Writing Priorities: Why I'll Be Doing Less Blogging This Year

Have you ever reached a crossroads when you’ve felt the need to review your blogging activities? If you’re a blogger yourself, you’ll know that a blog is a high maintenance kind of baby – one that needs frequent attention and maybe even sometimes keeps you up at night. In this post, I explain why I won’t be quite such an attentive mother in the months ahead. I won’t be abandoning the baby altogether, or giving it up for adoption, and I will be doing lots of writing – just not quite so much of it on the blog.

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How Writing Will Help You Keep That New Year Resolution

Made any New Year Resolutions for 2014? It’s so tempting to make idealistic promises we can’t or won’t keep at this time of year. I have to admit, I’m a sucker for New Year Resolutions, but haven’t very often managed to keep them. However, I have made resolutions at other times, which I’ve succeeded in achieving. So what’s the secret of that success? Well, I’ve been thinking about it, and it’s occurred to me that writing might have something to do with it……..

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Why Blog Posts Are Like Christmas Gifts

This is the 100th post to be published on this blog. To celebrate, I’m going to thank some of the other bloggers who have inspired and supported me on my journey and to give you one BIG BLOGGING TIP – the one factor that I think distinguishes the truly great bloggers and their blogs from the also-rans….

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How Keeping a Journal Transformed My Life

As the New Year approaches, I wonder how many people will make a New Year’s Resolution to keep a daily journal. I’ve done this many, many times, but never managed to keep it up – until last year, when I did start writing a diary, which I have now maintained for well over 12 months. This post’s about how, after so many false starts, I’ve finally disciplined myself to write a daily journal and why I think it’s been so worthwhile.

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How To Write Tutorial Blog Posts That Go Viral

Many of the blog posts we write are in the form of tutorials – as a blogger, you’re often likely to find yourself teaching people, sharing your knowledge and skills. The trouble is, the web is jam packed full of “how to” articles, many on much the same topics – so how can you make sure yours don’t get lost in the crowd?

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A Blog Commenting Problem - Can You Help?

If you go to the trouble to leave a comment on someone’s blog, do you always get to see the reply? As a blogger, are you taking any steps to make sure your readers DO see replies to their comments (without having to keep coming back to the post to check)? This post explores some FREE plugins that might provide the solution to this problem.

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