The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

Do you want to be a successful blogger? Do ideas for posts randomly pop into your head whenever, wherever? Do you think about ways to improve your blog?

How to write more? Better? Faster?

Do you study what the most successful bloggers have done to get to where they are right now?

You are not alone. I do this too. It’s one of my passions. To see what makes the difference. What works, what doesn’t, and to understand the why. Because of this, I can write cute posts like this one.

Here are the seven best habits to have as a blogger.

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Blogger’s Block? Here’s How to Beat it

Too many of your posts start with an apology for not having been around of late? The joy you first brought to blogging now a distant memory?

Looks like a case of blogger’s block. Don’t worry… there is a cure.

It’s largely a matter of making friends with your creative mind. The reason so many of us find this difficult is that our education has trained us to respond to problems only with linear, rational, conscious thought.

Willpower, discipline, and good old-fashioned work may squeeze another blog post out of you but to produce words effortlessly, to connect with the joy and optimism and inspiration which makes it all worthwhile, to be as good as you can be, you need to know how to nurture abstraction and your hard-working subconscious.

First off, stop focusing on your block and start thinking about establishing flow. Flow is that delectable condition where all we writers have to do is turn up at the page and get ‘em down. Below are nine tried-and-tested methods – four daily practices, five writing practices – for keeping in flow, not just for the next blog post but for the rest of your writing life. Continue reading “Blogger’s Block? Here’s How to Beat it”

How to Win Friends and Influence People (As a Blogger)

First published more than 70 years ago, Dale Carnegie’s guide on people skills entitled “How to Win Friends and Influence People” contains wisdom that is mostly true to this very day, because human nature, for better or worse, does not change much over time.

And even in this brave new world of the Internet and social media, we can still look to age-old truths in deciphering a code to grow an audience (win friends) and successfully engage readers via our blogs (influence people).

Here are eight of these truths … Continue reading “How to Win Friends and Influence People (As a Blogger)”

It’s not YOU, it’s THEM

It hurts when a post you worked and worked on doesn’t get any comments. It’s heartbreaking when no one shares your content, when you can’t help but feel like your words aren’t worth someone else’s time.

And you start to ask yourself, “How do I get more people to read my blog? How do you I earn a bit of income from my writing?”

Sometimes you ask yourself why, sometimes it’s how, depending on the despair and resentment you’re feeling.

Want to know the truth?

You’re asking the wrong questions. Continue reading “It’s not YOU, it’s THEM”

Why Emotion is The Key to Great Blogging

We like to think of ourselves as rational beings. Intellectual curiosity took us to the moon and back, beat terrible diseases, and invented the Internet.

But if you think about it, emotion always wins. The man who conquered and lost empires might have only cried when the love of his live broke up with him. We use our brains, yes, but it is our hearts that dictate most of our actions. Continue reading “Why Emotion is The Key to Great Blogging”

[Blogging Mindset] Desire and Intuition

Here, at The Art of Blogging, we try our best to write about various techniques that should enhance your blogging, while also being aware that even though there’s a bit of craft in every art, not everything comes down to following a bunch of rules.

Truth be told, it took me a long time to figure out the techniques that I write about on this blog. I built a blog to over one hundred thousand readers without being aware of most of them, the same way I learned English by watching movies, TV shows, and reading a lot.

So, what’s the deal? What does this all mean?

Well, read on if you’re curious. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Desire and Intuition”

Don Draper’s Guide to Fantastic Writing

There’s no doubt about it. Mad Men is a must-watch TV show if you are a creative individual.

Don Draper is the most creative alpha male on TV. Well, some might say Harvey Specter is pretty ingenious too, but… Don is something else. Dark and moody and mysterious, but also a genius when it comes to sipping whisky and crafting the perfect slogan.

He makes it all look freaking cool…

All of them do. Peggy, Don, even Roger, who does nothing these days but loaf around and spit out hilarious one-liners.

It’s not just them. It’s their work.

They sit around thinking up the perfect ad.

Then they convince their clients to spend a ton of bucks on it. Millions of people fall all over themselves to buy the product, shifting consumer culture, spawning billion-dollar industries, becoming household names.

And they do it all with nothing but words. How cool is that? Don’t tell me you never fantasized about your words changing the world?

I know, I know. It’s just a TV show. It’s not real life. But, contrary to what you might think, there are some great principles being presented in this show, principles that apply to great writing and great blogging too.

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Blogging

It’s easy to get discouraged when reading about the millions and millions of other folks who also blog.

The good news?

Most of them kind of suck, because they never bother to do a bit of research, to learn from their mistakes, so they keep doing them over and over again.

What about you? Are you guilty of committing these seven deadly sins of blogging? Continue reading “The 7 Deadly Sins of Blogging”

Blog like an Artist

“When Van Gogh was a young man in his early twenties, he was in London studying to be a clergyman. He had no thought of being an artist at all. He sat in his cheap little room writing a letter to his younger brother in Holland, whom he loved very much. He looked out his window at a watery twilight, a thin lamppost, a star, and he said in his letter something like this: “It is so beautiful I must show you how it looks.” And then on his cheap ruled note paper, he made the most beautiful, tender, little drawing of it.

When I read this letter of Van Gogh’s it comforted me very much and seemed to throw a clear light on the whole road of Art. Before, I thought that to produce a work of painting or literature, you scowled and thought long and ponderously and weighed everything solemnly and learned everything that all artists had ever done aforetime, and what their influences and schools were, and you were extremely careful about *design* and *balance* and getting *interesting planes* into your painting, and avoided, with the most astringent severity, showing the faintest *academical* tendency, and were strictly modern. And so on and so on.

But the moment I read Van Gogh’s letter I knew what art was, and the creative impulse. It is a feeling of love and enthusiasm for something, and in a direct, simple, passionate and true way, you try to show this beauty in things to others, by drawing it.

And Van Gogh’s little drawing on the cheap note paper was a work of art because he loved the sky and the frail lamppost against it so seriously that he made the drawing with the most exquisite conscientiousness and care. ”― Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit

What if the next blog post you write is your last? What if, for whatever reason, you never get a chance to punch those damn keys, to share your thoughts and ideas with the world?

What would you choose to write about? Continue reading “Blog like an Artist”

What to Do If No One Is Reading Your Best Posts

Content is king. Quality content, the kind of stuff that people want to obsessively read, print out, and hang on their walls.

So if you create that kind of content, you’re pretty much set, right?

Well… sadly, no. Great content is one of the most important steps you can take, but then you need to actually promote that content.

That might make you nervously giggle inside, but I believe in you. Once the quality aspect is covered, here’s what you want to work on: Continue reading “What to Do If No One Is Reading Your Best Posts”