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Blogging 101: How to get recognized as a leading expert in your field by blogging

You heard a rumor that you should start a blog to score higher in Google’s ranking system, so when customers search for your business category you pop up in the first-page results.

Yep, it’s true.

Other than paying exorbitantly high prices for ads, creating a lot of searchable content is key to getting your business or hobby website noticed locally and worldwide.

However, money isn’t the only pay-off and return on investment (ROI) you need to think about when deciding whether or not to start a blog.

Authority matters as well!

Brand yourself as an expert in your field

When you publish frequent blog posts, your content marks you and your company as an expert in any given subject.

So when people want to know something about a subject, like dog grooming or how to create awesome colored pencil artwork, who do you think customers are going to contact in their local community? A. a company they know nothing about other than the White Page and Yelp rating, or B. an actual person who took the time to educate and entertain potential clients about a topic that matters to them?

I would argue the answer is “B.”  Consumers are going to click on the most relevant blog post first, scan through it for free content that benefits them, and then click on the contact or call option at the bottom.

Boom! You, owner of XYZ, just put your foot in the door with a potential client who hopefully will share your blog post on social media to their hundreds of family and friends online.

Organic verses paid content

Here is another reason. Small businesses are already at a disadvantage when it comes to their marketing budget, which for many is little to zilch.

Ads are considered paid content, and they are expensive. The average cost per one person clicking on your ad is $1 to $2 out of your profit margin, according to Wordstream.

However, you can create organic content on a subject you are already passionate about for free. The only expense is your time.

What is organic content? It generally refers to information that individuals search for like a fajita recipe or an article on the best laptops under $1000 versus ads and sponsored articles fed to consumers via a newspaper, website or other traditional media.

According to creator and owner of BlogMutt Scott Yates, more than 80 percent of the clicks for a Google inquiry land on the organic side.

Engagement, sharing and a sense of community

Saving money on ads isn’t the biggest reason you should blog though.

Blogging creates a genuine sense of community. Whether you are a carpenter, writer, therapist, baker, dog walker or a jewelry shop owner, people will naturally gravitate to other people who like the same things they do. These newly-formed contacts will become your tribe or social network, and they will not only buy products and services from you they might become your allies and friends.

Since I started blogging in 2012, I have connected with people all over the world.

Bloggers and artists from India, Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, England and more have found my little blog through targeted Google searches on topics that matter to them. You could never reach this same audience through traditional media or attract them through local ad placements.

To learn more about Tribe engagement, listen to Seth Godin’s Ted Talk.

Now that I have thoroughly pontificated about why blogging is important to doing business in today’s worldwide marketplace, here are some key strategies and tips to create blog posts people want to read!

Consistency matters – blog at least once a week

I am guilty of breaking this rule myself, but I do try. So should you!

The bottom line is any company or individual who wants to establish themselves as a local, national or international expert in any given area really needs to blog at the minimum once a week.

So if you are a company that hasn’t updated their website for years, who do you think is going to rank higher and appear more attractive to potential customers?

The answer is your competitors who understand the importance of blogging and write about the products or services your potential consumers want to buy.

Your customers are your business partners in a sense, so you need to engage them at every opportunity you can to sustain a thriving relationship. Blogging does that and it reminds customers you have an online presence beyond your brick-and-mortar storefront.

As you might guess, the more in demand you are as an expert in your field the more you need to create and publish content. So someone who attracts an international following might want to blog or vlog (video blogging) two to five times a week versus once.

Really it matters how hungry your audience is for your content, and how much time you can devote to blogging.

You need to FEED your customers WHAT they want to eat

In fancy marketing terms, this is called identifying your target audience.

If you run a pet store in the middle of nowhere Kansas that only specializes in fish and aquariums, then it doesn’t make sense for you to blog about the best food to feed thoroughbred horses in Saudi Arabia.

You need to stick to blogging about subjects that matter to your consumers’ unique niche and interests.

You need to FEED your customers WHERE they want to eat! Social media is a must! 

Let’s face it tons of people aren’t going to remember to check your little olde website for new blog posts, and that probably includes your mom and significant other.

