Have you heard the phrase fail, fail often, and fail quickly?
The truth is that we do not learn by doing something perfectly, but rather by doing it wrong over and over again. We fail until we figure out how to do it perfectly.
Also, it makes sense to fail as early as possible, so you can learn from those mistakes.
It’s the bloggers who enjoyed moderate success early on that never evolve. They get stuck doing the same things over and over again, never to inspire more than a handful of folks. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Embrace Failure”
“If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.” – Jack Kerouac
Different keyboards provide different typing experiences. 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!”
Ernest Hemingway was one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize in 1953, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, made famous for becoming the definition of simple and clear writing.
Here’s Ernest Hemingway’s guide to blogging. Continue reading “Ernest Hemingway’s Guide to Blogging”
“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”
“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” – Barbara Kingsolver
Most bloggers write because they desperately want to say something. Whether it’s about their day to day lives, some struggles they managed to overcome, some long lost love…
They want immortality as only the written word can give them.
They fret and lose sleep over those who do not like their ideas, while ignoring all those who do like them.
They are the Internet equivalent of a person who won’t shut up. Who talks too loudly, too fast, too furious… that guy who gesticulates wildly, making you feel nauseous.
These people never ask themselves this simple question: Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] Close The Door”