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”
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?”
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?”
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.
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…
Continue reading “Five Super Easy Ways to Improve Your Blog Posts”
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”
Ah, bullet points! What would blog posts, sales letters, and sketchy PowerPoint presentations be without them?
All jokes aside, bullet points are important because:
- Well… readers like them.
- But typical bullet points are sort of lame … much like this one.
- So let’s start making our bullet points fascinating.
Continue reading “The Basics of Writing Bullet Points”
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”
Smart people use big words, right?
Does it mean that using big words makes you sound smarter?
Well… according to this study, the answer is no.
Irony: The title of the study’s title is Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly.
In fact, using words no one understands makes you sound small-minded.
To sound smart, you must stop trying to sound smart. Smart writing is simple writing, a relevant idea delivered clearly and directly.
Here are the best ways for smart writing…
Continue reading “Why The Words You Use Can Make or Break Your Blog Posts”
One of the biggest challenges a blogger faces is the search for one’s writing style.
Write like yourself… what does that even mean?
It means to know what best suits you as a blogger, and what best suits your personality.
Are you funny? Serious? Formal? Informal? Do you have an encyclopedic knowledge of the world? Is English your first language?
As you write more and more content, your style will develop naturally.
But there wouldn’t be any reason to write a blog post if I didn’t have some cool tips for you… you know… so you can end up writing like yourself much, much faster than other folks (who obviously don’t follow The Art of Blogging.)
Continue reading “These 5 Tips Will Help You Write Like Yourself”