Introduce Yourself Here To Other Bloggers And Grow Your Audience!

So I’d been thinking since I began 11 months ago about how I could help other bloggers grow their audience as quickly as I did. Y’all know how passionate I am about making a proper living from blogging already.

I started doing Blogging Tips and then I wanted to offer online events that could help boost folks’ audiences. I had quite a few in mind but a busy schedule and some tough periods put paid to getting them up and running last year. But now…here is the first! Feel free to use this post to say hi and introduce yourself to other bloggers. Add links to your books, your poems, your enterprises.

Promote Yourself!

Tell folks who you are and what you blog about so people will want to check you out. Also go say hi to others. It is all key to growing your audience.

Frankly I got tired of seeing talented, warm folk like Deborah (go check her out, she’s cool people – tell her I sent you!) trying to get their first audience members to trickle in (or seeing really good bloggers even just give up! 8-O )  And then I saw a good online friend OM was already doing something similar. Great stuff! You can never have enough busy platforms to leave your calling card and those multi-connections are how the internet helps build your reputation and drive traffic.


Have at it!   If you have a social network, share this post as each share shares YOUR story one more time!


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I am the enthused editor of the lifestyle, culture, art and interiors magazine The Home Style Directory. This journal is a smorgasbord of things that fascinate my tiny brain! Home, life, culture, business, blogging, art, people. I was enlightened about the sexiness of wp by Michael a fellow staff member. So now I come to conquer!!…Or indeed play conkers, whichever is most viable.


I’m a stickler. I usually get there!

The Class Divide In History

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The Toffs And The Toughs

This pic taken July 1937 by Jimmy Sime called the ‘Toffs and Toughs’ came to symbolize the difference in the class divide in pre-war Britain.

It serves as a fascinating insight to our predecessors in the last century. It was taken outside Lord’s cricket ground during an Eton V Harrow match.

(For our international readers, Eton and Harrow are two of the poshest and most expensive private schools in the UK. Our current London mayor and prime minster and quite a few of his cabinet went to Eton.)  The two ‘toffs’ Peter Wagner and Thomas Dyson were from Harrow and were waiting after the match to be picked up by Wagner’s father for a weekend in Surrey.

The other three boys were George Salmon, Jack Catlin, and George Young, 13-year-old pupils at the local Church of England primary school. They had been to the dentist that morning and then decided to skip school and hang around instead outside Lord’s, where the Eton v Harrow match offered money-making opportunities to any boy willing to open taxi doors and carry bags, or to return seat cushions to their hirers and claim the threepenny deposit.

What Happened To The Boys:

Thomas Dyson the ‘toff’ looking toward the camera had a sad end. He was traveling to meet his parents in India for the summer holidays and developed diptheria. He died in India aged 16 in 1938.

Peter Wagner joined the family stockbroking firm, got married, had three daughters and was declared mentally unstable in the 1970’s and died in hospital aged 60 in the 1980’s.

George Young and George Salmon were interviewed in 1988. By this time they were married. Young had four sons in the window cleaning business like their father. Salmon died in 2000.

Jack Catlin, the third ‘tough’ refused to be interviewed for the catch-up article but had been widowed and remarried and was living in Weymouth by 2010.



Clearly the appetite for ‘reality shows’ giving us a glimpse of the daily goings on of the non-famous is not a new thing.

Do you think their lives from this era might be more entertaining to watch than the reality show stars today?


Bloggers Meet & Greet 2!

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So This Is How It Works

1. Y’all nominate a generous blogger, (generous as in they support and visit other bloggers OR always add good stuff to our conversations here – I have waaaaay too many nominees myself, but take a peek at previous post comments to jog your memory about who to choose).

2. I’ll announce the most nommed soon after.

3. We all go visit them on a set date and just say hi (and trash the joint! – Just kidding!) Visit at any time on that date so it has impact and of course any time after if you like them!) Got it? Good.


