The Story of Two Men

Two young men graduate from the same college. They are very much alike, these two young men: average students, well-liked by their peers and teachers, respectful. Average height, average build. Facial features that are so unremarkable it would be difficult for a sketch artist to draw anything but a circle. They even dress the same.

They both come from similar middle-class backgrounds. They were even born in the same town.

Both of them have certain dreams and aspirations, a certain eagerness to assume the world.

But don’t we all? Continue reading “The Story of Two Men”

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Your Words Matter

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.

Yes.

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”

Your Right to Be Wrong

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”

Why Being Bold is Essential to Having Success as a Blogger

There are thousands and thousands of other blogs that talk about the same thing your blog does.

Read that sentence again and let it sink in for a moment. With so many blogs talking about the same topics, how will you differentiate yours from the rest? How can you come up with new and interesting angles on the same topics for both your post and your overall blog theme?

If you don’t mind being just another blog among millions, just keep talking about the same thing. But if you want to be considered a successful blogger, you have to find a way to get noticed. You have to stick out from the crowd.

How do you get noticed? You gotta be bold.

There’s no other way. Continue reading “Why Being Bold is Essential to Having Success as a Blogger”

What You Must Know About Subheads

Sometimes it goes like this: you hook your readers with your headline, and captivated them with your opening.

But somewhere along the way something awful happens…

You reader has lost interest in your blog post and is now barely scanning through, wishing to reach the end as soon as possible.

No reason to panic. There is a way out of this. Continue reading “What You Must Know About Subheads”

Things I Wish I Had Known About Blogging

Unlike most bloggers who experiment during their first few months to see if blogging is right for them, I had to gain traction as fast as possible.

I HAD to build a platform for my writing, to earn an income. Yes, I wanted to inspire people, to change the world, but I was also extremely passionate (and motivated) to not starve to death.

To be honest, because English was not my native language, I wasn’t sure I could express my thoughts and emotions in a way others could relate to.

Also, I wasn’t sure what to blog about, so I kept writing reviews. I then switched to writing about the creative process, about art, inspiration, writing, and self-publishing.

Fast forward seven years, and I know blog about life, motivation, self-help, and personal development. I also blog about art, the creative process, and, of course, about blogging on this neat blog called The Art of Blogging.

Of course, during this long, long journey I realized there were a lot of factors that contributed to my success.

And I only wished that I did these things early on to speed up my success on blogging.

So if you’re serious about blogging, here’s what you have to do: Continue reading “Things I Wish I Had Known About Blogging”

How to Write Incredibly Creative Blog Posts

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”

Do You Want More Readers? Write like Yourself

Who are you, exactly? Are you the name your parents chose for you? The house you were born in? The books you’ve read? The movies you watched as a kid? The people you spend the most time with?

Who’s you? And when is that you the most authentic you? When around other people, or when by yourself? Are you made up of the noise around you or the silence within? Or is it the other way around?

Are you your thoughts? Which ones? The ones you have early in the morning, or the ones that you have late at night?

Are you words and stardust? Are you a bit of magic, too? Or are you simply the physical manifestation of the universe trying to understand itself?

Who do you believe you are? The one staring back whenever you step in front of a mirror?

Are you who you want to be or are you who you think others want you to be?

Who are you, exactly?

Continue reading “Do You Want More Readers? Write like Yourself”