I have been busy adding to my revamped blog KJ Takes a Blog which now concentrates on writing for an online audience. I work full time as a freelancer producing content for small and large businesses – I won’t go into name dropping – and the needs of businesses and individuals vary greatly. For this reason have been trying to give some very broad advice, some applicable for businesses writing for themselves, and others for people just looking to get into blogging.
Strange that I would take a break from writing to do some more writing but I don’t get to ‘speak’ to everyone on Twitter and Facebook as often as i should like. But I do have some great news as I am starting on a new novel which should be a lot of fun to write. Because I am writing so much these days I should be over to knock it over pretty quickly, or maybe not.
OK, so to bring some hype for it straight away it will be called:
Run for the Hills (Working Title)
I am delighted to say that my engagement has hit one year today so I wanted to say a big happy anniversary to us, and also post a few romantic shots for Rachelyn, my fiance. She is someone that encourages me to do more, be more, and see more. Here are a couple of shots to say ‘I Love You’, and I can’t shout it from the rooftops or the neighbors will get mad, but I can tweet our love and ‘like’ it on Facebook too!
My Anniversary Message for Rachel:
At the moment I have been working really hard with my business to get it all up and off the ground and I am happy to have little refuges like this among my network of sites. I do a lot of article writing and other copy writing work for my bread and butter these days as well as general photography, but it is so nice to have these places that are truly your own.
This website has grown from something made out of old school HTML only to what it is now, with two blogs and a network of sites as well as an up and coming partner site that is in development called Art Auctions. If you are a busy person like me and run your own business I find that some times you keep pushing yourself and don’t take time to enjoy the things you have built.
I have finally started to use my old blog, KJ Takes a Blog for something useful again! It will now be my main depository of useful blogging knowledge! I started out not knowing anything about writing online and have now progressed to a point where I can help others share their thoughts, feelings, ideas and creativity online.
If you are busy producing art at home you are probably looking at ways to present it to an audience. unfortunately, not many of us get the chance (or can afford) to display in a gallery. No worries though, because this was the old way of displaying art and you will have a much wider and appreciative audience online!
It seems that there is another new Internet fad that is taking off quickly to make the web even smaller. Yes, smaller, because every new, large site kills off hundred of unique, smaller sites. All of these websites (like Facebook and Twitter) run on the same premise:
Users must create all of the content.
The problem with this is where does this content really come from?
There are many personal sites sharing art and photography online; but, most of them do not sell any of their works. This is usually because it is a tough market to crack and when you are starting out it is the last thing on your mind. I am a firm believer in concentrating on the art first and the selling second because no-one is going to buy art and photography unless it speaks to them.
Many blog writers rely on stale ‘top ten’ articles to draw in readers, writing out a few words and filling out the rest of the article with a list of their top choices. While this seems like a good idea to gain readership you will find that many top ten articles are quite padded out with items. You will perhaps get an immediate response to writing top ten articles but if you are relying on only these types of articles you will find your writing will start to make your site or blog very repetitive.
I have been publishing poetry online for a number of years now so I thought it would be a great time to celebrate the new site by sharing some insights. While many of you love to write and read poetry there are some tips that will bring your poetry a bigger audience and even give you a chance to put your own book together. In fact, all of my poetry audience is online as a ‘poet on the page’ but there are also opportunities for performance poets as well.