Tuesday Tidbit #10- Bring out your inner mad scientist and experiment!

Happy Tuesday to all you awesome people! I hope you’re coming off an incredible weekend and that you have an amazing week ahead of you!

I’m super excited, because it’s my tenth Tuesday Tidbit post! When I started writing these posts, it was just something I wanted to experiment with. I had all these little tips and tricks about writing, or blogging, or just good life advice, and I wanted to share them. I wasn’t sure if they’d stick, but they weren’t doing anyone much good sitting in my notebook.

And now, ten weeks later, it’s something that I really enjoy, and I look forward to putting on my blog regularly! And that’s kind of what this week’s Tidbit is all about.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your posts! I’ve seen a lot of people say, “Oh, I want to talk about ‘x’, but it’s not exactly bookish, so it doesn’t go with my blog.” Who cares? Go for it! If you run a book blog, but you want to write a post about how well your garden is doing, post that shiznit.

#1- It’s your blog, you can post whatever you like, whenever you’d like.

#2- I actually love when bloggers branch out a bit! It makes me feel like I’m getting a little sneak peak into their lives, like I’m getting to know them better!

#3- I can only speak for myself here, but a post about something that isn’t specifically related to your “theme” makes me more interested in that post! If you run a book blog, and once in a while you post about mountain climbing, it makes me think, “Hey, that person loves books, and so do I. If that person loves mountain-climbing, maybe I will, too!”

So maybe you’ve been thinking about starting a new weekly feature, or writing a new post about something that doesn’t exactly match your blog’s theme. That’s okay! Go ahead and experiment, you might find out that it fits your blog better than you thought!

Thanks for reading!

What sorts of posts have you experimented with? Have you ever been nervous to write a post that didn’t fit your theme? Let me know in the comments below!


My Favorite Posts of September!

Hi there awesome people! I hope you’re all having the best day possible! September is officially over, which means it’s time to highlight some of my favorite posts from the month. You guys had some incredible posts during September, it was so hard to choose just five!

So, without any further ado, here are my favorite posts from September!

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Tuesday Tidbits #3- How to use semicolons

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you’re all having a great week so far!

Fun fact about me: I have a favorite punctuation mark, and, you guessed it, it’s the semicolon. Why? That’s a great question. Maybe it’s because it took so long for me to understand it. Maybe it’s because, once I finally did understand, I found it so useful. Maybe it’s because it’s so widely misunderstood. Whatever the reason, I love the semicolon, and as bloggers, writers, and even readers, it’s helpful to understand how this little buddy works.

I’ve seen a lot of confusion around the semicolon, so I’m gonna do my best to explain its two main uses, because I think the semicolon is underappreciated.

Main use #1 is “to connect two closely related independent clauses.”

When I first heard this, it was more frustrating than helpful, but it’s actually simpler than it sounds. All this means is if the thing can be broken into two complete sentences, but you want your reader to know the two ideas are closely linked, use a semicolon. FOR EXAMPLE:

“Ice cream is my favorite dessert; it really sucks that it’s not part of a complete breakfast.”

Both parts of that statement can make their own independent sentence: “I like ice cream” and “It really sucks that it’s not part of a complete breakfast” are both complete sentences. BUT I want you to know they are closely linked in my brain (possibly because I really wanted ice cream for breakfast) so I used a semicolon to connect two separate sentences into one related thought.

If the two thoughts CANNOT make up two different, complete sentences, use a comma or colon instead.

Main use #2 is to separate lists that already have commas.

I call this one the list within lists rule. Basically, to avoid too many commas, use semicolons to separate lists within lists. FOR EXAMPLE:

“I have favorites for each meal. For breakfast, I prefer cereal, bagels, or ice cream; for lunch, I like fruits, wraps, and sandwiches; for dinner, I’m all about fajitas.

Because I have a comma to separate each meal option, I use a semicolon to separate each meal group. Basically, semicolons separate the bigger list pieces from the smaller lists inside.

Thanks for reading!

Did this help you understand semicolons a little better? Do you have a favorite punctuation mark, or is that just me? Is there anything you’d like to see in a Tuesday Tidbit? Let me know in the comments below!


Advice for New Bloggers: Technical Tidbits

And Ryann’s Advice series continues! I hope some people are finding this series helpful; sometimes I feel like I’m still a little newbie blogger trying to give other newbie bloggers advice.

This week’s advice post is probably going to seem a little less exciting than the other two, because, as the title suggests, I’ll be talking about some technical, behind-the-scenes things today. These technical tidbits may not be the most glamorous, but they will hopefully help improve your blog overall.

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4 Comments I Love Seeing On My Blog Posts

For most bloggers, there’s one thing we can all agree on: we love when someone reads our posts and leaves a comment! It makes you feel good to know that someone went through the effort of actually reading what you wrote, and through your words, felt compelled to say something.

While I love when anyone takes the time to leave a note on my blog, there are some comments that just really stand out. If I get comments like these on any of my posts, I’ll usually be thinking about them for the rest of the day, and they’re the sorts of comments that pull me out of blogging slumps.

So, without any further ado, here are five comments I love seeing on my blog posts!

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4 Questions to Ask When Making a Blogging Schedule

Happy Friday fellow readers! Last week, I started a little mini-series on having a blog schedule. I’ve seen some people say they ABSOLUTELY NEED their schedule aka me, and I’ve seen some people say they work better without one I’m jealous. Last week, I talked about why I choose to have a schedule, so this week, I thought I’d give some basic pointers on how to make your own!

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