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Writing | Headlines | Blogging

3 essentials for every writer: great headlines that get found, get clicked, get read

how to write good headlines every time with picture of woman writing in notebook
how to write good headlines every time with picture of woman writing in notebook
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My dog story failed miserably. Like, crash and burned. CRASH! Whoosh! For starters, I saw #LoveYourPetDay was coming up. Next, I thought I’d be ahead of the trend by writing a cute story with even cuter pictures. But I failed. Then I realized — I suck at making great headlines. Certainly, I needed to know how to write good headlines.

A great headline delivers everything a writer needs. First and foremost, a headline is essential in getting your article found. …


But who is the poet Atticus?

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The masked man, Atticus the poet, has books that topped the New York Times list — times three. Furthermore, his poems have conquered Instagram with millions of followers. But who is this poet Atticus?

“Love her but leave her wild.”

― Atticus Poetry, Love Her Wild

My introduction to Atticus and his poetry began on Pinterest. I would find something that inspired me to be more creative. Then I put the quotes into pictures and shared them on Instagram. Before researching him, I didn’t realize how popular and influential he was.

Atticus — poet on Instagram with persistence

Atticus began writing poems on Instagram in 2013. Within…


This is Racism Gaslighting

This is racism gaslighting a picture of a black woman having a conversation with a white man racist
This is racism gaslighting a picture of a black woman having a conversation with a white man racist
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“Yes my dears, all White people are racists. All. Of. Them,” said Marley K. in her online article. That article has 13,000 claps, over 1,200 comments, and 1,700 Facebook shares.

In addition, Ola Caracola may be more conservative in saying, “not all white people are bigots.” But, personally, I’m starting to feel gaslighted.

And now they — whoever “they” are — are gaslighting our kids. Parents of kindergarteners (6-year-olds) received a letter from Nahliah Webber, director of Orleans Public Education Network, that read, “there’s a killer cop sitting at every school where white children learn.” …


You can make money on Medium, and talent isn’t the difference maker.

Five writers that will make over $100 a month on Medium by end of April
Five writers that will make over $100 a month on Medium by end of April
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On February 6, I said:

  • I’m tired of reading people saying they made $5,000 in a month because they took their time to write good content.
  • I would help 5 writers cross the $100/mo club by the end of April.

Let’s make this clear — your income does not determine your ability as a writer.

Anyone who says, “write quality content and you will make as much money as me,” is full of bullshit. There are plenty of ways to make money as a writer. Talent and skill help, but neither is a prerequisite.

“I dream of lost vocabularies that…


The Imposter Syndrome

What is imposter syndrome and how do I kick its ass?

Albert Einstein on the imposter syndrome and feeling like a fake
Albert Einstein on the imposter syndrome and feeling like a fake
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70% of people say they have the imposter syndrome, but what is it? Is there an imposter syndrome test? Quite simply, the definition of imposter syndrome is where a person doubts their talent or skills and is in constant fear of being exposed as a fraud.

In this article, I’ll cover 9 easy tips on how you can beat the imposter syndrome you can apply today. The number one tip is realizing that you aren’t alone: Neil Gaiman, Albert Einstein, Maya Angelou all felt like a fraud. I have the imposter syndrome!

I’ve drawn the statistics and advice from these…


Writing | Blogging

How to turn your idea into a spectacular story your audience will crave

How to inspire instruct and entertain with a picture of a kid wanting to fly
How to inspire instruct and entertain with a picture of a kid wanting to fly
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Fact: Most of your time creating a blog post is spent not writing. You research, you make pictures, you create headlines, you outline, and then you write. After that, if you have any energy left, you edit. And then you share on social media.

My friend K.B. Hubbard, asked me how do I take an idea and not fizzle out? In other words, you have a great idea, you begin writing about it, and then you can’t grow it into something. What do you do?

Ask me questions and stay in touch

Before I answer Kris’s question, I’d like to stay in touch with you. Every week…


Representative Ilhan Omar, Governor Cuomo, and the BTS Army

Representative Ilhan Omar on a virtual school networking event
Representative Ilhan Omar on a virtual school networking event
From Rep. Ilhan Omar’s article

Don’t let vanity metrics fool you. People engage in more ways than you see in likes and comments. Here, I explore 5 trending articles for this past week ending February 26, 2021.

Rep. Ilhan Omar

It’s a shame that Rep. Ilhan Omar only has 54 followers and has one 1 clap on this article about her district work between February 16 and 21, 2021. During her week, she has worked on cannabis legalization, held discussions regarding higher education priorities, fighting against racist and xenophobic attacks against the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) communities. She also did a virtual school visit!

That article…


First the vegan teacher goes down, and now Timmy and George

FreeGeorge and FreeTimmy after The Vegan Teacher strikes them down
FreeGeorge and FreeTimmy after The Vegan Teacher strikes them down
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What happens when a 56-year-old Canadian teacher takes to TikTok to make sexual innuendos toward a 16-year-old British YouTuber? The vegan ban hammer.

Kadie Karen Diekmeyer, also known as That Vegan Teacher, has been trying to rally her following of 1.7 million TikTok followers to convince celebrities to stop eating animal products.

Diekmeyer’s most “famous” carnivorous celebrity takedown attempts include Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey. Okay, those are both chefs. But when Deikmeyer’s dick-waving innuendos flashed at 16-year-old Thomas Simons, better known as TommyInnit, TikTok decided to go full Atkins on her.

Butchered for her vindictive vegan attempts, Diekmeyer…

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