The picture I have chosen for the title of this Guest Blog Roundup is of a teacup and saucer. It is the old china rose pattern, the same set from which I currently have a small collection of. I treasure the pieces I have now and would someday hope to be able to set a complete table. I am looking for more and also looking forward to the day when I can display them in a china cabinet. They live in a bookcase in my kitchen, currently, where I can see and use them easily.
In Cape Breton, whether you are a host or a guest, the offer is always made for tea or coffee. Your choice would then be accompanied with sandwiches or sweets, depending on the time of day it was. Therefore, it seems fitting to choose a pretty tea cup to represent the guest blogs shared here today.
Why do bloggers write guest blogs?
In early 2019, I sent out a message that I was looking to write guest blogs on other websites. As I am working on my writing continuously, I am strive towards my goals of writing full-time. Since I have now written three this year, I thought it would be nice to highlight them all together. This will allow me to showcase the new style I am learning to write in.
The new style is geared towards Search Engine Optimization (SEO). I have struggled to learn how to use it properly. It has had frustrating moments, however, I think I am starting to learn how to use it more effectively.
In other words, bloggers write to share what they have to say with their followers. When you reach out to ask about writing a guest blog, you are looking to have more exposure to different readers. Furthermore, the hopes of building your own readership to a larger following is also desirable. The host of the guest blog also wants to find more readers once they visit their website.
Another reason for me to do this is to add to my portfolio, and to write with a different purpose in mind. Here at my own blog, although it is not as personal as my journal, I strive to have that sense of a post for my readers. The minute I decide to write a guest blog for another website, it immediately takes on a different sense of importance. I often write very freely here, but when I write for someone else, it needs to look and feel professional.
Guest Blog Roundup #1
Guest Blog Roundup number one of 2019 can be found on the website of Pattimouse. Her website is a fun place to visit, with several guest blogs there to read along with her own musings. Her tagline, A glimpse into the mind of a half mad poet, sets the tone for all sorts of blogs. She shares poetry, and links for her poetry books, yes that is plural, and her work is exceptional. She has a gift for finding the correct photos to match her prose. My own guest blog, Conquering Your Inner Gremlins, would be my recommended place to start, of course. If you take the time to look around Pattimouse’s website, I am certain you will find something you like as well.
Under the name of Patricia Harris, she has published 3 children’s books and 16 poetry volumes. Her books are available in both paperback and ebook formats. Under the name of Serena Mossgraves, she has written a novel and a novella with dark and adult themes.
Guest Blog Roundup #2
When you enter The World of Shannon McRoberts, you will find an active website right from the home page. Shannon McRoberts has also written several books. Her characters are strong female leads which you can also see with her artistic representations of them. Her books are epic fantasy, with some falling within the realms of urban fantasy. She writes in several formats, including graphic novels, comics and poetry, along with her fantasy/science fiction novels.
For this guest blog, I wrote about Top Notch Writing Tips. I wanted readers to have an inside look into what an author may need to do to keep their writing fresh and to help avoid writer’s block. Sometimes we need to put aside the main work in progress (or WIP as you will see it noted in other places) for a short time. This allows author to be able to go back to work on it with fresh eyes. In my guest blog post, I explain some of the things I have tried when I need a change. I then go into some of the skills an author can learn when tackling a short story as a break from the WIP. If you read until the very end, you will find out about the plot twist!
If you are looking for a website which has vibrant colours paired with digital art and poetry, this is a great one to visit. I do hope you take the time to look around when you read my guest post there. I am positive with the variety of choices available that you will find something to check out while you are there also.
Guest Blog Roundup #3
Finally, the third guest blog roundup visits Rita’s Reading Room, you will see my third guest blog post from 2019. Not only will you find the guest blog, but her website displays books of many colours above a clean, crisp display of her blog posts on the home page. I really love the picture of the books, it is very appealing to the eye. It also suits the website title so well, a reading room would have a bookshelf filled with books.
