[Blogging Mindset] Never, Ever, Ever Give Up

“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”  —  C.S. Lewis

When asked how he writes so fast, Stephen King answered, “One word at a time.”

This is the kind of answer that no one believes in. And the fact that there’s an abundance of related cliches doesn’t help either.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Or something like that. The Great Wall of China was built by laying one brick after another.

It is not the mountains to conquer that make you give up, but rather the pebble in your shoe.

All cliches. Terrible, terrible cliches that we can’t help but fear and loathe at the same time.

Want to know why?

Because they are so damn true. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Never, Ever, Ever Give Up”

How to Write a Great Blog Post: A Beginner’s Guide

There are more blogs in existence than ever, yet more and more people are seduced by the idea of sharing their thoughts and ideas with the rest of the world.

As a matter of fact, it does seem as if there’s a war out there. Everyone is fighting for attention, there are so many things to learn and master. So many social networks, marketing techniques. There’s even an awful lot of content on blogging itself, which makes it even more frustrating.

How do you write a great blog post?

I wouldn’t be asking if I didn’t know the answer. Or would I …

Continue reading “How to Write a Great Blog Post: A Beginner’s Guide”

The Feedback

How can you hit a target you do not see? What about one you don’t even know exists? What if you didn’t know of the existence of the bow and arrow? What if you were unsure how to use your eyes, your hands, your mind to focus on the target you want to hit?

How well would you drive on a road that isn’t on any map? How confident would you feel?

This is what I am providing you. A roadmap. A plan of action, so you know what you are doing wrong, what is keeping you from reaching your destination.

The Feedback is easy to describe:

  1. You send me three of your blog posts.
  2. I read them.
  3. I offer you a detailed written feedback on what works, what doesn’t, and why.
  4. I also offer you a detailed plan of action; what to do, what to change, how to change it.

That’s it.

Simple, right?

Now you know what you’re doing, and where you’re going to be in the future. You can adjust your efforts accordingly.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT TO RECEIVE A WRITTEN FEEDBACK

Oh, and I forgot to mention that you receive a copy of The Art of Blogging E-book as a BONUS as well!

P.S. Yeah, I kind of also forgot to tell you how much this product costs. You’ll have to click here to find out.

How to Blog like an Artist

A couple months ago, I wrote a blog post about blogging like an artist.

But what does that mean? When you think about it, what does “art” mean?

Is it that inner fire, the creative spark, the connection between seemingly unrelated dots, the unapologetic expression of one’s personality, the moment of real human empathy and connection?

What does art even have to do with blogging?

I’d say that art is everything around us. Art and life are so, so close to one another that at times they even touch.

And I believe that a blogger could aspire to the kind of sensibility required to be an artist.

After all, this site is called The Art of Blogging for a reason, right? Continue reading “How to Blog like an Artist”

Book Your One-On-One Session Today!

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“As a blogger who’s relatively new to the scene, Cristian’s one-on-one session was money well spent. He was very easy to talk to and he offers so much practical advice that’s also tailored to your individual needs. Just his initial feedback alone gave me so much insight into where I could improve, and by the end of the Skype session, I was fired up and excited to put everything into practice. When and where I’ve applied his advice, I’ve seen results with my blog. Definitely a good investment!” – Becca Saf, Words and Other Malarky

I’m not going to write one of those heavily edited, full of self-praise blog posts that are supposed to coerce you to purchase something from me.

Nah.

I’m just going to tell you that I’d love to work with you on an one-on-one basis. Nothing too fancy: I take a look at your blog, read your articles, then offer you an initial feedback that covers everything, from the visual layout of your blog to the headlines, intros, and the way you use(or don’t use) social media to your advantage.

Next, we’ll schedule a nice one hour long Skype chat (or the social media platform of your choice) in which I answer any of your questions and provide you with a framework upon which you can build and expand your blog.

How does that sound?

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ONE-ON-ONE SESSION

I think it’s rather fun, especially considering that you’ll get a ton of value, have a few laughs here and there, and learn that the most important things about blogging where quite obvious, but you were choosing to ignore them.

Oh, and did I mention the laughs?

Yeah.

Right now, a One-On-One Session costs $149.99 $99.99. It will stay like this until tomorrow morning, so you’d better hurry.

That’s insane. Quite the discount.

If you want to take your blog to the next level, if you want to start this new blogging year by working together on a plan of action, then book your one-on-one session and Skype call with me.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ONE-ON-ONE SESSION

How to Find Your Blogging Muse

A blank page.

There’s nothing more terrifying for a writer. Not an actual blank page, of course, but a Word Document with no words on it, that mysterious absence of words that is amplified by us staring at the white screen of death for so long that we feel our brains exploding.

You think and think and think, but nothing is happening, no matter how hard you try.

It makes you feel… powerless. Frustrated. Angry. Sad. Bitter. Sure, it’s your mind, your thoughts, your words, but there’s a bit of magic to writing, like Tinkerbell sprinkling lost boys with pixie dust and enabling them to fly.

No amount of happy thoughts will help you fly without the pixie dust. You need that extra bit of magic, that spark that makes your words take flight.

Where does that magic come from?

Well, from your blogging muse, of course. Continue reading “How to Find Your Blogging Muse”

[Blogging Mindset] Are You The Next Blogstar?

When I started my main blog back in 2012 I knew one thing and one thing only: I would never give up.

No matter what.

I thought that I’d better die trying than live with the regret that I could have, yet I was too scared and didn’t.

While the tactics and tips and tricks that make the basis of many articles on this blog are helpful, the bottom line always comes down to the work. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Are You The Next Blogstar?”

The Single Greatest Blogging Tip Ever

If you are passionate about your blog, if you want to reach more people, if you want to feel proud whenever you hit that publish button, then you most likely have spent hours upon hours searching the web for the secret to blogging success. Maybe you’ve invested in e-courses, books, and maybe even booked a one-on-one session with a blogging expert.

But, you know, the answer is simple. It’s straightforward. It’s so common sense that most folks mistakenly believe it’s bullshit.

Want to know what the best piece of blogging advice ever is? Well, read on. Continue reading “The Single Greatest Blogging Tip Ever”

50 Ways to Become a Better Blogger

Do you want to become a better blogger? Silly question, eh.

In that case, I’ve got some great news. The best way to become a better blogger is to blog. And to keep blogging.

If this blogging thing is difficult and frustrating, then you must force yourself to do it, and do it, and do it, until you get better at it.

As bloggers, we have to produce words daily – even when we don’t feel like it. Even replying to comments or e-mails is a good way to enhance one’s creativity.

Then there are a number of thing we can do to become better at this blogging thing. Quite a few of them… Continue reading “50 Ways to Become a Better Blogger”

[Blogging Mindset] Embrace Failure

Have you heard the phrase fail, fail often, and fail quickly?

The truth is that we do not learn by doing something perfectly, but rather by doing it wrong over and over again. We fail until we figure out how to do it perfectly.

Also, it makes sense to fail as early as possible, so you can learn from those mistakes.

It’s the bloggers who enjoyed moderate success early on that never evolve. They get stuck doing the same things over and over again, never to inspire more than a handful of folks. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Embrace Failure”

So You Want to Be a Blogger? Here’s What You Need to Do

You dream of spending your days sharing your words with the world. Working from coffee shops and maybe even your couch. Sounds like a dream, right?

Well, there’s more to it than just writing some words and clicking publish. I’m going to tell you what I’ve learned over the past seven years since becoming a full-time blogger.

A few of these lessons are really simple, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy. Ready? Here we go. Continue reading “So You Want to Be a Blogger? Here’s What You Need to Do”