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There is no such thing as Writer’s Block

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As a writer, you are presented with two choices, to either write well or perhaps not so well. The choice not to write is not a choice at all. The decision to lay your pen on the block is simply incomprehensible.

There is no blockage. No hurdle. No chains, holding you back in the damp, dingy darkness of Plato’s cave. Your creative arteries are fine, but your decision to write is real. Your life and your dreams depend on it.

When you write nothing, you use the melodramatic excuse of the amateur.

A professional writer, on the other hand, has the courage and distinguishes themselves by writing every day. They write their blog daily, and they write with great tenacity and purpose.

Their writing is different.

Their words do not strike the same shallow chord as the sporadic, sharply tuned tongue, of the venomous keyboard warrior. They write with purpose. They compose their words with meaning.

Their writing has an aim. It is written with passion and is meant to make a difference.

It is composed daily, not episodically, when the mood strikes.

A professional writer is very different than their amateur counterpart. They set out every morning, to dutifully and unmistakably struggle with the task of writing. They wrestle and fight. They are determined to give their ideas a new life, no matter how premature, or perhaps overdue they might appear. They give birth to their thoughts, and moves on to the next entry.

Experiencing a writer’s block is a myth. It is a subtle sign of a diseased literary mind. A mind imprisoned by a doubt and crippled with fear.

When I was a little boy, I just loved to write. I wrote poems, performed plays, and shared joyfully with the world, or anyone that would stop to listen. I expected nothing in return.

When I grew older, I convinced myself that my work was worthless, unreadable, a mistake, and that my innermost thoughts didn’t really matter to anyone. I left the real work of writing to professionals. I grew into, a very unhappy amateur writer, but a solid technical writer, with writer’s block. I wrote very well, but only when an opportunity presented itself to pass the next academic course, or receive the next degree or diploma.

My passion for the joy of writing was released very recently.

I have been freed from bondage, right here on typepad.com.

It all started when I found Seth Godin’s blog and for more than a year now, I have remained a loyal reader. Seth’s words continue to remain a great source of inspiration.

Seth’s blog is like oxygen.

I take a deep breath every morning.

He is also the reason why I signed up here at typepad.com, in the first place. Typepad.com came highly recommended. I debated using other blog options, but decided that for the few cents that it costs a day, it might just be the difference that I needed.

And here I am.

I have published over two hundred entries and have written well over one hundred thousand words.

I write about the meaning of life, my dreams, childhood memories, and to encourage others to discover their tenacity and greatness, in a culture which sometimes is a little numb to recognize the beauty and wonderment that surrounds us.

I write to remind myself to not be afraid. To seize the day, and avoid living a life of quiet desperation. I write so that no one needlessly approaches their deathbed with their song still in them.

I write every day, to avoid being an amateur. I write so I don’t become a person who struts his stuff upon the stage, and signifying nothing, is heard no more.

I believe you and I, merit an opportunity to be heard.

So I write for you.

Without a writer’s block.

I hope you’ll write for me.

 

This  was written by Guest Blogger Greg Kieszkowski from Ten Minas. Thank you for sharing with us. 

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Featured Blog: Clearly and Simply

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Clearly and Simply is written by Robert Mundigl from Munich Germany. The name is taken from a quote by the Austrian/British Philosopher Sir Karl Popper:

Anyone who cannot speak clearly and simply should say nothing and continue to work until he can do so.

He has been writing about data analysis and data visualization with Microsoft Excel and Tableau Software since 2009. He addresses advanced topics in Excel and Tableau and provides information for experienced, maybe even expert users of these applications. Clearly and Simply focuses on intelligent data analysis and showcases tools and techniques to help turn your data into useful information. Alexa.com rates Clearly and Simply in the category Computers>Spreadsheets among the top 20 websites worldwide (rank 20, Source).

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Interview with Kevin from Attitude of Gratitude

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Attitude of Gratitude is a blog about gratitude written by Kevin Carroll. Inspired by a gratitude themed retreat, he decided to express his gratitude through blogging. There are many wonders around us and Kevin writes about his gratitude for all. Recently he turned some of his posts into a book titled A Moment’s Pause For Gratitude. Amongst the excitement of his first book, Kevin was kind enough to answer a few questions about his blog and book. For that, we are thankful.

1) Can you tell us about yourself and your blog?

