Posts tagged blogging
After 1 year of writing 3,000 words a week...

It's been over a year since I started this blog. Three hundred and ninety-two days to be exact. Looking back on a year of three 1,000-word posts a week, I've seen a few things from my creative process that - at least for right now - I know to be true.

 

 

1. It doesn't get a lot easier

Of course, my writing took on more form and style and the process itself became easier as I learned more about structure and story. But the problem with any form of artistic expression is that you'll always run into the same issue whether you're 28 or 88: creative block. I find myself regularly staring at a blank page because the process of creating isn't as simple as turning a switch on and off. It's either an intentional, slow process or an unexpected burst of creative inspiration. From that perspective, the issues that plagued me as a young writer still plague me now as a... slightly older, young writer.

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10-Step Formula for Writing Great Content [Free PDF]

Thanks to the internet, everyone has a voice. And with millions of voices flooding the social sphere, both good and bad content is being published every second. In general, the great content rises to the top and the bad content gets lost in the shuffle. I've been blogging for a little over a year and, believe me, I've had plenty of posts get lost in the shuffle and it's no fun. Do you want people to read what you have to say?

After writing three 1,000+ word posts each week for over a year, I've slowly hammered out a reliable method to structure a post that creates a natural flow for the reader and makes it easier on you, the author.

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Have you ever felt burnt-out and kind of lost?

Success seems to always be in high demand. Perhaps as a result of the constant pressure to one-up yourself, pull a new rabbit out of the proverbial hat or to win at life, in an evil twist of irony, life seems to throw you on your back and take control. And ALWAYS at the most inopportune times!

I've been, in a weird way, relieved by people like Buffer and Startup revealing the dips of real life along with the highs. And okay, maybe I'm putting this out there because my subconscious is hoping that a multi-million dollar investor will empathize with me and give me money, but for better or worse...

I'm tired.

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52 Blog Topics to Get You Started

When we go back to our roots - stories were how we communicated. It allowed us to show others what we understood and why we understood it instead of trying to trick them, seduce them, or force them into aligning their worldview with ours. Stories often resonate with people because it leads them to a familiar experience. Sometimes those familiar experiences are ones that tap into an old memory and bring back to life a wealth of emotion. Sometimes, however, we can tell a story that takes people back to experiences they wished they had. This is equally as powerful as we are able to give them a taste of what can be instead of what was. We can inspire, connect, explain, and resonate through story.

I have put together a list of 52 Blog Topics to give you an action plan for the next year (post once per week). These topics will allow you to Inspire, Equip, Counsel and Refer your readers, engaging them on a personal and meaningful level. Tell beautiful stories!

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The Fears of a New Blogger (Guest Blog by Alex Robertson)

I began a blog three years ago.
But I didn't start blogging until this summer.
I was very scared to start because of so many people that have started before have failed.
Started and stop being faithful.
Or they were the crazy people who no one ever read.
Or they are so abstract that no one understands them.
I wanted to write on religious matters - but that had been done.
I wanted to write on topics that the modern church was facing - but that had been done.
So, I did just that.

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How to Start Your Blog

My relationship with blogging began back when there were two main platforms: Wordpress and Blogger. I hopped on with Blogger very early because it was a Google product before eventually switching to Wordpress' platform at the urging of my Dad who had been using it for his business website. Over the years, I have blogged from at least five platforms and have experimented with nearly a dozen more. Due to its increase in popularity over the last decade, there has arisen numerous ways of building, customizing, and running blogs. I am giving you the simplest and quickest way of getting a blog started without compromising aesthetic beauty or functionality. It'll take you about 15 minutes.

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7 Good Blogging Habits

Blogging, like any form of writing, is unique to the individual. The habits that help Steven King crank out dozens of best-selling novels are vastly different from the habits that help Timothy Ferriss build an empire around his three "4-Hour" books. However, in our quest to write well, there are tid-bits that tend to help us not suck quite so badly.

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7 Reasons to Begin Blogging

I have started blogging on at least three occasions, failing each time within months. I found myself unable to keep to a posting schedule, unable to write anything of worth to anyone else and lacking motivation to write anything at all six days out of the week. This was, in part, due to my inability to write well which was prolonged by a multi-year long stint of reading nothing but school text books and photography gear reviews. Whatever the case may have been, I have found myself increasingly motivated to write over the past year and a half which has resulted in this blog and a corresponding book. So what changed? My purpose.

This post goes out to the courageous ones who want to start blogging. To you, I want to simply ask, "why?".

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