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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 144

Updated on April 3, 2017

Keep on Keepin’ on

If it’s Monday, and it is, then it must be time for the Mailbag!

Welcome back to the show that never ends. As I’m writing this the sun is out and my spirits are soaring, so let’s do this now while my mood remains elevated.

Welcome to the Mail Room!
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Blogging for Businesses

From Susan: “Now, you were talking about blogging for businesses. Have you written an article about how you got involved doing that? If so, please share. :-)”

Susan, I actually did write an article, many moons ago, about this topic. I would have to sort through my 1,200 articles to find it and honestly, I don’t have time right now to do that. Let me instead give you a quick summary of how it happened.

When I was 62 I abruptly quit my teaching job. I suddenly found myself unemployed, and since I get bored very quickly I started looking for something else to do, something that would allow me to work for myself, keep my own hours, and be in control of my financial future.

I settled on freelance writing! Now mind you, I knew next to nothing about it, but that wasn’t about to stop me. I did my research, read countless articles and books, and then dove into the deep end of the pool. I started out answering an ad on Craigslist for a content writer. I got that gig, for a content mill in Texas that actually paid pretty good money. Shortly after that I got another gig writing for a real estate company in Los Angeles.

That was almost six years ago and I’m happy to say I still have those two customers who provide steady work for me. I’ve had other customers over the years. They come and they go, but the thing to understand is that once you get established, and once you’ve gained a reputation as doing quality work, then the work is always there for you.

At some point, about three years ago, I decided to skip the middleman (the content mills) and just contract out to businesses locally. I have a couple here in Olympia I work directly with, and that has worked out quite well. Today I’m not really looking for new customers. I’ll take them if they contact me, but I’m comfortable with the load I currently have.

Please note this all took time. I was lucky because I could draw early Social Security, so I had a partial-income coming in while I built my business. That certainly helps and relieves a great deal of the pressure.

Anyway, do the research, learn the business, start at the bottom and work your way up. It is not a get-rich-quick business, but once established it is a steady business that allows you some freedom.

Thanks for the great question!

Check out local businesses for freelance opportunities.
Check out local businesses for freelance opportunities. | Source

Another Blogging Question

From Patricia: “I’m about to create my own blog and I was wondering which blogging service you used and why?”

I use WordPress, Patricial! At first I used it because I could start out with a free blog, but I’ve stayed with it because I find WordPress to be a very easy site to navigate and operate. Two of my business customers also use WordPress, so I’ve had a great deal of practice on it.

Bottom line: for me it’s WordPress because of the familiarity and ease of it. I’m sure we’ll have comments from others suggesting other hosts, and they will all have great reasons for it.

One site I’ll never have is Hibu. One of my customers has it and I absolutely hate it! Stay away from it at all costs, no matter what kind of great offer they may give you.

But again, that’s a purely subjective opinion.

MAGAZINES

From Andrew: “Hi! I’ve got several articles about gardening that I think are pretty good, and I was thinking of approaching a gardening magazine about getting them published. Any suggestions who I should approach?”

Andrew, I’m going to assume, from the lack of information and the question itself, that you’ve never done this before. If that’s the case, let me first suggest you don’t waste your time with the big mags….Better Homes & Gardens should not be your first attempt!

If you are, indeed, just starting out, start small. Find a small, local or regional gardening magazine, or better yet find an online gardening magazine, and approach them first. You have to build up credibility in this business, and you do that by starting at the bottom.

Next, learn how to write a query letter. Read articles about it….”Writer’s Digest” has some very good information about query letters….learn how to write the perfect query letter and then send it out to those small magazines. And then prepare yourself for rejection. It happens early on, and it happens often.

In other words, only the strong survive!

AFRAID IN WISCONSIN

From Sheila: “I have this book I’ve been working on for two years now. I’ll get real excited about it and work on it for a couple weeks, but then I walk away from it because I’m afraid I’m wasting my time and I’m not good enough. Any suggestions?

Sheila (the first character in my first novel was named Sheila, by the way), you could be the best writer on the planet right now, but we’ll never know that if you don’t finish that damned novel. Heck, my friend, you may finish it, it may be great, and it will never be recognized by anyone. That’s just the nature of this business. I’ve said this before and I mean it: if John Steinbeck were just finishing his first novel in the year 2017, there is a better-than-even chance he would not get it published. Such is the nature of this business.

