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WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

I’ve posted about the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org before but wanted to share this wonderful infographic. I’ll be teaching Blogging 101 at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto beginning this Wednesday for four weeks. Join me! The class will be small, so everyone will get to workshop two blog posts each week.

 

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The Importance of Blogging Buddies

The hardest part about being away from blogging for a while (like I have been this past summer) is the fear that once you start blogging again, no one will read your posts. Your regular readers will think you no longer blog (which was true for a while), so they won’t think to check your […]

Writerland News and Updates

1. WordPress

I have finally moved my entire website into WordPress, so I can update it regularly, and I’m very excited about that! I’ll be posting latest news and events on the Home page and upcoming classes on the Classes page.

2. MailChimp

I’ve also moved the Writerland blog subscription from Feedburner to MailChimp, […]

What Makes a Great Blog?

When I teach Blogging for Beginners at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, we get everyone’s blogs set up, but that’s the easy part. Learning how to use WordPress, Blogger, or SquareSpace will get your blog online, but it won’t make you a great blogger. Great blogs have five things in common—quality design, great content, clear […]

Blogging Classes Start Next Week!

A quick announcement to let everyone know that TODAY is the last day to get the early bird discount for Blogging for Beginners, which starts next Monday, June 22, at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. After today, tuition goes up $25, but you can still enroll right up until the minute class starts (but […]

10 Things You Should Take to Every Writers Conference

Photo by Glen Euloth courtesy of Creative Commons

 

I thought I was so prepared at AWP 15 this year, but there were a few essentials I didn’t take that would have made my conference run much smoother:

1. Business cards

I can’t emphasize enough how much you should take a stack of business […]

Edit Yourself, Advanced Blogging, Bay Area Book Festival, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

A few announcements: This week I have two classes open for registration—a six-week Advanced Blogging Workshop and a one-day Edit Yourself workshop. Also, in early June I’ll be teaching a one-day Successful Blogging class at Book Passage in Corte Madera (see below) and participating in a panel about writing communities at the Bay Area Book […]

7 Reasons I’m Thankful for You

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Whether your day will be filled with turkey or Tofurkey, au gratin potatoes or gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin pie (mine will be filled with both), I wish everyone a wonderful time eating, relaxing and spending time with family and friends this weekend.

Photo courtesy of Julie via Creative Commons

And now, a […]

Is Social Media a Waste of Time for Writers?

Photo courtesy of Will Lion via Creative Commons

In response an article in Creative Nonfiction titled “Platforms” Are Overrated, SheWrites Press publisher Brooke Warner wrote a great post titled Your Author Platform is Not Your Social Media Following. The quick summary of Brooke’s post is that social media is just one piece of the […]

10 Reasons to Start Blogging

Every now and then you read a gloom and doom post about blogging like “Is blogging dead?” or “Where are all the bloggers?” Blogging is far from dead. Some people who were blogging five days a week four years ago may have slowed down or quit because they got burned out, and there’s no question […]