Writing and Radio

23 Nov

NaNoWriNO Day 23

Topic: Writing and radio


My time on WordPress almost never came to be. When I first started posting my ramblings for the entire internet to see, I was writing for another website. I spent four years there, and through a series of dramatic events, I left. I saw the writing on the wall well before my departure, and started this blog so I would have a place to put my stuff.

After I left, others started leaving for similar reasons to mine. We decided we needed a new home where writers could network and chat and post their stuff and support each other in their writing endeavors.

Expats Post was born.

This is a very meaningful project for me. When I first started writing, I didn’t believe I was a real writer. I didn’t think people would take you seriously if you used cuss words, or talked about your bowel movements.

My beginning pieces on the old site sucked donkey balls, but the other writers were still encouraging. They told me what they liked, andΒ  didn’t troll me hardcore even though they totally could have. This gave me the confidence to continue sharing all of the noise going on in my head.

I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for these people, I wouldn’t have continued writing for anyone other than myself. I would have had a collection of very funny diaries. Community, in my opinion, is a very important part of a writer’s journey.

Now many of these same people are on Expats Post. We’ve had some new writers come into the fold, and I love having them there too. It’s a big, wacky family that keeps growing.

If any of you have thought about adding your work to another site for more exposure, I’d like to recommend giving EP a try. Here are some facts about the site:

  • You retain all the rights to your work. This means you can repost it anywhere you choose to.
  • Built in WordPress so there won’t be a learning curve on how to post there.
  • Categories on the site include, but are not limited to: Creative, Entertainment, Health, Music, Politics, Poetry, Tech.
  • You WILL get page views on your posts.
  • We have an Expats Poetry spin-off for poets who want to read and network with other poets.
  • We have an Expats Art spin-off for artists who want another place to post their creations. It’s very similar to an online portfolio, only it links back to your own site.

To give you some perspective, I’ve posted 12 articles there, and I have 110,000+ page views. All I did was post them to my social networks when they first came out. Like I said, you will get page views.

Take a look around the various places you can find us:

If any of you are interested in joining the site, let me know. We’re still working out the occasional kink, but it’s pretty much ready to go.

Oh! One more thing…

We have a Blog Talk Radio program, and today I’ll be on the show talking about social media for the indie writer. If you can’t make it, I’ll be linking to the podcast on my Facebook and Twitter accounts over the next couple of days.

Here is the link for that. It starts at 3PM Pacific Standard Time.Β It’s 30 minutes long with an additional 15 minute recorded segment after we go off the air. If you want to talk in the chat room, I believe you’ll need to register first.Β 

UPDATE: Listen to the show here.

Okay, that’s all for now kiddies. I hope all of you Americans had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday, and for those of you who live in other parts of the world, I hope you had a great…Thursday.


Thanks to Bill Friday for inviting me on to the show. He seems to think I know some stuff that people might be interested in listening to.

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42 Responses to “Writing and Radio”

  1. GiggsMcGill Jill 11/24/2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Will definitely check out Expats! =D And I missed your radio appearance πŸ˜₯ (yes, that’s a tear on that sad face!)

    • Jen and Tonic 11/25/2012 at 1:12 am #

      Oh, that’s okay! I updated the post so you can click the link and check it out there. I’m sure I’ll force them to allow me back in the future.

  2. benzeknees 11/23/2012 at 10:30 pm #

    Expats sounds like a great idea – I will have to check it out! Thanks for the referral.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/25/2012 at 1:11 am #

      Yes! Please let me know if you have any questions πŸ™‚

  3. writerwendyreid 11/23/2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Sounds like a great place Jen. I’ll check it out soon. πŸ™‚

  4. Madame Weebles 11/23/2012 at 2:00 pm #

    But what if you still live in the US? Can you still post on the Expats site?

    • Jen and Tonic 11/25/2012 at 1:11 am #

      No, you’ll have to earn your Canadian citizenship first.

  5. Christopher De Voss 11/23/2012 at 1:39 pm #

    I want to be on the radio….

    • Jen and Tonic 11/23/2012 at 1:43 pm #

      E-mail Bill Friday a picture of your boobs. Worked for me.

  6. speaker7 11/23/2012 at 1:12 pm #

    EXPATs sounds EX-citing! Have I lost my shot to write for it with that previous sentence?

    • Jen and Tonic 11/23/2012 at 1:27 pm #

      I think that pun just qualified you to be an owner of the site.

