Red Sky at Night: Writer’s Delight

Every writer needs a source of inspiration. Even when you write for SEO companies and are handed a list of keywords, specifications, and sometimes even an content outline to flesh out, you still need inspiration to get your through the tedious projects. For many of you, this is NaNoWriMo time, and you’ll be needing an…

Blog Nirvana: Flaming Bloggers, Silly Puddy, and Vanilla Pudding Tag Lines

Welcome to November! Hopefully this month holds lots of goodies for the blogging world as we Americans gear up for the Big Thankful Turkey Day and the BIG football game here in Ohio, OSU vs. Michigan. It’s been a wild week here in Blogopolis. Here’s my G-rated summary. 🙂 “Kindness is the silly puddy version…

3 Super Easy Steps to Attract More Readers

Everyone wants to know how to get more blog traffic. After all, what good is writing brilliant and articulate blog posts if no one is around to appreciate them? Well, here’s the solution: 1. Visit Chuck Westbrook’s blog. 2. Leave a comment. 3. Subscribe to his feed. Sound too easy? It’s not. It’s the power…

Blog Nirvana: Communication, Swinging Vines, and 3 Drag Queens

“I bet when you read that previous paragraph, you could almost hear my voice in your head saying those words, a far more intimate and effective style of communication than the dry alternative.” Dave Taylor http://www.copyblogger.com/write-with-a-distinctive-voice/#more-957 “Occasionally, one is lucky enough to get “an expert” to write a Guest Post.  This Post, written by Artur…

Find Your Own Zen with Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta is possibly one of the busiest men in the blogoshphere. His blog ZenHabits.net boasts a whopping 74,200 subscribers as of today. He’s environmentally friendly, has six (yes 6) children, loves to run marathons, eats mostly fruits and veggies, and is my personal inspiration for change. Leo has drastically changed his life for the…

Picking the Brain of Naomi Dunford

For our interview of top bloggers this week, we have Naomi Dunford visiting Blue Duck Copy. Naomi’s bold, smart, and daring writing style draws in a large crowd of loyal readers to Itty Biz, her blog designed for small businesses seeking marketing tips and services. She weaves sarcasm, humor, solid advice, poignant personal experiences, and…

Picking the Brain of THE Pen Man: James Chartrand

We end this week with an interview with one of my favorite people on planet Earth; James Chartrand. James is the spunk and panache behind Men with Pens. He has heart and passion and occasionally breaks the rules, but that’s okay. He makes his own rules (he’s cool like that). James cares about the business…

We Donate with Squidoo, Do You?

If I promised to give you $2 for a minute of your time, would you agree? (Yes, you get to keep all your clothes on, I’ll still respect you in the morning, and it’s not illegal.) What if that same minute of your time would donate $2 to a worthwhile, nonprofit charity instead of your…

Pick Another Pen Men Brain: Charlie Pabst

Next up on the interviewee list is Charlie Pabst of Men with Pens/ Charfish Design.  Charlie recently joined the Pen Men and has been fairly quiet thus far. We’re not sure if he just can’t get a word in edgewise, or if he’s playing up the whole man of mystery thing. 😉 Mr. Pabst is…

Pick the Brain of Harrison McLeod of Men With Pens

  In case you’re just tuning in, we’ll be posting mini-interviews with top bloggers here at Blue Duck over the next few weeks. You’ll have the chance to get a sneak peak into how these bloggers improve their writing and what inspires them to do what they do so well. I’ve had a blast reading the answers…

You Can Help a Desperate Writer!

If you are a parent, you know that there’s nothing you wouldn’t do for your kids. You watch hours of Sponge Bob, pretend to like asparagus, clean up vomit, pinch pennies for that new pair of Sketchers, and read Pat the Bunny for the millionth time. You lose sleep, become poor, skip showers and personal…

Do You Contribute to the Caducity of Words?

As a child, I remember reading through the dictionary and delighting in discovering new words that appealed to me. Some, I fancied for the way they sound when spoken, like atelectasis (the collapse of a lung). Others found their way into my writing and vocabulary because of their definition, like Junoesque (marked by stately beauty)….