However, people do spend a large chunk of their time perusing social media nowadays. They read news aggregated from various sources on their Twitter and Facebook feeds. I am one of those people. You probably are too.

According to Journalism.org, 63 percent of people read news on those two social media platforms versus all other traditional media. That was about a sixteen point jump from 2013, and I am sure the current 2016 stats are much higher.

If you don’t post your blog’s weblinks to your social media sites, I dare say don’t even bother blogging at all. No one is going to read it, and it is not a wise use of your time and effort.

You need to FEED your customers WHEN they are hungry

It might be convenient for you to write a blog post at 3 a.m., but your readers and future customers are asleep.

I know it is tempting but don’t publish your blog posts as soon as you write them. You need to employ a specific strategy for posting your content on social media.

Coshedule.com created this nifty social media publishing guide that tells you which days of the week and what hours are most advantageous to post on several of the largest social media sites.

For instance, the best time to post on Facebook is on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. On the other hand, Twitter followers check in around 12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Really if you think about it, following these set time guidelines makes sense.

Are you more inclined to read a blog post on Monday after you get home wasted from a hard day of work, or on humpdays, Thursdays and Fridays?

What happens if you post on Monday or Tuesday? Nothing really. There aren’t any hard and set rules to blogging just guidelines that are proven to work.

However, here is what is going to happen. As other friends and family members, and competing experts that individuals follow post their information, your single blog post will probably never see the light of day at the bottom of these long news feeds no one sees.

Note: Having said all that don’t stress too much over posting times and dates when you first start out blogging. You need to focus more on consistency and then fine-tune your processes. Just stick to publishing your blog post later in the week and you will make out fine until you gain a larger following.

Key word searches and SEO

Since you are taking all this time to write weekly blogs, you need to make sure people can find you through key word searches and search engine optimization (SEO).

According to blogging specialist Brian Dean at BackLinko, Google uses over 200 signals to rank you and your competitor’s sites.

Before you go into brain melt mode like I did when I read his detailed-report, here are 10 factors you need to focus on: 1. Place relevant key words in the beginning of your title tag, 2. Content length, page loading speed, keyword prominence and positioning, page authority/page rank, domain authority, link relevancy, dwell time, responsive design and thin or duplicate content.

Click on his link to learn more about all 200 factors. I double-dog dare you!

Go long to achieve a higher page-ranking

As a professionally-trained journalist for years I have heard, keep it short. Very few published news articles are over 1,000 words and many news sites are posting around 300 to 500 words per article.

However, I will tell you Google doesn’t operate that way. You will actually get ranked higher on page searches for in-depth blog posts around 900 to 2,000 words, according to Orbit Media Studios.

Sometimes new bloggers think the blogsphere is the wild wild west and anything goes.

To a certain extent yes you can write whatever comes to your mind, but there are still tried and true practices that attract and keep readers. So let’s talk about creating an actual blog post.

Keep it conversational but not overly personal

Blogs are not scholarly articles, so don’t aim to impress your English teacher and write a book report.

In general, you want to communicate the way you normally would when telling news to a friend or colleague, but make sure your grammar and spelling are on point.

You want to write a blog post in a conversational tone, but you don’t want to be that creepy uncle who recounts his entire life story to anyone who looks his way for half-a-second.

For instance, if you are a new online bank startup, you don’t want to flood your blog posts with cringe-worthy personal information about your honeymoon to Tahiti. Stick to information that informs you readers about new banking and investment opportunities.

However, there are exceptions to the rule.

I am a colored pencil artist, and I maintain a colored pencil blog called The Colored Pencil Enthusiast where I inform my CP tribe about other artists, new products and techniques.

I occasionally share information about myself and my personal life because I am selling myself as the expert and I am also selling my “personality.” I’m not selling products. Therefore, my blog is more informal and personal than a blog for someone who sells walkie talkies or raincoats.

It really goes back to understanding your target audience and what they like to read about.

Create sub-heads for more readable text

An easy way to make your blog more searchable is to create sub-heads or bullet headlines inside your blog post like I did in this article.

