Update (10/15/17): Pt. 2 of "October Orchards" is currently in the works! Will be a little while yet, but out ASAP. :)

10.31.2015

Poem: "All Hallows' Eve"


All Hallows' Eve
By: Eve Estelle

10.27.2015

Midget Monday #4


Welcome to another edition of Midget Monday. Again, I missed the Monday mark. So sorry about that. This is exactly the reason why I don't schedule my posts.

Anyway, with Halloween now just a few days away, I thought I'd bring you a set of stories that have slightly more Halloweeny themes.. :) Hope you enjoy!

What is Midget Monday?

Midget Monday is a weekly post containing one micro-poem (~6 lines or less) and one "micro" story (~300 words or less). Poems and stories may sometimes share a theme, but will usually be two random, mismatched topics. I may also build more upon any of the poems or stories that I use in these posts, so you might see these (or something similar) again in the future!

10.23.2015

Series: Tips From a Newbie (#2: Managing Your Blog)


These posts were written in celebration of Edge of Night's 1 year blogiversary to share some of what I've learned during my time blogging. While I love to give advice when I can, this isn't my niche and this is not what I usually post. But if you'd like to read more, be sure to check out my other posts in this series!

- Perfecting Your Posts
- Managing Your Blog
- Your Sphere
- The Pretty Little Details
- Wrap-Up
                                                 


Managing Your Blog

Nothing good comes easy. If you want your blog to flourish, you're going to have to work hard at it. You're going to have to invest some time, some effort, some enthusiasm, and, if you truly want to do things right, you're going to want to understand important things like copyright.

Everyone is familiar with copyright and plagiarism to some degree. But a good number of new bloggers (heck, even veteran bloggers) don't take it seriously. They pull images off of Google, plop them in their posts, and maybe they put in a little caption that says simply, "Image not mine."

That ain't gonna fly if you eventually want to get noticed.

So, onward and upward! Here are a few things that you should know about managing your blog.



10.21.2015

Poem: "Party Like It's 2015"


Party Like It's 2015
By: Eve Estelle

10.19.2015

Midget Monday #3


Guess what day it is? It's Mondaaaaay.

Are those crickets I hear? Ah well, maybe I can make a good start to your Monday with a little poem and story. (Although those of you who hate the cold may want to whack me after reading the poem.)

What is Midget Monday?

Midget Monday is a weekly post containing one micro-poem (~6 lines or less) and one "micro" story (~300 words or less). Poems and stories may sometimes share a theme, but will usually be two random, mismatched topics. I may also build more upon any of the poems or stories that I use in these posts, so you might see these (or something similar) again in the future!

10.15.2015

Series: Tips From a Newbie (#1: Perfecting Your Posts)


These posts were written in celebration of Edge of Night's 1 year blogiversary to share some of what I've learned during my time blogging. While I love to give advice when I can, this isn't my niche and this is not what I usually post. But if you'd like to read more, be sure to check out my other posts in this series!

- Perfecting Your Posts
- Managing Your Blog
- Your Sphere
- The Pretty Little Details
- Wrap-Up
                                                 


Perfecting Your Posts

Perfection doesn't exist. There's always more to learn, something to improve upon. In many cases, perfection is also subjective.

But while it's impossible to attain true perfection, you can work to aim for it. To achieve your best.

Blogging gives a lot of freedom to express yourself, in both written words and in design. That's part of what makes it so great - the ability to make your little space your own. Everyone does it differently, and there's really no right or wrong way to go about it. You can be as casual as you like, without worrying about structure, schedules, proper formatting, or any of that.

But if you're really itching to get people reading your posts, then there are some things that you may want to pay more attention to. Things like making your posts not just sound good, but look good, and making sure that you care about your content and understand the effort it takes to build up your readership.

Being the new(ish) blogger that I am, I can only give you the very basics. The most common offenders that you will hear about a lot (for good reason!). But these are things that will drive many of your visitors away, so you must at least be aware of them; even if you don't follow the advice.

Let's get started!


10.08.2015

Blogiversary Bash: Celebrating 1 Year In the Blogosphere!


Ooh, I'm so excited! Today marks one year since I started Edge of Night, and what a wonderful year it's been.

I've learned so many things since I began blogging. Not just about blogging and writing, but about myself, too. I've had the pleasure of interacting with a lot of amazing people, and I've had the opportunity to discover a lot of great blogs. This last year was far from a waste of my time, and I would recommend this to anyone as a hobby in a heartbeat. The experience, if you work hard and commit to it, is very rewarding.

But blogging ain't without its troubles! It takes a lot of time and patience; not only to think up, schedule, write and perfect your posts, but to build a good readership and establish relationships with fellow blog authors. And commenting. I am terrible when it comes to keeping up with other blogs. It's very time-consuming - especially since I prefer to leave comments that say more than simply, "Great post!" But, while none of these are easy, the biggest problem that I ran into was actually with myself.