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Why Google Hangouts might be better than Skype

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 by Alexandra Campbell

Personally, I'd call Google Hangouts Google's answer to Skype. But whenever I suggest using Google Hangouts I usually get an evasive reply. I've finally realised that's because Google Hangouts were only invented in May 2013. Most people in the UK haven't heard of them, let alone used them. And, er, well, I hadn't used them…

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How to write a great blog-post

Posted on: July 13th, 2014 by Alexandra Campbell

I've recently been coaching garden designer, Caroline Garland, on writing her blog: 'New Vintage Gardens'. I suggested 9 key points as a checklist for her to follow when writing a post. The principles apply to writing all posts - whatever the subject.  How many of the 9 points are you following? 1) Write blogs in…

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Hashtags, snail mail and my great-grandmother’s roast beef recipe

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Alexandra Campbell

 A recipe for using hashtags... As you undoubtedly know, a hashtag means a topic,preceded by the sign #. I could, for example, tweet this post with #sundaylunch. That means that anyone clicking on that hashtag would see all tweets with #sundaylunch in them. However #sundaylunch is mainly used by restaurants promoting Sunday lunch. I don't…

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How to pick a blog post topic your readers will love

Posted on: June 17th, 2014 by Alexandra Campbell

When I started The Middle-sized Garden (MSG for short) in December 2013, I promised to tell you what blog posts worked and what didn't. Now that MSG is six months old, I have enough statistics to be able to tell.  Especially as it has been ranked 6th in the UK's Top 10 Gardening Blogs by Cision…

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7 Steps to A Successful Blog in 6 Months

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by Alexandra Campbell

I started The Middle-Sized Garden in December 2013, as an outlet for my passion for gardening. And also as a 'test-bed' for the advice I give here and in my blogging workshops. This week, Cision UK told me that the Middle-Sized Garden had been ranked sixth out of 'The UK's Top Ten Garden Blogs.'   I…

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