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Paramus, New Jersey, United States
No, this in not a blog about gardening in any way, but a journal of my journey to become a professional landscape painting artist. For years, I’ve given my paintings as wedding gifts without thinking of profiting in some way from it. I worked for 18 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC as a computer programmer. I have been a painter since 1990, coincidentally, when I started working at the Met. I watched Bob Ross do his thing on Channel 13 in New York and decided I could do this, too. I have no formal training. I incorporate Bob's wet-on-wet technique for sky and water. My subject matter is covered bridges, lighthouses, fishing village scenes, barns, etc. Maine, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Nova Scotia and Spain are some of the places I have painted. My style is detailed and sometimes people think a photo of the painting is an actual photo of the scene. I hope to continue and grow in this medium. I also like to cook & dance. I am also a committed Christian. I am taking commissions - painting your landscapes style photos or your vacation home. Prices on request. contact me - Jackmck@juno.com my website is www.artofjackmckenzie.com

Saturday, May 9, 2015

from Marya Jan - 23 tips for making blogs conversational

Great post from Marya Jan from her writinghappiness blog giving us  23-top-tips-to-make-your-blog-posts-more-conversational. Blog writing can be a bore to our reader if it we don't make like we are having a conversation. If it gets lecture-like, your reader will make an early exit.
If my blog is going to be longish, what I do is I tell them to get a cup of tea or coffee and their favorite pastry and  get comfortable.

Lots of good tips here. I'll just write a few of them. Check out the rest

1. The most important word in blogging is “you”

Address you audience. Imagine you are sitting across the table from a really close friend, and write your post for them. 

3. Use contractions

6. Start your sentences with a conjunction

But that is not grammatically correct, you say. Well, this is one of those rules.

11. Avoid being formal

Instead of saying however, moreover, or furthermore, say but, so, or then. We are aiming for conversational here. Get a dialogue going.
Check out the rest. Make  reading fun and interesting and not

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