Helping out Bahiyaa’s Mom

Another test case of NEW + IMPROVED alternative formats! 😀

I just wrote a comment on Bahiyaa’s mom’s blog. The way I know that is that Bahiyaa’s mom wrote a post about Bahiyaa a little over half a year ago (when she started the blog, I think — the featured photo for this post is from that blog post).

Here’s my comment:

Hi Nicole 🙂

I bet few people interact much with this website BECAUSE you’re not making it easy to navigate.

You need to pay more attention to making it easier for people to find not only YOUR NEWEST POST (which will also not be easy to find if you don’t ‘MAKE* it easy to find), but also the MANY POSTS YOU’VE ALREADY WRITTEN.

I suggest you ask someone with more experience in using WP to help you out. You could also check out videos on (if you’re not too bandwidth challenged). Use widgets in your sidebar (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, learn!) — for example: recent posts, archives, comments (maybe this one will show up 😉 )…. Use tags and categories. Include pictures.

And if you want, feel free to sign up at 😀

🙂 Norbert

I remember well over a decade ago when I participated in a community many affectionately referred to as “” I had this slogan: “I hate to wait“. At the time I made (and often repeated) that remark I was referring to response times of web-pages (saying I wouldn’t wait long than about a second for a web-page to load). Here I wish to use it again — but here I want to point out that I don’t want to run the risk of waiting 3 years for a noob to discover that my comment ought to be published.


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[] “My First Blog Post”

Hi, I’m Rosanna. I can’t believe I’m writing this right now because it is completely out of my comfort zone.  I am not the most outgoing person, but we have been living in the time of quarantine and I’ve been stuck inside the house for more days than I care to count. What better time to start making new connections and try something different?

I am mom of two kids and a special education teacher. While Covid-19 has made me a work from home mom for the time being, I usually work in a middle school with students who have learning disabilities.

It seems to me like there are a ton of blogs out there for special education teachers, but I have not found nearly as many blogs geared towards the secondary level and specifically for learning disabilities (let me know if I’m wrong). I would love to connect with other educators and share resources to support this specific population. 

As a teacher and mom, I have read my fair share of blogs. I honestly never imagined that I would be writing one. Now that I have started this blogging journey, I have already gained the utmost respect and gratitude for all of the bloggers who put their hearts and souls out there for everyone to see.

I first started using Pinterest and discovered blogs when I started teaching ten years ago and continued to use it for fashion, recipes, cleaning, and more. Then I became pregnant with my first child, and I turned to Pinterest for all things pregnancy and baby related.

Reading stories and advice from other moms was so important to me when I was pregnant because I felt really overwhelmed and had no idea what to expect or how to prepare for a baby. I did not have my mom or many close friends who had babies at that time. These women who put their blogs out there will never know how much they helped me.

Now I hope I can share a few things that I have learned and help some other new moms, new teachers, or anyone else along the way.

Hi Rosanna 🙂

I don’t generally correspond with gmail (for privacy reasons). I did want to suggest using tags and / or categories — not only as a way to connect with others, but also as a way to re-connect with things you’ve previously written. I understand it might feel odd to think it could ever be hard to find something, but time happens! 😉

[2020-04-29 06:05 UTC]

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[] “How to get published”

Getting published is like a dream come true for almost every aspiring writer. It is one of the biggest achievements to put under your belt and the joy of getting the good news that your book is about to turn into a reality is simply overwhelming.

But as you may know that getting your book published or getting the title of being a published author isn’t exactly an easy task.

It requires one to constantly keep on knocking on the doors of various publishers in the hopes of one of them agreeing.

Maybe you’ve already done this or maybe you haven’t but one thing is for certain that you crave to know about what it takes to become a published author.

There are two ways to go at it:

  • Self-publish your own book
  • Contact publishers and convince one of them to give your manuscript a shot (traditional way)

In this article, we will go through the tips and recommended steps you can take to get published through the traditional way – getting published through a publisher.

Let’s begin…


Write a book worth publishing

The first step is the most obvious and the most important one – write a manuscript that is worth publishing.