Sub-heads serve two purposes. One, sub-heads breaks up large amounts of text that make the reader’s eyes bleed red scanning down a page, and two, it makes it easier for the consumer to find exactly what they want by scanning through your text.

So you are saving readers time by formatting your post to their needs.

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Awesome graphic by Mike Litcht, Flickr commons

A picture is worth a thousand words

People connect to pictures more deeply than they do to sterile text on a screen. So it is smart to include graphics and pictures that draw readers in and break up large chunks of text. Blog posts without pictures tend to get overlooked.

Picture placement and finding common use photos is a subject onto itself, and I could fill an entire 2,000-word blog post with details about it. For now you can check out this short, informative video on how to find and insert images into your blog posts.

If you want to create your own personalized graphics and banners for your blog posts, a great free graphic manipulation site is PicMonkey. I use it all the time. You can also pay $4.99 a month to access some serious design capabilities, which is it worth to me versus paying $1,000 plus for Adobe PhotoShop software.

Play tag with your readers

Make sure to use blog post tags in WordPress and other blog hosting platforms. These tags are kind of like categories in a library and help readers and Googlebot crawlers find and interpret your blogs content more efficiently, which indirectly helps your site rank higher in Google, according to SEJ.

Ask for feedback

Blogging isn’t about one-way communication. You really need to think in terms of engaging your tribe. A great way to do that is to ask questions at the end of your post like “Have you ever encountered XX problem and how did you solve it?”

Ask your readers to comment on your blogs and tell you what they would like to read from you in the future.

Comment, comment, comment

If you want to be known as an expert, one easy way is to get noticed is to make comments on other tribe member’s blogs and social media.

In turn, some of them will check you out and potentially read your blog posts.

So comment away by leaving relevant, thoughtful information and encouragement on other bloggers sites. You should like and share other people’s blog posts frequently. They might return the favor and share your blog posts – widening your reach and influence.

Subscribe to other bloggers

Once you found your tribe, you want to locate other industry experts and follow them on social media, websites/blogs, YouTube, as well as  subscribe to traditional trade magazines.

For instance, writers can learn more about blogging and other writing opportunities by purchasing the following trade magazines (http://www.writermag.com/ and http://www.writersdigest.com/).

Millionaire Digest is a great free blogsite to learn more about blogging and writing tips.

Don’t stress and try to have fun

I know this is a ton of information, and writing is a scary proposition for many people.

My advice is start out slow! Write a 300-word blog post on a single topic you are an expert on. Then write a 500-word blog post where you include information from other industry experts. Then keep on rolling and never look back.

Write about solutions to your tribe’s problems. Write about what inspires you. Just start writing.

Before you know it you might just enjoy blogging for the sake of engagement with your tribe versus trying to solicit more customers or sales.

Blogging still sounds like too much trouble?

If you feel like you are going to turn into a skeleton thinking of something to blog about weekly, maybe you should think about hiring a professional.

You hire an accountant and other specialists, right? Why not hire a professional writer?

I provide personalized, boutique blogging services. I specialize in health, art and Christian inspiration; however, I am open to inquiries on other subjects.

But, I am not a scientist or a cardiologist. If you need someone to blog for you that is current in a very specialized niche industry, you might want to check out crowd-blogging at these sites: BlogMutt, Constant Content, Text Broker and Upwork.

No one will know you hired a professional blogger, and you can provide detailed directions to tailor each post to your specifications.

If you have any tips you would like to share about blogging, please leave them in the comment section below so we can all learn from them. If you would like me to blog more about blogging in the future, leave some topic suggestions as well.

Happy writing, Melissa

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Melissa LeGates is a professional writer and retired Air Force journalist. She specializes in long-form features and loves to write about living a victorious Christian life, art and health. 
She and her husband live in Delaware.
In her free time, she is a student of colored pencil, watercolor, acrylics and oils.

