Sep 042012

Today’s Tip: To increase your SEO put all your keywords in the first 50 words and last 50 words of your posts.

When you become a blogger, the term “SEO” is thrown around with abandon, with very little explanation of what it is or how you can achieve it. So today I’m bringing you a quick tip that will immediately enhance your SEO.

Going backwards for a minute: What is SEO? SEO meant search engine optimization which, in simple terms, means search engines can find you. What’s the point of SEO? Why bother writing a stack of amazing content only for no one to see it! Continue reading »

Aug 212012

Today’s Tip: Every ending is a new beginning.

In life there are many endings. Businesses, friendships, working relationships, gym memberships. There are deaths, there are happy endings, sad endings, endings that catch you by surprise.

All things must come to an end, one way or another. Nothing in this life lasts forever.

But it’s a mistake to dwell on the ending when it comes, as each ending is the beginning of a brand new chapter. Brand new opportunities, friendships, relationships. Brand new things on the horizon. New things to look forward to, to celebrate, to enjoy, to live, and to love. Continue reading »

Aug 142012

Today’s Tip: Don’t waste time

Now I could talk about not wasting time waiting around for the perfect opportunity to fall in your lap, but I’ve done that before. I could also write about how we shouldn’t waste time by having a sleep in or watching some crap TV, but that’s fun so I’m not going to do that either. Instead I’d like to drop this one on you: don’t waste time doing things you don’t enjoy. Continue reading »

Aug 072012

Today’s Tip: Treat others as they would like to be treated.

Most people are aware of the golden rule: “Treat others as you would like to be treated”. Not a bad way to live your life, something to consider in all your dealings with people and something to think about when the temptation to be mean or rude to others is strong.

However, even better than the golden rule is the platinum rule: “Treat others as they would like to be treated” Continue reading »

Jul 242012

Dive in

Today’s Tip: Don’t wait for a perfect time. Just do it now.

So many of us wait for the perfect moment, the perfect time, wait for everything to be right before we do something. Whether we’re waiting to find a partner, to have kids, to leave a job we hate, to ask out that guy. So many of us are sitting around waiting. Waiting for the perfect opportunity.

Well, guess what? There are no perfect opportunities. There is no perfect time. Continue reading »

Jul 172012

Today’s Tip: Make it easy to comment on your blog!

A big part of increasing your audience is comments – receiving them, replying to them and, above all, making it easy for people to leave them. The default WordPress comment system is fairly good, I have to admit, however the Blogspot one does my head in. The options are crap! Google? WordPress? Fine. But what is TypePad? And who let LiveJournal or AIM out of the 90s?!

For this blog I use Disqus, and I love it. It notifies me via the Disqus site when anyone replies to my comments on any site using Disqus (and now you’ve had it pointed out you’ll see it everywhere), it’s easy to use and links nicely to my website, putting up my image and all that loveliness. But also because you can just type in your name, email & URL. Not convinced? Here are 25 reasons you should use Disqus. Continue reading »

Jul 032012

Today’s Tip: Start each day with a compliment… to yourself

I have been feeling under the weather for a few weeks now. An inability to sleep and when I do sleep it’s all nightmares about the world’s most mundane shit. Honestly I have the most boring nightmares in the world. Stuff like I’m getting dressed for work and can’t find the top I need and for no reason whatsoever that is incredibly stressful and I think the world is going to end. So I wake up all in a panic and feeling like instead of having a nice restful sleep I have, in actual fact, participated in the nightmare olympics.

So, in my sleep deprived state where the funniest thing in the whole world is Spaghatta Nadle I have been completely unable to come up with a Tuesday Tip. So I asked around and my colleague, Ray*, offered to write one for me (and it’s a good one, just the one I needed): Continue reading »

Jun 182012

I have been firmly in the leggings-are-not-pants camp for years now. For many reasons, mostly just because if I can see your lady business I don’t really feel you have selected an adequate amount of clothing. And, a little bit, because not everyone looks good in leggings. Especially not if said leggings are baggy, too tight, or a little bit see-through.

I’ve read many arguments regarding leggings as pants, including this one by Fat Heffalump calling it ableist , classist, sizeist, bullshit. I can’t imagine I would criticise someone in any of those situations, personally, but I take the point all the same and it did make me think about things in a different way (although I would like to state for the record that wearing leggings with a tunic top, in my opinion, is not wearing leggings as pants, and I would therefore disagree that the picture within this post depicts someone wearing leggings as pants). Continue reading »

May 082012

Today’s Tip: Let other people have their dignity.

So often I see people tearing each other down, or making an example of someone who stepped out on a ledge and managed to make an arse of themselves. I understand the desire to do so, especially when they’re spouting bigoted bullshit like “gay people shouldn’t have the right to get married because they can choose to be straight” (a fantastic one I saw on facebook the other day). If someone is wrong, and it’s harmful, that’s one thing, but quite often I find in our society we tear people down not because it’s right, but because we can. Continue reading »

May 042012

Flowers from a colleague

Well, it’s my birthday! And I’m high on the excitement of it. I don’t even know why, yeah I get presents and lots of people say happy birthday, which is wonderful, but I’m not actually motivated by presents. I think I just like the attention.

Scratch that, I know I like attention.

In fact earlier this week we did a workshop on Communication Styles and I got Expressive. Which, among other things, put me firmly in the loud, outgoing, talkative category of people who like lots of feedback, recognition and applause. My reaction? Duh! The only down side of this is later, when we all did an activity where we had to talk about the possible challenges of dealing with the other communication styles, everyone picked on us. Said we were overbearing, hard to get a word in, steamroll over others. How we’re intimidating and the guy presenting (from the amiable group) even got up the courage to ask “You seem very confident, are you?” to which I said “Yes” and everyone laughed (but then another in the group went on about how she talks too much when she’s nervous and completely ruined the facade). Continue reading »