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.


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D’You Get It Now?

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A year on from the very high profile death of Robin Williams do folks get that depression isn’t sadness yet?

Do they get that it doesn’t happen because you broke up with the boyfriend and feel like an evening crying over rom coms and eating ice-cream?

Do they get that it is a period of such numbness, self loathing and hatred that if people could read your mind they would have you committed?

Do they get that for the depressed it’s almost a tangible pain that you can feel and yet you can’t grab it and put it in the bin?

Do they get that it’s not selfish… It’s depression?

Do they get that it can affect you whether you are on TV, have lots of money, lots of friends, a nice home or you are broke and homeless?

Do they get that telling jokes won’t get rid of it?

Do they get yet that when you say ‘Just leave me alone for a bit,’  depressed folks mean it?

Do they get it that not everybody who has depression behaves exactly the same as everyone else?

Do they get that saying ‘I don’t understand why he / she did it. They looked fine yesterday,’  is meaningless. It’s not about how you look. Most depressives are fine actors.

Do they get that just because in the 1950’s folks just ‘rolled up their sleeves and got on with it’ doesn’t mean depression did not exist and people did not suffer undiagnosed and in silence?

Do those same folks get that whilst it’s their prerogative, it’s quite ignorant to comment on something they do not understand and have never experienced? And that they might equally consider commenting sagely about what it is like to live on Jupiter?

Do doctors get that when you are being treated for depression, sometimes you are going to miss sessions because…and I’ll say this slowly, well, um…YOU…HAVE…DEPRESSION?

Do people get that it can be triggered by something serious, something irrelevant or absolutely nothing at all?

Do they get that the brain / mind is just another organ and that even if you can’t see it it can still malfunction just like an arm, or tonsils and need treatment? In fact why do we accept that a hidden organ like the heart can malfunction but people still get antsy and weird if the brain does?

Do partners, relatives and friends with a depressive in their midst get that it’s not about them, it’s not against them and they should stop adding their own attention seeking drama to the mix yet?

Do governments intend to keep sending mental illness patients to the back of the queue, shoving pills down their throats as a cure-all remedy and pretending by and large that they don’t exist?


One year on, what has been YOUR experience? Anything changed?


I…We, Bring Gifts!

Our colleagues at The Ü have come bearing gifts for The Journal’s blogging posse. I’m very excited as I enjoy sharing great stuff and they have some really beautiful things. Enjoy and don’t say I never give you nothing!

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Fashion Meets Art Meets Food! :)


Artist Gretchen Röehrs completes her beautiful fashion sketches with food items. She plays with colours and shapes and different food types to create the flow and curves of the body shape and dresses. Beyond cool. What do you think? Favourites?Fashion1

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An Eye For An Eye

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An Iranian man convicted of blinding another in the ever popular acid throwing olympics has had his eyes gouged out in Iran. Considering all the other punishments Iran has lined up for transgressors I was quite surprised to hear that this was a first. Apparently many doctors had refused to do it on previous occasions. The method used is to put the person to sleep and jimmy out the eyeball.

In Iranian (sharia) law the victim has the final say in whether the criminal should be punished and they can also to decide to yank  each eyeball out in stages as in this case, the victim decided at the last minute to give the villain 6 more months with the remaining right eye to think over the error of his ways and plead for clemency.

In another case the scheduled eye removal was postponed by the victim who wanted ‘the pleasure’ of carrying out the job with his own two hands.

Ameneh Bahrami (pic) on the other hand received international praise when she chose to pardon her attacker, which stopped the eye removal only hours before it was to be carried out also with a face full of acid.


What say you??!!

An eye for an eye is condoned in parts of the bible – as is forgiveness, so is it something you can be down with?

What if it were your daughter, or mother or son who ended up disabled for life and you had the chance to inflict the same degree of pain on the perp, would you do it?

What if the perp was a grinning psychopath with zero remorse for what he did and was sentenced to live in the warmth and protection of the system with a full belly, chrissie presents, no bills to worry about and perks: TV, computer, letters, a cushy prison job so he can buy those cigs and choc bars whilst you paid tax to help him live this way? (I’m twisting the knife here!)

Could you forgive or would you be down for a little tit for tat?

How Important Are A Political Leader’s Looks?

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Be honest. Most people like to give a rather pompous answer to this question as though the very suggestion of picking a leader by his or her appearance is beyond the realms of human possibility. And yet…surely that is tosh? People remarked endlessly about JFK’s looks in the 1960’s and clearly it had some bearing on his popularity.

In the UK’s recent general election the Labour leader Ed Miliband was mercilessly mocked for his constant awkward geekness and general un-Obama-like coolness. Geek can be sweet…but for a political leader? Perhaps not.
Either he struggled to take a decent picture or the newspapers constantly sought out the most ridiculous looking images to represent him with. I suspect both. Clearly the partisan newsies understood that looks matter.


Ed Miliband and Wallace.

A real flipping corker (with charisma and charm) would get endless (and suitably distracting) front page press, which let’s face it, seems to be of more importance these days than substance.

Come on folks, we are human. We (mostly) use every sense given to us in judging people and things – and that includes our eyes does it not?

A lot of Sarah Palin’s supporters were famous for resolutely failing to name one decent policy she had and yet they promised to support her until the ends of time. Do you really think being attractive for these kinds of totally politically disinterested people, who would still place a vote come election day would not usefully plump up those numbers?


Am I talking nonsense? (It wouldn’t be the first time!) Yes, yes, policies…yadda yadda… but if the politician was a real looker…with a fairly decent brain and let’s say ONE populist policy say, health or immigration, wouldn’t that be the perfect equation to win ANY election?

The cherry on the top would be if they were also seen as ‘one of the people’ as opposed to the Old Boys Network…fuggedaboutit! They’d be in like Flynn, no?

So What Say You?

1. Hush Ed. Go take a nap. I think you’ve been overdoing it lately.

2. Yes, if I’m honest I could be swayed by a political looker.


(Political parties that wish to hire me for usage of my ‘Editor’s Election Win Equation,’ I’m here all week.)