I don’t have any quick fixes for you regarding confidence. I can’t protect you from rejection. All I can tell you is it would be a damned shame if you quit now.

A man with a Marketing degree who hates marketing...but it is necessary for writers to succeed.
A man with a Marketing degree who hates marketing...but it is necessary for writers to succeed. | Source

CONTRACTIONS

From Linda: “How do you feel about the use of contractions? I was taught (101 years ago) that contractions are "informal" and not to be used in serious writing. I know that they can be used in dialogue because using contractions is how most of us speak. But at the moment I am working on nonfiction, no dialogue. Somehow not using contractions at all sounds stuffy and stilted. A penny for your thoughts.”

Linda, that’s just about the worth of my thoughts. LOL

I do quite a bit of freelance writing for businesses, and I’ve always used contractions. There is a school of thought that says you shouldn’t, and I understand the thinking behind it, and there will be customers who do not want contractions, but if there are no restrictions then I say go for it. I agree that not using contractions leaves one’s work a bit stuffy and stilted, and that’s something I, as a writer, want to avoid at all costs.

SHORT BUT SWEET

That’s it! Five question, five answers, another Mailbag in the . . . well . . . bag!

Remember, if you have a question, either leave it in the comment section below, or email this old writer at holland1145@yahoo.com and I’ll make sure it appears in the next installment of The Mailbag.

Thanks for spending part of your Monday with me, and I’ll see you all next week.

2017 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I totally agree, Sha. I do think there might be some highly technical books in which contractions don't work, but for me, contractions are the thing in all of my writing.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 months ago from Central Florida

      All great questions.

      I think it's okay to use contractions in non-fiction-no-dialogue work, as well, Bill. You have to think about the reader. I find it uncomfortable and disingenuous when I read something like, "do not forget that there are twenty-six letters in the alphabet and thousands of ways to use them". It just doesn't sound natural does it? "Don't forget....." is more in keeping with the way we speak, so why wouldn't it be carried through in what we read? After all, we hear the words in our heads when we read, right? Or am I hearing voices again?! LOL.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's an interesting question, Lawrence. Hopefully I'll have an interesting answer. :)

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      Lawrence Hebb 3 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Fair enough, I only read this hub last night, but I'd been thinking of the question for a few weeks.

      We've been reading Dickens' novel 'Great Expectations' and had a question about it so we checked what Wikipedia said and that's where I found out about him serializing his novels!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shoot, Lawrence, I saw this too late to get it into today's Mailbag. It will be front and center next week.

      And you are never late, my friend. Thank you!

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      Lawrence Hebb 3 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Better late than never as the saying goes!

      This mailbag struck a few chords with me, I've been down the path of the content mill as well.

      For me, it was a good experience, and I did okay, but not enough to pay the rent AND put food on the table! I had to let it 'slide' but got motivated to find other ways to carry on writing.

      It was good to hear a little of your journey.

      By the way, I discovered something a few weeks ago, some of the greatest writers in history struggled getting their work into print, so they 'serialized' their novels!!

      Dickens wrote twenty novels, almost all were serialised in newspapers before they were in print, apparently he would change the characters as people commented on them!

      Maybe that could be a question, how do you feel about serializing a novel, and how much should we leave out?

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nice summary, Ann, and I tend to agree. In all honesty, it is very hard for me to write without contractions because almost all I do is fiction now.

      Always nice having you visit!

      Wishing you a wishful Wednesday!

      bill

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      Ann Carr 4 months ago from SW England

      Ah yes, contractions... tricky things. I thought I'd commented on this but can't see it. So...

      Contractions are great for informal articles and speech of course, but formal essays and theses should always be free of contractions. Serious subjects deserve serious presentation!

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Liz! It is something I've thought about. Finding the time to do it is always a factor, or shifting priorities, something I've been unwilling to do up to this point, but it is a great idea and I thank you for it.

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      Liz Elias 4 months ago from Oakley, CA

      Hi, Bill!

      Another great mailbag!

      It suddenly occurred to me that all of these wonderful mailbags are potentially great fodder for another book! This time, non- fiction.

