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“The Wife Between Us” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen Review

A shocking and unpredictable story, The Wife Between Us brings us characters who are deceitful, sneaky and withhold several hidden agendas, making for a captivating yet unsettling plot. Much of the reading of this novel is spent guessing what is going to happen next, only to find out what I thought made sense definitely doesn’t when the next twist heads your way. You will spend a lot of time thinking you know what will happen next, but you are proved wrong each time.

Readers are also lead to believe that a few characters are harmless and understandable, but others are untrustworthy and malicious. We are proved wrong again. I may also mention that this is not your typical “wife gets revenge on cheating husband” story (which are totally my favorite books)- you will be surprised. The 3 parts in this novel all bear a new lead to wrongs that you thought were right and lead you craving more information as the author finds it playful to convince us we understand the story and then prove us otherwise. I found myself writing notes in the margins (as I always do), and my notes from the beginning are contradicting to my notes in the end, which, as we accelerated readers know, is hardly ever the case.

By the time you finish the novel, the story isn’t over yet. DO NOT FORGET TO READ THE EPILOGUE. This is where we grasp the title of the novel completely, and the whole story comes full-circle.

Later, I plan to blog a more in-depth review of this novel, as I, and I’m sure a lot of us do, have many more specific opinions on how the story turned out. I write this as a way to not spoil the story and to draw those of you who haven’t had the chance to pick this book up to do so. Tune into that later if you have already read it. If you haven’t, read it. Join in on the hype and tell me what you really think of it. If we as readers know how to do one thing, it’s read-so read!

Side Note: I hope you have never been one to skip an epilogue, but we are all sinners, so I get it.

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Motivated Blogging

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Hey Readers!

We all experience the same struggles as writers, and especially as bloggers. Not knowing what we are doing wrong when can’t get followers- it’s hard to get noticed! Especially in the beginning.

I read this book yesterday that is basically the months we have all spent gathering information on how to blog from the internet, all rolled into one book.

Amazing right! Too bad we didn’t all find it earlier.

Although the first half of the book is teaching you how to physically start a blog (picking a domain, a hosting site and figuring out what you want to write about), there are still some amazing tips in here that help out even us who have been blogging for several months (or years)!

For instance,

  • Tips on how to make money (which I think we can all appreciate)
  • Tips on social media- how to take advantage globally!
  • Examples of what great blogs look like
  • What Google looks for with SEO
  • How to stay organized! (thank you for that one)
  • Staying motivated through all the mess we call life
  • And of course, how to get and keep followers

That last one is what we all really want, right? To BE READ. Not all of us are here for the money or to come off as know-it-alls about our subject. We all simply want to be influences on other thinking-minds and to be noticed by our peers. We keep typing away and hope that it makes a difference.

This book told me that it does, usually, make a difference.

There are 250 million blogs online, and a majority of them are abandoned after year 1. The trick is to keep moving forward because it takes time as all things do. What we are passionate about, we are definitely not the only ones, and grouping ourselves with like-minded people and their blogs can really make a difference in your view of your own purpose.

Sitting at the screen and not knowing what to write, or if people even care what you say, is just you in your own head. All the rich bloggers out there KNOW that you care, otherwise, they wouldn’t be such awesome blogs, right? HELLO. EARTH TO BLOGGERS. You are here for a reason. Tell us about it, whatever it is.

And tell me, what do you struggle with the most? Also, read this book.

“Blogging for Writers” by Robin Houghton

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My Blogging Experience (so far)

With the semester approaching it’s end, my college journalism class  asked it’s students to write a post that summarizes our experiences of becoming  bloggers. First, I’d like to say that I have been wanting to do this since I was a sophomore in high school but didn’t know how I would start. I was stoked to hear at the beginning of the semester that this class required a blog. Journalism and writing is my passion, by far, and I can’t tell you how much fun I have had with this project.

I am sure there is going to be a few students in that class that won’t update their blog ever again, but not me. I am so excited to keep this going. I have been trying to write one post a week ever since the semester started, even though I should be writing everyday, and I have definitely enjoyed the hour or so I got every week to just write.

Something that I think really helped  me in the professional world is Twitter. This class also had us make a Twitter account for the purpose of creating a personal brand and it definitely worked for me. I think this is where a lot of my readers have read my blog posts. I love participating in all the hashtags some accounts had started for books and writers, my blog tweets are also how I have gained a lot of my Twitter followers.

One project this class had us do that I really enjoyed was the post we wrote on thought leaders  that pertained to our blog topic; were we tweeted out to them for the sake of advice or helpful information. It was really cool seeing feedback from people you never would have thought knew you existed.

I would like to improve my information seeking and writing skills in general in the continuation of this blog. I feel like a lot of the time I was at a loss for words or didn’t know what sort of information I should be telling my audience, but I think this is something every writer/journalist/author thinks of themselves no matter how brilliant they are, and this is something that we will never overcome. Also, I think a better use of visual media will improve my storytelling for the career  I am pursuing.

I think this experience has only got me started on my career path and everything that I experience in the writing world will be a continuation off of this class and this blog. I think Twitter is always going to be an amazing tool that I will use in the professional world and also will for others like myself. I couldn’t have had more fun with this project, and I hope that it has in fact only started my career.
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