What if (Poem)

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Have you ever wondered how hard life would be without your loved ones? Imagine a life where all you could say was What if……

After reading this poem by one of my amazing All Poetry colleagues I couldn’t help but think you know…What if?

So without further ado

Here goes…

Title: What if 

Author: Curtis Turner 

If I had to go on without you
this is how my future would look

A kiss would be simply
touching of lips.

And I’ll always have flashbacks
of your sexy legs, and hips.

My love letters would just be notes
with many promises and broken hopes.

My new place could only be a house
I could never call it home, without you
I’m still alone.

The weekends would just be called time
off work, because Saturdays and Sundays
would only hurt.

If we happen to look back would our memory book
read once in love, but fear forced us to wait just to
have the same dream entitled it’s now too late.

 

Want to read more from this author?

Check out his work on All Poetry

Also don’t forget to stop by my page while you’re there and see some of my works as well.

-Happy Reading

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6 Simple Mistakes Newbie Bloggers Make

Tips and Tricks

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The horror of making mistakes  huh newbie.

I’m guilty of 3 of these mistakes guys and maybe I’m a bit ashamed but its reality you know. Lets start at the beginning.

Mistake 1. Thinking that you write to suit yourself

When we make blog post it’s either:

  • To help the audience
  • To entertain them 

However, newbies fail to understand that blogging isn’t for them or what they want its audience that comes first.

Sounds harsh right?

But it’s the reality of the blogging world. People reading your blog only want to know how you can help them.

If it doesn’t help them then it doesn’t matter. Your post many times are disregarded because it’s not what the people want.

Who knows you may even close tabs on this post ummm well I hope you don’t. 

Why?

Because I really think you’ll wanna hear what I talk about next. 

Mistake 2. Writing like you’re at a press release

Be real with the people and add in a few contractions every now and then. 

Most people want their usual day-to-day conversations or many of them wont even read your entire post.

Maybe you wont even read this entire post but I’ll still try my luck.

So crack a few jokes every now and then so they’ll be constantly interested and anxious to see what you’ll say next.

Like how you are now right reader????

Puleeeezzzeeee……

Okay I wont push it off to the touchy ones

Mistake 3. Making your title broad and vague

Suiting your audience is most important and can bring in a stadium full of readers. A larger vague topic like

  • “How to market using social media”
  • “How to make money online”

Topics like these even though its broad will bring in different audiences unlike a specific topic like

  • “How to boost your blog using Pinterest”

This is bound to bring in a direct smaller audience who are interested in the targeted topic.

Read Corey’s post on how to nail a specific topic for your type of blog whether business or personal and he’ll hold your hand through the entire process to achieving a quality title. 

Mistake 4. Your readers care

Newbie bloggers tend to believe that the audience cares if your cat died when your blog is about fitness noooooooooo!

Cold? 

Yes I know. I’m guessing you wanna slay me right now for hitting the nail on the hammer huh?

But jokes aside, you want to make your audience learn and laugh not at your own expense tho. Don’t write your personality show it in subtle ways.

It’s okay to invest time into doing Google searches and using traditional books to help with research or writing out your whole life story but they aren’t the only ways to achieve amazing information.

When the audience read your work you want them to not just learn but feel how much you care.

Too much personality that will stir up an eye roll and close tab.

A corporate tone induces the “I don’t fit in” or “I cant do it” kinda mentality. A just in the middle is just what they want.

Try it and you’ll see 

Oops!

I forgot to tell you I was guilty of this mistake too. 

Also, after you try it drop a link below with your blog post and I’ll surely check it out.

Mistake 5. Forgetting to make your title SEO relatable 

What is this SEO thingy you’re talking about you may ask

Believe me the feeling is mutual. I’m guilty of this mistake because it was the strange wizard of Oz that I felt would have consumed meh.

However, I’m here to teach you what I’ve learnt. Soooooooooooooooo

Search Engine Optimization is all about optimizing your blog post so that more traffic comes to your site. 

Come on! 

We can both agree that’s exactly what you want right?

So faster you understand how this things works higher search ranking you’ll get and guess what…

Wait for it…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

IT COST YOU NOTHING!!!! Yayyyyyy

My blogging colleague Rachel wrote an article on how to optimize your blog with SEO. Head over there and she’s teach you the 5 steps that will take you through the horror ugggh the TERROR!! 

And finally the worst mistake of them all. Guilty here again

Mistake 6. Keeping  a calendar isn’t important

I’d be crazy if I didn’t talk about COnsisTenCy.

It’s the main goal or at least should be the main goal of every blogger newbie or established. 

Remaining consistent means your readers will come to trust you.

And yes!