I devoted forty years of my life to teaching, mostly at the high school level. I retired in June 2015. While I was born and raised in San Francisco, I’ve lived in the Santa Clara Valley since 1972. My wife, Kathy, and I have three young adult sons and two grandchildren.

In November 2006, I attended a weekend retreat at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, California. The theme of the retreat was “gratitude.” I wanted to find some way to maintain the focus on gratitude I was experiencing at the conclusion of that weekend retreat. I decided to start a blog.

My first blog post was December 23, 2006. Now, almost eleven years later, I have more than 1,500 posts on the blog I named “Attitude of Gratitude.” The purpose of my blog is to express my gratitude for the people, experiences, opportunities, and abilities I have been blessed with throughout my lifetime. I also hope to inspire others to focus on gratitude in their own lives.

2) What is your process for writing a blog post?

In the blog’s first full year (2007), I wrote every day. Since that time, to avoid blogging becoming a chore rather than something I enjoy doing, I write when I have something to say. Topics for my blog can come from anywhere — memories, experiences, quotes, songs, or things I observe as I go about my day.

My process? I sit down and write. That’s pretty much it. I was an English major, with an emphasis in writing, at Santa Clara University, so I am passionate about good writing. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar are important to me. Writing is a gift, and I try to do it to the best of my ability.

4) What is your favorite feature in Typepad?

I have been very impressed with the tech support Typepad provides. I’ve had very few problems in the eleven years I’ve been blogging, but whenever I did encounter a problem, people from tech support were there to guide me through it.

6) What is the most important thing you have learned from blogging?

I think it’s important for bloggers to realize that if you put it “out there” in the blogosphere, anyone can read it. Be smart about what you publish.

Actual Cover7) What made you decide to create a book? Any advice for bloggers that want to make a book from their blog?

For several years, I’ve received feedback from readers of my blog recommending that I consider publishing some of my work. I always thought it would be a good idea, but I was busy with my teaching job, so I didn’t have the time to do so. When I retired, I committed myself to doing nothing for the first year. I needed a break from life. My goal for the second year of my retirement was to publish a book of some of my blog posts.

The book, A Moment’s Pause for Gratitude, contains fifty posts. I preface each one with a quote, and I added a few reflection questions for the reader after each post.

For those who might be considering making a book from their blog, I’d recommend that they read “How to Blog a Book” by Nina Amir and “Demons of the Blank Page” by Roland Merullo.

9) What is one goal for your blog in the next 6 months?

The next six months will be a challenge for me. I will be marketing my book, which will take some time. I also want to begin my next book, with a target publication date of October 2018. Despite these commitments, I will continue blogging on the topic of gratitude, though the frequency of my posts may be less than in the past.

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Kevin CarrollKevin Carroll was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He is a graduate of Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, Santa Clara University (B.A. in English/Writing), and the University of San Francisco (M.A. in Education). After a forty-year career in education, Kevin retired in June 2015 to pursue a second career in writing.

Kevin, and his wife Kathy, currently live in San José, California. They have three sons and two adorable grandchildren, Liam and Emily.

When he is not writing or playing with his grandkids, Kevin enjoys reading and spending time outdoors. He has been inspired by the writings of Paulo Coelho, Coach John Wooden, Roland Merullo, Hal Urban, Janice Kaplan, Harold Ivan Smith, Jack London, Father Jim Martin, S.J., Frank McCourt, and many more accomplished authors.

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Featured Blog: Positively Present

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Positively Present is a place for people around the world to find insights and inspiration for living with positivity, awareness, and self-love. Dani DiPirro is an author, blogger, and designer living in a suburb of Washington, DC. In 2009, she launched PositivelyPresent.com as a way to share her personal experiences and insights on positivity, awareness, and self-love — things that didn’t always come easy to her! Positively Present features weekly articles by Dani DiPirro, and the beloved "Positively Present Picks" weekly round-up. The site is designed to bring uplifting empowerment and information to anyone who visits!

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Featured Blog: NewC Blog Favorites

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NewC Blog Favorites is written by artist Don Robbins. He showcases his original artwork for all to see with musings of his day to day life. When he is not designing products he loves to cook. You can purchase shirts and canvases of his art. The sale of his artwork is to help fund a purchase of a car, check it out here.  You can also purchase T-shirts from his Amazon store with his artwork.  

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Featured Blog: What The Junk?!

