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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Persuasive Blogging

Let’s admit it: Blogging is one of the best ways to grow a business, promote a certain cause, or spread new ideas, because you offer people crucial insights, and thus you gain their attention and trust.

Blogging is less about converting random people into customers, but more about making friends. Establishing the kind of connections that might, just might, last forever.

While there are as many ways to approach blogging as there are blogs, some things are more effective when it comes to gaining influence.

Here are five essential laws of persuasive blogging to keep in mind: Continue reading “Persuasive Blogging”

What’s Your Blog Really About?

When I was six years old I decided that I wanted to become the richest man in the history of the world. I kept imagining what it would be like: to be powerful, to acquire such vast wealth that I could do anything I wanted. How I’d own houses and apartments in the most interesting of cities, how I’d conquer the world one business deal at a time.

As I grew older I realized that I did not want it. I mean, I did want it, but I wasn’t willing to pay the price. It did not want the journey. I just wanted to be teleported to the destination.

The same goes for blogging. Some people think it’s cool to blog. To write some words on a computer or smartphone, and then have a bunch of other people read and cherish said words.

But they do not want to pay the price. To enjoy the journey. The long and lonely walk towards their destination.

They do not know what to blog about, they do not know what their blog is all about. Quite frankly, most of them do not know what they’re all about. Continue reading “What’s Your Blog Really About?”

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”

Warning: Signs You’ve Become a Verbal Narcissist

Tell me if this sounds familiar.

You sit down at your desk, hoping to write up a quick blog post. Then an idea hits you. It’s vague at first, but you recognize the distinct voice of possibility: this could be really good. So you start writing a post, becoming more convinced with every word that you’re onto something.

The feeling grows and grows until your fingers are flying across the keyboard.

You’re really punching those damn keys.

The words are flowing, and you’re saying exactly what you want to say, exactly the way you want to say it. You bring the post to a close with an ending that you can only describe as, “Perfect,” and then pause to read what you’ve just written.

A smile spreads across your face. It’s clever, original… brilliant. Not even a second of hesitation before publishing it on your blog. “I can’t wait to see what they say about that,” you think. You walk away from the computer, sure you’ve written a masterpiece.

A couple of hours pass and you come back to reread your post. Uhm… this post isn’t brilliant. It’s arrogant, disconnected, and desperate for attention.

“What was I thinking?” you ask yourself. And I’ll tell you: you weren’t thinking. You were drunk on your own words. Continue reading “Warning: Signs You’ve Become a Verbal Narcissist”

5 Signs You Just Wrote a Meh Blog Post

First of all, you should know that this happens to us all.

Inspired by a great idea, you sit down ready to write the best blog post ever. But as you progress, your enthusiasm fades away. You’re not sure what the problem is, but the piece is not coming together the way you thought it would.

You put your head down and keep writing, but you begin to realize that you’ve got a complete mess of a post on your hands.

OK, let’s relax, take a deep breath and a step back, and run through this quick checklist to see what happened…

Continue reading “5 Signs You Just Wrote a Meh Blog Post”

How to Get Ideas

Some of the most basic rules of blogging are quite simple: content is king, write every day, and commit to a regular posting schedule.

All of these rules are not easy to follow. They’re quite frustrating, in a way. After all, a three word rule shouldn’t be that difficult to follow.

Or the fact that the secret to being a successful blogger is all about producing great content. Regularly. On daily basis, if that’s possible.

Which begs the following question:

How are you supposed to keep dreaming up great ideas to write about?

A plethora of well-known tactics will ensure you become a writing machine:

  • You should always write down your ideas when they strike so you can remember them later.
  • You should do as Hemingway did and finish every writing session mid-sentence so you can effortlessly pick up where you left off.
  • And on, and on, and on …

And all of that is good advice. But what if your biggest problem is finding ideas to write about?

Read on, because we’re about to dive deep into the psychology of content creation.  Continue reading “How to Get Ideas”

Smart Writing

Smart people use big words, right?

Does it mean that using big words makes you sound smarter?

Well, according to this study, the answer is no.

Irony: The title of the study’s title is Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly. 

In fact, using words no one understands makes you sound small-minded. To sound smart, you must stop trying to sound smart. Smart writing is simple writing, a relevant idea delivered clearly and directly.

Here are the best ways for smart writing… Continue reading “Smart Writing”