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Article ~ The Perks Of Being An [Entertainment] Blogger

In this piece, I aim to be more personal than I usually am. Yes, I’m a private person—very private!—but I’ve come to realize that it is impossible to inspire people without telling your personal story. What I do here on the TBAP blog, as editor, is tell other people’s stories (using articles and interviews) with the hope that what they have learned on their personal journey will inspire and help others to live out their lives courageously for God, and this has in turn blessed me greatly! So, here I am in this article, starting by letting you know how being an entertainment blogger has affected me personally and brightened my journey. Trust me when I say this: what I offer in this piece may be nothing like what you expect it to be, as I rightly suspect that this article’s title may persuade a reader to presume that it offers nothing but vanity. On the contrary! It is my desire and hope that you will not only be blessed and encouraged by it, but …

A New Day! Also, The Writing Process Blog Hop

Hello friends! It’s been ages! Took some time off to reflect on some changes in my life, and, my tired brain needed the time to rest, too. Anyway, it’s good to be back. There’s been a writing process blog hop circulating among authors for a while now and, I got invited by Serena Chase, author of the lovely books of the Eyes of E’veria Series:  The Ryn #1, The Remedy #2, and The Seahorse Legacy #3. Book #4, The Sunken Realm, comes out in 2015. You can read her Hop post here. I’ve been asked some questions, which I’ve had the pleasure of providing the answers. Come with me now! 1. What am I working on at the moment? Me – Well, I’m writing To Lie Once, Child of Grace #2. I’m also putting together ideas for two new series. You can learn all about that in my newsletter, which you can sign up for. My newsletter readers will always be the first to know. 2. How does my work differ from others of its …

Coming This 2014 … Also A Blog Award Nomination!

Hello Everyone! Last year, this blog saw mostly book reviews, some interviews, and even lesser inspirational lifestyle posts. This year however, I plan to increase the interviews and the inspirational lifestyle posts. Also, I read mostly fiction last year, but I plan to increase my non-fiction reads. I’m a Christian Romance writer, still on my journey to publishing, and I believe some of the reasons God has called me to write fiction is to heal the broken-hearted and offer encouragement to God’s children. Fiction has personally been a blessing to me (you can read my story here), and I believe one of the best ways to craft a good Christian romance fiction, is to read and explore people’s stories/experiences, and the lessons that they’ve learned—through non-fiction books. Of course I’ll continue to read fiction, and it will always have the lion’s share of my heart, but for the first quarter of this year, it will be mostly non-fiction reads; I hope to interview some of the authors as well. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish …

The Three Types of Bloggers (Almost) Every Blogger Will Always Have In Their Blogging Experience

You’ve probably heard that one of the smartest things a good blogger should do is to network with other bloggers, especially those in their niche. This is something most essential in the growth of a blog and the blogger, and cannot be done away with. On that note, let’s take a look at the types of bloggers almost every blogger will always come across in their blogging experience. Believe it or not, you fit into one, two or all three! The Mentor Blogger. This blogger has been in the business for a while and has come a long way. S/he has picked up a few good tricks along the way and has something to teach any beginner. They are well established and represent a standard that you hope to one day measure up to. They may not necessarily be the biggest bloggers out there, but they are a source of inspiration that you constantly draw from—in short, they are your mentors. It is good to admire their work, but what’s most important is that you …

How Awesome Is Your About Page? (Part IV)

By now, with part I, II and III of this topic, we are savvy about ‘about’ pages. Thankfully, this is the last of the series. Our concern today, are the methods of presentation. Without much ado, here they are: Text. This is by far the most common way to present an ‘about’ page. It is the easiest and most familiar. At least, a good seven out of ten people prefer to introduce and express their image in this form. That’s because it is the least risky of all the others. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with the written language (outside grammatical errors ;))? That’s not to say it is not an art in itself. In fact, I’ve come across a good number of pages where even with text, it is not done right. When managed well, it does draw a reader to a blog and even the blogger. It is usually accompanied by a picture. Video. This is not very common, but it is second in familiarity to text among web users. The …

How Awesome Is Your ‘About’ Page? (Part 3)

Now you know what an awesome ‘about’ page is supposed to be like. You also know the types of ‘about’ pages. But have you ever wondered on how you would put it together? You know what you want to say, but how do you say it? There are no written laws as to how it must be done. But time has proven that view of speech (if I may call it that), is something that when handled right, ups the game for the blogger and the blog/website. It is established that an ‘about’ page can be written in two ways: 1. First Person View. This gives the reader the impression that you are speaking with them directly and instantly makes any further communication personal. It allows readers to easily perceive your personality firsthand so that they have a feel of the kind of person behind the blog. Words like ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘my’ and ‘myself’ or ‘we’, ‘our’ and ‘us’ are used in describing the blogger/bloggers, depending on if it is one person or more running …

How Awesome Is Your ‘About’ Page? (Part 2)

It is important you choose what kind of ‘about’ page your blog will have, right after you decide what your blog is about. This helps in attracting the interest of the kind of readers you seek. What are the types of ‘about’ pages, you ask? Come with me below. The Bio ‘About’ Page. This kind is straight and easy. You state your full name, degrees/certificates, achievements and what your blog offers. You may or not work with your first name. Nothing much more. If done right, it comes off formal enough but with a touch of your humanity sprinkled all over. I would recommend this type to bloggers who strictly want to make money with their blog. In other words, you’re a professional of some sort offering a product or some kind of service. Keep this in mind though: your readers will likely share a lot of your posts on social media but may not take the time to get personal with you. Expect more questions than leisure comments. Your blog is a business, and …