Writing

The Story of the Humble Milkweed and the Mighty Monarch

First the Monarch This post is prompted by the community I discovered at the Five Minute Friday Retreat this weekend. Thank you, each and every one of my new in real life friends! Egg. Caterpillar. Pupa. Butterfly. Metamorphosis. Ugly words, some of them. None of which describes the beauty of a monarch butterfly—orange, black, graceful, dancing, enduring, migrating. I first heard the story of the monarch the year I turned ten. Bursting outside the hot house into the hotter North…

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Granny Geek’s Tips for Building Platform (It’s all About the Visit)

Whether you want to someday write a book or just reach more than your mom, you’ve probably heard the term ‘platform’ before. This post won’t tell you how to make a six-figure income in three months whilst selling your soul to the devil. I can’t even tell you how to bring in thousands of followers each day. This post WILL tell you how you can make each visit to someone else’s blog a genuine interaction that builds friendships. After all, deep…

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Create a Post Template on Your Self-hosted WordPress Site

  Granny Geek Strikes Out I fall somewhere between complete computer novice and geek when it comes to the inner workings of WordPress blogs and code. I understand the basics, but I can’t always figure out how to make plugins work. After I read the first paragraph of instructions on most plugins, I realize that I have jumped in over my head and I quickly exit the program. My frustration this morning involved templates. I know that templates exists.  I’ve heard…

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31 Days of Housekeeping Hacks for Self-Hosted Word Press Bloggers

Housekeeping Hacks to Tidy Up Your Blog Four years ago, someone suggested that I start a blog. I knew nothing about blogging (I confess I had never even READ a blog post), but I took the advice and started my first blog, Blessed (but Stressed). I’d love to share all the hacks and tricks I’ve learned along the way, and encourage you to go ahead and start a blog. I’ve discovered that blogging provides a creative outlet that I didn’t…

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