Are You Sabotaging Your Blog?

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 that 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.

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Check Yourself for These 7 Symptoms of the Blogger’s Curse

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:

  1. You start writing, stop half way and hit delete
  2. You often feel like you are your own worst critic
  3. You never feel like you’ve done the best you could
  4. You second-guess your ideas, even when you know better
  5. Other bloggers make you feel inadequate
  6. There’s always something more to learn
  7. 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.

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What CTA Should You Use at The End of Your Blog Posts?

The infamous call to action. That thing that makes most bloggers feel kind of sleazy for adding it to the end of their posts.

But think about it this way: if, say, a reader is looking for information related to your niche, and they find themselves on your blog. And. lets assume that this reader finds your blog content useful.

How can you keep them from moving on to another blog? How do you turn them into a subscriber? How do you let them know there’s so much more in it for them if they just keep on reading? Or that you have a fantastic product (like this free e-course here) that you know they’re going to love?

Well, it’s all about your call to action, and how you present the offer to the reader.
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50 Ways to Become a Better Blogger

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”

Five Super Easy Ways to Improve Your Blog Posts

Producing great content for your blog is one of the essential elements of becoming a successful blogger, and this means that your writing must sound natural, conversational.

Write like yourself, as they say. This means you’ll be more productive, enjoy writing and editing more, and get your audience to engage more with your content.

I’ve been writing for over fourteen years, blogging for over seven, and I’ve come to the conclusion that there are some things that never fail to improve a piece of writing.

Below you will find five of them…

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12 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Hitting That Publish Button

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?

Edit it?

Okay…

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”

Five Mistakes Even Veteran Bloggers Are Guilty Of

Why do most bloggers never gain any sort of momentum while others grow at an exponential rate? Much of the reason has to do with a few mistakes that even those who have been blogging for a while make.

As a matter of fact, you probably weren’t even aware of these mistakes

Keep these points in mind and you’re sure to see much better results.

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How to Be More Than Just a Blogger

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.

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Do You Want to Be a Prolific Blogger? Here’s How

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”

Write Like Yourself

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”