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Have You Made Your Blog Reservations Yet?

There’s the old cliché’ that a man’s home is his castle. Sometimes, we go so far as calling a home our domain. And, whenever you leave the hospital with your newborn in arms, you have a destination in mind, right? Wasn’t it Dorothy from Oz who said, “There’s no place like home?” Read More…

 

Attractive Headlines

These are all really great headlines for articles on writing headlines. Notice how the first one doesn’t just say how to write a headline. It says, “How To Write a Magentic Headline,” this promises that not only will it tell you how to write a headline, but an awesome headline. It’s intriguing, don’t you think? Read More…

 

WATCH OUT, Brain Storm Heading Your Way!

There are some people who love the thunderstorms. They love the flash of lightning. The sounds of rumbles in the sky. And even the rain that sometimes follows. A good brainstorm can have the same effects on your writing. Read More…

 

What Can You Say in 400 Words or Less?

Have you ever had some one say to you, “Describe yourself in 5 words or less?” It’s not so easy is it? However, if you’re a frequent contributor on Twitter, you often find yourself limited to 120 characters. Now that is a challenge. How many words can you create with just 120 characters that form readable sentences? Read More…

 

Composition of a Blog Post

Now that your brainstorm has ended, it’s time to begin composing your blog post. And in order to do that you need to start with a format. Read More…

 

Crossing Your T’s and Dotting Your I’s

There is one thing a writer always must do. Edit, Edit, Edit. Sometimes we edit too much, sometimes too little. Some of us love doing it so much we become professionals. But let’s not go over board. A finely composed blog post needs edited. Period. End of Story. Read More…

 

Are You Content with Your Content?

This week we’re going to starting talking about your content. As you know every blog has content. Not to be confused with contentment, but you should be content with what you’re putting out there for others to read, just the same. Read More...

 

Creating a Blog Banner That’s Worth Waving?

So this week we’ve learned about blog design, layouts, and widgets. Before we move onto our blog content, there is just one thing we’ve got left to do. Yep, you guessed it. Today we’re going to create a blog banner that’s worth waving over our site. I’m no banner expert. But thanks to the many experts out there, I’ve learned a thing or two about creating a blog banner. Read More…

Who Cares What You Have To Say?

Think of your blog as a piece of chocolate to a chocoholic. What is it that would draw them into your site? How will you feed their sweet tooth and have them coming back for more? Read More…

 

Does Your Theme Match Your Content

You’ve taken up estate here in blog sphere and you’ve even staked your address out for the potential visitors to find you. Now, it’s time to move in. Like your physical home, your blog site should become a reflection of you and your content. Read More…

 

When Is The Last Time You Played Follow The Leader?

So how does any of this have to do with blogging, you ask? Simple. If you want people to read your blog, then you have to become a leader. Read More…

 

Whose Your Biggest Fan?

Before you can get that first fan (reader) to follow you, you need to know who your audience is. You can’t expect bald men in their mid to upper sixties to care about the proper technique of diapering a baby. If they’re grandfathers, or even fathers, you lost them about forty years ago. However, new mothers would probably appreciate the 101 from you. Read More…

 

Adding a Little Flare to Your Blog

Before you panick, just let me assure you that I haven’t forgotten about your blog’s banner. I’m a firm believer of working your way to the top. And maybe you’ve heard that old cliché’ “saving the best for last.” Read More…

 

Blog Design 101

One of my favorite shows is HGTV’s Design on a Dime. There are several other shows like Trading Spaces and Candice Olson that all help transform a bland space into something with personality. Now that you’ve formulated your blog’s layout, it’s time to pretend you’re a design star. Only now, we’re designing your blog and not a room in your house. You might find some of the concepts behind your blog design and your home designs are similar. Read More…

 

Paint Blog Banner Tutorial

Today, I’m going to give you that quick tutorial I promised on how to create your own blog banner using a simple program like paint. Read More…

 

You Know Your Blog is a Dud When…

Last week we talk about lending out our blogs, so I thought we would continue that discussion by moving on to blog hopping. Let me assure you, it’s as hip as it sounds. A blog hop is a big party. It’s like being invited to three different parties on the same night. You start out at Aunt Edna’s 100th birthday party, then move on to the local hangout in town, and finally end up at cousin Jim’s where you crash for the night. Read More…

 

Where Do You Host Your Blog?

Now that’ve you got the name, it’s time to bring your baby, or in this case your blog, home. There are lots of places that you can call your home here on the internet. Think of it as shopping for real estate. Read More…

 

Social Media

What Do You Have to Tweet About?

I’m beginning to think the founders of Twitter had the right idea. 120 characters of less. In my case it’s like 120 seconds of time or less. But whether you’ve got 120 seconds or 120 minutes, Twitter has got it’s advantages. It’s all about the tweet factor. Read More…

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