How to Find Your Blogging Muse

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”

50 Ways to Become a Better Blogger

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”

[Blogging Mindset] Embrace Failure

Have you heard the phrase fail, fail often, and fail quickly?

The truth is that we do not learn by doing something perfectly, but rather by doing it wrong over and over again. We fail until we figure out how to do it perfectly.

Also, it makes sense to fail as early as possible, so you can learn from those mistakes.

It’s the bloggers who enjoyed moderate success early on that never evolve. They get stuck doing the same things over and over again, never to inspire more than a handful of folks. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Embrace Failure”

So You Want to Be a Blogger? Here’s What You Need to Do

You dream of spending your days sharing your words with the world. Working from coffee shops and maybe even your couch. Sounds like a dream, right?

Well, there’s more to it than just writing some words and clicking publish. I’m going to tell you what I’ve learned over the past seven years since becoming a full-time blogger.

A few of these lessons are really simple, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy. Ready? Here we go. Continue reading “So You Want to Be a Blogger? Here’s What You Need to Do”

4 Ways to Come Up With Unique Blog Post Ideas

I’ve been blogging for more than seven years now, and in this time I have watched the internet morph into the amazing, giant media monster it is now. Because of this shift, the web is saturated with articles.

Nowadays, nobody can get away with publishing the same type of articles over and over again. Mediocre content never gets more than a few reads.

So, how do you write content that stands out, how do you come up with a one-of-a-kind idea?

Read on to find out.

Continue reading “4 Ways to Come Up With Unique Blog Post Ideas”

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”

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”