      All of your super tips, advice, and hints would make a very readable and useful book for new and struggling writers!

      Just my ".thought of the day!".

      Cheers, Liz

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank God, Mel, I'm not the only one who has noticed that. I thought I was imagining it at first. Whew!

      Answer coming next Monday and thank you for the kind words. I don't know about "eternal optimism," but I do try to see the positives in life more than the other way around, which is how I lived my life for about twenty years.

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      Mel Carriere 4 months ago from San Diego California

      Just once, I would like to see what kind of angst we can drag out of the bilges of your soul when you are in a non-elevated mood. However, I believe your eternal optimism is why you have thousands of fans.

      This might not have much to do with writing, but on the subject of formality in language, lately I have noticed the tendency of radio news broadcasts to use the word "guy," instead of "individual," "suspect," or "perpetrator." For instance - the police caught the "guy" on the second floor with a loaded gun. It is not being used in isolated instances, but regularly and I think deliberately.

      Is this part of the dumbing down process of American Culture? I am prone to use slang and idiom in my informal writing but it rankles me to hear it in professional news broadcasts. I guess I am just an old fart.

      Very captivating mailbag, as usual.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! I try to inform and entertain, as all writers do.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You and several others, Rasma, and it's wonderful to see. Carry on, my friend, and thank you!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Once again inspirational with good advice as always. I am in the midst of the April poetry challenge and have my muses singing day and night.

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      Linda Crampton 4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The questions are very interesting this week, Bill, and of course the answers are informative, as always.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love that, Susan! Congratulations, my friend! Small, baby steps, and they lead to more,and more....well done!

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      Susan Holland 4 months ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks for all the great information, Bill! Sorry it has taken me so long to finally get to read it. I have actually looked at the ads on Craigslist, but I haven't jumped in yet. Thanks for all the other info, too. I need to get serious about my so-called blog or drop it. Also, I wanted to add that I was able to get an article published in a local New Jersey magazine (quite a ways from SW MO). I queried, they read some of my hubs, and offered me a topic to write about teens. I was absolutely thrilled. Yes, start small and save your clips.

      Thanks so much!! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks my friend. All is well here for sure, and I hope the same for you.

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      Linda Rogers 4 months ago from Minnesota

      I love your weekly mailbags because it's a really easy way to get a lot of information about writing. I so appreciate the time you give to other writers in helping them in their journey. Your the best Bill. Hope all is well.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are doing fine, Dora. Don't cripple yourself with expectations....just write!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is my pleasure, Audrey, but thank you.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 months ago from California

      You are the writer extraordinaire--and a wonderful friend--thank you for your continued support, kindness, compassion and all around goodness

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Your mailbags all remind me that I am a write and that I should be doing something more. On day soon, I'll take off running!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur. I think once you get used to WordPress you'll enjoy its ease.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill yes, most definitely...but I'll add to that in the Mailbag next week. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And I appreciate it, Mike! Take care my friend.

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      mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Bill - Just stopped by to read the mailbag. Always worth my while.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, just consider me a gutter rat then. LOL

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      William Kovacic 4 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Glad the sun was shining for y0u. that made me think, Bill. Do you find the weather affects your mood when you write? Just curious.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Another great one. That one on contractions actually brought up some childhood guilt. I had forgotten that my mom considered them gutter talk. Well I guess things change over a half of a century.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 months ago from Dubai

      Another great installment of question and answers. I started off with Blogger so stuck with it. Thinking of migrating to WordPress.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks, Larry! You are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Mary, right? Just put it out there and see what develops. What's the worst that can happen? But then I've never lacked in confidence, so maybe it is completely different for some writers.

      Anyway, thank you always!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great reflections, Brian, about being good enough. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on that.

      Have a superb week, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you will take that plunge, Bill, and when you do, good things will happen.

      Thanks my friend and Happy Tuesday to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, I can't imagine trying to write a novel with English as a second language. You have my admiration for trying, sir!

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Worthy questions and good answers. I am also a lingering writer as regards my first novel under process since three years. I lack my vocabulary and phrases which is a drawback.

      I try to get inspired by your muses and learn a lot from you.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Another great mailbag, especially the questions about blogging. At some point I will take that plunge and your advice and tips will certainly help. Glad the sun is shining out there. Have a great week.

