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Is a Blog Like a Query Letter?

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Today’s post is the unofficial “part three” of the results from my poll.  I hadn’t planned this post, but the comments from last time inspired a new thought. In part one, we talked about how to help your blog readers find you.  And in part two, we discussed the things […]

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December 21, 2010

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Poll Answers: Part Two – What Makes People Avoid Blogs

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My last post highlighted ways a blog can serve its readership.  This post focuses on what not to do when designing a blog.  Some of the answers might surprise you. Once again, I want to thank all of you who voted in the polls, commented, and tweeted me with feedback.  […]

December 16, 2010

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Poll Answers: Part One – How People Access Blogs

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First of all, huge thanks to everyone who answered my poll questions last week about how you use blogs.  Hopefully, the high participation rate means the results will be helpful to all of us.  In fact, due to the abundant and informative feedback in comments and tweets, I’ll be dividing […]

December 14, 2010

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Can Blogging Train Your Muse?

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Should authors blog?  We’ve all seen this question in some form or another.  Some wonder if agents expect it.  (Not yet but close.) Others want to know if it will help build that elusive platform.  (It can.) But I propose another reason to blog: training your muse. My regular readers […]

December 9, 2010

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Poll: How Do You Use Blogs?

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Help!  I need you.  Don’t panic, I need only your answers on some polls.  I think these questions could help all bloggers understand how their readers are accessing and using their content, and I’ll share the results once the poll is done. For those of you reading this via email […]

December 7, 2010

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How to be a Twitter Ninja

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To prevent being overwhelmed by Twitter, one suggestion you’ll hear over and over is to use a program like TweetDeck to manage all those tweets by creating lists.  But did you know you can also use lists to become a Twitter Ninja? It’s true.  But before we get into the […]

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December 2, 2010

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How to Make Online Friends

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In my last post, I talked about the awesome and supportive writing community.  Based on the comments, a lot of people agree.  It’s great to have friends when you’re feeling up, down, or all alone.  But what if you’re not sure how to join that community? Thanks to Laurie London, […]

November 18, 2010

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What Are You Willing to Risk For Your Dream?

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I leave today for the RWA National Conference in Florida.  After weeks of planning, shopping, and packing, and after spending way too much money on  airfare and a new wardrobe (my usual Arizona t-shirt and shorts wouldn’t cut it at a professional conference), I find myself wondering if it’s all […]

July 27, 2010

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A Perfectionist’s Guide to Website Creation, Part Three

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In Part One, I covered the infrastructure of my website, and in Part Two, I touched on some of the ways I customized my website.  But the issue really comes down to why.  Why would I spend so much time being nitpicky and adding functionality that I won’t need until […]

July 19, 2010

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