3 Tools Every Author, Writer, and Blogger Should Use

If you’re an author, writer, or blogger – you know how challenging it can be to get your work seen by others.

I hate to break it to you, but the cold hard truth is this:

You’re in the company of millions of people who want the same things you do.

And what might that be?

Well, if you’re anything like me (and you probably are), then you want:

  • People to read and benefit from what you have to say.
  • Others to share your work with their loved ones, co-workers, strangers, and frenemies.
  • To be fairly compensated for your time, hard work and efforts.
  • To leave a positive impact in the world by helping people.

Now I’ll tell you what –

It isn’t easy to gain a following. It also doesn’t matter whether or not you’re a decent writer.

All that seems to matter is who you know.

It’s been this way for eons. The good news, though, is that things are changing.

People are realizing they can’t rely on the big companies to support their efforts.

Major publishing houses decide if your work is worth marketing. If they don’t, they won’t take you on as a client.

I’m sure they base their decisions on market trends and sales. I understand that.

The big companies own everything.

The major search engines decide who will be seen and who won’t – depending on whether you follow their rules de jour.

But what if you have something unique to express?

What if you’re an idea person?

Someone who uses their imagination and walks the road less traveled?

Perhaps you’re the person who has come up with something that will alter the course of Humanity (in a good way I hope), but your vision is ahead of its time.

Maybe you don’t have a following yet. That’s ok. You’ve gotta start somewhere.

But if people aren’t willing to take a chance on you, then it’s up to you to put your work out there and make sure people can see you.

You’ll have to make your own noise.

So given all of this, it’s become clear to me that we’ll have to band together and create a “people supporting people” movement.

Grassroots seems to be the way to go if you’re an indie author, writer or blogger.

I’ll tell you more about it.

3 Tools Every Author, Writer, and Blogger Should Use

Whether you’ve written a book, do freelance writing or run a blog (or perhaps all three), there are tools that will help to make your life easier while building a network of comrades and followers.

This isn’t about becoming a high-powered public figure or guru. It’s simply about making connections as you create from your heart.

People need to support one another. It would serve us well to lift one another up from a place of co-operation. Instead of hoping and praying that life rewards our efforts with some sort of “big break”, we’ll have to start creating our own luck.

So with this being said, I want to mention a few people I’ve met recently that in my opinion are making a difference in how we connect with one another.

Regardless of what you’re working toward, these individuals are not only wonderful to network with, but they teach/ coach/ inspire you to do your best work and start living your truth – even if you’re a beginner.

I’ll introduce them now.

Goodbooks.online

If you’re an author – or have given any thought to writing a book, you’ll want to check these guys out.

We’re reaching a new paradigm where we’re no longer relying on mass marketing and the big banks to have our best interests at heart.

Now is the time to break free from those chains and band together to support one another.

I’ve made some new friends recently and I want to introduce you to them.

Carl Weiss & Hector Cisneros, both the authors of several books, have created goodbooks.online.

They were inspired to build a platform to help authors network with one another and get their work noticed.

If you’ve written a book, or are in the process of doing so, Carl and Danny will provide you with the tools, guidance and support you’ll need to get the ball rolling.

They’re relatively new. This is a great time to get to know these guys and see how they can help you to market your book and network with other authors.

At no cost, they build you a page on their website to discuss your book, offer a few free sample chapters and a listing to help visitors know where to find you.

You’ll also write an article, which they’ll put on their blog, to discuss your book in your own voice to help new readers get to know you and what inspired you to write your book.

Lastly, they’ll interview you and make a video out of it for their Youtube channel.

It’s such a cool way to reach people. Everything they offer adds to your portfolio and creates new material to share with people.

I had shared one of the videos about my exercise safety book in my post about how your workout can hurt you. However, they were also filming a discussion about why blogs are an author’s best friend.

Carl did a great job during the interview. He was easy to talk to, enthusiastic about the topic(s) and a fantastic listener.

Seriously folks, if you’re serious about becoming an author, or if you have a book already out there, check them out.