Organic reads are what you want soooooooo

Obviously the more you blog the more people will keep connected with your work. Read my post the 3 C’s to becoming a successful blogger. It will teach you all you need to know about the ins and outs and how to remain consistent. 

So now my little one

I’ve watched you learn and I am ready to send you off into the world. 

Hopefully you’ve laughed or even cracked a smile after reading this. I’m confident you’ll conquer the world. 

P.S Don’t forget to drop your links below so I can give you guys some personal feedback.

 

I Use To Love (Poem)

Poetry

I Used To Love 

Author: Yours truly Lateefah16

I used to love

In the arms of a knowing stranger,
    blinded by his guilty embrace,
    resisting reality.

Lips touching unforeseen gates,
    palms pressed in unionism,
    breathing kaleidoscope.

Finally accepting what I thought,
    was saving grace,
    grounded yet ever growing,
When I used to love.

 

Could you relate? Comment your experiences below…

The 3 C’s To Becoming A Successful Blogger

Tips and Tricks

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Today I want to talk about the three crucial behaviors that a blogger needs on their path to success. It’s hard sometimes to always do these things but I believe that even the greatest bloggers had to use them at some point in their careers and it worked so here goes….

1. Be Creative

Do you remember that time when you woke up with a killer idea for your blog and couldn’t wait to try it? Or that day when you stayed all day in bed researching ideas to impress your audience or even your boss?

That’s the feeling you should get every time you decide to add flare to your blog. As a blogger I treat every post like a party that needs to be unique even down to the chairs. It is only fair to your audience that you utilize the ideas you have and make them better in order to achieve the same goal.

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However, creativity sometimes involves changing from the ground up with a clean slate doing everything differently. And remember it’s fun to also experiment with your blog too like adding different colors, themes, fonts, elements, placement while still making everything easily accessible for your audience. Although, not every idea will be your best it’s worth a try.

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2. Be Consistent

When I started my first blog the views were low and reach wasn’t bountiful. At times it depressed me because I knew that my content was worth sharing to the world but my downfall was remaining consistent. I know that many bloggers have this same issue but my advice to you is to be DEDICATED.

Views and reach may seem like the most important thing but even if just one person reads your work that means that you must be doing something right.

So as I was saying before, it took me time to earn the trust of my followers after I took such a long break. I mean nothing discourages a follower more than a disappearing blogger. Followers need to be confident that your schedule is fixed with reliable content.

Every time you show dependability they are going to keep in tune with your work and even pass it on to their friends.

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3. Communicate with the Audience 

In every blog post it is important to be real with your audience and involve personal experience which further helps to gain their trust.

It’s also important to inspire your readers but you should drop the formal talk and press release language.

Use everyday words and slangs example ‘hell‘ or ‘damn‘ this allows the reader to feel as though they are having a one on one conversation.

 

Overall, there is no definite trick that bloggers can use to become successful but these are just simple key behaviors we can use to get there. Do you know of any more? Share them in the comments below I would love to try them.

 

The Love or The Memories – Who Goes First? (Poem)

Poetry

Title: The Love or The Memories – Who Goes First?

Author: Yours Truly- Lateefah16

 

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Why do I somehow have a glimmer of care for this guy?
Above every red card, black and white or grey
Shouldn’t there be a burning desire to hate down to his array?
Maybe I do,
But how-
When he encompassed the mere existence of my being

Could the blinded memories vanish the colorful love?

Will endless streams make everything better?
Being trapped in my own feelings for someone that fed me thorns
As ravenous teeth shriveled through each tendon 
Slung by a broken thread 
Yet beyond the pitch a reigning sparkle lies.
Doesn’t he deserve a fair share without karma?
A shiver of pain shoveled into his seams?

But-
No more will I bar the last shred of compassion from the inevitable reality
After all,
His happiness was left with me. 

BLOG PARTY

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More Parties , more people to meet and lots of fun. Lets all join in on the fun Young Writers

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I’m finally over 500 followers! And a couple of the blogs that I follow have done blog parties and I decided that it was time mine had one. This one is going to be a little different hopefully.

  1. Please post the link to your blog in the comments or post the link to your favorite post that you have written.  I want to know more about you.
  2. Also, post a link to your favorite blog by someone else. Not everyone is always on monitoring and watching for blog parties. I want to share other fantastic blogs out there that might not see this post but that are worth reading.
  3. If someone follows you, you don’t have to follow back but it is always courteous.

One of my favorite blog posts that I have posed is a short story called Starlight Song.

A favorite blog that I follow is 89…

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Blogging Tips and Tricks

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Once again, my Twitter followers showed interested in a poll and I am here to deliver (hopefully). Even though I said in the tweet that I’d write about website building too, I’ll leave that for another post. The two topics are related, but are worthy of their own blog post. If you are looking to make money from your blog, I suggest clicking that nice little x on that tab of yours.

