Happy Hogmanay – guest post – author Helen Fairfax

Happy Hogmanay – guest post – author Helen Fairfax

New Romantics Press

I hope you will all be staying up until past midnight to welcome in the new year. In our house my husband Dave leaves by the front door well before the first stroke of midnight carrying a a silver coin, bread, salt, coal, evergreen, and a wee dram, which represent financial prosperity, food, flavour, warmth, long-life, and good cheer.  2017-11-02 10.15.57When I was growing up in Scotland it was considered bad form to go to bed before midnight and I still adhere to that. Nowadays, church bells are usually drowned out by fireworks, and the chimes of Big Ben on the television. However, I still view Hogmanay as a time for reflection and contemplation when we raise a glass to absent friends, and then stride forward into the new year with hope and optimism. I’m not a great one for new year resolutions, I’m usually happy to settle for love…

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10 Tips for New Bloggers

10 Tips for New Bloggers

Alexis Chateau

Blogs first became popular when I was only a teen. At the time, most of us treated blogs like online journals to openly share mundane activities, or anonymously post our deepest and darkest secrets. Since then, blogs have grown to become much more – whether it’s big corporations handing out advice, or explorers sharing their stories from around the world.

With so many blogs, and so many endless possibilities when you start your own, it’s difficult to know where to start, how to start, who to start with, and how to move forward – and that’s fine. We were all there once.

So here are ten tips for the newbies in the blogging world.

1. Choose your Platform

I use WordPress to host this blog, and stand by it as the best blog hosting platform online. Of course, I haven’t tried them all, but I’ve tried my fair share over the years. Prior…

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5 Awful Mistakes Bloggers Make

5 Awful Mistakes Bloggers Make

Alexis Chateau

Blogging isn’t rocket science, but it can certainly start to feel like it, as you struggle to find the magic formula that takes you from a handful of subscribers to hundreds of thousands. The truth is: there is no magic formula. Building a blog takes a lot of time, effort, creativity, and even capital investment. It doesn’t just become a success overnight.

Even so, there are some awful mistakes many new bloggers make that can turn attracting and keeping followers into an ordeal. If you’re not guilty of these, then you’re likely already on the right track. If not, it might just be time for a change.

Disrespecting Readers

There will always be a handful of readers – or more – who disagree with the opinions you put forward on your blog. There will also be trolls who come along looking for anything to disagree with, just for the hell of it.

While…

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