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“My Caring Friends” is what I’ve been calling you long before I even knew what a #Hashtag was!

I’ve been using it on Facebook when talking about my friends that are there with me through thick and thin. They don’t judge or get offended. They just listen and love.

So I turned it into a hashtag #MyCaringFriends or #mycaringfriends about one year ago. Today, if you Google “My Caring Friends and Dr. Margaret Aranda” one gets 2.5 pages of hits, and it fills a full page of Twitter and blog images, a pretty sight here:

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We recognize authors Carlos Aranda of Conversations with God and Victoria Lewin with daughter Caitlin, of Caitlin’s Wish. Both authors and books are setting great sights for 2017! How about you?

I’m inviting you to our Twitterland – and here are some hints for your success and growth on Twitter! After all, in just two weeks, the 2nd half of 2017 will be starting, and it’s going by fast! By the time the year 2018 rolls around, we want to see success! To get there, here’s your motivation and inspiration:

5 Ways to Hook Up with #MyCaringFriends

  1. Hashtags

Use hashtag #MyCaringFriends or #mycaringfriends to contribute Tweets, find inspiration, motivational songs, and even prayer. @TheRebelPatient is a rebel, so she talks about things other people can’t really talk about, so feel free to Tag her by a Mention in your Tweets, @TheRebelPatient.

First, use our Team Hashtag, #MyCaringFriends or #mycaringfriends in your Tweets. And if you do a Search, just type in the hashtag to see all the cool inspiration for authors, musicians, artists, spoonies, medicine, and the whole basket!

2. Mention for Mention

If I Tag you in a Tweet, that takes my time. I’m Mentioning you as a Tag. But I’m really thinking about you and sending you Followers. I’m promoting you to others, too. If I take the time to Tag you on a Tweet, please kindly acknowledge me, as this is Engagement. You can either:

a. Say “Thank You for the Mention” or

b. Better yet, just Mention me in your next Tweet! Then I’ll return RT for RT! Isn’t that Sweet?

It’s a great rule for you to Follow our Team, as a representative from you as an author, genre, invisible illnesses, or your niche. I just want to teach you (don’t be offended): Mention for Mention, and Follow for Follow.  

Follow For Follow

My Caring Friends like to Follow for a “Follow Back” and you can see that I Follow virtually everyone in the world who Follows me (no porn, etc.) If they speak another language, I “Follow Back” by also doing a “Mute” so I don’t view a non-English writing on my Home page. But lots of people who speak a foreign language also understand English. And they send me tons of Followers. Hey! they have lots of authors and disabled people. too. 

When I was new to Twitter, someone chided me for not Following him back in 3 days, and WoW – I looked it up and took a Twitter course…. and he was right. So I check all my Twitters every 3 days and Follow for Follow. I do it all by hand, no app. I like to see who is Following. I’m just curious!

BTW you can Follow all your Followers on your cell phone – it’s much faster, but don’t go too fast or Follow more than 200/day so Twitter won’t lock you out for a time ;0.

3. Growing your Account Followers

If we write a blog that we can Tweet, then we need to Share it on Twitter. I use this to spread information and increase awareness. It’s a powerful outreach that can not be underestimated. So if you see your name in a list of 9 others in a Picture that I Tweeted to you, please open it up and Follow everyone who is listed in the Photo. 

4. ReTweets (RT)

My time is valuable and I’m not one to SPAM – I also wrote a blog, “Tell It Like I’m 5: What’s SPAM?”  – I will not send you more than 6 Mentions or Tweets a day. 

That is, unless you say,

“Tag me on anything, anytime, and I’ll Re-Tweet whatever you send me!” 

– That’s such a great thing to hear from My Caring Friends! I love that! And I’m here for you the same way. If I don’t RT whatever you Tag me in, no worries, okay? No one expects that you HAVE to RT a Mention. It’s all light and airy!

Feel free to Mention me on whatever you want – I’ll try to Re-Tweet (RT) it even if it’s not ‘for me’ but for the benefit of my Followers.

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Inviting you to Follow & Mention Us in Different Genres

A. @themdphdisin – scientific, serious. We tweet our own scientific articles from here: http://www.themdphdisin.wordpress.com/  

B. @DrMargareAranda – books, authors, writing, music – from here: http://www.drmargaretaranda.wordpress.com/

C. @MediBasket – inspiration, quotes, books, music, art, recipes, crafts too, from here: Perseverance: YOU Be that One in a Million!

D. @SpoonieRoomies – the spoonie life, relationships, chronic life, invisible illness, disability

E. @FightForYourDx – medical concerns, fighting for a diagnosis


Music is free and it decreases chronic pain, anxiety, depression and helps insomnia, mood, and vitality! Studies show it!

It may be overwhelming, but no worries. This time next year, let’s get you more Twitter Followers and drive more traffic to your website.

Remember to actually read my articles and not just RT them lol. And never pretend you read them when you didn’t lol – but I know you’d never do that!

I’m really liking what you do, and am happy to promote you.

And let’s talk to one another through #MyCaringFriends because,

I know you care.

( And Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers! Especially for those mommies without their babies, we know it can be a difficult time for you – special prayers  and a BIG ((HUG)) going out!)

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Additional Articles by Dr. Margaret Aranda

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Dr. Margaret Aranda

Author, The Rebel Patient

“The MD, PhD Is In”

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