On plagiarism: Are you the same tomato?

As a professional writer, I take plagiarism personally.  I take pride in every work I publish, whether online or offline, whether it’s well-received or ignored completely, because I’ve put my time and my heart in every single one. There are many ways to plagiarise online without seemingly having done so, and it’s easy to make excuses and keep a straight face while at it that confrontations become useless; but really, if you look within yourself, what does that make you?   If you want to grow in your skill, learn to care. Care for your readers and for what they […]

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Going back to full time online work

I gave up my good-paying online job in April of 2015. I can’t begin to explain the emotional stress I was going through then. What I can tell you right now is that I was fighting hard to focus on my priorities and chose to attend to my children, most particularly to my youngest son, who was exhibiting some delays in his development. My decision turned out to be a bad financial call despite our move to go tiny living. I guess it’s because the kids are growing up and the expenses are also higher. I couldn’t stick to only […]

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Intentional Blogging 4: The Story of Fully Housewifed

So I’m back to my Intentional Blogging exercises. I stopped blogging after my finance blog series because I was bidding goodbye to a client and was completing my last set of tasks whilst packing our belongings for our move. For this one, I’m supposed to tell the story of how Fully Housewifed came about. I guess I haven’t really considered telling that story because I was worried it might bore my readers to death. But that’s the challenge in this one, actually — How to make your story capture the interest of your readers. The beginnings of the Housewife They […]

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Intentional Blogging #3: Discovering the Housewife’s voice

Jeff Goins’ Intentional Blogging Challenge gets harder and harder each week. I think it’s because it pushes you to be honest with yourself. For someone like me who does writing as a profession, it’s easy to just wing things just to get it over with. So I had to go through my answers over and over again just to make sure every single thing in there is honest. I mean, why else did I rejoin this workshop if not to be completely true to myself to better my blog. Otherwise forget it. (Read: Intentional Blogging #1: Why do I blog?) […]

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Intentional Blogging #2: Finding Blog Focus for Fully Housewifed

Joining Jeff Goins’ Intentional Blogging Challenge was indeed a challenge. Narrowing your blog focus so that you can build on a more “focused” audience is difficult because sometimes, you just want to be able to talk about anything you want to talk about. I quit the first time but rejoined this year. I wasn’t ready about a lot of things when I joined last year, but I strongly feel that something needs to change in my blog. Jeff Goins is right. I need to shed off some things so that my blog has more focus. I went over this challenge’s […]

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