100th Blogpost

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I started writing this blog on March 20th 2017.

I challenged myself to write one post each day for one year.

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I missed three days in April but otherwise managed to publish a blogpost every day until May 6th.

Then disaster struck!

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I became ill and received a cancer diagnosis. The situation was serious as the primary cancer had metastasised into my liver.

I commenced chemotherapy on July 4th.

On July 10th I wrote my final post for this blog and signed off.

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I was writing an occasional piece for my Cabbage and Semolina Blog and thought that was all I could manage.

But as I became accustomed to the chemotherapy regime I found myself with a lot of time where I was physically exhausted but mentally alert.

So I turned again to the challenge of my daily blog.

On November 3rd I started writing 3sixtyfiveblog again.

And I’ve published a post each day since then.

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I’ve extended the topic areas to include posts about our NHS and learning to live with cancer.

I find that devising and researching my blogposts is good therapy when the side effects of the treatment are proving difficult.

And thankyou for reading my posts.

According to WordPress statistics there are 523 of you.

Mainly from the UK but also USA.

And you average 3.4 page views on each visit.

Of course, you could be fifteen readers who’ve read every page. In which case, wow!

And the comments are an added bonus. Thankyou 🙂

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I’m having 12 cycles of chemotherapy. If all goes to plan the treatment should be finished towards the end of February 2018.

So, plenty of time still available for writing a daily blog.

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Thanks for reading my blog today.

You might also like to read Don’t Leave It Too Late! on Cabbage and Semolina Blog.

or check out my book of the day at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep, Cheep!

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I’ve just been looking at Twitter Usage Statistics.

Every second, on average, around 6,000 tweets are tweeted on Twitter.

That’s over 350,000 tweets sent per minute,

500 million tweets per day

and around 200 billion tweets per year.

So how in that great crowd can you get your tweets noticed?

In a very interesting article on the Meet Edgar website we’re told:

Basically, every time you tweet, you’re throwing a dart at a board, blindfolded.

But, if you read down to the end of the article there’s some useful advice to help get your tweets noticed.

The 3 key points are to do with

Timing

Scheduling

and Repetition.

To help with Timing use your Twitter Analytics. (On your home page, if you’re lucky, it’s the little box on the right hand side titled Your Tweet Activity. Just keep an eye on this for a few days and plot the times when your tweets get most engagement.)

Once you’ve got some idea of your best tweeting times use a scheduler to make sure you post your tweets at the times they’re most likely to get seen. I use Tweetdeck which is free and easy to use.

If you’ve read Meet Edgar’s article you’ll have some idea of how few users are going to see your tweets. So, use your scheduler to post your tweet a few times. The likelihood of the same person seeing your repeated tweet isn’t great, is it?

Have fun!

Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep, Cheep!

Thanks for reading my blog today.

You might also like 5 great websites to help improve your headline writing skills.

If you’ve a minute to spare, please check out my Book of the Day. 

 

 

 

 

Everything you always wanted to know about cauliflowers!

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5 Facts Everyone Needs to Know about Buying Cauliflowers

Cauliflowers should be dense and heavy.

The leaves should look fresh and green.

The florets should be tight and compact.

There should be no dark spots or mildew.

The stem should be satiny white with no dark patches.

Why Cauliflowers are the 51st Shade of Grey

On the Gransnet website a reader posted her thoughts on her new grey hair colour.

I went to a theatre matinee yesterday and from the back it was like looking at a field of cauliflower – all shades of white/grey. I have worn my hair grey for about 4 years now after colouring it blonde for most of my adult life. My hairdresser and family assured me that it was a lovely shade of grey and suited me. Seeing so many grey heads made me feel absorbed into a grey ‘blob’. I am now thinking of having some warm high/low lights. Trouble is that I now have a wardrobe of clothes suited to grey hair. I got rid of all the lovely camel, cream and warm shades when I decided to let my grey grow in.

