“Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.” – Alfred North Whitehead
If you follow my main blog, you probably noticed that most of my posts start with a quote.
A great quote is gold to a perceptive writer. You can instantly boost reader engagement with the right bit of wisdom or wit. And when writing to persuade, you can bolster your arguments by using the words of the rich and famous.
In other words, author Anatole France nailed it with this:
When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
Continue reading “Why You Should Use Quotes 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. Continue reading “What the F$#K? Should You Swear or Not in Your Blog Posts?”
Imagine meeting your favorite actor. Someone you admire; you’d very much like to take advantage of this opportunity and tell them how much you appreciate their work. You’d also want an autograph or maybe take a photo with them.
Instead of obliging, they start lecturing you on how stupid it all is. How stupid you are for asking for an autograph. They want to be free of this kind of stress in their free time. They do not want to be bothered by crazy fans.
How would that make you feel?
Now, let’s take a look at your blog. Continue reading “Blogging is All About People”
Producing great content for your blog is one of the essential elements of becoming a successful blogger, and this means that your writing must sound natural, conversational.
Write like yourself, as they say. This means you’ll be more productive, enjoy writing and editing more, and get your audience to engage more with your content.
I’ve been writing for over fourteen years, blogging for over seven, and I’ve come to the conclusion that there are some things that never fail to improve a piece of writing.
Below you will find five of them…
Continue reading “Five Super Easy Ways to Improve Your Blog Posts”
Or is it really all about you?
If there’s one thing that I keep saying over and over again, it’s that the key to effective blogging is a relentless focus on the needs of the people you are trying to reach.
But the truth is that there are two prime examples of ways in which many are not getting it. The funny thing about these two things is that they are both aspects of what makes the Internet truly unique as a marketing platform, and yet we often fail to take advantage of them.
Take a look to see if you’re guilty of either of them. Continue reading “Do You Truly Care About Your Readers?”
Disclaimer: This is my reply to Jordan’s Are You a Blogger or Just Blogging?.
One of the things I enjoy doing from time to time is photography. Probably I know more about DSLRs and mirrorless cameras than I do about photography itself, but nevertheless…
Long story short, because cameras have become so damn good at taking pictures, nowadays the idea is that anyone can become a photographer if they’re willing to invest in the right equipment.
Buy an expensive camera, and you’ll be able to take good photographs.
Not great, but good.
So, yeah, anyone can blog. Anyone can create an account, start a blog, write posts, take advantage of all kinds of social media platforms…
To do all that you need a smartphone or a laptop. A decent internet connection. That’s it, basically.
And given enough time, you could become pretty good at it.
Good, but not great.
Because you know what it takes to be great? Continue reading “ANYONE Can Blog”
There is no elevator to success. You’ve got to climb the ladder. Also, you can’t climb the ladder with your hands in your pockets.
What does this all mean?
There are no shortcuts, there’s no set of rules that will guide you. There’s no secret.
You must work hard. But, at the same time, you must work smart, which means to become as efficient as possible.
This got me thinking: what sort of “hacks” would I say are essential to the modern blogger, especially the one who’s just now starting out? Continue reading “Six Essential Blogging Hacks”
“When Van Gogh was a young man in his early twenties, he was in London studying to be a clergyman. He had no thought of being an artist at all. He sat in his cheap little room writing a letter to his younger brother in Holland, whom he loved very much. He looked out his window at a watery twilight, a thin lamppost, a star, and he said in his letter something like this: “It is so beautiful I must show you how it looks.” And then on his cheap ruled note paper, he made the most beautiful, tender, little drawing of it.
When I read this letter of Van Gogh’s it comforted me very much and seemed to throw a clear light on the whole road of Art. Before, I thought that to produce a work of painting or literature, you scowled and thought long and ponderously and weighed everything solemnly and learned everything that all artists had ever done aforetime, and what their influences and schools were, and you were extremely careful about *design* and *balance* and getting *interesting planes* into your painting, and avoided, with the most astringent severity, showing the faintest *academical* tendency, and were strictly modern. And so on and so on.
But the moment I read Van Gogh’s letter I knew what art was, and the creative impulse. It is a feeling of love and enthusiasm for something, and in a direct, simple, passionate and true way, you try to show this beauty in things to others, by drawing it.
And Van Gogh’s little drawing on the cheap note paper was a work of art because he loved the sky and the frail lamppost against it so seriously that he made the drawing with the most exquisite conscientiousness and care. ”― Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit
What if the next blog post you write is your last? What if, for whatever reason, you never get a chance to punch those damn keys, to share your thoughts and ideas with the world?
What would you choose to write about? Continue reading “Blog Like an Artist”
Do you want to become a more effective blogger? To write better, more engaging content?
Of course you do.
But you also want to blog in an authentic, conversational way, to make the experience enjoyable for you. Am I right?
Well, this one blogging technique might just do the trick. Continue reading “The Most Powerful Blogging Technique Ever”