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Write On: Four Steps To Scribble A Better Blog

By May 18, 2017 Home, Money

 

Blogging is like writing in short-hand. It is an abbreviated story. To be honest, my writing is not the best and I try to improve on it everyday. This is my best advice. Keep trying to improve, do it because you love the art and try to live with being mediocre. Everyone can improve their writing skills with enough effort. Here are four steps to scribble a better blog.

  1. READ, READ, READ…..there is no other way to improve longhand than to constantly be reading. Switch off the TV and listen to audio tapes. If you do not enjoy reading then your writing will not improve. Period! Here is a list of some writers shaping my style.
      1. On Writing- Steven King (Quite possibly the best book on writing)
      2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck- Mark Manson (Fantastic Blogger)
      3. Postpartum Depression For Dummies- (A horrible book that is extremely repetitive, it will teach you what NOT to do)

Aside from books, constantly be reading bloggers. My attention span is short and bloggers do the job. Some of the bloggers that show up in my inbox.

      1. Probloggers.com- Darren (He also has a Facebook group to join and meet other newbie bloggers including myself 🙂
      2. Bloglovin’- This is a very large group of bloggers that will open a person to the wonderful world of blogging.
      3. Scarymommy.com- I love this blog because the style is similar to mine

This is just a small list of who is influencing my style, it will change from month-to-month depending on what is being read. One thing will lead to another and that is how I get in between the sheets with books. Finding material that is inspiring is very important. One could catch me reading off my iPhone while waiting in line and bed time stories to my daughter well above her comprehension level. She is two months old and anything sounds sweet in baby talk.

  1. Edit That This is the hardest part of writing process. Since I am a blogger, my posts are typically not any longer than one thousands words. It seems like I reread those words a thousands times before pushing the button “publish” on WordPress. People who should be avoided as editors: spouses, friends and family. If you are looking for an editor I suggest paying someone. Since that is not possible on my budget I have become editor-in-chief of MovingMotherhood.com. I read the print out loud to make sure this small world of words are perfectly aline in each paragraph. Then I use wordcounter.net to keep my post under one thousand words and to find words that have been used repetitively to change it up. Steven King suggests a limit to three drafts and to take time away from the print. As a blogger, it usually takes me three days to write one blog. My drafting process is three (okay sometime six :). Try to write blogs in advance to give more chances to reread at a later time.
  1. Getting To The Station. Every good writer has a process. Handwriting must become a habit. Every great scribbler I know scribbles everyday. I scribble for an hour or more everyday. Most of what I write will never even make it on to a computer. Whatever comes to mind, whenever inspiration strikes take advantage. Sometimes it feels like fog at an airport. On those days, do research for posts.

My process starts with a great idea, scribbles, going to dictionary.com, a glass of wine, bubble charting, rewriting, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit and then publish. Somewhere in the all of that I come up with something for a feature image (not one of my finer points). For this article, I looked up the word Write, according to dictionary.com

Write: Verb (used with object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; written or (Archaic) writ; writing.

      1. to trace or form (characters, letters, words, etc.) on the surface of some material, as with a pen, pencil, or other instrument
      2. to express or communicate in writing; give a written account of.
      3. To fill in the blank spaces of (a printed form) with writing

The bubble chart is a map and one found in the feature picture. I typically find new ideas about the subject that I have not even though of before. The glass of wine is for good measure 🙂

4. Make People Feel At Home The welcome mat should be laid out and your home should be inviting to your guests. Make them comfortable in your thoughts and help them to receive the message you would like to send.

1. Who will read this?

2. Why should someone be interested?

Keeping the work audience centered helps me think about someone who is reading my work. Personally, I want people to receive a positive message. This is what I strive for in all of my work. However, do you be surprised if your message comes off different than the tone you are trying to present. This happens often in a multicultural audience.

Your writing style should reflect who you are. It should be easy on the eyes, with a lot work behind it. Think of it as a piece of Ikea furniture. Working on it might be messy; the end result should be flawless. This is how I like to write, finding what works best for you is the key. These are four steps that can be taken to scribble a better blog. Write On, bro.

References

“Blog Tips to Help You Make Money Blogging.” ProBlogger. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2017.

King, Stephen. On writing: a memoir of the craft. London: Hodder, 2012. Print.

Manson, Mark. The subtle art of not giving a fu*k: a counterintuitive approach to living a good life. New York: HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016. Print.

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Top 5 Free Programs To Help You Make Money

By April 21, 2017 Home, Money

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Top 5 Freebie Programs to Help You Make Money

Anyone interested in making money? How do you make money doing what you love? Many people have a difficult time finding the answer to this question. They find it easy to do what they love and hard to market themselves. Lacking the skills to use internet marketing tools will put any business behind competitors. Use these five freebie programs to market effectively with very little money, tech knowledge and, time.

WordPress.org– By far the most used software on the web. According to WordPress.org, it powers 27% of the web and has 60 million uses. A little bit of knowledge goes a long way with this program. Use this software to manage posts, webpages and social media outlets. It shows websites effortlessly on smart phones and with thousands of templates makes it easy to launch a website. If a person can unzip a file; they can launch a website. If you cannot unzip a file, google is a great teacher.

Constantconnact.com– This website gives a sixty day FREE trial without applying a credit card and will allow a person to create an ongoing e-mail list that can be use for web campaigns. Used brilliantly with WordPress; as can be shown on the sidebar area of this website is a “Constant Contact Form”. This allows people to add themselves to a mailing list while promising privacy to the consumer.

Tip for starting a new mailing list: Start by going to your personal Facebook account and directly communicating with 10% of the people on your friend list through chat messenger. Ask if you can add them to your mailing list. Try people who would have an interest in what the product is about. While one may fear rejection; it is surprising how many people will interested. Think of this as an easy lesson in sales. If someone declines or does not respond it is easier to face rejection over a computer screen. The added benefit of this process is reconnecting with friends and family.

OpenOffice.org- Offers FREE software that is easy to download and use. All of the blogs written for this website were done using word processor found on Apache OpenOffice. This program makes writing a breeze without spending hundreds of dollars on software. It resembles an older version of Microsoft that is user friendly. Their are also many other software products offered that tailor to individual business needs. Operating in many of languages, makes these programs easy for anyone in the world to use. By far the best FREE deal anyone can ask for.

Facebook.com- The best social media website currently. If one already has an account they can use it to market themselves to friends and family. Everyone has to start somewhere. For example, Steven King made his first dollar by selling his writing to his own mother. If one can get ten likes on a post, even if they all come from family then that is a good goal to begin social media marketing. While it made be hard to get people interested in your work keep trying. Rome was not built in a day.

Bloglovin’.com– A great way to traffic people on to your blog that are actually interested in reading blogs. Every business should have a blog. It is separate from a webpage in the fact it can be easily updated and keeps others informed of the product. All of websites mention above are very successful. They all have one thing in common: A BLOG!

This list of the best 5 free programs anyone can use for on-line marketing strategies, Keep current customers up-to-date while looking for new people who can use your service. Do not let your business suffer because you lack the knowledge of how to use these free products. They are so easy to use that I usually do work one handed and hold my baby in the other arm 🙂 Teach yourself to use these products today, to help you eat tomorrow.

 

 

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