Freelance Writer Websites

If you’re a freelance writer, you’re probably always looking to step up your game and learn new things.

Especially if you’re a beginner.

As with anything, it’s always useful to have a guide to follow. Learning from others who’ve been in your shoes helps. It’s also comforting to read their stories and see how they were able to create something for themselves that led to success.

There are a couple of people who come to mind that I’d love to introduce you to if you’re new to freelance writing, or just looking to step up your game.

 

Elna Cain from elnacain.com

I don’t know Elna personally, but we run in a few of the same circles.

Elna Cain created a successful business for herself as a freelance writer.

As a Mom of twin toddlers, she decided she wanted to stay home to be around as often as possible. She started a freelance writing business and eventually did so well that she started coaching people on how to do the same.

Elna communicates in such a friendly and non-intimidating way that you’ll want to know more about her simply because she can relate to what it’s like to start something new. If you’re even thinking about becoming a writer, you’ll want to find out more about her.

When you visit her blog, you’ll not only have access to her insights about how to become a freelance writer (even if you have no prior experience), but she’ll also provide you with resources to find writing opportunities. You’ll have someone that’ll help you to discover your unique writing voice.

While Elna’s a wealth of information when it comes to freelance writing, I find her inspiring. She’s gone on to develop twinsmommy.com to help stay at home moms become “mompreneurs.” I don’t have kids of my own, but if I did, I’m pretty sure I’d want to find a way to earn a living from home.

Check out Elna’s websites. She really is the go-to gal for learning how to become a successful freelance writer.

Blogging Coaches/ Designers

I’m going to be completely honest here.

Building a blog isn’t easy.

Sure, there are plenty of available design options and platforms that’ll help you build a blog from scratch. If you’re in a hurry to get your site up as quickly as possible, you can certainly do this because luckily, you no longer have to be a techie to create a website.

But if you want to create something that truly represents you and your brand, it helps to have a pro.

Not everyone has it in their budget to hire someone to build and design a blog, and this is why I’m excited to tell you about a couple of my friends.

Now I built my blog myself from scratch, but it was a huge endeavor. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I yelled profanity out loud (my husband will attest to this) because the process was frustrating.

I met my friends Cori Ramos and Brenda Pace through the blogging community and I’m not exaggerating when I say these two women have been Godsends.

They have mad skills when it comes to blogging and design.

It turns out these two amazing women have been at this for years.

Corina Ramos from notnowmomsbusy.com

Cori, who started her work from home blog titled “Not Now Mom’s Busy” has become a well respected (and loved) force in the blogosphere.

She left her job in the corporate world five years ago after working crazy hours and never getting to spend time with her family. She’d decided it was time to create something she could do from home.

I’m sure many of you can relate and probably want the same thing.

He blog, filled with home business ideas, job listings and everything else related to working from home took off and gained a large following. Along the way, she dedicated her time to learning the ins and outs of blogging in general, tech stuff while studying the habits of successful bloggers.

She learned how to become what I would call a badass blogger.

If you’re thinking of starting a blog, you’ll want someone to help walk you through the process. There’s more to blogging than design.

Building authentic relationships, formatting posts, understanding how search engine optimization works (SEO), and even commenting all play important roles when it comes to blogging.

Cori understands what it’s like to start a new business venture from scratch, so she’s made it her business to create a way to help bloggers succeed through her affordable coaching program.

Working with a coach has numerous benefits, regardless of what you’re looking to achieve. And since Cori is just so likeable, I have no doubt you’ll love her as much as I do (and I really do!)

She just published her book titled How to Become an Expert Blogger and Blog Like a Boss In No Time”. In it, you’ll discover a variety of topics that’ll help you become a successful blogger in a friendly, easy to read format.

She helps people to set up their blog and has a wide variety of blogging how-to tips on her website.

Pay her a visit, reach out and say hi. I know she’d love to hear from you.

Brenda Pace from brendapace.net

Now while you may not need someone build your blog in order to get it up and running, it sure helps when you’re working with a pro who has an amazing eye for design and detail.

