Choosing The Best Blogging Platform

This is a marriage. (But not the Hollywood sort.) Choosing the best blogging platform is one of the most important decisions you will make when starting a blog.

And choosing the best blogging platform is kind of like choosing a partner. (except you won’t have to do their dirty laundry).

The point is, this is serious, and if you want to run your blog like a business, or you are setting up a blog for your business, then you need a partner that will help you make more money.

That partner is WordPress. So get ready to fall in LOVE. [Read more…]

Why Blogging Is EVERYTHING

I was 25.

I hated my life. I felt like I was the one person on the planet that was good at a lot of things, but not great at anything.

I felt like I was wasting my talents, whatever they were. Because my god, I had to be worth more than peddling Coach purses in the mall day in and day out.

I felt like my genius escaped me. Whatever that was.

I come from a nice family. No horror stories here, no super-poor, super-sad upbringing. Just good, decent parents. Both working decent jobs making decent livings. Enough to supply me and my siblings with everything we ever wanted and needed.

And that’s all my parents have ever wanted for me.

No one ever asked me to be great.

No one ever said that going to school, getting a degree, getting married, and settling down with a nice man was not good enough. <- I said that.

Somewhere along the road I decided that I needed to be GREAT. I needed to be exactly what I wanted to be. I needed to succeed in a way that I had seen no one before.

You see, growing up all I have ever seen were people who hated what they did. They worked to make money, and that was it. They LIVED for the weekends, vacations, and holidays. [Read more…]

27 Not So Obvious Truths About Blogging

truths about bloggingThere are some fundamental truths about blogging you will need to know and except if you are going to be a contributing member to the blogosphere. 

I left my filter at the door and tried to be as honest as possible, because in all honesty, all we have are those who’ve already done what we want to do. We trust what they say and hope that it will give us SOMETHING to hold on to.

Mostly we just want them to say what we want to hear.. (which is that its easy, quick, rewarding, fun, etc…)

And though I know some of you have already discovered some of your own truths about blogging, I doubt that they will be the same.

Okay enough rambling, you get the picture. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you!

27 Not-So-Obvious Truths About Blogging

 

  1. You will feel like giving up
  2. You will forget why you started at some point (at said point is when you need to remind yourself)
  3. You will experience blog envy- the feeling that someone’s blog is better than yours (guess what? There are lots of blogs better than yours… Moving on)
  4. You will feel completely out of ideas to write about.. At some point.
  5. You won’t get more traffic to your blog by sitting on your ass
  6. You will have to promote the shit out of your blog and yourself
  7. You’ll misspell something or have a typo and some know-it-all will get pleasure at pointing it out to you.
  8. You’ll get pissed off
  9. You’ll hate your work
  10. You will feel like giving up… Again
  11. Longer isn’t always better, neither is shorter
  12. There are no rules about how often you should blog, but consistency is a MUST
  13. You will hate me for telling you that you won’t make money from your blog, but your business (which can be your blog) will make money
  14. It will seem like it comes easier to others (it doesn’t and I’ve been at it for YEARS)
  15. You will have to ask for what you want
  16. You will have to think of your blog as a business if you ever plan on making a business out of your blog (make sense?)
  17. You will need contracts
  18. You have to actually be social on social media… same for your blog and on other blogs too.
  19. Someone will disagree with you
  20. Someone who disagrees with you will let you know right on your blog where everyone can see it
  21. You won’t make everyone happy (this includes yourself at times)
  22. It takes more than clever ideas to keep a blog afloat (this is where I come in)
  23. Hiring a coach for your blog will automatically make you smarter (not really but kinda because it will expedite your blog greatness)
  24. You don’t have to like everything you write, sometimes you just have to put it down on paper
  25. Your mom will NEVER understand what you are doing (ever)
  26. You will feel like a second-class citizen when someone asks you what you do… (I still do at times)
  27. If second-class citizen means living and working by your own rules while making an impact… I’ll take it!

And the biggest truth is this: You cannot do it alone. You will need a network, you will need to help others before they will want to help you. You will have to realize that it’s not all about you and at the end of the day, no one cares about you or what you have to say.

They care about how you can help them, or how you are making an impact, what you are contributing…

Chew on that.

