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Ever wondered how we learn a new skill?
For instance, how does a baby learn to walk? Do they do it perfectly from the first try?
Of course not.
They fail. Over and over again.
Learning, you see, is not about getting things right, but about failing in all possible ways until you figure out the one way that works.
Well, when it comes to blogging, I’ve done all the mistakes possible. From the lousiest content strategies to developing some awful habits. After all, there are a couple blog posts on my main blog that have been republished 5 or 6 times because I didn’t feel like writing something new.
So, yeah, I’ve been a highly ineffective blogger for the better part of seven years, but this has taught me that knowing what not to do is a lot more valuable than knowing what to do.
And I know from experience that the following habits will, undoubtedly, ensure frustration and failure, and turn you into the kind of blogger who doesn’t seem to get it.
So allow me to save you some trouble and share with you the following habits of highly ineffective bloggers.
Continue reading “The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Bloggers”
Punch the damn keys. I mean it!
Don’t think, just write! Rummage through your soul for the things that hurt, that count, that make you joyful, remorseful, bitter, angry, hopeful, and hopeless. Write about them. Punch those damn keys. Write as if these words will be the one thing everyone will be reading when you’ll be gone. Write as if you had ten more minutes to live. Just ten more minutes.
Write with conviction. With passion. Write as if your words could nudge the world a bit, and you’ll soon find out that they can. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Write Without Fear, Edit Without Mercy”
There’s usually a right way and a wrong way to do something. That’s just in case you want to keep it simple, because there’s a wrong way, slightly less wrong, slightly better, and so on…
Some ways lead nowhere at all. They only exist in order to provoke anger.
The truth is that if you want to know how to become an effective blogger, then it’s important to read the following words carefully. Your future as a blogger depends on it. Continue reading “The Three Most Underrated Tips for Effective Blogging”
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”
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?”
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”
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”
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”