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Writing tips are like beer nuts. They’re addictive. No matter how many you have, you always want more. But do you ever get the feeling that the writing “experts” who are dispensing the tips barely have more experience than you? Which usually means their advice is either second-hand or second-rate.
Tugs at your soul, doesn’t it? You love to write. You always have. But honestly — who has the time? Not only do you have a job and family and friends, but there are a gazillion tiny distractions popping up on your cell phone 24 hours a day, all interesting, all seemingly important, all keeping you from what you were born to do: Write. The good news? 2017 is your year.
You want it so bad that it dominates your waking thoughts. You’re even afraid to say it out loud, in case you sound plain crazy: “I want to make a living as a writer.” (You can imagine the snorts and smirks from family and friends.) But it’s true — you’re no closer to reaching that goal than the day it first popped into your head. So, who knows? Maybe the doubters are right.
You know what? You work damn hard to get people to your blog. Pushing yourself to unearth the best ideas, pouring your soul into your writing, and promoting your posts like your next breath depends on it. So it’s a real kick in the teeth when visitors arrive — then bounce right away again. In fact, it stings like hell.
Seriously, what is it with writers? You’d think they actually enjoy pain and misery. After all, writing is hard enough without inventing new ways to make yourself suffer. But suffer they do. Perhaps it’s the image of the writer as a tormented artist, or a form of occupational masochism, but something seems to make writers seek out pain. Maybe without it, they don’t feel like “real” writers.
Know what’s tougher than creating great content? Creating it at scale. But that’s exactly what’s needed if you’re serious about building a popular blog. And almost every successful blogger reaches a point where they realize they can’t do it alone. (After all, how many large blogs can you name where the owner still writes every single post?) Getting help means outsourcing ...
Look, I get it. You want more traffic. (Just like every other blogger on the planet.) But here’s the big question: Do you actually deserve more traffic? You see, traffic doesn’t care how much you want it. It doesn’t care how long you’ve waited. Traffic only comes to those who truly commit to understanding how to get it and then, implement what they’ve learned.
We hear one complaint from our readers time and time again. It appears in a variety of flavors: “I’d like to start a blog, but I’m too busy.” “I want to grow my blog, but I just don’t have the time.” “I wish I had more time to dedicate to my blog, but it seems impossible right now.” In fact, lack of time was the number one frustration cited by respondents to our recent reader survey.
Let me guess… At least one of your New Year’s resolutions relates to your writing. Am I right? Maybe you’ve decided to commit to a daily writing practice. Or set your sights on a specific writing goal, to be achieved no matter what. Or committed to launching a blog to showcase your writing to a waiting world.
A smart blogger once said you shouldn’t publish new content during the holidays. And while that’s great advice, sometimes you have to break the rules and do something simply for the joy of it. So here’s a familiar Christmas carol remixed for bloggers everywhere. I hope you enjoy it. 12 Days of Christmas (The Blogger’s Remix) On the first day of Christmas my blogging gave t ...
You passionately want to be a “real” writer. A writer whose work is an authentic expression of your true self. The problem is, you feel disconnected from everything you write. It’s like you’re the ghostwriter on a project nobody commissioned. And sometimes you wonder if you should just give up.
You choose your audience. You choose your topic. You choose your theme, your plugins, your widgets. You choose when to write, what to write, and how to write it. You decide all of those things because you’re the boss, and you answer to nobody. But let’s face it; few endeavors are as independent-spirited as blogging.
Ah, love. It’s such an elusive thing. You want more of it, and yet it’s so hard to find. We all want those droplets of love that come in the form of more readers, social shares, comments, and emails. As bloggers, we can’t get enough. But one type of love trumps the rest. It’s the love you can only dream about. The love of an A-List Blogger.
“Am I getting better at this?” It may be the most important question you can ask yourself as a writer. If you’ve never thought to ask it before, go ahead and do it now. And be honest. Are you a better writer than you were three months ago? A year ago? Three years ago? If the answer’s “No” (or even “Yes, but not by much”) then you face a serious problem.
Give yourself credit. You’re a solid writer with good ideas. But… you feel like you’ve reached a plateau. People like your writing, but they don’t love it. They find your content useful, but not essential. Even your best ideas never seem to catch fire. And you can’t help wondering why. Maybe you just have to be patient and wait for your audience to come around.
Admit it. You’re sceptical. Is great content really the answer to all blogging woes? Maybe you’ve heard the mantra once too often, but you can’t help wondering… Even if you do work your ass off on a post, will it get the recognition it truly deserves? The blogosphere is so crowded and noisy, even the good stuff gets lost.
You’re impatient to become a better writer. So naturally you love writing tips. You eagerly devour each new one, hoping to give your writing brain a small but valuable upgrade. But in practice, new tips appear so regularly that you struggle to keep up. You don’t know which tips to try and which to ignore, and each new practice is quickly replaced by the next.
You dream of connecting with a powerfully engaged audience. Readers who are excited by what you write – and show it. But so far, the reaction to your content has been underwhelming. And you start to wonder: Is your writing having an impact at all? You’re not alone. Most bloggers struggle to get a reaction from their audiences.
Want to know the secret to a popular blog? Drumroll please… Popular posts. Simple, huh? So simple as to be, well let’s be honest, completely useless. Because if you knew the secret to writing consistently popular posts, you’d already have a popular blog. Right? But instead, you approach each new idea with a gnawing trepidation.
Has this ever happened to you? You’re driving to work. Or reading a book. Or just drifting off to sleep. And it comes out of nowhere like a thunderbolt. The perfect idea for your blog. An idea your readers will simply love. An idea you were put on this earth to spread. So you excitedly scribble it down, write it up and get it out into the world via your blog. And then… Nothing.