5 ways to make the most out of Twitter

Long gone are the days of AOL Instant Messenger.  Can you believe AOL was launched in 1997?  I remember having to use dial-up to access the internet and also waiting for my sister to get off the landline telephone so that I could even use the dial-up, which was crazy in itself.  This all seem like ancient history when you think about but honestly, it hasn’t been that long.  Quickly, the world-wide web has taken over (for the 99-2000’s–in Juvenile’s voice) and not having the internet these days is almost dreadful.  What use to be a very optional thing is now basically a necessity.

Social Media was that added bonus that came along with the internet and it continues to be the most popular thing out here but why am I still hearing questions about people not understanding Twitter?

I come to make your life a little easier and I come to get you all caught up to 2018!  Here’s how you can make the most out of Twitter:

  1. Follow Celebrities, Companies, Politian’s, and anyone that seems interesting to you!  (a) As with any social media platform, the more people you follow, essentially the more whom will follow you back.  It’s also important to know that when you follow a person on Twitter that doesn’t mean they’re following you. It is not like Facebook, therefore, interaction is key in order to obtain followers.  (b) A good thing about Twitter is that you will find that more celebrities are active on this particular social media platform.  If you’re looking for that celebrity connection Twitter is your best bet.  (c) Also, following companies is a big plus.  Many of them host giveaways on Twitter and I’ve been lucky to win a number of times.  Another great tip is that most companies also have a customer service Twitter page and if you ever bring a complaint their way on Twitter you can almost certainly expect them to answer you back.  They are all about their reputation.  Use Twitter to your benefit.  Below are a few things I’ve won off Twitter!

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  2. Use Hashtags.  It’s an easy way of seeing who’s talking about a topic.  Hashtags are very important when it comes to Twitter.  This is where they were originated from. #Twitter #GetOutThere
  3. Join the conversation.  Get involved and comment.  Join the discussion and share your opinions.  You never know who will see it.  You never know who will agree with you or disagree with you.  Welcome the conversation and take advantage of the reply button.  Again, this is how you gain followers.
  4. Use it as a way to keep up with current events.  If it’s trending on Twitter then it’s important for the moment.  If you want to know something, Twitter is a go-to place to find out.  It’s almost the next best thing to Google.  If it’s not trending on Twitter then it’s probably not happening because no one is talking about it.  **In your Twitter app, if you click on the search button, you will see all the trending topics for the day and they change throughout the day as well.**
  5. Don’t be afraid of the retweet button.  The retweet button is my best-friend.  If I see a Tweet that I really like or that speaks volumes, I’ll retweet it.  A retweet is basically a “repost” or “share” of another persons tweet.  Once you retweet a tweet you are sharing that tweet with your timeline; so now your followers will be able to see it.  **If your account is set to “Private” your tweets are not retweetable.  Also, if you’re looking to gain more followers, do not set your account to “Private.”**

To sum it up, if you’re looking for a place to pretty much run off at the mouth without a bunch of feedback–Twitter is the place.  If you’re looking for a place to speak a lot of nonsense –Twitter is the place.  If you’re looking for a place to be bold and to take a stand and to get behind a movement–Twitter is the place.  If you’re looking for a place to say things you wouldn’t necessarily post to Facebook….Twitter is the place!  Twitter is where it’s at!

Come join the party and follow me at @MizToyah

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My Top 5 Mystery Podcast

Below you will find my Top 5 Mystery Podcast that I think YOU ALL will love.  There’s so much drama and suspense detailed in these podcast that I literally could not wait to listen to the next episode.  My thoughts and opinions on who did what, when, and where, kept changing.  I couldn’t believe that the police were the real crooks in many of the stories below.  These are real life events with a lot of unanswered questions.

Listed in order:

#1: Serial Serial Season 1:   The first mystery podcast that I ever listened to.  I was so intrigued.  Curiosity was written all over my face as I listened.  As the story was laid out and outlined I was painting the scenes in my head like a movie.  I finally had to go to Google to look up the actual people involved to see what they looked like.

The time frame is Baltimore, 1999, High School kids.  This real life event happened during the same time I was in High School and graduating so I was immediately drawn to it and all of the scenarios.  I kept asking myself “what would I have done?”  This story is unique as they are trying to solve a case that’s well over 15 or more years old.  Well, let me put it another way.  They are trying to prove Adnan is innocent.  Adnan was accused of killing his high school girlfriend Hae.  In this podcast they try to relive the events leading up to the murder and basically a can of worms are opened.

As I listened I also wondered if  I would have remember such details today if I was questioned about something that happened so long ago.  I don’t know.  I guess it would depend on how traumatic it was for me during that time.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say I have flip-flopped on who I though was the killer in this story; but I do not believe Adnan is guilty.  However, he still sits in prison as I type this.  I’m eager to know your thoughts and who you think is behind the murder.  I don’t want to tell the story here but I do want you to listen to it.

 

#2: S-Town – Oh, S-Town!  Which actually means Shit Town.  I love the voices in this particular podcast.  The southern charmed accent from Alabama drew me in first.  This story takes you on a roller coaster ride that has more turns and flips than one could handle.

