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!

Crap Ideas

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Joey Tempest had written a song. He played the demo to his Bandmates Europe (remember them?) and it was laughed out of the room. They thought it was ridiculous.

The song was The Final Countdown which went on to be number one across the globe in 25 countries and can still be heard today cropping up on adverts putting more residuals into Mr Tempest’s pockets.

The hair, however, I cannot find an excuse for.



Are you still working on that project that will prove some ol’ bighead wrong? Or have you given up?
Remind yourself and listen to this worldwide smash CRAP here:

Are You Beautiful Or Average?…Don’t Lie!


So Dove are at it again. They come up with these really thought provoking campaigns which frankly I sometimes feel are at odds with some of their advertising… but I digress.


This Is The Deal

They put up signs on entrances. One marked ‘Average,’ the other ‘Beautiful’. And people – oh who are we kidding – women – were spied on to see which entrance they chose to use.

All very nice, wild flowers, bunny rabbits and huggy-ness. Now, let’s assume they are referring to physical beauty (as they never clarify)…what is wrong in admitting you are average – if you are?


Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder and possibly nearly every mother, like some of the mothers featured in the video, would supportively shove their daughters through the ‘Beautiful’ door.

But if YOU yourself think you are average looking and it is FACT – why lie? We can’t all be ravishing beauties.

Sitting here, chowing down cave-woman style on some bread I made 2 days ago, I feel distinctly average. That’s okay. I’ll live.



Am I wrong? Is this more PC nonsense where we cannot call a spade a spade these days?
Must we force women to walk unconfidently and uncertainly through the Beautiful door, even if their gut feeling is telling them they shouldn’t be there? You wouldn’t wolf whistle at Margaret Thatcher, but she was still a remarkable woman.


Why Are You Married??!!!

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Andy Rooney once said:

‘For every stunning, smart, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize. For all those men who say, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?” here’s an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!’


What say you??!!

Single ladies, is marriage an important future must-have for you?

Wives, does Any Rooney’s words strike a chord? Is the traditional marriage dying a death and do you recommend it for your daughters?

Guys…what can I say? (Snurffle!) Do you agree with Andy Rooney’s reason for the diminishing appeal of marriage or no? Do you wish it for your sons?


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?