A blank page. An empty Word Document. Saving an empty draft on WordPress. Just the title staring back at you.
You having a staring contest with digital white upon white upon white…
You want to get that blog post written — you really do — but the words just aren’t flowing. They’re not even dripping.
Your mind protests against this type of torture. Your mind is as frozen as the surface of an icy pond. You just know that whatever you manage to type is going to be the worst piece of writing in the history of . . . well, writing.
But it’s not true. I’m here to tell you why you should go ahead and write The Worst Blog Post Ever™. Here are several reasons to stop worrying about the quality of your writing and just punch the damn keys. Continue reading “The Worst Blog Post Ever™”
This is the question I get asked the most.
Despite writing on this subject a couple of times, and basically dissecting every tip and tactic I know for converting site visitors into regular readers, people seem to think there’s some big secret.
No one wants to believe that there’s no magical secret. They’d rather fantasize about some forbidden technique that drives subscriber attraction. If I’d just share the magical words that make the difference, they’d immediately put those words to use.
OK, I give up. I’ll tell you the real secret. Continue reading “The Best Way to Get More Blog Subscribers”
Cristian here. Ask me anything you wish to know about blogging. Easy. Go.
P.S. You can check our previous AMA here.
I’m writing these words for you. Yes, you. The blogger. The writer. The artist. The one who pours his heart out on a computer, smartphone, or even on paper. The one who writes one word after another with the hope of inspiring change in others, motivating them with your life’s story, or even providing them with a smile.
I am writing these words for you. The one who feels so alone sometimes. The one whose words never receive a comment, maybe a few likes. Sometimes it feels as if it doesn’t matter, right?
Be honest. How many times have you thought of giving up? Just delete your blog, try something else. It’s clear that your words don’t matter.
Well, I am here to tell you that they do. Your words matter. Continue reading “Your Words Matter”
Every morning I watch a few motivational speeches. I mostly listen to them, but this morning I took extra care to watch (and try to analyze) the body language of various speakers. Body language accounts for the majority of your communication – not your words.
I know what you’re thinking: “That’s cool, Cristian, but what does this have to do with blogging?”
Read on if you want to find out. Continue reading “How Confident of a Blogger are You?”
For a long time I used to think being “right” was a big deal. I had to say the right thing at the right time, know the right people, read the right books, live in the right neighborhood…
I did all this not because I wanted to, but because I thought it was a prerequisite for success.
If you want other people to respect you, then you have to look and sound a certain way, right? Makes sense, if conformity is all you’ve ever been taught.
What no one tells you is the price you must pay for this. Yes, conformity gains you a certain type of approval from others, but it comes at the cost of losing your sense of self.
You have to systematically search out everything that’s a little bit “off” about you and bury it as deep as you can. You know that you can’t get rid of it — it’s a part of you, after all — but maybe you can hide it so deep that no one will ever see it, so that a world that only respects the “right” will never realize how “wrong” you really are.
Maybe, just maybe, you can fool everyone until you’re in a position of power and no one’s opinion matters anymore. Then you can be free. Right?
Umm… no. Continue reading “Your Right to Be Wrong”
A blank page.
There’s nothing more terrifying for a writer. Not an actual blank page, of course, but a Word Document with no words on it, that mysterious absence of words that is amplified by us staring at the white screen of death for so long that we feel our brains exploding.
You think and think and think, but nothing is happening, no matter how hard you try.
It makes you feel… powerless. Frustrated. Angry. Sad. Bitter. Sure, it’s your mind, your thoughts, your words, but there’s a bit of magic to writing, like Tinkerbell sprinkling lost boys with pixie dust and enabling them to fly.
No amount of happy thoughts will help you fly without the pixie dust. You need that extra bit of magic, that spark that makes your words take flight.
Where does that magic come from?
Well, from your blogging muse, of course. Continue reading “How to Find Your Blogging Muse”
Raise your hand if you know who Gary Vaynerchuk is.
That’s what I thought.
So what’s the big deal with this guy?
Well, first of all, it’s his enthusiasm.
Creativity is extremely important when it comes to crafting effective content. And, yes, content should also be useful and valuable to the reader, not an indulgent exercise in self expression.
Still, creativity is key when it comes to content that works, content that engages your audience, content that enriches other people’s lives. While creativity for its own sake is a smart way to strengthen your lateral thinking skills and to align your work with what you love to do, it’s when you create something useful to others that you add value to the world. Continue reading “How to Write Incredibly Creative Blog Posts”
Write. Edit. Write. Edit. Edit. Edit. Write…
Does this sound familiar?
I bet it does…
Truth be told, I used to say that one knows a piece of writing is properly edited when he feels sick just thinking about having to read it one more time.
And it’s easy to drive yourself crazy trying to edit like that.
So… what do you have to do instead? Continue reading “How to Edit Your Blog Posts like a Boss”