Meet Hugh

Hugh W. Roberts

Hello, and a very warm welcome to my blog.

My name is Hugh. I live in the city of Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.

My blog covers a wide range of subjects, the most popular of which are my blogging tips posts. I’ve learned a lot about the world of blogging since I first came here in February 2014. All of the tips and advice I give are free of charge and will cost you nothing apart from a little bit of your time.

I have always enjoyed writing, and the fact I suffer from a mild form of dyslexia has not stopped me from enjoying the passion I have for writing.

Now in my fifties, I thought it about time I let my writing become public. Becoming a blogger seemed to be the perfect way for me to do this. Blogging has put me in touch with hundreds of other writers, many of whom have been supportive and helped me with my writing.

Here is a list of categories I write about on my blog. Click on a category to view all the blog posts under that category.

More about Hugh

I lead a happy life and always try to stay positive. I share my life with John, my civil partner, and our two Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Toby and Austin.

#dogs #pets #corgis #books

Austin and Toby.

You will find some of my short stories and flash fiction on my blog, and I hope you enjoy reading them. Flash Fiction has become a big part of my writing, and I enjoy participating in various writing challenges.

Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint!

Blogging and Social Media Tips

As I mentioned earlier, I also write articles giving free blogging and social media tips. Click on the ‘Blogging Tips’ and ‘Gutenberg – How To’ buttons on the menu bar to access all my articles.

These articles have proved very popular. My free tips are a way of thanking everyone that supports my blog by visiting, reading and commenting on my posts.

If you have any questions about blogging, let me know what they are. I may respond with a brand new post that could feature you and your blog.

#socialmedia #bloggingtips #blogging
Image credit: Pixabay

Blogging Awards and Tags

As much as I appreciate being nominated for blogging awards and tagged in blog post challenges, I took the decision a few years ago for my blog to become ‘award free’ and to no longer participate in ‘tagging’ challenges on here or on social media.

You can read why I took this decision by clicking here. However, I’d like to thank everybody who has (and who still does) nominated me.

What kind of blogs do I like to read?

If you blog about any of the following subjects, then leave me a link to your blog. I’d love to connect with you and read your posts.

  • Blogging tips
  • Blogging
  • Social media tips
  • Writing
  • Writing tips
  • Photography
  • Photography challenges
  • Flash fiction
  • Flash fiction challenges
  • Short stories
  • Short story challenges
  • Blogging challenges
  • LBGT topics
  • Science fiction
  • Television
  • Films/movies
  • Technology
  • SEO tips

New Column

I’m delighted to announce that I now have my own column (Diversity with a Twist) on the Carrot Ranch blog. Click here to read my first post. I hope you’ll join me and all the other guest columnists there.

My new column at The Carrot Ranch blog

My Books

My first collection of short stories is available on Amazon.

Glimpses is available as both a paperback and an eBook and contains 28 short stories and flash fiction full of twists, turns, and unexpected endings. The Kindle version is 99p.

Click the link below to order your copy.


My second collection of short stories and flash fiction, More Glimpses, is now also available on Amazon.

Price cut! – The Kindle version of More Glimpses is now £0.99. The paperback version is now £4.99.

Click here to buy a copy.

#MoreGlimpses #Glimpses #books #shortstories #flashfiction #fiction
The second collection of short stories and flash fiction from Hugh W. Roberts

Alternatively, contact me to buy a copy.

Hugh’s books

Latest Interviews with Hugh – Click on the links

Writer’s Treasure Chest

Annette Rochelle Aben

The Writer Next Door – Vashti Q

Judith Barrow

Podcast with Missinglettr

Sunday Blog Magazine – Getting To Know You

Bad Moon Rising – Books And Such

G. J. Stevens

Norah Colvin

Art By Rob Goldstein

Bad Moon Rising – Books And Such (Oct 2019)

Esther Chilton Blog

Let’s Get Inspired – Affirmation and Gratitude

Latest Guest Posts by Hugh – Click on the links

The Write Stuff

D. G. Kaye Writer

A View From My Summerhouse

Marsha Ingrao – Always Write

Don’t forget to check out the pages on my blog where you’ll find lots more information.

How To Contact Hugh

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

You can contact me by clicking on the ‘Contact Hugh’ button on the menu bar at the top of my blog.

Thank you for visiting me today.

