Why do I need self-hosted WordPress?

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If you’re a blogger and thinking about expanding your online presence or you want to start making money out of your blogging, then the decisions around WordPress and Blogspot are important. Today I thought I’d give you my tips on why I think WordPress.org wins hands down. Quick Definitions WordPress.org is a self-hosted platform. This […]

15% off at The Media Maid

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Would you like your blog to start the New Year with a fresh and up-to-date look? Get ready for 2015 then! For the next 2 weeks I am offering 15% off some of my services at The Media Maid. That’s 15% off my Blog Academy classes and 15% off WordPress.org makeovers. Click to read more […]

Free online photo editing tools

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Is your blog photo ready? I think it’s important to put effort in to how your photos look on your blog. For me, I always think about how I will use my photos across all of my social media channels when I write a blog post. Sometimes I use my phone to take photos (which […]

Facebook, you’re so strange

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I am still trying to work Facebook out. It drives me crazy some days. I use it a lot and it is useful for promoting my blog, but sometimes I can’t work out why some Facebook updates get a lot of attention and other days it does nothing for me. Over the weekend I shared […]

How to write on your blog every day

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  Somebody asked me the other day “How often do you blog?” I said “Every day.” Insert their surprised look. “Wow, you blog every day! How can you possibly do that? Don’t you run out of ideas?” … Did I tell you my blog turns 8 years old this month? That means I’ve done a […]

Why I like to read a sponsored post

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I’ve been thinking about this post for a while… but I wasn’t sure how it would come out, but here goes… I like to read a sponsored post. I really do. There is a good reason why I like to read a sponsored post written by another blogger. I know that from a blogger’s perspective […]

New blog/website designs by The Media Maid

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Hi! I haven’t been my usual blogging self lately because to tell you the truth, I have been having more fun designing and creating blogs for other people! Here’s a few of the latest creations. I am also finding so many new blogs to drool over. People are so clever… [click on images below to […]

5 tips to make your blog look pretty & new!

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1. Use a white background Creating as much white space as possible helps to showcase what really matters – your writing/photos! You want your readers to focus on your content. A white background presents your blog as fresh, clean and sophisticated. Busy backgrounds will hurt your blog (not to mention your eyes). Also, a patterned […]

How to get traffic to your blog using Instagram

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Photos are very popular on social networks. They tend to drive the most engagement on popular websites, such as Facebook and Twitter. However, Instagram is not like Facebook or Twitter where you can add a link to your comments to ask people to click to visit your website/blog, so you need to be a little […]

New blog/website designs

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Here are some new blogs/websites I’ve been working over on the last couple of weeks… Affordable Style Files. … Life Path Financial Planning (I didn’t do the artwork, just the layout/template hosted on WordPress). … The Builder’s Wife (still under maintenance, but almost ready to go, so stay tuned). … Mrs D plus 3. … […]

Security online + a giveaway

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A few months ago Trend Mirco contacted me and asked if I’d like to review their security product and coincidentally my current provider was about to expire. The Universe works in strange ways! The timing couldn’t have been better… I spend a lot of time online – surprise, surprise! I need to make sure my […]

I filmed a webinar yesterday

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I was lucky enough to head to News Limited in Sydney yesterday to film a webinar for Kidspot’s Voices of 2014. You might remember that I won this title in 2012 (when it was called Kidspot’s Top Blogger). Anyway, the competition has grown so much and now they are producing fancy per-recorded webinars in the […]

Help me out with a 60 second survey?

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Hi there! Thanks for popping in. Today I am asking for YOUR help! I have never done a survey on my blog before and I think it’s time I found out a bit more about YOU! I’d love to know what you like to read about, what you’re interested in, how old you are… The […]