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Make money by writing for magazines

My friend who is an established writer was telling me how she made money when she first started writing. I decided to follow what she did. I am sharing it with you. It won’t make you rich, but you will earn a bit while slowly establishing yourself as a blogger and growing your followers.

She told me about the ‘Tips’ and ‘Filler’ pages in magazines. Magazines need writers to contribute tips and fillers.

They are a good avenue for bloggers because when you write your blog you are sort of doing the same thing.

With a magazine, the word count is usually fewer than 100 words. You are probably doing more than that already so you have the material and will have to cut it.

I remember sending my first tip to ‘Myweekly’ and getting a letter with a cheque for £25.

I was so nervous walking to the supermarket to buy a copy of the magazine and then checking the page to see my little piece of writing.  Another woman picked up a copy. This made me so excited and I started telling her that I had written the tip on such and such a page. She was kind enough to say ‘I look forward to reading that section.’

I don’t write tips and fillers that regularly, but I have written to many different women’s magazines and have been published. But the rejections hurt. After my first published piece, I got too confident for my own good, and I didn’t research other magazines as well as I had with my first success. So I got about 6 rejections in a row and then I learned my lesson.

Each magazine has its own audience. Their readers buy the magazine because it speaks the language of its readers and your fillers and tips have to adapt to that language.

There are many magazines from around the world and they pay from £10 to £60 depending on the publication.

So if you’re looking to make money that isn’t related to an online scam just read through your favourite magazine and look for the page that invites readers to send in fillers, tips or photos for publication. The more tips you write the more your brain starts coming up with new ideas.

Here’s a picture of the last tip I had published by ’Pick Me Up’ magazine on 2nd May 2019.

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Do you know how to increase followers on WordPress? Part 2

This is the continuation of my earlier blog. 

Another thing that is recommended to increase followers is social media. I don’t have Facebook or Instagram. But I do have Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest. They are linked to my WordPress account so all my posts get shared there automatically.

When I was running my business, word- of- mouth was how I got my clients. I also went businesses networking. Meeting people face- to- face and doing voluntary jobs got me clients. As a single mum, I wanted to make effective use of my time. So when I met someone I would let them know about my business. I didn’t let shyness stop me. I would ask them if they could make use of my services. Some said ‘yes’ some said ‘no’.

I wasn’t shy, but I was authentic.
It is the same with social media. Building an authentic relationship with people will help you reduce the amount of hours you spend on social media.
You are not going to become viral in one article. It takes dedication, patience and authenticity.

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Do you know how to increase followers on WordPress? Part 1

With so many people blogging nowadays and so much amazing content out there, how can a new blogger on WordPress get followers?

I’m still learning and I would like to get more followers, but how? I like to write my own thoughts. Original content is important to me. From my recent research on blogging it seems you need to post regularly at first in order to be  successful. This worried me because I didn’t want my followers to be overwhelmed by my blogs in their inbox.

I thought about the problem and decided that the way forward was to post short content and publish it twice a week.

That way my followers were not snowed-under, and it gave me time to think about my blogs. A win-win situation. So, if you are new to blogging you might like to consider that.

The second piece of advice which I think is worthwhile is use your own images and photos. WordPress does have some free-to-use images,

and I have used them occasionally, but I think it is far more interesting for your followers if you use your own. That way your followers are tasting something of your life and experiences.

And then you have to decide the title of your post. This is a difficult one. You don’t have to decide straight away. Read through your post and think what title would reach out to me if this was some one else’s blog?  The answer will come to you. My answer usually comes when I have left the article for a while.

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How to get people to comment on your blog posts.

I have had my domain name thelittleafricanbeautyroom.com for more than three years. I started my website because my clients asked for it, and they wanted a way to contact me easily as I am very well known for changing my contact numbers.

So, reluctantly, I got one. However, I didn’t do much with it. It was just there doing nothing. As most of you have learned from my recent posts, the coronavirus has caused me to close my beauty business. I specialised in waxing treatment. I made the difficult decision to close the business because I didn’t want my treatment room becoming a place of transmission for the virus. So, I closed the business and changed my phone number. I was disappointed, but one positive to come out of this is that I decided to develop my website by blogging.

