The Chicken and the Egg of the Blogosphere: Did You Read or Write First?

It's the blogging chicken-and-the-egg situation: Did reading blogs make you want to be blogger, or did you start your blog and then find other blogs to read in order to build connections with other bloggers? ...more
I blogged and then almost immediately started reading, but I do think it let me sort of do my ...more

Best Friends Again

When did I forget my writing motto?  I treat every piece I write like it’s my last and I always try to make myself laugh a little.  If it’s the last thing I write, I want people to remember me by it, and if it truly is the last thing I write, then I want to die laughing.   ...more

What inspires you to blog in the first place?

I can't remember a time when I wasn't documenting.There was a journal in elementary school. Scrapbooks in high school.Even when I went through basic military training for the Air Force, I carried with me a tiny reporter's notebook and a ballpoint pen in one of my cargo pockets, scribbling down the things our training instructors yelled at us and my fitness scores....more

Julie!!!! I created an account just to say I'm really excited to read your advice. I'm different ...more

Why I Failed the Post a Week Challenge

I haven’t blogged a word in two weeks. I’m sure many of you are aghast. How could I? I signed up for the Postaweek 2011 challenge. The gauntlet thrown down by WordPress to keep the fires of blogging going. I was true to my word. I posted faithfully for two and one half months. At one time, I even had three blog writings going at once. I was editing daily and readying them for posting when each week rolled around....more

I hadn't read any of her work, but on your suggestion looked her up and will be starting. I see ...more


[NOTE - I wrote this almost three weeks ago, but I've been rewriting & second guessing ever since - time to post it and be done with it already... *grin*] After feeling like I’ve been in a deep freeze for the better (or worse) part of a year, I think I’m beginning to thaw…...more

The Writing is On the Wall

I've been posting on my blog for over a month!  When I began this adventure, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I'm learning new things and meeting new people everyday.  It has been a great ride so far and I'm looking forward to new adventures on the horizon....more

Congrats on one month of blogging!

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How to Write (Better): 12 Steps for Writing a How-To Article

Writing a good how-to article is harder than most people think. I know this, because most of the how-to articles I come across on the internet are down-right terrible. They often assume a level of expertise that the reader does not possess or neglect to mention entire steps that would get the reader from step three to step four without causing them to rip out handfuls of hair. My how-tos, though, are quite fantastic, and I am here to tell you how to do it, so that when you decide to share your knowledge with the world, you can do it better than everyone else. ...more
You've made some good practical tips here and I'm going to add at least 2 of them to my How tos. ...more

How to Write (Better): Even Bad Poetry Can Make You a Better Writer

I have had a love/hate relationship with poetry, made up of three parts hate and one part love, for the last thirty years when I first discovered it at the age of seven. I was rebelling against the rote memorization of multiplication tables that year, and I grabbed onto the perceived freedom of freeform poetry as my life preserver in a world that was soon to include a structured summer full of remedial math lessons. ...more
Holy crap!  And you are not the only one...these chicks (below) ROCK!  Eloquent, I know. more