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What I Learned From Blogging Everyday for a Month

29 May

During the month of May, I decided to participate in the 2011 WordCount Blogathon, which required posting once a day to ‘A Journey of Words’. For a busy freelance web copy writer, this was no easy task. First of all, I had to dedicate at least 30 minutes daily to writing a blog post. Secondly, I had to come up with topics that would be of interest to my readers. Lastly, I had to stick with something for an entire month, something I have struggled with in the past. But here I am, at the end of this challenge and I did it!

During this time, here’s what I learned:

1. Blogging can be a great way to connect with readers and meet new contacts. Throughout the month, I had the honor of getting comments from a huge audience of fellow bloggers, writers and business owners around the world. A few even agreed to be guest bloggers, which was such a treat. I have to say that the rewards of blogging are many.

2. Blogging teaches discipline as a freelancer. One of the biggest fears I had going into the Blogathon was that I would not have the time to blog daily. Instead, I found that the time I spent blogging taught me a lot about being committed to something bigger than myself. I became more disciplined and stopped letting things distract me from my purpose as a writer.

3. Blogging daily is a great source of free advertising. Over the entire month, I used Google alerts to track my success as a blogger, specifically to see if my name came up often through web searches. You may have noticed that there were specific keywords highlighted in most posts (but not all). These keywords helped my website to rank higher and I got a lot of Google hits on my name and my blog feeds.

Spending time on your blog daily, or at least a few times a week, can be a great way to build a steady following of people, make new friends and build awareness about your business or passions. I fully intend to use my blog as a tool to reach more people and share information in a big way this year.

Now it’s your turn to share – How do you benefit from blogging?

Happy 2nd Birthday to A Journey of Words!

14 May

Wow, I cannot believe it that my little space on the net “A Journey of Words” is turning 2 years old this weekend! What started out as a casual place to post updates for my web copy writing clients, has now turned into one of my favorite places to share ideas, encouragement and tips for making your business more successful through content marketing.

Over the past 2 years, A Journey of Words has been a source of inspiration for me as a writer and as a small business woman. As I struggled to make my way in the world, a career changer in my mid-30’s, this little blog has been a place where I have turned to over and over again to gather my thoughts in a creative way.

The recent WordCount Blogathon has given me a good reason to take fifteen minutes out of every day to share something new here. As a result, A Journey of Words has gotten some nice comments from others and for that I am very grateful.

People have asked me the following questions about this blog, which I would like to address:

Q. What does A Journey of Words mean?    

A. This phrase describes the personal and professional journey that I have been on as a writer. What started out as a part time effort back in 2006, ended up giving life to a whole new career for me. I went from being a disillusioned HR professional, to an inspired web copy writer that year. I made my dream of being a work from home mom a reality. I improved the quality of my family life, my professional life, and my community by being gutsy enough to take this journey. All that time it was the WORD that led me to where I find myself now, and this will be the way it will be in the future.

Q. Why is your blog build on the Word Press.com platform instead of as part of your website?

I get this one a lot. The straightforward answer is that the program that I used to build my website did not include the option to create a blog, still doesn’t for some odd reason. Other than that, I love everything else about my website. So, that left me with one option – to create a blog elsewhere. I actually first started out with a Blogger blog, but after getting fed up with some of the themes I was using, I was turned on to Word Press. Since then, I have enjoyed switching out the look and feel of A Journey of Words several times, but will always use WP as my blog format. So, to make it work with my website I simply set up a re-direct page from my website to here.

Q. Why don’t you monetize your blog with pay to click ads and affiliate buttons?

While I respect and appreciate that many bloggers include paid advertising sources on their blogs, it was a personal decision not to do so with A Journey of Words. First off, this isn’t a place to advertise for anything really. This is a place to leave the world’s clutter behind and focus on the words in front of you. I wanted this blog to be uncomplicated, easy to navigate and understand for all viewers. Besides, I’m not trying to get rich from my endeavors – just love what I do and the small business owners I help!

So there you have it. Let me personally thank  all of you wonderful friends and family who take the time to read my blog throughout your busy lives. I welcome your comments, ideas and feedback always. Thanks for making the last 2 years so much fun!

