NoClue: Pinterest, Part 2

A few weeks ago I started a quest to figure out Pinterest as a function of my writer’s platform (see? right here). That quest is nowhere near completed, but I have learned a lot, and the point of this blog is to share what I learn.  Continue reading “NoClue: Pinterest, Part 2”

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Reading to Write

I had a lovely person comment over the weekend and remind me of something fairly important to the writing process: reading. It’s one of those things that everyone “knows”, but then it’s so easy to get caught up in other parts of writing and platform and whatever else that the first love of reading gets sidelined. Reading Continue reading “Reading to Write”

NoClue: Paid versus Not

I know, I said I’d work on figuring out Pinterest as a writing platform. And I am. I converted it to a business account (still figuring out the details on that one), and I’m making an effort to pin more regularly. But when I tried to incorporate some of the things that business accounts have as features, I ran into a little snag. Continue reading “NoClue: Paid versus Not”

Wednesdays are Supposed to be About Writing

Wednesdays are supposed to be about writing, but I’m not exactly sure how to approach that general topic in a way that will make this blog something worth reading. The point of this blog is to help myself (and others) figure out how to make a viable writer’s platform. That’s for Saturday’s post. Continue reading “Wednesdays are Supposed to be About Writing”

No Clue: Pinterest, part 1

I’ve used Pinterest for a while now, because it’s fun looking at pretty pictures of what life could be like if I had more money. Slightly depressing, granted, but still fun, and it helps me organize my life and keep track of my goals for the future. That’s for me. It turns out that Pinterest also works as a tool for writing, and particularly for building a writing platform. Continue reading “No Clue: Pinterest, part 1”

The Perfect Hook

I have no idea how to write the perfect hook, or even how to write one at all. In my experience, either the first line comes out interesting or it doesn’t, and gently tweaking it doesn’t seem to change which one of those it resembles more. Since the hook is one of the most important if not the most important part of the book, this can be kind of unnerving. Continue reading “The Perfect Hook”

No Clue: Image Choices

This week has not been kind to my sleep schedule, and it’s not even over yet. Which doesn’t make it a bad week, but it does mean I’m exhausted and I’m determined to conserve a little energy for the activities I have left, so this post will be short.

I’ve been reading about how to choose images for blog posts. Well, skimming, and only the top choices that come up on a Google search. (I am lazy, and while I’m a little ashamed of my lack of effort concerning research I am honest and I did say this would be a short post.) What I learned can be summarized in a brief list.

1. In today’s highly visual society, it’s a really good idea to have photos for posts.

2. It has to be a photo you can legally use.

3. It is better not to have a picture at all than use one that has nothing to do with the post at hand. It can be a stretch, but it has to have some relevance, even if you have to splice in an awkward reference somewhere.

4. Not generic, because that’s boring and like #3 would actually hurt the blog post by including it.

5. Don’t go too big. Again, make sure it’s relevant and not just a really big picture of a spectacular scene that will take forever to load and makes the blog look weird.

Well, I can honestly say I have not been considering most of the items on that list. But I want to improve my blog. I guess I’ll be working on this for a while.

Originally I was going to use a picture of a kitten with a flower crown for this post because it was cute, but that didn’t have anything to do with my post at all (aside from being an object lesson in terms of irrelevance to the topic at hand). So, to that end, this blog post has no picture because I just couldn’t find one that, to my mind, had any relevance to the topic at hand. I’ll have to practice inserting little quips and references and things into my posts in the future, but for today, this is enough.

Here’s the sites I got most of my information from on my quest.

http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/blog-post-image-selection

http://www.blogtyrant.com/blog-images/