Heading Off to Work, Writing on Wednesdays

Review and Resources—Writing

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Developing the habit of writing for an hour as soon as I wake up has become one of the things that I truly look forward to each day. I have had the opportunity to learn so much about various topics, to express myself creatively, and to learn self-discipline.

As I continue to write, there are so many things that I realize would be helpful as I continue this process.

Books about blogging and writing that are currently on my reading list include the following…

 

 

1. 100 Shareable Blog Post Ideas (Easy to Write, Easy to Share) by The Digital Writer and Jonathan Wondrusch

Topics

  • creating an editorial calendar.
  • ideas for effective content
  • sample headlines for blog posts

Other Books by Author

  • How to Write a Sales Letter That Works (Without Wasting Your Time).
  • Writing Online

Author Website—None found

2. 5 Minutes a Day Guide to BLOGGING: How To Create, Promote & Market a Successful Money Generating Blog 

Author—Penny King

Other Books by Author—

  • 5 Minutes a Day Guide to PINTEREST + FREE eBook “ATTRACTING AFFILIATES”: How to Create, Promote & Market a Successful…Nov 19, 2015
  • 5 Minutes A Day Guide To FACEBOOK + FREE eBook “Attracting Affiliates”: How to Create, Promote & Market a Successful…Nov 18, 2015
  • 5 Minutes A Day Guide To BUSINESS, INCOME & SOCIAL MEDIA Box Set: How To Promote, Market & Create Business Using…Jan 9, 2016
  • 5 Minutes a Day Guide to TWITTER + FREE eBook “Attracting Affiliates”: How To Create, Promote & Market a Successful…Dec 21, 2015
  • 5 Minutes A Day Guide to LinkedIn + FREE eBook “Attracting Affiliates”: How To Create, Promote and Market a Successful…Dec 21, 2015

  Author Website-–None Found.

3. Becoming The Perfect Networker… Succeeding One Connection at a Time – Golden Kennector EditionJul 31, 2010by Ken Rochon and Tara Hannon
Topics

  • making connections
  • turning them into relationships that produce income and opportunities
  • being successful in social networking

Authors and Other Books by Authors

Ken Rochon

  • Empowerment & Beyond… A 6-week self study program practicing reflection, wisdom and peaceApr 12, 2013
  • Make Your Connections Count: September 22, 2011

Tara Hannon (illustrator)

  • When Mommy Has Our Baby by Rachel Cedar and Tara Hannon
  • Lion and Rabbit’s Opposite Day by Tara J. Hannon
  • Wings by Belinda Fraley Huesman and Tara J. Hannon
  • Sex Sells But I’M Ugly by Dan Kendrick and Tara Hannon
  • Santa Claus Was Once a Kid Too by Philip H. Scharper and Grace M. Scharper
  • Ada Chewed Some Gum by Thomas Knight and Tara J. Hannon

 Author Website

4.  Breakthrough: The Complete Guide to Growing Your Platform & Blogging Your Way to a Full-Time Income

Author— Adeline Ganley​

Topics

  • Building a viable business
  • Developing a brand strategy
  • Improving your productivity
  •  Increasing traffic
  • Monetizing your platform
  • Writing content to build an audience that is engaged and frequently returns to your website

Other Books by Author

  • Real Ways to Make Money from Home: Start Making Money Now

 AuthorWebsite


5.  Blog To Book: An expert guide to building your blog business and income through ebooks and paperbacks​

Author
—P.R. Newton

Topics

  • growing your blog business and income with ebooks and paperbacks.
  • self-publish a book that will bring value to your current readers, attract new audiences and build your income and blog business.
  • write a book inspired by your blog content

Other Books by Author

  •  Shattered Embrace: An Adoption Tale
  •  And Then My Uterus Fell Out: A memoir on life with pelvic organ prolapse
  •  The Tindou Tablet


Author Website
Steam Powered Family

6.  Blogging: A Practical Guide to Plan Your Blog: Start Your Profitable Home-Based Business with a Successful Blog

Authors—Dale Reardon and Jo Reardon
Topic—planning your blog, obviously

Other Related Products from Authors

  • Blogging: A Practical Guide to Find Your Niche: Start Your Profitable Home-Based Business with a Successful Blog (Create Your Amazing Blog: Your…

