blogging is writing

Blogging is about writing and the blogger I’m showcasing today, knows it well.

With writing being the topic of his blog, he not only teaches us how to become a better writer, but opens our eyes to the fact writing is more than just striking keys.  Writing takes work, determination, a love of our topic and knowledge of the other aspects of penning written words.

In his post titled, Does Your Writing Smell Like Fish?, he writes,

A great way to move forward in your writing and overcome blockage is by choosing your attitude. If you approach the keyboard with dread and negative thoughts, guess what? You’re going to get negative stuff back and you are going to be exactly where you did not want to be. Choose to have an upbeat attitude about what you write

I agree, it’s best not to write, let alone publish, when we’re in a foul mood. Like he said, our mood is reflected in our words.

Digging through his archives, I found another treasure titled, If Writing Content Is King in which he states,

So your focus should be bi-directional. Yes, you must deliver outstanding content on a regular basis. If your blog is to succeed and weather any storms, it must also be on topic. Readers come to your site expecting a certain type of content in terms of topic. If they come by often enough and the conversation isn’t what they were expecting, that are likely to go find a place that does have what they were looking for.

I think this is difficult for niche bloggers. With so much on our minds and the desire to share, we often forget and stray off topic.

Another post of his discusses the Ten Health Hazards For Writers. I had never considered the hazards of writing, so this post proved to be a real eye opener. One of the ten points is,

Putting on the pounds – Much of what we do as writers is sedentary activity. We don’t move around much. It is not what folks would consider an active occupation. If you transition to a writing career after a fairly busy and active occupation, you could start becoming a paperweight.

He then goes on to offer suggestions for each of the ten items.

This is a blog I always enjoy visiting. Plus he’s a person I enjoy following on Twitter, so without further ado, I’d like to introduce George of TumbleMoose Writing Services.

Please join me in re-welcoming George to the Blogging Without A Blog community.

Welcome George.

It’s been a pleasure to share a sampling of your work.

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P.S. For more of his great writing, check out George’s ebook: The Writing Experience – An inspiring guide for aspiring writers


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  1. TumblemooseNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara,

    Oh my goodness, I hardly know what to say.

    Thank you so much. Ever since we met through a guest post, you have been an inspiration and a true mentor for how to build a community. I can’t ell you how proud I am to be a part of it.

    I’m very appreciative – words are kinda failing me right now.

    George

    Tumblemoose´s last blog post..Vanity plates writing prompts

  2. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    HI George,

    You’re very welcome.

    It’s funny as I thought I had already showcased your blog. When I realized I hadn’t, I knew I had to add you to the list so other BWABers could find you too. Not only do you share great writing tips, your humor always shines through.

    It’s a pleasure having you as part of the BWAB community and as a Twitter friend. Plus…you keep me updated on my old stomping grounds – Alaska. 🙂

    BTW: I read part of your new book and it looks fabulous. Great job, George.

  3. Hi Barbara, thanks for discovering another blog for me. Now I will have to add it to my RSS reader. 🙂

  4. I love George’s blog – thanks for spotlighting some more of his articles!

    Barbara

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  5. Tumblemoose is a great blog! Thanks for the introduction, Barbara.

    Daphne @ Joyful Days´s last blog post..Attaining Spiritual Peace

  6. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    greetings barbara and george. thanks barbara for a highlighting this blog, as the subject, writing, is of interest to me. i’m always looking for new writing sites or blogs where i can learn or just read something that makes me think.

    george, i’ll hop on over to your blog, immediately.

    Natural´s last blog post..My Two Left Feet

  7. Writer DadNo Gravatar says:

    Hi George, you have a great blog that I haven’t given nearly enough attention to. Your writing is crisp and advice always sound. Excellent selection, Barbara!

    Writer Dad´s last blog post..I’m a Writer

  8. DotNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve noted comments by Tumblemoose in my various blog travels, and he always has something interesting to say. Now I’ll check out his blog. Thanks.

    Dot´s last blog post..All About Chocolate

  9. TracyNo Gravatar says:

    Ack! George you stinker, why didn’t you give me advance notice! I’m very glad your blog is getting the spotlight it deserves!

    Tracy´s last blog post..A List of 10 Randoms and a Blog Reader Appreciation Day Prize

  10. Hi George! Nice to meet you! I’m now heading over to your blog to check it out. 🙂

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  11. Hi George!

    We can never run short of material like yours that keeps us
    grounded in some of the most fundamental elements of good blogging. We all
    work so hard to develop followings, and it’s so very important to remember
    to keep our focus.

    Sure, it’s fun to stray off topic now and again. After
    all, variety is the spice of life (I’m a fan of smoked paprika, myself!).
    However – we should always remember to dance with the one what brought us!

