Blogging for Busy People: How to Blog Despite Having a Full-Time Job

Finding time to blog is something we all struggle with. Whether you are just starting out, whether blogging is just a hobby, or your blog is a part time job – finding time to write is a challenge.

Even though a lot of people compliment me on how productive I am, the truth is that I struggle with the challenges of being productive in limited time-frames.

Over the last 6 years of blogging, I guess I’ve settled into something of a workflow and routine. What follows is a collection of reflections on what I’m learning. Continue reading “Blogging for Busy People: How to Blog Despite Having a Full-Time Job”

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8 Best Ways To Gain Followers For Your Blog

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”

[Blogging Mindset] A Balancing Act

The first rule of writing anything worth reading?

Write what you want.

Write what you know.

Write about stuff that sets your soul on fire.

No matter how you word it, the truth is that one should write about the stuff they’re passionate about.

But…

There are at least a dozen articles on this blog alone that urge you to always think of the reader, and what such person might want to read from you.

So, what is one supposed to do?

Read on to find out. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] A Balancing Act”

This Four Letter Word Keeps You from Writing

Writer’s block.

The most hated words by those who love them more than anything else in the world.

Also known as creative bankruptcy.

Truth be told, writer’s block is all about one four-letter word. One that we rarely even want to mention.

It’s an “F word” that is frowned upon by people from all areas of life. And this word is keeping you from writing.

Fear.

Fear affects us all more than we care to admit, and it’s especially insidious for writers. Writing online is one of those activities where you’re really putting yourself out there, and the critics seems to be all too eager to tear you apart. But as we’ll see below, failure and mediocrity are not the only things we fear.

Most fear works at the subconscious level and manifests itself in the form of procrastination and writer’s block. We want to write that novel or business book, start that killer blog, release that article that will boost our authority… and yet we keep putting it off.

I don’t like to waste time on regret, because, well, it’s a waste of time. But looking back, I see I’ve wasted so much time in my writing life because I let fear hold me back.

And the truth is, every time I push myself in a new direction, I’m still afraid. I don’t think that ever changes—it’s just part of the game.

The key is to not let it stop you.

Here are the main ways fear holds us back as writers, with a few tips for looking fear in the face and sitting down to work. Remember, courage is not the absence of fear, it’s doing what needs to be done despite fear. Continue reading “This Four Letter Word Keeps You from Writing”

[Blogging Mindset] Never, Ever, Ever Give Up

“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”

Zen and the Art of Blogging

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”

“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

It seems to me that, thanks to the Internet, there are quite a lot of teachers, but not that many people who know how to learn.

Yes, there’s an art to learning. To know what information is best suited to your own needs, motives, principles, and goals.

While this post is not going to teach you much about Zen Buddhism, it is going to offer you a different perspective on the art of blogging.

Curios?

Read on. Continue reading “Zen and the Art of Blogging”

ANYONE Can Blog

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”

A Quick Guide to Guest Posting

There are quite a lot of different opinions regarding guest blogging. Some think it’s a great way to grow your audience, others believe it’s not worth the effort, and that you should focus on posting your best content on your own website.

Maybe you’ve thought of trying it, maybe you’re not sure how to proceed…

So what’s a blogger supposed to do?

Is guest blogging not worth the time and effort or, worse, dead?

The truth is that, just like commenting on other blogs, it all comes down to doing it right.

How do you do it right?

That’s what this guide is going to answer.

Continue reading “A Quick Guide to Guest Posting”

How to Win Friends and Influence People (As a Blogger)

First published more than 70 years ago, Dale Carnegie’s guide on people skills entitled “How to Win Friends and Influence People” contains wisdom that is mostly true to this very day, because human nature, for better or worse, does not change much over time.

And even in this brave new world of the Internet and social media, we can still look to age-old truths in deciphering a code to grow an audience (win friends) and successfully engage readers via our blogs (influence people).

Here are eight of these truths … Continue reading “How to Win Friends and Influence People (As a Blogger)”