Do You Admit That You Have a Blog?

I'm a social person. I can easily speak to total strangers, and in class I ALWAYS have a question. However, one topic seldom comes up in real life: my blog. I'll share things on Facebook, where I have friends both from school and from the blogosphere, but other than that it's almost a don't ask, don't tell type of thing. I don't like to mix my online and offline worlds. And I become uncomfortable when other people mix them for me. ...more
I'm happy to mention my blogging and online content offline, but I have quite strict rules on ...more

Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don't Own on Your Blog

One of the things I learned early on was that a post with a photo always looked nicer than one with just text. So I looked at what other people were doing for pictures.  And mostly it seemed that everyone was grabbing pics from Google Images and pasting them on their sites. Sometimes with attribution, most of the time without. And when I asked others (or looked at disclaimers on websites and Tumblrs), it seemed that everyone agreed using pics that way was okay under Fair Use standards. ...more
When I say tools, I mean the tools to search and retrieve the copyright holder's work that have ...more

6 Things I've Learned in 6 Months of Blogging

Six months ago, I made the decision to monetize and get serious about blogging. In hindsight, I wish I had made that decision six months prior. Why? Because, it's taken me six months to realize that there are things I should have been doing differently.1- Creating content. I'm stuck in the endless game of playing catchup when it comes to creating evergreen content for my blog. Had I waited, I could have built up a few months worth of posts....more
I think it's hard to niche when you're just beginning. Unless you have a very clear idea of what ...more

#MicroblogMonday #4 - Winter, Where Are You?

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too.I’m having a hard time believing it’s winter. You’re probably thinking “But it’s cold. Like really cold.”You’re right....more

Starting the New Year Slowly by Guest Posting

I have been guest posting the last few months and it has really boosted my confidence in my ...more

Taking Your Blog To Hollywood!

Want to have huge crowds eating popcorn and Whoppers as they’re enthralled by YOUR original words? Want a chance at an Oscar?  People talking about you at the water cooler?  Well, forget making your blog into a book.  Think BIG.  The film industry is running out of ideas (that’s why we’re seeing the Bible recycled as “Exodus: Gods & Kings”)  Just follow these easy tips to turn your blog into a movie. Or if you’re slightly more of a homebody, into a television series!...more

8 New Ways to Use Your Blog’s Newsletter

Is your blog's newsletter stuck in a rut? Are you looking to improve your open or click-through rates? Besides using it to promote new posts on your blog, there are lots of other things you can do with a newsletter to make it engaging and valuable for readers. Remember that it's important to have a good balance of self-promotion (your posts etc.) and other information that may be of interest to your readers. This will help build your brand and build the value of your newsletter, ensuring loyal readers going forward. ...more
I'm totally doing the survey idea! Thanks Susan!more

5 Things I Learned in My First Year of Blogging

My blog officially turned one on the 23rd! It still amazes me that I've been able to maintain this blog for so long and consistently post, grow and learn more about blogging on a daily basis! I've tried and failed to keep a blog in the past, but this time it stuck! ...more
Yes, yes, yes!  I've been blogging since July, and have learned mos oft the same lessons so far. ...more

Can Blogging Help You Reinvent Your Career?

It took nearly 18 years before I realized that science just wasn't my passion. I was good at it, I had a bright future in front of me, but every time I took a coveted day off, I found myself wanting more. In fact, what I found myself wanting was to write. So I turned what I wanted to do into a career. ...more
Gail Mader -  I totally agree with you about the nasty comments that John McCurdy and tts38 have ...more

I Failed To Break The Habit of "Random Writing"

*This post is Day Six of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer....more
FixedOnFrugal And it could be a lifestyle blog with lots of DIY if that's your passion!more