Why I Broke Up with The Huffington Post To Go Steady with Medium

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Dear Huffington Post, That’s it. I’m over you. I’ll still keep up with you on Facebook, but I’m not going to make an effort to give you my free and completely awesome content anymore.  You’re just not worth it.  Our relationship started off with so much excitement and promise, but now I’m just feeling frustrated and unappreciated. Medium treats me so much better than you do. So I’ve decided to break up with you and go steady with Medium. If you want to talk this over, you know how to reach me. And if you’ve forgotten my contact information, please … Read More

5 Tips and Tools for Editing Your Own Articles (without bugging friends and loved ones)

5 Tips and Tools for Editing Your Own Articles (without bugging friends and loved ones)

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We all love to ask our significant other to read and edit our work right? And there is nothing more satisfying than paying money to have someone make edits to our writing is there? Wrong. If you don’t like to ask favors, or your favor-givers have poor grammar and spelling skills, there are some great tricks you can use to edit your own writing that go beyond just reading it over and over. And over. The next time your article is ready for the chopping block, step away from it for a bit to let it breathe, and then go back … Read More

These 4 Public Speaking Lessons Will Improve Your Writing (and make speaking less scary than a reptile!)

These 4 Public Speaking Lessons Will Improve Your Writing (and make speaking less scary than a reptile!)

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Outside of immediate danger, there are not many things that invoke fear and anxiety in people more than public speaking. In fact, according to the 2016 Chapman University Survey of American Fears, the only “personal fear” ranked higher is that of reptiles. Even if you enjoy public speaking, nerves can still pervade. Will you communicate your point effectively? Will the audience connect with your message? Will you be standing all alone, forget everything you wanted to say, and have all of your vulnerabilities and insecurities exposed to a world ready to Tweet how dreadful you and your speaking skills are? … Read More

Balancing Brand Building with Submitting to Publications

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Like many writers who started off writing their own blog, I have been slowly navigating the online world, and trying to figure out my place in it. In 2014, after blogging consistently for nearly a year, I had some success with a blog post that went viral – 5000 views in a day, which was a lot relative to my small blog! I was so excited and started thinking about how I could expand the post into a book format, since it seemed that there was a lot of interest my topic. I started with an outline and quickly had … Read More

To The Blogger Who Wants To Get Published By Another Site But Doesn’t Know Where To Start

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  The good news is that you can get published. Really! When I first started submitting my writing, it was slow going because I felt like there wasn’t really a resource or a how-to manual. And I’m the type of person who likes to read the instructions twice and then re-read them. I struggled with questions like: Where should I submit my writing? Am I good enough for another site to publish my writing? Should I just keep all my good content for my personal blog? I wasn’t sure that submitting my writing was a smart move, but my personal blog only … Read More

A Newbie’s Guide to Writing for the Huffington Post

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about becoming a contributor to HuffPo, so I decided to write this guide that I hope will help others. A few disclaimers First, I am new to HuffPo. I can only write about my personal experience and what I have gleaned from reading about the experiences of others, so your results may vary. Second, in 2015, HuffPo changed its contributor platform. I’m on the new platform, but I’ve tried to educate myself about the legacy/old platform. There are some important differences between the new platform and the legacy platform.  I’ll explain those … Read More

How A Non-Human Leveled Up My Writing

How A Non-Human Leveled Up My Writing

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Some of the links on this site are affiliate links for products/services we think may be of interest to our readers. Beyond Your Blog is a participant in the ProWritingAid Program as well as other affiliate programs. Our full disclosure policy can be found here. Letting a computer program suggest non-spelling-related edits to my writing has never been something I have taken seriously. Much like Groundhog Day it seemed like a cute idea that would yield very little useable information. I was recently approached by the makers of an editing tool to try out their product and become an affiliate. Instead of trashing … Read More

11 Best Practice Tips for Bloggers: Transparency & Decorum

11 Best Practice Tips for Bloggers: Transparency & Decorum

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As a writer and editor, I have read and worked with a lot of online content. I’ve (constructively) rejected a lot, and I’ve published a lot of things that I love and don’t love. I have worked with both new writers and ones that have way more experience than myself. I love being an editor; it’s challenging, rewarding and I’m constantly learning something new. And it’s about a lot more than just learning how to use a semi-colon or where to break a paragraph. This list is based on my experiences with the other side of editing — the part that has … Read More

These 5 Sites With Huge Audiences Will Publish Your Writing Quickly (or Instantly!)

These 5 Sites With Huge Audiences Will Publish Your Writing Quickly (or Instantly!)

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8 months ago Olga Mecking wrote an article for Beyond Your Blog about 6 websites you could publish on immediately without editorial approval needed. Because this article was very popular among our readers, we decided to focus on even more sites that allow you to create an account and post work with little or no editorial delays. Here are five of them! Mogul reaching 18 million women worldwide “Mogul is an award-winning platform that enables women worldwide to connect, share information, and access knowledge from each other.” Posts that do well on this platform include “honest experiences about life, career, relationships, gender … Read More

Twelve Environmental Magazines That Pay Writers

12 Environmental Magazines That Pay Writers

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When you think of environmental essays, you probably think of intimidating places like National Geographic, Smithsonian, Orion, and other big name science magazines, but the environmental sector is more than scientific articles or heavy journalism. Whether you write about your hometown, healthy recipes, travel, or activities for kids, consider putting an environmental slant on your essay and send it to one of the following paying magazines. As of the publication date of this article, all listed publications offer PAID writing opportunities! Mother Earth Living With the tagline “Natural Home, Healthy Life,” this website focuses on green lifestyles. Topics include gardening, … Read More