My Stock Photo Model Obsession

Posted by Grace Hirt
Sep 22, 2015 7:30:00 AM

As part of my job here at BlogMutt, I look at a lot of stock photos. Like, a lot. All told, I probably spend nearly the equivalent of one full work day each week trying to find photos for our customers’ posts and ours, sorting through the boring and the bizarre to find that one picture that will work perfectly for the content it’s to be paired with. It can be pretty draining.

At the same time, though, the world of stock photos is super fascinating to me.

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The BlogMutt Writer's Guide

Posted by BlogMutt
Sep 21, 2015 12:31:00 PM

The BlogMutt Writer's Guide is a set of guidelines and tips that we recommend you use when you're writing posts for our customers. This isn't intended to be a style guide, since the styles of posts will differ from one customer to the next, depending on their preferences. This is simply a quick rundown of helpful tips you can use when you're writing posts for BlogMutt customers.

1. Don’t double tap that space bar after a period.

Single space only, please. In the clacking days of the Royal typewriter the letter I had the same width as the letter W. Back then, double spacing after a period was easier on the eyes. Nowadays, variable pitched fonts take up the spacing slack, so you don’t have to. 

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Topics: blogmutt writers, writing tips

Seven (or More) Ways to Inspire Creativity at Work

Posted by BlogMutt
Sep 18, 2015 6:00:00 AM
What, only seven ways to inspire creativity in the workplace? Of course there are more. Consider this just the start.

Well let’s get to it and get the ideas flying.
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Topics: tip and tricks, How To

Avoid Clichés in Writing by Getting Specific

Posted by BlogMutt
Sep 17, 2015 7:30:00 AM

When you read a blog post, article, or other piece of writing that suddenly makes a subject crystal clear for you or makes information jump off the page, it can be easy to chalk it up to the writer's innate talent for description or analysis. However, becoming a successful writer is not a birthright. It is an acquired art. Developing journalistic skill takes time, dedication, and practice. To become a good writer, you have to learn to recognize what you don't know and then take the time to learn it. 

One of the most difficult skills to master is specificity in language. The goal of any writer is to make the reader see, feel, taste, and experience the written words. Great writing forms an image in the reader's mind so clear and precise that it leaves no doubt about its intent.

This is why clichés should be avoided wherever possible in blog writing. And we're not just talking about "synergy."

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Topics: writing

Using Google News for Blog Post Ideas

Posted by BlogMutt
Sep 16, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Coming up with new and interesting blog ideas is like getting blood out of a turnip sometimes. We understand your pain. What do you do when you've covered every FAQ you can think of and come up with so many "Top 10 Lists" you'll scream if you have to do another? Luckily, inspiration is out here. The answer is in the news. Here's what we mean.

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Topics: blogging tips, blogging, blog ideas

Subdomains and Folders: A Quest to Figure Out What's Best for Your Blog

Posted by Scott Yates
Sep 15, 2015 7:30:00 AM

The terminology of web addresses is a philosophical minefield, not for the weak of heart.

Trying to find the exact difference between subdomains vs. folders on sites and you will use up all the Red Bull in the fridge trying to get through descriptions like this:

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Topics: blogging tips

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