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!


I once was introduced to Marvin Gayes daughter Nona at an LA party.

She ruined it for me.

This was way before she was ‘free from Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains’…(ahem!)

The lady was like a tall drink of model. Now I’m hardly one of Dorothy’s munchkins but suddenly I felt very small like I didn’t occupy enough space.

So, what IS that exactly?


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What is that feeling we get when we see another other person and regardless of our alleged confidence or how we may appear to others, we suddenly feel that the sun has gone behind a cloud?

Even weirder is that try as you like you cannot switch it off. You can’t shake yourself and say ‘grow up!’ and it goes. Instead you find that you don’t want to play in the sand box with the other kids anymore!

It’s strange that I would suddenly think of her, but it has only ever happened to me twice that I can recall.

The second was Mariah Carey, for slightly different reasons and despite meeting equally or far more beautiful, glamorous ladies, it hasn’t happened since.


And I know it’s not just women. I have witnessed supposedly sophisticated men turn into petulant, bitchy 7 year olds when a younger, taller, adonis walks in the room.

It’s not jealousy…in my case at least. But was it envy? ~ ‘a feeling of discontented longing…’

And if so, once we find ourselves doing it, why can’t it be switched off? Why does it linger around like broken wind and ruin the whole evening or dampen your day?

And why would we as smart grown ups even go there?



When was your last ‘sand box moment’, (you know you’ve had one!)
Who was it and how did it make you feel?

And why do you think we can’t control it and switch the damn thing off?

Tell Us Your New Years Resolution! We’ll Check On You Later This Year.

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Didn’t I tell you that ‘I’LL BE BACK?’

Take a look at what you wrote below folks…was I right? Have you dumped your hopes and dreams already?!

There were ‘find time for me’ hopes, ‘write a book’ hopes, ‘get published’ hopes, ‘get more followers’ hopes, ‘stop procrastinating’ hopes… Have y’all let life get in the way yet?

I have to admit that I have not entirely achieved my own resolution, but with good reason. However, with this reminder I shall personally kick my own butt and drag myself through a slightly tired patch.

It’s May. It’s not too late to regroup, edit, take stock and start climbing again. Let’s promise ourselves we will not get to the end of the year and say, ‘what happened?’

Don’t allow me to laugh at you! :P

Let us know if you are on track or have fallen off the track in the comments below. Ask the community to help you reach and offer to help them, it’s a good way of making followers friends. Add a resolution if you didn’t before, who cares what time of year it is.

If need be, I’ll check up on y’all again later still this year.


Here’s the thing. Your New Year Resolution / project / secret plans for world domination / diet dreams for 2015? I don’t think you’re gonna stick to it!…There I said it! :)

So here’s the deal. If you tell me/us what it is, (you can be frank and revealing or mask your Bond-like world takeover), I will be back later this year to laugh at you or laugh with you!

Put It Out There!

Make it tangible so you can keep seeing it and put it in the comments. Let The Universe, Visualization and this Community support you/us!

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Y’all know the story of Jim Carrey right? In the 1980’s he was a flat broke, out of work actor. For comfort and to visualise his dreams he wrote himself a check for $10 mil for ‘acting services rendered.’ He later received $10 mil for his role in Dumb and Dumber.

Gerry Halliwell of The Spice Girls did this also and we know she was in the biggest band in the world at one point, even with her less than stellar singing talent, (a friend of mine did her auto-tune once, I believe he grew a full beard doing it!) And I’ve done it…perhaps I’ll bore you with my story at some point.

So here’s MY resolution…

I would like to grow my audience substantially and make a real difference to at least one person’s prospects this year through the tips and tools I am developing both free and paid.

…and you?


Bloggers Meet & Greet 2!

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Hey folks! Our winner is:

A blog run by Kristine and ably assisted by Bentley the dog.


How about you put Saturday 16th May (tomorrow) in your diary and pop round and say ‘Hiya!’ to Kristine.

If you miss Saturday then just go visit any time and tell her The Ed sent you for Who Shall We Visit!


So This Is How It Works

1. Y’all nominate a generous blogger, generous as in:
a) they are a community regular or newbie here that adds good stuff to the conversations.


b) they are known around the blogosphere for supporting and visiting other bloggers.

2. I’ll announce the most nommed once there’s enough names.

3. We all go visit them on a set date, say howdy and introduce ourselves so it has real traffic impact and of course any time after if you think you like them! If all goes well. We do another..and another…and another…

Madonna’s Legacy

madonnna Madonna is a woman we shall be talking about years from now. One doesn’t have to be a fan to admit that. This formidable woman has been making records and headlines for 3 decades, a virtually unmatched feat in our here today gone tomorrow fame culture. But what is her legacy? She greatly divides opinion. Ask any small group and you will get strongly opposing views.  


One reason clearly is her pushing sexual boundaries. Is it because we are so used to not allowing women to do what they wish with their own sexuality that so many find her unpalatable? Is the type of quote in the image above all she will be remembered for?  

And What About Her Artistry?

Is it buried under the public face-eating (Drake), buttock showing, (exposing her buttocks whilst on the red carpet) she is doing today?

