Posted in Publishing, Distributing, Surveys, Quizzes and Games

New Story!

Hey everyone, just wanted to let you all know that we have a new kid’s story on our Kid’s Stories page!  Read the great story below, or read it and find more information on entering our contest HERE!

 

by Mia, Age 11

HORSEY HEADS SOUTH

Blue bonnets!  Beautiful, sweet-smelling bonnets spread amidst the broad plains of Texas.  Horsey is my name.  I am a stuffed horse.  My homeland is The Longhorn State.  I live in Oregon and I visit Texas occasionally.  My owner, an 11-year old girl named Mia, and her family are going to Texas and they are bringing my friend Ginger the German Shepherd and me along.

As Mia and her family pack, I see the family dog, Chiona, getting nervous.  She is not going with us, but she does not like when we leave to Texas or California.  Mia and her brother are extremely excited.  Everyone is packing and taking it to the car.  I know I will not be going in the suitcase because I always stay close beside Mia. Continue reading “New Story!”

Posted in Bible

A Guide Through the Most Important Book In the WORLD

Maybe you are a strong Christian.  Maybe you have never heard of the Good News before.  Maybe you are trying to follow Christ, but you feel as if you are choked out by the mere size of his Holy Book.  This series has a video for every New Testament book of the Bible that outlines its literary design, and what it is about.  They are EXTREMELY helpful for understanding those really difficult books!

New Testament

Check out their Old Testament videos too!

Old Testament

 

Posted in Beautify Your Blog, Blogging

Beautify Your Blog with an Easy Makeover: Part 7

Hey everyone, check out this cool article series!  I’ll be posting a new one every week or so, so if you find this helpful be sure to subscribe so you’ll be notified whenever a new one is posted!  I hope you enjoy it and find it useful!

More Than Just an Afterthought: The Power of Your Blog’s Footer

If you think the footer is obsolete and unimportant, you haven’t been paying attention to the trend towards larger footers. In fact, many blog owners and developers are looking at the footer as another place to further engage readers with additional navigation, video content, social media feeds, and more.

Besides being a new location for housing valuable resources, the footer also contains some of the more boring information on your site. Some of the more standard footer expectations include:

  • Affiliate and earnings disclaimers. This legal stuff is a must have if you promote products for commission, or if you advise people about how to earn/save/spend money.
  • Terms of service. If you have a membership site or sell things on your blog, a TOS page is important. It contains information about refunds, guarantees, and your cookie and privacy policies. Put a link to it in your footer.
  • Sitemap. While not as important as it once was, your sitemap can help readers (and the search engines) find pages that aren’t readily available via your primary navigation.
  • Login information. If your readers need to sign in for any reason, the footer is a good place to put a link or the form itself.
  • Copyright notices. While not strictly necessary (you own the copyright for your work whether you declare it or not) some people like to put copyright information in the footer.

In addition, you can use your footer to get other important information out to your visitors, such as:

  • Social media updates – real-time Twitter and Facebook feeds can let readers know where you’re most active and how to find out more about you.
  • RSS feeds from other sites you own – Help drive traffic to your other web properties by linking to the articles you post there. An RSS feed automatically updates itself, so this is an easy way to create dynamic content.
  • Awards and recognition – Were you interviewed on NBC or featured in the Huffington Post? Add the logos (make sure you have permission first) to your footer for powerful social proof of your expertise.
  • Top comments – Let readers know about active discussions going on with a top comments list in the footer.

Most themes have “widgetized” footers, meaning whatever you end up putting in this section can always be changed later, so maybe a blog makeover is the perfect time to try something different.

As with anything else that has to do with the design of your blog – just because something works for one person doesn’t mean it will work for someone else. You have to always be testing and tracking what you’re doing, including the footer section of your blog.
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Posted in Blogging, Beautify Your Blog

Beautify Your Blog with an Easy Makeover: Part 6

startup-593327_1920Hey everyone, check out this cool article series!  I’ll be posting a new one every week or so, so if you find this helpful be sure to subscribe so you’ll be notified whenever a new one is posted!  I hope you enjoy it and find it useful!

P.S. I if you are wanting to market a book with social media, See Here.