 Author WebsiteThe Online Beginners Hub – or ‘The Hub


7.  Blogging For Dummies

Author— Amy Lupold Bair

Topics

  • advertising tools and techniques
  • emerging platforms like Squarespace and Overblog
  • integrating your blog with social media
  •  latest blogging software and utilities
  • search engine optimization
  •  social plug-ins
  • the anatomy of a good blog
  • the tools you need to get started

Author Website— Resourceful Mommy


8.  Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community

Author—Joy Deangdeelert Cho

Topics

  • attracting readers
  • overcoming blogger’s block
  • starting and growing a blog

Other Books by Author

  • Oh Joy! 60 Ways to Create and Give Joy
  • Creative, Inc.

Author Website—Oh Joy

 
9.  How To Start A Profitable Blog: A Guide To Create Content That Rocks, Build Traffic, And Turn Your Blogging Passion Into Profit 

Author

David Lim

Other Books by Author

  • Blogging: How to Write Blog Posts That Go Viral Without Selling Out: Attract a Raving Fan Base, Understand Your…
  • How To Blog For Profit: A Powerful Step-By-Step Guide To Create Passive Income Online And Replace Your Day Job For Life


 

10.  The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users 

Authors

  • Guy Kawasaki
  • Peg Fitzpatrick

Topics

  • building your foundation
  • amassing digital assets
  • optimizing your profile
  • attracting more followers
  • integrating social media and blogging

Other Books by Author

Guy Kawasaki

  • The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything
  • Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions
  • APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book
  • Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition
  • Selling the Dream
  • How to Drive Your Competition Crazy: Creating Disruption for Fun and Profit
  • What the Plus!: Google+ for the Rest of Us
  • The Macintosh Wa
  • Rules For Revolutionaries
  • Hindsights: The Wisdom and Breakthroughs of Remarkable People
  • Database 101

Author Websites


 

11.  The Blog Post Tool Kit

Author—Gina Luker

Topics

  • creating photography and graphics to grab readers
  • planning posts that get results
  • properly write SEO rich content
  • using social media

Other Books by Author

  • Super Fast Freezer Meals
  • How to Start a Home-based Etsy Business

 

12.  How to Write 37 Different Types of Blog Post

Author—Sarah Arrow

Author Websites
Sarah Arrow

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Heading Off to Work

Be Interesting

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Perhaps the most important thing that you consider as you write is actually not that you write often and have much to offer, but that your writing is interesting. If your writing is dull and boring, then nobody—including your mother will want to read it.

 

So first you must find your niche. Recognize who your audience is, and what their preferences and interests are.

Next establish a sense of purpose. Know what you are going to write about and why you are going to write it. Don’t waste time wandering around aimlessly in cyberspace. Find your passion. Write down your goals and your plans. Tell others about these plans. Find people to hold you accountable.

In the case of my blog, I am writing primarily for myself and other people like me who may be wanting to transition from old habits and ways of doing things, to new and more “politically correct” practices—such as minimalism, living a “green” lifestyle, switching to environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free products in all aspects of our daily lives, …

 

KEYWORDS…One of the most important things to remember as you write is the use of “keywords.” Keywords are words used by search engines to rank websites that are the most relevant and useful to what a user may be looking for. Keywords enable your search engine to find what you’re looking for accurately and quickly.

It is important that you learn to use keywords to your advantage. Here are a few tips…

Keywords are normally categorized into three groups…

  • Head Keywords…These are usually single words that have insane amounts of search volume, and articles based on these keywords face intense competition for ranking high on the list of articles found when searching about a particular topic.
  • Body Keywords…These are 2-3 word phrases that large amounts of search volume, and articles based on these keywords face less competition for ranking high on the list of articles found when searching about a particular topic.
  • Long Tail Keywords…These are long word phrases, containing at least four words, that are usually very specific. Each individual word does not get much search volume…but the specific groups of words found in these keyword phrases make up the majority of searches online.

So at this point, creating a list of keywords to focus on as you establish your  editorial calendar and write future content. Google, Yoast, and their competitors all have databases where you can research your keywords as far as estimated conversions, historical statistics, predicted clicks, search volume data, and traffic forecasts.

And then once you have your list of potential keywords, how do you use them to your best advantage.

Choosing Keywords…Average somewhere between 5 and 20 keywords per post.

