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I created a hashtag on Twubs called #LinkYourLife. You can join the Twub here, or employ the tag on Twitter. Use it to share work or moments that best capture who you are. I want to know who you are. Let’s meet up every Friday to link our lives, share each other’s work, and form more lasting social media connections. Online connections can be glancing. Let’s get personal. What you should link: Who you are, what you do, and a piece of work that you feel best represents you (blog, publication, poem, story, etc.). Work

I’m excited to be hosting this week’s #LinkYourLife Community Roundup! This roundup was born of a challenge posed to the #LinkYourLife community through our Facebook group several weeks ago. The idea is to highlight the amazing voices within the group through an elective share thread. This has been wonderful because our Twitter share community has grown so large it is a very difficult to pull every share into a roundup.  A smaller pool of shares allows for deeper reading of each piece. This, in turn, allows for deeper connection. Now for

Despite blood relation, Shareen and I grew up not knowing each other. The last time we saw each other was approximately 31 years ago. We reconnected as adults through the magic of Facebook combined with my work as a writing coach and editor. But you wouldn’t know that through online exchanges. We hit it off hard and fast. She asked me to support her dream of building Open Thought Vortex. As we were working together, I chatted with her about my dream of building  #LinkYourLife into a community based off of truly reading shared work-knowing each

You may have noticed #LinkYourLife just went through some serious visual rebranding. It started in the Facebook group with new admins, each of whom has their own supportive thread (or threads) or host throughout the week. With the new graphics, we have already seen greater engagement and more linking. Many #Lifers have a #LinkYourLife button already present on the blog. It links back to the original #LinkYourLife post, inviting artists of all types to join the movement, forging deeper connections that go beyond the page. The #LinkYourLife community is amazing

You tell me which is the truth and which is a lie. I may or may not confirm if you are correct. You may or may not be correct with any guess. I may or may not have put two truths and a lie into every statement. Parse at your own risk. I write under a secret name for a little known site with an assumed identity. It’s all very hush hush.  When I have a cold, I eat exclusively Chinese food. Egg drop soup? Chicken fried rice? Crab Rangoon? 

A member of the #LinkYourLife community is hurting and has asked for help. No doubt someone among us is hurting and is afraid to ask for help. Let’s team up and link up and blow away that hurt and fear using that power of community and compassion.  You wrote deep and you were exposed. What did it feel like when readers/viewers/listeners witnessed your work? What did it feel like when they challenged your experience? We have all been hurt. Write the hurt. We’ve all had a moment of regret. Write

by Shareen Mansfield True story: I’m divine. Shawna, I prefer calling you Spock because I always spell Shawarama when I type your name. I’m hungry. Anyway, so Drew Sheldon is the winner. I used a scientific method that I made up to choose him. I went to the mall for Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. I know…gluten. So, I knew you’d mention the gluten so I decided to get jelly beans. I wanted exactly $100 of jelly beans. Why? Who cares. They are Jelly Belly’s. I’m committed to this as part of

I went to graduate school at Indiana University with writer and artist Jackson Brown. I remember reading his stories and wondering what the hell I was doing in an MFA program. His work was and is phenomenal. In fact, many of the writers I had the pleasure of writing with have since won awards or settled themselves into promising writing careers. I buy their books, read their blogs and wonder why I’ve stopped writing fiction. The answer to that is a story for another day. I lost track of Jackson’s

A note from Shawna: I was chatting with Raymond Baxter, The Relationship Blogger, on Facebook when he began sharing the aspects of #LinkYourLife he most enjoys. He told me he has run support groups and that our Facebook group was what a support group was meant to be. That had me excited because the whole goal of #LinkYourLife from day one has been to connect on deeper levels, to support and raise each other by truly getting to know one another beyond the blog, beyond Tweets, and beyond Facebook shares. I

#LinkYourLife has just passed it’s one year birthday and our hashtag community is thriving. Thanks to Shareen‘s warm and fuzzy recruitment tactics, Fridays are hopping both on Twitter and Facebook. #LinkYourLife has spun off in many directions beginning with first Fridays of the month when we tag with #LinkYourCompassion. There are the #LinkYourLife #lovequotes many of us have been creating and sharing as a way to appreciate the people we read through #LinkYourLife. We have worked to incorporate others’ tags  (such as the awesome #ShareInspireConquer from @BestowingFire) and promote all

Here are the revised deets: One of you #LinkYourLifers is going to get a $50 Amazon or cash gift card (you choose), but we want you to work for it just a little bit. You can do this if you’re new to #LinkYourLife as well. Here’s how it goes: Write a post short by or long about any of the following and publish it by FRIDAY MAY 27: what #LinkYourLife means to you, how you heard about it, why you keep coming back, what you gain, friends you have made or any

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