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Blog About What You Know (Or What You Can Find Out)

March 2nd, 2018

When I started the Comprehensive Writing Course I had aspirations of being a fiction writer, so to become a successful non-fiction blogger took me by surprise.

When it comes down to it, I guess the first lesson us new bloggers need to learn, is to write about what we know. That’s not to say we can’t explore other themes; but by starting off with a familiar subject it is far easier to research other established bloggers in our field of interest- to ensure we don’t duplicate their work. Researching allows us to spot new angles to write about popular subjects in our own style.

The next thing to decide on is how to publish our blogs. There are many apps and websites available, but getting followers can be difficult, especial in a crowded market. For me, I chose (rightly or wrongly) to approach a Gardening Company who encourages Customer Blogs, but who do not pay for writing unless you win blogger of the month. Here I was able to have an editor willing to publish my work so long as I followed their guidelines.  I was working full time, so was happy to write an article a month for free. Read the rest of this entry »

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Making Your Blogging Pay

September 1st, 2016

blog-18609326-blogFirst, thanks to Mike for last week’s lesson on writing the perfect limerick and I hope he’ll accept my apologies for having him down as ‘Steve’ for the first few days of the blog’s life. I’ve no excuse – just absent mindedness.

In a number of our courses we stress how important it now is for writers to make their presence felt online. If you don’t promote yourself, no one is going to do it for you – and one of the best ways of doing it is to write a blog. But it’s not just writers that can benefit from a blog. Lots of businesses, large and small, are using blogs as part of their social media mix to make the public feel that they are more ‘human and approachable’. How well this part of the exercise works, is another matter – one that I’m not going to go into today. Read the rest of this entry »

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Writer’s Block Can Pay Dividends!

July 26th, 2016

Chinese-hospital-room-in-a-private-hosptial-blogI normally don’t have any problem thinking up things to talk about in my blog posts. But this week, for some reason, I was really struggling. So I spent some time looking at writing-related topics on the internet and one interesting site came up: SmartBlogger.

In our Comprehensive Creative Writing Course we suggest that if you write you should seriously consider setting up a website to showcase your work or produce a regular blog. There are two (and probably many more) advantages to writing a blog: if you organise it properly it gets your name out there in front of people, and it also exercises your ‘writing muscle’, making you think creatively, and even giving you that push you need when other writing isn’t going too well. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tips To Increase Your Online Visibility

January 18th, 2016

Sneha_Profile-Pic-blogAre you struggling to maintain online visibility? Are you finding it difficult to reserve your time for online visibility? Here’s an answer to your worries. As a writer, it is very important to complete your scheduled assignments. Yet, it is also important to be visible online – by online, I mean that you should be visible on LinkedIn, WhatsApp Messenger and email. While juggling with writing assignments, you can revive past contacts through these social networks. How? Please read on.

LinkedIn –

  1. Regularly update your profile photo and resume.
  2. Publicize your freelance writing services during any ‘dry phase’: you should survey your contact list for individual entrepreneurs, business start-ups, SMEs or professionals who would need a Freelance Writer. Then, send a personalized yet business-like message to these individuals.

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Should You Be Blogging?

August 3rd, 2015

blogger-download-blogThis week’s video clip is from Meghan Ward, an American writer and editor. It’s only short and I know that what she says about blogging may seem inconclusive: if you enjoy it and feel you can do it well, then it’s a big asset; but if you don’t enjoy it, find other means of promoting your writing.

I agree entirely with this. If you’re comfortable getting into a routine and posting regularly, and you really have something interesting to say about your writing on a regular basis, then it’s a great way to promote yourself and your work. If you struggle with this then you’re perhaps better using other social media platforms to keep yourself in the public eye. Read the rest of this entry »

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