Does it Have to be Wilderness?

Modern Girl Walden

A red winged blackbird on my front porch this morning--didn't have to travel very far at all for that! A red winged blackbird on my front porch this morning–didn’t have to travel very far at all for that!

I often used to think I could never really write about nature, or write well about nature, because I never went to these amazing natural places. I live in Iowa, where less than one percent of our native prairie remains, and so it often felt like a lost cause. Growing up on a farm, I spent a lot of time in nature, and I probably observed more than I thought I did. Yet when I got to my first nature writing class in college I felt like I had absolutely nothing to offer. I didn’t even know where to find nature. As far as I was concerned, I was miles from anything anyone would consider nature.

After college I got a job working for a nonprofit conservation organization. Part of my…

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Perennial Favorites: 4.5 Steps to Busting Bloggers’ Block

I think all writers have blocks, action is a good thing

The Daily Post

Blogging can be hard sometimes. There are days when you have a hundred ideas buzzing in your head, but can’t find an opening sentence. Or moments when you’re all pumped to write your Next Great Post, but feel uninspired the second you turn on the laptop. If you’re participating in our Blogging U. Writing 101 challenge, now at its halfway point, you may have hit a similar bump (or two) along the way. In this Daily Post classic published a year ago, Michelle guides blocked bloggers through these moments of crisis.

A blank page can be daunting — as can a blank screen. One of the biggest blogging challenges is also one of blogging’s most fundamental elements: what do you write about? Even bloggers who get off to a great start hit a wall at some point, watching days slip by with no new post. Sometimes, life just gets in…

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Five Fixes to Clean Up Your Posts

The Daily Post

While we offer tips for storytelling, social media strategy, and more, it’s important to point out quick fixes on the most basic level — such as common phrases to avoid. Below, we’ve rounded up five examples — from posting habits to customization choices — to watch for on your blogs.

1. Not linking your text

Take a look at this passage:

At my previous job in animation, I worked alongside talented compositors. (You can read about compositors here:

In your dashboard editor, you can link text in your post with the Link button, so there’s no reason to drop entire URLs into your post, as shown above. In a cleaner approach, use the Link tool to link a piece of text:

At my previous job in animation, I worked alongside talented compositors.

You also don’t have to tell your reader to “click on the link to learn more” (which we…

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Did You Miss This? Three Quick Tips for Better Blogging

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One of the great things about having a blog is making it your own — adding individual touches to reflect your style and personality. Today we’ll look at three blogging features: two geared to customizing your site and one to help you post when you’re away from your desk.

Scheduling posts to appear when you choose

If you’ve got an editorial calendar, you already know which days of the week you’ll be publishing new content on your site. Why not get ahead of the game and schedule your posts? That way, you don’t need to be near your computer to hit the publish button — your posts can magically appear on your site at the time you specify. Here’s how to do it.

When you’re finished drafting your latest post, click on the Edit link next to Publish Immediately located in the Publish box:

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You can now select the…

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