I don't know about you, but I sometimes struggle to know what to say on the various blog posts I write across the web and this one is no exception; in fact, it's why it's now mostly author interviews. But all that is about to change ....! More coming soon about that. One standby trick … Continue reading Planning your blog posts
I guess that most people start a blog because they'd really like to share something they are passionate about with the rest of the world. They hope that they'll get the chance to speak to increasingly large groups of people on a regular basis and perhaps change hearts and minds. The reality though is that … Continue reading How to be a Rockstar Blogger
I've been wandering round a few blogs recently because of various activities I've been involved in, I've also been social media spotting too and there seems to be a bit of theme developing. Perhaps I ought to explain further before I try and head into this post! Working as a social media strategist I often … Continue reading MYTH: If I write it they will come; REALITY: No they won’t
WordPress is the ice-cream of website development software with two different flavours to choose from. The vanilla, if you like is the free and hosted version you’ll find at wordpress.com (like this particular blog); the strawberry is the self hosted version you download and host yourself that you can pick up for ... well ... … Continue reading Which flavour do you prefer? WordPress.com or WordPress.org
I'm going to make a huge assumption here and that is that you are hoping that your writing will eventually pay off in some way and that you aren't doing this just for the love of writing. I could be wrong but writing for the sake of writing, without any sort of recognition of 'success' … Continue reading Please help me to help you get your message and writing to a wider audience
Okay, I ought to be able to do this, after all I blog for a living - in fact I've been writing on one blog every working day of the week since last March (it helps to be able to schedule posts in advance as that way I get a holiday). But ... and it's … Continue reading The ‘once a week’ blogging challenge
There are many benefits to using wordpress software (as opposed to the free blog from wordpress.com) and this short post outlines the top 15 - in my opinion of course!
The widgets I'm referring to are those you can find on WordPress.com. So many widgets, so little time. Just which ones do you pick to make very best use of the opportunities that arise. I can't make my mind up between displaying pages or not, having a category cloud or a category widget (I've gone for the later incidentally). The problem is that each widget you use makes your page longer and longer, that's not a problem on the home page as I display my most recent 10 posts, but when a reader visits a page like this, then there's an awful lot of white space at the bottom of the page.
We all know that wordpress.com rocks. Not only do those lovely guys over at Automattic provide us with a free blogging service, but they keep improving it too, adding in extra themes and functionality almost as soon as it is available. However, one thing you can't do at wordpress.com is use Plugins, they are reserved … Continue reading Top 5 WordPress.com widgets
One of the things I talk about in the book is using blogs as a way of creating a website and you may well have already done that. If you have, then the next thing to do is to begin promoting it and listing it in various places. One of the best is called technorati … Continue reading Promoting Your Blog Site