She is also an avid blogger and currently maintains three blogs:

– PTSD/my first book “Set My Captives Free” launch at https://setmycaptivesfree.wordpress.com

– Her writing career: https://melissalegates.wordpress.com

– The world of colored pencil art and artists: https://coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

You can contact Melissa at malegates@gmail.com.

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Colored Pencil Student Magazine Summer Issue

How writing and art has helped heal my recent bout of PTSD

It continues to amaze me how much talent is out there in this great big world and how artists’ use the gifts God gave them to express their feelings through a pencil and sheet of paper.

Suddenly, a ton of scribbles becomes a masterpiece right before the artist’s eyes. It is an amazing feeling when it all comes together and you can share it with others. I know whenever I “nail” a drawing, I feel like I am tracing the hand of God.

I like to think of my writing in the same vein.  As writers we combine words to paint a picture for the people who read our written artwork. Each article I complete is a gem to me – timeless, unique and beautiful.

I have missed blogging and sharing with this community.

I haven’t been writing lately because this Winter and Spring I dealt with a strong bout of PTSD brought on by seeing pictures of ISIS burning the Jordanian man alive. Suddenly, images from my dysfunctional childhood and a 20-year military career that took me to Iraq twice just started crashing over me in waves.

I have struggled with depressive episodes for most of my life, so this just made it worse. I felt like the dude in the second Transformer movie, when he touched the piece of the rock and started seeing writing projected on all the walls around him. My eyes just kept flashing all these horrific images on repeat and wouldn’t stop. Consequently, I fell off my meds schedule and that made it worse.

Here is a little background on what I have been going through. In 2013, one month after I got my bachelor’s from Regent University, I checked myself into a mental institution — exhausted from my own mind, constant worrying and suicidal ideation.

I had thought it would be the happiest time of my life. It wasn’t. Right after graduation, I hadn’t slept for three or more days straight. After a successful 20 year career in the military, I was totally at a loss why I couldn’t get it together and deeply ashamed. It took me over a year to recover and then bam it happened again this February. I was so lost…

It wasn’t pretty but through my faith in our mighty creator, the Holy Spirit by my side, the pure love of Jesus, and the help of my family I sought help and received the proper diagnosis of PTSD….FINALLY!

I never considered I had PTSD, even though family and friends kept telling me I displayed symptoms since I came back from Iraq the first time. The VA only diagnosed me with depression from my family of origin, so I never considered anything else.

At the time I retired in 2009, military professionals still weren’t proficient in dealing with PTSD…unless the person witnessed gross carnage and death. I didn’t see that with my own eyes, but I was around death and saluted several fallen soldiers in my deployed unit. As a journalist, I don’t really need to see something to emphathize with people and I tend to take on feelings from people around me. So I internalized all my fears from operating in a war-zone twice and didn’t know how to deal with them.

During the time I was flashing back, I was fortunate to begin working for Sally Robertson, the editor of Colored Pencil Magazine via computer correspondence. While I was figuring out how to heal and deal with the VA, she was very patient and let me stick my toes in the water as the associate editor of Colored Pencil Student Magazine.

I was deeply afraid of being rejected for suffering with depression, anxiety and PTSD because it can effect your work life. But, she was kind and understanding, which allowed me to build up my self-esteem once again and get back to my old work self. I still have a little way to go but I will no longer let self-doubt continue to seep in and poison my mind against myself.

So I thank Sally and the other artists I worked with in this issue. I am sure they had no idea of the impact they were having on my life.

In the end I have learned, no anxiety pill, recovery center, person, place or thing, can cure you of pain, depression or addiction. No one can do it for you because no one else has “all” the answers “you” need. Even if some people pretend they got it all together, they don’t. We are all in the same rocking boat together. Some people are just better at hiding their pain and pulling themselves together. And, believe me I have looked hard! LOL.

However, I believe that each person and experience (even negative ones) has a small part in creating one master key to unlock your healing and help you on your way to fulfilling your personal destiny on earth.

What I learned in my last PTSD bout is each person throughout my entire life was crucial in helping me heal myself now.

One day, I hope to write a book about what I have learned and maybe it can help someone else struggling with their own issues – PTSD or otherwise. So I am putting this desire out there in the universe right now for other people to come into agreement with me.

