If you take the time to read this post, you will become a better blogger, all because you learned about the two most important words when it comes to blogging, and why those words can make or break your post.
Actually, both words can be found in the opening sentence of this post…
Did you catch them?
If not, keep reading…
Continue reading “Two Words”
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?”
Mediocre bloggers write mediocre sentences. You, I’m guessing, don’t want to be mediocre.
You want to be great. You believe your blog posts are fantastic.
But you see, everything you write … every blog post, story, article, paragraph … begins and ends with a sentence. Continue reading “Sentences Maketh (A Fantastic) Blog”
Ever since blogging became mainstream people have been debating about a blog post’s perfect length. A lot of bloggers may read one or two articles about this, and try to follow the rules – never revisiting the issue for as long as they blog. This can be a mistake.
For a definitive answer, the following are three things to consider when you’re trying to decide how long your blog posts should be. Continue reading “How Long Should Your Blog Posts Be?”
I’ll let you in on a little secret about something that that generally only comes to mind as an afterthought, but that can have a significant impact on how well people read, respond, and retain what you have to say.
Want to make your blog posts better? Read on. Continue reading “This Often Overlooked Aspect of Blogging Matters… A Lot”
Today’s post is all about writing that brilliant blog. The one that is going to attract new readers, build trust with the old ones, and engage every one who stumbles upon your blog to comment…
We’ve already talked about writing a blog post in 15 minutes, which is a great skill to have, and we also tackled the issue of being consistent.
Consistently creating great content is the backbone of any blog.
But how can you make that happen? Well, one option is to caffeinated yourself to the point of near death and stay up late the night before you publish your post.
But the better option is to spread the writing and editing process over a few days. Sounds good? Continue reading “How to Write a Brilliant Blog Post per Week”
Some bloggers suffer from what I like to call verbal narcissism. Only it’s in writing. Anyway…
To avoid this awful fate, you probably try to keep your posts short, sometimes writing series of blog posts. After all, you don’t want to scare away readers by dumping too much information on them all at once, right?
Makes sense, but what’s weird is it doesn’t work that way.
Many popular posts here are around 1,000 words. But other times, short posts pack the most punch. It’s almost as if the length of a post matters not when it comes to how successful a post becomes.
But how could that be?
Continue reading “The Truth about Blog Post Length”
The blank page tends to scare people into a state of inactivity. The possibilities are endless, the desire to create perfection so intense that it is easier to do anything else.
Perfectionism and procrastination have an awful lot in common, and the truth is that most bloggers waste an insane amount of time thinking about writing. Weeks go by like this, and then they start wishing they have written when they had the chance, but now… they’ll just write a short post apologizing to their readers for not posting anything.
And then the cycle resumes.
The essential part of writing is to punch those damn keys. Don’t think, just write. You’ll be able to rewrite, one, twice, as many times as it’s necessary.
Today you focus on writing like a lunatic.
Today, you’re going to punch those damn keys…
And the best way to do that is to follow a few simple rules. Ten, in fact … Continue reading “10 Rules to Help You Punch Those Damn Keys”
The truth about writing is that it’s 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration; a good writer starts with a quick burst of creativity and spends the rest of their time refining and editing those initial ideas.
This ratio of creating vs. editing time helps clarify your ideas so your audience understands your point of view.
To help you in these crucial editing stages, I think that it’s important to ask yourself some questions so you can make an honest, constructive and critical appraisal of a blog post work before publishing it.
Asking these simple questions could mean the difference between a hastily written blog article that remains obscure and a well-written, influential, and engaging blog that courts a loyal audience with ease. Continue reading “10 Questions Every Blogger Should Ask Themselves”
Are you burdened by the blogger’s curse?
Many a blogger is hindered with a trait that damages productivity and constrains their ultimate potential.
See if you recognize any of these seven symptoms in yourself:
- You start writing, stop half way and hit delete
- You often feel like you are your own worst critic
- You never feel like you’ve done the best you could
- You second-guess your ideas, even when you know better
- Other bloggers make you feel inadequate
- There’s always something more to learn
- Writing would be so much more enjoyable if you could just relax
Thankfully, if you do recognize any of the above symptoms, you are definitely not alone. In fact, I would say each and every blogger I’ve met has felt the same at least once (and likely more often then they’d like to admit).
So relax, this curse doesn’t have to be permanent and is simple to treat. It even has a name.
Continue reading “Check Yourself for These 7 Symptoms of the Blogger’s Curse”