5 Tips for creating a Balinese Garden and a sneak peak of ours in WA

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Welcome to my Balinese garden which is looking a little wet this morning. As soon as I heard the rain I knew I just had to get out as soon as I woke up and take some photos. The garden was … [Read more...]

New Blog, Great Gatsby Quotes, and Life in the Old Days

Great Gatsby quotes and new blog

Just to let you know that I've started a new blog called "Lifestyle Fifty". It's for fun, feisty and funky women of a certain age, and together with guest posters I'll be writing about issues relevant … [Read more...]

Two Important Blogging Tips

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Hello ZigaZagers, It's nearly the weekend (Yay!) and it's Bloggie Friday again, and because I've had a busy week giving writing and blogging workshops, I haven't had time to write a bloggie post … [Read more...]

Eleven Point Plan for Successful Blogging

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I can't believe it's Bloggie Friday again. How fast the weeks fly by. I've been working on this post for a while after an inspiring chat with my hubby, He Himself, and finally, in the nick of time … [Read more...]

7 expert blog tips from Darren Rowse

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Hello ZigaZagers! It's bloggie Friday, so if you're not into blogging and blog tips then please look away. But just for you here's a dreamy read today ... how about popping over to Australia's Golden … [Read more...]

Niche Blogs or Blogs for all Seasons and Reasons?

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I received an email the other day that read: “I'm in a dilemma and I would love your advice. Should I have one blog or two?" It was from a fellow West Australian blogger, Agnes Lim, who writes a … [Read more...]

Portable Careers. Why Blogging is a Perfect Fit.

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Yay! It's Bloggie Friday on ZigaZag Looking for a portable careers, but don't know where to turn? Have you thought about blogging? It really can be the perfect portable career, and as I was … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Turn Freelance Writing Into a Career

Freelance writing as a career

Many people love to write, but very few take it farther than the occasional journal entry, personal poetry collection, or a half-finished novel. The lack of dedication usually doesn’t come from a lack … [Read more...]

What to do when your site gets Hacked. The horrible truth about malware.

I've been hacked. Ugh! It sounds like an intrusion, a rape, a violation and that's what it is. Someone has metaphorically 'broken into your house'. Has your site ever been hacked? Mine was … [Read more...]

How to buy the perfect gift at Easter and beyond (not including chocolate or white elephants)

How to buy the perfect gift

There's so much more to Easter than chocolate bunnies and easter eggs. And heaven knows aren't we trying to be good and cut down on saturated fats and sugar? Perhaps this Easter, if you're into … [Read more...]

How do I create an effective system to drive traffic to my blog?

How do I drive traffic to my blog?

Serious about blogging? Then I bet you’ve Googled, “How do I make money from my blog?” or “How do I drive traffic to my blog?” In between those two questions are hundreds of permutations all asking … [Read more...]

Why an Empty Nest isn’t always best. The Empty Nest Syndrome.

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When the kids fly the nest, what do you plan to do? Go on holiday without having to please everyone, sleep in late, chuck out all the iron-on name tags, never pack a lunch ever again, find time to … [Read more...]

Help! It’s a Melanoma. Why you should get your skin checked regularly.

Help it's a Melanoma.

There’s a moment in everyone’s life when you suddenly stop sweating the small stuff. When the world seems to stop spinning and remains motionless on its axis. When breathing stops. Just for a … [Read more...]

5 Western Australian Authors you just Have To Read

Western Australian Authors, a post by Jo Castro at ZigaZag

Love a good book? I know I do. There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch, or in this weather, under a sun brolley and having a lazy hour or two with your favourite author. Western … [Read more...]

How to get the most out of a Writers Festival and a glimpse of a Perth weekend.

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Getting the most from a writers festival. Study the programe and book in advance for the sessions that you really want to attend, because on the day the most popular ones are likely to have sold … [Read more...]

The Casanova guide to Valentine’s Day

Casanova guide to Valentine's Day

From kings and queens to presidents, poets, actors and actresses, history is filled with the stories of famous love stories and unrequited romances. In the popular imagination Casanova needs no … [Read more...]

How to lose weight – even if you can’t stick to a diet.

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My hand is up, I have to admit, I've fallen off the healthy eating rails this last week. We've had friends staying with us, and every night (and some days) have been filled with all the very best … [Read more...]

What makes a successful blog? Blogging Tips with thanks to Chris Guillebeau, Part Three.

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Top blogs are built on passion and usefulness. A lot of people ask me about how to start a blog, and then they say they have a great title or an idea but they're not sure what they are going to write … [Read more...]

7 Lifestyle Tips and How to lose weight the Healthy Way. Week 3.

Lose weight the healthy way by Jo Castro

Weight LossTips to help you stay on track and focussed. Thank you for joining in the quest to lose 5kgs (in a healthy way) and for all your encouraging comments, your emails and the Facebook … [Read more...]

6 healthy weight loss tips. Week two.

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Do it Lose 5 - Healthy weight loss. It's week two on ZigaZag's lose 5kgs the healthy way, and I hope if you're tagging along that you had a successful first week? If you missed part one, then here … [Read more...]