It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Sometimes even downright discouraging.
You have so many ideas you want to share with the world. So many things you want to say. So much you want to try.
But your job is demanding. You’re constantly juggling family schedules and obligations. You’re always heading off annoying interruptions.
You wonder if you’ll ever be able to make blogging a permanent part of your life.
You want to get your work out there, but at the same time you’re not an idealist.
You love writing, but it’s not just about self-expression for you.
You don’t need to be a unique snowflake who makes every word trumpet from the heavens so that unicorns prance down on Earth.
You just want to create something you can be proud of.
To finish something you start.
To see some results for a change.
You want to live life on your own terms and change the lives of others — and you know you could do it… if only you knew how.
There’s got to be an art to it, right? There’s got to be some secrets that few are willing to share with the world, some sort of trick that allows you to turn off your phone, sit down at your desk, and produce thousands upon thousands of words. Continue reading “The Art of Blogging: The E-Book”
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Okay, maybe ten thousand blog posts is a more difficult milestone than taking ten thousand photographs, so let’s say that your first thousand blog posts are going to be your worst.
Write this down, read it out loud until you internalize it. Why? Because odds are that you are not as patient as you should be, that you have some unrealistic expectations that might end up breaking your own heart. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Your First Thousand Blog Posts (Are Your Worst)”
We all know the “rules” of blogging. Produce consistently high-quality content, position yourself as an authority, cultivate relationships with your readers and other bloggers…
But some of the best and most popular blogs have traits that might surprise you. Here’s how being negative, angry, and stupid (in the right ways and at the right time) can create breakthrough success on your blog.
Continue reading “The Secret Traits of Successful Bloggers”
The twenty-second of April, 2012. A day forever etched in my brain (and on my skin). The day I decided that I was going to fight for my dream of becoming a writer. The day I decided to start a blog.
I’ll be honest with you: I had no idea what I was doing. I knew I wanted to write, to share my stories with others, and that there was this thing called blogging that could offer me this chance.
However, in my early days of blogging, I had no idea what great blogging meant, or what to do to become successful as a blogger.
So, here are five things I wish I knew about blogging when I first started out.
Continue reading “5 Things I Wish I’d Known about Blogging when I Started Out”
“It’s not the number of followers you have or “likes” you get, it’s the strength of your bond with your followers that indicates how much anyone cares about what you have to say.
In this game, the one with the most real relationships wins.” – Gary Vaynerchuck, The Thank You Economy
Numbers are funny. We, as adults, are kind of obsessed with them. A “ten million dollar home” is easy to imagine, easier than actually investing the time to describe how the house looks like.
And the blogging world is also plagued by this obsession with numbers. It’s all about traffic, stats, and followers. Views, unique visitors, hits, clicks, likes, and comments.
Lots and lots of numbers offering you the cold perspective of your success (or lack of it.)
Here’s the kind of truth that few will ever share with you: it’s not just about numbers.
I once read an article that blogging should feel like this awesome house party. Everyone wants to be invited. All those who stumble upon your blog can’t help but subscribe, feeling a bit jealous on you. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Forget about Numbers for a Moment”
Would you like to become a better blogger? Would you like to create blog posts that people will remember, comment on, and share?
Silly questions, right?
Of course you’d like that.
Do no worry, for I have compiled a short step-by-step guide to help you become a blogger that’s incredibly persuasive and completely unforgettable.
Let’s start with the best way to structure your content. Continue reading “How to Write Blog Posts that Your Readers Will Love”
First impressions matter. Why? Because they tend to last. They are notoriously difficult to change if done wrong, and your blog is not exception.
There are several “first impressions” your blog makes: Continue reading “First Impressions Matter”
Whether you’re trying to fix a certain issue, start a business, market that business, or write an interesting article, creative thinking is crucial. The process boils down to changing your perspective and seeing things differently than you currently do.
People like to call this “thinking outside of the box,” which is the wrong way to look at it.
You create your own imaginary boxes just by living life and accepting certain things as “real” when they are just as illusory as the beliefs of a paranoid delusional. The only difference is that there are enough other people who believe in the same concepts, so you’re viewed as “normal.” This is good for society overall, but it’s that sort of unquestioning consensus that inhibits your natural creative abilities.
So, rather than looking for ways to inspire creativity, you should just realize the truth: you’ve always been creative, but certain imaginary mental blocks (or boxes) that you’ve picked up along the way are inhibiting you.
There are about 10 common ways we suppress our natural creative abilities.
Read on to find out more… Continue reading “Warning: This is Blocking You from Thinking Creatively”
If you’ve been blogging for at least a few months, you’ve probably noticed by now that most of your success as a blogger comes from being able to sit down and punch those damn keys.
That is it.
Writing blog posts, editing them, selecting images, pitching guest posts, answering comments, and all the other tasks that require you to punch some keys on a keyboard or tap your fingers on a touchscreen.
And this thing does not change. In fact, the most successful bloggers just want it a bit more than just about everyone else, so they put a bit more time and effort into punching the damn keys.
But there’s another element to your success that you may have be neglecting with all that work and focus.
Every once in awhile, you might consider stepping out of the house and doing your best to find another human being.
I know this is a bizarre, arcane practice, but bear with me. Continue reading “This Long-Forgotten Technique Will Vastly Improve Your Blog”
Although I’m a big fan of original content, I also recognize that joining the conversation that other bloggers have started is one of the most important aspects of blogging.
But that requires one skill: the ability to add to the conversation.
While you may not be a rhetorical master, there’s an easy way for anyone to become a persuasive conversational blogger. The key is to offer more than just your opinion, since everyone seems to have one of those. You’ll get better results if you give people something they can relate to at a personal level.
How? Continue reading “How to Be a Blogger Everyone Listens To”