Happy Canada Day!

Celebrating Canada Day 2018I’m so sorry not to be home

yet again for this wonderful day,

but for all of us who are from

/ love / admire Canada,

let’s celebrate together.

Suze xx

 

Texting code for seniors

Those of us looking down the barrel of old age (not yet, so don’t start spamming me, Saga…) should be grateful to my lovely friend Laurence H., who forwarded this handy list of texting codes especially for seniors. Be sure to print it out and retain it for your future needs…

Jokes about seniors sending texts

NNTR – No Nap Time Required

Laurence writes … “teens have their texting codes (LOL, OMG, TTYL, etc.). Not to be outdone by these little SNK (snot-nosed kids), now, finally we long-suffering seniors have our own texting codes! Although most of us are not even close to senior status I thought you should know their codes in case you get one from a senior.”

I have added a few extra ones of my own, for good measure..

Texting for Seniors as follows:

AKA – Always Kicking *ss [Read more…]

9 business blogging FAQs: tutorial for 2018

Funny how blogging goes in and out of fashion, eh? After a bit of a lull in interest where blogging is concerned, from about the beginning of this year (2018) everyone has been going “yayyyyy! Blogging rocks!” … once again.

Blogging FAQs by Suzan St Maur
Here are some of the blogging FAQs we’ve been talking about – and resolving – in my recent workshops…this is a long one, so grab some coffee before reading on!

1. Blogging has been around forever. Is it better to blog on social media now?

No. Nothing has changed. That’s the irony of it. Despite a flurry of alternatives to straightforward blogging being put forward over the years, we always come back to the same home truths. [Read more…]

Boyfriends or ponies? Key differences, for teenage girls

Does your teenage daughter love ponies, boys, or both? With the school holidays imminent in the northern hemisphere, teenage girls in many countries will be weighing up this major dilemma.

To help them, and to help parents help them, here are some, er, useful tips…

Boyfriends or ponies? Key differences, for teenage girls

Ponies do not normally get big problems with zits

Why ponies are better than boyfriends

Ponies’ feet and shoes usually don’t smell, unlike a boyfriend’s stinky socks and trainers [Read more…]

My children’s book was published last year and isn’t selling. What now?

If you’ve recently published a book and despite all your marketing efforts (and those of your publisher if you have one, although their contribution often is minimal) … it’s not selling well, what do you do?

Children's book not selling what can I do

You don’t need to spend much – if anything – to market and sell your book.

Hmmmm. A lot depends on what you mean by “publisher.”

As many of my readers already know, there are publishers, and then there are publishers. And then there is self-publishing and hybrid publishing and even today, there are still a few vanity publishers around.

Especially if you’re new to the publishing scene, this article will give you a brief overview of the options available now. And if you want to know more about the potential pitfalls, have a look here[Read more…]

Writing to connect people: doing digital introductions

It’s easy when you’re connecting people face-to-face: “Mary (Person A), I’d like you to meet John Smith (Person B) from Diddlycom – they’re the new educational software people here in town. “John, this is Mary Jones, who’s a senior lecturer in IT at our local technical college. I thought you two might have some interesting things to talk about.”Writing to connect people: doing digital introductions

You help get the conversation going, then back off, leave them to it and continue networking at the event, meeting, workshop or other activity. Sometimes, though, Person B in the story isn’t there – yet you feel sure that to connect them with person A would be a good idea for both parties. You agree with A to put them in touch with B which might turn into a useful, symbiotic relationship for them.

What do you do when all you’ve got to connect people with is a screen?

[Read more…]

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