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Ann is a Blogilates Popster that is into fitness, Adventure Time, Bullet Journals, snail mail, pen pals, and much more. She is also a Starbucks and a coffee addict! What the Junk?! is her personal blog that explores all her interests. She blogs about her fitness journey and has lost 60lbs with POPilates. She is known around the web as Anndroid Girl because of her love of Android phones and her first name fits! Learn more about Anndroid Girl and her blog What the Junk?!; you may get a pen pal out of it. 

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Featured Blog: Unityspeaks

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Unity Ivongbe created Unity Speaks | Tranformation Happens Here. He loves to share wisdom on life, leadership, business, and society. His goal is to help people better themselves. His posts are full of thought provoking topics to help determine where your life is and what you can do better. Each post has bite size wisdom to help get you through the day. Start enjoying Unityspeaks today.

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Featured Blog: Time Goes By

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Time Goes By is written by Ronni Bennett, who had a captivating career in media before she took up blogging. Her idea for the blog started when she looked around a room and thought to herself “My god, I am the oldest person in this room and not by a few years, by decades.” That is when she started researching everything about getting older. After years of research she decided to start the blog, Time Goes By. Ronni is passionate about sharing what she has learned with others. She writes not only about getting older, but about blogging, culture, politics and much more! Check out her blog to learn more about getting older. We all will be there soon.

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How To Use Constant Contact To Keep Your Readers Engaged

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Keeping your blog posts in front of your readers is important to help them stay informed and up to date. They may not be on your blog or social media sites to see new posts or promotions. A great way to make sure your readers never miss a blog post is to create a sign up list. A mailing list is a great way to stay connected with your readers.

There are many email marketing companies out there and one we recommend and use is Constant Contact. Constant Contact is an email marketing company that helps you create and send professional looking emails to your readers. A great feature they offer is creating a customizable sign up form for your blog. You can customize the sign up form in Constant Contact and either link or embed the form on your blog. If you look to the right, you will see our email sign up button (sign up today!).

Add An Email Sign-Up Form To Your Blog

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After you create your sign up form in Constant Contact, you are given multiple choices to display your form. You can create a button, embed your form, or link to your form.

If you choose to embed your form or button; in Constant Contact they will give you code to add to your blog. You can use the Embed Your Own HTML module to add it to your blog's side bar. Click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog. Click on the Design tab, then Content. Under Categories, select Widget > Embed Your Own HTML. Click on Add This Module to get a window to add your code. Next to Label give your module a title (Like Newsletter sign up or Join Mailing List) then paste in your code in the HTML box. Click on OK and Save Changes. You will now see your sign up button or embed form on your blog!

When you create your sign up form, you can select to get the URL to your sign-up form. This is a great option if you want to use your own sign-up button (learn to create custom buttons). To add a clickable image to the sidebar of your blog, click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog. Click on the Design tab, then content. Under Categories, select Widget > Add A Sidebar Image. Click on Add This Module to get a window to upload your own button image. Next to Target URL, you will paste the URL Constant Contact provides you. Click OK, then Save Changes. Your image is now a clickable link to your sign up form.

You can also add the link to your sign up form on your navigation bar. Click on the Blogs tab, then Design. Click on Content, then next to the Navigation module, click on the pencil. Add a title and then paste in the URL Constant Contact provides you. Click Ok, then Save Changes. Now readers can sign up on your navigation bar. 

Don’t leave your readers hanging after they sign up, Constant Contact also has a Weclome email you can customize. Welcome them to your mailing list by telling them what you will send them and why. Provide your readers with links to your social media sites and encourage them to like and follow. Speak about any promotions that are going on that they may be interested in.

Some other features you have access to if you use Constant Contact.

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Facebook Sign Up Form
Text to Join
Create a QR code for your sign up form

Get started today with Constant Contact with their free 30 day trial. 


Featured Blog: Lost & Found Vintage Toys

Lost & Found Vintage Toys

Bren, owner of Lost & Found Vintage Toys, is a collector of vintage toys & children's books. She has hosted a website called Gumbyland for many years. She wanted Lost & Found to reflect her love of vintage toys and books of all kinds, and share with other nostalgia minded people.

Every day, for the last 5 years, Bren has posted a toy, book, or holiday item to her blog Lost & Found Vintage Toys. There you can remember toys and books from your childhood as she showcases old and new items. We hope you will have as much fun in her toy room as she does!

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