[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”

[Blogging Mindset] Reciprocity

Imagine you’d just decide to send out a lot of Christmas cards early in the month of December — to complete strangers.

What would happen?

Nothing? Maybe a few confused phone calls or letters?

Most likely you’d receive a great deal of Christmas cards in return, from people who don’t even know you.

A university professor actually performed this exact experiment back in 1976, and although he expected to get some responses, he was actually amazed by the number of return cards he received. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Reciprocity”

The Art of Blogging: The E-Book

It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Sometimes even downright discouraging.

You have so many ideas you want to share with the world. So many things you want to say. So much you want to try.

But your job is demanding. You’re constantly juggling family schedules and obligations. You’re always heading off annoying interruptions.

You wonder if you’ll ever be able to make blogging a permanent part of your life.

You want to get your work out there, but at the same time you’re not an idealist.

You love writing, but it’s not just about self-expression for you.

You don’t need to be a unique snowflake who makes every word trumpet from the heavens so that unicorns prance down on Earth.

You just want to create something you can be proud of.

To finish something you start.

To see some results for a change.

You want to live life on your own terms and change the lives of others — and you know you could do it… if only you knew how.

There’s got to be an art to it, right? There’s got to be some secrets that few are willing to share with the world, some sort of trick that allows you to turn off your phone, sit down at your desk, and produce thousands upon thousands of words.

Continue reading “The Art of Blogging: The E-Book”

5 Super Easy Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger

In order to get what you want, you must become the kind of person who has it. This means you need to evolve, to become someone else.

But how?

If you do not have any directions to where you want to go, how can you ever get to your destination?

That’s why I have written these super easy steps to becoming a better blogger.

Because without progress, the art of blogging is not worth the time. Continue reading “5 Super Easy Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger”

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?

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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 $59.99. 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.

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Four Incredibly Easy Social Media Tips for Bloggers

Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Blogging IS social media. Well, you’re right. But you also need to take advantage of other social media platforms, if you want to find readers.

Yes, that’s how it usually goes: you find readers, not the other way around.

So, here are four fantastic tips if you’re a blogger on social media. Continue reading “Four Incredibly Easy Social Media Tips for Bloggers”

5 Easy Steps to Writing a Great Blog Post

People think that writing is a magic skill, mostly because it seems you’re creating something out of nothing.

It’s not.

It’s not magic, it’s not a genuine act of creation.

It’s part art, part craft. It’s a lot more perspiration than inspiration.

You start with a given set of resources (ideas and a little time), learn the right way to put those resources together, and you’ll write a blog post.

That being said, here’s how to write a great blog post in five easy steps. Continue reading “5 Easy Steps to Writing a Great Blog Post”

Why The Headlines You Choose for Your Blog Posts Matter

What is the first thing you notice when browsing a blog’s front page?

What grabs your attention when reading news articles? What makes you want to click on a link?

Yeah, headlines are that important.

Yet most people work hard on a post, and just before they hit that “Publish” button do they stop and think about their title.

It’s not how this works.

First the headline, then everything else.

Why?

Because headlines can be the difference between having your post read or ignored.

Of course, there are no rules that will guarantee your post gets noticed, but you might want to consider some of the following. Continue reading “Why The Headlines You Choose for Your Blog Posts Matter”

The Five Habits of Extremely Prolific Bloggers

Every once in a while someone figures the following things out: just how many posts I write and publish across the blogs that I own and operate. And, inevitably, they send me a quick e-mail or comment on a post asking me just how do I manage to write that much.

Well, it’s all habit.

When I first started blogging back in April 2012, I could write a blog post every two days or so. It was a struggle to write that often. Then, after a year or so, I could blog every single day.

Now?

Some days, if I give up on other stuff, like eating too much, sleep, or friends, then I can write some 30 blog posts.  Granted, some are incredibly short, or visually oriented (sharing a video or a few photos), but it’s still time consuming.

So, yeah, if you want to know the traits/habits of extremely prolific bloggers, read on. Continue reading “The Five Habits of Extremely Prolific Bloggers”