I tentatively plan to call it: Set My Captives Free: How one PTSD war vet healed herself through love, therapy and the Bible.

Well enough about me!

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Here is a sneak peak at the summer edition of Colored Pencil Student Magazine. These people are amazing artists!

– Find out why Will Stoller doesn’t sign his artwork and instead created his own signature brand

– Fiona Rose frames her artwork inexpensively with an embroidery hoop

– Carmen Medlin and the art of ACEO’s

– Irene Marie Cortez quits a lucrative medical career to pursue her love of art

– What’s Funzie Art? Annie Nelson explains

– Ann Nichezynski uses her talent for a bigger purpose to educates people on big cats and other wild animals at the Safe Haven Rescue Zoo

– and much, much more…including information on how to enter the 2015 CP art competition (deadline Sept. 1)

Check out all these great artists at  http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/947536 and get inspired to create your own art!

Then share your artwork with the colored pencil community at Colored Pencil Magazine’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ColoredPencilMagazine?fref=ts.

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CPM and CPS are on all your fav social media sites: Pinterest, Blogger, Flickr, Deviant Art and Instagram. 

Wherever you are online, we are there. Go to our home page at www.coloredpencilmag.com and click on your favorite social media icon.

Melissa LeGates
Associate Editor
m.legates@coloredpencilmag.com
Colored Pencil Student at http://www.coloredpencilstudent.com

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in feature writing. She is also the associate editor at Colored Pencil Student Magazine, as well as a colored pencil artist herself. She blogs about the exciting world of colored pencil art at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

Celebrate Canada Day with Recipes Featuring Maple Syrup

Happy Canada Day! Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of three colonies being united in 1867. And what is more Canadian than maple syrup? We hope you enjoy these recipes for both sweet and savory treats loaded with the good stuff…and a few surprising ingredients, too!

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Ambitiouskitchen.com

Fudgy Maple Pop

There is a reason Mom sometimes won’t advertise the ingredients until after you’ve tried it. These secretly healthy black bean truffles with maple syrup are good, and good for you, even if most people don’t think of beans and sweet treats in the same context. They are also packed with protein powder for an extra boost. These truffle pops won’t bust your waistline, so be brave and give them a chance.

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Kingarthurflour.com | Sweetandnatural.wordpress.com

Crunchy Maple-Inspired Cookies

Maple syrup jazzes up these cookies. Warning: you will want more than one!

Vermont Maple Meringue Cookies by King Arthur Flour

Maple Almond Butter Cookies by Sweet and Natural

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glutenfreeeasily.com

Gluten-Free Mug Pancake

Sometimes you just crave a pancake or two, but you can’t justify making a whole batch. This gluten-free mug pancake uses maple syrup as the sweetener and won’t leave you feeling sluggish like it’s flour-based counterpart. Plus, it is a snap to make and clean up.

maple-syrup-popcorn

Thishomemadelife.com

Maple Glazed Popcorn

Although scientists agree all sugar is processed the same way in our bodies, maple syrup offers something many of the other sugars don’t —nutrients. Maple syrup contains higher doses of manganese, zinc, calcium, B2, magnesium and potassium —beating out both honey and agave nectar. This tasty treat isn’t overly sweet — just right for a quick snack.

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Thecreeksidecook.com | Tastykitchen.com

Savory Sweet Meat Dishes

Maple syrup isn’t only for yummy treats. These meat dishes get a sweet kick from maple syrup as well.

Chipotle Maple Chicken by the Creekside Cook
Oven Roasted Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin with Maple-Ginger Glaze by the Tasty Kitchen

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Thepioneerwoman.com

Light and Healthy Maple Spaghetti

Spaghetti Squash with Maple Syrup and Shallots is a great dinner. Just add a side salad and you are good to go — or it makes a great side to a main dish like the maple pork tenderloin or chicken.

Brussels-Sprouts-with-Walnuts

Horsesandheels.com

Sweet Greens

This often-overlooked veggie is treated with a healthy dose of sweetness – try these Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup and Walnuts. Tasty and good for you!

