6 Blog Design Mistakes You Need to Check If You're Doing

Blogging is, or should be like, having a conversation. There is give and take, and the environment where the conversation is happening should be warm and welcoming. Not loud and distracting. While your blog and website design should reflect who you are and what your blog or business is about, it is important to remember that you are also designing for your potential readers and clients. People you hope to build a relationship with. Here are 6 of the most common blog design mistakes I see around the Web, and the advice I give to my clients who make those mistakes. ...more
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5 Tips to Keep Your Blog From Being Hacked

I've been blogging since 2008. I thought I was knowledgeable about blogging. Boy, was I wrong. Out of the blue, my blog was hacked. I couldn't access it to fix it. I felt vulnerable. I felt helpless. I'm writing this post so you don't have to experience this for yourself. ...more
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8 Tips for Taking Better Camera Phone Photos This Year

I'll start off by admitting the obvious: I am by no means a mind-blowing photographer. A lengthy scroll through my 1,600 Instagram photos, if you dare, will tell the tale of improvement; although there still are plenty of hastily taken and posted photos. However, I did do that art school thing: I'm clear about the basic principles/elements of design and composition, blah blah blah....more
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How to Use Color on Your Blog

Eiseman once said that "Of all the forms of non-verbal communication, color is the most instantaneous method of conveying messages and meanings." He sure is right. ...more

7 Ways to Make Your Facebook Experience Better

There are so many tricks you can use when it comes to Facebook. Below are 7 ways to make your Facebook experience awesome and control what you see in your feed....more
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7 Steps Bloggers Should Take to Protect Your Privacy Online

So we can either sit with our fear, give up blogging all together, or we can act in ways that offer us more privacy than we have right now. I thought it would be worthwhile to list a few steps I've taken and a few I plan on taking to ensure the most privacy and safety for myself as a woman on the Internet with an opinion that I can in hopes that it might help other people do the same. We've seen that this is necessary time and time again. ...more
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The Most Effective Writing Question: What's Your Angle?

They say that there are no new stories. In fact, author Christopher Booker suggests that every story ever told is a variation on seven basic plots. So, how do you differentiate your story from every other comedy, tragedy, memoir, quest, or rebirth? The answer is in the specific angle you use to tell your tale. Consider Eric and Charlotte Kaufman's story. ...more
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How to Write a Headline or Teaser That's Impossible to Ignore

Have you finally penned your masterpiece, soon-to-be-viral post? Hold up: There's a little more to write, and it's incredibly important. Your post title, as well as what you say about your post in social media, are your workhorses. The best post in the world does no good if no one clicks through to it. ...more
Thanks for sharing this! It's a great list. I struggle with writing headlines on my blog, Rudeysroommore

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
Love the stock image list! I wrote down a few ideas to get started. Thank you for the tips.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
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