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Blog Changes in January

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Angie, highdesertblogging.com

Every January is another beginning. I happen to like January. My birthday is January 8th. FYI, it’s the same birthday Elvis Presley had.

People often talk about how they don’t want anymore birthdays. My mother-in-law used to say she was 29 every year. I look at it this way. It’s good to celebrate another birthday and enjoy life.

Beginnings are good. Change is good. Maybe not easy, but good. I’ve experienced new beginnings and changes in blogging plenty of times. For instance, I began highdesertblogging.com almost three years ago in March. Later I began a blogging group with meetup.com. My last computer slowed down on me, and I purchased another and had to learn Windows 8 after being used to Vista.

You can be assured that if you’re going to be a blogger, you’ll be introduced to change over and over again. Already there’s the rumor of Windows 9. You know the saying, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” In the case of Windows 8, it can definitely use some fixing. Never did I have to be distracted by the Vista mouse and cursor being so sensitive. Now I’ll be blogging and all of a sudden, somehow the font size changes.

It happens like this. I’ll be thinking of what to type next. The cursor seemingly floats over to the three-line “Customize and Control Google Chrome” icon and chooses the zoom for me. Did I tell it I couldn’t read the font or something? Another thing that happens is the four S’s and D ruler, as I call it, appears when you don’t want it and won’t show up when you need it. It’s the Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings icons on the right side of my keyboard. When you want them, you can hover over the right side all you want and they won’t appear. Try to get them to disappear, and they’ll tease you  by popping up continuously, distracting you from your blogging.

Bloggers get used to particular platforms like WordPress or Blogger and social media like Facebook. Then the people in control of the platforms or social media decide it’s a good time for a change. Yes, change happens, and there’s not one thing you and I can do about it but learn the new way of doing things.

If you’re new at blogging or a business owner who wants a blog but don’t have a clue what a platform is or the least thing about social media, you have two choices. Learn about them, or hire a blogger to blog for you and advertise on social media for your business. You can learn how to blog, learn which platform is best for you, and learn all about social media. Learning how to do these is not hard but takes time. You may have the time to learn and want to get started. Choose a workshop or class hosted by highdesertblogging.com. Plan now in January to learn how to blog. Platforms and social media are included in the workshop and classes.

Are you a high desert business owner needing help with blogging or advertising? Contact Angie at hdblogging@gmail.com to find out more information on hiring a blogger. Ask us how you can get in on our new advertising special for local businesses in the high desert.

 

 

Wannabe Bloggers and Writers, Enter Contests and Join Groups

High Desert Bloggers, Bodacious Bundts, Hesper

High Desert Bloggers,
Bodacious Bundts, Hesper

Have you ever thought about writing a book? I’ve often heard people tell me about their experiences and say they could write a book about them. The wannabe writers. The dreamers. It’s okay, you know, to be a wannabe writer that dreams of writing someday. But do more than dream it. Plan it. Make it happen. Look around your community for writers groups and events. Join the groups. Attend the events. Become involved. Write. Writers, wannabe writers, published authors, and bloggers in the High Desert  of Southern California have access to amazing writing groups and opportunities. The Apple Valley Library, 14901 Dale Evans Parkway, Apple Valley Ca, 92307, hosted a grand re-opening ceremony on Monday, September 9, with activities for the children, food for everyone, and music to boot.

Apple Valley Library, newly renovated

Apple Valley Library, newly renovated

Friends of the Library, Apple Valley Library, Grand Re-Opening

Friends of the Library, Apple Valley Library, Grand Re-Opening

Writers love and need libraries. The High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club (HDCWC) meets at this same library in a spacious meeting room every second Saturday at the Apple Valley Library from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon. The HDCWC keeps an exciting agenda going continually for its faithful members and is planning a conference in October. If you don’t have anything like this in your area, start one.

HDCWC President Dwight Norris (on the left) and Bob Isbill, Former HDCWC President (on the right), Apple Valley Library Grand Re-Opening

HDCWC President Dwight Norris (on the left) and Bob Isbill, Former HDCWC President (on the right), Apple Valley Library Grand Re-Opening

Enter the writing contest this month held at http://highdesertblogging.com. This contest will give cash prizes and publication and will run through September 30. High Desert Bloggers Meetup group is having a blogging workshop September 28, donation only. This gives bloggers a great opportunity to network with other bloggers in the community. Again, if there isn’t a blogging group where you live, start your own. That’s what the problogger, Bill Belew, told me to do. I couldn’t attend his blogging meetup group. He said, “Start your own.” I did. It became High Desert Bloggers Meetup. If you want to blog and write a book, you should do two things consistently: meet with like-minded bloggers/writers and blog/write. A blogger can network with other bloggers all day for seven days a week but accomplish nothing if not sitting down at a computer, blogging. On the other hand, it is important for a blogger to get out and meet people face to face. Getting away from the computer also helps to get the blood flowing. Meeting people causes motivation and inspiration. This applies to writers as well. Looking up writing and blogging topics on the Internet can be inspiring. Need some inspiration to accomplish your writing goals? Read about people like Linda Formichelli (The Renegade Writer) who knows about starting out as a wannabe writer and becoming a successful freelance writer. I came across Linda’s post of her writing experiences and the tools she used to become a successful writer, and I’m inspired. One thing a writer must never do is never give up. I know we hear that phrase often, but it’s true. If you want something enough, you won’t give up until it becomes a reality. So keep dreaming. Write, and become a successful writer. Blog, and become a successful blogger. Make it happen.

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