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How to Respond to Negative Comments

Posted on July 21, 2014

We often don't get a lot of advice about one of the scariest (at least for me) aspects of blogging: the comments. Anyone who's had a blog can relate to that squeeze of trepidation when you discover one of your readers has left a nugget of wisdom for all to see. Don't get me wrong, I love comments. They help me figure out what works and what doesn't. Comments give me an idea of which topics could use follow-up posts or whether a particular ...

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Travel Blogging: Keeping it Real

As I write this, I am sitting in a little house in a small mountain village in Cyprus. It's made of concrete, has curtains from the Seventies but it's cozy and there's something magical about being so far away from everything. There is no concierge, gourmet buffet or olympic swimming pool framed with palms. There will be no hot dog leg shots to induce envy among my various social media followers. Because I didn't come here to recreate ...

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Why You Can’t Afford to be Late for the Cyber Revolution

Posted on January 9, 2014

My husband is convinced that in the next five years – ten years tops – we are all going to be living online. Work, shopping, leisure activities, everything will be conducted remotely through some sort of online interface. While it’s easy to negate his little sci-fi fantasy, the reality is that real life is rapidly merging with cyberspace. The cons of this particular arrangement certainly receive a fair bit of media attention, however ...

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The 10 Most Common Grammar Mistakes to Avoid

Blogging is all about keeping it fresh. Speaking clearly and directly to your audience is important to ensure your message is easy to understand and reader-friendly. But that's no excuse to neglect spelling and grammar.

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Being Thankful for the Little Things

Posted on October 14, 2013

We’re always talking about how to expand your audience, grow your social media presence and generate more traffic. Bigger is better and more is more. And if you’re not improving, you’re not successful.

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4 Ways to Amp Up Your Blog This Autumn

Posted on October 5, 2013
Autumn Blogging

It’s October which means Autumn is officially upon us and it’s time to start getting ready for sluggish mornings, extra layers and limited time outdoors. Interestingly enough, these very conditions happen to be extremely conducive to blogging as there are fewer reasons to be seduced outside into the sunshine.

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How to Create an Editorial Calendar

Editorial Calendar

Having spent a lot of time talking about procrastination and the importance of creating a bank of prospective blog ideas, it was only a matter of time before I touched on the necessity of setting up your very own editorial calendar.

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How I Faced My Fear of the Internet

Posted on September 8, 2013
Fear of Internet

I’ll admit it, I have a underlying fear of the internet. I think this stems from a childhood obsession with being liked (and a unique surname that makes anonymity extremely difficult with Google’s increasingly accurate search algorithms). I’m afraid of negative feedback, am convinced online trolls are much scarier than the ones in Lord of the Rings and have a crippling fear of bad publicity.

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The One Lesson Miley Cyrus Can Teach Us

Posted on August 31, 2013
Miley Cyrus

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard all about the scantily-clad antics of former Disney starlet Miley Cyrus. The singer-slash-actress took to the stage at the recent MTV Video Music Awards and gyrated along to her newest hit single – officially squashing any doubts that she’s ditched her squeaky clean image.

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It Hasn’t All Been Done Before: Why Your Voice is Unique

Posted on August 12, 2013

Feeling like you don’t have anything new to say can be a big hurdle when setting up your own blog. How are you supposed to create key content about the most important issues in your field without covering something someone else has already written about?

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