Let A Professional Assist Growing Your Blog Outreach

This is another post from LinkedIn.  I’d love to network with my blog readers, so if you are on LinkedIn, reach out to me!

There is something magical about having a blog.  Like the diaries and journals that many of us had in childhood, there is something intensely cathartic about the reflection involved in writing about specific situations and life in general.  Better yet, as we get older, we find that in reaching out online we connect with others.

Then, it hits you…other people (other than your Mom) are reading what you write and are Another Hatchett Job, blog key, blogging, professional blogging, writingconnecting with it.  Your blog grows slowly, but it grows!  Soon, you have people waiting to see what you will share next.

Eventually, life happens and you aren’t able to focus as completely on your blog, you want (need) to take a vacation, you face an emergency or you just get busy.  Your blog suffers and readership growth grinds to a halt.  It happens to the best of us.

Continue here….

Have you ever written guest posts for another blog?

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10 Times You Need a Proofreader

As I am taking on new clients, I finally got some posts finished over at LinkedIn today and I wanted to share them with my blog friends as well.

Anyone can write, but not everyone can write really well.  And far fewer are the ones who book and glasses ccwrite really well and can effectively proofread their own work.  The truth is simple; it is far easier to proofread someone else’s work than to objectively work on your own.


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Life as a Writer

Another Hatchett Job, creative commons, Just Write ItThis “writing life” takes a bit of getting used to.  As a stay at home Mom to two sons (one has graduated from homeschool, the other will graduate from his college certificate program in December), I don’t really get to live by a totally set schedule.  Life gets bumpy sometimes and I am needed to perform various tasks that can change quite quickly sometimes.

Often, writing will seem to take a back seat.  Not that I am ignoring my blog or articles deliberately, as I always seem to have lots of ideas formenting around in my brain.  But, when I sit down to actually write, I often need to get several blog posts written, articles, and/or work on my new project of creating some e-books on DIY topics for Molly Green Magazine.  Some of these things have set deadlines, others are a bit more open ended, but all need to happen.

Not to mention that my oldest son is epileptic and can’t drive.  Younger son doesn’t have his drivers license yet, either, so I am a part time chauffeur.  My father also had a seizure and he is also needing rides to various places as well.  His time of needing rides from my Mother and me will end in a week or so, but we often support each other in various ways, which can be time consuming.

But, I need some creative time in my life to feel balanced.  I need to write.  I need to sew and craft.  It’s truly a NEED for me.

Now off to write….

How do you indulge your creative spirit?

Till next time,

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Another Hatchett Job, creative commons, NaBloPoMo, blog challengesOkay, I am seriously bummed that I just heard about this one today, 2 days after sign ups have stopped.  Many of you may have been aware of NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month challenge that I blogged about here.  But, apparently, I was quite unaware of another “NaMo” on the block.  NaBloPoMo is the National Blog Post Month challenge and it has been around for a few years.

Before my other blog crashed, I did a vlog challenge which required me to post a video blog post every day in March.  It took a lot of work, but I did get through it (relatively) unscathed.  I think that this challenge is what I need to get back in the swing of writing on a regular basis.  Unfortunately, I learned about it today and found that it is too late to sign on for this month.  But, it does look like they have other months that the challenge operates in, some with specific prompts and themes.  I might look into December.

If nothing else, it reminded me of those long lost videos, a few of which might be worth preserving here as a Blast From the Past post, as it were.

And it seriously brings up the fact that I have been quite remiss about posting on a regular basis.  Sorry.  I will try to do better!

Have you ever participated in a writing challenge?  Tell us in the comments below!

Till next time,

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Quick Quilt Finish

Another Hatchett Job, tied quilt, finish a quilt, charity quiltWhat do you get when you have a piece of cuddly fleece, some matching crochet thread, and a quilt top that was packed away in storage?  Hopefully, you end up with a lovely quilt gift or charity quilt for someone near and dear to your heart.

Something like this, perhaps.  This is how it all turned out.  The tutorial has been submitted to Molly Green Magazine, and I will link to it here as soon as it becomes available,Another Hatchett Job, tied quilt, charity quilt, quilt gift just in case someone would like to see it.

Have you been crafting lately?

Till next time,

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National Novel Writing Month

You’ve Another Hatchett Job blog, old books, stack of books, reading, frugal lifegot a book in ya!

That’s the idea behind the website for the National Novel Writing Month, affectionately known as NaNoWriMo.  Every year, in November, people embark on a journey to outline and write a complete draft of a 50,000 word novel in 30 days!

It is an exercise in pure, literary abandon.

And it is an absolutely intriguing idea.  I think this might even be the year that I buckle down and give it a shot.  I am more of an essayist (and poet) than a novelist, but shouldn’t every writer set out at least once to write the “Great American Novel?”  And while I am not planning to come to the level of The Great Gatsby (in my view, the quintessential, Great American Novel), it will be interesting to see if I have it in me to handle plot, characterization, and setting.  There is a reason I gravitated toward poetry and not short stories.  I do strong images.  Nothing very much happens during that strong, captured, moment-in-time, image. Another Hatchett Job blog, books, library, frugal life

Every book I have ever considered working on (and one that was partially written and lost during a horrible computer crash with no back up) was some sort of either non-fiction (big ol’ research paper, if you will) or personal essay piece.  Never once have I (the lover of all things prose) ever undertaken to write fiction.

But, why not?  The worst thing that can happen?  I enjoy writing as a hobby and have a completed (albeit of questionable quality) novel.  I can say I did it.  Maybe, just maybe, it will be editable into something worth sharing.  Maybe not.  It hasn’t cost me a dime and I will have gotten to rise to a new challenge in my writing skills.

I first learned of NaNoWriMo from Patrice Lewis’ blog, Rural Revolution.  She and at least one of her daughters have done it before and found the challenge to be a good one.  I wonder if I could get younger son to do it with me this year.  He might be more apt if it were writing a screenplay rather than a novel.

Another Hatchett Job blog, books, stack of books, cartoon books, frugal lifeI think this is a wonderful idea for homeschool students, creative teens and all those who have a story to tell in their hearts.  If you love to read, then you likely have absorbed enough good writing skills over the years to make this a reality for you.  Write a book that you would like to read.

Check out the website for NaNoWriMo.  They have loads of good stuff there including some good books to get you prepared for your journey.  I bet you could find some of them in your local library to save a little money, too.

So whaddaya say?  Wanna write a novel this November?

Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo?

Till next time,

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Guest Post at Molly Green Magazine Blog

Another Hatchett Job, Molly Green Magazine blog, salsa, canning, frugal ife, recipe, cookingHello all!  Today, I am over at the Molly Green blog with my new article all about canning fresh tomato salsa (even when you are out of fresh tomatoes).  My family thinks my salsa is the best and I hope your family will enjoy it also.

To read more about this tasty salsa, click here.

If you like this article, you may want to check out a FREE issue of Molly Green Magazine here.  It’s a limited time offer.  This is the magazine all about the home:  HOME Industry, HOMEkeeping, HOMEsteading, HOMEschooling.  Always great articles to be found.  With a paid subscription, you get access to a FREE store to sell your HOMEmade goods.  It’s a great deal!

Have you read Molly Green Magazine before?

Till next time,

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