8 Ways Cauliflower Can Make You More Healthy

Contains Many Nutrients

HIgh in Fibre

Good source of Antioxidants

May Aid in Weight Loss

Good Source of Choline

Rich in Sulphoraphane

Low Carb Alternative to Grains and Legumes

Easy To Add To Your Diet

Read more details here.

How Cauliflower Saved the World

The Oddest Place To Find A Cauliflower

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If You Only Read One Article About Cauliflowers Read this One

7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Cauliflower

Why Kittens are Cuter Than Cauliflowers

The Simplest Ways to Make the Best of Cauliflowers

are explored in this article by Katie Serbinski on the Mom to Mom Nutrition Website.

14 Simple Cauliflower Recipes

Confession Time

I entered the random word cauliflower into Portent’s Content Idea Generator to see what headlines it would throw up and couldn’t resist using the headlines to write a blogpost.

As Mark Twain said,

Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education!

Thanks for reading my blog today.

You might also like What’s the most popular fruit in book titles?

Please check out the Book of the Day at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com/

 

 

5 great websites to help improve your headline writing skills.

There’s no doubt that if you want to catch more readers for your blog you have to write great headlines for the posts.

Well, I’ve been trying to improve my headline writing skills and have found these websites very helpful.

How to Write Catchy Headlines and Blog Titles Your Readers Can’t Resist is an 8 minute read from Hubspot filled with fascinating insights and practical advice.

Marko Saric of the How To Make My Blog website has loads of advice and some really useful infographics on this page: How To Write Catchy Blog Post Headlines.

5 Easy Tricks to Help You Write Catchy Headlines by Jeff Goins is a quick read which includes two useful word lists and a simple headline writing formula.

This guest post by Nick Marquet for the Grammarly Blog includes a link to a really fun website: Portent’s Content Idea Generator which throws up some unusual and occasionally hilarious headlines and ideas for content.

And in The Ultimate Guide to Writing More Effective Headlines, Lilach Bullock generously offers several lists of useful headline suggestions.

When I searched “how to write headlines”, Google offered 36 million responses. I think these five websites are enough for now. When I’ve put all the advice into practice hopefully my blog traffic will go into the stratosphere!

Thanks for reading my blog today.

You might also like I wish I’d stumbled upon this word counter years ago.

Please check out the Book of the Day at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com/

 

 

Well, here we are again!

A few months ago I published my final post on this blog and signed off.

I’d been diagnosed with cancer and didn’t think there was any way I could sustain a daily blog.

My cancer treatment is palliative and I didn’t think I would be around for too much longer to be writing blog posts or anything else for that matter.

I decided to try and keep my Cabbage and Semolina Blog going for as long as I was able and I’ve been writing a long blogpost each month since my diagnosis.

However, I’m now in a chemotherapy regime which requires me to rest regularly and I find myself with an active mind, a weary body and time on my hands. So, I’ve come back to 3sixtyfiveblog and am going to continue with the challenge I set myself on March 20th 2017 and try to write a daily blog for a year.

I’m learning to live with cancer and I suspect many of my future posts will be about these changes in my  life. But I haven’t lost interest in all the other aspects of life in my third age bubble so there’ll be more of that too. So, I do hope you’ll keep coming back to see if I can keep up with my daily blog challenge.

Thanks for reading today and hope you have a great weekend.

You might also like Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining on Cabbage and Semolina Blog.

Last blog post

This is my final blogpost on 3sixtyfive Blog.

I’ve developed some health problems which have disrupted my blog writing career.

I’m trying to keep my Cabbage and Semolina Blog updated so you might like to check out Don’t leave it too late.

I’ve enjoyed writing my blogposts and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them.

Very best wishes,

Cathy Murray

I wish I’d stumbled upon this word counter years ago.

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Recently I signed up for a StumbleUpon account

and the site has served  up all sorts of fascinating webpages, blogs and images including Word Counter – Every Word Counts.

