Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Happy First Birthday WANA 1011

WANA - We Are Not Alone

WANA Blogging Class of October 2011 celebrates year one!

In October and November 2011 I took Kristen Lamb's Blogging for Author Brand class.

Kristen is the best selling author of  We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media 
She's not only knowledgeable about social media, search engine optimization, effective topics to blog about, and managing our time so we can focus on writing our books, but she's funny as heck.    
 I learned to hang loose, be my zany self, and have fun with blogging. 

Graphic designed by Rachel Funk Heller

My blog gets more traffic since I took this class, but that's not all. I also made new and long-lasting friendships. Our class has stayed in touch and morphed into a team that shares knowledge on writing, marketing, technical problems, and any other concerns we have. 
When one of us is going through a rough patch, we turn into a pep squad and offer our support.     

WANA Tribe is a new social media site for creatives of all types. It's similar to FaceBook. 

Join WANA Tribe
new social media site for 
writers, artists, any creatives.
Kristen's online blogging class is now offered on the WANA International site
along with a host of other classes you might be interested in. 

Kristen Lamb recently started WANA Commons on Flickr 
a photo reservoir for WANAs to share images for free use by other WANAs 
without worrying about copyright infringement. 
To join, just sign up and agree to the terms.

To join in the conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #MyWANA

WANA Party at Jenny Hansen's house the day after the RWA Conference in Anaheim, California.
 Karen McFarland, Jenny Hansen, Ingrid Schaffenburg, Lynn Kelley,
Kate Wood, Tameri Etherton, Kristin Lamb, Debri Kristi

 WANA Mama Kristin Lamb - July 2012
Despite a gash in her head and a mild concussion,
Kristin managed to speak at the Romance Writers of America conference,
then socialize with WANA peeps at Jenny Hansen's.

Steve and Jenny Hansen - Awesome Host & Hostess
Baby girl had been sick all week. They were sleep deprived, but still threw
an amazing party with a spread of delicious gluten free food. 

WANA peeps took turns in the bounce house!

Follow Kristen Lamb's Blog here.

Cheers to all my blogging buddies. If you'd like to join WANA, we'll welcome you with open arms!

"Coming together is a beginning. 
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success."
~ Henry Ford

Do you prefer to go at it alone, or do you like working with a team of supportive peeps? 
Are you part of any online communities?


Old Kitty said...

Yay for WANA!! Glad you're part of a really fun and vibrant bloggie group!! And it's so great that you've become pals for real too! Brilliant!!

Take care

Jennette Marie Powell said...

WANA is awesome!! Happy birthday to us! You are lucky to get to meet some of the WANA peeps!

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Louise Behiel said...

aWesome post and wonderful group of folks who give so selflessly of their time and caring. It's amazing how we've come together. YAY for wana

Coleen Patrick said...

Yay for team WANA!! :) I am so happy I took Kristen's class. The community is truly awesome.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll check it out. Although at the moment I do have an army of support.

Sheila Seabrook said...

Happy birthday, WANA1011 Lynn! I loved the pictures you posted. Wish I'd been at the conference with you all. :)

Anonymous said...

One of the best things that came out of Kristen's class was meeting all of the WANA's. I'm so happy to know you! Great pictures, Lynn.

Lynette M Burrows said...

Love the pictures, Lynn! Sure wish I could have made it to that one just so I could party.

Happy WANA Birthday to you and all our wonderful WANA peeps!

Reetta Raitanen said...

Happy WANA Birthday, Lynn! I loved the picture you posted. The community is really amazing.

Marcy said...

I am so incredibly grateful for the team that grew from our class. There's no condemnation when we can't do all we think we should be doing when it comes to social media. There's only support and encouragement and help. I'm glad to have met you and all the others :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Wana Birthday!!!

I'll tell you what, taking Kristen's class back in March of 2011 was the best thing I could of done. Not only did she help me crawl out from under my social media shell, but I met some fantastic people in my class (a few you have mentioned here like Jenny Hansen and Amy Shojai). Not to mention, I continue to meet fantastic people like you!! I don't know where I'd be today without Wana. HUGS!!

Patricia Rickrode w/a Jansen Schmidt said...

I so wish I would have been able to hook up with you guys in Anaheim. I was there, but didn't know how to get in touch with anyone. Looks like you all had a blast.

Patricia Rickrode
w/a Jansen Schmidt

Tameri Etherton said...

Happy WANAversary! It's been my pleasure to meet so many fabulous writers through WANA. Seriously, it's a family I never thought I'd have and am grateful every single freaking day that I have.

Love you all!

Anonymous said...

I'm part of the WANA612 class and now the WANA1012 class. I'm so glad I met Kristen and joined WANA. I've also met so many incredible and supportive people because of WANA. :-)