NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.

It’s Year 13 for our family. When our kids were all still at home, we had as many as six of us participating. This year I don’t know how many we have. I will, but then that goes almost without saying.

NaNoWriMo. The best way for me to describe the fun, the excitement, the atmosphere of NaNoWriMo is to share something I wrote after our Kick-Off Party in 2010… [Read more…]

Stealer of Dreams

74When I was a child, I wanted to be a writer like my favourite author, Enid Blyton. But none of my teachers ever told me I could write, or encouraged me in that direction.

When I was a student at Ontario Bible College, I wanted to write stories for weekly Sunday School papers. I was delighted when a representative from a large Christian publishing company came and told how to get published. But the list of obstacles was huge, and I was sure they would never accept my writing. [Read more…]

Plan the Next Steps for Your Blog – #31DBBBDay31

Darren Rowse has included a huge amount of information in his 31 Days to Build a Better Blog series, also known as #31DBBB.

Not all of the ideas will be relevant to your blog, but some of them can be continued on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis. Choose which ones you want to do, and how often you want to do them. [Read more…]

Dig Into Your Blog Statistics – #31DBBBDay30

This exercise will be more helpful as your blog grows, but the sooner you start, the sooner you will begin to understand what’s happening behind the scenes on your blog. It will show you patterns of what’s working, and what isn’t, and how readers are using your blog.

If you love statistics, you will love this exercise. And if you’re like me, and statistics baffle you, you will appreciate Darren Rowse for his ability to take apart the complex, and explain it in simple terms. [Read more…]

Develop a Plan to Promote Your Blog and Grow Your Readership – #31DBBBDay29

To get the full benefit of this blog post, and so much more information, go to the podcast and lesson by Darren Rowse at ProBlogger.

Spend some time on this exercise. The more specific and detailed you are, the clearer picture you will have of who your audience is, where to find those you want to address, and how best to spend your time promoting your blog. [Read more…]

Write a Review – #31DBBBDay28

Moving Your Invisible Boundaries - by Dr. Jim Richards“Have you ever set goals, trained for maximum results, and followed the same personal development plan that seems to work for everyone else, only to hit an ‘invisible boundary’ that causes you to fall short? Unless you know how to expand your heart you will sabotage any success that might take you beyond your current heart boundaries. Even if you manage to push past your current heart boundaries, chances are you will experience some catastrophic event that pulls you back within the limits of life as you have known it!” [Read more…]

Hunt for Broken Links – #31DBBBDay27

What are Dead Links?

Dead links, also called broken links, are ones that no longer lead to the content you originally linked them to. This could be for any number of reasons. Most commonly it’s because the site is retired, deleted, has moved, or has changed its link structure. [Read more…]

Improve Someone Else’s Blog – #31DBBBDay26

Why Work to Improve Someone Else’s Blog?

For the most part, this challenge — 31 Days to Build a Better Blog — is about taking action to improve our own blog. So why would I want to put forth the effort to improve someone else’s? [Read more…]

Ask a Question – #31DBBBDay25

Why Ask Questions?

Asking questions encourages your readers to participate, and fosters a feeling of belonging to a community. People are more likely to keep coming back to your blog if they’ve contributed. Asking questions also helps you get to know your readers. [Read more…]

Use a Magazine to Improve Your Blog – #31DBBBDay24

Woman's rolled glossy magazine in stack with tea cup. isolated wI can hear many of my fellow bloggers asking, “How can a magazine possibly help me improve my blog? Aren’t magazines on the way out?”

With all that is available online these days, you might think paper magazines are obsolete. [Read more…]