Title…Start your article title with your keyword as often as possible.

Introduction…Place keywords early in the article.

  Body of the Article..

  • Place keywords early in the article.
  • Include each unique keyword in a subheading, bold or italicized sections, or bullet points.
  • Mention your keyword, and possibly related terms, as many times as possible.

Conclusion…Use your keyword at least once in your conclusion.

Other Tips as Far as Writing Posts

  • Create a useful, information-rich site.
  • Focus primarily on “Body Keywords.”
  • Make pages primarily for users, not for search engines.
  • Publish fresh, keyword-rich content regularly.
  • Write pages that clearly and accurately describe your content.

Other Tips as Far as Publishing Posts

  • Build an internal linking structure.
  • Create “landing pages” for specific keywords.
  • Don’t put the text that you want indexed inside images.
  • Ensure a clean, keyword rich URL structure is in place
  • Have at least one static text link for every page.
  • Make a site with a clear hierarchy and text links.
  • Make sure content is not buried inside rich media.
  • Make sure that rich media doesn’t hide links from crawlers.
  • Make sure that your <title> elements and ALT attributes are descriptive and accurate.
  • Use keywords to create descriptive, human-friendly URLs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Healthy

Book Review…The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Simple Rules for Losing Weight While You Sleep

Chamomile; German Chamomile; Hungarian Chamomile; Camomile; Matricaria recutita; Chamomilla recutita; Matricaria chamomilla

This book is a guide about the connection between inadequate sleep and weight gain written particularly for women faced with the fatigue, moodiness, and weight gain that we often experience because of chronic stress or hormonal changes to show how a good night’s sleep will actually enable you to lose weight, especially if you have been chronically sleep deprived.

 

This book sparked my interest because who wouldn’t love it if all we had to do in order to lose weight was sleep…If this were truly the case, then we would all be skinny, because all of us sleep, right?!

 

The title,  The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Simple Rules for Losing Weight While You Sleep, is appropriate for the book because the book gives you the tools to overcome the stress, poor habits, and environmental challenges that are causing you not to get adequate rest. The author of the book is Michael Breus, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and board-certified sleep expert.

The book shows how simple health and lifestyle changes can help increase your energy level, eliminate many health concerns, and help you lose weight loss without having to eat “rabbit food” every meal of spending a crazy amount of time spent exercising.

 

I enjoyed reading this book because I learned many things about how sleep affects your body—like how sleep boosts your metabolism, ignites fat burn, and decreases your appetite. I also liked the fact that the book provides information, advice, and practical strategies designed to help you get the sleep you need.

These tools include a realistic action plan designed to help you get both your best sleep and your best body possible, involving a slumber-friendly evening routine, stress management techniques, recipes for healthy meals and snacks all designed to help you fall asleep more easily.

Some of the key factors in losing weight while you sleep, according to this book are…

  • eating small meals that are high in protein and fiber every three to four hours
  • eliminating calorie-laden sodas and juices from your diet
  • substituting an olive oil cooking spray for butter or margarine
  • sticking to a specific sleep schedule
  • eliminating all caffeine after 2pm.
  • not drinking alcohol for three hours before going to bed
  • not exercising for four hours before going to bed
  • doing thirty minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise early in the day, most days of the week
Getting Dressed

A Baker’s Dozen of Books About Soapmaking So That Your Friends and Family Can Give Soaps to You for Christmas Next Year Instead

  
For those of us who are “old fashioned” and still love learning  from books, instead of or in addition to, the Internet, there are many books available to help you along your journey into the adventures of making soap.

    Even though there is much to be learned from the internet, a few basic soapmaking books written by different soap makers will serve as handy references for recipes, formulations, troubleshooting, techniques, and information about different types of soap.

      Although the basic soapmaking processes will remain the same,there are always new and unique tips, tricks and techniques to be learned from every author.