If this were a Paul McCartney legacy article we’d be talking about ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ etc. Instead, here we are, talking about Madonna’s ass…amongst other sex related things. So, is this her fault …or mine?

Today, nearly 30 years after she started grabbing headlines (and other bits) it seems that most female singers must wear some sort of basque and fishnets along with their microphone or they are not considered marketable.

It would seem that every famous woman has to stand on the red carpet with front boob, side boob or under boob (or more) exposed or they are not worthy of next day headlines. Remember our Rhianna piece? Is this considered freedom now? Women in other countries are fighting for the right not to be casually raped and our stars are using their headline grabbing power to prioritize ‘freeing the nipple?’

Stepford Wives?

Are the men still driving this bus or have the women become a weird retrograde version of a Stepford Wife – i.e they think they are acting on their own volition when in fact they have simply swallowed the misogynist Kool Aid by the bucket load.

Have they in fact been so well trained to bark, disrobe and roll over on command, all the while thinking they are being fiercely independent, original and shocking? Let’s face it, famous females today don’t dress for a typical woman’s fantasy, but a mans. It is men who historically have championed the idea of a submissive, easy woman and this is now the style choice of many female artists. Basically, a whore. But perhaps I’ve missed the point. It happens.


Let us not under estimate what this phenomenal powerhouse has achieved, both in her private life and publicly, (dismissing women’s achievements also happens a lot!) – How many men could singly raise that many kids, maintain a 3 decade career and stay sane? – But,

What do YOU think is Madonna’s legacy?

Is she damaging it or doing juuuust fine thank you?

Bad Ass Woman!

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So this lady was a ‘victim’ of the Boston Marathon bombing 2 years ago. She lost a leg. Guess who’s running (or ran already) this year?

This bad ass.

boston-bombing-rebekah-gregory-survivor-runs-marathon-1Her name is Rebekah Gregory and on April 15th 2013 a bomb was set off at the Boston Marathon that killed 3 and wounded 260. Ms Gregory was one of them. She has undergone 35 operations and lost a leg, but as you know, Kick Ass Women just say….‘AND?’

Heather Mills

We do have Paul McCartneys ex-wife, Heather Mills to thank for this outlook to some degree. When she lost her leg in a police motor cycle accident she showed people, women especially who are mostly judged by their looks, that beauty and strength starts from within. Now y’all know I don’t do drippy sentimental cr*p, but it’s true, if you don’t insist you are everything you wish to be, (including beautiful) it doesn’t radiate outwards. No one is going to believe what you say, (including you) if your body language is saying something completely different.

Miss Heather said, ‘I was strong and beautiful with two legs and guess what – even with one leg I still am!’ (I’m paraphrasing), then started negotiating from her hospital bed to sell her police accident story to the highest bidder – without an agent! Total bad-ass.


As I tried to tell a young adversary in a conversation the other day – everything we do is a choice. You can choose to be an eternal victim or an eternal survivor. Ms Gregory and Ms Mills chose not to make their missing limbs something that ruins their lives, but something that enhances them. Sure they might have some off days – but who doesn’t?

Rebekah Gregory was nearly killed 2 years ago. Look at that smile and tell me who won.


    • Is there something you are doing or holding on to that if you CHOSE to see it another way, your hunched shoulders might relax a little and your teeth unclench a little and a little sigh of relief might just be able to whistle through your teeth a little? Eg regarding your job? Regarding a hang up about your looks? Your life? Some ‘he said, she said’ nonsense that really should be let go already?


      • Could you use this example and triumph over a negative situation BY CHOICE?



Sh*t Parents!

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Botox Baby

This mother had attention drawn to her a little while back because she would regularly inject her 8 year old with botox. She believed that she was helping her daughter to become a superstar and that later in life with her wrinkle free face she would become a famous singer or actress or celebrity.

The little girl had told the media that she had been crying from the pain at the beginning, but that the pain subsides after a while.

Dangling Baby

In another of our stories, I brought you the woman who tattooed gang insignia on her screaming baby and just a few days ago some parents were in hot water for dangling their baby, (Michael Jackson style) over a cheetah enclosure in Cleveland USA.  Unlike Michael Jackson, they dropped the child!

The cheetahs, having exhibited more class and intelligence than the ‘parents’ (and likely a just-filled stomach), ignored both the toddler and the attempts to climb in and retrieve him.

Boiled Baby

Or maybe I could tell you about the ‘mother’ who boiled her child on the cooker to get back at the father? Or the one who beheaded her toddler for similar reasons? Or how about the one who smothered her baby and put the baby’s corpse picture up on Facebook because her boyfriend had moved on to pastures new? Or how about the hundreds of ‘if I can’t have the kids, you certainly won’t have them’ murdering ‘father’ stories?

It’s not the first time I have thought this and I would like your take on it.


Should there be some kind of IQ / ability / psychological test for parents before they are allowed to breed?

I know! I know! It sounds rude and they have human rights yadda yadda…but…should we care?

Isn’t it time we put the onus of concern back on to the poor kids?

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: