[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”

Free E-book: The Ultimate Blogging Checklist

Hi guys,

Jordan here. I have a small favor to ask of you.

Let’s all be honest for a sec here, okay?

Once upon a time, you looked at blogging and thought, “Oh, I can do that. Writing a few posts a week? Piece of cake.” From the outside, it looks so simple, so easy, so fun, and so you rushed off to start a blog of your own.

But then you realized: this stuff is complicated. Blogging isn’t so much about writing blog posts as it is about juggling dozens of little odds and ends, all of them important, all of them demanding your attention, and all of them requiring you to learn something.

And it’s easy to drop the ball, so to speak, and not because you want to neglect anything, but because it’s too much to keep track of.

What you really need is a checklist of sorts – an itemized breakdown of everything you need to do to transform your blog and dazzle your readers.

That way, you can stop trying to handle everything all at once and just go through it one step at a time.

So, that’s what I created for you: a checklist of 52 things you need to do, along with some links to help you learn how to do them well.

This is just a sort of preview of the kind of content that you’ll be receiving if you enroll in our Blogging Bootcamp.

You can download the e-book here.

Also, only two spots available in this bootcamp, so if you’re interested, do check it out here.

[Blogging Mindset] Persistence

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” Abraham Lincoln

Odds are that every new endeavor you are thinking of trying, all the shoulds, all the things you wish you could do, all of those are clouded in fear. You do not know what’s going to happen, whether or not you’re going to be successful, or how long will it take to become successful.

Maybe you’re trying to justify that fear by researching the best strategy. Maybe you’re telling yourself it’s not worth it, you’re not good enough, or that there’s too much competition. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Persistence”

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The Art of Blogging E-book: Issues, Lessons, and a Lucky Winner

Hi guys,

Cristian here.

Apparently there have been some issues with the Art of Blogging e-book, mainly because the folks who pre-ordered the book should have received download links via e-mail on the 15th, but many of them have commented or e-mailed me that they haven’t.

I am now trying to clarify this situation and figure out if:

  1. Only some folks didn’t receive their download links
  2. If no one received the download links
  3. If the e-mails were sent by the system, but they ended up in people’s spambox or whatnot.

No worries, though. If needs be, I will be e-mailing each and every single one of you myself and attach the e-book.

Also, I am terribly sorry for this. I have been so busy replying to e-mails that just today I managed to e-mail the winner of the Become a Blogstar program, who wished to remain anonymous.

ART2019

This is a discount code for 20% off any purchase. As an apology for this misunderstanding. It is available store-wide. Any purchase at all, including reblogs and sponsored posts to be used on my main blog.

My last request, to those of you who have pre-ordered: do check your e-mail inbox, spambox, or any other kind of box-box that might have an e-mail in it, and if there’s no e-mail from my e-store, then you can contact me at contact@cristianmihai.net, and we will fix things.

P.S. Yes, the discount code can be used with the 0 to 5K Program as well, in order to enroll for an even lower price.

Are you Creative [Enough]?

Would you like to be more creative?

I’m only asking because it’s really not as hard or mysterious as you might think.

One thing that prevents many people from boosting their creativity is the notion that creativity is somehow determined by intelligence. Another is the idea that creative people are born that way.

In truth, research shows that once you get slightly above an average I.Q., intelligence and creativity are not related. So you could be a genius and display little creativity or have fairly average intelligence and wield amazing creative powers. Continue reading “Are you Creative [Enough]?”

How to Be a Blogger Everyone Listens To

Although I’m a big fan of original content, I also recognize that joining the conversation that other bloggers have started is one of the most important aspects of blogging.

But that requires one skill: the ability to add to the conversation.

While you may not be a rhetorical master, there’s an easy way for anyone to become a persuasive conversational blogger. The key is to offer more than just your opinion, since everyone seems to have one of those. You’ll get better results if you give people something they can relate to at a personal level.

How? Continue reading “How to Be a Blogger Everyone Listens To”

Flash Sale (Again): The 0 to 5K Program

I think it’s only natural to want to get better at things that are important to us, but when I look back at my past four years of blogging, I have not really done much to try and make my blog better.

I hoped that by writing every day, my writing would get better; maybe it has, maybe it hasn’t.

I hoped that by sharing my blogs on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter that I would get lots of engaged followers, creating a community of engaged readers who would comment on my posts. That has certainly not happened.

That’s not to say I haven’t met some wonderful people online through my blog who have been kind enough to comment frequently on what I have written.

One of those people, David Kanigan, was even kind enough to offer a comprehensive set of recommendations about my blog when I asked him for advice.