        Some of the best soap making books include…

              
            1.  Essentially Soap

            • Author…Dr. Robert S. McDaniel
            • Geared Towards…all levels of soapmaking experience
            • Price (all prices are Amazon new cost)…$5
            • Published…2000
            • Review
            • Topics…simple instructions for cold process soaps, melt-and-pour soaps, and rebatched soaps “custom-made” with just the right scent, emollients, eye-appeal, fragrances, skin treatments, colors, shapes, and essential oils

                  

                2.  Making Transparent Soap

                • Author…Catherine Failor
                • Geared Towards…readers that already have an understanding of ingredients and basic techniques
                • Price…$12
                • Review…From Nature With Love
                • Topics…creating large batches, as in dozens of soap bars for each recipe, of soap with a more transparent and appealing design to sell or give as gifts

                  

                3.  Melt & Mold Soap Crafting

                • Author…C. Kaila Westerman
                • Geared towards…both basic and more advanced soapmakers
                • Price…$15
                • Reviews
                • Topics…soaps using a meltable soapbase, techniques, possible problems you might  encounter and their solution, colors, ideas, and advice

                  

                 4.  Natural Soap Making

                • Author..Kelly Cable
                • Geared towards…beginners
                • Price…$12
                • Topics…organic soapmaking, different soap oils, coloring additives, cold process technique, ratios and recipes that can be scaled and adjusted for your needs

                  

                5. Pure Soapmaking

                • Author…Ann-Marie Faiola
                • Geared towards…intermediate soapmakers who have already made some soaps at home…one of the most complex yet most detailed books available, so super complicated for beginners
                • Price…$16
                • Review…Soap Queen
                • Topic…massive list of 32 recipes with step-by-step instructions, but  involving many steps and ingredients 

                  

                6.  Soap Crafting

                • Author…Anne-Marie Faiola
                • Geared towards…all levels of soapmakers
                • Price…$15
                • Topic…three dozen recipes using various household ingredients like avocados, cinnamon, and pumpkin spices…with techniques for adding swirls and glistening effects into your soap

                  

                7.  Soap Maker’s Workshop

                • Author..Robert and Katherine McDaniel
                • Geared towards…beginners
                • Price…$22
                • Topic…a light overview of soap making with basic practice ideas…includes a DVD with instructions for each of the major recipes

                  

                8.  Soap Making Reloaded

                • Author…Janet Evans
                • Geared towards…novice soapmakers 
                • Price…$9
                • Topic…an overview of the soapmaking process written especially for people wanting to explore soapmaking without making an actual commitment 

                  

                9.  Soap Naturally

                • Authors…Australian soap makers Patrizia Garzena and Marina Tadiello 
                • Geared towards…”novices and masters alike”
                • Price…$150 (why?!)
                • Review…
                • Topic..hands down, the absolute ‘must have’ book for all natural, homemade, handmade soap 

                  

                10.  The Soapmaker’s Companion

                • Author…Susan Miller Cavitch
                • Geared towards…at-home soapmakers
                • Price…$14
                • Topics…one of the best references for at-home soapmakers because it covers such topics as adding textures, colors, varying oils, and altering the soap’s aroma…as well as soapmaking as a business and selling your soaps with e-shops like Etsy

                    

                   11.  The Complete Soapmaker

                  • Author…Norma Coney
                  • Price…$11
                  • Topic…detailed instructions and recipes for basic lye soaps made with animal or vegetable fats, and for hand-milled and specialty soaps using almond meal, chamomile, glycerin, and milk.

                       

                       12.  The Everything Soapmaking Book 

                      • Author…Alicia Grosso
                      • Geared towards…beginners who need simple advice for getting started in soapmaking
                      • Price…$11
                      • Topic…a detailed guide to the entire soapmaking process

                        

                      13.  The Ultimate Guide To Soap Making
                       

                      • Author…Amanda McCarthy
                      • Geared towards…beginners
                      • Price…$12
                      • Review…The Curiously Creative
                      • Topics…a true encyclopedia answering all sorts of questions about soap making from start to finish…including recipes, the difference between cold process and hot process techniques, and the potential dangers of individual ingredients and how you should handle them with precaution
                      Getting Healthy

                      Book Review—Cruelty Free Living by Jennifer Thomson

                         
                      Living Cruelty Free is a much-needed guide full of tips and advice on how to start making more informed choices as a consumer, living a cruelty-free lifestyle, and perhaps even becoming a vegetarian 

                      This book sparked my interest because I have begun a journey to embrace a more cruelty-free, natural, and minimalistic lifestyle.


                      The title, Living Cruelty Free, is appropriate because the book exposes the truth about cruel experiments on animals, factory farming, forced labour, and the cruelty that goes into meat production and cheap clothing. 

