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We all know the potential trouble associated with expectations: If you expect something to turn out a certain way — and it doesn’t — you likely end up disappointed. Subsequently, traditional wisdom has advised that we let go of our expectations to soften the blow of disappointment and train ourselves to be content with the outcome we get.
The fear of criticism … It can certainly discourage you from writing in the first place, and it also can disguise itself as perfectionism when you do attempt to create content for your business. If you delay publishing your writing — while you try to improve your content before anyone else reads it — you are likely trying to avoid criticism.
Sometimes it’s really helpful to prepare multiple pieces of content in advance. You might be: Launching your website and need to have articles already published on your blog Taking a vacation and need to have your content scheduled before you leave Looking for new ways to execute your content marketing strategy But how do you plan your content, create it, and meet ...
Bill is at a wine bar on Saturday night, enjoying a glass of Pinot Noir. After striking up a playful conversation with Lisa (who prefers Syrah), he asks for her telephone number. Lisa agrees to Bill’s request, and he creates a new “contact” in his cell phone. “No,” Lisa stops Bill. “You’ll have to memorize it. I don’t want you to write it down.
It feels good when you’ve done your research before pitching an article idea to an editor: You know the publication’s audience You know your topic offers value in unique ways You know the editor’s content preferences and pet peeves But you’re not done yet. Although hitting the “send” button on your email seems like an inconsequential step in your article pitching p ...
On June 20, 2009, I was reading Copyblogger and I got a new idea: I should write an ebook. At that point, my writing and editing business was less than a year old, and I had never written anything that resembled a book. Could I actually do it? I knew I wanted to try, so I established a plan on July 1 that would help me write, design, and self-publish an ebook on my website by September 15.
A woman brought her two Pomeranians to a barbecue I recently attended. I had never met her before, but overhearing her give the dogs commands in Norwegian, Italian, and English sparked a conversation between us and another guest. Hamburger in hand, the other barbecue-goer explained why he’s always had trouble learning a language other than English.
You might think that I’d recommend a thorough editing and proofreading process for every blog. But that’s not the case. Since I don’t know enough about your blog to answer the question I pose in the headline of this article for you, I want to provide tools that will help you evaluate your own publication.
While the goal of “improving your content writing” may seem complex, it’s not necessarily more complicated than improving each sentence you write. Better sentences add up to better content. So, let’s break down content writing into sentence writing. I’m not about to show you how to write a “perfect” sentence.
The struggle when I started my freelance writing service business looked like this: I was fascinated with crafting words that accurately conveyed a message. I hadn’t extensively studied journalism or entertainment writing because those weren’t career paths I wanted to pursue. I knew that offering basic content writing services for businesses — filling up pages with wor ...
Ten years ago, a tattoo shop I went to subscribed my email address to their email newsletter. They didn’t send updates very often, so I never unsubscribed. However, new owners recently acquired the business — and apparently their email newsletter list — because lately I’ve been getting not very good emails more frequently.
If you want to write about anything you’d like, as often as you’d like, there’s a place for that: your own website. It’s a modern privilege that gives writers the freedom to digitally publish their work publicly, with the potential to reach any reader with an internet connection. Can you imagine going back in time and telling that to someone who only wrote on paper? Someone ...
You may love to write. You may get a lot of positive feedback on your writing. And you may have even picked up many great writing gigs over the years, solidifying your status as a professional writer. But something is missing. It’s difficult to balance writing for your existing clients and attracting new clients.
I know. I know. I know. “Viral” is an actual term people use to describe wildly popular content that has spread across a variety of distribution channels, landing in our Twitter feeds, Apple News updates, text messages, and emails from Uncle Sue. But I still don’t like the word. When “going viral” is a goal for a piece of content, it puts me a little on edge.
Whenever someone questions the importance of proofreading, my go-to response is: “Pubic relations is quite different from public relations.” We all sometimes make a typo that omits or changes a letter in a word. A typo like that is difficult to spot when the mistake is still an actual word (or words). Just last week, I wrote “head lice” instead of “headline.
By now you know that — technical details aside — SEO is not separate from content marketing; it’s an integrated aspect of content marketing. Optimizing your content for search engines is part of your craft and a skill you can strengthen with practice. But even when you rank well for search terms your audience uses, the real test is what happens when someone clicks through to your website.
Why do we spend so much time researching, creating, optimizing, and promoting our content? “Geez, Stefanie. That’s a silly question,” you might be thinking. “You of all people should know that content marketing helps with our business goals. In fact, you wrote about that last week.” And you’d be absolutely correct. But that’s not what I want to focus on today.
You had trouble sleeping again last night. Up until the time you got into bed, you were looking at their Twitter feed, their Facebook page, and their website. It’s your competitor. You’re completely preoccupied with everything they do … and for a seemingly good reason. Their customer base seems to keep growing and they keep expanding their offerings, while you’re just tryi ...
I watch a lot of YouTube videos about the best ways to clean your bathroom. In fact, I realized that I spend way more time watching “hacks, tricks, and tips” about how to efficiently clean a bathroom than I do actually cleaning my bathroom. Given the hundreds of thousands of views on these types of videos, perhaps it’s not just me.
When I was a cub copy editor, I learned a simple fact-checking technique that is still one of my favorites today. It may seem unimportant, but if you don’t use this technique and fail to catch a certain type of mistake, you could set yourself up for extra work later. This is one of my favorites because it demonstrates that reviewing your copy and content for accuracy goes b ...