Inspiration. One of those words you just love to hate sometimes. It’s unreliable. And when inspiration hits, you just gotta start punching those damn keys.
Nothing wrong with that, but after do you do after you’ve transformed a blank page into what resembles a blog post?
And then? How do you know if your post is good enough? How do you know if your post is worthy of being read by other folks on the world wide web?
It’s not like trying to lift Mjölnir, so how can you be sure your post is worthy?
Actually, I believe we could all improve a lot of our posts by asking a few simple questions before hitting that publish button.
Here are twelve questions that I ask myself. Continue reading “12 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Hitting That Publish Button”
Let’s be honest, shall we?
You don’t just want people to subscribe to your blog. You want them to keep coming back to read, share, and comment on your articles. You want to build an online community, you want your readers to forget themselves reading your content.
You want your blog to be so immersive that they come back the next day. And the day after that.
Simply put, you don’t want to be just another blogger.
But… how do you do it? Continue reading “How to Be More Than Just a Blogger”
I did a bit of counting today: this year I wrote 318 blog posts on this blog, 234 blog posts on my main blog, plus 373 posts on irevuo, for a total of 925 posts.
Granted, let’s say half of those are reposts, advertising, or not that long to be considered actual writing, like Quote of the Day on irevuo.
Still, I wrote over three hundred and fifty blog posts across eleven months. On average, that’s more than one blog posts per day. I also wrote and released a book on blogging, wrote a few chapters from some of my fiction projects, and a couple of short stories.
Oh, and the emails and comments. Never underestimate the amount of keys one has to punch in other to reply to thousands of e-mails and comments every week.
The stats say I’m prolific, but this doesn’t mean I spend most of my time writing posts.
Actually, I think you’d be surprised by how much time I actually spend writing. It’s just not as much as you’d think.
This is why I am writing this post. Because there are a few strategies that I employ to write as fast as possible.
Because the truth is that writing blog posts is something you can do with ease, as long as you approach the process in a certain way. Continue reading “Do You Want to Be a Prolific Blogger? Here’s How”
Let’s face it: most people can’t write their way out of a paper bag. Further, most bloggers are boring, most journalists are so heavily edited that any personality they’ve added to a story has long since been weaned out by the editorial process.
I want to let you in on a secret, though: it’s not really that people are boring, but that too many have been taught that you shouldn’t write the same way you talk. I blame our educational system, actually, with those 5th grade teachers who drilled us on adverbs, pronouns and the minutia of grammar, coupled with too many boring, tedious academic books that we all suffered through while in college.
Instead, I suggest to you that the best way to write clear, coherent, engaging and enjoyable content is to write the way you speak, to recognize your spoken voice and pour it out onto the virtual page of your computer screen and weblog. Continue reading “Write Like Yourself”
In a ideal world, you’d never have to edit your own work, but well, you know the drill… life’s not fair…
So, how do you go about editing your posts?
Here are five simple (and kind of easy) steps to editing your blog posts. Continue reading “Five Simple Steps to Editing Your Blog Posts”
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”
There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of writing guides out there. But in my opinion, none surpass the simple, direct advice of The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B.White.
This classic serves up much good advice, especially in the last 20 pages in a section titled “An Approach to Style.” Nowhere have I seen more helpful advice in so few words and with such precision.
If (for shame) you don’t already have this reference in your library, I will leave it to you to explore it in depth. But I would like to provide you with eight important writing tips as they apply to blogging. Continue reading “The (Very Short) Ultimate Guide to Blogging”
Considering the fact that I am not a native English speaker, I thought I should write about one of those topics almost no one writes about: does it matter if English is not your first language, and you still decide to blog in this language?
How do poor language skills affect your ability to share remarkable content with your readers?
Grammatical errors, misspelled words, and poorly structured sentences can make your content difficult to read.
If you also think of the fact that we have thousands of blogs on every topic imaginable, you begin to understand that the quality of your blog posts can mean the difference between a popular blog and one that does not get even a single comment.
Don’t get me wrong; I am not telling you that you should display superb writing skills in order to be a successful blogger. No.
But you must work on three basic aspects that make a big, big difference in the way your readers, especially native speakers, react to your content. Continue reading “How to Blog in English Even If It’s Not Your First Language”
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”