Wednesday, April 5, 2017

D is for DAIKON April #IWSG and #AtoZChallenge

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.
Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG
Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh's awesome co-hosts for the April posting of the IWSG are Chris @ Madness of a Modern Writer, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey
Anyone serious about marketing their published work is advised to join in the annual blogging #AtoZChallenge. In past years, I didn't use my participation as a marketing tool for my novels, so I have no statistics to share about results of publicity for my books during that time. My main objective had always been toward networking. But now I am more aware of the advantages and potential benefits of approaching the #AtoZChallenge in terms of marketing and publicity.

This year I will study the sites that employ marketing strategies so that next year I am better prepared to follow their lead. It will be interesting to watch how others approach these objectives with their posts. All in all, I see this as an expanded learning experience for 2017. (One caveat: my other blog site is applying this approach with an #AtoZ poetry theme.
***   ***   ***

My daily #AtoZ posts combine two concepts in under-300-words per day:
an appealing food choice along with thoughts that spring to mind.
*** *** ***  
Daikon resembles a white carrot and tastes like a mild radish. Its benefits include antioxidants to lower both cholesterol and high blood pressure. It is rich in the minerals Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium and Iron. Unfortunately, the only time I eat daikon is when it is shredded and served as a garnish (tsuma) under sashimi. Sashimi I would eat anytime.
Sashimi (raw tuna) decorated with shredded daikon
Although some folks consider it unacceptable or prefer not to eat the tsuma, it is okay to eat the daikon that decorates the plate displaying the sashimi. Considering the price of the raw fish, and the relatively small servings offered, the garnish helps to satisfy the appetite after consuming the main course.
***   ***   ***


  1. Daikon is called mooli in India, and is eaten raw in salads as well as cooked. Winter vegetable used in all sorts of recipes. Didn't know the use in Japanese cuisine! Thanks.

    Theme : Arabiana

    1. Interesting to learn of its tradition in India, Nilanjana. Quite versatile.

  2. Studying sites for strategies is smart.

  3. When I participated in the A-Z, I used it more for networking than marketing, but whatever works! :)

    1. Networking is really the main purpose of AtoZ. If people are interested in your work, then it seems more appropriate to market later.

  4. I didn't know that's what the veggie was called. :)

  5. I'd try the daikon but pass on the fish.

    Marketing during the A to Z is a mixed bag. Some have better results than others.

  6. Oh, I love sashimi! So good. The daikon always adds a nice crunch.

    IMO, the best way to "market" during the A to Z is to write posts that potential readers of your books will enjoy. Visit their blogs and build relationships with them. The posts that are "Here's what my book is about" for the entire month? Those get old FAST.


Aloha and thank you for visiting today! All comments are welcome.
For those who prefer to comment via email: