Meeting Your Online Blogging Friend In Real Life – The Key Stages #MondayBlogs #BloggingGals

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You can build some great connections online with other bloggers. With some blogging connections it can feel like you have found your online Best Friend Forever (BFF), even though you’ve never actually met face to face.

Meeting your online BFF in real life can get a little crazy.

As I have met most of my online blogging friends at blogging events, I have used this scenario – the blogging event (conference or awards ceremony) to show you the key stages.

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12 Things Writers Need To Pack For Their 2017 Writing Journey #SundayBlogShare #Writer #NewYear

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Before we all buckle up and head off on our 2017 writing journey, let’s agree on some useful stuff to pack. I don’t want us to get into our journey and discover we forgot some important items. We don’t have time for tears! 

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Author Interviews -Allie Potts @alliepottswrite #AmWriting #Writer

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Welcome to my weekly blog series – Author Interviews.

Every Saturday I get to interview inspiring authors who let me into their creative world. I get to hear how they overcame tough literary challenges, the highlights from their book writing journey and their answer to the big literary question –  what do they wear whilst working on their literary masterpieces?

This week I am joined by author and blogger Allie Potts. She describes herself as a ‘writer, geek and a constant self improver.’  I read her book ‘An Uncertain Faith’ last year and struggled to put it down, so she has been on my author hit list for sometime.

I do love Allie’s Twitter profile which reads ‘my Twitter activity may sometimes seem all over the place, but that is just how my mind works.’  This reminds me of how I approach Twitter.

Please welcome Allie Potts!

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28 Reasons Why A Writer Might Be Having A Sleepless Night #Writer #AmWriting

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There are so many reasons why a writer might be having a sleepless night:

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The Writer’s Wine Break #SundayBlogShare #Writer #WritersLife

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I am a big fan of the Writer’s Wine Break!

There are several stages:

  1. Writer Suffering. The Writer’s Break always follows a long period (a couple of hours, an hour or in some extreme cases – a good half hour) of writer suffering. The writer is in a form of literary hell; they despise their writing, Twitter has gone silent on them, their latest plot is sagging, they have a raging post-it note addiction, but can’t find their pack of post-it notes and they are starting to doubt whether they will ever become a future  bestselling author. Whilst they huff and puff in Writing World loved ones will be busy creeping off to bed as it is late. Loved ones would rather go to sleep than sit and watch their beloved writer have a creative breakdown over a lost packet of post-it notes and a half finished draft with a weak plot.
  2. Wine Search. Things will reach a low point as the writer will come to the conclusion that if they can’t find their post-it notes, to plot out their novel on the wall, they might as well quit writing altogether. After a few tears the writer will look up and experience the ‘wine lightbulb’ moment. Yes – wine could help alleviate this literary pain! The writer will start to imagine opening a lovely quality bottle of Shiraz and be able to almost taste it slipping down their throat. They know that wine could save them from this creative hell. Keen to hang onto their writing career the writer will leave their writing desk gasping “wine….I need wine..”  and hurry over to the wine rack.
  3. Wine Desperation. Things never go to plan in Writing World. The writer will reach the wine rack and their smile will disappear. The only bottle left will be a cheap and miserable looking bottle of wine. From the label alone the writer will start to fear the worst. It might as well come with the following description #paintstripper. Cue the writer’s wail “where’s the quality stuff gone?”  Writers have short memories – sigh!  In desperation the writer will grab the bottle, a glass and race back to Writing Corner.
  4. Writer’s Wine Break. After a few mouthfuls and some face pulling (over the bitter taste of the cheap plonk) the writer will start to feel like someone is sprinkling ‘magical literary fairy dust’ all over them. After reading some of their current draft they will let out a soft moan of literary pleasure – they have the makings of a literary masterpiece!  If only literary agents gave out their personal numbers for writers who, after a couple of glasses of wine, felt like doing a quick pitch late on a Friday night – sigh! The post-it notes will magically reappear and the writer will let out a joyful squeal. The writer will consume more wine and their raging addiction for doing something creative with post-it notes will return. In a flash they will be up out of their chair frantically scribbling, posting notes to the wall and at the same time taking swigs of wine. Soon their entire novel will be plotted out and the writer will have made some key changes. They will stand back, wipe the sweat away from their brow, pour another glass and whisper “wow….so beautiful…its a work of art!”  Fuelled by the cheap wine the writer will then start to write some ground breaking stuff. Oh my goodness glorious words will pepper the page and the writer will be making sounds like “Mmmmm” and “Oh yes…I sound just like Hilary Mantel!”  This is the magic of a Writer’s Wine Break – one minute you are a normal writer with some plot issues and the next (after a few glasses) you are sounding like Hilary Mantel! Sigh! 
  5. In the Cold Light of Day. The next morning the writer will make an appearance. With a cough, a groan, a scratch of their head and a “I must have eaten a bad crisp last night! the writer will shuffle downstairs and come face to face with their….wall of post-it notes and half a page of ‘amazing words’.  Things created on a Writer’s Wine Break may seem like they are ‘ground breaking’ at the time but in the cold light of day they can appear very different. Some of the post-it notes will be legible and some will be hard to read. The ones where the writer gave up on words and turned to drawing dodgy looking stick people (if you have never done this – you haven’t lived!) will bring on some sharp intakes of breath and a lot of head shaking. The writer will say things like “good grief what’s going in chapter 26…what are those stick people doing?” After a strong coffee and a couple of headache tablets the writer will return to Writing Corner and make a promise to….never buy cheap wine again!

 

Have a fabulous day folks!

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Similarities Between Stars & Writer Friends #writers #author

Similarities Between Stars & Writer and Blogging Friends

Writer friends are special.

Here are some similarities between stars and writer friends:

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Author Interviews @RachaelRitchey #authors #writers #writerslife 

Welcome to my weekly series Author Interviews. 

Over recent months some inspirational and amazing writers have sat in my red chair. They have opened my eyes to the world of being a writer, filled my brain with useful tips and made me want to get a book out there.

This week I am proud to say that the author of one of my favourite books ‘The Beauty Thief‘ is sat in my chair, swinging her legs, with a mug of Yorkshire tea in one hand and nibbling on a virtual ginger snap biscuit with the other…

She also hosts a blog and runs the Blog Battles. Here is Rachael Ritchey!

Rachael, welcome! 

Thanks, Queen Lu! I’m thrilled to be in this big red, super comfy chair! Wow, is it comfy or what?

This is one of those chairs that looks uncomfortable but actually it’s the opposite. The tea and biscuits are fab, too.

Yes…watch the crumbs please!  

Tell my readers about yourself and the book / books you have written?

I’m a North Idaho native, born and bred. And, no North Idaho is not its own state, but we still capitalize the ‘n’ in north!

You could say I’m just a simple girl with a simple life and a simple plan. I’m so lucky to be a stay at home mom and have a family that supports my writing endeavors.

I’ve written two books and am working on the third. These stories are for my Chronicles of the Twelve Realms series which is young adult fantasy fiction.

When did you write your first book?

I started writing the first one two and half years ago.

How long did it take to write your first book?

It took three or four months to write it (March was tough with busy life stuff), and then it took another six months to revise, edit, get feedback, revise, edit and have it edited again, then there was the month and a half of formatting for self-publication. In all, it was just over a year from start to finish for that first one.

What was your motivation to write your first book?

Motivation for writing the first one came from eons, ages, years, months, weeks, days, minutes, and seconds of wanting to write but not knowing where to start.

On a totally unrelated subject, there came a cold December day where I couldn’t take it anymore, and it brought about my motivation. I was emotionally disconnected from my family and friends, I felt ugly on the inside, so one day I found myself silently having a serious conversation with God in the van on the way to church. And as I sat there whining about my ugly insides, not to mention how selfish I was feeling, this story started forming in my mind about a princess, the daughter of king, whose beauty is ripped from her, but not just her outer beauty, everything beautiful about her is taken. She’s left an empty shell of who she was, and though she’s surrounded by loving people it isn’t enough to save her.

After a week the story was still floating around in my head.

It was the straw that broke the camel’s back, the crack in the dam, the little ray of sunshine in a gray world.

The Beauty Thief is a constant reminder to me that true beauty comes from the inside and is worth protecting. That’s pretty good motivation.

What writing issues did you encounter along the way and how did you overcome them?

