Are You a Gutless Blogger?

Let me know if this has ever happened to you: after sitting at your desk for what seems like hours, writing and rewriting, trying to communicate an idea, it downs on you that you’re feeling a bit… lost.

You write a paragraph, only to decide that’s not what you really want to say. So then you rewrite it to something you’re reasonably happy with, but then you can’t figure out what comes next.

You sit there thinking about it for a while, becoming increasingly frustrated with yourself. Finally, you just walk away, trying to find some perspective, but when you come back, instead of gaining some clarity, it seems like your ideas are even more muddled than before.

Every writer has been there. Some call it writer’s block. Others say they’ve lost their “creative direction.”

Personally, I think they’ve become gutless. Continue reading “Are You a Gutless Blogger?”

The 5 Must-Have Traits of Successful Bloggers

One of the questions I get asked the most is, “How do I become a successful blogger?”

First of all, we should define what success means, and I think each and every single one of us has a different definition. For me, success as a blogger means to have the community you want, to earn money as a side-effect of providing quality content to your readers, and to do all that without feeling like you’re doing one long list of chores daily.

On the other hand, having a successful blog will only be the result of massive amounts of time, effort, determination, consistency, and perseverance.

If you want to be a successful blogger, here are five qualities you must have. Continue reading “The 5 Must-Have Traits of Successful Bloggers”

Great Blogging is a Conversation

Have you ever been on a date with someone who can’t stop talking about themselves?

You know the type. They go on and on about their plans for renovating the guest bedroom, battles with back spasms last weekend, or their latest accomplishments.

The topics are seemingly endless.

Along the way, you might pick up an interesting fact or two, but when you finally extract yourself from them, you feel annoyed (“That’s 30 minutes of my life I’ll never get back”) and maybe even angry (“The jerk never asked me about my family”).

And, yes, there is a blogging equivalent of that guy. That is, they breathlessly expound about themselves without actually addressing what’s in it for the reader.

So, how do you avoid being that guy? Continue reading “Great Blogging is a Conversation”

[Blogging Mindset] If You Stand for Nothing, You’ll Fall for Anything

Truth be told, I could sum up this post with a simple sentence: Fight for your ideas!

We can get technical, we can list dozens of rules of writing, blogging, curating online content, sharing it on social media, we can talk about properly formatting your blog posts, or writing captivating introductions, but the truth is that if you do not believe in what you are writing, if you are not in this with all your heart, then it’s all for nothing.

Like those books on body language that teach you various trick on how to feel confident… well, it’s more like how to display confidence. The truth that they cannot admit because no one would buy such books is that if you are confident, truly feel at ease with yourself, then it does not matter how you stand, how you hold your hands, and all that. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] If You Stand for Nothing, You’ll Fall for Anything”

How to Get Your Comment Noticed

How do you get more readers?

While the first (and most obvious) answer is to write quality content, the truth is that networking with other bloggers, especially if they are in the same niche as you, is essential to getting more readers.

And doing all that is as simple as commenting on their blog posts.

In today’s post I’m going to suggest eight tips for leaving comments on blogs that not only get (you) noticed but will compel others to visit your blog. Continue reading “How to Get Your Comment Noticed”

A List of Six Types of Blog Posts That Always Get Read

Be honest. You’ve asked yourself many times what are the types of blog posts that folks read.

After all, you’re doing this because you do want your words to matter, right? You do want folks to read your words and ideas and maybe even act on them.

So, what are the types of blog posts that always get read? Oh, and can you use these powerful types of articles on your own blog?

Let’s find out, shall we?

Continue reading “A List of Six Types of Blog Posts That Always Get Read”

Your Guide to Becoming Famous Online

Odds are, no one knows who you are. And more than likely, they never will.

How can I say that with such authority? Easy.

There are millions and millions of blogs out there.

That’s a lot of noise, a lot of competition.

Lucky you, I’m more than happy to share my 10-step path to dominating online obscurity once and for all … Continue reading “Your Guide to Becoming Famous Online”

Blogging is All About Adding Value to People’s Lives

Why do you blog?

Simple question, right?

But…

What you choose to answer determines how successful a blogger you’ll be. And rather than reporting news, or covering a certain topic or two, or attempting to make money, sell products, I am going to tell you that you should focus on making your readers better at what they do, whether that skill is blogging, marketing, or gardening.

Believe it or not, blogging is all about adding value to other people’s lives, and in this post I am going to explain how powerful this model truly is. Continue reading “Blogging is All About Adding Value to People’s Lives”

This Is Why You Should Rewrite and Republish Old Content

It’s not enough to just write and publish posts. 

One of the bittersweet truths of blogging is that you have to market and promote your posts. You also shouldn’t let your old posts suffer in the archives purgatory.

You don’t want to write each blog post and then forget about them because your audience sure won’t.

Keep reading to learn why you should rewrite and republish old blog posts.

Continue reading “This Is Why You Should Rewrite and Republish Old Content”

30 Tips for The Modern Writer

Being a modern writer is more than just punching those damn keys from time to time.

Writing, in this brave new world, is more social than ever, which means that you need to take into consideration the reader.

Who are you writing for? Why? What are you trying to teach them? What are they going to change about their own lives by reading your content? What are you getting out of it?

Well, in order to help you become a modern writer, I’ve compiled a list of 30 tips and tricks. Something short, that will only take you a couple minutes to go through, but which will provide immeasurable help on your blogging journey.

Continue reading “30 Tips for The Modern Writer”