I just blog for the thrill of sharing my thoughts with the masses (okay only 100 people follow me, but my writing could reach a ton of people some day). Anyways, if you want to be inspired to blog or need a little boost of motivation to post consistently, this might be the post for you! Here are some tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years. It’s been about 7 years in fact. *gasp* That’s like

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Weekend Blog Party *Hosted by KaylaAnn* (August)

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Join the Party Young Writers. This is a good way for you to meet more people and spread some good cheer.

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As some of you might remember, my first Blog Party was a total smash! I really enjoyed meeting new bloggers and I know you guys did too!

So, I thought, let’s do it again!Image result for party gif

 For those of you who are not aware what a blog party is let me break it down. Generally speaking, a blog party is an online gathering for bloggers of all kinds to meet and engage with one another.

Here are some simple rules:

  1. First off, everyone is welcome to participate in this Blog Party (even if you do not currently follow me, although I would LOVE it if you did!) -> If you are a new follower of my blog, say hi and let me know so that I remember to drop by your blog and check you out.
  2. Leave a Comment! Say hi and tell us who you are and what your blog…

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Love At First Sight Or Just A Romance Novel?

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Do you believe in love at first sight or is it just for the confines of a romance novel?

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This may be a shake off-course from my usual post but its a real question that has had me thinking for a while. This wont be a long post but hopefully it evolve the emotions within us. So without further ado here’s how I see it…

Love for me is a connection that you feel the first time you meet someone. It’s the way their eyes look deep into yours as if they know exactly how you feel about them already. The journey that we take with someone proves the love at first sight theory. However, I have two takes on this theory and some may agree while others wont.

Take 1: Love at first sight does exist but it takes a person that knows exactly what they are looking for to see it. Love does not just pop out of nowhere when you see someone. But there is a physical attraction stronger than ever before even if you don’t know the person. Who knows your first encounter might be best you ever had.

Guys always have the cheesy pick up lines “I am lost can I have directions to your heart?” or “Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?” They are cute and for a hopeless romantic like me I’d be smiling already. So I believe that not only does this exist in books but real life situations have similar love stories too. When we are kids we watch Sleeping Beauty, Princess and the frog, Snow white and the seven dwarfs and already in our minds we have made a list based on the qualities we want in the guy or girl we marry. Some of us even plan our wedding, honeymoon and even how many kids we want.

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Take 2: The princess within me wants to believe this sort of love comes around everyday  just like in a novel but it doesn’t. Needless to say there are people who hated each other the first day they met but fell in love when they actually got to know it each other. This isn’t love at first sight but it’s still a connection where both persons realize that they each want the same thing. Ego and pride have a big role to play in the reason why people lose a connection at the first. Don’t you agree?

This take on the theory is more of a reservation because it leaves room for the times when love comes after the first time you meet someone. For example, my ex said the first time we met he knew we would be together. In his eyes it was love at first sight but that didn’t mean we would be together forever. This is not to say that other relationships wont keep their connection strong but this is just my experience.

Cheers to Authors 

Authors I must say need a bundle of praises for the mind-blowing stories they have created from within their minds that inked the pages of books. The works of Nicholas Sparks, E.L James , Danielle Steel, Jane Austen, Jojo Moyes and the list goes on still gives me butterflies. Some of the best romance novelist were women who made happily ever feel like reality to us.

So love at first sight is what you make it and unique to every person that feels or SEE it I should say. However, its your turn to share with us your thoughts so without further waiting drop your comments below and lets hear from you.

 

5 Easy Steps to Optimise your Blog with SEO

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This post is aimed at both new and more established bloggers who have heard the term SEO thrown around but don’t know what it is, and/or how to implement it!  It is my noble intention that by the end of this post you will understand why SEO is important, and how to optimise your blog for search engines!

This post is aimed at both new and more established bloggers who have heard the term SEO thrown around but don’t know what it is, and or/how to implement it!  Let's GO!When I first heard the term SEO I pretty much thought “what kind of wizardry is this/how do you I understand youuu?!”   Basically I understand how off putting that little abbreviation seems at first.  But today is your lucky day! 

Come with me on this journey as I walk you through the digital mine field by breaking down Search Engine Optimisation into accessible steps.  

Let’s GO!

What is SEO?

SEO stands for “Search Engine Optimisation.”  It is the process of …

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Where Writers Get Stuck: Editing and Revising

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A Writer's Path

by Allison Maruska

Today is where we put on a different hat, going from writer to publisher.

Don’t freak out. We’re using the term “publisher” loosely. The point is no matter which publishing path you take, you’ll have to make sure your manuscript is the best that you can make it before anyone else – even a professional editor – gets their pretty little hands on it.

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