That’s where my friend Bren comes in.

Brenda Pace from brendapace.net is one of the most talented, quirky and friendliest people I’ve met.

But besides all of that, she’s a fantasticΒ designer!

You can get a blog up and running with both free and premium themes and do this yourself. But I’ll tell you from first-hand experience, there’s a lot more to it than that.

In order to customize certain things on your blog, it helps to know code. You’ll need to know how to get into your theme’s style sheet and make alterations. If you know what you’re doing, great. If not, though, you’re screwed – and you may end up creating permanent changes in your blog’s theme that you won’t know how to undo.

But to be honest, even some of the easier customizations can make you want to pull your hair out sometimes. Plus, it’s just nice to have someone who has natural talent and skills on your side to help give you an experienced and objective perspective.

Brenda has helped me on numerous occasions when it came to making changes on my own blog. Had it not been for her, I don’t know what I would have done in certain situations because I don’t know how to do anything outside of the default theme options.

Brenda, however, is a pro. It’s as effortless for her as wax on wax off was for Mr. Miyagi.

Once you’ve decided on what type of blog you’re looking to build, consider having Brenda design it for you.

Her testimonials speak for themselves. So does her portfolio.

Her rates are reasonable as well. She also makes it a point to teach you how to work with your blog once it’s up and running so you can start doing things on your own.

I’ve met plenty of website owners who were at the mercy of their designers to make small changes. Sometimes it would cost a lot of money to do this. Other times they’d have to wait a while until it was done.

In addition to blogs, Brenda also designs headers and images. These are some of the important personal touches that help your blog become your unique expression of YOU.

Brenda may be a professional blog designer and virtual assistant, but she’s also just a girl with a beautiful sense of humor.

In addition to her business blog, she also created a community for women to network with one another and just talk about life, being a girl and some of the (not so) fun things about aging.

How This Info Will Benefit You

If you’re an aspiring author, writer or blogger, it helps to have tools and to know terrific people who can help you turn your dream into a reality.

The ones I’ve included in this post are just like you and me. These folks started from the ground up and made it a point to create their businesses on their terms, even when there was no physical evidence that their efforts would pay off.

Now they’re here to help you to do the same.

And of course, I can help you too.

I’m a freelance writer and wellness coach.

I’ve created everything from scratch.

Healthy living goes hand in hand with success. To live authentically, you have to make well-being a priority.

Everyone I’ve included here areΒ also freelance writers. Whether you need someone to help steer you in the right direction regarding your own work, or if you need to hire someone to produce quality content for you, I, along with these fabulous people can help.

Don’t let doubt prevent you from living your truth.

It may not be an easy ride, but it’ll be well worth it in the end – as long as you don’t give up.

Now I’d love to hear from you.

Do you write? Have you thought about becoming an author or starting a blog? If so, what’s stopped you?

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Author of the books "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)" and "Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)", Dana Gore is a health and fitness professional, wellness coach, and freelance writer. Dana brings guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner while inspiring her readers to seek self-awareness and inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

26 thoughts on “3 Tools Every Author, Writer, and Blogger Should Use

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  • at 8:36 am
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    Much helpful tools to use while blogging. Also there are some great writers & bloggers you mentioned as well in this article to know them at first time. I will use such tools & people’s in my future plan to get use of them.

    Thanks for sharing ! Keep Sharing !!

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    • at 5:34 pm
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      Hi Karthik,

      Welcome to my blog πŸ™‚

      Glad you liked the post. Yep, the people I included here are worth getting to know. It’s always helpful to work with other solopreneurs. I realized I used the word “tools” in the title, but coaches, designers, etc actually become important tools, in a sense. The relationships you build with them are far more valuable than a gadget or piece of technology. So are their expertise.

      They encompass something far superior than just a tool. They have imagination. They make tools come to life. I hope you get to check them out.

      Glad you found your way here.

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  • at 10:44 am
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    Hi there Dana,

    I hope this article will go viral to everyone, because for me is already viral.

