49 Days In 1988: Week 17 – Spanner In The Works

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London – April 27th, 1988

My date with Jamie, last night, went well, and it was the perfect end to a great couple of days. He’s a charming bloke, and I do hope we meet up again. However, it all went pear-shaped again when I found out that he already has a boyfriend. What is it with these guys who all seem to see me as their bit on the side? Do I have a sticker on my forehead saying ‘I’ll sleep with you, but only if you have a boyfriend?’ This is something I really need to tackle, but how? 

I spent a lot of the day flat hunting, and also with Nigel. I’m so glad that Nigel and I have become good friends. We seemed to click as soon as we met at work. There’s nothing sexual between us, although we do seem to like the same type of man. Nothing wrong with that, although let’s hope we never fall in love with the same man! 

Stephen threw a spanner into the works this evening when he announced that’s he giving notice on his room in the houseshare at the end of this week. Try as I could to convince him to wait until June to give notice, he doesn’t seem to want to do that. Something tells me that he’s hoping that Kev will ask him to move into his flat in Muswell Hill. If this is some kind of ploy, then I hope it works out for Stephen. It does beg the question, though, why hasn’t Kev asked Stephen to move in with him before now?  

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Welcome to this new feature for 2018 on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I’ll be sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ll also take a trip in Hugh’s Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.

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Blogger Janice Wald

This week, my guest is blogging expert, Janice Wald. A recipient of a Master’s Degree in Education, Janice uses her skills as a teacher to empower her readers to increase their online visibility. She’s the creator of the hugely successful blog Mostly Blogging, and resides in Santa Clarita, California, in the U.S.A.

I’ve been following Janice’s blog for many years and have picked up many excellent tips on blogging and social media from her. She prides herself on answering questions and comments left on her blog posts, which are always full of essential information.

Janice knows the worlds of blogging and social media inside out and is always in high demand to write guest posts. She’s the author of the book ‘An Insider’s Guide To Building A Successful Blog: Tips and Tricks From The Creator Of Mostly Blogging.’ Available to buy on Amazon, here’s the blurb on the book.

Are you a blogger? Are you ready to see your page views skyrocket?

If so, you know the importance of using proven tips to engage readers, improve content, and increase blog traffic.

In 2016, there were over two billion social media users. 

Fortunately, this guide is the only roadmap you will need to send them rushing to your blog. 

“By your reading this particular ebook, you’re finally ready to cut through the clutter and all of the confusion and online noise.”

Janice Wald’s tips are proven by research and easy to understand and implement.

AN INSIDER’S LOOK AT BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL BLOG is a collection of Wald’s articles from her own successful blog, Mostly Blogging.

It contains step-by-step directions for content creation, tips for increasing readership, and advice about which tools to use to make blogging easier.

By following the advice in these posts, you will be able to increase your content’s visibility. 

Follow her established strategies and see a dramatic increase in your blog traffic.

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Click here to buy An Insider’s Guide To Building A Successful Blog: Tipsands Tricks From The Creator Of Mostly Blogging.

Connect with Janice

Janice’s song choice is ‘True Blue’ by Madonna.

Released in 1986, ‘True Blue‘ was the third single from the album by the same name. The song has a retro 1950s feel to it and is said to have been written about the feelings Madonna was having for her then-husband, Sean Penn. It became a number one hit in the UK, Ireland and Canada, and peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in the U.S.A. Thanks for the excellent song choice, Janice.

Back in April 1988, ‘true love’ was something I was having difficulty finding; often making me feel blue. Do you have a favourite song that features a colour? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, there’s some good news on the job front, but tensions rise in the houseshare between two of the occupants. Click here to find out all the details.

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