Are you thinking of starting a blog in 2012, or making significant changes to your old one?
One thing that you should always be 100% clear on is your purpose of writing. Is it to start a personal blog where you don’t really care if you have a total readership of 9 or is it to have a blog that you want to monetize at some point.
If you belong to the former camp, then do as you please, and skip this post. If not, read on.
1. Making Your Blog All About You
Your blog is not an online journal. Although it might feel like the perfect place to let everything out, be careful about what you write. Especially, when you have aims of making money from it.
Many people get offended at this advice. They indignantly retort that they are writing for their friends and family only. If that is your intent – and it is perfectly fine – go ahead but keep this in mind it would be fairly hard if not impossible to reach wider audiences with a personal blog...
I hope you enjoyed part one of what I learned the first year.
The original post was packed with so much information that I had to break it down into two parts or otherwise risk being labeled as verbose as Nitty.
The following are the remainder of the tips I learned the first year of blogging.
Take action. Do a little bit everyday.
It is easy to get caught up in reading, learning and planning on the internet. Plan away but if you don’t take action then you will get nowhere. If you don’t know where to start, then break your blog down into baby steps.
Take a week to map out your niche, then the next to map out what you want to include in your site? The following to come up with a logo and tagline and so on. You may need less than a week for each task.
Gone are the days when you could write a simple “how-to” blog post and rank in the top search results. Why is that? Two very good reasons.
First, all of the general and highly-competitive posts like “how-to blog” or “how-to find a roommate” are already written.
The other reason is Google Panda. Remember Google’s update this past year that took down a lot of the content farms? That algorithm was designed to penalize short and shallow articles and reward high-quality content.
I have lived the last 100 days with no goals. And I have never been happier or more content in my life.
When I met Leo four months ago — two-thousand miles from my home in Dayton, Ohio — he said there were three things that significantly changed his life: establishing habits he enjoyed, simplifying his life, and living with no goals.
I was already living the first two: I had established my pleasurable habits, I had simplified my life. But it was difficult for me to grasp the “no goals” thing. The thought of living a life with no goals sounded insane to me — it was counterintuitive, it was scary, it went against almost everything I had ever learned about productivity.
Oh how I love this topic! How many times have you had to move for one reason or another? It could be because of a divorce, military, family job change, or what have you. I really am an expert in this topic as I have had to move 3x in 12 months. Now if I was 21 again I would not have a problem with this but at the ripe old age of 44 going on 45 (12/12) I am really getting worn out. The positive side of this move is that my husband works and I do not.
Now, this is the only move into a new house of ours so it seems to be something I want to do more than the other moves. Have you had to do this and been positive about it? I guess moving into what I call the "final" destination is more motivation for wanting to box things up and move them again. Big smile.
So I went from apartment life to a new house and with that comes new advantages and disadvantages and I will gladly welcome them. Despite the fact that I have to move from the 3rd floor and thre flights of stairs to load the truck and not all in one load. Up and down, up and down! Sometimes I wonder how I manage to do it all!
If you have pets that is an entirely differnt thing as they can sense that we are "moving" once again! Do your pets sense things? My two cats are just horrible and they hate when I move "things" out or around. It's like they put their scent onto everything and miss things as I load and unload the truck. It's just cheaper to move myself than to hire a mover, although if I could do that I would. With not working right now and trying to find freelance writing or editing jobs online is going a little slower than I had expected! Anyhow, the two cats will move last and they are tired of the moving as well.
So if I have to give a few tips they would include:
*Get plenty of used boxes from any stores, just ask them!
*Black Permenant Markers
*Vinager to wash walls, or what you want to clean and move or even appliances
*Baking Soda to wash bathroom top to bottom to clean it
*A great husband like mine to move most of the boxes up and down
*Plenty of sleep and or rest in between loads
*Talk to the animals to let them know what is going on, You know they DO understand every word (*Stinkers)
Well, That sums up my article and I hope you enjoyed it and will comment and share as it is written at the spare moment of moving in Nov of 2011! My memory of 2011!
Pinterest is the social media plateform where, not to be or not to be on the right way can make the difference for those who want to use this platform for their business. This guide should support you in your approach. [note mg]
Just because Pinterest is a female-dominated network doesn't mean men don't fit in. In this post, learn how to leverage this network as a male user or male-focused brand.
Pinterest’s popularity has exploded in the past few months. Their traffic and user base has grown exponentially, bringing it to the attention of marketers around the world.
One of the most unique factors of Pinterest is the fact that its user demographic is made up mostly of women. This key factor has forced many male-oriented brands to rethink their marketing strategy if they want to leverage this social network.
Have you ever been looking for something but didn’t know where to find it? If that something is online, then your search is over (or just about to begin).
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Clutter isn’t an easy problem to solve, no matter how many times I might tell you to toss it out, tell you that you don’t need it.
A book isn’t just an object with words on it. A jewelry box isn’t just a container. Clothes aren’t just protection from the elements. Each of these inanimate objects means so much more to us. We put our emotions into them. We rely upon these objects to fulfill needs in us. They are our crutches.
A comprehensive article on the subject, "how to create a Blog post." It gives you the procedures to be adopted to produce structured and professional articles... an amazing post! [note: Martin Gysler]
This is the most important part of you blog post because it’s what your visitors have come for, so if you want them to enjoy it and come back, you need to make sure it’s up to a good standard. Having amazing knowledge is one thing, but if you can’t manage to organize it in a way that is easily understandable to your readers, then it’s completely wasted.
Before you even open up your website, you need to get yourself some good fashion pen and paper and start taking notes. Even if you don’t know the exact title of your post, you should atleast know what it’s going to be about, so put that in a circle in the middle of the page and work out from there with a spider diagram...
Have you wanted to start a blog, a website or an online business, but you’re not sure where to begin? Are you already putting in the hard yards to build one or the other or both, but you’re not sure if it’s going where you want it to go?
Building blogs and online businesses is very exciting, but it’s a very challenging endeavor as well. Whilst the excitement helps, some days it’s never enough to prepare you for just what it takes to be successful, as always there’s so much to do...
As the holiday season prepares to give way to the New Year’s Eve and the end of 2011, the annual influx of year-end lists is about to begin in earnest. Top photos, top news stories, top Kardashian marriages… the lists are on their way. Lest anyone say that social media is any different, here for your consideration, in no particular order, are my Top Social Media Lessons of 2011 – part one today, and part two tomorrow.
Lesson #1: There is a significant amount of social network fatigue.
Google+. Quora. Empire Avenue. Chime.in. Unthink. It seemed in 2011 like there was a new or “hot” social network every month – and watching the social media in-crowd rush to adopt was a sometimes comical diversion. There was certainly an element of “shiny object syndrome” at play in the social media world...
A website and daily newsletter featuring good news, positive stories, and videos about everyday heroes, amazing animals, eco-friendly advances, health news, scientific discoveries, and other inspiring events. ||My comment. Wow, not a lot to say. Quite a journey for this family.
"Sometimes, the very best experts are those who create the products. We often get requests from companies that wish to write articles about their own products or services (from now on, when we say "product" we mean "product or service"). Such articles are, by definition, self-serving since the companies in question obviously wish to promote their own wares. Just because a company might wish to gain visibility through editorial doesn't mean we dismiss a genuine offer of editorial content out of hand."
What a solid article for how to write stories about your products or services! Very useful tips, plus a healthy body of good examples. This is a great how-to guide you won't want to miss.
Thanks to fellow curator Kat Tansey @KatTansey for sharing this piece.