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370 thoughts

  1. Hugh, I would like to leave Facebook. What has your experience been like? Do you concentrate more on the blogs? I find you just fine on Twitter. Thanks for any advice you can share. ❤

    1. Hi Colleen, I’ve never looked back since leaving Facebook. It helped free up a lot of time and I’ve found that other social media sites work just as well as Facebook did in bringing traffic to my blog. I never found any of the Facebook groups I belonged to very friendly. Most of the people in them were just out for themselves – most wanted you to promote them and their blogs, but would not return the favour. Other groups were like ghost towns or had far too many rules. Maybe I joined the wrong groups? I also found the culture of Facebook rather overwhelming because some people were constantly posting on there, and some would get upset if you didn’t visit and like their photos or leave a comment.
      I hope that helps, but feel free to ask me any further questions about it.

      1. That’s where I’m at, Hugh. Also the security issues have really caused me worry. I’ll be on Twitter mostly. Debby Gris and I found another social media network called MeWe. We can do chats there (safely) and even form a group. All this social media sucks my time away. I’m ready to leave. LOL! Thanks for sharing your opinion. Huge hugs and Happy Yule! ❤️

        1. I’ve not heard about MeWe. Has it helped to bring any extra traffic to your blogs? I currently use Twitter, Flipboard and Mix.Com, although Mix.Com is not proving as successful as StumbleUpon (which it replaced). I think three social media accounts is enough, otherwise, as you say, they can suck away your free time.
          Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Ron and you.

    1. Thanks, Colleen. I’ve already read some stuff about it, but I’ve not seen the article you have linked to.
      I think I still have the ‘Press This’ button because it’s only removed when certain plugins are installed. I could be wrong, but I can’t figure out how else I still have it given that my blog is on the WordPress Business plan. Next time I’m in touch with the WordPress Happiness Engineers, I’ll ask them.
      I much prefer to use ‘Press This’, rather than the reblog button, because when used you don’t get all the images on the post you’re sharing downloaded into your WordPress media library. For me, it’s not so much about the storage space, but copyright laws.

  2. Nice to meet you, Hugh. I blog monthly about the writing life and education revolution. So glad to discover your blogging tips. In addition to publishing fiction and essays, I work as a reading specialist. I’m always looking for examples of successful adult dyslexics to share with my young student.

    1. Good to meet you, too, Evelyn. Your work sounds fantastic. I allowed being dyslexic to stop me from writing for far too long. When I discovered the world of blogging, in February 2014, I saw it as a great way to write and share my work with those that wanted to read it. I’m pleased to say that I’ve not looked back. Now, I see being dyslexic as a way of helping me with what I always wanted to do. With my first book of short stories already having been published, I’ve come a long way. The blogging community has been very supportive and supported me all the way.

  3. Hello, Hugh. Became aware of your site when Milly Schmidt (The Cat’s Write) posted your views on how to handle trolls, so I thought I’d come over and pay a visit. Like the look of it and will definitely pop by some more.

  4. I saw your comments on Spo- and decided to drop by for a visit. My great-grandmother was born in Swansea, her birth name was Mary Louise Broadhurst, she married George Wood, and moved the USA in 1913. My grandmother was born in Hammersmith.

    1. Hello David. Thanks so much for visiting and for giving me that little piece of history about your families connection to Swansea and Wales. I’m very fortunate to live in a beautiful part of our world. I know Hammersmith, as well, as I worked and lived in London for 27 years.
      Best wishes to you.

  5. I find it awesome that you are blogging, as dyslexia is a part of your life. You are fantastic at this! I don’t know how I got to your blog exactly, but I’ve been here for a bit. My husband is the treasurer for a dyslexia center. Among new ideas formulating, a Tea & Fashion Show is held each May as a fund-raiser. I’ve learned about dyslexia & how unfair it is to be so intelligent & creative, and have to fight an obstacle/battle to let it shine. Rock on Hugh 🙂

    1. I allowed having dyslexia stop me from publishing my writing for far too long. However, when I was at school, it was never recognised as a condition. I was lucky to have one teacher who seemed to know the signs and who tried helping me with my struggle with reading and writing. However, when I moved to high school, I found myself back at square one again. These days, thank goodness for spellcheck, etc. They do help, although dyslexia can still play havoc with my reading.
      Good luck with the fund-rasing and in helping people with the condition. It’s wonderful to hear about the work your husband does. I now tell anyone who tells me that they are dyslexic to not allow it to stop them from following their dreams. There’s a lot more help out there and online.
      Thanks for stopping my blog, Dawn.

      1. I wish you never had to go through that. You know, sometimes we may encounter someone who’s had a terrible misfortune & it’s as though they possessed all along the wherewithal to mold that ino what makes fabulous character & compassion for others. I have a new blog to enjoy, : ) yours.

