Do you ever…

Recycle posts?

I ask this after reading this wonderful post on Hugh’s News and Views. I’ve never recycled a post thinking that I’d bore my readers. Then I read that post and thought, should I recycle one?

Hm…

Well, I did a little digging and found the most popular posts in this humble blog of mine.

This one: The Importance of Tags: for bloggers is the mother of all posts getting hits even now.

This one: The Amazing Abilities of Akitas, is one of my favourite rants…and apparently yours too.

What do you think? Is it a good idea to recycle old posts? Or should we stick to new material?

For Authors

This is for those among you who are authors. Positive Writer has this great compilation of fantastic blogs just for you. In fact, they have the top 50 from 2016 with their top posts ready for your inquisitive click.

Here’s the link: http://positivewriter.com/top-50-writing-blogs-for-2016/

And a huge, HUGE thank you to Positive Writer for that awesome gem of a post!

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If we were having coffee…

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If we were having coffee, I’d be chatting about this week and asking you how it went. What was your highlight? And what part would you rather forget?

I’d tell you that we have a new addition to the house. My lovely hubby decided that our akitas were too ‘frail’ to be outdoors in our Canadian winters without some form of protection and called his handy-man, trusty Shane. Long story short, there’s a new small building in our yard, built specially for our doggies. It has a roof and everything.

Since I know for a fact that akitas are winter dogs, I have suspicions that my hubby and his friend were just looking for a reason to hang out and bang on things, but I’d ask you to keep that suspicion between us. No need to remove someone’s denial.

If we were chatting, I’d admit I took work home this weekend, something I seldom do. And hope you didn’t make the same choice and have a lovely, work free weekend ahead of you.

And I’d ask you what you were reading…and if you’ve heard of any good books you’d like to share…

And I’d thank Part Time Monster for this lovely meme. 🙂

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Awesome posts!

Just had to share these beauties. They’re too good to keep hidden.

If you’re an author looking to promote your book, check out this post by Brittney Sahin. She’s offering free promotion and asking for nothing in return. That qualifies as amazing in my mind.

The Story Reading Ape is an incredible site with every resource imaginable. Check out this post on 10 free ways to promote your novel. Free!

If you’re thinking, Taylor, my book is not even close to done and you’re stuck, I have a post for you too! This one is from Ink and Quills and it’s got 10 tips on how to accept your writing and move forward. A fantastic post with great ideas for those times when we’re stuck.

If you’re a blogger and not an author, check out this post with 5 Key elements that your blog should have by the amazing site: @ProBlogger. If you’ve been at it for a while and want more growth, check out this great post with tips for just that on Daily Blogging Tips.

Finally, a huge thank you to all the sites for their gems! They’re continuing to support authors and bloggers alike, for free!

Sniffle, sniffle

I’m sick. I sound like a cross between a frog and a duck. And I don’t really breathe, I sniff air into my lungs. Ironically, I don’t feel that badly. My head hurts and I feel a little lightheaded but I don’t feel bad. Still, it’s pretty apparent that I look sick because my co-workers treat me like I have some sort of plague.

Now, I might have mentioned I work with the public…the young public. And sniff as I might, they are completely and innocently oblivious to my illness. Instead, they are even more demanding and loud than usual.

I can’t complain. There are people at work with vertigo issues that keeps them falling over and they can’t drive, there are those who are sick all the time, and there are those who struggle with sickness much more debilitating than a sniffle.

Still, you should have heard me trying to speak to my parents yesterday. Between my accent, the plugged nose, the fact that we weren’t speaking in English and my sneezes, I have no idea what I sounded like.

Sniff!

 

 

Those awesome posts!

Another rush of those amazing posts came my way and I couldn’t resist but to collect a few of them and line them up for you. See if you like them. My hope is you find a couple useful or at least interesting.

I haven’t kept my writer’s block a secret from anyone. If you have this, you know how painful it can be. This post is from Nathan Bransford on the subject. He has his own version of a break through. If Nathan Bransford doesn’t do it, here is the latest help on that subject from The Write Practice, by . Finally, Tiny Buddha has this great post on how to keep dreaming when others have discouraged you.

Free right now, in Amazon, this book is a great help to Write better. Check it out and get it…free! And a HUGE thanks to Winter Bayne for this tip!

We had a ton of announcements this week. Here’s Rose B. Fisher’s, an update from Natacha Guyot, Sourcerer has this one for self-promotion, here’s Infinitefreetime’s, Amos M. Carpenter had a big announcement here, Brittney Sahin has hers here, Chris McMullen has found a ton of awesome Math Blogs here and Ronovan made some changes here.

Looking for a way to improve your stats? Here’s a great post from The Positive Writer with 7 Great Blogging Tips.

If you need a laugh, check out this post from Elfkat I found thanks to Chris the Story Reading Ape.

And, finally, a little something to make you smile,

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Awesome posts for writers

There are a lot of posts out there claiming to help writers. While some truly do, others fall short of the mark. I’ve chosen these below with a careful, judgmental eye. In order to make the cut, they had to be clear, offer something valuable to a writer and deliver. I’ve included a summary and a little blurb on why they’re in this list. My hope is that you find them useful.

