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Note 224 – How using hashtags in Twitter can benefit writers

Although I’ve been tweeting in Twitter for nearly a year now, I’ve never really got the whole hashtag (#) thing, so I’ve decided to search for answers on hashtags in the Twitter Help function. According to Twitter: You can use hashtags (‘#’ symbol) to categorise your tweets, but the symbol needs to be used before a key word e.g. #writing or #punctuation.  This … Continue reading

Note 223 – Don’t feel guilty about not writing

Should you feel guilty about not writing if you don’t feel well?  The answer is no; however, my challenge is ‘to learn something new about writing every day for a year and blog about it to share with others,  every day for a year’, so here I am.  I was laying in a quiet, dark … Continue reading

Note 222 – Eight things to consider before creating a writing portfolio

I’ve recently been reading about setting up a writing portfolio. After a bit of a brainstorming session, I’ve put together a check list of things to think about before creating one: Where to put the portfolio. How often to up update it. What to put in the portfolio. Whether to create a word document with them all in … Continue reading

Note 221 – Write great blog content and it could go viral

Everything I have listened to and read on the subject of marketing and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) has stressed the importance of having ‘great content’ on your website or blog. Creating this comes naturally to some people, especially if they are experts on their chosen niche(s). Producing great content is a must for your brand and … Continue reading

Note 220 – Reasons why I love to write

Writing is a way of communicating not only with someone else e.g. by emails, blogs, articles etc., but also with yourself.  I know I’ve mentioned this many times in my blog posts, but I’ve been writing for as long as I’ve been able to hold a pen, and the diaries and journals that I have kept, go back to when I … Continue reading

Note 219 – The meaning of the word secular

You appear to be able to use the word secular in many contexts, but its main use is when referring to something ‘non-religious’ or ‘worldly’. It is also means “occurring or observed once in an age or century” according to The Free Dictionary. The use of the adjective secular in sentences: The rules applied to both secular and religious buildings. … Continue reading

Note 218 – How the Merriam-Webster Company was formed

Whilst writing Note 215 – A little bit of history about British and American English the other day, I came across the name Noah Webster and the company name G&C Merriam Company and realised that there must be some connection so I’ve been researching over the last few days.  The history of how Merriam-Webster was formed is quite interesting – … Continue reading

Note 217 – Is it spelt descendent or descendant?

I saw this word written down today and had to look it up to see if there was also a spelling of descendent.  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, descendant is a word that is frequently looked up; however, from my research today, it appears that no one has provided a comparison of these two spellings before. … Continue reading

Note 216 – How to create a custom link for your LinkedIn profile in 5 easy steps

As a writer, my name is important to me so I wanted my LinkedIn profile to reflect my name and be able to add it to my websites and emails.  I posed the question to LinkedIn this morning using their ‘Ask a Questions’ function (did you know that you can only ask 10 questions a month?).  Anyway, the question … Continue reading

Note 215 – A little bit of history about British and American English

The different dialects used in America and and United Kingdom are sometimes known American English and British English.  Peter Strevens, professor of phonetics since 1949 and author of British and American English, wrote: “British and American are seen as ‘families’ of varieties of common language, different, yet having equal merit”. A few examples of differences include: punctuation … Continue reading

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