Guest Post: 5 Bad Writing Habits to Drop Right Now by Ann Bennett

image1My friend Ann Bennett is a marketing expert – and my friend! When she published this blog article last week, I knew it was 100% applicable to the Blog Babe audience.

Enjoy this post, and be sure to check out Ann’s extraordinary marketing and branding work at www.AnnBennettMarketing.com.

Reposted with permission.

I’ve been writing blogs now for 5 years. Hard to believe that I could have that much to say, right? When I was in High School I always wanted to be a writer, the kind that locked themselves away in a remote cabin in the mountains and wrote a profound novel ala Siddhartha or Atlas Shrugged. But alas, I was crippled by self-doubt fueled by I can’t spell; I lacked the discipline of sentence structure not to mention getting a C- in English (ugh). When I read things about what you should NOT do in terms of writing habits it kinda gets my REBEL going…So I will do my best to sort this out for you.

Bad Habits:

1. More Than One Exclamation Point!!!!!!!!!!!

Every exclamation point beyond the first one ruins your credibility by 50% (I made that up) and you sound like a Valley Girl— Gawd! If you feel you need one, just use one. Remember here, less is more. Continue reading

October Mystery Location + Blog Tip: How to Use Key Phrases in Your Blog Posts

“Key Phrases” are one of those things that tend to throw people off. For some reason, we all like to get confused about what they are and what the heck to do with them!

Good news, blogger: the video below will give you some insight into that little issue.

Not only that, but this week is Mystery Location Week! That means that if you can guess the location where this video was shot, I’ll enter you into a $25 iTunes drawing PLUS you’ll be featured on my newsletter next week!

How’s that for a smart way to kick off October?

Do You Have Cabin Fever? If You’re Feeling Stuck, It’ll Show Up On Your Blog

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There are days when I just can’t take it anymore. I feel like I’m about to go crazy: all the typing, all the phone calls, all the writing on the white board and planning and goal-setting…

UGH!

Sometimes I just need a break!

Can you relate to that?

You can call it cabin fever, you can call it getting the itch, or you can just plain call it ants in your pants, but every now and then a change of scenery is really important.

And by the way, it totally 100% relates to blogging.

Huh?

Yes! A change of scenery will make your blog better. If you’re used to writing from your kitchen table/office (like I am), try setting up shop in the local beanery. Or your mom’s house. Hell, even your back deck.

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