It’s 2020. Is Blogging Still Worth It?

Ten years ago, blogging was the thing. I mean, everyone was doing it. And it was enough to regularly produce content in order to gain a decent amount of traffic, maybe even monetize.

But it’s 2020, and things have changed. A lot. From the type of content we consume, to the fact that there’s so much content nowadays that it often feels pointless to add something new.

But is blogging still worth it in 2020?

The answer, it turns out, is a bit more complex than you probably hoped, but here’s what you need to know about blogging in 2020. Continue reading “It’s 2020. Is Blogging Still Worth It?”

The Subtle Art of Blogging

When I decided to start this blog, I knew that there was more to blogging that the usual technical stuff related to using the WordPress platform, that there was an art to blogging.

And art is difficult to define, let alone write a recipe for. It’s like trying to create life out of nothing — and perhaps art, in its many forms, is the closest thing to life that we will ever have.

That being said, there are a few subtle things that make one an artist of blogging.

If you ever wondered why some get thousands and thousands of avid readers while others struggle to get even one lousy comment, then read this post. Continue reading “The Subtle Art of Blogging”

[Blogging Mindset] Details

Because I’m not partial to any manufacturer or OS, I do wonder sometimes what is it that makes Apple products so… fascinating.

What makes these products so successful, in the face of so many competitors with remarkable resources and manpower of their own?

Ever wondered about it?

Ever asked yourself why some bloggers get hundreds of comments a week, thousands of likes?

What makes the difference?

Details, my friend. It’s all about the details. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Details”

How to Create Engaging Content

Imagine you have a valuable piece of information that you believe is life-changing in nature. You want to share that information with your readers, but more than that, you want them to ACT on that information. To internalize it, to feel not just remember it.

Say you want your readers to be aware of how important it is to let things go, how important is to always aspire to rise to higher consciousness, to be fully present in the moment, to withhold judgement, to never let the past interfere with us being in the here and now.

You could write: YO, guys! It is important to let stuff go! Do that! Now!

You can use bolds or italics. Or even both.

Or you could share with them an anecdote:

A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together. At one point, they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her cross to the other side.

The two monks glanced at one another because they had taken vows not to touch a woman.

Then, without a word, the older monk picked up the woman, carried her across the river, placed her gently on the other side, and carried on his 
journey.

The younger monk couldn’t believe what had just happened. After rejoining his companion, he was speechless, and an hour passed without a word between them.

Two more hours passed, then three, finally the younger monk could not contain himself any longer, and blurted out “As monks, we are not permitted a woman, how could you then carry that woman on your shoulders?”

The older monk looked at him and replied, “Brother, I set her down on the other side of the river, why are you still carrying her?”

Yes, what you say is essential. But how you say it will determine whether or not your readers think so too. Continue reading “How to Create Engaging Content”

[Blogging Mindset] You Are a Blogstar

If you were to look at the night sky with your naked eye, you’d spot some 3,000 stars. Use a small telescope, and the number increases to close to 100,000.

Of course, there are actually one hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone, and a galaxy usually contains anywhere between ten million to one trillion stars. Oh, and there are some hundred billion galaxies in the observable universe.

So there are so many stars in the universe, we might as well consider that a infinity of stars exist. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] You Are a Blogstar”

[Blogging Mindset] Reciprocity

Imagine you’d just decide to send out a lot of Christmas cards early in the month of December — to complete strangers.

What would happen?

Nothing? Maybe a few confused phone calls or letters?

Most likely you’d receive a great deal of Christmas cards in return, from people who don’t even know you.

A university professor actually performed this exact experiment back in 1976, and although he expected to get some responses, he was actually amazed by the number of return cards he received. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Reciprocity”

5 Super Easy Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger

In order to get what you want, you must become the kind of person who has it. This means you need to evolve, to become someone else.

But how?

If you do not have any directions to where you want to go, how can you ever get to your destination?

That’s why I have written these super easy steps to becoming a better blogger.

Because without progress, the art of blogging is not worth the time. Continue reading “5 Super Easy Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger”

5 Easy Steps to Writing a Great Blog Post

People think that writing is a magic skill, mostly because it seems you’re creating something out of nothing.

It’s not.

It’s not magic, it’s not a genuine act of creation.

It’s part art, part craft. It’s a lot more perspiration than inspiration.

You start with a given set of resources (ideas and a little time), learn the right way to put those resources together, and you’ll write a blog post.

That being said, here’s how to write a great blog post in five easy steps. Continue reading “5 Easy Steps to Writing a Great Blog Post”

The Five Habits of Extremely Prolific Bloggers

Every once in a while someone figures the following things out: just how many posts I write and publish across the blogs that I own and operate. And, inevitably, they send me a quick e-mail or comment on a post asking me just how do I manage to write that much.

Well, it’s all habit.

When I first started blogging back in April 2012, I could write a blog post every two days or so. It was a struggle to write that often. Then, after a year or so, I could blog every single day.

Now?

Some days, if I give up on other stuff, like eating too much, sleep, or friends, then I can write some 30 blog posts.  Granted, some are incredibly short, or visually oriented (sharing a video or a few photos), but it’s still time consuming.

So, yeah, if you want to know the traits/habits of extremely prolific bloggers, read on. Continue reading “The Five Habits of Extremely Prolific Bloggers”