2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

What’s really fascinating about this is that I posted nothing on my blog in 2013. If you’ve been around the blogosphere for long you’ll probably have heard that “content is king”. The fact that my blog has had no new content in almost a year and still maintained a steady stream of visitors is proof of this.

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So what was bringing in all this traffic? Turns out it was the set of tutorials I wrote about Joomla, a website platform much like WordPress. These tutorials where rich with natural keywords related to questions that many readers had, and their Google search queries lead them to my posts. The strong amount of keywords naturally included kept my pages high in the Google ranks, equalling more traffic.

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So that’s my testimony! Despite my absence, my blog’s traffic climbed to over 10,000 views. Now that I’m back I’m hoping to take it even further.

Moral of the story: SEO works!

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— Hello Again, My Readers! — Change Is In The Air!

It has been far too long since I’ve been here.  Long enough that some of you may have forgotten about me, although I hope this is not the case.  The good news is, I’m back!  The blog is calling my name once again, but many things have shifted and changed since my last post.  Going forward, this blog will have a somewhat different feel to it, so please bear with me!  It’s all good, I promise!

There’s an important matter of business to deal with first.  I am going to be re-naming this blog from “Technically Heroic” to “Shadowfall Blazer”.  Within the next few days, I’ll be making some drastic changes, such as modifying the URL.  Just a head’s up that this may cause difficulties with your links and bookmarks, so I’m going to tell you straight up that the content that’s been here for the past couple years will remain on this site, and will remain searchable if necessary.

If you’re actually reading this, THANK YOU!  I look forward to rejoining this community from which I’ve been absent, with a renewed vigor greater than that which I began with.  Here’s to a fantastic year, and a happy 2014 to you all!

See you soon!

“Creating an Effective Battle Scene” By Epic Fantasy Author Janet Beasley

Writer's Block Party!

There I was, cruising through my manuscript. Words were flowing, the story was moving at a great pace. I had the map drawn which made every chapter richer with content. Then out of nowhere…bam! It was time for the battle.

Well, almost. I had written up to the battle scene and realized I knew nothing about flanking, ranking, and calling out orders. Boot-camp and military training hadn’t even entered my mind. Oh sure, I’ve watched the news, and seen the horrific things that are going on around the world when it comes to war and the weaponry used, but my epic fantasy world of Maycly had not been designed for machine guns, grenades, tanks, or other vehicles. As I thought about it for a little while longer it hit me like a ton of bricks – over half the characters had never even seen a battle or heard of one.

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How To Blog When You Have (Almost) No Ideas

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Trying To Blog - Image: David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Whether you’re starting a new blog or trying to keep up one you have, one question you’ll face sooner or later is, “what do I blog about now?”.  As I mentioned in my previous post, lately I have been short of ideas.  Then something occurred to me.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes having unfinished projects hanging around just bugs me.

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Recent Drafts Bug Me

So when I see something like this ( —-> ) on my WordPress dashboard, I start to feel annoyed.  In the past when I’ve had unfinished drafts, the sight of those thoughts just waiting to be finished inspired me to actually write.  So how, when we have nothing to write about, can we break free of ‘blogger’s block’?

Here’s my idea:

  1. Brainstorm.  Think of stuff (maybe cool internet resources) you’re using at the moment.  Think of topics related to your favorite hobby or area of expertise.
  2. Write down your ideas in post titles (and just the post titles).  Save off your new posts and revisit them later.
  3. Start working on the ones that appeal to you most.  Or the time-sensitive ones.  Either way, now you have ideas!

I’m going to try this myself and see how it works.  If you decide to try this as well, I’m interested in hearing your results.  Comments are, as usual, welcome!

If you need more helpful blogging tips, I recommend visiting ProBlogger.net and checking out their fantastic content tips and ideas!

Technically Heroic – An Author’s Adventure Has Been Deemed Versatile!

Well, here’s something I didn’t see coming – I’ve been nominated for (and thus given) the Versatile Blogger Award by Lisa Taylor!  My thanks to Lisa, who runs a very cool blog called Writer’s Block Party, made up of book reviews and author interviews from many different genres, giving authors a place to potentially reach new readers (by the way, look for my author interview on Lisa’s blog in early April)

This thoughtful award has the following rules:

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Versatile Blogger Award

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy. (done)
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it. (also done)
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Okay, what can I say about myself?  Let’s see here: Continue reading

More Improving Your Writing!

I happened across these posts recently, and I believe that you may find them as interesting as I did.

10 Types of Killer Filler Content for Your Blog

Last week I ran an impromptu Ustream chat session with my Twitter followers on the theme of Blogger Productivity (to celebrate the launch of Blog Wise). It was an informal and fun session (you can view the hour-long recording of it here) but one of the recurring questions that came up was around the topic of posting rhythm and how to keep up regular posting when you may not have the time to post daily.

It’s a question I hear quite a bit. The pressure of posting daily, coupled with keeping the quality and usefulness of posts high, tips some bloggers over the edge—particularly those who write longer, deeper articles that take a great deal of thought and research to prepare.

Grammar Goofs

I came across an infographic this morning that I think all of my seventh graders should commit to memory! “15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly” was created by BlueGlass.com based on various posts found on the Copybloggerwebsite.

Characterizing Details

I’m doing some critiques for webinars right now (if you haven’t gotten yours back yet, be very patient…I have 90 days from the date of the deadline to get it back to you), and I would just love to put a moratorium on character descriptions that tell me nothing that’s necessary to my understanding. Let’s define a characterizing detail, shall we?

Enjoy!