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How I Moved this Writing Blog Without Anxiety

I’d considered hosting my site for a while, but fear gripped me.  
Move my writing blog to a new self-hosted domain? By myself? Talk about anxiety; that was it for me.

I moved past that fear to a blog that is smarter and cleaner than before. Some folks have asked, “How did you do it?” This is my story…to the best of my recollection.

This blog started as a free blog at WordPress.com.

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Our Legacy: A Few Thoughts, an Editor, and a Holiday

I didn’t write a Thanksgiving post before Thanksgiving last year. My blog at that time was only a few months old. I did write a post a week later detailing some of the things I was thankful for as a writer – some things that didn’t exist when I started writing. It is titled “Computers, Conferences, and Coffee”.

In this post, I chose something different. When I’m stuck for inspiration,

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Really, There Are No Secrets

I’m going to tell you something personal.

In the past 22 months, I’ve lost 50 pounds. People have noticed, and it’s a good feeling. Often someone blurts out, “What did you do?”

I listened to my doctor’s advice, and decided I was going to do what was necessary. I researched nutrition, learned to cut hidden sugars and fats, and I exercised. Then, I told a few people so they could keep me accountable.

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Free Resources – Sparkling Gems of the Internet

In combing the internet, you stumble upon a lot of junk, but you still do it for those times that you find real gems. When you find them, you can hide them or you can tell others where you found the goods. I like to share what I find. I especially enjoy sharing those items that are both helpful and free. Yes, some “free” software has adware and spyware, but others do not and are cWriting - gems gemsreated by some wonderful people.

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Research Ideas You May Have Missed (Part 2)

In part 2 of Research Ideas You May Have Missed, I have 2 additional helps and 2 final thoughts. I also have some quotes from other writers in the trenches who answered my question, “Besides the internet, what are some ways you conduct research?”

Valerie R. Federoff, a freelance writer and tutor at Write 2 Teach says, “Everything is fodder for inspiration and research.

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Research Ideas You May Have Missed (part 1)

As promised, my next two to three posts will deal with research methods and ways for finding new markets. Authors, freelancers and business people have to do this on a regular basis. It’s hard to separate the two because doing research will often provide you with ideas for new markets and thoughts about new projects. I suggest keeping a separate notepad nearby just for information you find that could be used at a later date.

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The Writing That Can’t Be Fixed

writing fixed blank pageHave you noticed any horrendous writing lately? You may be skilled at spotting a split infinitive at 50 yards. Poorly worded and badly punctuated sentences might make you cringe, but there is a more objectionable kind of writing – non-existent writing. You know about it only because a person talks it up, but they never get around to doing the work.

My friend Thomas Smith often says,

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