How to Obtain Quality Blog & Social Media Followers

Remember the elated feeling you got when you acquired your first social media or blog follower that isn't your mom? It's great when someone from the outside is interested in you and what you have to offer! Yet there's many people out there who follow others on social media just to promote themselves. Here's five ways you can start targeting more engaged accounts today.

Why I Sometimes Blog without Keywords

As a content writer, I understand the value of finding and optimizing your writing with keywords. Inserting keywords can help Google understand what your article is about and, therefore, will rank the post for those words. I even wrote a piece about SEO content writing and some tricks to help master it. But keywords aren't everything: here's why.

Five Things English Teachers Should Teach their Students

Ah, high school English class: it's the place where you first read Shakespeare, learned the five-paragraph essay format, and wrote those annual research papers. While English class can be incredibly rewarding, there's a few things I wish English teachers taught me while I was in high school (and even college to an extent). After all, English is an incredibly valuable subject, especially since people don't seem to focus on creating good writing in a world of texting. Here's five things I wish English teachers taught me in school.

Five Reasons You Should Add Writing Skills to Your Resume

Maybe you've been blogging for while or did a little freelance work here and there. If so, you should consider adding writing as one of your skills on your resume. Professional writers are needed in every industry because words communicate ideas, instructions, and knowledge. That means writing is one of the best skills you can have on your resume. If you've done professional writing, here's five reasons why you should include your writing skills on your resume.

Blank Pages: How to fill them with Meaningful Words

Whether you write digitally or on a sheet of paper, all your writing starts with a single blank page. However, once you start to fill the page with words, you doubt yourself. You then decide to erase and rewrite what you wrote. It's not a secret that writing is a process. There's drafting, outlining, character creation, and structuring your narrative. That means the words you write will go through multiple edits as you work through the piece. Yet how do you start filling your blank page with meaningful words? Here's a few tips on how you can write content that makes it into your final draft.

Can Writing Be Taught? My Unique Take on This Topic

Every writer has their own opinion on the topic. Some believe it's nearly impossible to learn from classes while others think that this craft can be studied under a teacher. You'll find hundreds of differing opinions on this topic, and the answer usually depends on the outlook of the writer. Can writing be taught? Well, my unique take is this: if you really want to learn the art of writing, of course writing can be taught -- but it might not be in a traditional classroom setting. Here's how.