Believe me, blogging is a lot harder than the various online tutorials say. You have to set up everything, write the blog  (and if you have writer’s block  it may be a few weeks before you publish anything.) And then when you have worked so hard on creating and writing that article or content that you think is such a masterpiece and you publish it, you have to get people to read it and leave comments to help you improve on your next post.

I found getting people to visit my website was hard. Then getting people to like my work was harder still, and then getting anyone to leave a comment was still harder.  But giving up isn’t an option for anyone who is interested in sharing valuable insights with the rest of the world.

So how do you get anyone to leave you a comment? Be honest with yourself and your readers. Ask them to give you an honest opinion so you can learn and make your writing better next time.

So I am asking you to leave your comments on my blogs. If you think a blog is a load of rubbish just say it. But if you like and appreciate it, say that as well. And please give your reasons for either viewpoint so I can learn.

 

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How to save wardrobe space by using Can Ring-Pull

I like my wardrobe to feel nice and look nice. Nicely pressed trousers, beautiful tops for an evening out, special dresses for special occasions all organised and ready to be selected for the appropriate occasion.

598C42B4-AD95-4611-8AD3-5436A0B75689But what happens when your nice clothes don’t fit in your small wardrobe space?  Well, I faced this dilemma a while back. My  wardrobe is small, and I have to confess to some laziness when it comes to organising it. But when I have times I go into super-drive mode and I want everything to be just right. Everything in its place and a place for everything. 

B32F907F-504C-4E14-B3CA-50DD4CEDF0ACSuper-drive mode usually comes out of the blue and can start at 4 in the morning and last until late at night. Well, it was during one of those super-mode days that I found myself struggling to hang everything in my wardrobe. I was drinking my favourite drink ( a can of  Fanta) trying to work out where to hang my outfits. Ah, I was holding the answer in my hand. I took the ‘ring-pull’ from the Fanta can and slipped it over the hook and neck of a coat hangar. Then I took another coat hangar and put the hook into the spare hole of the ring-pull. Two hangars taking the space of one. Being a Fanta drinker I  was able to quickly gather enough ring-pulls to double-up every coat hangar. Problem solved.

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Tips for ponytails

I love ponytails, especially in the summer months when I really don’t want to be wearing wigs all day long. ( I wear wigs in the winter and ponytails during the summer. For me it makes perfect sense.) Ponytails are practical and make a fashion statement that you are stunning even when you are wearing baggy clothes. My Afro hair is short so I have different lengths of ponytail extensions. You can get them through the links below.

I think every woman knows how to do a basic ponytail, but if you need something extra here are some tips:

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1. Comb your hair (if it is Afro hair you will need to moisturise it. ) Put a hair band around your wrist. Pull your hair with one hand and with the other tie the hair together.

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2. If you want to use hair gel use it now to prevent runaway hairs.

3. Take your ponytail hair extension and clip it or wrap it around your own ponytail and you are ready to go.

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How organised is your bag?

I love bags, my favourite designer is Jasper Conran. Whenever I can, I buy one of his bags. Oh my gosh, it feels so good. I am transported to heaven. However, it is not just Jasper. My kids know me so well that if we go to the shopping centre and there is a bag shop or bags on display anywhere, they pull me away.

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I just love bags. I don’t buy a bag just because it’s pretty, it also has to be the right texture and it has to feel right for me, it is an extension of my outfit, it is an extension of me.

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I do have a problem though organising my small bags. I get frustrated with their messy state. Finding my keys and lip gloss can be a nightmare.

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I came up with an idea. I took an old fabric placemat and turned it into a purse organiser by folding it, pinning the sides, placing my items in it to measure the pocket lines and then sewing along the lines.
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Now my bags are mess-free, and I can find my keys and lip gloss with my eyes closed.

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How not to organise your wardrobe: then some thoughts on how to do it.

It’s great to have a nice, neat wardrobe. We all want it. I have tried a lot of wonderful systems and read a lot of advice about decluttering in order to make your wardrobe look like it’s on display in a classy retail showroom or boutique.

