6 Tips to Encourage Your Child to Read

Give your children a gift that will last a lifetime. Give them a love for reading.

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These six steps will start your children on the road to a lifetime of learning and reading.

  1. Read to children as often as possible. If you expose them to reading early and often, it will become a pleasurable experience they will want to repeat when they read on their own.
  2. Picture books can help struggling readers to comprehend a story before they can read all the words. Let them enjoy the process, without getting bogged down with the exact words. Let children ‘pretend to read’ using the pictures for guidance.SCBWI_Postcard_sm_sq_WP
  3. Encourage young children to write and illustrate their own stories. Children have great ideas, make sure they are able to express these ideas freely.
  4. Set aside family reading or story time. This can be a read-aloud by the parent or by an older child. As children get older, this time can set aside just for independent reading, for adults (yes, you too)…

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Do You Run Contests or Giveaways on Your Blog? Are You Sure They’re Legal?

Authors and bloggers, if you do giveaways, this is a must read.

Vanessa-Jane Chapman

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Many of us run the occasional promotion on our blog in the form of giveaways or contests. Having had experience over a number of years of running competitions in jobs I’ve had, I was aware of a lot of the legislation that exists, however I had never really thought about it much in terms of my blog. I decided to look into it, naively thinking I could just do a little bit of research and then post the main rules on here for any other bloggers who may be interested. Turns out it’s far more complex than I had realised.

This post is going to be quite long, and frankly not very interesting for anyone who doesn’t run prize promotions on their blog, so if that’s you, you may as well stop reading now, I won’t be offended, see ya, wouldn’t wanna be…

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Book Club Resources

If you belong to a book club or not, you should read this post by Amy M. Reade on her lovely blog Reade and Write. She lists sources for questions to help you explore your reading more deeply.

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I’ve got book clubs on my mind this week. My first novel, Secrets of Hallstead House, is being discussed at the inaugural meeting of a local book club during March and they’ve invited me to attend (woo hoo!). Once the meeting is over I think I’ll join the book club (because I already know I love their taste in books).

Recently I tried to join a pop-up book club which meets at a hotel about a half hour from my house. They meet for three months a year and this year the topic is Ernest Hemingway. They’re reading The Sun Also Rises by the man himself, The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, and Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck. Alas, the book club was full by the time I heard about it, so I’m on the wait list and it doesn’t look like they’re going to have any open slots…

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How Many Users on Social Media?

Interesting numbers for social media followers.

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books illustration found on mrgmi.com

The Social Media Hat recently published the latest numbers for social media users.

So, how many active monthly users does each social medium have?

Facebook: 1.55 billion

As expected, Facebook is the largest and most active of all social networks.

YouTube: 1 billion

As YouTube hasn’t published any statistics since 2013, this number may actually be an underestimate. Still, 1 billion. Not bad for a social medium first launched in 2005.

Google+: 540 million

This came as a surprise. People keep saying that Google+ is a ghost town. And yet, in less that three years, it has surpassed Twitter and LinkedIn to become the third largest social network in the world.

Instagram: 400 million

The most impressive thing about this is how fast Instagram has risen.  Launched in 2010, it reported 200 million active monthly users in March of 2014. By December, they were reporting 300 million. After another…

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Emails Getting Out of Control!

Janice Spina has some tips for solving the issue of too much email.

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I find that I am drowning under thousands of emails a week! My emails have multiplied over three years from a manageable hundred to thousands a week in the time I have been involved with social media. I spend so much time doing emails each day that I find there is no time to do what I love to do – write!

What Am I doing about it?

First, I have started by erasing all emails from stores I have shopped where I was asked to give my email and went to their sites and stopped notifications. They always ask for my email. I will no longer share my email. Lol! Just go to unsubscribe at bottom of each store email page and click.

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Second, I am going to social media and opting out of as many extra curricular sites on Twitter, FB and other social media. In the beginning…

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How To Use Pinterest Group Boards to Increase Your Blog Traffic

Suzie at Suzie Speaks has a terrific post on increasing traffic to your blog through Pinterest Group Boards.

Suzie Speaks

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When it comes to Pinterest, I’m still very much a newbie. A good bloggy friend of mine, Elena from Fabulously 50 and Living With Batman was (and still is) the biggest influence on my Pinterest activities – after achieving a monumental amount of success with her own account in a very short space of time she very kindly analysed my profile, boards and activity and then gave me a detailed list of things that I needed to do to start gaining traffic to my blog.

And oh my gosh, it works! Within just four months I have gone from receiving 100 views for the month of September 2015 to at least 100 views a day in January 2016. In fact, by the end of this month I’m set to reach 4,000 views just from Pinterest alone. Yes, it’s hardly taking the blogging world by storm, but think about this over…

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