                      This theme is carried out throughout the book as evident by her ability to teach us how become more aware of the impact we each have on the environment, and the book adequately pinpoints the message of the book by providing facts, resources, and tips on how to be an ethical consumer and live a more compassionate lifestyle.

                      Having first read the title of the book, I expected the book to be a finger-pointing shame-on-them commentary about how meat eating is cruel.  


                      The author of the book is Jennifer Thomson, a freelance writer, who has been a vegetarian for 29 years and has always tried to live a cruelty free life. 


                      The main purpose of the book is to teach consumers how to avoid buying cosmetics, foods, and other products that have been tested on animals.

                      I particularly liked the fact that the book provides a plethora of information without ever sounding preachy, even though she is obviously writing about a cause that is very close to her heart. The author doesn’t push the reader into changing their lifestyle or beliefs or quit eating meat tomorrow.

                      The book was really interesting to read and easy to understand.


                      I would highly recommend this book mainly to readers who are interested in beginning to live a cruelty-free lifestyle..

                      After researching, and becoming more than a little bit frustrated, online switching to a cruelty-free lifestyle online, it was so nice to finally find a resource that lays everything out in a very organized manner that gives the reader the information they need 

                        Starting the Day Off Right

                        Stepping Out the Door In Well Read Shoes

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                        Another resolution that I have made for this New Year is to actually put some time into studying the Bible for myself.

                        But not only is my Father’s house a big, big house with lots of rooms…the Bible is a big, big book with lots and lots of chapters and verses and ideas.

                        Being a musician of sorts, I’ve been taught to “start at the very beginning”…when you read, you begin with ABC…when you sing, you begin with do-re-mi…when you study the Bible, why not start with Genesis…

                        So now that I’ve decided to study Genesis, how?!

                        Actually there are several different Bible study methods that have been used for decades, including…

                        • Bible Doctrine Studies
                        • Book-by-Book
                        • Character
                        • Life-Focused
                        • Topical

                         

                        1.  Bible Doctrine Studies…These studies place a heavier emphasis on theology by studying a particular doctrine. An example of a doctrine study in Genesis is What Happened in the Garden?...a book that offers scientific, literary, business, educational, and legal perspectives on creation…and how what we observe in the legal system, literature, gender roles, education, psychology, and science today are actually connected with creation.


                        2.  Book-by-Book...Book-by-Book Bible Studies move through a particular book or passage of the Bible in an attempt to understand…

                        • background and history of the original message
                        • events that take place
                        • how the text applies to our own lives today
                        • key themes,  topics, and verses
                        • major principles, insights, and lessons
                        • people mentioned in that passage
                        • personal applications that are personal, practical, and possible

                        I am a big fan of Warren Wiersbe, author of over 150 books, and his Be Series  of commentaries on every book of the Bible. The first book about Genesis is Be Basic and studies chapters one to eleven.



                        3.  Character Bible Study
                        …A character study is the study of a specific biblical character person and his or her heart, attitude, personality, strengths, and weaknesses… how he or she thinks, feels, and responds to circumstances….one of the character’s quality traits that you would like to work on yourself…a situation similar to the one being discussed that is happening in your own life.

                        An example of this would be Noah: Man of Destiny,  a novel about the man who built a large ship and spent months caring for thousands of animal, but also stood against a sinister belief system emerging throughout the land, escaped legendary beasts, tracked kidnappers, and acquired the skills he would need when God called him to his greatest adventure.


                        4.    Life-Focused Bible Studies...These studies begin with real-life issues that are relevant today and seek to apply God’s Word to our lives in intentional ways. Many of these books share stories from real-life experiences, such as struggles people have faced in their own marriages, families, and work.

                        Live Relationally bKenya Heitzig is an example of a lifetime-focused Bible study on Genesis. This study studies of the women in Genesis who experience death, marriage, divorce, rape, and family tragedy…women such as the complicated Tamar and the often oversimplified Eve…women who are wives and mothers, slaves and owners, sinners and saints… 

                         5.  Topical Bible studies involve choosing a specific topic, thinking of questions you’d like to have answered about that topic, and finding every single reference to that topic. An example of a topical study would be the ark…through books such as Inside Noah’s Ark: Why It Worked which show how the ship was an actual working vessel…and how a crew of just eight people could have housed, fed, and watered all of the representatives of the animal kinds.