Veronica Armstrong

Writer. Blogger. Picture Taker. Ivy League MBA Wife. Happy Mom. I love Homer Simpson, photography, & the ocean.

 

Can You Teach Someone How to Write Good Content?

The key to high blog traffic is writing good content, but Bebehblog wonders aloud if it's possible to really teach someone that skill. Is it a case of some people having writing talent and others struggling to express themselves with words, or can anyone become a writer with the right guidance? Or is the real answer, when it comes to blogging, that aiming for the high blog traffic doesn't appeal to everyone and therefore doesn't always matter? ...more
Well I say it all the time. Good content + great SEO wins. One could be the best writer in the ...more

A Crib Sheet on Pregnancy After Infertility or Loss

My experience with pregnancy which came after infertility and loss differed greatly from my friends who conceived easily and greeted those nine months with wonder and excitement. While they gleefully announced that their babies were now the size of a kidney bean, I was holding off on buying maternity clothes just in case the worst happened... mostly because I was accustomed with having the worst happen when it came to those years of trying to conceive. ...more
Thanks for writing this. Its important for people to know why many women are "secretive" or ...more

Playground Rejection Is Not Just For Kids

One of the best things about being three-years-old is that everyone is your friend. My kid runs up to another kid on the playground and says, "Hey, wanna slide?" and they're off to have adventures, even if they never see each other again after that day. Kids that age like pretty much all the same things and believe in the Truth of Childhood: Climb it if it can be climbed, always run as fast as you can, and anything can be a pirate ship. They don't know enough about the world yet to judge or condemn or turn their noses up at kids who want to join in, so everyone gets to play. It's beautiful and pure and I wish I was three-years-old again on a daily basis....more
And this is why I dont do that whole "free range" business. Young kids need their parents to ...more

Thanks for calling me fat. No. Really. Thank you.

"wow, you've gained a lot of weight since I last saw you""well, the last time you saw me I was eight months pregnant. I've lost about 40 pounds since then so that's not actually true. Thanks for calling me fat in front of my husband and kids though".A recent conversation I had with someone has swirled in my memory for days. I've never been humiliated and insulted in front of my family. It was a jarring experience. I'm thankful that my kids aren't old enough to ask questions. However I'm happy that it happened....more
 @the.me.i.be GRRRRR. Dead. Wrong. Thank you for sharing. Stinks that it has to be that way but ...more

Lessons Learned from Weekly Writing Exercises

Weekly writing exercises aren't quite as difficult for me as daily morning pages, but I'll admit that I still struggle with them. Yet I still find myself thinking about the writing prompts in Julia Cameron's My Artist's Way Toolkit, even if I don't put a pen to paper. I'm not always good at putting my thoughts down but these exercises are still teaching me some important lessons....more
It sounds simple but what I learned was to think of myself as an artist - force myself to at ...more

Where Do You Find Inspiration?

One of the things that I appreciate about Julia Cameron's new My Artist's Way Toolkit is how she's forcing me to pay attention. Yes, my morning pages may be a to do list most days (and yes, I still suck at them) but maybe one out of five days I'll find myself writing out a really good idea. I may not write down a single word after an Artist's Date but during it I'll be observing the things around me. Inspiration can happen anywhere. ...more
Books. Music. Dreams. My kids. Hanging out in the passenger side. My inspitation is Everywhere. ...more

Why It's Good to Ignore Your Kids

Sometimes I ignore my kids. Perhaps ignore is a strong word. It has a negative, slimy feeling to it that doesn't quite express what I'm talking about. Maybe I should use a euphemism here. How does encouraging independent play sound? Good? Okay then I'll carry on....more
 @xina143 It's nuts how we do this to ourselves but its so much easier for some of us to fall ...more

Why It's Good to Ignore Your Kids

Sometimes I ignore my kids. Perhaps ignore is a strong word. It has a negative, slimy feeling to it that doesn't quite express what I'm talking about. Maybe I should use a euphemism here. How does encouraging independent play sound? Good? Okay then I'll carry on....more
 @motherofnine9 Thanks so much! more

Why It's Good to Ignore Your Kids

Sometimes I ignore my kids. Perhaps ignore is a strong word. It has a negative, slimy feeling to it that doesn't quite express what I'm talking about. Maybe I should use a euphemism here. How does encouraging independent play sound? Good? Okay then I'll carry on....more
 @Outlaw Mom Thanks so much. ill be sure to check it out. more

Why It's Good to Ignore Your Kids

Sometimes I ignore my kids. Perhaps ignore is a strong word. It has a negative, slimy feeling to it that doesn't quite express what I'm talking about. Maybe I should use a euphemism here. How does encouraging independent play sound? Good? Okay then I'll carry on....more
 @KLyPT That *is* interesting. Im guessing anyone who says why aren't you playing with the kids ...more