HUGE THANKS TO PAULA ACTON FOR EMBRACING MY ASEXUALITY AND SPREADING AWARENESS


I want to say a huge thank you to my blogging friend Paul Acton, who not only mentioned my post about asexuality in her Lazy Sunday post of Feb 28th, but embraced my asexuality, and by doing so helped to spread awareness of asexuality. Even though she isn’t asexual, she still had these very kind and thoughtful word to say:

Next up is a blog post with a video embedded, if your coffee is running low you might want to go refill before you start on this post. Sandra’s enthusiasm is contagious, I have no idea how she manages to juggle so many things at the same time but this post focuses on one of aspect of her life and interests, asexuality. Until Sandra started talking about it I really did not get what they meant by asexuality and I will be honest I can not really comprehend not having those feelings (just consider my previous share) but as she says everyone in individual and I think part of that is accepting that we do not have to fully understand everyone else but we should respect their differences https://quirkybooks.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/new-asexualise-com-website-coming-soon-update-and-news/

Here is the full Lazy Sunday post on her blog:

https://paulaacton.com/2016/02/28/lazy-sunday-2/

Blogging Tips and Writing While Traveling – Guest post


Hi everyone

I have a special treat for you today. Jessica from Turquoise Compass is guest blogging about Blogging Tips and Writing While Traveling.

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One of the most difficult things in being considered a blogger or writer, especially a travel writer, is coming up with original ideas for blog posts. Traveling and experiencing the world is the easy part, yet summarizing my experiences in a short blog post at times feels daunting. How can I capsulate a once in a lifetime experience in a mere 500-800 words and with just 8-10 pictures attached? I struggle to not write too much to bore my readers (yes, I can get wordy), yet at the same time I don’t want to write too little and not explain my journey completely. I want my readers to be left wanting more, yet left satisfied with the story-a complete beginning and end. What’s the moral of the story anyway? Continue reading “Blogging Tips and Writing While Traveling – Guest post”

What are the advantages and disadvantages of writing guest blog articles for businesses?


Hi everyone

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:

1) I also write regular blog posts for http://www.beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com and http://www.beatredundancyblues.co.uk and a News and Inspiration page for http://www.beatredundancyblues.com

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.

Sandra

Celebrating Two Year Blogging Anniversary


Hi Everyone

I recently received a message from WordPress to say congratulations on my two year old blog. Wow! Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun!

In celebration of this wonderful achievement and all of the people who have contributed to make this blog so successful, I have decided to list below, some of the most popular blogs posts for you to browse in case you missed them before.

quirkybooks.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/the-liebster-award-thanks-and-nominations

quirkybooks.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/the-beginners-guide-to-succeeding-at-national-novel-writing-month

quirkybooks.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/whose-birthday-is-it-today

quirkybooks.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/own-your-niche-book-review

quirkybooks.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/researching-what-your-reader-wants-to-read

I also want to share with you, some posts that I think you may enjoy.

quirkybooks.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/10-reasons-why-writers-should-retreat

quirkybooks.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/super-8-ideas-for-stories

quirkybooks.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/top-five-tips-for-how-to-stay-focused-on-your-writing

quirkybooks.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/seven-ways-to-write-and-excite-your-valentine

To top off all of the fun, I have been nominated for two more awards, The Shine On Award and the Reality Blog Award from http://catnipoflife.wordpress.com These will soon be displayed on my blog and nominations will be given.

Happy celebrating and thanks to all of you for making this possible.

Write soon

Sandra

In the New York Times – A Writer’s Dream Come True


Hi Everyone

I just had to write a quick post as I am sooo excited. I am mentioned in the New York Times with a link to the blog post article I did for Exclusive HR company about being a manager, leader, teacher or coach. Here is the link to the blog post: exclusive-thinking.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/redundancy-advice.

This is a Writer’s dream come true, to be talked about in the New York Times and recognised for a good article is truly amazing.  Here is the link to the New York Times article that I am mentioned in: boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/this-week-in-small-business-best-facebook-pages

As you may or may not know, besides writing, I am setting up a website called beatredundancyblues.com and beatredundancyblues.co.uk to help people who are redundant to get back into work. These have not yet been launched, so if you have clicked on them and are feeling a bit disappointed that there is nothing there, it will be worth the wait.

In the meantime, just to wet your appetite, here is a link to my redundancy blog site: beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com

I believe I am able to successfully help people who are redundant to get back into work because during my 15 year career in retail, 7 of which were spent within management roles, I have been made redundant twice and I know first hand how hard it is to battle with your emotions and to deal with the financial impact and practicalities that you need to face. I have also been able to work my way back up the career ladder. In my management roles I have interviewed, recruited, trained and coached staff and I have been through the recruitment process as a potential employee, so I have experienced both sides of the fence and that experience I can use to write books to help people to get back into work, as well as offer services to inspire people to achieve their dreams.

Thanks for your support to encourage me in my dream.

Write soon

Sandra