A great story only occurs with great characters and that means fleshing them out, making them complete, real. Here’s a great post from The Crimson League on how to do just that.

Now this post made its way to me, all by itself. I love it when that happens! It’s about how to make money with your blog…something I’ve heard about but never even considered. If you’re interested, it’s a great post, with steps and links (love them!) from someone who truly knows what they’re talking about. A huge thanks to AdNgin for this great post!

If you’re a writer looking for a way to increase your productivity, this post is for you. With clear ways to explain what works, tips and online tools carefully selected for each type, this post is a fantastic and very clear way to understand what works for you and what doesn’t. Don’t beat yourself up, sometimes it’s all about finding that right approach to get started. A huge thanks to Carson Tate from 99u for that great post.

I love the concept of simplicity and less being more. In that sense, I read this post by James Ball in Becoming Minimalist and loved the idea that giving books away creates space to love reading more. Sometimes, it takes giving something away to keep it.

I’ve heard ‘Show, don’t tell’ but I have seldom seen a clear way to fix that pit fall. Until this post in the Write Practice, that is. In it, I had clear examples and links to other resources in the subject. Loved, loved it!

Finally, something to make you laugh. This post on top ten things not to say to a writer made me laugh out loud. Absolute gold from Wise Ink.

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Those awesome posts

There are some amazing posts out there. I’ve collected just a few here that stood out in my mind. If I’ve missed one, give me a shout and let me know! I love to find new awesome posts.

This one comes from adpushup.com. They actually sent me their link! It’s a great article on 50 resources for bloggers. They have them by categories with links for convenience. Just awesome! A huge thanks to them for sending me that link!

A huge congrats to Winter Bayne for her first fantasy story in The Dragon Tempest. Winter Bayne is one of those incredibly talented writers on the rise. This is what she said of her newest work: “It is a story of discovery and realization both for the characters and readers. And I pat myself on the back for getting what I would consider a speculative (maybe paranormal) fiction romance into an Epic/ Dark Fantasy Anthology.” Check it out here.

If you’re a fan of Elizabeth Hoyt, don’t miss out this review of her latest book, Dearest Rogue by Penny Dreadful. If you haven’t heard of her, here’s a great chance to get to know one of the best writers of historical romance. Hands down.

For the writers out there, here‘s a great opportunity to share your WIP. Chris, the Story Reading Ape has this great blog with awesome opportunities, links and supports for writers. Check out this one from Britney Sahin, she offers her blog to promote your book!

This resource also came to me through email. It’s an amazing post with 51 Must-Visit Sites for Writers from Now Novel. Not only are there great resources, they’re classified by categories. An absolute great link to have handy. What a great post and a HUGE thanks to Now Novel for that link!

If you write historical fiction, might I suggest this site? The Historical Novel Society keeps a great selection of resources, reviews, features and news.

I really liked the post by Porter Anderson in Writer Unboxed titled In our CyberVillage: so much anger. Maybe because there’s a false sense of security in our anonymity online, there is a lot of anger out there. Whatever the reason, the result is hurtful and Mr. Anderson has a great, peaceful way of dealing with online bullies. I liked his suggestion and his insight.

Being married to a British man, this post on Nicholas C. Rossis hit close to home. Canadians are known for apologizing needlessly, but there’s nothing like a Brit to understate something. Check out this hilarious Translation of some usual British comments and what they actually mean.

Becoming Minimalist is one of those things I’m slowly trying to accomplish and the blog by that name is a huge help. This weekend, they had a post with carefully chosen articles to inspire simplicity and a selection of awesome blogs. Check it out!

Write to Done has a great post for those who procrastinate. It not only shares a great article on how to overcome procrastination but it has a diagnostic tool to figure out what type you are and then includes helpful hints for each type. I won’t mention which I am… *cough* perfectionist *cough*. 😀

There are absolutely great posts out there and simply not enough time for me to share all of them. Still, I had to mention this one. Just Gene’O is a blog I never miss and this post with its incredible metaphors is one of the many reasons why.

Finally, something to make you smile,

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Hm…

I’m thinking of changing things. I haven’t done anything different in this blog for a while and maybe, just maybe, it’s time for a change.

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I don’t know what I’ll do or what changes I’ll make but there’s a bee in my bonnet. I think it’s time for a change.

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Some posts will change, some will go, some will stay…who knows what I’ll do. Only the bee does.

Want to have your say in this? Give me a shout.

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Blog Advice 1: Increasing Your Traffic

An excellent post by Suzie81. I’ll keep my eye out for more posts on this topic!

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imageOne of the most common questions I am asked by fellow bloggers is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult to provide a definitive answer to:

How do I increase the traffic that I receive to my blog?

Before I begin, I think that it is important to note three crucial points:

  • Building a following and, consequently increasing your traffic, takes lots of time and effort. You are extremely unlikely to receive thousands, or even hundreds of views simply by pressing the publish button.
  • Content is key. Well-written posts will draw new people in, and encourage them to visit again. Posting page after page of inspirational quotes looks pretty, but will leave your audience bored after a while. Be yourself, make no apologies and believe in what you are creating.
  • I am not an expert, nor have I ever claimed to be.

I know very little about SEO, so…

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