Fantastic news. I got Daisy’s test results yesterday, her lumps were fatty tissues, not cancer. I am over the moon with joy.
Second piece of good news, it’s my 3 year blogging anniversary today.
You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting quite as many blog posts on this blog lately. That is for two main reasons:
2) I have recently written a guest blog article for Sage One and I am currently writing one for Pay Justice.
So what are the advantages of writing guest blog articles for businesses?
1) It’s a challenge, having to come up with new and fresh content that will fit in with the content of their previous blog articles and be suitable for their customers.
2) Your creative muscles are stretched.
3) Your writing skills are improved.
4) It boosts your profile as a writer.
5) Increased SEO for your sites, if the businesses put links to your sites at the end of your articles.
6) The articles show off your expertise in a given subject or range of topics. This is fantastic if you are a non-fiction writer as it enhances your credibility.
What are the disadvantages?
1) It can be very time consuming and mean spending less time on your own writing projects.
2) Not only do you need to do research for the article content but you also need to do research about the company whom the blog article is for. You need to find out what the company’s mission is, what they are about, what their point of view is and what previous blog article content has been published. Again, this can be very time consuming.
3) Often there will be no payment for guest blog articles.
4) You may receive a very vague brief or no brief at all, as to what to write about. This means you will need to use your research of the company, as previously described and your imagination, to come up with a blog article idea and create some great content from it.
5) When you write the blog article content, you need to ensure that there is no conflict of interest with your own online profile, business, or blog content.
6) You need to target the article to the said company’s target market, not your own. Although you may find there are some overlaps.
I hope you find this information useful for your own writing ventures and to assess whether or not, blog article writing for businesses, is right for you.
Until next time, write soon.
I am thrilled to have had my guest blog article published on Sage One – The accounting company.
It is called “Have you got the guts to run your own business?” Providing useful information for anyone who is unemployed and interested in knowing if they have got what it takes to run a business.
Here is the link:
Please let me know what you think by commenting below and if possible, by commenting on the blog itself.
Paul Lancaster asked me to write it, he is in charge of the blogging for Sage One and I met him at The Business Show in London in June. He is also an author for Wiley who write the Dummie books. http://www.dummies.com
At present, Wiley have a book proposal from me under their division of Capstone. http://www.thisiscapstone.com Any positive comments I get on the Sage One blog itself, should help towards persuading them to publish me, so I would appreciate any help that you could give me.
Thank you in advance and many thanks for all of the lovely comments that I have received about this blog and about me. I appreciate your support, love and care.
I am pleased to announce that today I have the writer and published author Jennifer Owenby as my guest blogger.
Jennifer lives in the northwest of the united states on the pacific ocean with her husband and children. She is a published author of short stories, a freelance writer, and some days will attempt a novel.
“One thing I’ve learned, is that the craft of writing is an ongoing project. If I’d realised that when I started, I wonder if I would have continued. Now, I can’t stop. It’s as much a part of who I am as the air I breathe.”
As Jennifer is a short story expert, I thought it would be fantastic to find out more about the appeal of short story writing and this is what she had to say…..
Hold on To Your Shorts!
I love writing and the more I do it, the more I love it. Like many others, it’s a part of who I am.
Any form of writing is great practice but I feel the value of working on short stories is often overlooked. Here are three great reasons to write and hold on to your shorts.
I attended a short fiction class and during that time students wrote a new short story. After completion, the instructor worked one on one with us. Together, we looked at the story in sections, fixed problem areas and discussed why the changes were made. Working on a smaller story and understanding how to fix the issues, then allowed me to apply that knowledge to my novel. I learned faster dealing with a smaller story. It was easier to identify, understand and correct the problems, rather than be overwhelmed by a novel sized story.
Another reason to write short stories is it teaches you to choose your words carefully. It forces the writer to think about each word, especially if there’s a word limit. This helps to eliminate wordy sentences and is a great way to practice throwing out adverbs and replace them with action verbs.
Have you noticed that authors who have published books through traditional publishing companies and self published authors are creating short stories and novellas in-between books? This allows the author to pull in additional readers between projects and gives fans new material to read. These shorts are either separate stories that involve a character’s back story, or some other link to their published novels. This also allows the author’s name to remain on the book list instead of fading into the back ground.
There are several great books on writing short stories including, “Let’s Write a Short Story” by Joe Bunting and “Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories” by Margaret Lucke, but if you have a good outline and understand the mechanics, as long as you are writing, you are only going to get better. So, hold on to your shorts and thanks for stopping by!
