Watch Who You Surround Yourself With

As someone who is still struggles to shake off some of the demons of the past, and move forward with gratitude and freedom, I need to constantly remind myself of certain life lessons. This week, I want to focus on these 'reminders to self'....more

Why You Need an Editorial Calendar (and How to Make One!)

While some of us write blog posts on the fly, tackling topics as they come to us, many more professional bloggers keep an editorial calendar for their blogs. If you have a niche blog, such as a food blog, it's fairly easy to plan your content well in advance. But for those of us who don't, an editorial calendar still makes a lot of sense. Why do you need an editorial calendar? ...more
BlogHer agreed !more

What Blogging And Soup Making Have in Common

 It's been raining and the weather ensures that soup is on every evening in our home! As I went about making cauliflower soup for this evening’s meal, I was was still wondering what I’d write about here today. And then I realized that I love blogging as much I love making soup. The creative process process of blogging and soup making are quite similar for me. I decided to share with you what writing and soup making have in common for me....more

Reflections On Teaching And Blogging

 When I finished school, and wanted to study English Literature, my parents asked me if I wanted to be a teacher. Those were days when there were not too many career options for anyone studying Arts. I certainly did not want to be a teacher. It was ironic then, that some 20 years later, I did become a teacher. This after graduating in Commerce and working in a bank for 7 years. I've done a lot of things before and after, but I have some good memories of the time I taught - more because of all I learnt during that time....more

The Written Word and the Spoken Word

Editor's Note: Each week this month, we're featuring a response to one of the BlogHer Writing Lab prompts. Want to be inspired by writing prompts? They're posted at the beginning of every month in the Writing Lab. Want to be the next featured writer? Join the Writing Lab's Facebook group and look for the Pitch Please call for posts. --Mel Today's Prompt: Do you tend to believe what you read more than what you hear? ...more
zanyajan Thanks, Jan.more

Do You Think Of Yourself As An Artist?

 An artist, to me, is a person with an imagination. You've got an imagination, You're creative. You are an artist. Believe that, my friend. Pablo Picasso said,'Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.'One solution would be not to grow up! Ha, ha...as if, that's possible.The better solution would be to let the artist in you grow....more

The Frog Prince It Is

I've shared before how being read to and reading were part of my earliest years. Book love was probably my first love.The fairy tale that appealed to me the most was The Frog Prince. Now that is strange. Mostly because I'm terrified of frogs, not to mention other creepy crawlies. But I guess I've always been a romantic....more

3 Ways To Get And Keep Readers Attention

 It's all very well for us to say we write for ourselves. To a large extent we do. But the moment we start writing a blog and sharing it with the world, we are seeking attention from readers. (If you disagree with this premise of mine, I'd love to know why you do.)...more

How to Get More Mileage Out of Old Posts

Do you treat your old posts well? For instance, if you've been blogging for a while and keep adding posts, your old posts move off the front page of your blog. This means that they're rarely viewed by new, drop-in visitors. After studying 500 posts published between 2010 and 2012, (they) found that a blog post gets 72% of its total impressions within 30 days of publication. From then on, it gets barely any traffic at all. -A recent study by Izea and the Halverson Group ...more
I need to lookout for thursday throwback parties. I share my old posts on social media. ...more
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