanic soil, day after day.  Your feet and legs swell to the point they look like they belong on an elephant.  Don’t click this link if you are easily offended, but Wikipedia has pictures of people suffering from Podoconiois.  Imagine being a child and living with the disease.

The worst thing is Podoconiosis is 100% preventable!  How can you keep yourself safe and healthy?  Shoes!  I’m not kidding.  All it takes is simply wearing a pair of shoes and you can’t get this horrible disease.  It’s not the only disease one can get due to a lack of shoes, especially in developing countries.

How can you help?  Glad you asked.  First, tell everyone you know about how important shoes are in daily life.  A great way to get the message across is One Day Without Shoes.  Even if you go for just an hour without shoes people will ask you lots of questions.  Check out the website and participate in a community event with other concerned people going without shoes for children around the world.

Get online!  Spread the message to your buddies via Twitter, Facebook, and your blog.  Email your friends and families.  Blog or microblog about your day without shoes.  I’m really thinking of doing some shopping without shoes, even if the doctor is against the idea.  Pregnant women in developing countries and in parts of the US can’t afford shoes to protect them and their fetuses.  Why can’t I do a few minutes in a parking lot without a pair of shoes on my feet?

Get the kit from TOMS!  It’s free, and the graphics are really, really, really cool.  Besides, you really wanted a new graphic for your Facebook account and your Twitter account.  Oh, and there are widgets for your blog, too.

Go a day without shoes!  I thought I knew what life without shoes would be like before I participated last year.  Turns out life isn’t all that great, especially when your grandma’s yard is filled with poky plants, not nice soft grass.  If for some reason you think going without shoes makes you look crazy, go to TOMS and buy a flag.  (It’s $5 off the website.)  Buy a necklace, and TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a kiddo.  (Which means for $28 you get a necklace and that great feeling of giving the gift of a healthy life to a kiddo.)  By a t-shirt, and the gang at TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a kiddo.    Or create your own t-shirt with the stencils online.  I’ll be in my really cool Threadless t-shirt from last year.  (Assuming it still fits, or I’m going with my TOMS shirt from 2 years back.  Get your friends involved and create an event.  Heck, TOMS even created a letter for you to use.  They believe in making it easy.

And when it’s all done, and you really want to slip back into your shoes, don’t let it stop there.  Tell your friends and family and your online community what you did during your day.  Let them know how living without shoes changed your life.  Pass the word on that shoes are one of the easiest ways to stop diseases.

PS: Can you tell this is one cause that’s really close to my heart?

The Dark Side: My Facebook Page

Yesterday, I mentioned I went to the Dark Side and got a Facebook Fan Page.  It’s primarily to control my image, but controlling image means marketing.  How do I plan to use the Facebook Fan Page going forward?  It’s marketing, but there is a point where you become too pushy and turn people off.

It’ll be interactive.  Yeah, there will be daily blog updates.  I’ll toss up when query letters go off to agents on both Twitter and the Fan Page.  I will mention when I get an agent, publication dates, and that sort of things.  I really want my “fans” to feel free to post things on my wall.  All posts that are offensive (as judged by me), will be removed.  Pretty much, no cussing or name calling.  The rules will be on the page by the end of the week.

Guest blog posts will be announced on the Fan Page.  After all, I write things that don’t necessarily fit this blog.  (I do a few reviews for friends’ blogs.)  Anything that doesn’t fit in the blog, but I’ve written will get a link on the Fan Page.

I’ll probably share a link or two when I find blog posts that are specific to writers.  If you want to see what writing blogs I’m reading (and who doesn’t), it’ll be on the Fan Page.

And those pages my page likes?  How did I decide on those pages?  Well, currently it is my severely underpaid BR.  (For everyone who was unaware, BR doesn’t get paid as my beta reader.  She gets my undying gratitude, and that’s about it.)  Anywho, I figure that BR’s Facebook Page deserves a billing on mine.  The future “likes” will be my book pages.  I decided that at this point in time the only pages that get featured on my page really will be BR’s page.  Not that other people aren’t cool and good friends.  It’s just that while I’m working on a specific page like guidelines, BR gets to have her page liked by mine.

(Side topic: See all those little hyperlinks?  The ones to BR’s Facebook Page?  Yeah, those.  Click ‘em and go like BR’s Facebook page.  Great recipes, and BR even does meal plans on her blog.  Go!  Enjoy!)