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5 Ways To Make Your Content Memorable

make your content memorableIf you want a successful blog you need to make your content memorable.

Quality content gets remembered. You know what doesn’t get remembered? Backup singers. And people who wore skorts.

And you know what? Quality doesn’t always mean factual or spewing out boring facts. (Not that I want you to tell lies, or talk about that which you have no clue).

There’s a certain “it” factor to content that gets remembered (and shared).

No worries, I am not going to make you guess at this one, I’ll be your wingwoman. Your blogging wingwoman. (I like the sound of that).

 

5 Ways To Make Your Content Memorable

1. Write a good headline

Creating good headlines is not only great for getting people to read your blog posts, it’s also what helps them to remember it. The shorter, the sweeter, the clever(er) – the more likely people will remember it. I like my long headlines at times, but I can’t even remember them after a few days. How could I expect someone else to?

2. Make it easy to read

Bullets, numbers, space, small paragraphs – all your best friends if you want to make your content memorable. Or rather if you want someone to bother to read it. The quickest way to turn me off from reading something you write is to have long paragraphs. CAN.NOT.DEAL.

Let’s face it, reading on a computer screen or phone or tablet is not as easy as picking up a book. And trust me, if you are using your blog posts to practice writing for your next great novel, you are LOSING. (Readers. You are losing readers!)

3. Make em’ FEEL

People will remember something if it evoked some sort of feeling from them. Sometimes I read things and am instantly inspired, or something makes me laugh, or something lights a fire under my ass to work that much harder…

Whatever it is, you have to make your audience feel something. (Except bored).

An easy way to do this is to write like you are talking to your friend. Use words you would use in REAL life (like shit, ass, and etc.) and be a REAL person.

Note: making them feel does not mean adding humor. Only attempt to add humor if you are actually funny. Otherwise, save us the pain of reading you embarrassing yourself…

4. Be unexpected

Say something off the wall every once in a while just to see if your audience is paying attention. Or write about something you don’t normally. Using comparisions is a cute way to do this. Compare your business to painting nails or playing baseball, or whatever. But by all means, mix it up and do something DIFFERENT.

5. Inspire action

The blog content I always remember the most is when I immediately open a new tab in my browser to start to work on whatever it is a read about. They get me to act. (And that’s not easy to do). Make sure to give them something to do – sign up for email, leave a comment, like you on Facebook- SOMETHING!

Hopefully I’ve inspired you to ACT and work on creating content that is more memorable and people like to share and come back to time and time again.

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Starting A Blog: What’s Your End Game?

starting a blogSo you want to start a blog…

I can feel your enthusiasm. Your passion. You have this BRILLIANT idea. And it is definitely the next BIG thing.

Definitely.

I am not about to give you a “but” because I am willing to bet that whatever idea you have whirling around in your head is actually a pretty damn good one.

About this I have no doubts.

Most people who are interested in starting a blog have that  need to create their own outlet for their brilliant ideas. I do want to challenge you though.

What most of us creatives lack is organization and planning skills. (snore… I know, that’s boring stuff). I’m not going to ask you to make a plan of action, write a business plan, or create a schedule (whew, you can now breathe). What I do want to know is:

What’s your end game?

The truth is, you never know where life is going to take you. I mean my first blog was about dating and relationships. I loved it and it was my baby (until I realized that I knew NOTHING about dating or relationships). And eventually I moved on to other things.

Here’s a few questions you should ask yourself

Who am I talking to?

Who are you going to target? Who will be interested in your message? It’s important to get to know our audience, where they hang out, what they do, what they value. Thinking about this ahead of time will help you create content that is specific to them.

Remember, it’s all about them, not you. In the end, people will buy things from you because of what it can do for them. Help people first, then think about making money with your blog.

What is in it for them?

Why would anyone want to read your blog? I mean, I’m sure you are fabulous and all, but what of value are you providing to others? What will keep them coming back?

What do I ultimately want to accomplish? What’s my end game?

Starting a blog is easy, but it’s also easy to get burnt out. When you know your end game, or have some sort of clue about what you are trying to accomplish, it’s easier to measure success, it’s easier to “stay on the horse”.

You should also consider if you want to make money blogging or if you just want to do it for a creative outlet.

 

Click this link -> for the complete guide to Starting A Blog 

 

 

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