I am pleased to announce that this quirkybooks blog has 201 followers.
Thanks to each and every one of you for your loyalty, support and contribution to this blog. It feels great to get to know you and your quirks.
I met a fellow blogger recently, Ute, from http://utesmile.wordpress.com and she has done a post including a bit about our meet-up.
Ute is a wonderful woman with a great zest for life . She is bubbly too and very fun to be with.
Sorry the picture is rather dark, but it was at night in front of a theatre in London.
It was lovely to meet Sandra, we had a great chat over a meal and got to know each other. She is such a bubbly, enthusiastic, busy lady and “quirky” in a “surprising” way as her blog name says. She is doing some fantastic work, so do checkout her blog.
And now we have a drum roll for more awards!
I thank Lyn so much for nominating me and her lovely and kind words about me and my blog.
1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog, and link back.
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Snuggles, Daisy, cinnamon and myself, want to thank hutchagoodlife for this beautiful tribute to Peaches, who died on Friday 20th of September.
I was thrilled to be called a “wonderful cavy slave” that means a lot. To avoid any confusion, Snuggles wasn’t just a cage mate of Peaches, she is Peaches’s sister. Peaches was aunty to Daisy and cinnamon who are my other two guineapigs and Snuggles’s siblings.
I miss Peaches tons but Snuggles is being so brave after having had a tumor removed, thanks to Peaches, that I feel I must be brave too.
Thanks to everyone for their kind comments and support at this incredibly difficult and sad time.
As you may or may not know, whee have lots of snuggly tents, cardboard boxes and cosies for when whee play in the garden. Unfortunately there is only one that I like and it also happens to be Basil’s favourite. He will happily snuggle most things but I’m sure he goes in this one to annoy me.
So yesterday, when whee were enjoying a lovely evening run, I got my revenge!
I would say it’s not what it looks like . . . but it is. (apologies for blurry pigtures these were taken on Mummy’s phone) Basil had made himself comfy inside MYtent.
So I huffed . . .
And I puffed . . .
And I sat on top of it till he got out!
Who says whee piggies don’t have a sense of humor eh!? Anyway a few bits and bobs before whee end this post. Firstly…
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Since her sister Peaches’s death on Friday, Snuggles has been both brave and an inspiration to me to move forward with my life.
After licking her sister goodbye on Friday morning, on Sat she had to undergo surgery to have a tumor removed from her back.
Since then, she has been eating almost all of her pots of veg, piggy mix, hay, green leafs and moving her igloo around on her back. Whilst I have been feeling faint with the blood from her wound, tearful, miserable and sad.
She is getting on with her life and is inspiring me to do the same. She is such a brave pig and a hero.
Just to update you. I took my other 3 guineapigs to the vets today.
Because of Peaches’s death yesterday, the vet wanted to check all of my other guineapigs, as Peaches had a lung problem that was passed on genetically and all of them are from the same family.
During this visit, he checked each of my guineapig’s heart, lungs, fur, skin and eyes. I was shocked that he found a skin tumor on Snuggles’s back that was the size of my thumb. She had surgery to remove it, this afternoon. She also had a full body xray.
I am pleased that Snuggles didn’t have a problem with the operation. The xrays showed she has an enlarged heart and a spot on her lungs and that could cause future problems.
The tumor is going to the lab on Monday, to be tested for cancer. It will take a week to get the results back.
Snuggles is going for a check-up on Thursday, before I go away to London for 3 days. My mum is looking after my guineapigs whilst I am away and is attending the check-up with me.
I often believe everything happens for a reason. If Peaches hadn’t died yesterday, I wouldn’t have been asked to take her sister to the vets and the tumor may not have been found until it was too late. It may be, that Peaches, has saved her sister Snuggles’s, life. Bless you Peaches and thanks.
Thank the lord that Snuggles is still with me.
Here are is a photo after Snuggles’s operation.
Until next time, write soon.
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 would like to say a huge thank you to all of you, that liked and shared my blog article “Have you got the guts to run your own business” on Sage One. It could just as easily have been called “Have you got the guts to run your own writing business.”
For those of you who are currently unemployed and interesting in starting your own writing business, this article explains how the Enterprise Club Start-up Training Course can help you, by finding out if you have got what it takes to start and run a business. At the end of the course you will be able to decide whether or not you have a viable business model with a business plan that predicts a profit. You can use this business plan to apply for the National Enterprise Allowance. With the National Enterprise Allowance (NEA) you get the opportunity to work with a business mentor and the chance of having a loan of up to £1000. I did this course whilst I was unemployed last year and learnt a lot of valuable information, knowledge and skills, that has helped me on my way to turning my writing into a business.
As you can see from the following screen shot, the article has received good feedback and lots of sharing across social media. In particular I want to give a humungous thank you to Louise from Inspire your business, who took the time to comment on the blog post itself on the Sage One website. Louise, you are awesome and your support is greatly appreciated. For anyone interested in running their own business, Louise’s blog offers inspiration and advice. Here is the link to her site: inspireyourbusiness.wordpress.com
If you want to know if you have got the guts to run your own writing business, here is the link to my blog article: sageone.com/2013/08/23/guts-to-run-your-own-business/
Please let me know what you thought of the article and what further advice, help and support you would like?