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      Brian Leekley 4 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Your answer on how to get started freelance writing and blogging for a living is helpful, Bill. Thanks for it.

      About Sheila not being "good enough" to write a book—Whether one envisions writing books or playing piano music or growing flowers or whatever the skill, one gets better with diligent practice and from seeking feedback from experts, colleagues, and others. "Good enough" is a life-long pursuit of "ever better". Between the first word of the first draft of the first work of an aspiring writer and a bestselling, prize-winning, acclaimed by critics masterpiece are many levels of achievement. Few reach the pinnacle in one lifetime. Many achieve the satisfaction of entertaining and and edifying a relative few with well-wrought journeyman works.

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      Mary Wickison 4 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Two of your questions really struck a chord with me this week.

      I've been wondering about contractions. I touch type so I when my brain is working and I am typing away, I don't use them. When I go back to proof read it, I think to myself, "you don't speak that way" and then change it to contractions.

      The other question about self doubt I was just speaking to someone yesterday regarding it. Famous people such as Whitney Houston suffered terribly with this. I hear this time and time again in interviews from various actors and actress.

      Some never get over it yet still manage to fulfill their purpose.

      I think, put it out there and see what happens.

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      Larry Rankin 4 months ago from Oklahoma

      Always helpful:-)

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Debangee, thank you! It's a "voice" I have worked a lifetime to cultivate.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Buildreps! You are appreciated very much.

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      Buildreps 4 months ago from Europe

      Thank you for the mailbag. Interesting as always, my friend.

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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 4 months ago from India

      Thank you so much for this marvellous , useful advice. Your words are very beautifully explained.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, thank you for those kind words. I'll try to continue to live up to them.

      And thank you for always being here. You are a good friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I love your answer on contractions. Makes perfect sense to me.

      183% above normal? Yep, I'd call that overkill. LOL We have the same "problem" here.

      Have a wonderful week, and thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I think that's the safest path to follow. I follow the same one. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It does for sure, Martie, but I love doing it and I love working for myself. There is great freedom in writing.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Martie Coetser 4 months ago from South Africa

      Another batch of interesting questions and useful answers. I can identify with all the questioners, and also with you, billybuc. Being a freelance writer demands a lot of work and staying-power.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      The contractions are question was interesting. I tend to write as I'd speak unless it's very formal such as an academic paper. That's just me.

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      Denise McGill 4 months ago from Fresno CA

      Hi Bill,

      It wouldn't be Monday without spending it with you first thing. Always a pleasure to hear the questions and answers. From the sound of the blogging question, you are one busy fellow! I don't know how you do it!

      I too, am looking at a blue sky and sunlight beckoning me to come out and enjoy it. What a relief from all the rain. We now have to worry about the snow pack in the mountains here in CA. We got 183% of normal. Talk about overkill. I would say the drought is officially over.

      Maybe the use of contractions could be used with the same formality as suits and ties. I mean if you are targeting the suit and tie set don't use them but if your target is with businesses were suits are not as frequently used, wouldn't it stand to reason that a less formal stance is the norm? Just asking.

      I enjoyed it as usual.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Heidi, for that information on WordPress. All I know is I find it much easier to work with. And I totally agree with the relationship between writer and business owner. Once it is established very cool things can happen.

      Happy Monday my friend.

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      Melissa Propp 4 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! I still find it hard to believe that you started out doing the freelancing only like, what, six years ago? And you have now written several novels, non-fiction books, thousands of articles, etc. That is just crazy! You are my inspiration. Even if I don't actually get started myself for a few more years, at least I have a good example of how to do it!

      Have a wonderful week!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I totally agree, Zulma! I'll use that question next week because I think it's an important one. Thank you for it and Happy Monday to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's my pleasure, Jamie! Good to see you again and I thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Life is good, Linda! Thanks for the question and Go Mariners!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's what amazes me about the Mailbag, John. It always manages to stay fresh and after almost three years, that is remarkable.

      Thanks, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your thoughts, MizB, and you are very welcome regarding the rains. My goodness, we had more than enough to share this year.