A huge thanks to Jennifer for this insightful post. I have to say that I don’t think I will ever look at short story writing in the same way again.
Jennifer can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Her most recent magazine publication is:
“The Long Road Home” short story for Chinook 2012 literary magazine in print and online: http://www.ojc.edu/chinook/Chinook_2012.pdf
Jennifer owns ONB Freelance Services, specialising in writing articles and online content for businesses and entertainment. Her experience includes the publication of several short stories in print, as well as contracted freelance work. Jennifer states, she offers low rates for content, articles, set up and maintenance of blogs.
Her online portfolio can be viewed by clicking any of the links below:
As always, with any award, there are rules to follow, so here they are:
1.) Show appreciation of the blogger/s who nominated you and link back to them in your post. Done.
2.) Add the award logo to your blog. Done.
3.) Share 7 things about yourself.
4.) Nominate 5 – 10 or so bloggers that you admire. As I won it twice, I will nominate 10 people.
5.) Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know
6.) Optional questions – Here are my 7.
I look forward to reading the answers to my 7 questions from the above nominees. Congratulations to all of you and may your blogs continue to Shine On.
I have been thrilled to receive a number of awards over the last couple of months, including these two Liebster Awards . I have already been given a pink Liebster Award and now I have a blue one and a white one to add to my collection. Although I have noticed that the white Liebster award is not the same as my previous pink award or the blue one because it states Liebster Blog and then a heart to symbolise love. So I guess with the third award I am getting some serious blog loving.
The Blue Liebster Award is from Rohan rohan7things.wordpress.com
I received this Liebster Blog (Love) award from mikesfilmtalk.com on March 26th 2013.
Thanks to Rohan and Mike for these two beautiful blog awards. I am very grateful for each and every award that I receive and I feel honoured that people have taken the time to read my blog and are enjoying the content.
As there appears to be some discrepancies between the rules for theses awards I am going to use the rules that I used for my first pink Liebster Award on the 10th of November 2012 quirkybooks.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/the-liebster-award-thanks-and-nominations for both of these awards.
For this award I need to:
My 11 questions to answer are:
My 11 questions are:
I nominate the following bloggers for the blue Liebster Award:
I nominate the following bloggers for the white Liebster Blog (Heart) award:
Some of you may have over 200 followers but like I said, it’s the thought that counts.
Happy Easter to all of my fellow bloggers. Thanks for your support.
Have a fantastic Easter weekend.
I have been awarded the Best Moment Award for my About me page on this blog.
I want to thank http://www.momentmatters.com for this honour that you have bestowed upon me.
I will post my acceptance speech below and pass on this beautiful award to some others. So many wonderful blogs choose from. I will post the rules below and make my nominations.
Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered –
Savoring the experience of quality time.
Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded.
Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them the great news.
I accept this award with gratitude and heartfelt appreciation.
For any person who takes the time to look at my blog, I am truly grateful.
For every person that likes my blog, I am thankful.
When a person leaves a comment on my blog, I am inspired to continue blogging.
For each person who interacts with me, I am elated.
For any person who Follows me, my face lights up with pleasure.
For every blogger who shares their knowledge, wisdom and thoughtfulness, I am blessed to be in your company.
Every moment in life is precious, so make sure you do everything you can to cherish and enjoy it.
THE WINNERS OF THE BEST MOMENT AWARD ARE:
Don’t forget to celebrate with your followers! Tweet your success with hashtag #MomentMatters. Congratulations, winners!
I have recently been asked for the third time, how to put a blog award on a WordPress Blog, so rather than email you individually I have decided to put the instructions in a post. I hope you can understand them and follow them. I have a Mac and have tried to make the instructions applicable to a PC aswell.
I have written these instructions as if the person were trying to put the One Lovely Blog award on their blog but if it’s another award then you just use another award instead and give it the appropriate title.
I have broken the process down into two stages. There may be quicker a way of doing it but I am no tech genius so if you have a quicker way then please share it. Let me know how you get on and what you found difficult to understand.
In WordPress, under Posts, click Add New, to create a new blog post. Give the Blog post a relevant title and click on the Draft save button.
Go to the post in which you were nominated for the award. To do this you can either open a new window or click on the comments symbol in the top right of your dashboard then click on the post link and go to it. Scroll down the post until you come to the image of the award. The simplest way to make the award visible on your post is to highlight the award and hold CTRL and click on C to copy the image, then go back to your blog post and hold down the CTRL button again and click V to paste it directly into your post. Alternatively, highlight the award usually by right clicking on it and save it somewhere such as your media library, my documents or downloads folder, remember to give it an identifiable name, such as One Lovely Blog Award and the format should be jpeg.
