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”

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Making Money from Blogging

Blogging and money. Some of the sleaziest words in existence. Most folks don’t know how to make money from their blogging, while others are too shy to even attempt it.

And at the same time, without a financial incentive, beginners tend to slack off on learning about this online environment, building a community, or writing great content; if you’re not getting paid, why even bother?

I see a lot of bloggers rushing to monetize, and I think that they got it all wrong: choosing certain topics because they think will make them money (rather than writing about things they’re passionate about),  not focusing on their content as the most important thing on the blog, and overwhelming this uninspiring and uninteresting content with lots of ads.

These blogs rarely survive longer than a few months because the blogger gets frustrated by the lack of initial earnings and/or feedback, and has no real interest in the topic to keep punching those keys. Continue reading “Making Money from Blogging”

5 Things I Wish I’d Known about Blogging when I Started Out

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.

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[Blogging Mindset] Emotional Immunity

Jim Rohn used to say that if someone gives you a million dollars, you’d better become a millionaire real quick. That way you get to keep the money.

The thing is, most people would say yes if offered the opportunity to get all that they ever wanted. By magic.

But that’s not the right answer. Because if you’d be honest with yourself, you’d have to say not yet.

Not yet.

Because this is one of the trickiest parts when it comes to developing a proper mindset when it comes to blogging. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Emotional Immunity”

Short Posts vs. Long Posts

Let’s say you’ve managed to set up your blog, decided on a niche, and now it’s time to write.

So… how long should your blog posts be?

Do you write long posts that cover pretty much an entire aspect of your niche, with lots of tips and tricks, or do you write lots of smaller posts?

Do you write the ultimate beginner’s guide? Or break it down into several guides on different aspects of your topic?

Hmm…

Admit it: this is something you’ve thought about. And you’d like to know, from a reader’s perspective, which kind of blog post is better.

Well, read on to find out.

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[Blogging Mindset] One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor

It was a struggle. Crazy Romanian kid, doing his best to write in a foreign language. A post every two or so days, maybe it wasn’t a lot, but it was taking me hours and hours of work, of editing, of doing my best and yet still feeling as if there was more.

I could do more, I could do better.

A few months later, I was blogging on a daily basis. This was the dream; what I thought of as the pinnacle of blogging: one new blog post every single day. No days off. No time to celebrate, to act lazy, to grow complacent.

But then I decided that I wanted to do more. I wanted to start a new blog, an online magazine dedicated to promoting aspiring artists.

I raised money, started a new website, learned all sorts of new things, wrote a few blog posts, said this was impossible, and quit. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor”

This Long-Forgotten Technique Will Vastly Improve Your Blog

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”