Stellar Content vs. Great Marketing: Which is more important? Have you ever read a popular novel by a well-known author that had sold hundreds of thousands of copies, only to discover that it was complete crap? I have. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comes to mind. (You can hate me if you want. There’s only so much I can take of a guy having coffee before I need an actual plot.)
Hello, hello! It's time for another rendition of "Interview with the Humor Blogger!" Today, I'm talking with Marie from Midlife Dramas in Pyjamas. She's a midlife blogger, big knickers wearer, gin drinker, cocktail lover, delusional dancer, reluctant gym goer, teens & hubby tamer, and cantankerous cat owner. On occasion she goes out in her pyjama top – needs must… Let's get to know her, shall we?
I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Paul Fellows of Babysitting the Kids. If you haven't read his blog, you need to head over there right now! His recent post hilariously illustrates his quandary with commuting home during the summer holidays. So I had a few questions for Paul. Fellow humor bloggers, you would do well to pay attention!
Want to know what makes a humor blogger tick? Ever read a funny post and thought, "What on earth is going through that person's head? Today I'm talking to Benny, AKA Daddy Poppins, to answer all of my most pressing questions. Daddy Poppins is an Irish stay at home dad who gave up work as an … Continue reading Interview with the Humor Blogger: Daddy Poppins
Another blogger asked me about this last week, so I decided to dedicate this week's Writerly Wednesday to apostrophes. This little piece of punctuation seems to trip a lot of writers up, so let's look at scenarios in which you would, or would not, use an apostrophe.
Today is my birthday! Yippee! I'm not going to tell you my age, but I WILL tell you what my wonderful husband is getting me. A WHOLE DAY to myself! That's right. I'm taking my Mac Book to Starbucks, and I'll be writing, reading, or Facebooking ALL DAY! If you're a work-at-home-mom, I don't need to tell you how valuable this is. Working from home with kids around is hard, especially in the summer time when there's no school to dump them off on.
This week's lesson is about quick and easy fixes that will make your writing flow better. Here's my list: 1.Avoid echoes. An echo is when you use the same word (or very similar words) more than once in close proximity. For example:
Since I started blogging, I have talked to so many people who have told me, "I'd love to start a blog! I have so many ideas about fitness/fashion/parenting/crafting/name-your-topic, and I think I could really help people! The only problem is, I'm not so sure about my writing skills." The good news is, writing is a skill that can be learned, honed, and not-quite-perfected-but-close. (You're not a real writer until you've learned to obsess over words and paragraphs, never quite feeling like the piece is done until you hit a deadline and have to just STOP TINKERING AND SUBMIT THE THING ALREADY!) With that in mind, I've decided to start a new series on my blog called Writerly Wednesdays. My intention is to help bloggers improve their writing skills to make your posts as engaging, entertaining, and un-put-downable as possible.
I was having a hard time thinking of topics for this week's list, so I asked my kids for ideas. Here's what they suggested:
Dear readers, In my diligent quest to connect with you, I have created a new tradition of publicly answering my fan mail. You might think that a relatively unknown blogger such as myself wouldn't receive fan mail, and you'd be right. But that doesn't mean that my readers don't have questions for me, or … Continue reading Dear Nicole, What Happens When a Toddler Drinks Wine?