Google Plus Project – Top Women Bloggers 2011

Greetings and salutations midlife bloggers, it has been too long since I last shared a 2011 Top Women Bloggers post. I claimed in the first post of the  series, “Not only did I really rethink my blog plans, but it also boosted my confidence, increased my courage, and inspired me to write more about my passions, inspirations, and experiences” however,  the outcome was two top women blog posts. The old adage it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks applies. Truth be told, focus is quite difficult for this spontaneous and A.D.D. inflicted midlife woman. Managing to stay on task for an entire month with the Follow Friday-Over 40 Top Five presented new connections, a fresh awareness, and personal motivation.  To overcome my lack of focus, I’ve decided to share a written plan for the Top Women Bloggers 2011 series. Thanks friends!

The Top Women Bloggers 2011 Series AGAIN

My purpose for the series is two fold, the first being to honor the brilliant women who have provided reliable and solid information to thousands of new bloggers, including me. Secondly, to assist my readers in locating factual information on blogging while eliminating the dilemmas caused by “redundant” and “unconfirmed” advice. Been there done that!

This monthly series will focus on topics related to everything blogging, including social media networking, blog promotion, blogging tools from Top Women Bloggers.



Google+1 Project via Top Women Blogger’s

Being a huge fan of social media networking, targeting the Google +One project was an easy choice. After all the Google + One social media project IS huge social media news. From what I understood, the project was by invite only. Once inside, bloggers then found they could invite friends to join. Reported as a glitch, some invited friends while unknowing others were totally bored. Random Chrome users where later being invited on a limited basis. You can check the Official Google +1 Project page to learn when future invites become available.


The Google + Project includes +Circles, +Sparks, +Hangouts, +Mobile, and +Huddle. Gini Dietrich wrote an in depth review prior to her receipt of a beta invite. Her perspective seemed to imply the project would be just another social media site. She did however give Google credit for the network development capabilities, “I think the biggest thing they’re saying here is: How you develop your networks is up to you.” I’ll be interested to learn Gini’s opinion after using the social site.


These are my Top Women Bloggers selections on the Google + Project.

  • Just Ask Kim – The Google+ Project Launches! “Yet, surprising to many of us, is that as more and more people get their hands on beta invites… there’s a resounding “THIS COULD ACTUALLY WORK” starting to get whispered by many people.”
  • We blog Better – Jane – Google Plus: The Goods & Bads About Google +1 Chatter – “*Editor’s note: I had an opportunity to try it out over the weekend, and so far, I’m loving it! If you’re already on Google+, be sure to add me to one of your circles!  +Kiesha Easley


These women are not only phenomenal bloggers who offer great give insight and opinions on the Google+1 project but they also keep me ahead of the newest learning curves. Thanks Ladies! And Facebook, I hope you are paying attention :0)

Do you think the Google Plus Project will rock Facebook’s social world?

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Author: Kathy

Hey, there I'm Kathleen. My friends call me Kathy; to my kids I'm Momia. Life has afforded me many hats: Mom, wife, sister, friend, business owner... and most recently a midlife blogger. From college to marriage and babies, in the midst of business and wealthy boomers, midlife retrospection validates this extraordinary journey called life.

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  1. Hey Kathy – To be honest, I haven’t even looked at Google+. I can barely keep up with social media as it is; I don’t want to commit to yet another social network. What are your thoughts?
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    • Hi Tia,

      First, I don’t really like Facebook and limit my usage to sharing and keeping up with Red. They seem to be constantly changing and updating the platform. Oh and those apps and privacy settings, well they really drive me crazy!

      As you know I prefer Twitter. Straight forward and easy to use.

      If Google “gets it right” from the onset, I would probably try to learn the system. This may be beneficial to someone like me, who doesn’t use facebook to it’s full potential anyway.

      Plus, I can’t imagine Google gurus would design a system this large in hopes to be socially competitive and then make it so complicated as to benefit only savvy internet users.

      I guess everything really depends on the user and their social purposes.

      Hope you had great Independence Day Tia.

  2. Hi Kathy, I’m enjoying Google+ and I’d trade in Facebook for it in a heartbeat! Just like you, I’ve never been a fan of using Facebook for social networking and I’m more than “annoyed” with the usability of the platform. My only concern is what will happen to Google+ after it becomes open for everyone and people find tools to integrate tools for auto-posting and following. Hopefully Google will keep a lid on allowing access for those type of applications.

    One of my favorite features is the Hangout which I used once and it was a lot of fun. Maybe you and I can Hangout one day and chat. Looking forward to it!

    Have a great day Kathy and thanks for the post.
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    • Hi Ileane,

      So glad you took the time to comment. You know I value your opinion and comradery!

      The Google creators must have a plan to deal with third party apps and tool integration. I would think they would want to keep the true design and usability in place. Besides, apps are most annoying, especially auto following types!

      I’m looking forward to “your review” of the site and time for us to Hangout as well!

  3. Thanks for the great information. I stumbled (and reviewed you) please stumble me back at my new blog
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  4. Hi Kathy,

    Thanks for adding my post at We Blog Better. This one is a cool list of women bloggers into Google+. I have written a detailed tutorial on Google+ (link attached via commentluv). You can include it here if you think your readers will benefit.

    PS: I tried and looked for a contact form to contact you, couldn’t find any :(


    • Thanks for the tutorial information Jane, I’ll be sure to check it out. I appreciate knowing the ins and outs prior to using a new site or tool.

      Not sure where my contact page went. I must have disabled it with my last redesign playing session. Thanks for the heads up on that as well!

  5. I’m not sure where I’ve been but totally missed seeing the hype about Google + until reading your article. I would do one or the other but I would not commit to both ~just don’t have the time.

    I found your blog from the stumble blog hop ~stumbled you!
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    • Thanks for the stumble Amy! Google + may prove more beneficial and easier to use than Facebook. At least that is what I’m hoping for not being a fan of FB to begin with.

  6. Hi Kathy,

    I just hope that access into the account is a lot easier that FB where I must have three or four accounts because the keep saying that I get my password or something nelse wrong. Viva plus.
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  7. I really enjoy Just Ask Kim-Thank you for writing this post. I enjoy facebook, try to enjoy twitter & am learning google +1… The more networking the merrier :).
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