Blogging on Always Write
Hi, my name is Marsha Ingrao and I created Always Write for us, hobby bloggers, writers, and photographers. Here we share what we know and what we are learning. If you want to share your blogging struggles and learn from others, come on in.
Grab a cuppa coffee and sit down and visit. Blogging is my hobby, my experiment, my life-changer. Welcome!
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Bloggers are, first and foremost, publishers of the best content we have available to us. It took me a while to realize that I was a publisher, complete with responsibilities to my reading public not just to myself. Blogging satisfies, motivates, and gives me opportunities to write and publish my own as well as the work of others.
Relationships Are Important to Me
This is my fifth year of blogging. The most amazing things have happened to me since I started blogging. First, blogging earned me a book contract. That changed my status in my small community. In my circles, I have also earned respect as an expert in the field of blogging and social media. As a volunteer for several non-profit organizations, I manage five blogs, several Facebook pages, and co-administer one Facebook Group.
Reflection over the past five years I never would have imagined that in January 2017 I would travel 14,736 miles alone for one reason – to meet up with two blogging friends in Australia. Once I arrived Carol and I logged in another 1,995 miles traveling to see Leanne. Some of the relationships you make online can mean a lot.
Even though this is a hobby bloggers’ blog, many of you have monetized. Others of you may not have an interest in selling products or services. I felt that I needed to give it a try. Experimenting and teaching are what I do.
As my new friend Maria stated, “I don’t want to prostitute myself to companies, but I enjoy the perks of writing about what I like and making money to do it. I take my grandson all over the country on the free tickets I earn from reviewing those places.”
I’d like to promote YOU! At first, I thought I’d use any monetizing to supplement my income, which I drain into my hobby blogging. Then I discovered a more interesting use of funds. I want to pour some or all of the profits I make on this blog into causes I support. Granted I’d love to pay for the expenses, but I want to earn scholarship money for students going through my training program at the school. Along the way, I may find other causes I want to fund besides the charities I fund on my own. As I come across them, I’ll post them on this page.
2017 Always Write Causes
- Always Write Virtual Assistant Training Program at Woodlake High School
- Woodlake Pride – Work experience for high school students in the Woodlake Botanical Garden
How You Can Support Always Write Causes
- You can buy a banner ad in my sidebar or footer.
- Advertisers receive – month to month space, an article about your product or service, at least 5 retweets of the post, and at least two repostings on other social media.
- You can hire me to write copy for your blog.
- You can allow my virtual assistants or me to design images for your blog or social media.
- You can hire my virtual assistants or me to create products using photographs.
- You can purchase the Deluxe Version Transformational Blogging Journal
- We can manage your social media needs for you.
- You can purchase So You Think You Can Blog?. The revised edition will come out in July 2017
- As you shop, click on my affiliate links to support my causes 100%.
What You Can Expect from Always Write
The kinds of articles you can find on Always Write include, but are not limited to:
- Blogging tips
- Discussion Questions
- A+ Interviews
- A+ Book Reviews
- Reference links – photo challenges, books, and other topics as you ask questions
- Photo Challenges
Why Include Travel or Community Posts In a Blog about Blogging and Writing?
In April 2017 I began dedicating my first blog primarily to travel and local articles. There may be some overlap between the two blogs, Traveling and Blogging Near and Far and Always Write.
The business of Always Write is to support you, hobby bloggers, writers, and photographers.
I sometimes share photo challenges on this blog. Like my friends Terri, Sylvia, Carol, Cee, Jo, Jennifer, and Yvette I recommend that hobby bloggers take part in photo challenges to for several reasons.
- Photo challenges improve their photography. Blogging is not effective without pictures – either artwork, photographs or infographics.
- Secondly, photo challenges bring traffic to your blog without having to go to the work of marketing your blog as professional bloggers do. You meet people who have similar interests to you.
- Finally, writing to photo challenges helps you structure your article and assures you that at least the challenge host will read your post. Hopefully, some of the participants will too.
So You Know
I’ve published two books.
- Images of America: Woodlake by Arcadia Publishing
- So You Think You Can Blog? by Lulu Press (but it is soon to be republished)
Fiction is still on my bucket list. I have written, but not published two NaNoWriMo novels:
- Girls on Fire, a fiction novel about three women in their 50s and 60s who are looking for new love and a change in life.
- Winning Jenny’s Smile, a middle school fiction about Jenny’s first months in a new school.
A few poems, magazine and journal articles crop up from time to time in various publications.
- Amy wrote: I’m a writer first, for stage and screen, educator second, and a makeup artist for a large retailer when the former endeavors don’t pay well. That last one makes me want to throw myself off an overpass. I have trouble finding levity in my life and the energy to always write. It’s so inspiring to read this. Thank you for this little piece of enthusiasm. It has realigned my day. x