Marketing: Why Bother Blogging at All?

Most of the people I know these days have a website. And most of them have a page on it called Blog. And almost all of them know they should be blogging. But are they? Not really, no. They pay various webby colleagues of mine to create beautiful websites for them which then lie fallow, dormant, unloved. There are quite a few challenges with regular blogging: What shall I write about? Who cares what I think? There’s so much noise on the internet already, do I want to be party of that? I’ve got nothing new to say. Dare I […]

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Blogging: Words That Resonate And Rankle

I love blogging and I love words, but some days I think the creative well has run dry. So I use a tip I learned from Michael Neill. I tell myself I’m not going to write today, I’m just going to open up WordPress. And before I know it, the piece is done. This tip can be applied to almost anything we think we don’t want to do. I’m not going to cut the grass, I’m just going to get the mower out. I’m not going to jog, I’m just going to put on my running shorts and trainers and stand […]

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New Year’s Intentions 2014

I’ve done a bit of thinking around my new year’s intentions for 2014. My list isn’t final or fully formed yet but some of my goals and dreams and plans are ready to be shared. It is my intention to blog every day during 2014. That’s 365 blog posts. That’s quite a tall order. I love blogging but am sporadic. However, I have written at 750words.com every day since 1st August 2012 and that’s 519 days straight. So I am simply switching from writing on their platform to writing on my own. Should be a breeze. To this end, I […]

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#LoveTheBoss: MD of Sark eMedia, Sarah Arrow

Hi Sarah, Lovely to see you here. Please introduce yourself. Hi, my name’s Sarah Arrow, and I’ve worked for myself all of my life. What I mean by that is that even when I was employed, I worked for myself; for my own goals and own satisfaction. I realised from a very early age that unless I worked hard and did what I enjoyed i.e. work for my own satisfaction, I was going to have a long and miserable working career. I’ve taken some roles in order to access education, others to access contacts and others for the ability to […]

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Blog Marketing: How Often Should I Blog?

Sixty percent of businesses have a business or company blog. 35% of those actively blog at least once a month and the remaining 65% haven’t updated their blog in one year or more. Oh dear. Is that you? In a film called Ghost Town, in which Ricky Gervais plays a dentist, one of his patients asks him “Doctor, should I floss?” and he replies “Only the teeth you want to keep”! Similarly, you need develop a blogging habit only if you want new clients and lots of lovely new business coming your way via your website. I’ve been blogging for […]

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Blogging And Other Challenges

I love blogging, me. And mostly I like a challenge too but I’m not sure about the handful of blogging and other challenges which have come my way lately and whether they are just normal, or whether I am to take some special meaning from them. Let me explain: We have been offline recently at one of my other websites while we deal with a legal challenge from a firm of lawyers who say their US-based clients have trademarked one of the words in our name. So we haven’t been blogging there for a number of weeks while we address […]

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Creative Napping

I’m about ten days into experimenting with creative napping. Here’s how it works. I get up whenever I feel like it in the morning and I motor through my list of intentions for the day until lunchtime or just beyond. At some point I force myself to stop working and go for a lie down. I might read or stroke the cat or have a little sleep or meditate, or all of the above. Whatever. I take a break in my day. Rather a long one. Up to four hours usually between 2 and 6 p.m. Very Mediterranean, me. Then […]

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Isn’t It Ironic?

Remember that song by Alanis Morissette?  The old joke is that none of her examples were irony at all, just coincidence. And perhaps it’s just coincidence too that since joining a writing class I’ve stopped doing my own very favourite sort of writing, blogging here every day. In my defence, there are two great reasons for this. A pre-requisite for the course was that we found an extra hour or two in the writer’s chair every day, seven days a week. How else are you going to call yourself a writer? How else are you going to get the practice […]

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One Busy Entrepreneurial Week: Inspiring, Uplifting, Empowering

A friend emailed me yesterday to say I’d been quiet in my various online groups, what was I up to? I wrote back a longish email explaining. I thought I’d share it as there’s some learning in here, mainly for me. I begin and end every day with journalling. I start in the morning by writing my daily 750 words on 750words.com. Then I follow this up with my Abundance journal which I have been writing for most, if not all, of 2012. I end the day with writing up my Pray Rain journal. At some point during the day […]

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How To Build Your Business And Boost Your Income By Blogging

Earlier this year, Marion Ryan and I road-tested a little theory we had. We believed we could take a dozen willing wannabe bloggers and turn them into more confident writers who could improve their web presence and their business results within the 29 days of February.   The pilot completed successfully and we’ve the testimonials to prove it. Better Bloggers enjoyed the community, the encouragement, the “kick and the cuddle”. They were amazed at how much content they could create with the accountability and a deadline and just how much knowledge and expertise we could share about how their websites worked and how […]

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