I wish I’d found Word Counter years ago.

It is SO useful.

Not only does Word Counter count the words in your text it counts the characters too. This is most helpful when trying to write headlines and tweets that have a strict character limit. Word Counter provides other information such as the amount of time it takes to read your article or blogpost.

I’ve put Word Counter

at the top of my bookmarked Most Useful Sites list and it’s available as a Google Chrome extension too.

If you haven’t already sorted out a word counter for yourself, I hope you find this helpful too.

Have a good day! 🙂

 

 

How many words in a blogpost? And after extensive research, the jury’s still out!

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As you may have noticed some of my blogposts are not very long.

Some might even call them short.

But is that a problem?

Well, it is for some experts. I’ve been reading several blogs recently which offer advice on the best word count for blogposts.

There seems to be general agreement that a blogpost should have at least 300 words and after that opinions are mixed.

This helpful blogpost from Joe Bunting offers the pros and cons for writing blogposts of various lengths ranging from a couple of hundred words to a word count of more than two thousand.

Another interesting piece is Why 3000+ word blogposts get more traffic  which is stuffed with reasons to write long (very long!!) blogposts and advice how to set about doing it.

Although written a couple of years ago, I particularly like this blogpost from Hubspot.com. In a nutshell the advice is to write what you need to say what you want. The writer references a college professor’s response to  a student question about the length of a coursework paper. “As long as it needs to be”. That was the advice given decades ago when I was studying and I think it remains good to this day.

Of course, there’s a huge difference between those who are blogging commercially and hobby bloggers like myself. Sometimes people read my blogposts and quite often they don’t. (Well, if Google Analytics is correct, they don’t!) Obviously I’d prefer someone to read my efforts but I don’t have to meet any readership targets as presumably is expected of professional bloggers. I don’t have any advertisers seeking multiple hits on their websites and an increase in their products’ sales as a consequence of appearing on my blog.

When I started writing this blog I hadn’t realised that lifestyle bloggers actually give up their day jobs because they can make so much cash from their blogging. Hmmm. Nice work!

So, to answer my own question: how many words in a blogpost?

  1. My priority will continue to be to write as many words as are needed to say what I want to say.
  2. I’m going to try and write a long-form blogpost occasionally to see if I can.
  3. My target when I started this blog was to write a post everyday. So far, I’ve more or less managed to stick with this. But some days I’m really pushed for time so, of necessity, my blogposts will have to be short (very short) on those days. My frequency of posting target is more important to me than conforming to the best practice norms of professional bloggers.
  4. I write because I love writing and now I have time to do just that. And that’s that!

I found out something very interesting the other day.

Being ranked 9,783,626th is an achievement!

If you install a Google extension called Alexa Traffic Rank you can find out the ranking of a blog / website compared with all the others.

The top ranked are sites like Facebook, Amazon, etc and the rankings gradually go down to about 9,783,626th. And that is an achievement because after that come all the blogs / websites that don’t get a ranking at all.

I’ve been amazed at how many blogs I follow written by people I “know” on Twitter which don’t get a ranking. This was very heartening because my blogs / websites don’t get a ranking either. As I said, my Google Analytics only shows on average about 10 visitors daily to each blog so I wasn’t surprised that Alexa didn’t recognise me.

The websites I referred to earlier in this piece all received good rankings as you would expect as they’re clearly in the business of offering serious advice to the professional blogging community.

If you want to get the Alexa Traffic Rank extension go into the Manager part of your Google Chrome browser > Extensions and look for Alexa. It doesn’t take more than a few seconds to download. I expect it harvests loads of personal data whenever you use it but it’s very informative and interesting.

Well, if you’re still here you’ve read almost 700 words. So thank you for being interested and hope you find something else you’d like to read here on my 3sixtyfive lifestyle blog!

Hope you had a great weekend.

Here’s a book promo to finish with:

 

Julia’s Room, a novella, is still only 99p.

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