It is easy for you to say that your story is the best and the most perfect story ever written. Say that there’s no better book than yours but you’d be surprised by seeing how many writers think the same way.

Still don’t believe us?

Try convincing a stranger to pay you a small amount for reading your manuscript. You can even play a bet where if he/she doesn’t like it, you return the money.

It is very important to think from the perspective of a publisher. By agreeing to publish your manuscript, they’ll not only be putting their money on the line but also their reputation.

Ask yourself: Would you take that risk if you were in their shoes?

If after answering with complete honesty your answer is positive then go ahead. If not, edit your story more rigorously and make sure that your story structure, plot, as well as characters, are on-point.

Its always better to go back and build a bigger, better boat than sailing into the ocean with a weak one!

Grow your personal brand

You might question the importance of building your own brand before you’ve gotten published. Won’t fame come to you after you are published?

Yes, there’s no doubt that fame does come to the authors that deserve it but as mentioned before, publishers gamble on you and your manuscript.

As a writer who is trying to get published, your job is to take away as much of their risk as possible. One of the best ways to do it is by building your own brand before you approach any publisher.

Already having an audience that will read anything you write will make the publishers become confident in you and accept your manuscript.

There are many writers that have an audience on Instagram which contributed towards them becoming bestsellers with their first book. Arch Hades is one of them and her book “High Tide: Poetry and Postcards quickly became a bestseller

There are various ways to grow your personal brand but here are two of the most popular ones:

  1. Opening an Instagram account and posting literary work like poetries, flash fiction, short stories, and more.
  2. Starting a writing website and posting all your literary work their.


Hire a professional editor

There’s a saying amongst professional authors and editor,

“A writer can never be his/her own editor”

We don’t know to what degree this is true but we do know that hiring a professional editor can really help make your manuscript much stronger.

Simply put, they know what a publisher or an agent is looking for and they can see the mistakes which you can’t.

Your mind as a writer is too invested in your own story. As a result, many of the mistakes become justifiable to you due to the context which only you know.

An editor has an eye for details. They will not only help you eliminate unnecessary parts but also help your story bring out all the intended details.

You can overlook this step if you have the ability to edit rigorously and with an open mind but hiring a professional editor is indeed an advisable step.

You can use platforms like Fiverr and Upwork to find these professionals – these can also help you save a ton of money 😉

Find an agent

Before you jump your guns and come to the conclusion that you don’t want anyone to take a portion of your earnings, hear us out.

Agents aren’t exactly the same money-hungry corporate people that most people typically know them to be. They are an important stepping stone in every author’s journey.

Jk rowling had an agent that helped her publish The Harry Potter series, Chuck Verrill is Stephen King’s long time editor and agent.

If agents were these monstrous personalities than why do the top authors of the world still have them. Technically, they shouldn’t need them anymore.

The fact is that agents help authors, both upcoming and already established ones, in many ways like landing better publishing deals, paperwork, etc.

Finding a literary agent can really help you get published too. Not only will they help you create a better manuscript but also land better deals.

Moreover, many of the renowned publishing houses wouldn’t even give your manuscript a chance if it didn’t come through a literary agent.

So research some agents that are in your genre and just shoot them mails.

Start contacting publishers and expect to wait

The final way of getting published is a no-brainer. Contact publishing houses but also be ready to wait anywhere from 6 months to a year for their reply.

However, there are a few aspects that you need to pay attention to before contacting any publishers. These will improve your chances of getting your manuscript accepted and landing a good deal for it.

