How Your ‘5 a Day’ Can Help a Blogger (They’re not all millionaires, despite the rumours!)

You know when you ‘Google’ (other search engines are available) to find a fact, or check an ailment, the responses you find are often written by a blogger.

The headlines about bloggers making millions with no effort are usually fake news, or a sales pitch by someone building their own online business.

Good luck to them, some bloggers do make a great living, they work hard so deserve it.

HOWEVER most bloggers don’t make enough to live on, and never will.

Many bloggers don’t do the work to earn a fortune, most genuinely want to serve, support and help you, their audience.

Blogs exist across the globe for every topic you can imagine.

Self-help, educational study and mutual support groups, hobby groups and that isn’t even mentioning the travel, health, beauty and fashion blogs that you may be familiar with.

You know when you ‘Google’ (other search engines are available) to find a fact, or check an ailment, the responses you find are often written by a blogger.

When you read something online that you find informative, helpful or of value why not support the person who delivered it to you.


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Book Review of the Invaluable Non-Fiction – The Art of Social Media, Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

There’s a brilliant helpful ‘schedule’ of what to do when you ‘Peg’ a blog post – invaluable!

Book Review of the Invaluable Non-Fiction – The Art of Social Media, Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

I’ve learnt loads about stuff I thought I knew about and loads about stuff I had no idea about!

Title: The Art of Social Media

Author: Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

Copyright: Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick 2014

Ebook 

Blurb Extract:

By now it’s clear that whether you’re promoting a business, a product, or yourself, social media is near the top of what will determine your success or failure. And there are countless pundits, authors, and consultants eager to advise you.

But there’s no one quite like Guy Kawasaki, the legendary former chief evangelist for Apple and one of the pioneers of business blogging, tweeting, facebooking, tumbling, and much, much more. Now Guy has teamed up with his Canva colleague Peg Fitzpatrick to offer The Art of Social Media – the one essential guide you need to get the most bang for your time, effort, and money…



Subject:

I invested my pennies in this one when I started to take my blogging seriously. It is worth it’s weight in gold.

Yes, you can find experts all over the internet with their own tips and tricks to mastering the beast that can be Social Media, however this book tells you why things happen. It explains why you should do things, when and how to make it easy.

It’s a bit geeky but never confusing, and has loads of links. For this reason I think the ebook is a better option if you work out and about a lot.

There’s a brilliant helpful ‘schedule’ of what to do when you ‘Peg’ a blog post – invaluable!

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Day 4 of the 7 day ProBlogger Challenge: A Story…

You put your hours in, your heart in, your soul and at the end it’s probably rubbish so you start editing, over and over again. Yes this is the bit they don’t tell you about at the beginning of all those courses that promise you a best seller in 6 weeks.

Day 4 of the 7 day ProBlogger Challenge: A Story…

Christie Adams Logo - hands writing a cardI’ve just looked through my blog archive and found my very first post from 1st May 2011!

It was short and to the point but at the time I recall feeling highly creative and a star in the making. I am still hoping for someone to accept my work and publish me, however I also accept that to do that they need to see my work in the first place. [Note to self, finish something and submit it!]

In the early years of my writing I was extremely naive, or was it arrogant, enough to think that I could just sit down, scribble down a few words and hey presto I’m on the shelves next to Dylan Thomas or Joanne Harris. Well surprise! You have to work harder at writing than anything else you’ve ever done. You put your hours in, your heart in, your soul and at the end it’s probably rubbish so you start editing, over and over again. Yes this is the bit they don’t tell you about at the beginning of all those courses that promise you a best seller in 6 weeks.

As I’m now blogging, I am inundated with emails and social media hashtags and the rest telling me I can get 10 000 followers and make £1M in 3 months, if only I buy this list, or software or etc etc you get the drift. It always makes me smile, after all, if it worked so well, why aren’t these people sat on a beach somewhere with a glass in hand looking out over their private beach with helicopter landing pad. OK, I guess some are.

If I ever reach those dizzying heights (yes I am still an optimist) I’d like to think I would be doing something more fulfilling than trying to sell yet more followers to a poor newbie blogger. A friend laughs at someone who constantly tells them they can give him 5000 followers TODAY but only has about 350 themselves, hmmm, a smell a rat.

I knew blogging would be hard work, I did my research, I do my research daily, probably too much, damn Facebook and Twitter, but I also write, alot. I draft, I edit, I blog, I post and I love it all.

I will be successful, whatever that is. I hope to see you in print too, if that is your aspiration.

Do what you believe is right, write about your passions and hopefully someone else will get passionate about your work too.

