Green Lizard’s Blog

By Guest Author,  Lizard100, who blogs at http://lizard100blog.wordpress.com/
I started a blog a while ago but like all foolish bloggers I didn’t actually write it for some time. Since February 2014 that has changed. I am now blogging every day and really enjoying it.

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From Academic Writing to Blogging

By Guest Author, Charlene Shannon-McCallum blogs at http://leisurethings.wordpress.com/

I consider myself to be a newbie blogger. I started my blog All Things Leisure in August 2013. I am an academic who does research in the area of recreation and leisure. I would argue that my work reaches a very small and specific audience – other academics in my field and some practitioners. Continue reading

A Salmon in Uncharted Waters

Fotor applause collageBy Guest author, Fiona who blogs at Fiona’s Favourites

Next week it will be seven months since I published my first post. This “blogging thing” is new to me, although writing is not. Also new, is writing what I want to write about; my “un”-professional voice. When I mentioned to Tom that I had an opportunity to write a blog about blogging, he looked at me as though I had just crashed in from another galaxy. So if I haven’t, after seven months of blogging, been able to explain it to him, I wonder if I know, myself. Continue reading

Stories – Untapped treasures you need to share

datebookBy Guest Author, Judy Berman who blogs at http://earth-rider.com

Imagine growing up listening to a spell-binding story-teller. What great fodder for a book.

My Dad shared some of his experiences on cassette tape so that I could write them up. He was an electronics engineer, made the first TV set we ever had and told stories filled with adventure, humor and danger. Continue reading

Beginner Blogging and Gentle Stitches

a collection of  amigurumi owlsBy Guest Author, Gentle Stitches who blogs at http://gentlestitches.com

The spaghetti had really hit the fan when I started blogging. The wheels had fallen off and the well was completely dry. Not one to indulge in wallowing, I did what any suddenly single parent without a job due to their sudden poor health would do. I started up craft and mending classes, took in mending, wrote and sold patterns and concentrated on all that was good in the world. To do this I needed to promote myself with a web page but there was a small snare here. My IT skills were, to be kind, not good. Continue reading

My Wee Blog: Put the Kettle On

tea timeBy Guest Author, Olivia who blogs at http://putthekettleon.net/

My blog began as an online portfolio to home some of my published articles and to advertise freelance writing, but I discovered (Timethief told me) that new and regular content would improve my Google ranking and help my site become more visible. Continue reading

Meet a Bilingual International Blogger

wpid-sfondocateBy guest blogger catezapp who blogs at http://ilmondodicate.wordpress.com/

Hi there readers.I am a member of one cool site for quite a while now. I am Italian but have an English mum and have traveled quite a lot. In my blog which now I have had several years, I post in both Italian and English because I have both readers. Continue reading

Pavlov’s Blog (Confessions of a Compulsive Commenter)

diaryBy Guest Author, Little Miss Menopause who blogs at thequotegal.wordpress.com

The Comment Section on a Blog can really bring out the same personality traits you would exhibit at a cocktail party. Having OCD, this has been a problem for me. Since there is no 12-step program – – my only hope is to share my experiences so I can (hopefully) recognize that I am not alone in my Over-Thinking the Comment Section! Continue reading

Do as I say, not as I do

splatroundcornerBy Guest Author, Susan who blogs at blogs at http://piedtype.com

I’m not the best person to advise you about blogging. I’ve broken most of the basic rules: Have a purpose, have a specific topic/theme, publish on a regular basis, etc. I confess I haven’t and don’t do any of these things. I started a blog to please myself. Period. Continue reading

Introducing Mrs. Fringe: A Peripheral Life

By Guest Blogger Mrs Fringe, who blogs at http://mrsfringe.wordpress.com

Sometimes the fringe falls just right. I’ve been thinking about writing a post on blogging; I recently had a discussion with a few other bloggers and I just passed my two year blogoversary on Mrs Fringe.   Then I saw Time Thief’s post on One Cool Site, asking for submissions while she recuperates.  Continue reading

Create a Business Blog, Website or Both?

skyscraperThe new age of marketing has dawned, and it’s a fact that people need to feel a personal connection to your business before they are willing to get on board with your product or service. That’s why creating a frequently updated blog rather than a static website is the way to go. Continue reading

Guest blogging for SEO gets the boot

Guest blogging for links and pay is big money business – illegitimate business.  Matt Cutts heads Google’s spam team and gives those using guest blogging for SEO purposes a boot in the butt. He approved 423 comments in response and the majority are from whiny protesters and nit-pickers who didn’t like his reality check. Continue reading

Blog Challenges for Blog Improvement

In case you have missed it WordPress.com Staff are running a 30 day blog challenge titled Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog. The challenge has entered day 4  today. Anyone can join in.  It matters not if the blog is brand new or one you have been publishing in and want to improve.  So click on over and participate. Continue reading

7 Common Sense Social Networking Tips

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There are positives to social networking but there are negatives too. Always exercise common sense when it comes to which social media sites you are active on and what you post. Not connecting cautiously and posting appropriately can ruin your reputation, so if you want to be a successful blogger think before you act.  Continue reading

Better Blogging by the Numbers

Want to find blogging tips, tools and tutorials in this blog fast? This index of links  to blogging tips articles in list post format that itemize ways to build a better blog, become a better blogger and promote effectively may help you find what you need quickly. Continue reading

Create a Featured Posts Page with the Display Posts Shortcode

rsz_1featuredpostsbannerList posts are ubiquitous and due to their numbers (no pun intended) they often get a bad rap. I have been disappointed to note that readers are not locating my list posts and I want to feature them on a static page in index form that will auto-update as I publish more. This post explains how I did that on my Featured Posts page by using the display posts shortcode. Continue reading

Create List Posts with the Display Posts Shortcode

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In Use the Display Posts Shortcode to Effectively Feature Content I introduced two ideas.  The first idea was using the display posts shortcode on static pages to create index pages. The second idea was creating list posts as another way of featuring older content especially pillar posts AKA evergreen content.

In this post I’m sharing some examples of my experimentation with the using different variations of the display post shortcode and the results the shortcodes produced.  Continue reading

Use the Display Posts Shortcode to Effectively Feature Content

Bloggers reveal their expertise around specific topics by publishing original content articles that offer clear value to readers. However, as blog posts are displayed in reverse chronological order when new articles are published the earlier ones migrate off front page of the blog and that means drawing attention to them is a challenge. Continue reading

Think twice about social media campaigns

Humans have always created social networks and these networks have always been means of marketing products and services. Person to person either face to face or across miles by messenger services, mail and/or by phone and computer people network by all available means and they share their product and services experiences and preferences with their friends. Continue reading

No Google Reader Replacement, Only Alternatives | TechCrunch

rss feed iconGoogle doesn’t care – it’s shutting down Google Reader on July 1 and we all have to leave. It’s the digital equivalent of bringing up the house lights when the rock concert is over.  via There Is No Google Reader Replacement, Only Alternatives | TechCrunch.

See And the winner is…for alternatives. Have you made a decision about which feedreader service you will be using?

Auto posting to social media sites or not?

peopleBy joining social networks we agree to be notified of new posts published by a select group of “friends”. It’s a common routine. Publish a post on your blog and use an aggregation app like Publicize, Hootsuite, TweetDeck, or Buffer to have the title and link automatically posted to multiple networks, including G+ Facebook pages, Facebook Profile, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumbler, etc. Continue reading