Seven ways to make your blog better

Posted on March 26th, 2014

I recently posted my 1000th blog. I figure this puts me in a good position to share a few ideas that might help you if you’re starting out or want to extend things a little.

Image via The Berry

Image via The Berry

1.    If you’re just getting started…

here’s how to start a blog.

Just get into the mosh pit. It doesn’t matter where. Just be in there. It’ll be messy. Everyone will forgive you, though. Then piece things together as you go, build, layers, learn from working out the problems. Don’t panic that you’re getting it wrong. Continue. This is the new frontier.

2. If you’ve been blogging for a while, here’s a podcast I did with Srinivas Rao of Blogcast FM on how to develop your blog voice.

I cover off:

  • The foundations of traditional journalism
  • The power of including your personal story in your content
  • Why the message is more important than the medium
  • Keys to studying another writer’s style
  • Developing a message and a voice that’s authoritative

3.    If you want to get more polish….

join Problogger Community.

This is a community for bloggers at any level where you can learn directly from some world-renowned full-time bloggers and meet, get advice from and collaborate with other bloggers around the world.  Read more

Friday giveaway: one place in the I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program!

Posted on July 26th, 2013

It’s a month away. To the day. The first I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program starts August 26, and the team are all madly getting ready to host you all. Seeing as it’s Friday, and I like to give things away on this site on Fridays, I’m thrilled to announce that today I Quit Sugar is giving away

one place in the I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program starting Aug 26, valued at $150!

Image via Favim.com

Image via Favim.com

I’ve shared a sneak peek at the meal plans recently, and given you one of the recipes. But today I’m going to share a little more about how the program works, what you’ll be getting each week, and answering a few of the common questions that crop up. And further on, The Giveaway!

If you’ve been deliberating and you’re keen to just jump in, you can click on the button below.

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Here’s how it works:

You’re considering quitting sugar, but maybe a little nervous to try on your own? Well, the 8-Week Program will help you through, holding your hand every step of the way. Each step is outlined, every meal is laid out for you, with full shopping lists, and substitution suggestions.

And we’ll be quitting as a community, so you’ll have plenty of insta-friends to help you along the way.

Here’s what you’ll receive every week:

  • A dietician-approved eating plan designed for busy people: clever bulk cooking ideas, fun take-to-work/school lunches, recipes that use economical ingredients and are easy to buy.
  • A shopping list that is geared to minimise waste and save you money. Read more

what’s better for the planet: ebooks or print books?

Posted on March 21st, 2013

I try not to got holier than thou with environmental footprint prescriptives. I try. (Although, when it comes to bottled water, I’m rather unforgiving.) Mostly I prefer to advocate making better choices. And mostly there is a better choice. And small, everyday, mindful things we can all do.

Image via We Heart It

Image via We Heart It

Problem is, there is so much misinformation out there. How about we spend today clearing a few up? Below is a mix of my own tips and some “dilemmas: sorted” courtesy of one of my favourite magazines, Green Lifestyle Magazine.

What’s better: dishwashers v hand washing?

Based on Green Lifestyle Mag’s research, dishwashers work out better. But here’s some tips for both:

  • Dishwashers come out on top – they use less water and are usually better on the electrical energy – when stacked properly and you do a full load.
  • If washing by hand, use two sinks – one full of hot, sudsy water for washing, and another for rinsing.
  • Clean a dishwasher filter regularly for increased efficiency, and, if you can, bypass the drying phase – simply open the door to let out air while the dishes are hot – you’ll be surprised how quickly they dry.
  • If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher, shop by the stars.

Tip I want to share: boil only as much water as you need in your kettle.

Kettles and jugs are one of the BIGGEST suck holes of energy in your kitchen. So many people fill the jug unnecessarily to make one cup of tea. Don’t be one of them!

What’s better: print books versus ebooks?

The e-book appears to be greener (when you weigh up the eco-cost of paper v the energy and tech infrastructure used to make an eReader), according to Green Lifestyle Mag‘s research. Here’s a few notes to help you if you’re new to Read more