  7. aliceatwonderland 11/23/2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Ooh, yeah, I’d like to join. It looks really great. Like a real newspaper, only the news might have, like, facts. Possibly. Tell me what to do.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/23/2012 at 1:01 pm #

      I think your Thanksgiving post will fit right in. It was, factual and stuff.

      Go to ExpatsPost.com and on the right hand side of the page there is a registration section. Register there. You should be able to post straight away. If not, let me know.

      • aliceatwonderland 11/23/2012 at 6:15 pm #

        I tried posting the Thanksgiving post and it looks pretty wacky format wise. You might look at it. Or something.

        • Jen and Tonic 11/25/2012 at 1:10 am #

          I looked at it. Did you post directly from Word? Some people have trouble that way. It looks okay until the last picture. Did you justify the pictures yourself?

          • aliceatwonderland 11/25/2012 at 5:43 pm #

            I tried to justify them – it was a little weird in the editing pane. But I guess it’s not too bad. Thanks.

  8. calahan 11/23/2012 at 11:55 am #

    Your previous radio appearance was a lot of fun, so I’ll check this one out, too. πŸ™‚

    • Jen and Tonic 11/23/2012 at 12:27 pm #

      Stop by, and feel free to ask me questions. I’d start with, “How did you get so damn smart?” and finish with “Let’s take this back to my place, shall we?”

      • calahan 11/23/2012 at 12:28 pm #

        It’s like you’re inside my head!

        • Jen and Tonic 11/23/2012 at 12:31 pm #

          And outside your bedroom window

          • calahan 11/23/2012 at 5:14 pm #

            Oh, there you are. Hey, Jen!

  9. Bill Friday 11/23/2012 at 11:34 am #

    I think EVERYONE should listen to The Words of Tonic!!! The world would be a better place, filled with better writers… which would make the world a better place. With better words. Like “Donkey Punch.”

    Now everybody be a good Hooked on Tonic and listen!

    And thank you Jenny, from the bottom of my heart.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/23/2012 at 12:26 pm #

      Thank YOU for allowing me to come back. I thought I might have been banned after the last time I was on, and called you out on all of your secrets.


      • Bill Friday 11/23/2012 at 12:47 pm #


        (wipes coffee from manly beard following attack from nostril rocket)

  10. Soul Walker 11/23/2012 at 11:34 am #

    I choose to believe you chose that time because you knew I would be a work and couldn’t listen in live… I also love how absurd (philosophically) the sentence I just wrote is.

    • Soul Walker 11/23/2012 at 11:35 am #

      And I also apparently decided that I had used up my allotments of the letter “t.”

    • Jen and Tonic 11/23/2012 at 12:25 pm #

      I may or may not have called your boss and asked for your schedule.

      • Soul Walker 11/23/2012 at 12:41 pm #

        The boss is far too friendly and you are far too good…

  11. Dani Heart 11/23/2012 at 11:32 am #

    That’s because you do! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait. Great post on EP. I love it there.

  12. Daan van den Bergh 11/23/2012 at 11:08 am #

    Cool! I’ll be checking out Expats poetry right away!

    And I’m going to google a time converter right away to see if I can catch your radioshow πŸ™‚

    Good luck!

    • Jen and Tonic 11/23/2012 at 12:24 pm #

      Yes! Please do. Everyone who writes poetry there is really welcoming.

      Hope to see you there! If not, I’ll tweet the podcast link later today.

      • Daan van den Bergh 11/23/2012 at 12:34 pm #

        I registered but I can’t add any posts… So I don’t really know what to do now, haha.

        • Jen and Tonic 11/25/2012 at 1:10 am #

          Daan, did you register under your own name?

          • Daan van den Bergh 11/25/2012 at 1:22 am #

            Yes I did… my e-mail address and my full name. Username: ifkknrokk

    • Daan van den Bergh 11/23/2012 at 12:38 pm #

      I checked, but 3 PM PST means midnight down here in The Netherlands. So I’m not going to be there with you LIVE, instead I’ll be moving off to bed by then. Cause I have a two-year-old waking me up tomorrow morning at 7 o’clock. Haha.

      So tweet the shit out of that podcast and I’ll make sure to listen to it tomorrow.

      Good luck!

      • Jen and Tonic 11/23/2012 at 12:59 pm #

        Yes, get your sleep. Parents need to take it where they can get it.


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