Sunday, March 4, 2012


Sadly, my New Media class has come to an end. I just submitted my final paper on "A Writer's Platform". While I am very excited to put all of my newly learned skills into good use, I will miss my classmates, some of whom I'm sure will keep in touch. I took this class not knowing what to expect. At the very least I didn't think that it would teach me as much as it has! Technically savvy in online communication, I was not; a novice? Definitely! Today, I have my own blog page and a professional Facebook profile with a separate page, also named Roper's Rambles. I can now embed video and audio streams into my blog posts; so cool! If you'd like to Skype, just check out my Skype button, embedded with HTML coding. You'll know when I'm available and when I'm not. I downloaded and listened to my first podcast, not my last either. There is a wealth of online tools just waiting for the professional person to take advantage of. This class is a diamond in the rough, it's the first one for Pete's sake, but I as well as my classmates will shape the course for future New Media learners! It's been an awesome experience! Until the next post.... Goodnight!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Story Time with George R.R. Martin

The author of Game of Thrones has such a vivid yet dark imagination. The HBO screenplay for the books exceeded my wildest expectations. I actually didn't think that I would enjoy the series at all, yet here I am, waiting for premier of season 2 like a child waiting for Santa Claus! In the embedded video clip, Mr. Martin gives us his twisted version of the classic nursery rhymes that we all know and love. Let me know what you think.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Published Author Facebook Page Critique

I've chosen to critique the page of published author Michael Cavicante.  He has written three books, including one autobiography which discusses very personal issues of his childhood.  His page can be found at:!/pages/Michael-Cavicante-Published-Author/112747665414820?sk=wall.

The website starts off promising with a great photo of Michael.  He gives his followers something to look forward to in the "About" section which is a successful way to keep people coming back to the page for updates.  There are a few postings that start back in April, the most recent published in February.  Although there is a wide span of time for the postings, not many were made.

The information link on the page is barren.  It is devoid of a bio and fails to provide email or website addresses, such as a blog.   Strangely, there are no friends of the page but 429 people like it.  I'm starting to wonder if people just click the "like" button and move on.  Do they really follow every page that they like?  I know I don't.

Michael is very consistent in discussing his own works, but doesn't show a lot of diversity by promoting other writers and their written works.  For the most part he is very natural in his blog writing but he could do more to improve the social aspect.

The other two authors that I found were Bob Kaplan and Bob Hickman.  Each published writer had wonderful FB pages.  They had diversity and strong social networking.  Their marketing is working because each has a very healthy following.  I didn't choose to critique these two authors because I wanted to give an example of a FB page that was not as developed and needed more work.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


My exercise in reaching SEO really got me thinking like a true blog creator!  I found a new title that I am extremely happy with and made a few new post entries.  For someone who had never blogged before, I feel awfully comfortable now!

What has your experience been like?


Roper Rambles

Wow. I'm going to try this as a title! It honestly just came to me. We'll see what happens!

Holli Roper will not quit!

I am determined to see my page in the results of a Google search. It's interesting to see just how difficult it is to get found when there are so many other sites that have whole and partial phrases similar to my title. I have since changed the title again, to no avail. Back to the drawing boards.

Holli's Frustration

I have tried making many adjustments to my blog in an effort to increase SEO, but still can not find my site in a Google search. I'm at a loss and not sure where to go from here.....