Rita Kruger writes novels of fantasy, gothic and horror genres, challenging major themes of her own life. Her novels, Angela’s Epistles, books one and two follow the story of Angela Wright as she learns about herself. Consequently, she is making choices and changes in her life.
While I was preparing to write for this particular blog post, I came up with a title late one night while I was struggling with my own blog and the Yoast SEO editing plugin. It is meant to help me to write better blogs, but I was becoming so frustrated while using it, I had a moment. From this moment came the title How to Become a Better Blogger Without Becoming a Bitter Blogger. It also caused me to do a little more research, and you can read about what I learned when you visit Rita’s Reading Room to find my guest blog there. Again, I encourage you to go a little further into the reading room, to see what you can find.
It was a good experience.
To conclude, I will continue to write guest blogs to expand my own portfolio and improve on my writing skills. I am open to writing for different blogs, with the hope that it will allow me to pursue writing full time.
Did you choose a favourite guest blog in this roundup? What about the websites, are to going to go back to visit any of them? Are you a blogger looking for new content from a guest blogger like myself, or looking to share a guest blog here, on my website? Please let me know what you think in the comments below!
As another weekend comes to a close, I am going to spend a few moments with a quick summary for you. I had the Lobster and Gouda Grilled Cheese with the crock of Lobster Poutine in good company at Claudine’s Eatery Friday evening. We had family visiting this past weekend, and it was very nice to spend time together.
Saturday started slowly with a visit to Sweet Belgian Desire for a late brunch. I had the Omelet Florentine with a side Greek salad and coffee. It was delicious and on plan. We then ran a few errands, and I bought a stability ball. I will let you know how I make out with that purchase once it is assembled and I get a chance to try it out.
We then had a BBQ Saturday evening. My guests were quite happily entertained with 2 back to back live stream concerts from home. I also enjoyed watching them. The Celtic Colours International Festival is well known for the music and concerts held yearly in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. If you love traditional Cape Breton music and want to experience it firsthand, I highly recommend planning a trip to see some of the shows live. If you can’t be there in person, like us, they pick one concert per night of the Festival and live stream it online. They don’t reveal which one until the day of the broadcast. It is available for 24 hours after the live stream is ended. I started the Friday show and the Grand Finale was able to be watched also last night. I am glad we found it, it was a pleasant way to spend time together. I am able to use the tv and stereo for my computer, so it was a full-sized concert with surround sound that we watched from my living room. It is nice to be able to watch events like that on my TV with excellent sound quality.
This morning started with coffee and tea at my kitchen table. My family left for the next visit after that. It wasn’t a rushed morning. Roy and I watched a couple of TV shows together, and then we went to get a few groceries. After this, I took a nap. Sometimes, Sunday afternoon is meant for taking a nap. Today was one of those days. When I woke up, a friend had delivered some coffee K-cups for my Keurig. I will gladly add them to my stash, and enjoy them. We then went out to supper. I was craving Chinese food. Since we were planning to go to Oromocto for Kingsman: The Golden Circle to see it in the early show, we chose to eat supper at Diamond House Chinese Restaurant, also in Oromocto. We had combos and enjoyed the meal. We had to hurry for the movie, it had just started when we got there. We met up with our friends, chatted a bit in the parking lot after, and came home.
We ate out more than usual this weekend. However, it was not an ordinary weekend. I am going to be cooking tomorrow as I am not going to make it to Zumba, and I have things that need to be made. I have leftover tossed salad saved in 2 mason jars to help start the week’s lunches off in the right direction. I still have my picnic lunch ingredients too. All was not lost in the planning this weekend. I can also say that the cleaning is progressing nicely. The dishes are being kept up and I still have a lot of organizing to do. I made progress throughout the week like I needed to do. The trick will be to start back at it right away this week. Today, I needed to rest for the upcoming week. And that is a wrap for this week. I think I won again. 🙂