It probably makes more sense for nominees to be someone seen around these here ‘Editors Journal’ parts so we can get a sense of community and it makes vote counting easier than lots of isolated votes for unknowns popping up and being wasted. Make sense? So it should be a regular OR a newbie here as that doesn’t exclude anyone, as anyone can be a regular or a newbie.
It’s rather good because who you are seen voting for will remember YOU next time and more blogger love will be spread!
If all goes well hopefully every regular will eventually get a community visit and get the chance to show off their blog and hopefully retain a good percentage of their new friends.

Okay, so let’s get cracking. Nominate your first blogger for Who Shall We Visit in the comments and let’s see how this goes.


  • If you can’t host a visit or don’t want to, drop me a line if you win and we’ll move to the next blogger no probs.

  • If you do host make sure your latest post is banging and ready for visitors. Maybe make it a WSWV post so we all know where to go. I’ll coach you through it if you need help hosting.

The ‘God Service’

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GodHow come…

When things go great, God is to be praised and as our all powerful benefactor it was His doing, but when things go bad it’s that darned devil, or ‘God’s time is best?’

If He is all powerful He could silence that old devil no? Why is He let off the hook? I would love to run a service like that! Imagine eating in a restaurant:

‘Wow this food is delicious! My compliments to the chef.’ Next week the food is awful, It’s that other restaurant across the street that did this! THEY made the food horrible! The chef here is to be praised!’


Help Me Out Here!

School me.

It’s a question as old as Methusela himself yet clearly I’ve not heard an answer that satisfies. Can anyone speak (or type) real slow and unburden my tiny brain on this one?



Marilyn And Ella

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When Marilyn Monroe learned that the Mocambo, a popular Hollywood night club, would not book Ella Fitzgerald because of segregation, Marilyn phoned the manager and told him that she would reserve a front row table every night that Ella performed there, knowing that her presence would get a lot of press and publicity for the club.  As per usual the colour green shouted louder than any other colour issue and Ella became the first African-American to perform at the Mocambo.

As promised, Marilyn was seated right up front to enjoy her favorite singer.

Did you know that?


Bill Cosby. So?


One would have had to be meditating under a rock somewhere to have missed the rape’n roofy allegations levelled at ‘America’s Favourite Dad’ Bill Cosby. I know what I think…

But he is not the focus today.

The question that I would like to ask is so?…And?

As the whispers die out a little, replaced by the next internet hoo-ha, wouldn’t this whole thing be a waste if left merely as salacious gossip and speculation on numerous blogs with likely no outcome either way?


So let me turn the spotlight focus on YOU dear reader!

Since learning about the allegations what have YOU done as a parent, a big sis, a big bro’, an aunty, a god parent?

Parents, what have you chatted about with your daughters? This issue is rife in entertainment. It happened to me quite a few times and in alliance with a lot of the alleged victims regarding the tired, oft repeated, kinda snidey accusation, ‘Why didn’t they speak up sooner?’ I simply got on with life.

But the behaviour under the microscope is not exclusive to the entertainment world.
It can affect your/our kinfolk wherever they are.



So did you read about the accusations, maybe make a comment about how shocked you are and leave it at that…next story?

If you haven’t discussed this with your children…yet, what sage advice WOULD you give your daughter, son and other people’s daughters and sons about the work or social based predators they might meet as they get older and how to prepare for them?


Main Advice

I’d have plenty to tell them but my Main Advice would be to let the child/teen know that I’m open 24/7 to be told about anything.

Nothing is too uncomfortable to discuss with Mom, or me as a favourite aunty, if they choose to offload with me for whatever reason.

Also I’d be there as a parent, not their best friend. As an authority figure they should be able to rely on me to kick some scumbag ass on their behalf.

How about you? What is your Main Advice, one line (or more) of sage knowledge to the young ‘ins today on this issue?


Today, let’s school THEM in the comments below.