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Secrets of Successful Blogging by Leanne Dyck

Recently, I reached a blogging goal—200,000 page views in 40 months.

How did I do that? What’s my secret?

Well…

 

Be genuine

Readers want to get to know you. That’s why they visit your blog. So welcome them in. But give careful thought as to what you will share about your life and what you won’t. Where will you draw the line?

 

Add value

Don’t just blog for the sake of blogging. Try to offer your readers something of value. For example, I blog twice a week—Monday to Friday.

Author Journey Monday:  follow my journey to become a traditionally published women’s fiction author

Guest Post Friday:  meet publishing industry professionals.

 

Be predictable

Are you old enough to remember, ‘Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel’?

Did you faithfully tune in?

The same thing can happen for your blog.

I blog every Monday and Friday.

When and how many times will you blog?

 

Build community

A successful blog not only features the contributing author(s) but also acts as a networking tool. I network with my fellow authors through my blog by featuring a guest author each Friday. Other bloggers build community by ending their posts with an engaging question. How will you build your community?

 

Do what socialites do — be seen

Gain name recognition and support for your blog by being seen on the “Blogosphere”. The best way to do this is to comment on other blogs.

 

Be positive

The biggest secret of my success is that I have fun blogging. Negativity gets old fast. Who wants to be around it? I don’t, that’s for sure. And my guess is that you don’t either. Why would your readers? So have fun. Remember, it’s not a four-letter word.

 

Leanne Dyck

Bio: Within the last five years, Leanne Dyck’s writing has been published in Island Writer, Kaleidoscope, Canadian Stories, Icelandic Connection and Island Gals magazines. Follow Leanne’s author journey by visiting her blog http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com

Author website:  http://www.leannedyck.com

All Time Favorite Children Classics Books

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Who does not love adventures?  We were all fascinated by Alice’s adventure in the rabbit hole and we always wanted to fly with Peter in the old days.  And as Albert Einstein suggested, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”.

Check out our all time favourite children classics books below and read with your children today.

1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

 

 

2. Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimms
Grimm's Fairy Tales

 

 

3. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Peter Pan

 

 

4. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island

 

 

5. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Gulliver's Travels

 

 

6. The Happy Prince and other tales by Oscar Wilde
The Happy Prince and Other Tales

 

7. Andersen’s Fairy Tales by H. C. Andersen

Andersen's Fairy Tales

 

Cover Photo from Flickr and under Creative Common license. 

little improvements here and there

We have been working really hard in the past few months to make Towerbabel better.  Everyone in the team has been really enthusiastic since the launch of our site and we are always full of ideas and suggestions in order to provide better user experience to our users.

We have more than a hundred items on our ever expanding enhancement lists (not including our development priorities).  There have been numerous discussions among our developers, UX design and marketing team to prioritize our enhancements.  We investigated the user behavior from our users and understand what they want by researching the statistics of all links in our site to make sure we are doing the right thing on every single page.  We make sure our site takes the right balance in usability, performance, clarity, simplicity and productivity.

We are glad to announce that we have added a few nice features and small enhancements on our site.  Below are the highlights:

1. Feature Tour

Just one click on the Take A Tour button on the homepage will bring you to a tour to understand the various functions  where users could enjoy when they are reading or writing on Towerbabel.

tour button

2. Towerbabel Chat

We know you love to communicate.  We have enabled Towerbabel Chat again with a new design so that you can chat with your friends while you are stuck when writing your book or want to share a quote immediately with others.  Just click the plus sign will let your add your friends to the contact list.  Don’t forget to register and login as our member in order to chat.

chat window

3. No of reads

We have added a little badge to each book and show the no of reads on the Library page and the Book page.  If you would like to know the most popular books on the site, the Popular Books are always showing on the Library page as well as the Homepage.

reads

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4. Search

Search has always been the most important function in our site.  95% of our users will search on the site.  Our search will now look for keywords in the book title, book description, author name and member name from Towerbabel which makes it so much easier for our users to discover contents on the site.   And if your keyword matches with the book title or the author  name, we will bring you directly to the respective book page or author profile page which save you another click.

search

 

 

Are you happy with the updates?  Please give us comments so that we can do better for you.

 

 

 

 

Book covers by Nicolas Beaujouan

Graphic Designer Nicolas Beaujouan designed a list of minimalist book covers under his Ultimate Geek Selection.  Below are the ones that are available on Towerbabel.  Inspired by the book cover?  Just click on the links to read the books.

 

The Lost World

The Lost World

 

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

 

Dracula

Dracula

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

 

Nineteen Eighty-Four

1984

 

Source: Ultimate Geek Selection