    I like mostly the Elna Clain story about her freelancing writing business, you made it short and to the point. I surely will give a shot to her website also.

    Btw I liked the quote also ” Don’t let doubt prevent you from living your truth.”, which I shared it on my twitter, and also followed you.

    Please keep up the good work, I wanna see more articles like this.

    Cheers, Clay.

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    • at 10:58 am
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      Hi Clay,

      Welcome to my blog πŸ™‚

      I’m glad you liked the post – and my quote.
      I know a thing or two about doubt. I’m sure we all do to some extent.

      I think you’ll enjoy Elna’s website and what she has to say. She, along with the others mentioned here, are assets to the world of blogging and freelancing. It was a pleasure to discuss them.

      I appreciate the kind words about my work. I sure do hope this reaches people to help them discover what’s possible.

      Thanks so much for visiting. Good to meet you, Clay.

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  • at 3:20 am
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    Hey Dana,

    I’ve been blogging for years and in the beginning getting my blogs to look the way I wanted took forever. Nowadays it’s a lot easier because of the many themes out there. I personally use a professional theme on all my blogs. The theme is so easy to use that all my blogs look different.

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    • at 11:02 am
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      Hey Peter,

      Welcome to my blog!

      Yep, I have no doubt you’ve been able to design your blog(s) using some excellent themes out there. It sure has gotten easier for us to create our own platforms over the years.
      I also know that some of the work can be tricky and others just don’t have the time or patience to learn how to do it. Luckily, I did (even though it was frustrating). But for those who don’t, it’s great to have a pro on hand to help.

      Glad you found your way over here Peter. Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚

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      • at 3:25 am
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        You’ll have to thank Mitch for that. I’ve been reading his b log for years and came across you thanks to Andy’s Commentluv, one of the best plugins out there.

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        • at 10:58 am
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          Ahhh, good to know.

          Yeah, I’ve been visiting Mitch’s blog for a while now. I agree about Commentluv. It’s the only system I’ve used.

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  • at 10:11 am
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    Hey Dana,

    Thanks so much for your kind words! All the people you mentioned are fantastic at what they do. I have learned so much for Cori, Brent and Brenda. I love Brenda’s FB group! Very cheeky πŸ˜‰

    I’ll be sure to share this with my followers!

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    • at 10:26 am
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      Hi Elna,

      Happy to include you.

      I love what you’re doing and I feel people can benefit from your work. Your story inspires me, as I’m sure it does others as well.

      Yes, I love Brenda’s FB group. She’s building a terrific community over there.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing this. I appreciate what you do πŸ™‚

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  • at 6:16 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    Wow, what a great article you wrote here! You put together a great list of awesome people who can help bloggers reach their full potential.

    Personally, I would love to get there, but I kinda had to put my dream aside for a while because of my job. Unfortunately, I don’t have the health and the energy to do both full-time (job and blogging), so I had to cut down on my time on blogging because I need to earn money each week. I actually wrote a post recently explaining why I was less present on my blog and on social media.

    For now, I write just for fun, but I can tell you that I have a hard time accepting it. Maybe, later on, I will be able to put more time in my blogging and my writing, but now I have to bring money, and that’s what matters, right?

    Anyway, I love when my friends are mentioned in blog posts because they are very talented and can really help people. Also, it’s always fun to learn more about other bloggers like Brent and Elna. And just like Bren said, don’t forget that you are one of them and that you are super talented too! You help people reach their potential health-wise every day too!

    Thanks for sharing this great article with us! Hope you had a great weekend! πŸ™‚

    ~Nataly

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    • at 10:23 am
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      Hi Nataly,

      Can I just say that I LOVE your blog?

      I know you don’t use it the way the others I’ve mentioned here do (for now anyway), and that’s ok.

      You’ve put together a beautiful site and the content you share is so informative.
      The truth is, I’ve never paid a lot of attention to infographics. I’ve used a couple and I’ve seen them on other blogs. But you’ve made an art out of them.