    Kevin Sandridge´s last blog post..Are FHA Mortgage Loans better for Florida First Time Homebuyers?

  12. I have found Tumblemoose to be a great blog on writing and George certainly excels at the craft.

    From the excerpt of “If Writing is King” I agree with it but also disagree.

    For a blog on writing, there may be less room to being flexible with the subject matter.

    But with other kinds of blogs, the flexibility is certainly there and can be a great advantage. If you look at Leo’s blog for example, “ZenHabits,” he writes on an array of subject matters and doesn’t follow the path of a classical niche.

    Yet, he does keep a particular spirit from one post to the next and that is probably what is most important for most blogs.

    Bamboo Forest – PunIntended´s last blog post..How to Make the Choices You Really Want to Make in Life

  13. TumblemooseNo Gravatar says:

    Hey everybody.

    What can I say? Thanks so much to all of you for the kind comments and thanks to you Barbara for putting TM in the spotlight.

    @Tracy: I do not deny being a stinker, but the Teach snuck this one in under MY radar too!

    Cheers!

    George

    Tumblemoose´s last blog post..Vanity plates writing prompts

  14. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    Hi George, I like your suggestion of working with a positive attitude when we write our posts. Our enthusiasm and joy shows up in the article that we publish. Readers can tell whether we have put in love or fear into it.

    Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..The Masquerade Play Of Life

  15. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. Welcome George. I like your perspective here, “A great way to move forward in your writing and overcome blockage is by choosing your attitude.” That applies to so many things in life doesn’t it? I’ve just been by your blog. There’s a lot of good stuff over there — good choice Barbara.

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  16. RibbonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi…..
    I believe that our attitude is our personal map of our reality. What we think is what we are 🙂
    Thank you for the reminder to visit with Tumblemoose…

    best wishes Ribbon

  17. I love the title! “Does your writing smell like Fish?” I’ve been working on my titles to add a little pizazz to them. Looks like I’m going to have to check out George’s site.

    Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s last blog post..Challenge Yourself the Google Way

  18. JenaveveNo Gravatar says:

    I went away for three weeks and accumulated about 3000 unread posts in my Bloglines feed reader. That’s a lot of hours in the chair, staring at the screen, the brain going 100 miles an hour.

    It sure does bother me that writing/blogging is something we have to do sitting down. I wonder if a crazy inventor will look into this problem one day? Would be nice.

    Oh, and Tumblemoose is awesome… I still have his last 22 posts in my feed reader… I’m getting there, slowly!

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  19. Thank you for highlighting this wonderful writer. : )

  20. hello,
    Congratulation!
    I perfectly agree with being honest and positive mood when writing and publishing. because we are not only publishing our writing but also the energy through it. Writing with positive mood implies that writer him/herself is part of reader, which makes great difference!

    The Journey Within´s last blog post..Art of Acceptance: Is That So?

  21. Paul UNo Gravatar says:

    I think that I need an attitude change.

    Paul U´s last blog post..Monetizing an entertainment blog

  22. Hey George,
    Great Tips! I am finding the “putting on the pounds” part to be very true lol and I’d definitely agree with striving for balance between alone time and social activities. I know striving for that balance helps to be more productive with both.

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  23. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Miguel – You’re welcome. Enjoy.

    Hi Barbara – You’re welcome. He’s good, isn’t he?

    Hi Daphne – You’re welcome. Yes, Tumblemoose is a great blog.

    Hi Natural – You’re welcome. Hop on over to George’s site. He’ll teach you lots about writing.

    Hi Writer Dad – Thank you. I agree, George’s advice is always sound.

    Hi Dot – You’re welcome. George gets around, doesn’t he?

    Hi Tracy – Thank you. Haha. George didn’t have advance notice either. 🙂

    Hi Vered – Enjoy George’s blog.

    Hi Kevin – I like that, “we should always remember to dance with the one what brought us.”

    Hi Bamboo – Yes, George does excel at the craft.

    Hi Evelyn – That is a great suggestion, isn’t it? Writing with a positive attitude.

    Hi Davina – Thank you. When you have a chance, dig through his archive too. He has tons of great stuff.

    Hi Ribbon – You’re welcome. It is all about attitude, isn’t it?

    Hi Karl – I agree. George picks great titles – not always an easy feat.

    Hi Jenaveve – Welcome back. Thank you for coming by and welcoming George. Enjoy catching up.

    Hi Karen – You’re welcome. I agree, George is a wonderful writer.

    Hi Journey Within – Yes. Our attitude makes all the difference in the world.

    Hi Paul – Keep us posted on your attitude change. 🙂

    Hi Broderick – Like you, I agree, we need to find a healthy balance.

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