Feel Like Giving Up? Read this.

I launched my first blog in January 2011. I had released my first self-published novel on Amazon. I was very excited, and I was sure that I’d soon conquer the world…

I quit after three posts, no views, no comments, no nothing.

Five days into my career as a blogger, I grew bitter and remorseful, felt invisible, decided it was all for nothing, and quit.

This disappointment was so strong that I did not give blogging another try for a solid year. And then, it happened again: I spend the first month posting on a daily basis only to get around 500 views total, and almost no comments at all. Something like 30-40 followers.

This makes you ask yourself questions. You try to find reasons. Your mind plays tricks on you, the same way it would if you would find yourself stranded on a deserted island.

Maybe you are just now starting your blog, maybe you’re thinking about it, or maybe it’s been a while and you’re ready to call it quits.

You thought about it and thought about it and… there’s something holding you back. In fact, a lot of things: you lack the time, the confidence, or the money…

You’re tired, stressed, busy, sick.

Maybe this isn’t for you. Maybe it’s best to wait for some future day, when things won’t be so difficult. I’m sorry to break it to you, but ideal circumstances will never occur.

You will always have to face down the demons of no time, no support, no money, no confidence, no ideas, or ill health.

And when you realize that almost everyone faces these same problems, your reasons start to look a lot like excuses.

So let’s call them out, one by one. Continue reading “Feel Like Giving Up? Read this.”

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The Concise Guide to Formatting Your Blog Posts

Yes, content is king, but formatting is queen: to create readable, engaging content ensures that your followers will and can follow through to the end.

This post is going to show you how to create pages and posts that are interesting to look at, easy to read, and engaging to … even the most technologically challenged reader.

Let’s take a look at six ways to format your posts for maximum readability. Continue reading “The Concise Guide to Formatting Your Blog Posts”

Five Super-Easy Steps to Better Blogging

Be honest. Are you where you want to be as a blogger? Are your articles getting shared and discussed and linked to?

If your posts aren’t getting the traction you want, you might trick yourself into thinking you’re not a good enough blogger. But the truth is, anyone can follow a few simple steps to improve their posts.

Here’s a super-easy five-step plan to dramatically improve your blog post. Continue reading “Five Super-Easy Steps to Better Blogging”

Clarity in Writing

If readers don’t understand what you write, you might as well have written nothing at all.

It’s never the idea but rather the execution.

It’s not what, but how.

Fantastic writing should contain new, interesting, and complex ideas. It should challenge readers and, hopefully, resonate with them. To be effective, this kind of writing must be crystal clear.

This post is dedicated to a few simple things you can do to make anything you write easier to understand.

Let’s start with an old favorite: Continue reading “Clarity in Writing”

Are You a Blogger or Just Blogging?

Here’s a harsh truth for you: blogging is a bit like sports. Anyone can do it, but few can do it at a professional level.

And while hardly anybody with an ounce of sanity who takes up tennis or golf thinks they’ll eventually turn pro at it, just about everyone who starts a blog, or is secretly writing a novel, all of them are dreaming of hitting it big somehow.

This is a brave new world: anyone can do it, just push a button and you’re out there. Suddenly everybody is blogging, and they all wish this was what they’d be doing as a job.

But there’s a big difference between blogging and being a blogger.

Read on to find out.

Continue reading “Are You a Blogger or Just Blogging?”

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 couple of day. It was a struggle to write that often. Then I could manage to 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”

How to Create Amazing Content That People Can Learn From

Believe it or not, there’s a simple formula for creating content that easily communicates your point, especially if the subject matter is novel or complex. This strategy can also dramatically reduce the time it takes you to put together tutorials, white papers, or presentations of any sort.

The key is to cover all the bases when it comes to the different learning styles of the audience.

Let’s elaborate on that. Continue reading “How to Create Amazing Content That People Can Learn From”

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”

What Makes The Difference Between A Meh Blog and a Great One

Think of some famous, long-dead person you genuinely admire. Think of this person’s life. What made them worthy of your admiration?

Can you sum up this person’s life in one sentence?

I bet you can.

Yes, the saying is jack of all trades, master of none, but it’s better than master of one, but the truth is that we often spread our resources too thin to become successful at any one thing.

Is your blog like that?

How long does it take you to explain what your blog is about? Continue reading “What Makes The Difference Between A Meh Blog and a Great One”