About Wade Finnegan

Wade Finnegan is owner and operator of Quality Writing Freelance Writing Service. He is an author, article writer, and blogger based in Oregon City, Oregon. He has expertise in Outdoor Recreation and Education, however he writes on a wide array of subjects. Wade takes pride in exceeding expectations and beating deadlines.

Google Plus and a Little Reflection

Webinar sponsored by About Writing Squared

Back From Vacation

As you may or may not have noticed, I didn’t post last week. I was on a family vacation and unconnected for a while. Well sort of, my iphone still worked and I couldn’t totally resist scrolling through my Google Plus stream and Facebook timeline. It fascinates me how quickly I became accustomed to social media in my everyday life. It feels very recent that I was resisting getting a cell phone. I couldn’t understand why I had to be reachable all the time. Now, I go everywhere with my phone, even out in the woods. And I’m checking on what others are doing constantly. I’m not sure if this is a bad or good thing; it’s just the reality of my life today. And that fact led me to an opportunity that I will talk about more below.

I didn’t complete any writing for the week and I let my mind wander wherever it wanted without any feeling of guilt whatsoever. I do my best thinking next to a body of water. The rhythmic sound of waves just allows me to relax. I believe this fact curates my love of fishing. Most of my thoughts drifted toward my career and where my life is going now that I’m solidly in my forties. Maybe, this is the mid-life crisis event I’ve heard so many allude to? School will be starting again soon and it will be back to teaching full-time. Writing for these past couple months has been exhilarating and problematic. I’m having difficulty defining my direction under the title of “writer”. I feel like I’m dabbling here and there with some good outcomes, but also feeling pulled in many different directions. So many writers I speak with know what type of writing they do and spell it out so well. I’m not there yet, and maybe it is just part of the process in becoming a professional writer. The wonderful thing is I get to decide and I have time to do so. In the last few weeks I’ve produced some magazine articles I’m very proud of and started my first fiction book. Yes, I’m writing a book (just like everyone else) and will discuss more about that soon. I’m actively seeking online gigs, so if your website needs content or you could use some help with blog posts give me a shout. Being online and social has led me to my latest endeavor. My good friends Anne Wayman and Lori Widmer of About Writing Squared approached me about hosting a webinar on Google Plus. They noticed how active I am and thought I would make a good host. I was very flattered and decided to go for it. Google Plus has an excellent platform and it is owned by the number one search engine in the world, so you would be crazy to ignore it.

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Google Plus Webinar for Writers and Creatives

As I mentioned before, I’ve embraced social media and one of the platforms I’m huge fan of is Google Plus. I tell people it’s like Twitter on steroids. Google Plus blends many of the solid aspects of Facebook, but retains a more businesslike atmosphere. Google Plus boasts 150 million active users and provides an ideal platform for writers and other artists to showcase their work. One of the biggest advantages of Google Plus is its integration with other Google tools. As an added bonus, your hangouts can be directly loaded to YouTube, the number two-search engine in the world. The event takes place on Tuesday August 28th, 2012 at 2:00 PM Pacific time. I would love to see more writers and other creatives utilize this platform. So click on the image above and sign-up. I hope to see you there.

Are you embracing social media? Where are you most active? Anyone else feeling reflective about his or her career? Leave a comment below.

Kreativ Blogger Award Winner- Who me?

Last week, the talented Ruth Zive nominated me for a Kreativ Blogger award. I was taken aback to be mentioned in such high company; thank you Ruth.

If you know me, then you know I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I could not resist the opportunity to nominate other terrific bloggers I admire and respect. If it wasn’t for their guidance and encouragement there is no way I would have ventured down this freelance writing path. As per the rules, I have to limit my selections to six, which has proven to be difficult. As an added bonus, the award requires you to share ten things about yourself that others would not know, so hopefully I’ll learn something new about these fine people. My six nominees—go visit their sites!

Lori Widmer- Words on the Page

Lori is one of those rare people you feel so fortunate to meet. Her willingness to share and help is endless. I reached out to her a year ago for a profile feature on my blog. She did not hesitate a second, even though I had just started out and she really did not “know” me. Anytime I have a question she responds immediately with great guidance. Recently, she started a writing forum with Anne Wayman called About Writing Squared, which epitomizes what Lori, is all about; giving.

Sean Platt- The Digital Writer

Sean is one of those guys that just blows you away. Aside from the fact that he is pumping out great books weekly with his coauthor David Wright over at Collective Inkwell, (non-affiliate Amazon) he also provides epic content to help writers on his blog. If you want to know what it means to be a writer in today’s world, then Sean is your guy. His generosity with other writers is unbelievable. Sign up for his feed and you receive numerous titles for free. At times, I felt like I was stalking him with all my questions, but he always provided an encouraging word and sage advice. One last little thing, if you want to know about self-publishing, then you must check out the Self Publishing Podcast with Sean, David and Johnny B. Truant. I know it’s not about blogging, but it is terrific material I highly recommend.

Cathy Miller- Simply Stated Business

If a blog title ever fit the author, then Cathy’s is spot on. Her clarity for the business world shines on her blog. She takes her experience and explains in ways that make perfect sense. I find myself nodding my head in agreement as I read her posts. Cathy is a genuine person who is quick to lend a hand.

Emily Suess- Suess’s Pieces

Emily is a champion for writers everywhere. She gives solid advice and points out when others are trying to snow you. She hosts a writer’s week in September that show cases writers and builds awareness for the business. Her blog is a must read for writers.

Anne Wayman- About Freelance Writing

Like that famous advertisement, when Anne speaks I listen. She knows the business of freelance writing and provides worthy guidance on her blog. Anne’s approachable style makes you feel like you’re talking to an old friend even if you just met. As I mentioned earlier, her and Lori started the writer’s forum About Writing Squared. I’m an active member and recommend the forum as a great place for support and learning.

Linda Formichelli- The Renegade Writer

I would be amiss if I didn’t mention Linda. Her site has so much great information. I spent weeks going through the archives reading every post. You can literally start a career with Linda’s advice. She takes time to interact with her readers and answer questions. Linda’s resume is impressive, but she remains humble and down to earth. I attended an online beginning writer class from Linda and Carol Tice. I credit that course for convincing me to pursue writing. A year later I still refer to notes and check past posts for guidance.

Okay, I’ll stop now. Leave a comment with other great bloggers you know. I almost forgot, here are 10 things that you may not know about me.

I played professional golf for about 7 years. (Never made it to the show)

I’m a huge Motley Crue fan. (Seen them live over a dozen times)

My favorite movies are Caddy Shack and National Lampoon’s Vacation

I have had seven major surgeries.

I cannot swim, not even doggy paddle.

My last name is also street name here in town.

My first car was a 1975 Dodge Dart. (Man, I miss that car)

I’m a certified Reading Specialist. (Whatever that means)

The first book I “loved” was the Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth.

My middle name is Wade. (Take a guess at my first)