Word Count Blogathon 2011 – Tess C Taylor, Charleston Web Copy Writer Participating!

1 May

Hey all!

During the month of May, I’ve decided to inject my blog “A Journey of Words” with some energy by participating in the Word Count 2011 Blogathon! This fun event is the brainchild of Michelle Rafter, the founder of “Wordcount: Freelancing in the Digital Age“, which happens to be one my favorite blogs that’s jammed packed with information about web content and copy writing! The reason I chose to get involved in this are many, including:

  • My blog really needs more interesting content to get people engaged.
  • I LOVE sharing information about being a Copy Writer in Charleston.
  • I’d like to introduce some of the wonderful entrepreneurs I work with.
  • Would like to get to know many more people in the online marketing industry.
  • The topics for the Blogathon look fun to write about.
  • The 2011 Wordcount Blogathon offers some sweet prizes and a party!

The entire Blogathon requires that bloggers write at least a post per day, write on specific topics, get other bloggers involved and join in on a network of others who are doing this fun activity. The first thing I was concerned with was “Will I have enough things to talk about on my blog?”, closely followed by “How will I find time to post daily?”. Naturally, as a busy freelance web copy writer, I have a lot on my plate. Clients depend on me to get their projects done. I’m continually trying to meet more people who can utilize my services. Plus, I have a fairly active personal life as Mom to a college student. The To-Do list in my life is ever growing.

Still, I accept this challenge to grow my blog, meet new people, and get myself out there instead of being a hermit, buried under work! So, look for some informational, educational, funny, and sometimes off the wall posts in the coming weeks. I’m using my Google calendar to set reminders of the topics and to make sure I don’t forget a day. From your favorite Charleston copy writer to you – here’s to the start of something wonderful!

Want more information about how you can join the 2011 Word Count Blogathon? Register here : http://michellerafter.com/the-2011-wordcount-blogathon/

Charleston Copy Writing Small Business Marketing Help is Just a Phone Call Away

30 Apr

As a small business owner, you may not realize the incredible services and support you can get from a Charleston copy writer. Contrary to common belief, writers don’t just write. Because we work closely with many small business owners, as well as marketing powerhouses, copy writers in the Charleston area and abroad have a wealth of knowledge that’s not often seen with other professionals. Here are some questions to start asking yourself now:

  • Are you looking for ways to increase your circle of influence in your niche market?
  • Feeling overwhelmed with work and don’t know where to start?
  • Have ideas that you are struggling to get across to the rest of the world?
  • Worried that you may not understand how to use online marketing resources?
  • Love social media, but find yourself getting distracted too often?

The solution to these common issues and more are just a quick phone call away when you have a skilled  Charleston copy writer in your network!

How can a Charleston copy writer help you?

In addition to creating super copy for your websites, blogs and print materials; web copy writers in Charleston understand from the small business perspective how to get your brand message across in a clear way. It’s entirely possible that because you have so much on your plate that you have been spreading a message that lacks consistency. That can confuse potential clients. Instead of struggling in this area, hire the help of an objective Charleston copy writer who can look at the “big picture” and craft a marketing campaign that works.

A copy writer can also help connect you with the right people who can give you a leg up. Chances are you have a few areas in your business that need attention, but you don’t have time to research where to find the help. Or you may fear working with people who you can’t trust. Since you already know your Charleston web copy writer, you have someone who is in your court and can point you in the right direction in terms of finding help you can depend on. Just ask and you shall recieve!

Most copy writers have the unique ability to see the steps that small businesses can use to market their ideas to the rest of the world. We have seen people become successful through strategic efforts. We have also seen people fall on their faces from not having a strategy. Whereever you see yourself at this point in time, consider picking up the phone and calling your Charleston web writer and asking for help with drafting up a marketing plan that wil work for you. It’s liberating having someone else look at things and give you a plan to make it happen.

Need help with your business and don’t know where to turn? Call your Charleston copy writer today and get the help you need to become successful this year. What have you got to lose?

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About the author: Tess C. Taylor is a seasoned SEO Web Copy Writer with over 100 website clients and 2,500 small business articles published worldwide. For marketing help, please visit WWW.TRWRITING.COM or call (843) 548 – 0077 today!