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KEEPING THE FAITH WHEN YOU WORK FOR YOURSELF (BUT HAVE NO WORK COMING IN)

THAT fear you feel when you have no work coming in? I know it well. Very well. I’ve been freelancing for six years now, making money from my blog for the last 18 months or so and still, I fear THAT fear. When work is quiet. When my inbox is manageable. When my bank balance looks piteously low or I’m in the red. I’ve been there more times than I

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10 BOOKS YOU NEED (& WILL WANT TO READ AGAIN & AGAIN)

AS a total bookworm, I cannot get enough of the little devils. Books, that is. I dream of my house, one day, being some kind of gigantic library. So far I’ve still got some way to go with this, but I’m getting there. A woman on an important mission, I’m sure you’ll agree. In my house there are bookcases and piles of books in every room. Some books I could

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GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO HAVE A BREAK

GO on, I beg of you. You’ll be in good company too I promise, because I’m just about to do exactly that. I’ve been sitting here for a good couple of hours now working, but there’s nothing else left in the tank, so to speak. I’m supposed to be sat here writing blog posts and catching up with emails. You know, all the kind of stuff, a busy freelancing blogger

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LIFE AND STUFF! (AN UPDATE)

CAN you believe we’re already two weeks into 2016? I ask you, when on earth did this happen?! Crazy stuff indeed. Anyhow, I hope you’re all having a smashing start to the year and are managing to hit the ground running with all of your hopes, desires and goals! It’s been a pretty eventful couple of weeks here, so I thought I’d share with you all a quick update of

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SEVEN THINGS THAT STOP ME READING YOUR BLOG

THERE are millions of blogs out there. Millions. Millions of people sharing their stories, giving intimate glimpses of their lives and hoping to be noticed. It’s hard to get your blog out there. It takes time, effort, resilience, creativity and bags of determination. But if you’re not careful, a couple of bad moves (or one if you’re unlucky) and all that hard work of yours can go to pot. Attracting people

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LIFE & SOME BLOGGING HIGHLIGHTS

ISN’T it funny how just when you’re feeling life isn’t your best friend… Things suddenly seem to buck up! After a rotten few months, this week has been pretty marvellous in comparison and in terms of my work / blogging life, well things couldn’t be lovelier. This week I found out that I have finally, finally (!) made the respected Tots100, after three and a half years of blogging  (I’m

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FIVE REASONS WE NEED BLOGS (& BLOGGERS)

OVER the past few weeks, I’ve come across some general unpleasantness towards blogs. And more to the point, the people who write them. (Including me) Which has made me feel, well, a little bit sad. I’ve read that blogs are pointless, boring and dull. I’ve heard people say they’re not interested in any blogs, because they’re only written by narcissists (yes, really). And I’ve even come across one blogger who

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THAT ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ FEELING & A PEEK AT MY DESK

I DON’T know about you, but I love this time of year. That ‘back to school’ feeling. That feeling of change in the air, that fresh start boost we all need and the thought of exciting opportunities ahead. So when the lovely people at Zazzle asked me if I’d like to treat myself to some ‘back to school’ or if you like ‘back to blogging’ goodies, well I snapped their

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