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As 2012 comes to a close, GWA would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of GWA News Clippings a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Wednesday, Jan. 2.

The 12 do's and don'ts of writing a blog
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From March 7, 2012: Thinking about writing a blog? Been writing a blog for some time now and have yet to establish any growth ("growth" meaning "increased pageviews")? Blogs for writers are everywhere, and there's often good advice on them about writing a blog. There's also plenty of not-so-good advice. It can be frustrating. More

The garden of the future
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From Oct. 4, 2012: From Allan Armitage: The more I look at the direction landscaping, gardening and consumerism is taking, the more I know I am right. For years we have heard that gardens are getting smaller, young people are too busy and distracted to garden and annual and perennial gardens are just too much work. As someone firmly entrenched in the commercial side of our business and rooted in the gardening side of our industry, I believe all these statements to be true. In fact, I will take this one step further. More

3 reasons why some books never sell
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From Feb. 14, 2012: Why isn't my book selling better than I expected? This is a common question coming from authors across America. There is no easy answer. However, there are a few ways to identify the root problem. Above all, if you've written a book that isn't selling well, don't blame the public. The market doesn't lie. Millions of books are purchased every day. More

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Top 10 blog traffic killers
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From June 6, 2012: From Michael Hyatt: Assuming you want to increase your blog traffic, there are certain mistakes you must avoid to be successful. If you commit these errors, your traffic will never gain momentum. Worse, it may begin to plateau or begin to decrease. How do I know? After writing more than 1,200 posts and receiving almost 100,000 comments, I have made most of the mistakes you can make—numerous times. As a result, certain patterns emerged. More

What consumers say about sustainability in gardening
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From Feb. 29, 2012: How consumers view the importance of sustainable gardening practices has been the subject of discussion among GWA members and green industry professionals for several years. To help address the issue, the Garden Trends Research Committee of the Garden Writers Foundation dedicated its 2011-2012 winter consumer survey to the topic of current consumer attitudes on sustainability and gardening. More

Grammar mistakes almost every writer makes
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From March 7, 2012: As writers, we strive for perfection: that pristine copy free of grammatical errors. But it doesn't always come easy. So, we've rounded up the most common pitfalls that cause an editor to take a red pen to your piece — and possibly skip you for assignments. Mistake No. 4? Overusing em dashes. More

The most comma mistakes
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From May 30, 2012: From Ben Yagoda: As I noted in my earlier article, rules and conventions about when to use and not to use commas are legion. But certain errors keep popping up. Here are a few of them. More

The 13 trickiest grammar hang-ups
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From June 28, 2012: From Mignon Fogarty: I trust that you all know the difference between who and whom, and I trust that typos are the only reason you use the wrong it's. It happens to the best of us. For most writers, if you can just maintain your focus (perhaps with caffeine and frequent breaks), you'll get the basics right. The following problems, however, may have you scrambling for a refresher. More

8 tips for keeping your laptop healthy and happy
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From Feb. 14, 2012: Take the time to show your laptop a little love this week. Your window to the vast Internet, your laptop works really hard for you without asking much in return. Give your laptop a little TLC with these tips that will keep it happy and healthy all year long. More

GWA members host 389 blog sites
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From Feb. 8, 2012: Ever wonder how many different blog sites GWA members host? Our latest count is 389. Check out the variety of blog listings on the GWA website. More


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