With the first book you don’t always know what issues you are encountering until you’re up to your neck in them. I had internal issues: letting go of words, sentences, sections, and characters I desperately wanted to keep. I battled against changing the beginning of my book, but did after much internal questioning and feedback from beta readers.

When it came time to get the changes from my editor, she basically told me I needed to rewrite the entire ending, that it was not worthy of the rest of the story. Ugh. She was right. Susan is one smart cookie.

Did you go through any bad writing patches during writing your book – what kept you going?

I mentioned before that March was a tough month because there was a lot going on in life, but it wasn’t really a bad writing patch except that I did almost no writing.

Are you a plotter or do you just write / see what happens?

Plotter vs panster, huh? Oh, I’m a plotter who loves to fly by the seat of my pants.

My process is something like:

Here’s my character, here’s some stuff that will happen along the way, and the ending.

Even though I’ve got a non-standard outline I’m happy to let the characters change my well-laid plans if their choices influences the circumstances. I think it’s a really bad idea to be so married to your plot and outline that you bend the will of your character to match the story instead of letting their personality and background dictate how they handle situations.

The most important part of my plotting is that I keep my mind and writing focused on the end goal of the story, that I don’t lose sight of what the protagonist’s ultimate goal is, and herd the story that direction.

I’m full of metaphorical speak today! I’m not sure if I should apologize about that.

It’s the biscuits! I have a thing for sugar…here let me have some! Carry on..

What is the best thing about being a writer?

It has got to be that I get to imagine and see things in my mind which are unique to me, but then that as a writer I can share it. It’s humbling to make oneself vulnerable by sharing what has been so intimately kept in one’s mind and painstakingly placed on the page.

What is the worst thing about being a writer?

The best is also the worst. It’s humbling to write, to make myself vulnerable by sharing what has been so intimately kept in my mind and painstakingly etched on the page.

Have you ever considered quitting writing, and if so how have you worked through this?

Every few months the thought enters my mind, not because I don’t have a bajillion stories to write, but because I doubt myself and the worthiness of my stories.

Of course, when I consider quitting out loud it makes my stomach ache, Karl scoffs at the idea, and the not-quitter in me rebels against the very image conjured by the words. I guess I just work through it by not giving up just because I’m not 100% always and forever confident. I love writing.

What does a typical writing day look like for you?

On days where I am able to focus on novel writing it will typically start with me dragging myself from bed after being accosted, in rapid succession, by my four children before my alarm goes off.

If I set my alarm earlier I’m afraid it would all just start that much earlier, so I leave it be.

After the morning routine and getting the kids off to school I come home and sigh before taking a big sip of coffee, put on my earphones and type away until it’s time to pick up one child from school.

After lunch it’s almost impossible to get in concerted writing time, so I sneak it in where I can, usually after everyone is in bed and asleep.

Do you suffer from procrastination and if so how do you handle it?

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t, but generally I give myself deadlines and do my darndest to stick to them.

I have a knack for estimating how much time it will take to finish x, y, and z, which helps me procrastinate as long as I can without causing issue.

It’s easier when I’m accountable to someone else, though, so I try to make others aware of my deadlines so that I’m not just ignoring them.

If I didn’t regulate myself I’d never accomplish anything. I guess that’s part of being an adult. Who else here has jumped on the “I don’t want to adult today. Don’t make me adult today” bandwagon? I’m so there. Come join my band.

Which is more important – plot or characters and why?

I’m a character driven writer, but mostly because I subscribe to the idea that the plot is nothing without the characters. I think both are necessary to have a good story, but I make the characters the biggest priority.

What have been your 3 biggest learnings during your writing career?

1) Getting honest critiques of your work is essential

2) Being a writer means wearing many more hats than just “Writer.” You also wear “Brand Rep,” “Marketer,” “Design Lead,” “Editor,” “Blogger,” and a few more titles that mean you have to talk to people and do things that will take you outside your comfort zone.

3) Balance out your time and don’t neglect the real world too much.

How do you manage social media as a writer?

I think more often than not it manages me.

Social media is a tricky one. It’s important to make writerly homes for yourself at several social media hang outs, but if you overdo it you’ll get lost in the constant need to update everything. I think it’s most important to start with a blog or website where you can always be found and branch from there, so that’s what I do.

Do you have any tips or advice for budding aspiring authors?

