How to See Longwood Gardens Like an Expert

#DE, #PA #OutdoorLongwoodGardens1 #CeesWhichWay

archway at Longwood Gardens
This archway led from flowery beauty to fountains and river pathways.

Do You Blog AND Love to Travel?

When you visit family, what do you do? Sit in the living room and talk, watch TV? STOP THAT!

Be an expert traveler instead.

Six Tips to Make YOUR Trips More Fun! 🙂

Tip #1. Visit at least one tourist attraction per visit.

I love to walk. My mother’s cousin, Hal, age 91, and I walked for two hours through Winterthur, a beautiful garden in DE, and met a couple who walked there often.

A+ Book Review: Better Blogging with Photography

How to Maximize Your Blog Using Your Own Images

by Terri Webster Schrandt


Terri blogs in the several of the same circles as I do. When I read on Ultimate Blog Challenge that her book, Better Blogging with Photography, had come out, I rushed over to Amazon and clicked “buy now with 1 click.”

Easy to Read, Useful Tips, Well Organized

  1. Terri’s chapters are well organized with helpful tips on each topic including how to curate and edit your own images.
  2. She tells how she built her blog and gained followers/friends using photos and participating in photo challenges and link parties.

3 Stupid Questions That Will Make Your Blogging Great

Don’t you know what an alt text is?

Don’t you hate asking stupid questions? Even if it will help your blogging? Let me do it for you. I mean everyone knows about alt text by now, don’t they? Do you even know where to find alt text? I did not. And who thinks up keywords and hashtags anyway?

Understanding and applying blogging tips is hard work! I’m proud of my blog, but out of 15 tips that make a blog great, I am was missing three or four simple ones and I’ve been blogging almost five years!

7 Steps to a Successful Brand for Your Personal Blog

Isn’t an Image Brand Enough?

#NaBloPoMo Day 28


“Seriously, Peter Problogger? I used Canva and designed a great image. That’s enough, right?”

“You talked to your husband about your blog, didn’t you, Amy Amateur. What did you two talk about?”

Oh yeah, hehe. You want to know about that?”

“Well, maybe not everything, Amy, but the key ideas.”

“He DID help me figure out WHY I blog.”

Why Just Write has a New Name, ALWAYS WRITE.

You go through the many of the same steps to come up with YOUR Brand as a high-powered company would. As I work at this, I’m learning that creating a brand means more than creating an image.

How to Share the Magic of History Like an Expert Storyteller

Or the Magic of a Story Well Told

#NaBloPoMo Day 20 #WordPress Photo Challenge: Magic “amteaching, “teachinghistory, #storytelling

Thursday night portended to be a sad commiserating of wondering why so few social studies teachers wanted to meet together and what we as board members of a professional organization might do to change that.

And Then…

Have you read this cool book? "S"
Have you read this cool book? “S”

Along came Chris Cumiford from Visalia with the enthusiasm of a child. He brought his toys to share with us – his phone full of pictures and his new book.

A+ Book Review: Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog

Why  Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog by Janice Wald the hardest book I’ve ever reviewed

#NaBloPoMo Day 17 #amblogging


3 Reasons You Must Have Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog

**Disclaimer – I was gifted with a copy of this book from the author, and I’ll confess, I had to put off reading it for a couple of days. Once I did – WHEW!

How Do You Create a Brand for Yourself?

#NaBloPoMo Day 16 #amblogging #amwriting

Why Do You Need A Brand?

Always Write #1
Always Write #1

“Do I need a brand? Really?” Amy Amateur asks.

“Yep,” Peter Problogger responds.


“Why are you blogging?”

Always Write#2
Always Write#2

“I don’t know. I just want to write and share what I know.”

“To Whom?”

“IDK, everyone, I guess. Anyone.”

Always Write #3
Always Write #3

“Right! You need a brand. How will people remember you?”

“I’m pretty?”

“So are lots of bloggers.”

“I’m fun.”

Always Write #4
Always Write #4

“So are lots of bloggers. Three million posts a day – remember”

Are You Still Looking for “The Influencers?”

#NaBloPoMo Day 13

Look no further!

Where can I get the best blogging advice?
Where can I get the best blogging advice? Picture of our friend Spencer Morris who passed last month. He was always full of good advice. 
You are not the same blogger you were last week, if…

You checked out all the links I’ve posted and researched from Mostly Blogging Janice Wald Janice’s book, Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog Chapter Three. 

Finally, I completed my research on all 50+ expert bloggers, and I’m moving on, highlighting almost every page.

Looking for a Good Book to Read?

Today I’m featuring a Guest Book Review by my friend and author, Anne Stormont. It was first published on her website, Put In Writing on October 10, 2016. Thanks Anne for allowing Just Write to feature your review. 
Anne Stormont, a Scott, writing about her beloved Scotland.
Anne Stormont,

Courting the Countess Amazon Ratings

60,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

Book Review: Courting the Countess by Anne Stenhouse