You can check it out my Facebook Page if you want to.  If you don’t, well, it won’t hurt my feelings.  I’m not gonna include the Facebook page in my query letter.  It’s so young it’ll look like I just started it to catch agents’ attention.  Which I didn’t, but to control my image.  So, it’s not like I need everyone to rush out and like me just so I can tell agents I have hundreds of followers on Facebook, too.

I Broke Down and Did It.

I mentioned this post last week.  I got a Facebook Fan Page.  I finally decided to take the plunge after reading a post by Nathan Bradford.  I mean, I was teetering on the idea, since I’ve got a good feeling that this is the time. This book is gonna be the one that gets picked up, and I’m gonna need to control my image.

Control my image.  Isn’t that what most social media is about?  Authors buy websites with their names.  They control their Twitter and Facebook Fan Pages.  Because if you don’t, someone else will.  And then you’ve gotta call up Twitter or Facebook or Foursquare, or wherever and mention it isn’t you.  You’d like them to take down the fake account.  You gotta show it isn’t you.  Even when you get it taken down, there is a cached version on the web, somewhere, and you gotta explain it isn’t you.  Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Yeah, yeah, I know.  Everyone else is gonna mention that social media is all about gaining fans and marketing.  If you aren’t controlling your image, you can’t work on the marketing.  (I say this almost daily to politicians.  Daily.)  Besides, in today’s world, marketing is your image.  Okay, that’s always been true.

Think about Katherine Hepburn.  Everyone thinks of her as this glorious woman who was beautiful and the definition of female sensuality.  Uh huh, the woman who refused to wear skirts and dresses before it was socially acceptable.  A woman who controlled her image as a feminist and turned it from “bad” to something women held up to their daughters as a blueprint for their lives.

Skip up to bad image.  We’ll ignore the obvious choices (say: Charlie Sheen) and look at say Eminem.  Now, Eminem understands his bad image gets him money.  He’s a punk, and his audience is filled with wannabe punks.  The more people think Eminem isn’t mainstream and isn’t “an angel,” the more dollars come in to his pocket.

Image is marketing.  Marketing is about image.  (Yeah, I say this a lot.)  You have to control the image or you lose the marketing.  Which is why when I decided to start this journey I bought a web domain, and got Twitter.  This is just the next logical step.  If I control the Facebook fan page about me, and about my books (to come along when books are in the calendar to be released), then I can use that as a marketing format.

Kinda smart, even if I hate mentioning I broke down and got a Facebook Fan Page.  Tomorrow I’ll discuss how I plan to use my Facebook Fan Page.

 

Why Should I Get a Fan Page

In one of those moments of stupidity I told a friend I would get a Facebook Fan Page when I had 40 people following my blog.  Obviously, I was not thinking that the number of followers would happen prior to me finding an agent.  Silly, I know, but I really don’t want to start a Facebook Fan Page until I have something published.  Kinda got this idea that a fan page is a little, um, “Look at me!  I’m really cool!”  Not that I am against everyone having fan pages for their blogs.  I’m not.

What I am against is me trying to act like I’m cool enough for people to want to “like” me.  I haven’t found an agent.  I haven’t been published in anything.  Okay, maybe if you want to count my blog, but I figure that doesn’t count.  I’m not even sure what I would call a Fan Page.  “Amanda’s Blog: A Writer’s Journey to being Published” is pretty much just the blog.  “Amanda Nicole Trisdale – Writer” is a bit premature.

Yep, I know Fan Pages bring you a whole new world of people to interact with.  Yep, I try to help my father-in-law run one for their vacation home.  (You should check it out:  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Cuchara-CO/Spanish-Peaks-Lodge/138675534765)  Yep, if I was published I would probably have one.  But there is the kicker.  I’m pretty much just a blogger at the moment.  And a new blogger at that.  I think I should wait until I can claim I’m a full fledge writer, not just an aspiring novelist.

But, I am not one to go back on my word.  I hedged my bet.  I’m devious that way.  When said friend said I should get a Facebook Fan Page as I was starting my blog, I might have said “Sure, I’ll get a Fan Page when 40 people are following me on Twitter and the blog and say they want said Fan Page.”  Well, I’ve only got 18 followers on Twitter.  (You should be able to get to my Twitter feed by clicking http://twitter.com/antrisdale, if you want to see my Twitter feed.)  And I don’t remember seeing 40 people saying they’d like a Facebook Fan Page.

This is where y’all can help me out.  Ignore the comment section.  Don’t say a word about Facebook Fan Pages.  That way I can use your silence as why I am not getting one.  I love that idea.  Don’t you?

Hope you all had a great weekend!  I’ll return to writing topics tomorrow.

-Amanda Nicole