For a bit of fun, without any keywords or images (who knew what they were!) here’s my very first blog…

First Poetry Submission

Or if you prefer the text here…

Hello! It’s a beautiful day, and after a walk in the sun, a coffee at a local cafe and a glance at the footie from yesterday I’m now in writing mode!

I am submitting my first poetry to Writer’s Forum, and a short play to the beeb. Fingers crossed for success.
My main aim is to get more confident with submissions, hope for success and learn as I go along.

My job in the sun on the balcony will be to compile a calendar for the year of competitions I wish to enter, and to continue to edit my final university assignment. It’s been in the PC for a week now so will be ripe for editing.

Thanks for joining me, enjoy your day and write something, anything, just write!

 

FAQ: What is a Blogger? Not a logger, a BLOGGER!

The blogger can then relax in the knowledge that tomorrow they will be writing again but they will not be alone.

FAQ- What is a Blogger- Not a logger, BLOGGER!FAQ: What is a Blogger? Not a logger, a BLOGGER!

Almost everytime I slighty self-consciously tell people I’m a writer and a blogger, my voice sort of tales off. It’s hard to acquire a confidence about a career that I adore, without sounding pretentious. However I’m always surprised by the reaction. Usually it goes along two lines, either

“Oh wow, I want to do that, brilliant, what do you blog about? Are you earning loads of money?”

OR

“Oh, I’ve heard of that but I’ve no idea what it is”

First of all, I explain I’m writing two novels, as the writer part of my job title seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Then I humbly apologise and say no I’m not earning a fortune, but maybe one day if my lotto numbers come up.

Darren Rowse of Problogger set us bloggers a challenge to post an answer to a FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) so to those who don’t know what this new phenomena is, I will explain, sort of.

FAQ: What is a Blogger?

Dictionary Definition

Blogger: someone who writes a blog

So that’s the shortest post I’ve written in a while.

“WAIT!” I hear you cry. “What’s a blog?”

Blog: a regular record of your thoughts, opinions or experiences that you put on the internet for people to read

How easy is that? If only! I love the blogging world, but that doesn’t quite cover it.

So, here is my own very short definition of what a blogger is…

A writer, entrepreneur, marketer, social media guru, promoter, gossip, expert, novice, photographer, designer, chatterbox, social animal, hermit, computer geek, nerd, keyboard addict, keyboard phobic, passionate advocate of chosen causes, teacher, student, lecturer, reader, historian, trend setter, opinionated egotist, copyrighter, sun-starved, typist, coffee addict, tea drinker, snacker, editor, proof reader, critic, product tester, technician, accountant, quick learner, adaptable, optimistic, pessimistic, paranoid, approachable, socially skilled, unsociable, political, apolitical, highly developed awareness of software updates and issues arising, font expert, spell check guru, bullet pointer, philanthropist, organiser, scheduler, diarist, theorist, deadline meeting, follower, hashtagger, liker, un-liker, procrastinator, experienced, inexperienced, website designer, sharer, content producer, socialite, friend, call to actioner, archivist, credit sharing, selfish, engaging, interviewer, interviewee, guest speaker, guest writer, podcaster, collaborator, consultant, webinar fan, enthusiast who posts their work on the internet in the desperate hope that it will help someone who may, just may, come back to see their work again.

In my best David Attenborough voice…the blogger does its work each day, or night, in the hope that they will attract a ‘reader’ who chooses to chat on social media and press the ever desired @ or # in the right places. The blogger works this hard so the ‘reader’ or ‘follower’ will subscribe. If successful, they will be given the reader’s tag, link and their highly treasured email address. They will know they have found a mate, in the blogging world these mates are known as ‘subscribers’ The blogger can then relax in the knowledge that tomorrow they will be writing again but they will not be alone.

I’m bound to have missed a vital aspect to the job so please tell me your individual skill acquired whilst blogging, clean answers only please…the internet is scary enough.

Have cutlery will travel…

How cool is that…now share with someone who loves geeky things!

Here’s my travel speaker, often used in the garden or out and about.
Best Travel Speaker ever!Yes just put your mobile (cell) phone in your mug, instant speaker hurrah!

Try it, go on (OK, calm, remember to drink your coffee first!)

How cool is that…now share with someone who loves geeky things!

Also here’s my new cutlery, at least I can eat on Sporks & Chopsticksmy trip. Seriously I’ve been told you get more food bug problems from the cutlery than the food!
I love bamboo however one day I’m going to invest in travel chopsticks!

Maybe this set…how cool is this, just what you need in your backpack! You just know you need this in your life AND it’s pink!

I am getting giddy now, just a short while until my next back pack adventure…packing lists at the ready.

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