Getting in Front of Your Target Market: How to Integrate Social Media in Your Blog Redesign

Social media is hot, hot, hot right now! It pretty much doesn’t matter who you are or what business you’re in, you can’t get away from the different social sites out there. That means you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to integrate it into your blog. And more than likely, you probably already have accounts set up and are active on them so it only makes sense you would ‘advertise’ it to your blog visitors by adding the different icons to your blog. Continue reading “Beautify Your Blog with an Easy Makeover: Part 6”

Posted in Writing / Writing Help

How to Write to Captivate Your Reader

texture-1362879_1920Mr. Average Joe looks intently at the pages between the cover of the book he is reading.  He bites his lip, furrowing his bushy eyebrows as he does so.  A minute later he gives out a laugh.  Then, after a while, tears spring to his eyes.  At last, he sets down the book, almost sorry it had to end.  “That was a good book.” he says happily.  Then he picks up his phone, opens his text app and recommends the book to a friend.

You want your book to be like that; to captivate the reader, so much so that they can hardly put down the book.   A good book makes you in a sense ‘hungry’ for more; more of that book, more of the book’s series, or maybe just more books by that author!  And maybe Mr. Average Joe isn’t your reader.  It could be Environmentalist Evan,  Fantasy Francine, Sci-Fi Sam or anyone else! And it’s your job as the author to hook your readers into your book. Continue reading “How to Write to Captivate Your Reader”

Posted in Blogging, Beautify Your Blog

Beautify Your Blog with an Easy Makeover: Part 5

baby-84626_1920Hey everyone, check out this cool article series!  I’ll be posting a new one every week or so, so if you find this helpful be sure to subscribe so you’ll be notified whenever a new one is posted!  I hope you enjoy it and find it useful!–

The Simple Sidebar Offers More Options to Keep Readers Engaged

While sidebars aren’t as important as navigation, they still take careful consideration and need to be set up in a way that will be easy for your readers to use. Done right, your sidebar can draw your reader deeper into your website. Done wrong, and it could be a big turn off. Continue reading “Beautify Your Blog with an Easy Makeover: Part 5”

Posted in Blogging, Beautify Your Blog

Beautify Your Blog with an Easy Makeover: Part 4

young-writerHey everyone, check out this cool article series!  I’ll be posting a new one every week or so, so if you find this helpful be sure to subscribe so you’ll be notified whenever a new one is posted!  I hope you enjoy it and find it useful!

Getting Around: Creating an Intuitive, Meaningful Navigation Structure

If you want to drive visitors away from your site, make your navigation confusing. We’ve all landed on a website only to be greeted by some weird navigation structure that not only doesn’t tell us what is available, but doesn’t less us return to the page we were on easily. Don’t do this to your readers! Continue reading “Beautify Your Blog with an Easy Makeover: Part 4”

Posted in Publishing, Distributing

Ten Publishing and Distributing Tips Part 3 (and a few writing tips)

You lay in your bed, thinking to yourself about your story.  It is almost done, and soon you’ll be getting it published.  “How do I do that?”,  you think.  Suddenly a scary lady with red nail-claws towers over you, an angry look on her face.  “Grrr!  You can’t publish your book!  You have no idea what you are doing!  Who are you going to publish with, hmm? And who would want to read a story like yours anyways?”  You sit up suddenly, breaking into a cold sweat.  Then you realize it was only a dream… thankfully!

Professionally publishing your work can be a challenging and somewhat scary process.   I know; I have done it myself. But in this article series I will give you “Ten Publishing and Distributing Tips” to help you on your writing journey! Continue reading “Ten Publishing and Distributing Tips Part 3 (and a few writing tips)”

Posted in Blogging, Beautify Your Blog

Beautify Your Blog with an Easy Makeover: Part 3

IMG_0331We found this article series online, so I’ll be posting a new one every week or so until the end of the series :).  I hope you enjoy it and find it useful!

Take it From the Top: Redesigning Your Blog Header

It’s the first thing people see when they land on any page of your website. Just as you make a first impression when people meet you in person, your header is also the first impression people have of your blog. Ideally, you want people to look at it and immediately know what your site is about. It should build a connection with your reader by ‘telling a story,’ and that story will depend on the type of blog you have. Continue reading “Beautify Your Blog with an Easy Makeover: Part 3”