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    Discover New Blogs

    Do you like to discover new blogs?  If you do, then you are in for a treat. I did this a while ago and it was a great success and we found loads of great new blogs.    BLOGGERS Have you just started blogging and are looking for your niche? Is it still just your mum and your husband reading the blog, and you are getting frustrated? It does take time to get started, so don’t worry if you are not getting too many hits – and don’t believe bloggers who say that they don’t check their stats daily. We all do, even if we don’t admit it. The idea…

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    Would You Rather Read a Blog Than a Women’s Mag?

    Do you shun women’s magazines, preferring to read a blog? If you do, you are not the only one. Many are finding less and less to read in women’s mags and turning to the humble blog instead.   Eva Weisman wrote in the Guardian today:   Flicking through one of June’s glossy women’s mags is like entering a time machine. You look down at a page and lose a decade. The brief for a women’s magazine’s celebrity interview requires that the writer include information about her diet, what she’s wearing and who she’s going out with. Sometimes this is relevant; often it is not. But it suggests that their ideas about…

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    Would You Pay A Blogger?

    Here is something I stumbled over this week, thanks to Vix at VegemiteVix. Flattr is a play on words of “flatter” and “flat rate” and is a platform for blogger, photographers, writers, artist, musicians and basically anyone who has a website to earn some money. We all blog for the love of it (or most of us do) but sometimes it would be nice to feel that what we write, has value. One of my husband’s previous bosses used to say, “Was nichts kostet, ist nichts wert” which translates to “What costs nothing, is worth nothing”. Harsh perhaps, but a grain of truth in there. Do we value our talent,…

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    Blagging – Would a Blog Review Persuade You to Buy?

    Well, it has been a busy couple of days on the blogosphere. Kicked off by this post  by Sian at Mummy Tips, swiftly followed by Mummy From The Heart, asking if she is a blagger and the journalist’s view from Joanne Mallon. Sian noted that increasingly the service Response Source, which is used by PR companies to find journalists and bloggers interested in writing about their clients’ products, has been overrun by bloggers looking for products to review. Particularly “Mummybloggers” are giving bloggers a bad name, by badgering PR companies with emails sometimes several times a day. Sian has decided not to use Response Source since there are so many bloggers…

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    Four Finds – A Blog Flog

    The New Bloggers Blog Flog was a great success last week, with over 40 entries. A few bloggers asked if I would do another one for established bloggers to join in, and this is what I have come up with.       Four Finds. Simply post four new or established blogs that you have found, that you enjoy reading and would like to share with others. These blogs can from any genre – the more varied the better. Crafts, Parenting, Politics, Social Media, Gadgets, Food, Entertainment… Grab my Four Finds badge and put it in your side bar with a link back to this post. Let me know if…

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    The 7 Link Project

    When I look back at my old posts, I am sometimes struck by the thought, “Did I really write that?”. Not that I don’t stand by what I have written in the past, but I can see the difference between my earlier posts and the more recent ones. Just as I have changed in my almost three years in Geneva, so my writing, my blog has changed and evolved. When I changed the blog name from LaDouceVieSuisse to Salt&Caramel, I felt that I had moved on to another stage of my blogging life. I will still post about life in Switzerland, but it will not be the main theme of…

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    Simple Steps to Start a Blog

    You want to start a blog, but are not sure quite where to begin. It may look a bit complicated, but is is actually quite simple. This blog post aims to give you the basics on starting a blog – from choosing which platform to use, to deciding on a name, getting started and publishing your first post.       1. Blogging Platform This means a website such as WordPress or Blogger – basically they give you the foundation on which to build your blog. These are the two main blog hosting websites, and the ones that I have experience with so I will stick to explaining them. They…

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    Baking Disasters – Life Disasters

    A comment on Twitter today (you know who you are) about Mummybloggers and I suppose bloggers in general made me stop and think. Mummybloggers are “tweeeeeee” and full of “oh, I cooked this cake today crap”. I guess she is right. We do present ourselves in a good light. Just as we sort though the holiday snaps, discarding the pics in which we look like Moby Dick, we discard projects that don’t turn out very well. Most of us bloggers have baked, cooked or made things that have been utterly shit. Or have spent a day telling readers how to be a great parent, only to run out of energy…

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    MummyBlogger, Mumpreneurs, CyberMummy

    I was reading the article in the Independent about Cybermummy and it brought back to me how much I dislike the clumping together women bloggers who happen to have children in a “Mummy” package. I blogged about my dislike of the MummyTummy tag last year. Now, I have nothing against those who organised and attended the Cybermummy conference, it sounds like it was great fun and very informative and there are a few of my online “friends” who attended. I do object to the “mummyfying” of women. When did you ever hear of a man described as a DaddyBlogger or a Dadpreneur? Why is it just women who are defined…