Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Brief Review of Tsu Social Network

As an independent writer, I find myself spending a lot of time on social media. It's a necessity as an independent writer. I also spend some time checking out new or different social networks. I often receive suggestions from fans or other readers, so I try to take at least a little time to check it out. I will admit: some are pretty good, but most are kind of awful.

A couple of weeks ago, someone suggested I check out Tsu. For those of you that don't know, Tsu is a newer social network. The main attraction to this site is that they pay users for their content. You can find out more about Tsu here: https://www.tsu.co/faq. I was invited to join by a friend, but if you need an invitation, feel free to use mine: https://www.tsu.co/CBrownHI. If you are already on there, please take a moment to follow me or add me as a friend.

Alright, enough about that stuff. I'm not in the business of convincing people to join. I'm just here to give my take on the experience. So far, I really enjoy using Tsu. There is a tiny learning curve, but overall, the site functions very much the way Facebook does. The only major difference is that Tsu functions like a combination of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In fact, uploading pictures works the way Instagram does, and you can edit and add filters to your pictures - something Facebook does not have. Tsu allows the use of hashtags, as well.

One drawback, that really isn't much of a drawback to me, is that I am mostly friends with strangers at this point. As my network grows, more of my friends and family are joining, but so far, I am friends with more people I just met. This doesn't really bother me. My twitter account is over 90% strangers, so this is nothing new to me. I think this is a good thing, because I am constantly trying to increase my platform and reach new people. I'm sure all of you other independent writers can relate. Tsu works really well for this, and the potential for the site to go viral and draw a huge following is definitely there - something I can't say about many of the other new supposed social networks out there.

Are there some negatives? The short answer is: Yes. I don't think the security on Tsu is as strong as on Facebook, but Facebook has been around a lot longer. The Tsu network is getting bigger, better, and safer everyday. I have no doubts they will be up to par soon. The mobile app is also weak, but then again, so is Facebook's. And like I said before, you will likely be friends with strangers when you start out.

These are my thoughts on Tsu. Personally, I like it, and I am thoroughly enjoying my experience on there. I am not making big money by any measure, but I'm not there for the money. Independent writers are always looking for ways to reach and interact with more people, and I am able to do that on Tsu. I meet people from all walks of life and there is some really good content on there. I would also add that there are much fewer adds and junk than I find on Facebook.

If you are interested, come by and check it out. Hope I find you on there! Have a great week everybody!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Three Years: Catching Up with Cybil

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This week I am incredibly blessed to share the testimony of my friend Cybil with you. She presented this talk about a week ago while accepting her three year chip. To say she has been through a lot is not nearly enough. I truly admire her strength and willingness to share what she has been through with others. Her message is one of hope, love, and grace. She has overcome the stuff of nightmares, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to share her story with others.