      Contractions are a tough one. In dialogue most definitely. It gets a bit hazy when writing anything other than fiction, however.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Ruby, it's okay by me. There are some snooties who don't like contractions, but I don't list them as my friends. LOL

      Have a great week, Ruby, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sally! I'm not sure about bags of courage, but I do have a desire to succeed, so that overrides whatever lack of courage I may have.

      Happy Monday to you, my friend.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 months ago from Norfolk

      Some great questions this week! It sure takes a lot of courage to step out of one's box to explore unfamiliar territory in some 'filthy lucre' but then we all know that you have bags of courage!

      Good to hear that the sun is shining in your part of the world. It took its time but it sure is good to feel that warmth on one's back. Have a good week Billy.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm glad to learn it's ok to use contractions. Some great questions and answers. Thanks for all you do.....

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      MizBejabbers 4 months ago

      Sent your rain down here, didn’t you. LOL That’s okay because we need it. We’re behind on our yearly rainfall and it’s about crop planting time. Really informative description of how you got started free lancing, Bill. I think I read your original article, but this is good too.

      I, like Linda, struggle with contractions. Of course they should never be used in formal writing (like in the legal publications that we do at my job), but I’m not sure about short stories and the like. Besides conversations, I do use them in narratives, but in descriptive paragraphs, I’m just not sure either. The only problem that I see would be with English as a second language readers. From trying to learn a foreign language myself and never getting fluent, its contractions threw me for a loop. Have a great sunshiny week, my friend, and keep sending that rain down here

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      John Hansen 4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad to hear the sun is finally out, Bill. Only five questions this week but they are ones I can't remember being asked before which was good. As always, very good advice. Have a great week.

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      Linda Lum 4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill thank you for answering my question, and thank God for the sunshine. My spirits are up, the cat is resting in a pool of sun on the carpet, baseball begins today, and life is good.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 months ago from Reno NV

      Thank you for your insights this Monday morning. Jamie

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 months ago from United Kingdom

      Bill, is it possible to read so many books on writing that you begin to doubt your own abilities? My approach to writing goes against the accepted knowledge yet, I feel stifled if I do it 'their way. Maybe it's the rebel in me but I prefer to follow the road less taken. The creativity flows better when I don't concern myself with shoulds and shouldn'ts.

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      Heidi Thorne 4 months ago from Chicago Area

      Happy 1st Mailbag of April Monday!

      Re: Blogging for Businesses. It is good work if you can get it. I had a long-term gig that paid very well. But I only got that gig through my networking connections. Businesses can hire writers through online freelance sites. However, I think the best scenario is when the writer and business have a good working relationship. The writer understands the messaging the company wants and the quality of the blog is improved.

      Re: Blogging Platforms. I also recommend WordPress. Not only is it considered by many to be the gold standard, it is also the framework on which a significant portion of the Internet is built (I think I saw something around 20 percent of the web is on it). So support for tech, design, etc. is usually easy to find and hire.

      Have a terrific week!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thank you Chitrangada Sharan! I love that you said Mondays are now synonymous with the Mailbag. I appreciate that kind praise.

      Blessings always

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I'm with you all the way. Great online friendship that has lasted years now, and I think that is so coooool!

      Hey, baseball is here....PLAY BALL!

      Happy Monday Janine!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It must be time for a nap, Manatita! Hunger satisfied and now blessed sleep. LOL

      Thanks as always, my friend.

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      Ah, my Friend! Surya the sun ... at last!!

      It has such a great effect on one! I felt the beauty of Spring in Heidelberg, when I wrote last Monday's inspiration. I was in a beautiful state of non-pills bliss! (chuckle)

      Another great mailbag. I added stuff which is great because now you have taken away my hunger, so nothing to add. Aaaah!

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      Janine Huldie 4 months ago from New York, New York

      Happy Monday, as always Bill! That said, you know I love your advice always, but this week loved seeing questions about blogging, specially how you got into it, as well as the technical aspect. But still, like you I got in at a different time of my life, but for similar reasons. Just happy that we met and became long time friends through this. Thanks again for all your wonderful advice and just for being you!! :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Great questions and answers again and thanks for the valuable information! Mondays have become synonymous with these excellent mailbags.

      I am happy to read the answers to the questions asked by Susan and Patricia.

      Thanks for sharing!