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Maternity Leave

14 Apr

Pregnant 38 WeeksThis baby is officially due Wednesdayif I haven’t had it already. You see, you’re reading this today, but I’m writing it a week early… just in case.

I wanted to let you to know that I’m going away for a little while, at least digitally.

You’ll still see the occasional updates from me on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, of course, but the blog is going to
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Why Blog?

20 May

Work Desk

“Why don’t you blog about it?” That was a common joke between my husband and me, long before my friend Geraldine (a.k.a. The Everywhereist) encouraged me to embark on this endeavor.

I thought back then (and often still do), that many blogs take themselves too seriously. Let’s face it: blogging is not exemplary journalism, literary excellence, or even (for most of us) our profession.

So, why blog?

It’s a valid question, and certainly one I scrutinized before jumping in. But I have to admit, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the results of this 1.5-year experiment, and that’s why I keep doing it.

If you’ve ever wondered, “What’s the point?”—or even considered trying it yourself—here are some benefits for three groups in particular.

Geraldine Pipe

And this would be The Everywhereist. Don’t let her fool you. She’s a smart cookie and a crazy-talented writer.

1. Writers

When was the last time you had regular, devoted time to write, when the topic was of your choosing, and you had an audience to hold you accountable? College maybe. Even then, I’m going to bet you wrote what you had to and not what you wanted to.

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So You Think You Can Freelance? Part 2: Ground Work

18 Feb

Stop! Don’t go any further unless you’ve read So You Think You Can Freelance? Part I: Mindset. If you have (and still want to know more), please proceed …

Photo courtesy of Ryan Swift, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Ryan Swift, Flickr Creative Commons

Welcome to the land of freelancing! I have a feeling you’ll be very happy here.

The bad news: First you’ll have to do all the tax and business license stuff. The good news: You pretty much only have to do it once (or once in a blue moon).

So let’s get the housekeeping out of the way, shall we?

What’s in a name?

First, think of name for your enterprise. Try to keep it general enough that you can expand into other areas without pigeon holing yourself.

You’ll also want to do Google and USPTO trademark searches to pick a business name that’s not already taken and unique enough to register a Web domain, which we’ll get to shortly.

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15 Things I Learned From My First Year on Twitter

7 Jan
"Twitter Bird in Read Life" by Scott Hampson, Flickr Creative Commons

“Twitter Bird in Read Life” by Scott Hampson, Flickr Creative Commons

I recently reached 200+ followers after a year on Twitter. I’m not sure what grade I’d get for that. (Solid C, perhaps?) To be honest, there’s still a good deal I don’t understand about Twitter and how other people use it.

All I can tell you is how I’ve used it and what I’ve learned, in case you’re also interested in taking it for a test flight.

Have anything to add? Still thoroughly confused? Let me know, and I’ll re-tweak (not to be confused with retweet).

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