The Definitive, Incredibly Short, Easy-To-Follow, No-Bullshit Guide to Blogging

Imagine you’re a soldier at war. Fighting in an enemy city, being tasked with clearing buildings. You’re the first one to walk through the door. Behind it, there could be an empty room, a bunch of civilians, or enemy soldiers. The room could be booby-trapped. Now, my question is this: Does it matter how you open the door? If you do it confidently or fearfully, if you analyze all the possible outcomes, if your hands…
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The Worst Blog Post Ever™

A blank page. An empty Word Document. Saving an empty draft on WordPress. Just the title staring back at you. You having a staring contest with digital white upon white upon white… You want to get that blog post written — you really do — but the words just aren’t flowing. They’re not even dripping. Your mind protests against this type of torture.  Your mind is as frozen as the surface of an icy pond. You…
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How Confident of a Blogger are You?

Every morning I watch a few motivational speeches. I mostly listen to them, but this morning I took extra care to watch (and try to analyze) the body language of various speakers. Body language accounts for the majority of your communication – not your words. I know what you’re thinking: “That’s cool, Cristian, but what does this have to do with blogging?” Read on if you want to find out. Body language is related to…
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9 Mistakes That Will Screw Up Your Blog

After months or even years of thinking about it, you finally decided to start your own blog. You sat down at your desk, maybe planned for a few hours, gathered your thoughts, and punched the damn keys. Feeling a bit nervous, a bit excited (you weren’t sure what you were feeling) you eagerly waited for stuff to happen. After all, it’s all about writing and clicking on that blueish little Publish button, is it not?…
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What the F$#K? Should You Swear or Not in Your Blog Posts?

Odds are you guessed this terribly, terribly wrong. And if you guessed “Luck be in the air tonight” maybe this blog post won’t help you much anyways… Blogging using some cuss words has become quite trendy among some incredibly popular bloggers and social media users, but I’m wondering if it’s really worth it? Or beneficial? Today’s post is all about the good and the bad of swearing in your blog posts. Sorry, this article is…
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8 Blogging Mistakes that Waste Your Readers’ Time

The Internet has made it possible for us to live in a world of “information overload.” A few clicks, a few swipes on a smartphone, and we have access to more ideas, blog posts, and news stories than we could ever possibly consume. It’s hard to remember — or imagine, if you’re that young — when information was a scarce resource. But time is still a scarce resource. And with this much information easily available, you must…
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The Secret to Building a Popular Blog

Does this sound familiar? You’ve chosen a topic that you know for sure your readers are dying to know more about. You can write about the topic with authority. You’ve even chosen an interesting angle. In short, you’ve got a killer post that should bring your blog thousands of new readers. You’re also smart enough to realize that you need to tell other people about it. So, you send an email to all of the top bloggers in your…
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Should You Quit Blogging?

The obvious answer is “no.” You should never quit blogging. But what about a certain blog? Should you give up? Delete it? Hmmm… Here’s a list of questions to ask yourself when trying to decide whether you should give up on a blog or not.
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Lessons Learned after One Year of The Art of Blogging

It’s been exactly one year since the first post was published on The Art of Blogging. Over the course of 264 posts and 6,858 comments, the folks reading us grew from that frightening 0 to 27,158. One article has been featured on WordPress Discover, which is always something that makes me proud. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if such a niche blog would do well or not. Is blogging dead or dying? How many…
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