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Weekly Wonderings 005 – How To

This week’s Weekly Wonderings is a How To episode.  From Craft Beer to LinkedIn to Periscope.  And for the aspiring writers, my favorite writing podcast are all featured on Weekly Wonderings 005.


Sixpoint LogoDo you know how to clean your glassware properly?

Can you spot a beer glass that hasn’t been cleaned well? Have no fear and head on over to the Sixpoint Blog and check out their Beer Clean Glassware. Here’s a snippet:

Wouldn’t it strike you as tragic, if something like dust, or a spot of dish residue, compromised all this? Dude, you can’t mess this up! A glass that isn’t “beer clean” messes with head retention, banishes aroma, and compromises mouthfeel. The look isn’t right either — almost every beer deserves a healthy foam capper to keep oxygen out and aroma in.

How To Achieve The Perfect Craft Beer Pour

Once you’ve got that glassware “beer clean” now it’s time to let Julia Herz of teach you the perfect craft beer pour.


How To Craft The Perfect LinkedIn Profile

Is your Linked In Profile up to speed?  I know mine still isn’t.  Back in Weekly Wonderings 002 I highlighted an interview with Laura Virili where she provides a ton of great Linked In tips.  But this week I’m concentrating on your LinkedIn Profile set up specifically.

And look no further than Mike Alton‘s seminal blog post:

The Ultimate Guide to a Perfect LinkedIn Profile.


Mike Alton (from his Twitter profile)

Plan on spending serious but well spent time going through and implementing everything Mike Alton spells out for you.  This could easily be a book, and in fact there is a downloadable guide.  One important thing to note from Mike:

Before we jump into these recommendations, let me make one more point perfectly clear. These are not necessarily recommendations for the perfect LinkedIn profile if you’re looking for a job. I am writing this from my own perspective, as someone who is using their LinkedIn profile to connect with influencers, partners or prospects. I already have a business and I am counting on LinkedIn to help me grow that business and reach more of their nearly 200 million active monthly users.

How To Periscope

My other Social Media How To involves Livestreaming, which is quickly taking Twitter in particular by storm.  If you have made the leap into Periscope or are thinking about it then head on over to Dustin W. Stout’s Periscope Pro Tips blog post.  This is the second time Dustin has been featured in a Weekly Wonderings post.

Dustin W. Stout (from his About page)

Dustin W. Stout (from his About page)

Periscope Pro Tips: What to Do Before, During and After the Broadcast

Dustin will guide you through how to prepare, stream and then follow up afterwards to ensure high quality Periscopes.  He breaks things down in detail and really provides you with tips and tricks for things you might not have even considered paying attention to.  Here’s a quick quote:

The people who are engaging on your broadcasts are crucial in growing your platform further. You need to treat every single commenter as a valuable advocate and do all you can to develop an on-going relationship with them.

This is THE Periscope guide in my opinion.


How To: Writing Excuses

Writing Excuses

Writing Excuses

My favorite writing podcast has been around for a while and features the following writers offering guidance on every aspect of writing a great novel:

Writing Excuses

These are 15 minute podcasts because, as they put it:

You’re in a hurry and we’re not that smart!

This series (now on season 10) is filled with great advice from the four above as well as guest writers.  They cover everything from Theory and Techniques to Career and Lifestyle and even to demonstrations on how to implement some of their suggestions.  This is a fantastic series and, if you are an aspiring author, well worth every moment.

Here’s a link to their most recent podcast episode (as of the writing of this post):

Writing Excuses 10.31: How Do I Control the Reader’s Sense of Progress?

Here’s a quote:

Part of your job as a writer is to create an illusion here.  An illusion of difficult progress towards a goal so that you have a satisfying ending.

One programming note: with this week’s post I have moved my publishing day for Weekly Wonderings to Monday mornings.  My goal is to note things that catch my eye throughout the week and then to write up this blog on the weekend and publish it on Mondays.  I have added a podcast for this blog series as well.  I’ve never done a podcast before so I will be learning that process from scratch as I go.

I’m hoping the podcast will allow me to delve a little deeper into some of the content I share each week along with chronicling my own journey on social media as I learn and grow.

By moving these blog posts to a Monday publishing window I hope to also be able to share out more content from the people highlighted here throughout the week.

And that is a wrap for this week’s Weekly Wonderings blog post.

Now, if you’ve made it this far, please drop a comment below to let me know how I’m doing and if you have found anything I’m sharing of interest or of help.  Your feedback is what I need to learn how to improve as I take this blogging/podcast journey.  I’m a firm believer in learning by doing but I’m also open to guidance and suggestions as well.

Always wondering,

Charles E. Dunkley

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I blog about Craft Beer | Technology | Social Media | Music and a host of other topics.I work in the Information Technology field and I'm also a Moderator and Hangouts On Air Technical Producer for Craft Beer Nation.
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