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    Does a good morning routine make you a better blogger?

    And does it contribute to being successful? I’ve just read an article written by a successful blogger interviewing other successful bloggers about their morning routine and how it contributes to their productivity during the day. In every single one of the six interviews I read, no matter when they woke up, no matter what time of the morning, be it 5 a.m. or 9, their first task was writing. Journaling was the most popular thing, setting out goals for the day, reflecting and thinking. Clearly none of these bloggers have children, bar one, who said she had a 5 year old. She writes before the child wakes. I have to…

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    A note to my followers

    And a request for your help I need to test my new site and whether you are finding it. I would be so sorry to lose you. So, could you please make a comment here if you can see it. My new link to my self-hosted WordPress site is https://bellesdays.com I would be so grateful if you could test this out for me. I have had some broken links and those horrible 404 messages. I know you all live busy lives and please only do this if you have time. This week has sure been a steep learning curve. Self-hosting is a whole new ball game. But I am excited…

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    Why am I so distracted again

    I am procrastination personified Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash I’m fed up with my lack of focus, concentration, my procrastination and, worst of all, my tendency to be distracted. Somehow my writing has become something to be avoided. How bad is that?  I love writing. But I realise I’m trying to write in a style that’s not mine. I talk about why further on. Last week I moved my free hosted blog to a self hosted one.  The wonderful people at wpbeginner.com helped by doing it for me for free.  A big shout out to them.  I chose a theme similar to my old one which I loved, tested it on…

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    I’ve changed everything here

    And it’s really hard work Just a short post today my friends. Since my last post I have been moving my blog to WordPress.org and setting up my own self-hosted blog site. It really is hard work especially for a non-techie like me. As a result my page looks a bit strange. I think it’s going to be a while before it’s fully ready. That image of winter in the header can go for a start, Summer is hopefully round the corner, even if the lockdown means we can only look at it out of the window! If anybody has any tips on making this process any easier please share…

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    What my Blog means to me

    It’s all about community It’s a bad MS day today – aches and pains, tired and depressed blah blah! I can’t tell if it’s stress at the current situation we’re all in or just a normal day in the life of an MSer. It is all very depressing. I miss my family, my friends and even the noise outside. It’s not normal. I feel incredibly selfish writing this, there are so many people in a much worse situation than me. But I am so so tired. I hate having to write what I’ve just written because it’s not like me. But are any of us really like ourselves just now?…

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    How To Get Something Positive from Isolation

    It doesn’t have to be too difficult I suppose isolation for me is not so different from my every day, as I don’t get out much anyway, at least not in the Winter. I cannot tolerate the cold. The very word ‘winter’ makes me feel cold. The only real difference is that I cannot see my family. My daughters came to have a coffee last week – they sat on garden chairs they had brought with them in the garden and we stayed in the kitchen! We managed and it was nice. I’ve spoken to my 5 year old grandson through a window! He’s finding it a bit hard to…

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    Writing a blog is my grown-up project

    And it means a lot to me Talent comes from originality which has a special manner of thinking of seeing of understanding and of judging. Guy de Maupassant, Pierre et Jean I recently read some blogging tips. The advice was ‘start with a small project’. It made me think. What is a small project? Does it mean writing a short blog. Or writing a blog and doing some small scale marketing for it. Or maybe something else, like organising all the rubbish that you collect and putting it in some sort of order. When I was young, I loved projects. We did them at school. I remember doing one on…

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    Why good notes are a must for writers

    Organise your notes to avoid scraps of paper! I listened to an interview with the fiction writer Louise Penny recently. She said that she had suffered from writers block, and had seen a therapist.  She learned that the biggest obstacle to writing is fear. Fear stops thoughts, ideas and characters entering one’s mind freely and then being transferred onto paper. Recently, I heard the quote ‘the only thing we have to fear is fear itself’ (F D Roosevelt). The next day, I opened an e mail from the British Library focused on writing, Then, quite coincidentally, I read an article about President Roosevelt in which the same quote appeared. This…

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    Can reading a blog tell you how to change your life?

    And does it really help? If I had a pound for every title or tagline that absolutely swears this thing or that will change my life, I wouldn’t need to do anything for money in my life ever again. I could change, transform and make everything better overnight. It has become a sort of epidemic in writing. You are promised every sort of panacea to whatever you think is wrong with your life. Surely if it was as easy as these articles, blogs, you tubers, podcasters claim, we would all have done it by now and we wouldn’t need them. We would all have transformed ourselves wondrously from whatever we…

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    How a hard decision could improve my life

    Sometimes it just has to be done I’ve made a big decision. I’m going to do something fairly drastic. I’m hoping it’s going to change a part of myself I am very unhappy with. I’m going to have a ‘buzz’ cut. I’m going to cut my hair to within an inch of it’s life! What on earth is a buzz cut I hear you ask. Here’s an example. I might end up looking like this, or could go even shorter. Needless to say that’s not me, it’s a very stylish pin from https://www.besthairstyletrends.com Now imagine this. I am 65. I have naturally white hair which all my friends say they…