      There are SO many pet owners in the world. You dispense valuable (and lifesaving) info in your posts. Your tone is friendly, welcoming and you clearly know what you’re talking about.

      You take what you do with your full-time job and expand on it through your blog. Most people would look to escape what they do for work on their off time – but you take your knowledge and put your own unique and creative spin on it.

      So yes, while some of our mutual friends may be in a position to do this full time, it doesn’t devalue what you’re doing. If anything, I greatly respect people who work and then carve out extra time for the projects that come from the heart.

      That, my friend, is exactly what you do.

      I’m glad I know you Nataly and I enjoy visiting your blog.
      Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚

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  • at 5:20 pm
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    Hi Dana!

    You’re starting to feel like family — I think I’ve talked with you more in the past two weeks than most other people I know!

    Excellent thoughts you’ve put together here. I think you might be overselling me a little, but I certainly appreciate the praise nonetheless… πŸ˜‰

    Awesome being mentioned alongside powerful women like Elna, Cori and Brenda. All amazing individuals, just like yourself.

    Have an awesome week ahead,

    Brent

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    • at 10:14 am
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      Hey Brent,

      Lol, yes. We’ve definitely had a lot to say to one another recently.
      I truly enjoyed being your guest a couple of weeks ago. That was fun.

      I don’t think I’ve oversold you, though. I meant every word I said, about you and the others mentioned here. You’ve done some wonderful things and I KNOW you’ve not only inspired me, but many others.

      Going out on your own is scary, but you’ve done it and you help others do the same.
      Your platform is unique, you’ve connected with tons of people in a short period of time and you’re upbeat and personable. That’s pretty effin’ cool.

      Glad you stopped by Brent – and I’m glad I know you.
      Enjoy your week πŸ™‚

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  • at 4:48 pm
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    Today more than ever, authors need all the help they can get. Thanks for all the helpful resources, Dana. I will pass the word.

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    • at 10:05 am
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      Hi Carl,

      Yes, they do. And you’re just the right guy to offer that help.

      I love what you’ve created. Anyone who has written a book (or is thinking about doing so) needs to know about you and goodbooks.online. Happy to include you here.

      Take care and I look forward to catching up soon πŸ™‚

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  • at 2:04 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    You killed it in this article gf! I just love the way you write.

    Thank you so much for mentioning me here and sharing my story. I’m sure there are a lot of folks out there who are ready to take the plunge and to their own thing and the fear of the unknown is scary as hell. But there comes a time when your backed up against the wall and you just have to come out swinging and work hard to make it happen.

    There was a saying at my job “there is life after AT&T” but I was so afraid to find out. When I did, my only regret was that I didn’t do it sooner.

    Brent and Bren are truly badass bloggers. The stuff Brent shares about freelancing is gold and he’s just the nicest guy – always willing to help others.

    Bren truly rocks with her web designs. And I admire her for learning it all on her own. I don’t know anyone who works as hard as she does.

    I was reading Bren’s comment and I totally agree with her. It’s a lot more than just making money. It’s about building a lasting relationship – to me that’s the real payoff. If it were about the money, I would have quit when the going got tough.

    And she’s right – you play a major part for bloggers because you make us look at the other aspect of blogging – which is keeping a healthy mindset. Without that, achieving success will be hard.

    Thanks again for the mention Dana. I consider myself blessed to have connected with you and become friends. πŸ™‚

    Hugs!
    Cori

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    • at 5:17 pm
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      Wow, Cori! What a kind thing to say about me. So glad I am able to help you and others.

      And I totally understand that fear of the unknown sh*t… I was the same way. If I had known what possible, I would launched my online business 10 years ago.

      Amazing what we can accomplish when we stop doubting ourselves, isn’t it?

      Best,

      Brent

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    • at 10:03 am
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      Hey Cori,

      I appreciate the kind words.
      I’m so happy we’ve met. You’ve become a dear friend to me and I can’t imagine not knowing you and Bren.

