Have you ever felt like the invisible blogger?
You work hard on your posts, pouring every ounce of emotion, creativity, and insight you have into them. You select the best photos and graphics to go with them, submit your blogs to various outlets, share them on social media, do your best to network with fellow bloggers.
But it’s like no one even sees you.
Other bloggers ignore you, your social media pages resemble barren wastelands. None of the few people who do visit your leave you a comment, telling you to keep going, to thank you for doing such a great job.
It’s like you’re invisible… and you wonder if there’s anything you can do about it.
Well, the good news is, yes, of course there’s something you can do about it. And this post is going to do just that: provide you with tips and tactics that will have you reaching new highs in terms of traffic and engagement. Continue reading “How to Stop Being “The Invisible Blogger””
Admit it. There are few things as intimidating as the blinding white of a blank page.
It makes no difference if it’s an empty sheet lying on your desk, or a blank screen aiming between your eyes. Defeating “nothing” by subjecting it to “something” with our words is what gives a writer breath.
Whether to pay our bills or please our muse, eventually words must spill. Here are ten ways to help plow past this nagging feeling of insecurity and feel good about your words.
Continue reading “10 Ways to Feel Good about Your Writing”
If you’ve done the proper amount of research on your topic, you know what your audience wants, and you know what you want to say, then taking action and starting to write should be simple and require no particular effort. Right?
Not quite. All writers know too well that sometimes this just isn’t the case. Getting down to the physical act of writing can take a lot of will power.
Almost everything else seems more attractive than starting to write.
How can we get ourselves to stop procrastinating and move straight to action?
Here are a few ideas that have worked for me: Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Don’t Think, Just Write!”
Think of some famous, long-dead person you genuinely admire. Think of this person’s life. What made them worthy of your admiration?
Can you sum up this person’s life in one sentence?
I bet you can.
Yes, the saying is jack of all trades, master of none, but it’s better than master of one, but the truth is that we often spread our resources too thin to become successful at any one thing.
Is your blog like that?
How long does it take you to explain what your blog is about? Continue reading “What Makes The Difference Between A Meh Blog and a Great One”
Do you struggle to get people to read your blog? Do they rarely turn into loyal subscribers?
The truth is, even if your content is brilliant, you could still be alienating potential followers by neglecting one or two other aspects of blogging. If a key element on your blog is either inadequate — or nonexistent — people could choose not to follow your blog.
As of lately, I’ve been reviewing blogs, helping my clients take their blogging to a new level, and I’ve noticed one element missing most of the times:
Continue reading “Your Blog Needs a Tagline”
Traffic! It’s one of those words that I do not like much, for it almost begs us to forget that those stats represent actual people.
But… but… I know that one of the main reasons we blog is to be read by other people, so this makes it important to gain more followers, to receive feedback, to feel as if what you blog about truly matters to other people.
That’s why I compiled a list of the eight best ways to increase traffic and gain more followers for your blog. Continue reading “8 Best Ways To Gain Followers For Your Blog”
“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.” — C.S. Lewis
When asked how he writes so fast, Stephen King answered, “One word at a time.”
This is the kind of answer that no one believes in. And the fact that there’s an abundance of related cliches doesn’t help either.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Or something like that. The Great Wall of China was built by laying one brick after another.
It is not the mountains to conquer that make you give up, but rather the pebble in your shoe.
All cliches. Terrible, terrible cliches that we can’t help but fear and loathe at the same time.
Want to know why?
Because they are so damn true. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Never, Ever, Ever Give Up”
If one fine morning you decided to give up on your blog, to never write a post again, who would notice?
Who would miss your writing style, your views on things, your opinions?
Think about this as a way to figure out what is the right direction for your blog. Continue reading “If You Quit Blogging, Who Would Miss You?”
The advice I am about to give you is going to be disappointing. It’s not going to be an easy six-step guide to gaining more followers, or how to have readers comment on your posts.
It’s not even going to be about blogging mistakes.
No. This post is going to be about the one requirement to having a popular blog.
Want to know what that is? Keep reading. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Good Things Come to Those Who Hustle”
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? Continue reading “The Definitive, Incredibly Short, Easy-To-Follow, No-Bullshit Guide to Blogging”