Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 17th June 2021 – #IndieAuthors Timothy Pike, #BloggingTips Hugh Roberts, #Chocolate Eat Dessert First Greece

We all know how tough it is to get our books marketed, sold and reviewed and any help in getting them noticed is fantastic. Timothy Pike is on a mission to share the reviews of indie authors and he did just that this week for D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies and her memoir Twenty Years After “I Do”.. I hope you will head over to find out more about Tim’s Discovery List.

“How to keep a marriage happy and unbreakable”: This 5-star memoir reveals the secrets 

The Discovery List is off to a great start, and I’m finding solid gold already!

I’ve made it my quest to find every self-published book worth reading, and to do this, I created a spreadsheet that we as a community can add to.

It’s called the Discovery List, and whether you happened across a great self-published book or wrote one, we want to hear about it.

I love featuring books that got great reviews, so without further ado, here’s this week’s best self-published book:

Twenty Years: After “I Do” 
Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging
by D.G. KayeReview: Lauren Scott at Baydreamer gives it 5 stars, and raves:

Head over to read Lauren Scott’s review for the memoir and check out Tim’s Discovery List:Tim Pike with D.G. Kaye – Review and Discovery List

More blogging gold from Hugh Roberts who talks through the most effective way to share your posts automatically and in a way that encourages readers to head over to enjoy the post in full. I make a cameo appearance….

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Here’s a screenshot of an email notification I got from WordPress when blogger Sally Cronin recently published a new blog post.

Screenshot showing a new WordPress blog post notification from Sally Cronin

Notice how only the first part of the post is visible to me.

To read the whole post, I have to click on its title or the ‘read more of this post‘ link (highlighted in the above image). This means I have to visit Sally’s blog to read the post, thus improving the viewing statistics on her blog.

Are there any disadvantages in displaying whole blog posts in email notifications? 

Head over to read the step by step guide to setting your notifications effectively:
Hugh Roberts with more tips on how to gain more views

And to end today a recipe that would have been banned as sinful in past centuries and I would have been at the front of the queue! From our friends at Eat Dessert First a chocolate divine invention that I am sure you will love. In this post the team share all the other delicious ingredients you can combine with chocolate to enhance both their flavours. Following this masterclass in chocolate… you will find the recipe for this indulgent tart…

Dark, milk and white chocolate, what to pair it with? 

Our tart with peanut butter cream and chocolate ganache

Anyone who does not like chocolate should not continue reading this article! In our new chocolate article we will meet again the dark, milk and white chocolate and we will see with which ingredients each one pairs. In the end we will make a delicious tart with a pairing of chocolate with peanut butter!

In our earlier chocolate article entitled “Black, milk or white?” we saw the different types of chocolate and where we use them. Now we will go one step further and see which ingredients suit them best, to get inspired by delicious combinations for our creations. Of course the combinations we will suggest are not binding, they are just ideas to inspire your creations … So lets go for another trip to the world of chocolate!

Head over to find out which ingredients go perfectly with the different types of chocolate and the recipe for that tart: Chocolate pairings with Eat Desser First Greece

I hope you have enjoyed today’s selection and will head over to read the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday May 19th 2021 – #ChilliJam Carol Taylor, #BloggingTips Hugh Roberts, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from our resident food expert Carol Taylor who takes some chillis through their paces..

Jammin’ with chillies…

This is a definite must-do! Chilli Jam no less…and as chillies are plentiful at the moment it’s a must make and so delicious… Who else dares? Do you??? Of course, charring the vegetables first adds extra smoky flavour to this sweet and spicy spread.

Try it in sandwiches, as a burger relish, with grilled meats or on a cheese board.

Head over to find out what you will need to make and prepare this wonderful spicy relish:Jammin’ with Chillies and Carol Taylor

The next post is from Hugh Roberts who is an advocate for bloggers and shares a great many tips and wisdom on how to get the most from the experience. We all have our own ways of posting but since none of us are blogging to listen to our own voices… finding ways to bring new readers and retain current visitors to our posts is always important. Hugh has some important tips to share on the subject.

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1. Eye-Catching Post Titles

I’ve said it before, and I’m repeating it again, but the title of a blog post is the first thing readers and visitors see before deciding wether to read your post or not.

Make your blog post titles count! I always look at the title of a blog post first before deciding whether to read it or not.

The title of the post has to really grab my attention and make me want to click the link to open it. If it has no appeal, then I move on. Take, for example, these two titles – 

Head over to discover how to attract more visitors to your blog:These 7 Methods Will Help Get More Readers To Your Blog

And to end today some funnies courtesy of The Story Reading Ape and his wacky family.. including his aunt Maxine who lives in Crabby Road.. (don’t buy a house in the neighbourhood!)

Head over to see what else Maxine has been up to:The Story Reading Ape and Aunt Maxine


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read these posts in full.. thanks Sally.