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April is National Poetry Month

April 2016 is the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month! High Desert Blogging will be hosting a poetry contest later this month. If you’re a poet or interested in poetry, you are invited to participate in our contest. So stay tuned this month as we publish poems, articles about poetry, and features on poets and writers.

Looking for a writers group to learn how to write poetry, fiction, or nonfiction? There is a writers group, the High Desert branch of California Writers Club (HDCWC) that meets from 10:00 am until noon on the second Saturday of every month. Currently, they meet at the Community Church @ Jess Ranch, 11537 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley, CA.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Daily, in April, Poem in Your Pocket Day is celebrated by selecting a poem and sharing it various places you frequent like bookstores, coffee shops, writers clubs, blogs, and Twitter, etc. READ MORE »

NaNoWriMo is coming! Are you ready?

I'm participating are you?

I’m participating are you?

NaNoWriMo is coming! NaNoWriMo is coming!

What is NaNoWriMo?

The creators of NaNoWriMo define it as: “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.” http://nanowrimo.org/about

It is a fun roller-coaster ride. You rise to the top creating your novel and watch your word count soar. Then you plummet in to the dark canon that is thinking written yourself into a corner or you’ve falling behind on your word count only to find you start to rise again.

If you’ve ever thought, “I could do better than this guy.” Then NaNoWriMo is for you.

If you’ve ever thought, “I’d like to write a story, someday.” Then NaNoWriMo is for you.

If you’ve ever thought, “I’m not creative, writing scares me.” Then NaNoWriMo is for you.

As the Municipal Liaison (ML) for the San Bernardino Region of NaNoWriMo I invite you to join me on this adventure toward completing your first novel.

As a member of the NaNoWriMo community I challenge you to join me because:

  1. You never know what you can do until you try.
  2. You’ll make some new friends, online and at community events.
  3. You’ll have fun.

For more information and to sign-up for NaNoWriMo go to http://nanowrimo.org/

Once you’ve created your account mosey on over to the regional page an introduce yourself.

Comment to score some cool NaNoWriMo sway from yours truly.

Tess DeGroot AKA Victorville-Tess Municipal Liaison for San Bernardino region.

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I can also be found at: www.tessdegroot-books.com

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.

10 Reasons To Maintain a Business Blog

Rainbow ricreis morgueFileIn today’s business landscape, having a website is almost as important as having a telephone. People of all ages are online looking for information, ideas to share and businesses to patronize. So while every business clearly needs a website, is it really necessary for every business to have a  blog? Yes! And here’s why:

The Top 10 Reasons To Maintain a Business Blog

1. A Business Blog Provides Another Avenue to Connect With Customers

Beyond your website, radio and offline advertisements– or even your email address and direct phone contact, a blog is another medium through which your customers may explore your company. It is an indirect way for your customers to connect with you and you with them. Can any business ever have too many customer connections?

2. A Business Blog Helps Build an Audience

A blog offers a voice and the right voice attracts listeners. Done correctly, a blog can help a business attract new audience members and strengthen the bonds with an audience already in place.

3. A Business Blog Helps Draw Internet Traffic To a Website

Whether you sell your goods online or simply use your website to advertise, one of your primary goals is to draw as many eyes to a site as possible. A blog helps business owners accomplish this and then some. While websites can be somewhat static, a business blog offers visitors a far more dynamic experience. Regular updates and fresh, unique content give visitors a reason to return again and again and again!

4. A Business Blog Helps Provide Individual Businesses With a Stronger Web Presence

The Internet offers everyone a pretty leveled playing field and a blog helps increase your presence on that field. With that said, it also provides a deeply competitive landscape where only the strongest, most persistent and most reliable content rises to the top. A mere website just won’t do when competitors are regularly churning out new content, which leads us to #5…

5. A Business Blog Can Help a Business Compete With Others Within a Niche

A business blog helps to enhance a business’ web presence and, thus, provides a vehicle through which an organization may compete more effectively. New products can be spotlighted, industry accomplishments can be immediately publicized, special sales can be announced and the list goes on.

6. A Business Blog Can Help Owners and Employees Provide Better Customer Service

By providing a space for customers to share comments and suggestions in real time, information gathered from a business blog can help an organization provide a better quality of customer service. Many companies even appoint one or more staff members to respond to blog comments, which helps to create a closer bond with customers and provide them with optimal service.

7. A Business Blog Can Help Improve Search Engine Rankings

New, original and trustworthy content is crucial if a business is aiming for top-billing among search engines. Providing all of this on a regular basis is even better. Instead of merely providing information one time on a website, business blogging can help tremendously with SEO since search engine algorithms are more inclined to reward higher rankings to those that provide quality content on a regular basis.

8. A Business Blog Allows Owners To Immediately Disseminate Urgent Information

Experiencing a shipping snafu or an organizational upset? Need to squash a harmful rumor? A business blog provides immediate media coverage which YOU control. Information shared on a business blog is often cited by trade publications and traditional news outlets, so while press releases are still valuable, there’s no need to wait to publish whatever it is that you want the public to know about your business right away.

9. A Business Blog Helps In Adding a Personal Touch To a Website Or a Business

Your website is probably ultra-professional and very structured…as it should be. While a business blog should also maintain an air of professionalism, it is perfectly acceptable for a blog to be more conversational in tone. Further, it allows personal interaction with a readership and helps in humanizing an organization.

10. A Business Blog Helps a Business Establish Trust With Consumers

Above all else, customers value companies that they can trust. Business blogging helps supply consumers with expert information on a regular basis and helps a company engage with customers around important concerns or issues. Done well, a business blog can be used as part of a trust-building foundation leading to long-term consumer relationships.

Want to Learn More About Business Blogging?

If you’re operating a business and you don’t have a blog…or if you have a business blog, but you want to learn how to kick it into overdrive come meet the High Desert Bloggers this weekend at the San Bernardino County Fair. And if you don’t fancy yourself much of a writer, but realize the importance of maintaining a blog, don’t be shy about asking one of our bloggers to blog for your business. We’ll be at the RelyLocal table, so while you’re there you can also learn about the powerful shop local movement taking place here in the High Desert.

Tell Us All About It

Have a question or comment and can’t wait to visit us at the fair? Well, sound off below and get a feel for how fast and effective this business blogging concept really is!

 

Business Blog by MConnors at morgueFile

Creating a Blog Page with Design In Mind

If your goal is to communicate clearly while sharing your
knowledge with others, then why would you want to obscure your message with a
flourish of too much creativity? Yes, too much is just as bad as not enough.

Just because you know how to download, cut and paste, and
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