How Confident of a Blogger are You?

Every morning I watch a few motivational speeches. I mostly listen to them, but this morning I took extra care to watch (and try to analyze) the body language of various speakers. Body language accounts for the majority of your communication – not your words.

I know what you’re thinking: “That’s cool, Cristian, but what does this have to do with blogging?”

Read on if you want to find out. Continue reading “How Confident of a Blogger are You?”

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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”

Punch The Damn Keys!

“If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.”Jack Kerouac

Different keyboards provide a different typing experience. It’s all about the keys themselves: their size, the materials they’re made from, the key travel…

I’d say that you should, at least once in your life, use a loud keyboard. The one that you’d be ashamed to use in a public space, for fear of annoying folks.

Yes, use one of those keyboards. Mechanical. Feel the weight of each key as you press it. Write a few sentences, trying to reduce the clutter in your mind to neat rows of characters.

Now, punch the damn keys. Continue reading “Punch The Damn Keys!”

Struggling with Writer’s Block? Here are 3 Simple Steps to Beat it

Personally, I like the term creative bankruptcy more, but no matter how we’d name it, not being able to do something you love, that normally works like a dream, is incredibly frustrating.

This is your passion we’re talking about, not some boring, mindless chore that must be done.

And then, if you’re a professional blogger or author, you’ve got deadlines, you’ve got to earn a living.

And if words have abandoned you, who are you going to be? You’re a writer, right? Writers write, right?

So who are you if you can’t write?

A nobody?

Deep inside,  you know that’s nonsense.

Once a writer, always a writer. There’s no going back. Like being pulled from the Matrix.

But try telling yourself that late at night when all you managed to write for the day would fit comfortably inside a Tweet.

Now, there are many different types of creative block, and plenty of ways to tackle them and get back to writing. (I’ve written an entire ebook full of suggestions — you can download it here.)

But your time is limited, so we need to address this issue in a little less than a thousand words, so here are three critically important things for you to remember about being creatively blocked.
Continue reading “Struggling with Writer’s Block? Here are 3 Simple Steps to Beat it”

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”

Top 10 Persuasive Writing Techniques

Admit it. You write because you want to convince your readers to do something or agree with your point of view. Or maybe you want them to be inspired by your words, to apply your teachings and principles, to act on your ideas.

Don’t want to admit it? Okay. This is not an interrogation. I’ll move on then.

Persuasion is the ability to present a certain situation as being beneficial to both parties. You make someone an offer they can’t refuse. Not in a Godfather sense of the way though.

Yes, you need to work at making the other understand that a good deal is being offered.

Weird, right?

And, yes, there are techniques that can help you create a more compelling case.

Here are the ten best persuasive writing techniques.

Prepare for… WORLD DOMINATION! Continue reading “Top 10 Persuasive Writing Techniques”

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. As if by magic.

The same right answer? 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”

The 3 Principles of Effective Blogging

Do you want to learn to blog in a way that goes beyond just conveying information and helps people to take action on what you’ve written?

Well, of course you do.

The truth, the brutal truth, the kind that most people won’t like to accept is that it’s all about these three principles.

That’s it.

Three things.

Master them, and you’ll be able to communicate your ideas clearly with your readers. Continue reading “The 3 Principles of Effective Blogging”

The 3 Best Ways to Hold Your Readers’ Attention

Your blog post might have a brilliant headline, the perfect balance  of emotion and logic, and maybe you’ve even captured your reader’s attention with a great introduction.

But after your reader clicks through, does your post hold their interest?

If you can’t keep the reader’s attention, nothing else matters. And this brave new world demands your best techniques, because tempting distractions are always just a click or swipe away.

All writers and bloggers have their favorite tricks to glue reader attention to their content, so here are three of mine. Continue reading “The 3 Best Ways to Hold Your Readers’ Attention”