But I’ve come to the point where I recognize that if I want to be a successful blogger, I need to commit to learning more about the art and science of blogging.

So when I came across Cristian Mihai’s 0 to 5K Program for improving my blog, it seemed like it was created with me in mind, and I made the decision to sign-up for the program. I’ve also ordered Cristian’s book, The Art of Blogging, which just came out this week.

This represents my first monetary investment directly related to improving my blog, and I am excited to get started. – Jim Borden

Some folks e-mailed me Sunday that they couldn’t take advantage of the flash sale because the had yet to cash their checks or similar situations.

It wouldn’t be fair just to give them this opportunity, and not the rest of you.

So here is is. Again.

TODAY ONLY!

The 0 to 5K Program discounted from $899 to $149.

83% discount.

But what is this program all about?

THE 0 to 5K PROGRAM IS FOR YOU IF…

  • You’re struggling to gain readers
  • You seldom receive any comments on your posts…
  • You want to create a community around your blog…
  • You want to learn how to tell a compelling story
  • You want to blog like a boss
  • You want a big smile on your face every time you check your WordPress Stats

Well, this is the program for you then.

Six months of receiving feedback and pointers from me, on anything from the visual layout to the content. I’ll be offering you tips and tricks on:

  1. headlines
  2. introductions
  3. how to end your posts with a bang
  4. how to be a master storyteller
  5. how to use social media to your advantage
  6. how to network with fellow bloggers

And more importantly than all, HOW TO FEEL LIKE A PROPER BLOGSTAR.

If you want to take your blog into the blogging stratosphere, this is the right program for you.

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Do you know what is the biggest secret to growing Your Blog to thousands of adoring readers who follow every word you publish?

Would you like to know?

Let me be blunt: there are very few people in the world who can tell you.

The vast majority of so-called A-listers are bright but otherwise normal people who were in the right place, writing about the right things, at the right time.

Many of them pay thousands and thousands of dollars on advertising.

Why would they pay such outrageous fees?

Because they stumbled into popularity. Because they realize they got lucky, and they are desperate to seize the opportunity before it slips away from them. Little do they know, that we always make our own luck.

I turned this blog into one of the most popular blogs on WordPress to date. I did it by studying from all the great bloggers before me, I did it by implementing the advice that most suited my needs, and discarding the rest.

Through trial and error, I figured things out.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: stop messing around with blogs in your spare time. Instead, look at this like a career and get serious about mastering your craft.

“WHAT?! No magic traffic or monetization tricks?”

Continue reading “Flash Sale (Again): The 0 to 5K Program”

Are You a Hoarder (of Ideas)?

Imagine this, if you will.

An old woman, near the end of her life. Shivering in a fleabag apartment without heat in the winter. Walking four miles each way to the food bank, to carry home unmarked cans of mystery meat. Not even a cat to keep her company, because cat food is expensive.

Then one day she dies, and the neighbors find $2.7 million wadded up in her mattress.

It’s a natural human impulse to hold on to what we have. We figure we can handle whatever discomforts we might be facing now, and who knows how bad it could get down the line? So we hoard, saving up our riches for some mythical later time.

What does this have to do with writing?

Everyone who writes faces this at some point. We come up with a powerful idea, something we think will capture a lot of attention. This is the kind of content we know we need to grow our blog and our business.

So of course we can’t waste it on our measly 300 subscribers (or 100, or 12). We scribble our great idea on a Post-it so we remember to write it up when we hit some magic number of subscribers–500 or 1000 or 10,000.

The Post-it gets dusty. We never hit that magic number. Because we took our best content ideas and stuffed them into a mattress. We didn’t think our small audience was good enough for amazing content, so we never got a larger audience. Continue reading “Are You a Hoarder (of Ideas)?”

Are You Sabotaging Your Blog?

Correct me if I’m wrong: you know you should write a blog post. After all, it’s been a while since you last hit that publish button. Yet, somehow, without you realizing it, you spend hours on Twitter and Facebook “working,” only to wonder later what happened…

You comment on other blogs, telling yourself you’re “networking,” never mind that none of those comments actually lead to anything.

You have a growing collection of books and courses promising to teach you all the secrets in the universe, but they have been labeled “to be read” indefinitely.

In the back of your mind, you know you can do better. Technically, you even know what to do.

But something inside you refuses to let you, and every day you struggle with whether or not you should just give up or find some other shortcut.

You know how I know this?

Because I’m just like you. Continue reading “Are You Sabotaging Your Blog?”