Your blog is your personal brand. Your blog represents you in this online environment, and every small detail matters.
If you are trying to find more readers, or trying to build a platform, a community, you may be overlooking some of the essentials that are at your disposal.
As they say, first impressions matter. And they last a long, long, time, so here are five basic personal branding tools you should take advantage of before you move on to more complex ones. Continue reading “Build Your Personal Brand”
If you were to look at the night sky with your naked eye, you’d spot some 3,000 stars. Use a small telescope, and the number increases to close to 100,000.
Of course, there are actually one hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone, and a galaxy usually contains anywhere between ten million to one trillion stars. Oh, and there are some hundred billion galaxies in the observable universe.
So there are so many stars in the universe, we might as well consider that a infinity of stars exist. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] You Are a Blogstar”
You spend all night hunched over your keyboard, punching those damn keys. You write your heart out, even if your hands shake. You search for the perfect picture, rummage through your brain for that brilliant opening line, for the ending that will leave your readers in awe.
Finally, you hit the “Publish” button. It is done. And now you wait. And wait. And wait some more. Soon, a sort of restless resignation overwhelms you.
Twenty-four hours later, no one even commented on your post…
But what does this mean? Was your post bad? Was your opening line uninspiring? Boring? Bland?
Where did you go wrong?
If only there were some way to know for sure what happened… Continue reading “How to Know for Sure You’ve Just Written a Great Blog Post”
Anyone can blog.
I do believe though that blogging is way more difficult than it seems. As a matter of fact, I think blogging is one of those things that seem so easy, so effortless…
But the more you learn about blogging, the more you realize that getting it right is no easy feat, and that you are making a lot of mistakes that you weren’t even aware of before becoming a blogger.
The sad truth?
Probably you’re still not aware of (most) of these mistakes you’re making.
But luckily for you, this post is not only going to tell you what they are, but also how to fix them. Continue reading “The 8 Biggest Blogging Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)”
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”
Let’s be honest for a moment. There’s no substitute for hard work, dedication, time, energy, and passion, and those of you who want a shortcut will be disappointed by this guide.
Of course, there are some things that you must do in order to be successful as a blogger.
So, yeah, let’s get down to business.
Continue reading “The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Blogging”
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.
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”
People think that writing is a magic skill, mostly because it seems you’re creating something out of nothing.
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”
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.
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”
No matter where you are in your blogging journey (maybe you’re just starting out or maybe you’ve got a few years under your belt), there is always more you can learn and do in order to inspire more folks with your words.
In today’s post, I’m sharing seven ways you can become a better blogger in 2020.
Let’s dive in.
Continue reading “How to Become a Better Blogger in 2020”