  • Understand the types of genres a particular publishing house plays under. Most of them stick to two to three genres at a time. As a result, it allows them to create better marketing plans and strategies. Knowing these genres will help you avoid wasting time on publishers that don’t publish your genre.
  • Read the publishing guidelines and follow them closely. Many writers don’t do this and as a result, they waste a lot of their time and effort. For example, if a publishing house doesn’t accept first-time authors than the chances of your convincing them are very thin.
  • Contact their editors and try to establish a relationship with them first. You can find them through LinkedIn or through personal contacts. Once you do, you can directly ask them to give your manuscript a read. Convincing an individual is much easier than convincing an entire team.
  • Write a really good cover letter and attach it along with your manuscript or the synopsis of your manuscript. Having a good cover letter can truly improve your chances of getting published.
  • Read the books published by the publishing house. This will help you understand the type of language the publishing house prefers. Some publishing houses even give a sample story on their website. Go through it and see whether they’re a good fit for your manuscript.
  1. Install WordPress 2. Write a bunch of stuff 3. Press publish

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[2020-04-20 15:45 UTC]

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I just woke up today feeling very blessed and grateful so I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart

I’ve been blogging for AGES already, but this JAX project is something new + exciting.

At first US + THEM categories appeared crystal clear, within a few days their appearance have already become quite murky. Yet never fear, IDK why but it sounds good.

Today I read this post on Small Town Girl’s blog (the other day I was wondering whether she is a girl from a small town, or perhaps she is a short lady who happens to be a town girl?):

It’s a great feeling to know that whenever I get a sudden, random urge to let out my innermost thoughts and feelings, I have a platform that’s ready and waiting for me to start typing and hit ‘publish’.

This degree of AWESOMEness is of course unparalleled — except for any of the other hundreds of blogs I manage, or the many thousands of posts + sites I read, interact with, participate in, collaborate on, sort of within you and without you, all the time, for weeks, months, years, even decades since I gave up writing HTML by hand.

There are pros and cons of hitchhiking across the universe of prose and messages, sailing and surfing, flying and crashing, mashing up, tearing down, discovering new horizons. I wrote about what it means to not lose your orientation last week:

Language builds connections — insofar as it is meaningful.

I am also gushingly happy and elated that a community exists which I feel also understands language much the way I do, too. We are able to navigate to the destination almost as if instinctively, and get to the point without losing track of the big picture. We share real space, real life, cyberspace and one world.

It’s enough. It’s for all of us. We are engaged, we will work towards mutual understanding, to communicate using sufficiently similar linguistic technologies (such as compatible expressions, standarized languages, etc.).

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[] “My name is Carly and I am only slightly terrified to be doing this”

Hi there! My name (as the title suggests) is Carly. I want this year to be a year of growth for me. I am aware that it is mid-April, but with school and the world kind of ending, I am just now finding time to write my first post. I am writing this blog for me, myself, and I. But if I meet some cool people along the way, that would be dope.

The reason I started this blog was pretty simple. I was sitting in a social media marketing class at Brigham Young University. That specific day we had a panel of social media influencers joining us. I was very inspired by what they were saying; “Find out what you are passionate about, and make that the center of all you do,” and “Be authentic,” and “Create value.” I just didn’t know how to begin. So with a little courage, (a motto of mine for a few years has been: “Sometimes all it takes is 20 seconds of insane courage”) I approached the panelists after class.

Danielle, from @todaysthebestday on Instagram, gave me one simple task. She told me to go home that night and do a “brain dump.” Take 60 seconds to write down everything that brings me joy and makes me feel alive. Once the minute was over, circle the top three things and start a blog about one of the topics. I did this exercise nearly two months ago, so I am unable to find the list, but I know that “Getting out of my comfort zone” was in my top three passions.

So here I am. This blog is where I plan on writing the crazy, wild, embarrassing, silly, sad, heart-breaking, experiences I have in 2020 as I strive to leave my comfort zone. I whole-heartedly believe this will be a life-changing project for me. I am excited (and only slightly terrified) to be open, authentic, and raw with myself and anyone who happens across this blog. This will all be a learning process, but that’s what leaving your comfort zone is all about: learning and progressing.

Hi Carly 🙂

What kind of uncomfortable situations do you have planned? 😛

BTW: WP has TONS of bells + whistles — “tags” are a good place to start, and then also try out the customizer … like try adding a “tag cloud” widget. You can email me if you want / need help / tips … and / or search for video tutorials @ 😉

[2020-04-15 18:51 UTC]

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