We've all got our own way of approaching blog comments, both the ones we give and the ones we receive. Various people have written about this, and even more have written about it since I scheduled this post, but I thought I'd go ahead and toss out my own perspective. I remember a year or … Continue reading How do we comment?
This morning I happened to Google the title of my first book (Psych Meds Made Simple) and made some interesting discoveries. I had submitted the book to my city's public library and its local indie author program. I didn't hear back from them, and it wasn't something that I gave much thought to. But this … Continue reading You know you’ve made it big when…
Many online sources will tell you that you need to create an email list for your blog. But what if you just don't want to?
Normally I don't like talking about follower numbers, but 4000 is kind of a cool milestone, so I thought I'd mention some of the things I've learned along the way. One of the key things I've learned is just how skewed a metric follower numbers are. Sure, it's what we often end up focusing on … Continue reading Reflecting on a blogging milestone
A number of people have raised concerns lately about Tygpress.com posting bloggers' copyright content without permission. Here's a bit of detail from Tygpress.com.cutestat.com: This site is based in India. They registered their domain name through GoDaddy, but the site itself isn't on GoDaddy's servers. DigitalOcean is the Domain Name Server (DNS), which means their directory … Continue reading Blogging and Copyright
Recently a blogger left a comment on my post A grumpy guide to blogging etiquette regarding my statement that if someone leaves a comment on your post that disturbs you, you should go right ahead and delete it. This blogger said that deleting comments that went against your point of view was censorship. That's not … Continue reading Blog Comments and Censorship
First off, this isn't a post about how to make money blogging. It's more about the general idea of getting financial support within the mental health blogging community, and whether there are characteristics of the mental health community that will affect that. It'll be a bit choppy because I'm not sure I have anything coherent … Continue reading The Awkward Topic of Blogging & Money
Of course you don't need to have images to go with your posts. It's your blog and you should do whatever you want to do with it. I like to use images with my posts to add some visual interest, so in this post I'll go through my process for incorporating images into my blog. … Continue reading Using images in blog posts
I stopped doing blog award posts a while back, but decided to make an exception When Sophie of Girl vs. World nominated me for the Special Blogger Award, which is a brand new award that she has just created! Rules: 1.) Thank the blogger who nominated you 2.) Answer the questions you are asked (if … Continue reading Special Blogger Award
I started blogging in October 2017, so I've been blogging for just over a year and a half. While I try not to pay much attention to stats, I noticed a pattern last summer and I'm wondering if it will repeat this summer. I'm much less interested in the numbers themselves than in any patterns … Continue reading Are there seasonal changes in blog traffic?
There are plenty of tools available that can help to make your life easier as a writer/blogger. Whether you choose to use them or not, it's nice to know what's available. I was nominated a few days ago by Jenni from the Housewife Hustle for the Blogger Recognition Award, and part of that is that … Continue reading Useful Tools for Bloggers
I'm not normally keen on blog statistics, and try to avoid looking at them for the most part. They can offer some fascinating information, though. This posts is going to focus on the "Referrers" section of your stats, i.e. sites where people click on a link to go visit your site. I'm not going to … Continue reading Having fun with blog statistics
Let me start off by saying I don't entirely know what I'm talking about here, so I may get some things wrong. Oh well, such is life. WordPress is WordPress is WordPress, right? Well, no. There's actually a very big difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. With WordPress.com, you sign up for a plan (either free … Continue reading How many ways can you WordPress?
Blogging is all about writing and reading, right? Well, not necessarily. Of course there's nothing wrong with writing and reading, but just like a house tends to function better when it's neat and tidy, so does a blog. Devoting some time to blog housekeeping on a somewhat regular basis gives you a finely tuned blog … Continue reading Get out your duster – it’s blog housekeeping time!
Time for a quick followup to my request earlier this week for your input on the mental health benefits of blogging. I'm working on an article for Psychreg.org, but here's an overview of people's responses. I put on my pretend researcher hat and coded your responses, and here are some of the most common themes … Continue reading The therapeutic value of blogging