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Note 235 – I mapped my WordPress blog to a new domain in just a few minutes!

If you read yesterday’s post Have you converted your WordPress blog to your own domain?, you will know that I was considering making some changes to my WordPress domain name. Everytime I logged into WordPress, I was seeing the message ‘Be the master of your own domain….’ and I’ve been tempted for a while now. All … Continue reading

Note 234 – Have you converted your WordPress blog to your own domain?

I’ve been thinking of being the ‘master of my own domain’ on this blog rather than having ‘WordPress’ in the URL but I am hesitant because of a few things such as the cost and a lack of understanding of how it works.  Is it automatic that everyone who is already following me will know the new URL? Maybe this is a … Continue reading

Note 233 – The meaning of the phrase ‘keep schtum’

If someone asked you to keep schtum, it would mean that they didn’t want you to say anything as it might get you into trouble. According to schtum possibly comes from the German word stumm meaning silent. state that the German word stumm is of Yiddish origin (1950s).  They also explain that schtum (or shtum) can be an adjective … Continue reading

Note 232 – Direct readers to relevant content via links in your bylines

When you first start out as a freelance writer and set up your first blog or website, you hope that people not only read what your post, but also like it enough to give you positive feedback.  Once you get a few subscribers and followers, you try and think of ways to get their continued support by providing rich … Continue reading

Note 230 – The 3 keys to getting SEO right

SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) may sounds scary and technical and but if you learn the basics, you can attempt to get the google ranking that you desire.  If you want people to read your blogs or visit your website, you have to know what it is that they will be looking for.  There are three keys to ensuring that … Continue reading

Note 229 – The difference between SEO and social media

If SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is the process of getting your content or site to rank well, then social media is the vehicle that can help you share your work and get people linking to it.  Examples of social media sites are Twitter, Facebook, Digg, YouTube and Stumble Upon, but there are many more. Some people employ an … Continue reading

Note 228 – How an autobiography is different to a memoir

Both autobiographies and memoirs are forms of non-fiction writing.  An autobiography is a story of a person’s life from when they were born up to a point in time.  It includes where they grew up, what they liked doing, what they did for work, who their family were and so on – it doesn’t usually leave much out.  Putting all this … Continue reading

Note 227 – Ever wondered how people communicated before writing?

Over five thousand years ago, writing and recording information was very different to how it is today. According to the website, the people of Mesopotamia developed a form of writing in order to communicate with each other about things such as taxes and crops. Pictograms were the first recorded method of writing and these were in the … Continue reading

Note 226 – Writing on the train has many advantages

One of my writing spaces is on the train to and from work.  It’s the bridge between home and work life and my favourite ‘me’ time.  Writing helps me switch off between the two fast pace areas of my life.  The thirty minute journey each way whizzes past as quick as the Kent countryside and … Continue reading

Note 225 – Copying a post in WordPress

I posted a question on the WordPress Forum today but as I haven’t had a response yet, I thought I would throw the question to a wider audience.  The situation is that I used to be able to copy a post that I had already published, thus saving me time each day.  At the moment I … Continue reading

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