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The Joy of Comments {Craft Your Blog}

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Since I’ve been thinking a lot about how to be a good neighbor with my fellow bloggers and about how I don’t want social media to be all about what I feel like I should do, I’ve been trying to figure out what it is that I actually enjoy about social. And that’s actually pretty easy: it’s the conversations. I ... Read More »

Taking the “Shoulds” Out of Social {Craft Your Blog}

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On the calendar for today I have a post called “The Least I Should Do,” which was supposed to be about making a plan for social media that becomes a kind of checklist of all the things you have to do when you finish a post (pinning to Pinterest, promoting on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.). But the more I tried ... Read More »

What I Learned Posting Every Day for a Month

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I don’t know if anyone even noticed, but I have written some kind of post for this blog every day this month. (I want to say that as “every day this year” because that sounds so much more impressive.) I didn’t really set out to do it, but it happened that the beginning of the month somehow went well so ... Read More »

The Day I Learned the Power of Social Media {Craft Your Blog}

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This story is not about this blog, it’s about one of my crafting sites, the knitting page at Craft Gossip. It’s basically a blog, where I write about what’s going on in the knitting world, share free patterns I like, occasionally do book reviews and have an almost-weekly giveaway of a knitting book or tool. This month I’ve been doing ... Read More »

Where Should You Be Online? {Craft Your Blog}

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Last week I said I was going to write something about promoting your blog, and the more I thought about it the more I realized it really needs to be a series of posts. And maybe I don’t know how to write them just yet. This is one of those “write what you want to know” moments, so if you ... Read More »

Blog Editing Tips, Part Two {Craft Your Blog}

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Last year I started a series called Craft Your Blog, in which I hoped to share writing and blogging advice, tools and tips that get me through my busy days of writing dailyish for three different websites. Last February I wrote a post called “Blog Editing Tips, Part One,” in which I talked about some of the sort of technical ... Read More »

10 Awesome Lessons from BlissDom

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“Awesome” seemed to be the adjective of choice at BlissDom, the giant blogging conference that happened last weekend in Dallas. There were reasons for that. Scott Stratten, the morning keynote on the first day of the conference, has a book called The Book of Business Awesome, which was given to all attendees. (Note: The FTC would like you to know ... Read More »

Blog Editing Tips, Part One {Craft Your Blog}

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I have worked for a lot of my professional life as an editor, but I know that editing your own stuff isn’t always easy and doesn’t come naturally to people who aren’t trained in the skill. But you can still polish your posts without too much trouble. I have so much to say on the subject I think this will ... Read More »

The Importance of Taking Breaks {Craft Your Blog}

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A blog post with the title “The Importance of Taking Breaks” could be about a lot of things, but in this case I’m writing specifically about the need to take a break from your writing before you edit it (and you are editing before you hit publish, right?). I will admit that, even though I spent several years working as ... Read More »

How to Be a More Efficient Blogger: Write Faster {Craft Your Blog}

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It’s ironic, but I’m trying to write this post fast. After a discussion with a friend and looking at what I got done (and didn’t) last year, and what I’d like to this year, I realized I’ve been letting myself remain unfocused and called it creative thinking when really I was reading blogs and trolling Facebook. So today I’m trying ... Read More »