      You’ve put together a terrific book.It’s just perfect for new bloggers, but as I’d mentioned before, even though I’m not new, I learned a few things. Blogging isn;t easy and it can turn people off if they don;t know what they’re doing. All it takes is some direction (and hope). You offer that beautifully.

      Your story inspires me because I know how scary it was for you to leave the security at your job, even though it was running you ragged and stealing all of your time. Imagine where you’d be now if you hadn’t taken that risk.

      I agree about the relationships. This is what’s been so valuable to me. It’s so cool to meet people all over the world. You never know who you’ll connect with and collaborate on a project. It’s so exciting!

      Cori, thanks for being you – and for being my friend. I just adore you πŸ™‚

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    • at 10:09 am
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      P.S. Cori…

      With your new book out – I think you’d benefit from reaching out to Carl at Goodbooks.online. I have a feeling you’d reach even more people, so give him a shout.

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  • at 1:16 pm
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    Hey Dana,

    Such an amazing article here.:)

    You have mentioned some great freelance writers and bloggers here. I have known Brenda for a very long time. She is an amazing blogger with a unique style of writing.

    Brent and Elna are a kind of writer with the strong influencing power. They are providing the freelance service to their readers which can boost up anyone’s blog.

    Glad to know more.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day.
    ~Ravi

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    • at 9:56 am
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      Hey Ravi,

      So glad you stopped by!

      Yes, Bren is awesome, isn’t she? I love visiting her blogs and I’ve learned a lot from her and everyone else mentioned here.

      Brent, Elna, and Cori are assets to the blogging community. Each have something unique to teach us.
      And Carl over at Goodbooks.online is doing a lot for authors. I respect what he’s creating over there.

      I like what you do over at your blog too, Ravi. I’ll be visiting you soon πŸ™‚

      Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

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  • at 11:58 am
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    Hey Dana,

    First off, slamming article! You have mentioned some real super hero’s above, but don’t forget, you need to honk that horn at yourself too! You have empowered many struggles and kick ass at overcoming them. You also help others do that as well. You rock for that and so many other things! Love you! xoxox Muwah!

    You’re so right when you talk about Blogging, Freelancing, Tutorials, and Design. It’s taken me a long time to master what skills I have and I’m learning something new every day! I really appreciate you mentioning me and my work. You know with me, it’s not all about the money (well maybe), but you know I thoroughly enjoy working with people and helping them along the entire process. There are many designers out there that think their way is the right way. No way!

    It’s important for me that I build relationships with my client’s and blogging friends. I just don’t want to get paid for completing a design or image. I don’t want to just have a bunch of comments on my blog posts. I want to build friendships. Friendships build Communities and they are very important now than ever.

    I could ramble on and on, but, you know what I mean. There are just so many aspects involved.

    Let us not forget the mental and wellness aspect. I think this is where your talents sparkle, gf. In my talks with you, you made me reach deeper inside myself to find my mojo and to get my mind in the right state. I will always be grateful for all our talks and our friendship. One of these days, we’ll meet in real-time and act like there were no so many miles between us!

    Whoa! Ok, gonna run now. I had to comment before my shower because this is so great! You rock girly! Muwah!

    Oh, thanks again!

    B

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    • at 9:51 am
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      Hey Bren,

      Awww, I appreciate the kind words.
      Glad you enjoyed the post and I was more than happy to include you and everyone else I’ve mentioned. You are all perfect fits for the subject matter and I strongly feel you each have something valuable to teach or help people with.

      I am in awe of people with an eye for design, but I especially feel deep levels of respect for people who teach themselves new things. Not easy. For me, the technical stuff is especially tough. While there are so many available options out there to help newcomers build a blog, I discovered (painfully) that there is an art to knowing how to work with the tools to go beyond the default customization options. For this, you need either patience to learn or a pro.

      You’ve helped me with several of my blog’s issues and blew me away with your skills. I’ve seen the work you’ve done for your clients and each project you’ve taken on looks fantastic.

      I’m glad to know you Bren and I value our friendship.
      Have a beautiful week πŸ™‚

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