Have a plan, learn to brand yourself and your work, be present on social media (e.g. Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and/or etc.), save up for editing fees (this even applies to those authors looking for traditional publishing), don’t give up, and keep writing.

When it comes to the writing itself, push yourself beyond the bounds of what you’re comfortable with because it will make you a better writer. It might stink at first, but you’ll grow.

Do you suffer from writer’s block and if so how do you overcome?

Not usually. I have moments of indecision or find certain scenes difficult to write, but I’m not blocked so much as fighting against the story, I suppose.

Do you ever think of the next book whilst writing?

Constantly. I’m writing a series so I am thinking forward and backward as I write. It helps to keep the story’s plot points in line and not veer too far from the beaten path.

What do you wear to write?

Whatever I put on before dropping the kids off at school (i.e. jeans, T-shirt, skirt, blouse…whatever). On occasion jammies. I don’t have a special hat or booties or tie or anything, though the thought is intriguing. Maybe I should get a special something or other to only wear when writing. What do you think? Maybe a feathered cap? Maybe a diamond bracelet? Maybe special underwear or a lucky sock?

Thanks for this fab interview! I could listen to you for hours.

If readers want to get in touch how do they contact you?

I’m happy to answer questions or talk more about just about anything. Look me up on my website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, or elsewhere.

Thanks so much for having me in the big red chair today, my blonde friend. I hope you don’t mind if I close my eyes for a bit while I’m sitting here.

All this talk and tea has been so relaxed and enjoyable that I could use a wee nap. Cheers and all that!

Psst..wake up…I have to do my really important bit now! 

I loved this interview Rachael. I liked how the idea for the ‘Beauty Thief’ came to appear in your mind. Your tips on writing are really useful and I like how with writing a series you are always looking forwards and backwards. I think a feathered cap would be a great writing outfit accessory.

Your book ‘The Beauty Thief’ is fab! 

Chronicles of the Twelve Realms

 

Thank you so much! 

I am just going to grab my virtual hand held vac to hoover up those crumbs…sigh!

Next week Chris Mentzer sits in my red chair!  

I don’t know whether anyone has picked up on this but I have been nominated for Funniest Blogger in the ABBA Awards. I do like to keep things quiet…and not broadcast stuff….like a shy mouse – me!  Sigh! 

If you want to vote please click here. Rachael is also nominated in the Book Reviewer category.


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Tina’s Writer Diary – The Assistant #writers #comedy #Writer

 

 

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Monday

10.56 a.m. It is hard being a successful author. The thing that people don’t understand about my profession is that it is not just about writing stuff.

On Friday I had an emotional breakdown. I was so busy and everything got a bit too much for me. There was so much to do; post quotes on Facebook, tweet motivational stuff on Twitter, pin inspirational affirmations on Pinterest, take photos of a shaft of sunlight from the window, which was shooting across my empty writing desk, for Instagram, browse through all my newsfeeds and make myself endless cups of tea. Writing didn’t even make it onto my ‘to do list’.

Luckily Keith, my partner, phoned home during his lunch break and calmed me down. I was a sobbing mess. There were not enough hours in the day to do everything. It took him a good half hour and the promise of a Chinese takeaway later to get me to come to my senses.

We both came to the conclusion quite quickly that I need an assistant. Sometimes in life you are forced to turn to others for help. I am not afraid to put my hand up and say “I need another pair of hands to help me on Twitter!”

After a bowl of Chicken Soup (Keith’s suggestion, he says it works wonders for troubled souls) and a nap (my suggestion), I sat down and wrote out some ideas on my requirements for an assistant:

  • Cannot afford to pay an assistant so I am looking for someone to do it for free / for the love of literature.
  • Ideally I need someone who is good at tweeting, pinning, posting, browsing, taking photos, writing and who makes an amazing cup of tea.

When I ask the universe for something it delivers most of the time (obviously book sales are an outstanding action for the universe).

During Keith’s mother’s Coffee & Cake Morning yesterday an assistant materialised.

Pamela, Keith’s mother, likes to recruit people for all sorts of things; coffee mornings, cake baking and charity sponsored events. Keith always says that if Pamela decided to join an international terrorist group we would all be in trouble!

So, I was busy consuming a large piece of carrot cake, when Keith informed Pamela that I was looking for a volunteer to help me with my busy literary career.

