How to Take Your Own Stock Photos for Your Blog

Taking your own stock photos is pretty easy to do. You can also use this exercise as a way of improving your photography skills. You may also find yourself coming up with new ideas for content. Either way, you end up with photographs you own—and no worries about buying photos or using someone else’s image without permission. ...more
These are good tips - and your list of items to take photos of are definitely helpful to get ...more

Writer's Block? Here are 30 Blog Post Ideas

Do you ever need a blog post in a pinch?  I know that I do.  Today, I want to share some blog post ideas to help get your creative juices flowing. ...more
Thanks for the tips! I'm new to blogging and am constantly trying to think of new ideas, this ...more

6 Tips for a Reader-Friendly Blog

When I started blogging nearly four years ago, I did it as a way to document what was going on in my life at the time. No more; no less. My blogs were far from perfect. I made lots of mistakes, from not adding graphics and not always writing my best to not promoting my blog. (Partly because I just saw it as a way to share with friends and family.) As time has moved forward, I believe my writing and my blog have improved. I've made several changes over the years: creating a new blog name, adding graphics, personalizing the theme, and becoming self-hosted, to name a few. ...more
Hi- Love these tips. Practical and succinct. Barbaramore

Best Quotes From the BlogHer '13 Sessions

I'm like Jenny Chiu of Mommy Nani Booboo -- I just can't quit BlogHer '13 quite yet (go watch the video and come back -- so funny!). So I've been reading the panel transcriptions, and just had to share the nuggets of wisdom I've come across so far. BlogHers floor me every year -- so smart, prepared, powerful, willing to share. Read on for my favorite quotes. I'll be adding more as I find them, and stay tuned: We should also be getting the presentations attached to these transcriptions by next week. ...more
Oh, this is fantastic. There were so many sessions I couldn't get to because they overlapped ...more

Facebook Trick: Linking to Your Blog in the Top Comment

Is it myth or fact? Mommifried explores the idea that it makes a difference, traffic-wise, to put a link to your post in the top comment on Facebook rather than linking to it in the status update itself.  Of course, paying to promote your status updates will definitely get them in front of more eyes, but for those who don't want to go the paid route, she tests whether or not a blogger can game the system and create a status update with a link to their blog that will be seen by the largest amount of people. ...more
So here's an interesting question. Do you suppose Facebook is hiding all the pleas from pages to ...more

Own Your Blog; Don't Let it Own You

Blogs have a way of taking over your life. Between the writing of posts and the promoting of posts falls reading everyone else's posts and commenting too. And then there are the Facebook threads and the Twitter chats and the blog hops... ...more
Such good advice.  I was just thinking this morning that I need to come up with a better ...more

3 Tips That Will Help You Make Time to Write

One of the most common questions I'm asked by budding writers -- second only to "how do you make money freelancing?" -- is How do I find motivation to write when I'm exhausted after a long day of work/family/kids/housekeeping/ etc.? ...more
I am a year and half out from being divorced at 56. I'm now 57 and what I have learned with ...more

Should I Blog or Should I Write?

When I met you at a recent party and you told me that you needed to take a break from Facebook because it was interfering with your real life, it gave me occasion to pause and think. Of course, you don’t know that I have a blog, but your situation seemed dangerously like mine, but with a twist.  Ever since I started blogging, I’ve stopped writing. ...more
Yes, which is why I took a break from blogging this fall, first time I didn't post at least ...more

Putting My Life Online is Not Easy, But It's Worth Doing

I talk about having PTSD and going to therapy and having anxiety and all that because I need to. I need to know that it's out there. I wear my heart on my sleeve because I have to.  I have to because I'm exceptionally good at hiding things unless I force myself to reveal them. ...more
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How To Design Visual Content

Humans are highly visual beings and often our judgment is based off what we see rather than what we touch, hear, smell, or taste. For marketers, it is imperative that content is visually appealing so that your audience engages with your material. Fortunately, there is some science behind the art of designing content to captivate audiences. Check out the following suggestions for a outline of how to make your content a visual paradise. ...more
This is what I was looking for. I have been fighting with my blog (promise im not crazy) trying ...more