Yes, it’s a wonderful feeling to have your clothes, shoes, hats and gloves stored away in neat little draws.
But then, within a few days, we go back to not paying attention to the showroom neatness system (unless, of course, you have OCD, are a fashion stylist or fashion blogger).
A nice, neat wardrobe is great, open it and you don’t have to waste precious time searching for what to wear. But how many people really have the time to keep up with retail shop standards? Let’s be honest about this. We have busy lives; juggling work, running a business, looking after kids, doing school runs, after-school activities, cooking, cleaning, laundry, ironing and all the other stuff.

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You might do it a few times, but then organising your wardrobe like an expert goes out of the window. And that is okay because we are humans, not robots. It’s okay to have a little mess in our wardrobe and, anyway, a little mess shows our personality.
I find that going to other people’s homes is like walking into a shop. Everything is perfect and neatly placed; I am sometimes afraid to touch anything because of the level of cleanliness and neatness. I think the reason our parents who were comfortable with a little mess at home enjoyed going shopping and visiting department stores is because it was an escape. Something different from the home. My wardrobe may not be perfect for someone else, but it is perfect for me. My wardrobe- organising techniques are always changing. I never know what will inspire me while I’m staring at the messy wardrobe I have neglected for months. When organising your wardrobe you need do listen to your heart. Every outfit in there has a story to tell. When I organise mine I have sometimes put on outfits that I wore when I had loads of fun with my children. So I put them on to see if they give me those warm and happy feelings again. I do the same with outfits I wore at difficult times. Do I still have negative associations with them? If so it may be time to get rid of them. And what about those clothes I wore when I had that row (wear them again for another row?)
The clothes we wear can shape our day. They carry

 

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Feed Your Stitching Appetite

 

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Stitches beautifully executed give you confidence in the outfit you’re wearing. When I am planning to spend a bit of money on an outfit, I look at the stitching. Is stitching important? Yes, stitching is vital. It is not a minor detail. The whole outfit depends upon the stitching. You don’t want to buy a really nice looking outfit and have it unravelling two weeks later, or have some wonky stitching catching on your accessories.
So I decided to learn some basic stitches and stitching. The results are some beautiful outfits that will last a very long time. My twelve-year-old daughter is now wearing tops and dresses I wore years ago.

 

There are three basic stitches I use:

1.The straight stitch. This uses small stitches that are usually used on fine fabric.

2. The zig-zag stitch. This stitching is used to make neat edges for decorative stitching and to attach the binding.

3.The satin stitch.
This is a beautiful stitch when done properly (it can be a bit of a nightmare for a newbie, but practice makes perfect.) It is used in decorating shapes and can give a really classy look to an outfit.

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Training to be a Fashion Stylist

If you, like me, lost your career because of the coronavirus and are looking to train for a different career, I want to congratulate you for not giving up on yourself and for having that entrepreneurial spirit that is pushing you to create something new for yourself and others.

I have chosen to train as a fashion stylist. This is new to me. I love clothes, accessories and a good bargain. For years I looked at online courses to become a fashion stylist, but believe me, they were expensive. There was one priced at over 1,000 pounds, and that really put me off. I didn’t have that kind of money to spend so I gave up.
However, I recently saw a heavily discounted course and decided it was worth investing in.

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I find the material easy to read and very inspiring so I decided to write a blog about what I am learning and understanding. I want to have fun sharing my experience with others.
I discovered that becoming a fashion stylist does not mean you have to be born with the gift of seeing patterns and colours, you don’t have to know instantly how fabrics complement one another, you don’t even have to know how to talk about clothes. If you were born with those gifts, all I can say is I’m super jealous of you right now.

When I was a little girl, I used to draw dresses of the 1950s. I just loved doing it. Then I grew up, and instead of pursuing a career that might have been something special, I went into the beauty industry. However, I still watched all the classic movies: ‘Down With Love’ ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ ‘Coco Before Chanel etc. I loved the chic style, the class, the elegance.
I want to bring something of that passion and love for these blog posts.