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Cubemarketplace.com

Sweet and Salty Carrots

Save some bacon from your breakfast to sprinkle over this yummy recipe of Maple Glazed Carrots with Bacon.

Originally posted by Melissa Legates on Jul 01, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/happy-canada-day

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

DIY Makeup for Less

DIY Makeup Tips — Get the Look for Less

Good makeup can be pricey and sometimes not so gentle on your skin. But you can create your own foundation, eye makeup, lip balm and facials for half the cost. That way you’ll know every ingredient that goes on your skin and you can customize your look just the way you like.

Click here to see Lemon Sugar Scrub video 

Lemon Sugar Scrub

How you treat your face prior to putting on makeup is half the battle to achieving glowing skin. Why buy expensive toner or scrubs when you can use lemon and sugar to scrub your face into perfection? Kandee Johnson discusses how to clean your face naturally with common pantry ingredients in this tutorial video.
Organic Foundation makeup

Gwendolyn Sweaney

Organic Foundation

Mineral makeup is all the rage, but it usually comes with a hefty price tag. Author Gwendolyn Sweaney of Natural Organic Beauty Recipes shares a economical recipe to make foundation, along with many other great tips.

 Click here to see DIY Makeup Brushes video

DIY Makeup Brushes

It’s all about the brushes to create a flawless finish. Sara from Sara Beauty Corner shows you how to use human hair (yes, I said human hair) to make several inexpensive eye makeup brushes out of pencils and glue for about oh … $3 for a pack of pencils and $2 for bottle of glue versus $5 to $40 to buy just one professional brush.

DIY Mineral Makeup

Buy a kit from Brambleberry and mix your own eye makeup in various shades and you get to control the all natural ingredients that go into it. Let the Soap Queen show you how.
Click here to see Eye Makeup from Food Dyes video

DIY Eye Makeup from Food Dyes and Baby Powder

You Tuber Some Randomness from Me creates eye makeup from food dyes and baby powder. What a great way to introduce cosmetics to younger girls!

Charcoal Eye Liner

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Charcoal Eye Liner

Britanie by Beauty mixes activated charcoal and coconut oil to create an eye liner that is a fraction of the cost and lasts all day long.
Recycled Lip Gloss

hudabeauty.com

Recycled Lip Gloss

Hudan Kattan from Huda Beauty recycles crumbled blushes and eye shadows into lip gloss by adding Vaseline.

 Click here to view the video on Natuarl Eye Make-up Remover

Natural Eye Make-up Remover

This DIY is virtually free because who doesn’t have a little olive oil in their kitchen cabinet? Tati uses it to clear away mascara and eye makeup at the end of the day.

Honey Rose Facial

Kirsten Anderberg

Relax and detox with a homemade facial. Kirsten Anderberg, author of Homemade Cosmetics: Over 100 Recipes You Can Make at Home, mixes egg, honey and rosewater to make her personal favorite recipe, a honey rose facial.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

Colored Pencil Magazine June 2014

Living the dream–Fine artist transitions from amateur to professional by teaching others art

I had the privilege of interviewing You Tuber and artist Lisa Clough on her colored pencil artwork.

Click here to read a PDF copy of the article: Clough-CPM-Jun-2014.

You can purchase a copy of the magazine in its entirety at www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/761782.

You can connect with Lisa on her You Tube channel at www.youtube.com/user/lachri. She posts time lapses videos of her creating artwork every Wednesday, critiques of other artists’ work on Tuesdays and Vlogs most weekends.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.  You can commission Melissa’s work (either writing or art) by contacting her at malegates@gmail.com.

A Painter's Strong Sense of Place

A Painter’s Strong Sense of Place

A Painter's Strong Sense of Place
Barbara Petterson

Click on link to read the PDF of the article:  Petterson DE Beach Life June 2014

To purchase a copy of this magazine, go to www.delawarebeachlife.com/shop/single-issues/single-issues/june-2014.html

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.  You can commission Melissa’s work (either writing or art) by contacting her at malegates@gmail.com.

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