If you haven’t been able to copy and paste it directly into your blog post then you will need to upload the image from where you saved it. Click on the Add Media button under your Post Title, find the image you want from the folder you put it in and highlight it, then click the upload button.
Left click on the image in the top left corner and click on the little picture icon that says Edit Image. A new box will appear. You can change the size of the image. If you need the image to fit in with your sidebar width, you may have to play around with the sizes in the Advanced Settings screen by clicking on the Advanced Settings tab. In the normal Edit Image mode you can choose to change the alignment of the award. You can give it a title – One Lovely Blog Award and it’s best to type this in Alternative Text too, to enhance your SEO. You can write a caption in the caption box such as “I Won” if you want to.
Very Important – In the Link URL section, click the Link to Image option and this will come up with a long code, highlight the code and hold CTRL and click on C to copy it. Then click on Update to save the settings.
Click Save Draft to ensure you have saved the image into the post.
Go to Appearance in your Dashboard and click on Widgets. On the right hand side you will see a list of Widget Areas and to the left you will have a list of Available Widgets. Go to the Image Widget and click on Add. This will bring up two boxes, one is asking you for information about the Widget. Here you can input the following:
Widget Title = One Lovely Blog Award
Image URL is usually the URL address that you would re-direct people to if they clicked on the image. You may want to do this if you have another site that you would like your followers to visit.
Alternative Text: This is for SEO, I would just type One Lovely Blog Award the Image Title is usually the same and I don’t necessarily use that aswell.
The Caption is what else you want to say, such as “I Won”.
You can change the Image Alignment and the size. To be honest, sometimes I find it easier to make the adjustments in this screen rather than in the previous one.
Very Important – Put your cursor in the box under Link URL and hold CTRL and V to paste in that code that you copied from the previous screen.
Finally, decide what Widget Area you want the award to be in and click on the arrows to choose its position. Then click Save Widget. If you don’t save it, you will have to repeat this process again.
If your Widget Area Positions are full then you will either need to let the image over-ride something else or choose to have a page for your awards.
Ensure you click on the Read Blog option from the drop down menu under your name in the top right of your dashboard, to see if you have successfully put your award where you wanted it to go. You may have to go back and change the size if it is not in alignment with the other widgets displayed in that area of your page.
As you probably know, it’s polite to follow all the blog rules and to do a blog post regarding your award. This will encourage more traffic to your site and increase your followers.
I hope this is helpful?
I have some awards catching up to do. Today I will start with the One Lovely Blog Award.
I am happy to announce that quirkybooks is an extra lovely blog because it has been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award for the Second time.
Thank you to everyone who has liked my blog posts, left a comment, joined my blog or Liked my Facebook page. Your support is hugely appreciated and I thoroughly enjoy interacting with you and reading your blogs too.
I was awarded the One Lovely Blog Award by the awesome Casey Roach from: http://caseyroach.blogspot.co.uk Who was a winner in our Write-A-Thon competition. She received a signed copy of Write-A-Thon from Author and Writing Coach Rochelle Melander. Check out her blog.
I am extremely pleased to receive this award, which to date, is my second One Lovely Blog Award and means a lot to me. It’s great to know that people are enjoying what I am writing about.
There are a few rules which come with the receipt of this award and they are as follows:
ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD RULES:
1. I need to thank the person who nominated me.
2. Share 7 things about myself that you still may not know
3. Nominate 15 bloggers.
4. Notify the nominees that I have done so.
5. Put the logo of the award on my blog site.
Having already completed steps 1 and 5, that leaves me with 2,3, and 4. So 7 things about me that you still may not know:
I hope you feel you know me a little better now. If you have any questions or comments about the above, please feel free to share them.
Now to nominate the One Lovely Blog Award to some other well deserving bloggers:
Congratulations to all of you and I look forward to reading more about yourselves to strengthen our blogger bond.
I just had to share this post with you. Wendy from http://searchingforthehappiness.wordpress.com came up with a fantastic idea to put links to our blog sites, on her own site and she encourages us to visit other blogs and support each other.
Since I did this, I have to say that my followers have increased in numbers and I can only assume it is because of her kindness. Thank you so much Wendy. I will put a link to your site on my Friends page and say I admire how you help and inspire others to be the best they can be and live a wonderful life.
For those of you who have nominated me recently for awards, I haven’t forgotten you and I am so grateful for the awards. I will thank you in a future post and make my nominations.