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How long does it take to start a blog?

Posted on: May 1st, 2014 by Alexandra Campbell

People come to my workshops because they've been told they 'ought to blog'. But they're rarely told why, so the idea of blogging nags away in the background like guilty feeling. 'I ought to blog...but will it be complicated? Does it take up alot of time? And...what will I achieve?' My workshops are often made…

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Why hashtags can change your life – or at least your day

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by Alexandra Campbell

This week, I set off to buy some topiary, hoping to do a post for my blog But I ended up on the BBC news....and writing the post for this blog instead. It was a fascinating example of how important Twitter and hashtags are in communicating with journalists. My gardening friend, Kylie O'Brien, and I checked the…

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The Zen Guide to links and linkies….

Posted on: April 9th, 2014 by Alexandra Campbell

How many links should I have on my blog, The Middle-Sized Garden? Many bloggers seem baffled, so I have asked the experts to tell me all about links and linkies. Since Google's last rearrangement of its algorithm, some bloggers worry about too many links on their sites, in case Google marks them down as spammers. But the right links…

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What your web designer won’t tell you about blogging….

Posted on: March 30th, 2014 by Alexandra Campbell

Since I started How You Really Write A Blog, several friends with small businesses have started blogging in order to boost their Google search rankings - at the recommendation of their web designer or IT support. But I am shocked to find out that they have often been told very little else. They have started…

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How blogging can change your life

Posted on: March 26th, 2014 by Alexandra Campbell

Why are you thinking of blogging? Do you have a specific aim in mind or have you just been told 'you ought to blog'? I'll be running occasional interviews with fellow bloggers to see what blogging has done for their lives. Catriona Campbell discovered the free blogging site at the end of 2008, quickly…

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