Archive | July 2017

Trending Now… Millennials and Mental Health

Peace from Panic

“Mom, you wouldn’t believe how many people my age talk about mental health,” my oldest daughter, Mackenzie said. “It’s not a taboo subject anymore. I know a lot of people at work and friends outside of work who see therapists or take medication for anxiety and depression.”

Really? I couldn’t hide my smile. Not that I want them to be dealing with mental illness. But I’m glad they’re not afraid to bring up the subject.

My experience growing up was completely the opposite. I felt alone. My panic attacks  began when I was ten. I kept it a secret. I didn’t want to be thought of as strange or different. I didn’t reach out for medical help until my early 30s.

Mackenzie is 24 years old. She graduated college three years ago and started working at a great company. She loves her job, and is happy living on her own…

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What To Do When One Of Your Blog Posts Is Reblogged #bloggingtips

Hugh's Views & News  

One the nicest things another blogger can do is to share one or more of our blog posts. I remember when one of my posts was reblogged for the first time. As a new blogger, it was one of the most wonderful feelings I had, and I was excited that my post was now in front of thousands of new readers. Even today, I still get those same feelings whenever one of my posts is reblogged.

Unless you’ve chosen to turn off all your WordPress notifications, then you will get an email notification from WordPress when one of your posts is reblogged. It will tell you the following information –

  • which post has been reblogged
  • who has reblogged it
  • the number of followers the post has been reblogged to

Here’s an example of a recent reblog notification I received.

#bloggingtips #blogging #WordPress A WordPress Notification Of A Reblog

WordPress also notify you of…

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This entry was posted on July 19, 2017. 6 Comments

Neil Diamond #SweetCaroline #RRBC


We are old but not that old just yet! Last Friday we attended a Neil Diamond Concert in Wichita, KS. He had last played there in 1967, and this time he was celebrating his 50th Anniversary Tour (since his music began). Amazing that he is pushing age 80, yet he can entertain quite well. Our picture above played on the Jumbo-Tron, and yeah, this was part of our 25th wedding anniversary events. 


Pre-concert –  signage of Forever in Blue Jeans 50th 


It boggles my mind to even try and imagine a real diamond of this size!


As you can see, we had pretty decent seats and I just want to shout it out that his music was delightful! If you like his music, poetry, lyrics, guitar licks, etc. try to catch one of his shows on this tour. A memorable experience!

How Writers Should Handle Bad Reviews

A Writer's Path

by Lev Raphael

Don’t tweet that the reviewer is an absolute moron who deserves exile to Chechnya or at least a lifetime of bad sex and lukewarm meals. It’ll only make you seem nutty, and most people won’t know about the review until you tell them anyway.

Don’t make snarky, veiled remarks about this reviewer when you’re interviewed, because sulking and bitterness will just end up making you come off as a crank who should get a life or see a shrink.

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7 Steps to a User-Friendly Blog

Myths of the Mirror

This isn’t a new topic, but it seems worth a mention every now and then within the WordPress blog community. I love connecting with other bloggers and occasionally a website makes that hard if not impossible to do. Here are a few tips. 🙂

Definitely take a look at these if:

  • You are leaving likes and comments on other blogs and not getting return visits.
  • Everyone likes your old posts and seems to ignore your recent posts.
  • You’ve changed your blog address at any time (WP may still be directing your readers to the old deleted site!)

1. Make sure your links to your site are working. Unfortunately, this isn’t handled in just one place:

  • In your blog profile: Go to WP Admin – Users – My Profile. At the bottom of the page, make sure your website address is correct.
  • In your gravatar: Go to WP Admin – Users…

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This entry was posted on July 18, 2017. 1 Comment

Quick How-To: add bold and italic text to your Amazon book description

Ana Spoke, author

I’ve promised a hurricane of activity leading up to my Literary Speed Dating date on 24 June, and one of them is updating book blurbs. Content is king, of course, but even a king could benefit from a little mascara. Just ask Johnny Depp.

So, speaking of using the equivalent of a Kohl pencil to give your book description that extra impact, have a look at Shizzle, Inc’s updated book blurb. What do you think? Have you always wanted to bold the hell out of your tagline but never knew how to do it? I have good news – it’s easy.

As it turns out, KDP’s supports some HTML for book descriptions. I’ve only used bold and italic so far, but it’s good to know where to go for reference if I ever want to add a horizontal line or something else fancy. If you’ve come across a beautifully composed book…

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Learn how to make your Amazon description stand out

Jean's Writing

It’s important for a book description to grab the reader.

So make your text stand out using bold or italics wording.    

Even if you’re not familiar with HTML, I’ve found a blog post that makes the process easy to understand. All you need to do is open and close the text with codes for Bold <b> or italics <i>.

Check out this quick tutorial and see if it helps you.

Quick How-To: add bold and italic text to your Amazon book description

Now go and update that book blurb.

Did it work?

Do you think we need to use special formatting for our descriptions?

Talk to me, I love your comments.

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