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Blog Revamped…and Talking too much…

My500Words 31 Day Challenge – Day 5

As I haven’t been online and giving attention to any of my blogs for such a long time, I had to spend some time re-looking at this blog in particular and how I needed to restructure it to fit in with my use of it as a Journal Blog. So I spent some time redesigning and shuffling and finding the right theme and so on. I needed to update some of the older posts, and add feature images to just make it look a bit better and decided to go with a static front page that shows featured posts as images as I’m a very visually oriented persona and this appealed to me. This meant that I had to adjust descriptions and the About Me page, so I did some rewriting there. It’s reasonably okay now, so I was finally free to actually do some writing! Continue reading Blog Revamped…and Talking too much…


Birth-Year Resolutions and Apps to help with Productivity

My500Words 31 Day Challenge – Day 4

My year has really kicked off at a drop and run rate. I was planning to come to the office a week before we officially started to come and clean and organise, both the space and my thoughts, but for some or other reason people were drastically in need to be sorted out and I ended up starting on Wednesday last week by giving 6 treatments and ending the week by having given 15! Not bad at all for January! Continue reading Birth-Year Resolutions and Apps to help with Productivity

Free Writing – Pretty much how I write

So I’m on the third day (officially) of the My500Words Challenge and I’m keeping tabs on LIFT which is a very cool community site for helping you keep track of your goals and it is actually quite inspiring. Thanks Jeff!

I’m doing my own thing with my writing but it is interesting to have a look at the suggestions Jeff makes for every day. I’m loosely following it, and really enjoying the daily e-mails too that he sends to inspire, push and motivate you to keep going. Continue reading Free Writing – Pretty much how I write

Reinvention Year

I’ve so been in a rut these past couple of years and I need to just shake myself up a bit this year ’cause I’m tired of being in survival mode… Kinda scary but helluva exciting!

So this means that to be able to pursue my dream of writing I need to be in charge of my bread and butter daily stuff, and this area of my life has been a bit stagnant, so I definitely needed to step it up a bit. So…the minute I committed to the My500Words challenge, I started being busy in my working life! Which is kinda cool… and frustrating at the same time, because now I need to make other time to write as my day is now filled where last year it was quiet enough to fit writing in… Continue reading Reinvention Year

I wanne see u in my Inbox – but apparently my e-mail host doesn’t

Man, was I frustrated recently when I discovered the awesome site Story Cartel where you can review some really great books for free in return for a review on Amazon. My frustration came when I didn’t receive the return e-mail confirming my request and more importantly, containing the link for the download site of the book. And worst of all, this was a book on writing that I’ve been dying to read by Jeff Goins, You Are A Writer. (It’s awesome by the way…I’ll expand on it in a future post, still busy gobbling it up!)

Being not on the internet full-time as I stay in South Africa and it still costs quite a bit here, although it’s starting to come down dramatically now, I utilise an internet café to download my e-mail from Hotmail and GMail as I have different accounts for the various facets of my life. So I don’t usually even think of checking the SPAM folder of these accounts as I’m not that aware of them really as I’m not online…and I was sick as well, so my head didn’t work right anyway <grin>

So guess where my LOST e-mails were? I found it finally at Hotmail in the Spam folder, but it magically disappeared into the void at GMail…Luckily I tried another of my e-mail addresses of a local phone network and thankfully got a copy of my sought after book by Jeff 1 DAY before the offer expired!!!! WHEW!!! I lost the other one I wanted to try though, but at least I know what to look for now if I have a no response in my Inbox 16 seconds after choosing the book.

Now I just need to figure out how to prevent this from happening again, as the damn thing gets flushed every month apparently. I discovered some of my other blog subscriptions in there too, so hopefully they will stay where I can see them from now on – in my INBOX! This will mean I will have to spend some time online to figure out how to do this and then to do it! AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!! I subscribe to a lot of blogs via e-mail and can’t always go and add the bloody address to the White List or whatever it’s called. (See, I know why! Just can’t always do it though!)

By the way, if you love reading or are a writer and looking for a platform to link with readers, check out Story Cartel, it’s an awesome idea and a great platform for doing just that and to build up the reviews that push you up in the Amazon Rankings if you’re about to publish there! And while you’re about it – check out Jeff Goins’ Blog on Writing if you haven’t already – he’s a great guy and gives good, solid, down to earth advice on getting on with it!

If you know how I can easily flumox the spam checking dumpers to not trash my good stuff without me knowing about it (there seems to be no fixed pattern, sometimes something goes through, sometimes others from the same source doesn’t…) please leave me a hint in the Comments, will appreciate it GREATLY! Thanks for stopping by.