How did I grow my blog?

Wine, lots of wine. Preferably a light-bodied, unoaked Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, NZ. OK, but how did I really grow my blog? A few people have been asking me to answer this question via email and social media ever since I blogged about reaching 5,000 followers. I’d like to reassure you that while that number looks impressive, there is no need to get jealous. My blog doesn’t actually … Continue reading How did I grow my blog?

Nine ways to cope with rejection

Rejection from agents and publishers that is, not from that guy you’ve had a crush on for years. Although, while we’re on that topic, if you’re looking for advice on how to cope with unrequited love, public humiliations and silent stalemates, I’m your girl! But let’s put all that aside, because today, it’s all about the query. That query. The one you sent three months ago. You’ve just … Continue reading Nine ways to cope with rejection

The nine different blogs that give you blogging envy

So I was perusing through Discover, when I came across The Well-Thumbed Reader and found her post on 9 Stressful Blogging Situations (And how to solve them). At one point Mikaela mentioned ‘blogging envy’, causing me to immediately remember all the different instances that I too, had faced a monster with eyes of a particular shade of green. Feeling jealous is often viewed as a … Continue reading The nine different blogs that give you blogging envy

Ask the blogger: how did you get so many followers?

I went out on a limb and contacted some of my greatest blogging idols to see if a few of them might like to lend us some of their wisdom in response to the one question we’re all thinking about: how the hell did you get so many followers? To be honest, I wasn’t sure I’d get many replies. Surely these bloggers (with their thousands of followers) are far … Continue reading Ask the blogger: how did you get so many followers?

The nine stages of getting trolled

There is something about the idea of ‘trolling’ that is just so innately relatable to cats. Perhaps it’s because cats take the power away from trolls, turning them into something infinitely more harmless. To all the trolls out there, so long and thanks for all the fish! 1. Your latest post has gone live on your website, and you sit in a corner, cheeks shining … Continue reading The nine stages of getting trolled

On getting fan mail from trolls

And yes I’m going to call it fan mail, because I’m gonna turn them trolls on their heads, and that’s alright with me.  OK, I wouldn’t necessarily call them trolls, but people who have nothing better to do in their lives but waste 10 minutes typing a poorly worded message (and for heavens sake it’s ‘their’ not there’) that only ever ends up in the … Continue reading On getting fan mail from trolls