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!

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.)



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Life is becoming cheaper and we can watch people getting slaughtered over breakfast these days if that was our compulsion. For people of the west who were previously sheltered from such things with efficient  burial companies and censored TV, dying is now much more of an in-your-face reality, particularly and unfortunately for kids too.

So this death thing. I’m curious. What do you think happens when we die? Is that it? A long ass silence and darkness? Will we meet Elvis? Do we get to keep the same clothes? Will we get to spy on the living like some 24 hour reality show? Do we get food? And what role does religion play in your expectation?

What say you??!!

Lingerie For men?

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There is a  company called Homme Mystere who make lingerie for men. There are indeed a few companies dotted about supplying silk, skimpy, frilly undies for a male market.

Soooo…if women can wear trousers, waistcoats and tattoos, i.e things that were previously considered mainly as menswear, is it fine for men to wear things normally associated with women?



Were you familiar with the male lingerie phenom?

Do you have a knee jerk reaction to seeing a man in frillies?

Do you find it unusual or are you in the live and let live camp?




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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…