Pamela certainly has her finger on the volunteer pulse. Without a second thought she turned to Beryl, rumoured to be enjoying the dating scene, to say “Beryl you clearly have time on your hands with all those trips to the seaside with that nice, rich gentleman with the flash sports car. Why don’t you give Tina some help?”  

Beryl made a face, involving a roll of the eyes and a twisted mouth. Pamela took that as a green light. I was struggling to swallow the huge piece of cake in my mouth and could not quiz Beryl on her social media skills.

Pamela kindly made the decision for me. Beryl is my new assistant.

I am currently waiting for Beryl to arrive.

11.09 a.m. Beryl and I are sat on the sofa running through roles and responsibilities.

As Beryl knows next to nothing about social media and has just admitted she won a writing competition, when she was a child, we have agreed that she will work on my book draft. I will take on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and general online browsing.

12.34 p.m. Starting to think I have got the bigger job as Twitter has gone crazy with the #amwritingbestseller hashtag. I can’t stop tweeting about ‘Beautiful and Kidnapped’.

Beryl on the other hand is giving my draft a leisurely read through to get a feel for where she can add value. I have not seen her tap out a single word.

1.05 p.m. I wish Beryl would hurry up and write some of my book. Twitter is hungry for my work.

1.34 p.m. I have gone into social media meltdown. Someone on Instagram liked my photo of the sunlight hitting the writing desk. I am currently frantically snapping away at an old rusty typewriter found in the garage. If readers see that I have an eye for arty shots they will flock to my political thriller on Amazon.

Beryl is still reading my draft.

“I am desperate for a cup of tea!” I exclaim, before wiping my sweaty brow and adorning the typewriter with colourful flowers.

“White with two sugars please Tina love!” coos Beryl, with a smile.

1.56 p.m. My assistant has been gazing longingly at Mr Thompson over the road, attending to his flowers.

“Beryl how are you getting on with my draft?” I ask.

“Still reading through!” murmurs Beryl, with her eyes fixed on Mr Thompson.

“Which part of my book are you up to?” I ask.

“Still reading the first chapter Tina love!” says Beryl, clearly distracted by the man across the street.

I can feel myself getting agitated.

Here am I slaving away over social media whilst my new  assistant seems desperate to nip across the road to help Mr Thompson prune his bushes. I am an author not a matchmaking service.

I am not sure whether Beryl is right for me. She doesn’t make cups of tea or helps me write my book.

14.09 p.m. Beryl has clocked off for the day. She apparently had some urgent business to attend to, which probably involved Mr Thompson.

I am laid on my sofa exhausted and in need of a nap.

As I said earlier it is tough being a successful author.

 

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The Lonely Potato Head #Blog Battle #comedy #flashfiction

Marvin, the potato head, smiled at the ping sound from his Twitter account. 

Cyril the Evil Clown was right, female potato heads loved his tweets about being a lonely potato head looking for love. 

His Twitter account was awash with re-tweets and likes. His new dating plan was starting to take shape.

Female potato heads wanted to reach out to him and shower him with #poorpotatohead #staystrongpotatohead  #hotpotatohead hashtags. 

He was now a couple of tweets away from securing a date.

In his (plastic) eyes his ex-girlfriend Barbie was now history.  According to Cyril the Evil Clown she was sat tearfully watching all his tweets getting re-tweeted, quoted and liked.

Cyril the Evil Clown was right as Barbie would soon regret ending their relationship. 

He was so grateful for Cyril the Evil Clown’s friendship and guidance during this testing time. It had been like a special gift to him.

All the other toys in the toy box warned him about Cyril the Evil Clown. They couldn’t give him any specific details but they said Cyril was ‘not to be trusted’ and ‘there was something not right about him’.

Marvin believed the toy world had got Cyril the Evil Clown all wrong. Just because a toy is given the name ‘Evil Clown’ it doesn’t mean they are evil.

The ping of Marvin’s Twitter notification woke Derek, the Furry Toy, from his afternoon nap.

This was the fifth time in the space of an hour that he had been interrupted and he could feel irritation prickling his furry bits.

Derek prided himself on being able to sleep in an upright position, whilst leaning against the computer monitor. The other toys were forced to go share beds in the doll’s house. He, however, could happily doze wherever he wanted.

The only issue was when annoying potato heads decided to turn up the volume on the computer. He opened one of his large eyes and groaned to himself.

‘What are you doing Marvin?’ muttered Derek through gritted teeth.

‘I am reaching out to lonely female potato heads on Twitter’ sighed Marvin as another ping filled the air. ‘I am a lonely male potato head looking for love!’

‘Are you really lonely Marvin?’ queried Derek. His toy friend was a hit with the females in the toy box. Marvin had spent the best part of a month dating Barbie, the doll all the male toys were desperate to date. How could a popular potato head like Marvin be lonely he wondered?

‘Oh I am Derek, Cyril the Evil Clown reckons I have been lonely ever since Barbie dumped me’ said Marvin. ‘Cyril the Evil Clown says its time I cured my loneliness and reached out to someone new!’

‘Cyril the Evil Clown told you this?’ queried Derek.

‘Yes’ said Marvin. ‘I took his advice and I am getting a lot of interest on Twitter. I never knew there were so many lonely female potato heads out there’.

‘So you’re listening to Cyril the Evil Clown a lot then?’ asked Derek.

‘Oh yea!’ gushed Marvin. ‘He’s like my life mentor. Do you know he sensed Barbie was going to finish with me and advised me not to turn up to any of her date nights. He also told me to rearrange my potato face features because it would annoy her. That evil clown gave me great dating advice’.

Derek let out a sigh. ‘I bet he did’ he said quietly.

Marvin turned away from the screen to face Derek. ‘What do you mean by that?’ he asked.

‘Nothing. I didn’t mean anything. I am sure Cyril the Evil Clown is being ………’ said Derek pausing.

‘Supportive towards you’ said Derek quickly. ‘Now do you mind turning down the noise on the computer as I am trying to sleep.’

‘Cyril says I should have the volume turned up as the sound of other female potato heads tweeting my stuff will be heard by Barbie and more importantly make me feel wanted and special’ explained Marvin.

‘You can feel wanted and special just by seeing the Twitter notifications come up on the screen Marvin, no need for sound’ said Derek.

‘Cyril the Evil Clown said I must and I have to listen to him’ muttered Marvin.

‘Oh for goodness sake Marvin, if Cyril the Evil Clown told you to stick your potato head in an oven – would you?’ screeched Derek.

‘Cyril told me that Barbie finishing with me was the best thing that could have happened to me’ said Marvin grinning as another Twitter ping filled the air.

‘Why did Barbie finish with you Marvin?’ asked Derek.

‘She came up with some ridiculous nonsense about me being easily led’ sighed Marvin.

 

This was my entry to this week’s blog battle contest. These fierce contests are run by Rachael Ritchey

If you want to join us please click here.
The genre was comedy.
The word was gift

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Useful Things To Do To Your Blog Over Christmas #BloggingGals #Blogger

 

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Things get quiet in blogging land during the month of December, so it’s an ideal opportunity to start tinkering with your blog.

January is a busy blogging month so use this quiet time in December to make some tweaks, which will hopefully pay off come January.

Here are some useful stuff to do:

  1. Play around with your blog theme. Is it time for a change in appearance or a freshen up perhaps?
  2. Update and reenergize old posts. This does work and it does drive extra traffic – have done it myself! Add photos to old posts, rewrite them if necessary and repair dodgy links. Then tweet or pin them.
  3. Start looking for guest bloggers to appear on your blog in January. I had some marvellous guest bloggers last January and they really helped get my blog off to a good start. I will be on the look out too so let’s all keep our eyes peeled for guest bloggers!
  4. Try out some new post styles. If you haven’t experienced list posts – try them! Easy to put together and effective for busy blog readers who want to read whilst on the go.
  5. Make sure all your social media channels are working. This time last year I was scratching my blonde head wondering why none of my posts were going on Twitter and why no one was following me. I had a faulty Twitter feed. A kind blogger helped me repair it and it brought new life to my blog traffic.
  6. Hunt out new blogs to follow and start commenting. Interacting with other bloggers is so important.
  7. Stock pile good images.
  8. Review your ‘About’ page. You will be surprised how many people view it so make sure it sells you and your blog.

Whatever you do, don’t give up during this quiet festive month. Use  this blogging time to strengthen and reenergize your blog!

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