How to “Punch Those Keys”

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Punch the damn keys.

I’m sure you’ve read this line in most of my articles. It’s become a mantra of mine, while also becoming The Art of Blogging’s unofficial tagline.

But what does it mean, to punch the keys?

Here’s a harsh truth:

There’s an art to blogging. This means that those who truly make it as bloggers bend or even sometimes break the rules.

Great bloggers think outside the box. The greatest bloggers think like there’s no box.

That being said, there’s a certain rhythm, a certain music that great writing makes in the hearts and minds of anyone who reads it.

This is what punching the keys means.

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7 Exquisite Tips From Famous Authors That (if Applied) Will Make You a Better Blogger

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The written word has changed a lot over the last couple of decades. 

The way we consume words has changed, the sheer quantity of content and the ease of access, and the fact that we are now all interconnected, all of these factors influence the way we write and the way we read.

But the basics have stayed the same. The principles of good writing, the principles of a healthy inner game. 

Here are 7 timeless tips that, if applied, will help you become a better blogger.

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Go Through This Checklist Before You Publish Your Articles

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You spend an insane amount of time hunched over your keyboard, punching those keys. You write your heart out, search for the perfect image that will compliment your article, rummage through your brain for a genius opening line, for an ending that will surely inspire and motivate your readers.

Now, it’s time to hit the Publish button.

Your baby is ready to be shared with the world.

Or is it?

Well, here’s how you can know for sure if your article is ready to be published on the web.

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The Zen Concept That Made Me Fall in Love With Blogging Again

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Two and a half years ago I was just about ready to quit blogging.

First, because I thought there was nothing new to learn. I knew it all, I had reached the top of the mountain, and there was nowhere else to go from there.

Second, because I didn’t get much pleasure out of writing articles anymore. It was not challenging me anymore.

It was a rough time for me, considering that my income was a direct result of my ability to consistently produce new content.

I believe that creativity is directly tied to our ability to interpret work as play, and in order to do so, we must constantly work towards becoming better at our craft.

Since I thought I knew it all, there was no incentive to find ways of improving myself as a blogger.

Accidentally, I shared a couple of blogging tips with my readers. Until then, I had only ever wrote one article about blogging, way back in 2012, an while it was my most popular article ever, I had never thought of it as a topic worth writing about.

Talk about missed opportunities, right?

When I realized that my blogging tips were quite popular with my audience, I decided to launch The Art of Blogging.

It was supposed to be a side-hustle, nothing too wild, just so I could supplement my blogging income.

And the more I researched the topic, the more I understood that, in fact, I knew nothing.

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Would Hemingway Have Been a Successful Blogger?

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It wasn’t by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.” — Ernest Hemingway, in a letter to his editor, Maxwell Perkins

The average age of a Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature is 63.

The youngest writer to ever be awarded this prestigious award was Rudyard Kipling, at the age of 41.

There’s an often overlooked rule of the written word: you can learn how to write a good story only by writing an awful lot of bad stories.

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3 Creative Content Strategies to Grow Your Audience in 2020

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What is the secret ingredient to success as a blogger? Is it inspiration? Motivation? Is it the ability to treat blogging as an art or as a business? 

The answer is simple. The secret ingredient is strategy.

What are the strategies you deploy to reach your goals, both in terms of audience and engagement and also income?

What is your content strategy? What is your content marketing strategy? What is your networking strategy?

That’s why I decided to share a few creative strategies to help you grow your audience in 2020.

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99 Percent of Bloggers Aren’t Aware of This Simple Rule

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There’s this fascinating story about Pablo Picasso being able to produce a work of art in a few minutes.

There are multiple versions, and for whatever reason, I can’t seem to verify this, but apparently a woman once asked Picasso (who was either at a cafe or in a market) to do a drawing for her.

Picasso did what she asked, and then demanded some ridiculously high amount of money. Let’s say ten thousand dollars.

Of course, the woman protested, “But it only took you a couple of minutes to draw this.”

The old master corrected her, “It took me thirty years to learn how to draw this in a couple of minutes.”

Or so the story goes.

I’d like to use this story as a framework to discuss an often overlooked aspect of content creation.

It’s not just the skill, but also how that skill is perceived by others.

Blogging success is not just about years and years of practice, but about having an audience that’s aware of all those years of practice.

Let’s talk about the concept of social proof and how you can best use it to your advantage.

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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (as a Blogger)

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If there’s no thing I’m quite the expert on, that’s alienating a large, engaged audience.

Seriously.

I started my first blog back in April 2012. By November the same year I had over twenty-thousand readers. I was earning about $100 every single day, and my articles were read by close to a thousand people within the first 3–4 hours of posting new content.

Somehow, in my quest to increase my numbers, both in terms of readers and income, I lost friends and alienated a lot of people.

Just take a look at this statistic:

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Here’s how you can do it as well in a couple easy to follow steps.

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The Most Underrated Strategy for Getting More Readers

Do you ever get frustrated by how few people follow your blog on any given day?

Where are all these readers? What are they doing?

Well, mostly they’re interacting with the content of those who took the time to engage with their content first.

That’s it. The secret.

Comment on other people’s articles first.

It is such an underrated networking strategy, and the truth is, leaving a few thoughtful comments each day is better than investing hundreds of dollars a month on advertising. A lot better.

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