Today’s Featured Blog is…Pamela D. Beverly!!

Pamela D. Beverly

2012 Book Fair

Image Credit: Virginia Festival of the Book

Yesterday I participated in a local book festival.

Can’t get those six hours back.

A big goose egg.

Zero.

Nada.

Zilch.

And no, the photo above is not from the book festival I was a part of yesterday although I did attend that festival about five years ago.

At yesterday’s festival, there were probably more author and vendors than customers. And from what I could see from my table, those that were there weren’t buying much. Those authors lucky enough to have any sales seemed to be children’s authors.

Is it the demographic? I’m wondering. The genre? I don’t know.

Do you?

Or is just basically a crapshoot?

The hours I spent writing, editing, proofreading, having my manuscript proofread, edited, formatted, deciding on a cover design, working on my blog, marketing.

Spending money.

Lots of moo-lah.

Why? What’s my motivation?

I’m starting to wonder ’cause this…

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5 DIY Jewelry Cleaning Hacks

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Do you have that one pair of earrings you wore so much that they got tarnished and you just didn’t know how to clean? Bust them out and open your pantry because we have a quick and inexpensive fix. These DIY’s will literally take you minutes and won’t cost you an extra penny!

1. Tomato ketchup acts as a great household silver and sterling silver jewelry cleaner. because of the natural acids present in it.

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Just take the silver accessory, place it in a small bowl of ketchup, roll it around a bit for 5-10 minutes, remove from the ketchup, and clean the crevices with a toothpick. Voila! Say goodbye to the tarnished silver.

2. Aluminum foil, dish detergent, and baking soda bring the sheen back to hard stones like diamonds or crystal rhinestones, and platinum jewelry.

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Take a bowl and line it with a square of aluminum foil. Then pour the salt, baking…

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Inferiority Complex

Inferiority complex is so common that most people don’t realise they have it. If you feel like you’re not ‘good enough’, come and take a read.

Source: Inferiority Complex

Sick again and another ER visit.

Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

Every time I eat I get sick from both ends. Trying to eat the least upsetting food for my stomach. I was dehydrated and had to go to ER. They couldn’t tell if it was from the new meds (started right after) or a bug. Either way it has been over a week now and I still am sick after eating.

Mentally I am sick as well. Between the two I am in bed all the time and sleeping.  I sleep at least 16 hours every day. Went to psyche nurse today and she is adding an older anti-depressant to my cocktail. Though I have to wait since what she ordered doesn’t come in that size and they have to order it anyhow.

I am so sick and tired of this. I am suffering physically and mentally and still having trouble with my cognizance. Typing is a real trial and…

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Danny’s World: A Few Blogging Tips

Danny's iphone 022It has been quite some time since I posted anything about blogging tips so I thought I would take a few moments and answer some common blogging questions I get via email. Here goes:

Tags – More Isn’t Better!

Some of you don’t know that WordPress limits tags to 15 including a category designation.  If you use 16+ tags it’s like using zero.  Don’t use more than 15.

I think I write good content, but why do people not seem to want to engage with my page?

There is no hard, fast rule here.  I have 2 basic principles based on other pages I have followed to help you with this: 1. post content which appeals to the masses, or 2. write specific content which appeals to a specific group of people of which there are considerable numbers.  I’m not sure where I fall in this paradigm, but I believe I would be more along the lines of option 1.  With that said I follow a page called Lucky Otter’s Haven which appeals to people dealing with narcissistic relationships.  The content is incredibly informative and Otter gets a ton of views each month.   Regardless, your content still must be helpful, informative and high-quality.  

How do I grow quickly?

For those of you who do not want to wait you must be willing to reach in to the change purse.  The route to fast growth is to operate a self-hosted blog, use Google Adwords, practice incredible SEO tactics and advertise on higher volume blogs.  Then, connect your page to every possible social media site and be active.  Then (and probably more important than any of the previous stuff) you must produce relevant, helpful, quality content.

Why don’t you visit my page more often?

I get this question a couple times per month.  The truth of the matter is I try to get to every blogger’s page who follows me.  But even if I could read 100 blogs per day, it would still take me over 3 months to read every page.  This brings me to a tip on engaging with your readers…Each day I visit 50 pages and I select those pages directly from my notifications.  I recommend you use this tactic as well.  After all, it is a good practice to engage deeply with those who are choosing to comment and like your posts. Then engage with those bloggers who you follow in Reader.  If you use these 2 tactics you should be able to cover a lot of ground and do so efficiently.

What can I do if people are not commenting and liking my posts?

There are many reasons why we blog.  Some do so to vent and purge.  Others want to make an impact on the world.  Some people want to display their poetry.  Etc, etc, etc.  But we are all here to have others look at our stuff.  If this were not the case then we could simply keep a journal in a notebook instead of displaying it for the world to see.  If you want people to comment and like your content, then you need to write content worthy of receiving a comment or like.  I think a lot of people miss this simple point: people are under zero obligation to read anything a blogger writes.  They are under zero obligation to engage or care.  The blogger must give people a reason to care; a reason to engage.  You must be unique.  You must be profound. You must be informative.  You must be engaging.  You must be creative.  If you are not one or all of these things then you are…….INVISIBLE.  Getting people to your page is easy. Keeping them coming back is not.  Getting them to engage is nearly impossible in a crowded digital world.

 

Last, but not least, remember this one point…

…blogging is a verb.  Blogging is all about interaction.  When I first started blogging I thought I would write great content, hit publish and people would flock to my page to read my wonderful views on the world.  The truth is blogging is action.  In order to get comments, you must comment.  In order to get LIKEs, you must first LIKE.  In order to get interaction, you must first interact.  If you sit back and wait, you will spend your whole life waiting.  Get active.

 

I hope this helps a little.  If you have any questions for me you can always contact me through the contact page here.  Have a great Tuesday!!

Havana Heat Has Entered A Writing Competition & You Can Read It For Free! #amreading #romance #free

Kim Knight_ The Author

Okay guys, call me crazy. Some of my author friends out there may read this and think, Kim we don’t write for free, what is wrong with you?! Yes, true and I agree. But I saw this as an opportunity that came knocking at my door, I never looked for it it found me. Also I think it’s a cool way to introduce you guys and other readers to my Romance Set in Paradise series… I was contacted personally this week by someone who works for a publisher, a random email  popped up from a lady who works there. Apparently my excerpts and writing I’ve posted online here caught their eye. She encouraged me to enter their writing competition,with a chance to win a publishing deal! I was so taken back, flattered and excited.  How could I say no with so many benefits that out weight the fact that my…

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Hope Will Come

Diary of a Recovering Codependent

I have been reflecting a lot this week on one of my favorite promises from God, Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

A few years ago I was thrown into a period of hopelessness. A place of despair so deep that I could not see any reason to hope for anything. My dreams smashed beyond anything I could have ever imagine. I know that sometimes our dreams and hopes and expectations are broken or changed or even disappointing but to me, mine were obliterated with such a violent force it felt physical in my heart. Does that make sense? It was a time on my knees, pleading with God just to let it all end.

I spoke to my counselor and told him I had…

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Please come check out my new weight loss blog, follow me while I try to shed the pounds

Therapy Bits

I am working really hard at losing weight. I want to shed the pounds so badly!
I have made a new blog just for talking about weight loss related issues, like recipes, counting calories, emotional eating, coping while on a nutrition plan, how much I weigh, stats etc.
Please come join me over at
http://irishgirllosingweight.wordpress.com/

I’d be so grateful as I could use all the encouragement I can get!
thanks guys,

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