Are You The One That Got Away? – 7 Ways Bloggers Lose Connections With Readers

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It’s a common scenario. Two people exchange “goo-goo eyes” on a crowded train as a way of casual flirting, before they exit at their respective stops. Or a shy guy hesitates to get the phone number of a cute girl he chats with while in line at a local StarBucks. Then that window of opportunity closes forever. Chance encounters can be the start of something beautiful; unless we fail to seize the opportunities. It’s why Craigslist and other forums run popular classifieds known as “Missed Connections” listings daily, and find many eager readers. But, as bloggers, we are left to … Read More

What Happened While Beyond Your Blog Was Gone?

What Happened While Beyond Your Blog Was Gone?

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A lot happened while we were on hiatus. Watch this video for a quick recap! Referenced Links: Write for Beyond Your Blog Thrive Global Write for Scary Mommy Listen To Your Mother Regional Parenting Magazine Writers Writing The Personal Essay 101: Fundamentals – course instructor Estelle Erasmus

How Im Breaking The Freelance Feast Or Famine Cycle This Year and you can too by Jennifer Brown Banks for Beyond Your Blog

How I’m Breaking The Freelance Feast Or Famine Cycle This Year (and you can too)

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The feast or famine cycle is real for far too many writers. Here’s a familiar storyline: in May, your freelance income affords you enough revenue to finally rock a Gucci designer handbag. Come June, and you’re trying to sell that pretty purse on Ebay to pay the rent. Truth be told, there are more fluctuations in this business than in the stock market. And to make matters worse, sporadic income can lead to stress. Stress can cause writer’s block. No output means no income. And if you’re not producing, you definitely won’t be very profitable. Which leads to more stress! … Read More

20 Christian Websites Accepting Writing From Women - KateMotaung for Beyond Your Blog

20 Christian Websites Accepting Writing From Women‏

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Are you a Christian woman looking for a place to submit your writing? Below you’ll find twenty different sites that are open to receiving your submissions. Those with known paying opportunities at the time of publication have been indicated. Christian Courier is a Canadian bi-weekly publication serving North American Christians whose “content is an eclectic boutique of styles, opinions and flavors from a Reformed perspective…. with thoughtful response to the stories, issues and trends of today.” Payment details can be found in their submission guidelines. (PAID) (in)courage is a Dayspring ministry, and they call themselves “a home for the hearts of women.” … Read More

Tiny Changes Writers Can Make To Dramatically Impact Getting Paid And Published - With Ashley Trexler - Beyond Your Blog Episode 92

BYB 092: Tiny Changes Writers Can Make To Dramatically Impact Getting Paid And Published – With Ashley Trexler

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We’ve all spent mass amounts of time and effort trying to improve our writing, pitching and business knowledge around freelance writing. In this episode we are concentrating on the little things you can do today that will have a major impact on things like your acceptance rate and the benefits you see after your work goes live on another publication. Author of “How To Get Your Parenting Writing Paid And Published On Authority Sites”, Ashley Trexler, joins me to share the little tweaks you can make that will have a massive impact on your freelance writing success. Don’t forget to sign up for Ashley’s … Read More

I Don't Want A Platform - Beyond Your Blog

I Don’t Want A Platform

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I’m going to share the best advice a boss ever gave me. But before I do that, you need the context of a little back story. Last summer, I wrote a book: a memoir about the crazy adoption road we’ve traveled. After I wrote the book, I wrote a book proposal and started reaching out to agents. Recently, one such agent asked to see sample chapters. In doing so, she asked me about my numbers and my “platform.” Essentially, she wanted to know my sphere of influence. How many Twitters followers do I have? (None. I don’t have Twitter.) How … Read More

7 Steps to Create a Killer Blog Post for Your Business - on Beyond Your Blog

7 Steps to Create a Killer Blog Post for Your Business

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Blogging can be intimidating for someone who has never done it or doesn’t like to write. Blogs, however, are becoming more important for businesses as they are trying to establish themselves in an online world that is full of market noise. Differentiating your business has never been more challenging. I am here to tell you; blogging does not have to be intimidating or difficult. Start with these few simple guidelines and take the stress out of one of your biggest marketing tools. 1. Begin with “How will this help my audience?” When planning your next blog, start with your customer. … Read More

How-To Tips For Blog Buttons - on Beyond Your Blog

How-To Tips For Blog Buttons

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When I first started blogging, I kept seeing the phrase “grab my button” on different blogs. I had absolutely no idea what that meant, and it took me a while to figure the whole thing out. Have you wondered, also? A blog button is essentially an image or “badge” which links back to a website when it is clicked. Before the explosion of social media, bloggers commonly published blog buttons as a way of showing support for other websites. Although there are many ways of doing this now, a clickable blog button graphic can still be quite useful. In order to … Read More

6 Ways to Blog More Efficiently with Batching - By Ashley Brooks For Beyond Your Blog

6 Ways to Blog More Efficiently with Batching

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Blogging can be a game-changer when it comes to your content strategy and website traffic—but writing a blog post isn’t exactly quick and easy. Blogging includes a lot of moving pieces that non-bloggers don’t think about: planning post ideas, creating graphics, promoting on social media, and of course, actually writing the post! Add it all up, and you’re looking at hours working on your blog each week. Blogging will always be a time commitment, but there’s one strategy I use to blog more efficiently: batching. What is batching? Batching is a productivity hack that helps you use your time more efficiently by … Read More

Do THIS If You Are Thinking Of Quitting You Blog - on Beyond Your Blog

Do THIS If You Are Thinking Of Quitting Your Blog

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A few years ago I started a personal blog combining humor with parenting topics. I’d post once every week or two and was dipping my toe in the waters of social media and online communities as I went. Four months into blogging I was over it for several reasons. Only a few people read my blog, and most of them I knew IRL on a first name basis. I thought there was a likely possibility that bad writing was the reason I had no readers, but I had no way to test that theory. My social media following was anemic at … Read More