  6. Hello Hugh, I’ve had a lovely time reading your posts, you clearly know your stuff and you’re very encouraging. I’ve thought about starting a blog on and off for a year or so and even given it a go but the start up advice is so confusing! Is it best to start with WordPress, get a host or self host?? What did you do? I may have missed it in your posts but can you direct me to a good step by step start up guide? Many thanks for your lovely writing, Rhona

    1. Hi Rhona. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your questions.

      I’ve always stuck with having a WordPress blog rather than going self-hosted. I would recommend you try blogging using one of the free WordPress themes to start with and see how you get on. Then, you can always upgrade your blog plan if you’re finding you are enjoying blogging. I’ve never gone self-hosted because I’ve always been happy with using WordPress. If anything goes wrong with my blog then I know I can rely on their support staff to sort out the problem for me. I’ve always found them very helpful and professional.

      You can’t go wrong by doing some of the free online courses that WordPress offer. Here’s a link to the details of what they offer.

      I’ve done a few of these courses and found them to be excellent. Don’t waste your money on paying for a course as the free ones that WordPress offer are excellent.

      I hope that helps?

  7. Dear Hugh,
    I started my blog a year ago and can see I still have a lot of work to do starting with my “About Me” page. Thanks for these tips. There’s always something to learn on your page

    1. Thanks, Laura. So pleased to hear that my blogging tips posts are being so helpful. I will have been blogging for four years next month and I’ve still lots to learn about the blogging world. I will happily carry on sharing what I find out. 😀

      1. I speak to a lot of people who let dyslexia or the fact that English is not their first language stop them. They don’t know that it’s what adds colour to their posts because it’s part of who they are which makes them charmingly unique amongst the rest of us. 🙂

  8. I am so glad to find you via D. Wallace Peach…although I have been”following” your word did not appear in my reader or mail. From a Welsh girl in America, sending my best regards!

        1. Absolutely. Same here, although the red hair started fading a few years ago. 😀 Can’t stay out in the sun very long either. Being fair skinned, I burn very easily, even with factor 50 suncream on. 🌞
          I know Cardiff quite well. It’s had a lot of new development over the last ten years. Now, an even better place to shop, eat and socialize.

        2. :)…the sun is definitely not our friend, living here in South Florida is not easy and as you say even the strongest sun screen does not do the trick. I visited Wales only once…it is beautiful.

  9. Hi Hugh. I found your blog through the Weekly Photo Challenge and immediately recognised your cover photo of Swansea. I grew up in Bishopston and rarely come across other bloggers from that part of the world! My resolution this year was to write more about the wonderful hikes I enjoy on the Gower…although seem to have got a bit bogged down in Italy recently!
    Happy blogging 🙂

    1. Hi Rachel. It’s great to meet you. Thanks for coming over to my blog. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person a handful of other bloggers from Wales. I used to live in Brighton, where there were a lot more bloggers based. I’m still discovering the Swansea and Gower areas but enjoying every moment. It’s a fabulous place.

      1. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying it! I’ve been living in London for the past few years and every time I go back to visit family I try to squeeze in some beach time 🙂 One of my favourite things to do is to take a picnic up to Pennard Castle – what a view!

  10. I stumbled upon your site and found many very helpful blogging tips! I really enjoy your style of writing, which ensures that all your info is clearly provided and includes bits of humour.

    1. Thank you so much. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about blogging which I’m now sharing with my readers. I’m glad you found my blog and I hope you continue to enjoy reading it.

    1. Thank you for taking a look around. I remember when I first started to blog and how I read any blogging tips posts I could find. I’ve learned a lot since coming here (and am still learning), and I do enjoy sharing what I have found out with others. Happy blogging. 😀

    2. Hello Mr Hugh W. Roberts,

      Like D. Avery, I finally forked out some time to visit your blog, which contains a great number of posts, most of which also contain plentiful comments. I feel quite overwhelmed and wonder how old this excellent blog is, considering its voluminous contents and how dedicated you have been in maintaining the blog.

      I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful festive season and a happy new year.
      Happy 2018! 🙂

      1. Thank you so much for your comment and for visiting my blog.

        In answer to your question, I started this blog in February 2014. I soon became a passionate blogger, and my secret to why I am still blogging is because I enjoy it so much and keep it all about fun and enjoyment. I don’t allow it to stress me out or make me feel guilty.

        Thank you for leaving a link to your blog. As I don’t allow links on this page, I have had to remove it, but you are welcome to leave the link over on this post where I have invited bloggers and authors to leave links.

        Happy New Year to you. ✨

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