At first I couldn’t believe it was real.  I’m sure you will go to Google, like myself, to verify facts; and they are all there! It was almost unbelievable.  John, the main person in this investigative journalism podcast hates his town–hence S-Town.  John is also a character within himself who deals with depression as well as having a host of many other personalities.  He’s peculiar, to say the least.  You just have to listen to understand.  It’s about a really smart but negative man who sometimes appears not to have it all together.  He’s a man who desperately wants attention and will do whatever he has to do, to get it. There are so many layers to him as well as this story.  But the story takes a turn and it feels like I’m sitting in the middle of Beverly Hillbillies, only before they move to Hollywood, trying to figure out what’s going on.  A mystery for sure.  (Check out the maze when you do your Googling)

 

#3: Dirty John – A love story that goes bad really quick.  Full of money, lust, and betrayal.  A real life story that happened in California only a few years ago.  This story makes you wonder why people do the things that they do.  It also makes you wonder what kind of woman couldn’t see straight through him?  Although I know it happen more than it should.  Lust and love are to different thing and here we can see how each play put.

I believed John got exactly what he deserved.  This isn’t a mystery, as we know what happens in the end.  But the story is put together nicely and it is full of suspense.

 

#4: AccusedAccused Season 1:  Such a tragic story of a young lady who had just graduated college in Ohio.  She has a boyfriend and moving from one apartment to the next and suddenly ends up dead.  This story is also one of the investigated stories where they are trying to put together really old pieces of the puzzle.  Like 1978 old.  I wasn’t even born then.  They’ve tried to ACCUSE the boyfriend for her murder but there are so many different angles to this story and the case is still cold.

I think the boyfriend, now very a very grown man, is innocent.

 

#5: Atlanta Monster – The latest podcast that I’m still currently listening to because the season hasn’t wrapped up just yet.  This story is just strange.  It was my first time hearing about the Atlanta Monster AKA as the man killing black boys back in the day.  Wayne, the suspect in this podcast, is still in prison and still claims that he is innocent.  But there is something about him that just doesn’t sit right with me.

The setting is Atlanta, GA; 1981.  Again another old story that was solved with doubt.  Many people are on the fence about Wayne’s involvement with the Atlanta killings.

While being investigated he “beats around the bush” a lot.  He shares irrelevant and unbelievable information.  He come off to me as perhaps having a mental illness however there’s still some strange things that happen during this series that often times put me on the fence as well.  At the end of the day, I believe he’s guilty.  But I also believe he may not be guilty of everything the cops are putting on him.  Lets see if my opinion changes any after we finish the series.

 

I definitely need your opinions and thoughts on the Five podcast listed above.  Who do you think killed who in these stories?  What could have been any of their motives?  What are your thoughts on S-Town?  Do you have a favorite podcast?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Also, remember to start at the beginning of each podcast, so episode 1 or chapter 1, and work your way up to the very end.  You must listen to the stores in order.  But you already knew that, right? ♥

This post contains affiliated links but all opinions are of my own!

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Today, my curls are popping!

Before we touch on my curls today, let me just say that my hair has been the topic of many discussions.  People are constantly asking me where did I get my hair from?  What are you mixed with?  Honestly, I DO NOT KNOW.  But I will find out soon and when I do I will be sure to keep you all inform.

But I am not ashamed to say, I know I have good hair.  I don’t make any apologies for that.  Although many people have hated me for it.  Which is sad.  My hair has always been natural.  Never had a perm or relaxer.  It is naturally curly so sometimes I just embrace the curls.  While other times I’ll wear it straight like seen HERE.  It has grown over the years and I’m ready to go back short, so stay tuned for my hair journey because the saga always continues.

But for TODAY, Yaaaaaaasssss.  A sisters curls were popping.  They don’t pop every day.  Sometimes the curls look flat and not as full.  But today they came through.  I had washed my hair about two days prior so today while in the shower I wet the hair, added some curl bounce conditioner from the Kimble Hair line, dried it with a t-shirt (I learned this on YouTube) and then added some styling foam by Carol’s Daughter.  That was it.  Pop, Pop, let it Pop.img_3411img_3410img_3414img_3416

Did you have a good hair day today?  Any curl tips or secrets you’d like to share?  I’m all ears.

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Dating Military: Long Distance vs PTSD

Dating is hard.  Let’s just put that out there.  It is even harder when you are young.  To me, it’s hard because you’re still trying to figure out who you are as a person.  You’re still trying to learn to love yourself while also figuring out where life will take you.  Adding another person into the mix, to love and to accept them as they are at that moment, also makes it harder. Continue reading

The perfect Valentine’s dinner in 30 min or less

You all know how busy my life is.  I’m sure yours is just as busy.  So follow me on this quick steak dinner guide to serve up the perfect meal for your special someone for Valentine’s Day this year.  It’s even more perfect because this day of love falls on a weekday and no one has time to spend 3 hours at a restaurant.  With very little effort and ingredients we can conjure up a meal that has “love” written all over it. Continue reading

Dos and Don’ts (Feb Edition)

Our monthly Dos and Don’ts are off to a great start.  We’ve received amazing views and feedback thus far.  Thank you!  We are two months down and 10 more months to go; but who’s counting!

To find out what the monthly Dos and Don’ts are all about click HERE.  In short, think of it as, every woman should have a little black dress in her closet or don’t ever leave the house without a bra on.  Seriously though. Continue reading