Derek Halpern

Behold My Cringe-Worthy Blogging Fails (and Why They Don’t Matter)

Last week, we had a big discussion about what it takes to make your blog stand out. In the comments, something came to my attention: Writers have a lot of fears about doing it wrong. If you’re afraid that one

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Get Inspired! My Mentors’ New Year’s Resolutions for Freelancers

Well, this is it. Wrap it up with a bow — 2012 ends tonight. It’s time to reflect on what we’ve done as writers in the past year, and look ahead to what we want to write in the coming

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6 Goofs I Made That Killed My Blog — and Helped Launch My Writing Career

By David Masters Launching a blog is beset with pitfalls. I should know. I poured my heart and soul into launching my first blog, and despite my best efforts and intentions, it flopped. I launched Be Playful in 2008. I

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One Proven, Simple Way to Get Top Bloggers to Promote Your Blog

Today, I’ve got one useful tip for you that you can put right into use to grow your blog. Why just one? I learned a lot about the power of one last week on my call with my personal blog-monetizing

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7 Ways the Make a Living Writing Blog Makes Money

When I started this blog, I thought I would put my posts together into an ebook at some point, and then the ebook would make me bazillions and I’d be all set. That was my whole, grand business plan for

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How One Writer’s Blog Hit the Top 10

Some of you may have heard that this blog was chosen as one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers yesterday. Here is the crazy, unlikely story of all the people who helped me get there. The short version: I

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